U.S. Launches Investigation into Chinese-Made Cabinets
Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department launched its “antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigation on wooden cabinetry and vanities imported from China” based on the March 6 petition from the American Kitchen Cabinet Alliance that was previously reported in @the edge. The petition alleges that China illegally provided subsidies and dumped products into the U.S. forcing prices down for American manufacturers. The claim covers “face-frame and frameless cabinets, made of solid wood and composite panel construction, RTA cabinetry, cabinetry components including doors, drawers, back and end panels, as well as desks, shelves, and tables that are attached to or incorporated in the merchandise.” Imports of these products into the U.S. last year were approximately $4.4 billion.
Concurrently, the U.S. International Trade Commission is also investigating this claim and will provide a preliminary rule on or before April 22. If both agencies determine that imported wooden cabinets and vanities were unfairly subsidized or dumped, then import duties would be collected on the affected importers. Final determinations are expected on August 13 for countervailing duties and October 28 for antidumping. See Commerce Department and Forbes