WASHINGTON D.C. - The U.S. International Trade Commission has unanimously voted to apply antidumping and countervailing duties on Chinese imports of wooden cabinets and vanities. Duties will begin the first week of April.
“Today’s ITC vote is a major win for the American kitchen cabinet industry and our American workers,” remarked Edwin Underwood, President and COO of Marsh Furniture Company. Marsh is a member of the American Kitchen Cabinet Alliance, the group who began its petition against unfairly-traded Chinese imports in 2019.
"This is an extremely important victory for the American kitchen cabinet industry and importantly our great American manufacturing workers. When given a level playing field, the American kitchen industry can compete with anyone in the world."
"The decision rendered by the International Trade Commission helps level the playing field for American kitchen cabinet workers and our great American manufacturing industry," said Mark Trexler, President and CEO at Master WoodCraft Cabinetry. “We look forward to working with our federal enforcement agencies to ensure that China now plays by the rules. Furthermore we commend the International Trade Commission and staff for completing the investigation in difficult circumstances."
While preliminary duties are currently being collected, once the orders are issued, duties will be collected at the final rates, which are higher for most companies.
In February, Commerce determined what those duties would be: Dalian Meisen 269.91%, Foremost 122.1%, Ancientree 13.33%, with all others 58.89%. Today’s ITC vote means that almost all manufacturers that import from China will face final combined AD/CVD cash deposit rates of about 59%. The orders will remain in effect for a minimum of five years, and duty evasion, absorption and circumvention are strictly illegal.
On March 6, 2019, the AKCA initiated one of the largest trade cases ever filed against Chinese imports at the International Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce – a case which claims China's "manipulation and unfair trade practices" have resulted in a significant rise of the Chinese cabinetry imports - creating a threat to the estimated $9.6 billion American industry.
The scope of the petition covered both face-frame and frameless cabinets, made of solid wood and composite panel construction, RTA cabinetry, cabinetry components including doors, drawers, back and end panels, as well as desks, shelves, and tables that are attached to or incorporated in the merchandise.
The petition was fought every step of the way by the American Coalition of Cabinet Distributors, a group made up of U.S. distributors, dealers, contractors, installers and importers, which claims imposition of the proposed duties could significantly impact the RTA option from the U.S. marketplace. They say RTA companies serve a niche demand for RTA cabinets in the U.S. that prioritize limited selection and short lead times over customized products that take many weeks to complete.
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