AAHP testifies against Chinese plywood duties

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Joined by several industry stakeholders, representatives from the American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission in October and presented evidence that imports of hardwood plywood products from China are not having a negative impact on the domestic hardwood plywood industry.

The AAHP is an organization of American importers, distributors and manufacturers of hardwood plywood, along with other U.S. companies that depend on the availability of global resources.

The AAHP’s previous opposition to an identical case in 2012 resulted in a unanimous vote by the ITC to terminate the case. That win was later upheld on appeal by a federal judge.

“As we’ve made clear time and again, domestic and Chinese plywood both play a vital complementary role for American cabinet manufacturers and other end users of this important raw material,” AAHP chairman Greg Simon said in a statement.

“The ITC has ruled in our favor before and we feel confident that the facts continue to speak volumes. We trust in the deliberative approach of the ITC and that plywood from the United States, China and other countries can continue trade in a fair manner as they always have.”

The proposed duties of more than 225 percent would be devastating to the hundreds of thousands of American jobs that rely on hardwood plywood from both the U.S. and China, including U.S. kitchen cabinet, furniture and other American manufacturers, according to a joint letter from the International Wood Products Association, National Association of Homebuilders, and Recreation Vehicle Industry Association sent to ITC commissioners in advance of the hearing.

“Our associations collectively represent hundreds of thousands of American jobs including manufacturing jobs that rely on access to both domestic and global raw materials to remain competitive,” the letter states. “One such product is hardwood plywood, where imported plywood has historically played a complementary role in the market alongside domestic hardwood plywood. We are concerned that if this case moves forward to final antidumping and countervailing duties there will be unintended negative consequences on our industries, our members and their employees that collectively far outnumber those of petitioners, both in terms of employment and contribution to the economy.” 

This article originally appeared in the December 2017 issue.

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