U.S. buyers of China-made plywood plan to fight against import restrictions
December 12, 2016 | 1:07 am CST
WASHINGTON, D.C.  -  U.S. customers for hardwood plywood made in China - represented by the American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood - say they will fight back against the latest effort to block cheaper imports.
U.S. manufacturers of plywood, represented by the Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood, revived an appeal to the International Trade Commission, asking the organization to block sales of plywood from China's factories sold at what they claim are below-cost prices in the U.S. market. The ITC has turned down two previous appeals.  
In November, a group favoring access to Chinese made plywood, the Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood, formally filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission/ The Coalition says imports of hardwood plywood from China are being sold into the United States at “dumped prices” below cost to gain an unfair competitive advantage.
The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association as well as customers of Chinese manufacturers are members of the American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood. In addition to KCMA, members of the group include American Pacific Plywood, Concannon Lumber, Genesis Products, Holland Southwest International, Liberty Wood International, Moreland Company, Patriot Products, and US Ply. 
"Despite back to back losses dealt by the International Trade Commission and a federal appeals court, The Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood has filed another petition with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission asserting that imports of hardwood plywood products from China are being sold into the United States at 'dumped prices' below cost to gain an unfair competitive advantage," the group said in a statement.  
"These same six petitioners brought this case in 2012 and lost unanimously at the International Trade Commission," said the American Alliance's  chairman Greg Simon. "They appealed to federal court and lost again. Now their solution is to use the same playbook and bring another case in the hopes of disrupting proven fair trade that is fostering the production of U.S.-made goods employing tens of thousands of U.S. workers." 
The American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood has re-hired the law firm Mowry & Grimson to support its case.
"We look forward to explaining to the ITC how Chinese hardwood plywood does not injure or threaten the domestic industry, consistent with the ITC's 2013 unanimous ruling in our favor," Simon said. 

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