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U.S. applies preliminary antidumping duties to Chinese hardwood plywood producers

Final duty determination is expected by early September

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Commerce has assigned preliminary antidumping duties of 57.36% to more than 500 Chinese producers of hardwood and decorative plywood.

The duties apply to Chinese hardwood plywood products imported into the U.S. between April 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2016. They are assigned to Chinese producers but ultimately paid by importers of record of hardwood plywood products, including some veneered panels used in cabinet, RV and some domestic furniture production.

A separate preliminary PRC (Peoples Republic of China) rate of 114.72% is applied to all other producers of the subject merchandise.

The antidumping duties aim to address what the U.S. government believes to be unfair pricing of these components by Chinese producers.

Earlier this spring, the DOC announced preliminary countervailing duties of up 111.09% for 61 Chinese producers of these materials. These duties aim to address allegations that Chinese factories are subsidized by the Chinese government.

The case stems from a complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission last November by 12 domestic producers called the Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood. The group believes that both unfairly priced boards and the Chinese government’s subsidization of various panel producers are injuring the domestic hardwood plywood industry.

The DOC will make a final determination on the duties within 75 days after the June 23 effective date of the preliminary duties. If it determines in favor of final duties, the ITC will determine within 120 days of the preliminary duty announcement or within 45 days after the final determination whether the imports are materially injuring, or threaten material injury to the U.S. hardwood plywood industry.

The duties apply largely to the components themselves versus finished goods that are made with these panels.

For the scope of the investigation, which outlines which products are covered and exempt, visit the Federal Register's website.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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