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IWPA Concerned About Effects of Imported Hardwood Plywood Anti-Dumping Duty Announcement

U.S. Businesses that Rely on Plywood or Plywood Products from China Should Prepare for Supply Disruptions

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA - April 29 2013 The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) urged all industries that consume hardwood plywood to take notice of today’s Department of Commerce Preliminary Determination in the Anti-Dumping Investigation on hardwood plywood imported from China.

The preliminary anti-dumping (AD) rates were announced: the two individually-investigated respondents received rates of 0.62% and 1.83 %, while the 101 fully cooperative “separate rate” companies received a rate of 22.14%. The China-wide rate - which is applicable as a penalty to non-cooperative companies - is set at 63.96%. These rates will have a significant impact on the worldwide market for plywood.

While the International Wood Products Association (IWPA) counts among its members American importers - many of whom trade in this product - the effects of these duties will not be confined to the import community. Many U.S. industries depend on hardwood plywood sourced from China, such as Recreational Vehicles (RVs) and cabinet manufacturers.

IWPA is specifically alarmed about the effect this case has and will have on supply chains. Cindy Squires, Executive Director of IWPA said “U.S. industries that rely on a ready supply of hardwood plywood were already reeling from the supply disruptions caused by the Countervailing Duty (CVD) rates released in February; these new preliminary antidumping rates will only increase market uncertainly. Many small businesses will find themselves struggling to predict their own costs for project bids for things like a kitchen remodel in the wake of this decision.”

The Department of Commerce anti-dumping determination is preliminary, and a thorough review of the process will take place in the coming weeks before the agency makes its final determination. Rates could be adjusted up or down. Additional information on the decision can be found at the website for the American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood (

Ashley A. Amidon
Manager, Government and Public Affairs



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