IWPA applauds the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative for redesignating certain Lauan and Meranti plywood from Indonesia (HTS 441231.4155) as eligible for duty-free entry under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program
. “Lauan plywood is a critical input for U.S. manufacturers in the RV industry. Duty-free entry of this unique international product is a win-win for RV manufacturers and IWPA members that supply them,” said IWPA Executive Director Cindy Squires. This summer, IWPA testified on behalf of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) petition for redesignation before USTR and the U.S. International Trade Commission.
U.S. importers and users have been paying an estimated $1 million each month in additional duties since this product was removed from the GSP program in 2016. The redesignation is effective November 1, 2019.