ITC Opens New Investigation into Wooden Cabinets and Vanities from China

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On March 6, the American Kitchen Cabinet Alliance, which includes more than 25 domestic companies, filed a petition with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission (ITC) for the imposition of anti-dumping and countervailing (CVD) duties on wooden cabinets and vanities from China. The petition claims that the Chinese imports are being dumped at margins up to 259.99%. The petition also alleges that the Chinese wooden cabinet and vanity industry receives countervailable subsidies from 38 individual government programs. Although unable to quantify the margin of subsidization, the petition specifically references the 194.90% subsidy rates calculated in the hardwood plywood CVD order. The petition estimates that the total annual value of imports covered by the case is approximately $4 billion and that domestic production of cabinets and vanities is between $9 billion to $10 billion annually. The case covers assembled or unassembled cabinets and vanities as well as parts. The proposed scope of the investigations, which includes several product exclusions, can be found here. However, Commerce is already in the process of requesting clarifications from the petitioner on the scope language, and the product coverage language is expected to change. Interested parties that wish to file comments with Commerce on the scope language must do so by mid-April (exact date yet to be announced). The complete narrative portion of the public version of the petition can be found here, and you can review the Federal Register Notice announcing the institution of the investigation. These cases move quickly. The ITC has issued questionnaires that can be found here. If you are the “importer of record,” these questionnaire responses are due back to the ITC by March 20. The ITC will hold its first hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 27. View a list of importers named in the petition. For more information, contact Felicia Watson at 1-800-368-5242 x8229.

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