Millwork group loses bid to impose antidumping duties on Brazilian millwork imports

WASHINGTON -- The U. S. Court of International Trade denied a bid by the Coalition of American Millwork Producers (CAMP) to issue anti-dumping duties on wood mouldings and millwork products from Brazil. The ruling affirmed the U. S. Department of Commerce's decision to reject levies on the goods. 

In a 49-page opinion issued June 15,  Judge Jennifer Choe-Groves rejected arguments from the coalition aimed at placing anti-dumping duties on their Brazilian competitors. A key portion of the ruling focused on the Commerce department's decision to "collapse" the Brazilian companies-- Araupel and Braslumber Industria de Molduras/BrasPine Madeiras--into a single entity. 

The coalition argued that prior instances of collapsing have shown more prominent indications of shared activity than were present in the case at hand. In her ruling, the judge found there was sufficient evidence to back the determination.

“The Court concludes that Commerce reasonably supported its collapsing determination based on substantial evidence on the record,” the judge decided.

On August 12, 2021, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued mixed findings in its preliminary determinations on sales of wood mouldings and millwork from China and Brazil. 

It ruled that China had been dumping products. However, the department found no evidence that products from Brazil were being sold at less than fair value for the period in question, Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2019.

The merchandise that was the subject of this investigation consisted of wood mouldings and millwork products that are made of wood (regardless of wood species), laminated veneer lumber (LVL), or of wood and composite materials (where the composite materials make up less than 50 percent of the total merchandise), and which are woodwork or building materials that are produced in a mill or otherwise undergo remanufacturing.


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Larry Adams is a Chicago-based writer and editor who writes about how things get done. A former wire service and community newspaper reporter, Larry is an award-winning writer with more than three decades of experience. In addition to writing about woodworking, he has covered science, metrology, metalworking, industrial design, quality control, imaging, Swiss and micromanufacturing . He was previously a Tabbie Award winner for his coverage of nano-based coatings technology for the automotive industry. Larry volunteers for the historic preservation group, the Kalo Foundation/Ianelli Studios, and the science-based group, Chicago Council on Science and Technology (C2ST).