AD/CVD Investigations Continue on Hardwood Plywood from China

December 12, 2012

On November 9, 2012, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured as a result of imports of hardwood plywood from China being subsidized and sold at less-than-fair value. This means that the ongoing antidumping and countervailing duty investigations being conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) will continue.

The hardwood and decorative plywood (hardwood plywood) under investigation consists of wood panel products made from gluing two or more layers of wood veneer to a core which may itself be composed of veneers or other types of wood material such as medium density fiberboard (MDF), particleboard, lumber, or oriented strand board (OSB). The subject product is typically made using hardwood species (e.g., oak, birch, maple, and poplar), but may also be made from softwood species or bamboo. Common uses of hardwood plywood include furniture, kitchen cabinets, architectural woodwork, floor underlayment, and wall paneling.

For the countervailing duty investigation, Commerce will now proceed to issue its preliminary determination, which is due on December 21, 2012. For the antidumping investigation, Commerce’s preliminary determination is due on March 6, 2013. If these preliminary determinations are affirmative, then Commerce will proceed in issuing final determinations.

If you have any questions about this or other customs issues, please contact Steve Spraitzar at or at (415) 288‑0427.

Stephen S. Spraitzar is an attorney with the Law Offices of George R. Tuttle in San Francisco.


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