The US Coalition for Enforcement of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders has announced that an importer of steel wire garment hangers has been arrested and charged with fraud, smuggling, and money laundering.

It is in connection with allegedly bringing Chinese-made hangers into the US via a third country and then falsely claiming a country of origin other than China.

The coalition said it has been working closely with US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to identify instances of illegal evasion of US trade laws.

It said a substantial portion of the imported hangers are Chinese made but transshipped through third countries such as Vietnam, Taiwan, and Korea, in violation of a dumping order against China.

A statement added: "These evasion schemes deprive US companies of the remedies proscribed by law and result in reduced sales and lost jobs for American workers. Further, there is growing evidence that these illegal schemes are being used against other US industries, further threatening jobs and the US economy."