KCMA finds DOC ruling 'disturbing and shocking'

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In what the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association called a disturbing and shocking decision, the Department of Commerce decided to make no changes to preliminary results that found a 'zero dumping margin' as it relates to a specific Chinese furniture supplier and 15 non-selected respondents.

The DOC informed Schagrin Associates, KCMA's outside council, of the final results of the first administrative review of the antidumping duty order on Wooden Cabinets, Vanities, and Components Thereof from China. The first review period covers October 2019 through March 2021.

According to the association statement, Commerce calculated a zero dumping margin for the mandatory respondent Qufu Xinyu, a margin of 251.64% for the mandatory respondent Shanghai Beautystar, and a margin of 251.64% for the voluntary respondent Dalian Hualing. Commerce also assigned Qufu Xinyu’s zero margin to the 15 non-selected respondents in the review.

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In an association statement, Betsy Natz, CEO, said: "While this is a disturbing and shocking decision, it just means we will have to redouble our resolve and efforts in the second administrative review. It is imperative for the survival of the domestic kitchen cabinet industry that the dumping rates are greatly increased for the 16 Chinese companies that now have zero rates.
"It is important to note that while this is a disappointing setback, it is not a green light for these Chinese companies to resume shipping massive volumes of cabinets to the United States. They are still subject to the countervailing duty order, with current subsidy rates for non-examined companies set at 20.93 percent.

"Taking the 25-percent 301 duties into account, the companies are still subject to total duties of 45.93%. And any future imports they make under their current cash deposit rates may be increased retroactively through subsequent administrative reviews.

"Together, we represent a resilient community that embodies America's spirit and defiant strength in the face of adversity. And it is together that we will prevail."

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