ACCD distributors: No injury to U.S. cabinetmakers by RTA imports
February 26, 2020 | 3:11 pm UTC

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The American Coalition of Cabinet Distributors issued the following statement regarding the Department of Commerce’s final determination in the antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigation of imports of wooden cabinets and vanities from China:

“Today, the Commerce Department issued affirmative final determinations in its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations involving ‘ready-to-assemble’ (RTA) Wooden Cabinets and Vanities from China. These affirmative findings do not in any way suggest that imports of RTA cabinets and vanities from China are causing injury to the made-to-order cabinet industry behind this petition. In fact, as was made clear at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) final injury hearing on February 20, the U.S. cabinet industry overall is healthy and growing.

“At the hearing, ACCD members testified that the distinct RTA cabinet market accounts for less than 10 percent of all U.S. cabinet sales and explained that RTA cabinets fill a specific consumer need, providing a limited selection of options that are available to consumers in a matter of days, a dramatically faster turnaround time than made-to-order cabinet companies offer. The made-to-order cabinet industry does not offer this niche product, and there is no justification for trying to penalize a segment of the market that their U.S. production does not serve.

“As was also revealed at the hearing, some of the very same made-to-order producers behind this trade case have themselves been the biggest importers of cabinets and cabinet components from China. Rather than seeking to bring cabinet jobs back to the their public relations campaign suggests, the record shows that most have opted to shift production to Vietnam, Mexico, and elsewhere.

“Regardless of the Commerce Department’s determinations, we do not expect duties to be collected because we are confident that the ITC will find no material injury has been caused by these imports.”


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