A news release from US Immigration and Customs Enforcement on 17 December announced that 8 individuals had been indicted for suspected trade fraud and 14 individuals and 1 company have been charged in a related civil complaint for international trade fraud violations stemming from a decade-long scheme involving tyres from China. The indictment and complaint allege that the defendants conspired to avoid anti-dumping duties associated with off-the-road and light vehicle and truck tyres from China. Individuals allegedly imported tyres from companies that were subject to anti-dumping duties associated with Chinese tire manufacturers who had engaged in unfair trade practices in the US. The complaint further alleges US-based defendants conspired with defendants in China to obtain falsified invoices and entry records of Chinese tire companies that were subject to a lower duty rate than the actual manufacturers of these tyres.
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