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August 28, 2023 | Journal of Commerce 31 Special Report Port Productivity: Drayage and Chassis Report an unprecedented high. With freight volume down this year, there's not as much demand for new chassis. CIE, formerly known as CIMC Intermodal, produces marine chassis for pool providers, as well as domestic equipment for North American Class I CIE MANUFACTURING HAS stopped all US imports of chassis indefinitely following an investigation by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) into whether one of the larg- est global chassis makers evaded countervailing and antidumping duties on goods made in China. "Until further review, we have temporarily suspended all shipping into the US," CIE CEO Trevor Ash told the Journal of Commerce Aug. 4. He also said the investigation was spurred by a group of US chassis producers in retaliation for a CIE lawsuit against one of its members. "We're investigating all avenues to expedite the review because we have not violated any rulings." The decision will impact com- panies wanting to buy new chassis, though Ash acknowledges the dam- age would have been worse 12 to 18 months ago, when demand was at "Until further review, we have temporarily suspended all shipping into the US." CIE produces tens of thousands of chassis per year destined for the US, more than any other manufacturer. railroads and intermodal providers such as J.B. Hunt Transport Services. In their investigation, CBP officials are trying to determine whether CIE is building equipment in Thailand using components made in China to avoid countervailing and antidump- ing duties, which increased the cost of imported chassis by more than 200%, making production in China economically unviable. The Coalition of American Chassis Manufacturers alleges CIE is evading the duties by importing Chinese-made components into Thailand and assembling them at its factory in Rayong, roughly 20 miles from the Laem Chabang Port.

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