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IWPA 58th Annual Convention
EPA & CARB Formaldehyde
On June 10, 2013 the Environmental Protection Agency released the proposed rule in the Federal Register. The Third Party Certification (TPC) proposed regulation is available here and the full proposed regulation is available here. Comments for the TPC regulation were due on September 26, 2013 and the full proposed regulation on October 9, 2013.
CARB has also begun a process to amend its rules so that they are in line with the proposed EPA changes.
NEW - FWIC Sent Letter To CARB on its Proposed Changes to the CARB Rules. You can read the Feb. 20, 2014 FWIC comments here.
IWPA submitted comments on the EPA proposed regulation of formaldehyde in composite wood products. You can read the TPC comments here, and the comments on the full regulation here.
IWPA signs onto the Federal Wood Industry Coalition (FWIC) comments to the EPA proposed regulation of formaldehyde. You can read the full comments here.
IWPA encourages all members to submit letters to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and to Congress urging them to support industry concerns. If you would like to contact Congress or the EPA you can use the IWPA letter generator. Just go here to fill out the fields and submit your opinion.
FWIC Coalition submitted a letter to EPA with concerns on the proposed formaldehyde regulation. IWPA signed on along with 12 other Associations. You can read the full letter here.
- Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy has submitted comments to the EPA proposed regulation of formaldehyde in composite wood products. You can read the full letter submitted to the docket here.
- IWPA has released a Member Alert with broad details of the regulations; members can receive a copy here.
- IWPA held a webinar on July 25th with the EPA to dscuss the proposed regulations in detail. A copy of the PowerPoint given by EPA is available here, along with a supplementary handout on labelling requirement here. A recording will be made available soon.
- IWPA Executive Director Cindy Squires wrote a column for Import/Export Wood Publishing News that discusses the differences between the proposed EPA formaldehyde regulation and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulation. You can read the full column here.
Hardwood Plywood from China: AD/CVD Investigation Update
The ITC voted 5-0 that no material injury has been done to domestic industry in the Chinese Hardwood Plywood anti-dumping and countervailing duty case. As a result, all duties are removed. You can read the IWPA press release here. The petitioners have appealed the International Trade Commission’s negative injury determinations. The case now is before the U.S. Court of International Trade. The deadline for parties, including the American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood, to intervene is March 25, 2014.
ITC Informational Resources now available:
- WPA Letter to DOC Requesting Gap Period Guidance: IWPA submitted a letter to the Secretary of Commerce requesting that the Department of Commerce (DOC) issue an initial instruction to CBP to cease collection of AD duties on Chinese hardwood and decorative plywood on the first day of the gap period and lift the suspension of liquidation by October 30 and issue a second instruction later to resume the suspension and duty requirement if an ITC affirmative final determination is published in the Federal Register, closing the provisional period.
- ITC Fact Sheet: The International Trade Commission has just released a fact sheet with information on the next stage of the case. You can read the fact sheet here.
- IWPA Press Release: IWPA has released a press release with information on the 9.17 Department of Commerce AD and CVD rates, as well as the 9.19 ITC Final Hearing. You can read the full press release here.
- Department of Commerce Federal Register Notice: The Department of Commerce has released the pre-publication Federal Register notices detailing the new AD and CVD rates. The Notices will be published on Monday, September 23rd, at which point the rates become effective. You can read the AD notice here and the CVD notice here.
Final rates announced for AD and CVD: The anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD) final rates have just been released. The mandatory AD respondents received rates of 55.76% and 62.55%, while the 101 separate rate companies received a rate of 59.46%. The China-wide rate is set at 121.65%. For more information on the CVD rates, you can view the public release of the rates here and the full methodology here.
The CVD rates have also been announced. all three mandatory respondents have received a de minimis rate (below 2%). All other cooperating respondents received a 13.58% separate rate, and non-respondents received 27.16%. For more information on the CVD rates, you can view the public release of the rates here and the full methodology here.
5.1.13 The Department of Commerce released preliminary anti-dumping duty margins on the afternoon of 4.30. 101 Companies received the “separate rate” of 22.14%. There were two mandatory respondents: Linyi San Fortune Wood Co received 0.62%, and Jiangyang Group received 1.83%. The PRC wide rate is 63.96%. For more information you can read the full IWPA press release here.
For more information you can read the American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood (AAHP) Press Release available here.
2.28.13: The Department of Commerce released preliminary countervailing duty margins on the afternoon of 2.27. Mandatory respondents received a 0% rate, non respondents received 27.16%, and those that cooperated with the investigation received 22.63%
IWPA Press Release
Background on the Investigation: On September 27th, a petition was filed with the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) against imports hardwood plywood originating in China. The petition alleges that margins of approximately 310.02% anti-dumping duties and an unstated percent of countervailing duties can be imposed as early as December 2012 (CV duties) and March 2013 (AD duties) or earlier if the government makes duties retroactive.
IWPA attends ITC Conference, Opposes Petition
The American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood (AAHP) is composed of some of the respondents to the petition; small, medium, and large American businesses that will be hugely affected by this petition. If you are interested in joining AAHP please contact them for more information.
The initial phase of the investigation moves quickly and several deadlines are on the immediate horizon. The questionnaires are due by October 11th, and the ITC will hold a conference on October 18th in Washington D.C. Complete FAQ's on the process available from the AAHP website. And you can read their latest press releases here.
Government Affairs Updates
Burma: The United States officially issued "a waiver and general license to ease the ban on imports into the United States of products from Burma" (see the full press release here.) The full notice from the Treasury Department on the specifics of this easement can be read here.
Lacey: IWPA is leading a Coalition of other Associations to push for Lacey Act reform. You can read more about the Lacey Act here.
GSP: GSP expired on July 31st, 2013. IWPA is working with a Coalition of other associations pushing for a renewal of GSP as soon as possible. For more information, view our background on GSP. Until the program is renewed, you can read instructions from CBP on how to import here.