Lawmakers Call for Trade Remedies in AD/CV Probes of Wooden Cabinets from Mainland China
13 February 2020
In a recent letter to the U.S. International Trade Commission, 25 U.S. senators are urging action against illegal mainland Chinese trade practices that have ostensibly harmed the domestic kitchen cabinet industry. According to the lawmakers, it is estimated that domestic manufacturers of kitchen cabinets have suffered as much as US$4 billion in harm as a result of these practices.
In essence, the lawmakers are urging the USITC to issue a final affirmative injury determination in the on-going antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of mainland Chinese wooden cabinets and vanities classified under HTSUS subheadings 9403.40.9060, 9403.60.8081 and 9403.90.7080. The U.S. Department of Commerce is scheduled to issue its final determinations of dumping and countervailable subsidisation by 17 February, while the USITC will issue its final injury determination on 24 March.
The lawmakers contend that cabinet imports from mainland China have risen more than 75 percent since 2015 and without action they “are bound to continue increasing.” The letter further asserts that the dumping margins of some of these products have exceeded 200 percent.
In other legislative news of potential interest, Sen. Pat Toomey (Republican-Pennsylvania) sent a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on 5 February seeking an exemption from the Section 232 tariffs on steel for Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Technologies Inc. Toomey reported that ATI has paid over US$30 million in tariffs since March 2018, primarily for stainless steel slabs imported from Indonesia. Interestingly, the lawmaker indicated that a previous tariff exemption request had been denied so the firm now promises to make substantial domestic stainless steel purchases if an exemption is granted. Toomey, who has complained repeatedly about delays in the exclusion process, warned that without an exemption ATI would close a Pittsburgh area plant.
- Furniture & Furnishings
- North America
- Mainland China