US extends deadline for final ruling on wooden cabinets from Vietnam

In September, the US Department of Commerce issued an initial finding that three cases of wooden cabinets imported from Vietnam with components produced in China are within the scope of duty orders on wooden cabinets from China. Meaning, they were primarily made in China, but the exporter claimed they were made in Vietnam. 

Under the initial finding, companies importing wooden cabinets into U.S. would have to prove the products' country of origin.

The final ruling was thought to be released in mid-June, but the US Department of Commerce extended the deadline by 31 days for a determination on an inquiry into whether wooden cabinets from Việtnam are within the scope of its antidumping and countervailing duties. The new deadline for the preliminary finding is July 29, and final circumvention determination is October 28, according to the Trade Remedies Authority of Việtnam, and a report that appeared in Voice of Vietnam.

Betsy Natz, CEO of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA), a leading proponent for the ruling, said: “The KCMA understands that the Commerce Department may need additional time to reach its final decision, but we hope that this will be the last extension of the deadline because the relief we are seeking is long overdue."



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