LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Z Gallerie LLC will pay $15
million after allegations it conducted a scheme to evade customs duties on
wooden bedroom imports from the People’s Republic of China, the Justice
Divisions of the United States government assess and collect
duties on imports in an effort to protect U.S. manufacturers from unfair
competition abroad. Specifically, anti-dumping duties protect domestic
manufacturers against foreign companies “dumping” products into the country at
According to the Justice Department’s claims, Z Gallerie
evaded these duties by misclassifying imported furniture.
“Companies that intentionally mislabel shipments or
misrepresent the value of goods being imported into the United States to avoid
paying the appropriate duties do so in an attempt to create an unfair advantage
over businesses that play by the rules,” Special Agent in Charge Nick S. Annan
of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations
(ICE HSI) in Atlanta said.
The Civil Division’s Commercial Litigation Branch, the U.S.
Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Georgia, Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations Atlanta
handled the case.