Evasion One Year Later: Has Anything Changed? – Dec 14

  • Evasion One Year Later
    December 14, 2017
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 contained provisions to establish a new division in CBP to investigate claims of evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty orders.  Those new procedures have been in effect for a year with over 14 investigations initiated and one completed.   Join us for a discussion with representatives of CBP and private practice for an overview of CBP’s AD/CVD enforcement, how the new program is working, and whether these provisions have been effective in countering evasion.


Alexander Amdur
Director, AD/CVD Policy and Programs Division
Office of Trade
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Alexander Amdur is the Director of CBP’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD) Policy and Programs Division.  The AD/CVD Division is responsible for CBP’s national AD/CVD enforcement policy, serves as CBP’s liaison to the Department of Commerce on AD/CVD issues, and is the subject matter expert within CBP for AD/CVD.  He previously was the Chief of the AD/CVD Policy Branch, and also held other positions in CBP’s Office of Trade and Field Operations.  Mr. Amdur has over twenty years of experience working on international trade issues in the U.S. government.  Prior to joining CBP in 2007, he worked with the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  As a Foreign Commercial Service Officer, Mr. Amdur coordinated international business development initiatives for U.S. companies, and provided counseling on foreign markets and international risk mitigation.  In addition, at the Import Administration, Mr. Amdur led teams working on AD/CVD import investigations.  He also served as a Brookings Fellow with the Trade Subcommittee of the House Ways and Means Committee.  Mr. Amdur has a BA in International Relations from Tufts University, and a Masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Carrie L. Owens
Director of Enforcement Operations
Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Directorate
Office of Trade
U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Carrie Owens is serving as the Acting Director for the Enforcement Operations Division in the Trade Remedy Law Enforcement Directorate in the Office of Trade at U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  In this position, Ms. Owens oversees the CBP’s Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) investigations pursuant to 19 CFR Part 165, which cover the investigation of claims of evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty orders.   Ms. Owens is also Chief of the Entry Process and Duty Refunds Branch in Regulations and Rulings. As branch chief, Ms. Owens was responsible for taking a lead role in the drafting of the EAPA regulations and for the administration and enforcement of laws and regulations relating to, inter alia, entry processing, duty drawback, foreign trade zones, bonding of entries, fees, liquidation of goods subject to antidumping and countervailing duty orders, protest procedures, and broker compliance.

Prior to serving as branch chief in Regulations and Rulings, Ms. Owens was a senior international attorney-advisor at the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of the Chief Counsel for Enforcement and Compliance (formerly Import Administration).  Her work there entailed advising the Import Administration in its antidumping and countervailing duty determinations and representing the U.S. Government before NAFTA bi-national panels, WTO dispute settlement proceedings, and in U.S. court cases.  Her work representing Commerce in its first affirmative countervailing duty determination against China earned her the Department’s highest honor of “Attorney of the Year.”  Ms. Owens was also an associate in the international trade law group at Willkie Farr & Gallagher after earning her juris doctorate from Harvard Law School.  Ms. Owens is a member of the Virginia and D.C. Bar associations.


Daniel B. Pickard
Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

Dan counsels U.S. and international clients on the laws and regulations governing international trade, with particular emphasis on import remedy, anti-bribery, national security, and export control issues. He represents and advises clients in matters related to trade remedy investigations (including antidumping, countervailing duty, and safeguard cases), U.S. economic sanctions, export controls, anti-boycott measures, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Dan provides comprehensive international trade law compliance guidance, including assessing and resolving sensitive national security matters; developing corporate compliance programs; establishing compliance with the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) and mitigating Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI) issues; conducting internal investigations relating to potential violations; and appearing before the relevant agencies in connection with investigations, licensing, and enforcement actions. He also teams with the firm’s Election Law & Government Ethics Group to provide guidance pertaining to the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

Dan represents clients before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the U.S. Department of State’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC), the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and International Trade Administration (ITA), the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Security Service (DSS), the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), the U.S. Court of International Trade, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.


Lunch will be provided.
Preregistration recommended due to limited space


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