Chinese tool chests and cabinets harm US industry, says USITC

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Imported tool chests and cabinets from China harm U.S. industry, says the United States International Trade Commission (ITC).

In a recent decision, the ITC determined that the U.S. metal tool chest and cabinets industry, which consists of two manufacturers, is materially injured because of imports from China. The U.S. Department of Commerce says these imports are subsidized by the Chinese government, and as a result, Commerce will issue a countervailing duty order. 

The tool chests and cabinets covered under this decision have bodies that are generally made of carbon, alloy, or stainless steel, but can be produced from other metals. The subject merchandise includes top chests, intermediate chests, tool cabinets, side cabinets, mobile workbenches and workstations, and metal storage units that have two or more drawers, meet specified physical dimensions, and are prepackaged for retail sale. 



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Not covered by the scope of these investigations are tool boxes, chests and cabinets with bodies made entirely of plastic, carbon fiber, wood, or other non-metallic substances; portable tool boxes; and industrial grade tool chests and cabinets.

Tool cabinet and tool storage maker Waterloo Industries, located in Sedalia, Missouri, filed an anti-dumping petition against China last year. Waterloo, a former subsidiary of Fortune Brands Home & Security (MasterBrand cabinets) and now a standalone company, manufactures tool chests and cabinets, portable chests and hand boxes, utility carts, project centers, bulk storage, work benches, and accessories.

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Michaelle Bradford, CCI Media, is Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Woodworking Network editor. She has more than 20 years of experience covering the woodworking and design industry, including visits to custom cabinet shops, closet firms and design studios throughout North America. As Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine under the Woodworking Network brand, Michaelle’s responsibilities include writing, editing, and coordinating editorial content as well as managing annual design competitions like the Top Shelf Design Awards. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media.