WASHINGTON -- The Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood is contesting a U.S. ruling on antidumping and countervailing of hardwood plywood from China.
Earlier this year the International Trade Commission said in a 5-0 ruling that imports of hardwood plywood from China do not injure or threaten injury to the domestic hardwood plywood industry.
The Coalition filed a new complaint seeking to have the International Trade Commission revisit its ruling on Chinese plywood. In its complaint, the Coalition, an association of U.S. manufacturers of hardwood plywood, says the ITC’s “final determination was not supported by substantial evidence on the record and otherwise not in accordance with law because, among other reasons, the Commission did not consider the final dumping margins calculated for all subject imports.”
Additionally the Coalition said the imports of Chinese plywood poses a severe economic harm to the American plywood industry due in part to price depression and the use of illegally sourced lumber.
The debate, pitting U.S. hardwood plywood makers versus hardwood plywood importers, has raged since the trade case was first filed in September 2012 by the CFTHP. The CFTHP, which includes Columbia Forest Products, Timber Products and others, argued that Chinese hardwood plywood was being unfairly subsidized by the Chinese government and sold at less than fair value in the U.S.
Although the Coalition opposed the ruling, another U.S. organization, the American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood, is defending the ITC ruling. AAHP officials said the Coalition’s actions are hurting U.S. kitchen cabinet makers. The AAHP argued that most hardwood plywood from China is of lower grade than U.S. plywood and is less prone to be used in decorative applications. The AAHP claimed that increased duties on imported Chinese hardwood plywood would create market uncertainty and job loss.
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