U.S. Customs and Border Protection Investigating Synthetic Turf Importers Who Evade Tariffs

FOREST HILL, Md.Dec. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) has learned that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is investigating U.S. importers of synthetic turf that may be willfully evading tariffs placed on synthetic or artificial turf.

Based on publicly available information, the STC and industry participants have filed hundreds of e-Allegation violations that question whether the synthetic turf that is being imported into the U.S. is properly coded and subject to tariffs. CBP is using this data and other information in order to conduct its investigation.

According to CBP, e-Allegations provide a means for the public to report to CBP any suspected violations of trade laws or regulations related to the importation of goods into the U.S. These types of violations include misclassification of merchandise, false country of origin markings, health and safety issues, valuation issues and intellectual property rights.

The STC has also learned that as new tariffs on synthetic turf have been put in place, shipping companies have accelerated their marketing efforts by offering to relabel containers through intermediate destinations (called ‘transshipping’) to hide the true country of origin. This involves taking a shipment for a fee from a country that has a tariff in place, unloading it in a country that does not, repacking and shipping the container to the U.S. The result obfuscates the country of origin and determination of tariffs.

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Featured Install: Bridge City Baseball by EnviroTurf

When it comes to baseball, Sporturf™ understands the demands athletes, owners and fans expect. Our fields provide a consistent surface that you can count on to deliver the best experience available. We have an offering that spans all levels of play from professinoal to the local little league field. The quality turf we manufacture utilizes the latest technology. Features like ball bounce, speed of the ball roll and even light reflection are all advancements that are addressed in our product designs.

The turf for the Bridge City High School project featured Sporturf Fielder’s Choice and TrueGrass. TrueGrass was used in the Green areas of the field while the more durable and player friendly Fielder’s Choice was used in the “dirt” areas. It was important to utilize the texturized thatch in the dirt areas to minimize the infill splash for sliding players.

Fielder’s Choice provides excellent ball roll, ball bounce, wear resistance and slide comfort. This system is specifically designed for baseball. Rest assured the system will perform to the highest expectations.

True Grass is a premium athletic field product that has been tried and tested in the toughest conditions. This product also features the longest lasting fiber available, which makes it ideal for indoor and outdoor athletic fields.

Sporturf Featured Install at Coe College

Sporturf™ dealer Craig Shonk of Midwest Synthetic Turf Professionals installed AT740 and Fielder’s Choice at Coe College. Steve Cook, Head Baseball coach for Coe College chose Craig along with Sporturf to install a state-of-the-art indoor baseball training facility for their student athletes.

They installed Fielder’s Choice and AT740 complete with varying colors and fully installed logo.

Sporturf’s Fielder’s Choice provides excellent ball roll, ball bounce, wear resistance and slide comfort. This system is specifically designed for baseball. Rest assured the system will perform to the highest expectations.

Craig Shonk started Midwest Synthetic Turf Professionals LLC as a way to pair together ISO 9001 synthetic turf manufacturing with an ASBA Certified Field Builder for synthetic turf fields to better serve clients throughout the Midwest.

WHLL Joseph Field Install with KMI Sports

Recently Sporturf dealer KMI Sports Construction installed a baseball field for the Western Hills Little League. Western Hills Little League serves the Westlake and Central Austin area. WHLL supports the physical facilities, volunteer services, and resource programs for children, families, and communities to enjoy the sport of baseball in a way that is engaging, exciting and fun.

WHLL has eight fields at all of their complexes and for the Joseph Field they chose Sporturf’s Fielder’s Choice 50z. KMI installed over 10,000 sq. ft. in the colors of Field Green and Terra Cotta.

Sporturf Fielder’s Choice provides excellent ball roll, ball bounce, wear resistance and slide comfort. This system is specifically designed for baseball. Rest assured the system will perform to the highest expectations.

KMI Sports Construction is the complete one-stop solution for sports complex construction

KMI has managed multi-million dollar complexes, fields, and facilities across the country that has benefitted many students. Our clients range from elementary schools, private sport complexes, city parks, baseball academies, and high school fields. Our services includes recreational land design, project management, and construction services for sports field complexes, athletic fields, athletic facilities, golf courses, golf practice facilities and site improvements, since 2007. While our roots come from baseball design and construction, we’ve become a recognized company and brand in the design/build market for sports facilities of all types

Introducing Sporturfs Newest AIA Course!

Sporturf recently launched our newest AIA CES Course: Synthetic Turf Then & Now

Course Number-ST2019.

This is a 200-level course that allows Sporturf to offer highly requested Learning Units (LU) and requires an in-person presentation by our sales team.

With our new level to course you earn 1 LU.

We look forward to meeting you and educating your team on the history, technological advances and varying applications of synthetic turf.

Please contact your respective Regional Account Manager to set up your in-person presentation today.

Dustin Loggins

Midwest Regional Account Manager
(706) 508-2526 dustinloggins@sporturf.com

Hunter Pratt

Gulf Coast Regional Account Manager
(706) 980-8915 hunterpratt@sporturf.com

Demond Moore

Southeast Regional Account Manager
706-913-5033 demondmoore@sporturf.com

Mac Clark

Northwest Regional Account Manager

Greg Holloway

Southwestern Regional Account Manager
706-671-0029 gregholloway@sporturf.com

Sporturf Introduces Facility Designer on Website

 

The Sporturf Facility Designer can be used to design a customized training area for your facility.

First set the turf color and outer dimensions, then add hash lines, ladders, and agility dots. Upload your logo (a PNG file with transparent background works best) and drag-and-drop it into place. Your logo can be rotated and scaled to the desired size.

Finally, fill out the Contact Information section and submit the design. An email with a link to the design PDF file will be sent to you and you will be assigned an Account Manager! Test our facility designer today!

 

Featured Install: McDonald Mustangs

Recently McDonald County High School worked with Sporturf dealer Craig Shonk of Midwest Synthetic Turf Professionals to install a brand new custom football field for their athletes.

Bo Bergen, graduate of MCHS and the school’s Athletic Director, lead the charge for updates to the athletic department, including their new synthetic turf field. MCHS wanted to provide their student athletes with a top of the line surface that would not only be incredibly safe to play on but also incredibly eye catching.

Craig Shonk started Midwest Synthetic Turf Professionals LLC as a way to pair together ISO 9001 synthetic turf manufacturing with an ASBA Certified Field Builder for synthetic turf fields to better serve clients throughout the Midwest.

The Mustangs chose Sporturf™ PowerHouse for its increased durability thanks to the 13,000 denier design.

Power House is one of our most advanced system designs that provides high resilience and increased comfort and safety. The series is made up of some of the most proven and durable fibers in the world. Power House truly is a workhorse and will withstand the rigors of wear and tear for many years.

Features:

  • Dual Parallel Slit Film
  • Over 50% More Wear Layer

Applications:

  • Football
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer

Sporturf Player of the Week in the Major Arena Soccer League: Nelson Santana

KANSAS CITY (Feb. 1, 2019) – The MASL announced that the SporTurf Player of the Week for Week Nine is Harrisburg Heat defender, Nelson Santana. This is the first Player of the Week award for Santana and the Heat this season. Santana was also featured on the Team of the Week back in Week Two.

The Heat is on a roll, winning two games last weekend over Utica City FC and the Baltimore Blast. Santana contributed one assist and two blocks on Friday night against Utica. He followed up with an amazing performance on Saturday by earning a hat trick and adding two more blocks to end the weekend.

The Heat get to rest this week, but Harrisburg will look to continue their winning streak when they head to Baltimore next week. The game is scheduled to kick off at 3:05 p.m. ET from The SECU Arena in Towson, MD. The match will be broadcast live on MASLtv at MASLSoccer.com.

ABOUT THE MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE
The Major Arena Soccer League represents the highest level of professional arena soccer in the world. The MASL features teams across North America, with teams playing coast-to-coast in the United States, Canada and Mexico. The MASL is currently incorporated as a 501(c)6 not for profit corporation formed to promote the business and sport of arena soccer.

Sporturf Introduces New Northwest Regional Manager

Mac Clark has not been too far from a sports field since his childhood. Spending the latter half of his younger years in Leavenworth, WA he played football, basketball, and ran track. After high school, he attended Central Washington University (CWU) where he was the student manager and video coordinator for the Men’s Basketball program and majored in Public Relations with a minor in Communications. During his time at CWU he worked in the Sports Club department while also writing for the school paper. Throughout college he coached high school football at Ellensburg, Hanford, and now North Creek High School.

During college Clark landed an internship with the Yakima Valley Pippins and helped launch the most successful West Coast League franchise in league history. He finished as the Operations Manager with the Pippins and then pursued a career in the sporting goods industry with Lids Team Sports, BSN Sports, and most Recently Mizuno. He is excited to grow the Sporturf brand in the Northwest.

As Northwestern Regional Manager Clark will be responsible for growing and managing the indoor and outdoor field dealer networks in the Northwestern states and Canada, while working with the A&E community as well as meeting with end users.

Territory: Nor Cal (Bakersfield, CA North), Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Alaska, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia

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