Plywood group rails against import deposit requirements

The American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood reacted strongly to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s recent findings that show imports of hardwood and decorative plywood from China were sold in the United States at dumping margins ranging from 55.67 percent to 121.65 percent.

“The protectionist campaign against imported Chinese hardwood plywood has effectively eliminated a vital raw material from the supply chain for thousands of manufacturers, creating long-term market uncertainty that will drive jobs out of the U.S.,” the trade group that represents importers, distributors, manufacturers and retailers said in a Sept. 19 release.

“[On Sept. 17], the Department of Commerce announced severe and unprecedented deposit requirements for estimated dumping and subsidy margins, totaling 73 percent on almost all imported Chinese hardwood plywood entering the U.S. The deposit rates are an absurd spike from preliminary Commerce rates announced earlier this spring, which totaled an outrageous 45 percent. Those initial rates have already created a shockwave throughout critical supply chains, increasing the cost of imported hardwood plywood virtually overnight and creating painful shortages due to lack of sufficient domestic supply.”

"This is a deathblow to the U.S. cabinet industry and many other manufacturers that heavily rely on imported Chinese hardwood plywood," alliance co-chairman Greg Simon said. "The methodology in the duty determination by the Department of Commerce clearly ignores sound market variables, equates China and Bulgaria, and is effectively putting the nail in the coffin for an entire industry."

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7 Thursday, 26 September 2013 05:25
I agreed that it is driving jobs out of US! This is totally absurb!
6 Thursday, 26 September 2013 04:48
Michael Taylor
I think that once again everyone is missing the point. How do we make US plywood production financially viable again?
5 Thursday, 26 September 2013 01:10
Mark Evan Slafkes
It's always about one interest group lobbying to protect its interests. Also, one group's interests are in direct contrast with another group's interests.
As far as I know, China-made products are incredibly subsidized by the government's incredibly manipulation of exchange rates.
Once these rates are allowed to free-float like most of the rest of the world's rates, a whole lot of things should settle out, including the huge subsidies that the Chinese government gives to ALL of its exporters and the huge disadvantages it offers to all of its importers.
4 Wednesday, 25 September 2013 21:11
Bob Watson
Shame on this country for using foreign suppliers in the first place. Vital jobs have been lost in this country due to allowing China to out produce us. Goodness only knows what poisens the Chinese are pushing upon us remember the sheet rock debacle
3 Wednesday, 25 September 2013 19:50
Gary Dean
Whatever happened to "made in the USA"? Do we not make plywood here anymore? Must we always rely on imported materials to make what products we do make here?
2 Wednesday, 25 September 2013 19:39
Kevin McHugh
You are crying wolf in this article. We have domestic plywood that is better than the Chinese import selections. Those who rely on the cheap imports now have a better product to choose from although it costs more. As a furniture maker in Georgia, I don't like the higher price but understand the reason is to protect companies here in the US. Who are you going to side with? The Chinese or us?

1 Wednesday, 25 September 2013 19:36
Gary Gorman
Chinese plywood is garbage. How exactly is buying American and Canadian ply going to put Americans out of business?