America is facing a historical supply chain reckoning, with ripple effects impacting virtually all Americans, and nearly all sectors of the U.S. economy. The wood products industry is no exception. U.S. trade policy leaders have their work cut out for them, but they have displayed a willingness to work with and listen to our industry.
By Bradley A. McKinney
Tariff exclusions on some Chinese products have been extended through December 31, per the office of the U.S. Trade Representative.
WASHINGTON - U.S. hardwood lumber, logs and veneer exports are among the products impacted in a new round of tariffs announced Friday by the Chinese government. The tariffs will be implemented in two phases, beginning Sept.1 and Dec. 15. New and additional tariffs of 5% and 10% on being levied. According to information provided by the American Hardwood Export Council and the National Hardwood Lumber Association, products impacted include:
Laminate Works has posted a detailed discussion of how woodworking companies should plan to deal with tariffs.
Antidumping and countervailing duty investigations on imported Chinese vertical metal file cabinets have been initiated by the U.S. Department of Commerce. In 2018, imports of vertical metal file cabinets from China were valued at an estimated $45.2 million.
Washington, DC - A coalition has been launched to fight the recent unfair trade allegations against ready-to-assemble cabinetry imports from China.
Canfor is temporarily curtailing operations at all its British Columbia sawmills effective April 29. The forest products giant cited low lumber prices and the high cost of fiber for the closures.
In a 4-0 vote, the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that "there is a reasonable indication" that American cabinetry manufacturers are being harmed by Chinese imports of wooden cabinets and vanities.
John Sherwin, Project Manager, Custom Research, The Freedonia Group, will be presenting “Tariff Impacts on Cabinetry” at the Executive Briefing Conference on April 14.
By Bill Esler