Chinese Hardwood Plywood Dumping Ruling: Did ITC Get It Right?

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 11/06/2013 9:15AM


Woodworking Network's breaking news report on the U.S. International Trade Commission's ruling against an antidumping petition filed by U.S. hardwood plywood makers had nearly 1,800 page views within three hours of being posted Tuesday afternoon.

The ITC voted 5-0 that the U.S. hardwood plywood industry is not "materially injured nor threatened with material injury by imported Chinese hardwood plywood." As a result of its ruling, hardwood plywood and decorative plywood panels imported from China will not be subject to tariffs and punitive antidumping duties.

This hotly debated issue has pitted six U.S. hardwood plywood makers under the banner, Coaliition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood (CFTHP) vs. the American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood (AAHP), a group of importers of hardwood plywood joined by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, whose members make up one of the largest user groups of hardwood plywood, including panels imported from China.

A trio of readers were quick to chime in with comments about the ITC's ruling.Among them, Jason Timm, wrote, "This ruling positively affects tens of thousands of jobs if not hundreds of thousands in the furniture, cabinet and other woodworking industries. Had the ruling gone the way of the Department of Commerce's rationale, it would have positively affected the jobs of about 1900 that are employed by the 6 CFTHP's companies. Cabinets would have come pouring over the border from Canada, Mexico and China (in a flat pack, ready to assemble product). This is a win for the American worker and the American consumer."

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Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at or follow him on Google+.

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