DOC Adds Antidumping Duties to Certain Plywood Imports from Vietnam
Washington, DC, July 31, 2023-The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has issued its final determination that plywood exported from Vietnam using inputs sourced from China is, in fact, a product of China and is subject to the antidumping duty and countervailing duty orders on hardwood plywood from China.
The Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood brought the circumvention case against imports from Vietnam in 2020, after volume spiked following the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on China.
In its recent ruling, the DOC determined that “imports of certain hardwood plywood products (hardwood plywood), completed in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) using plywood inputs and components (face veneer, back veneer, and/or either an assembled core or individual core veneers) manufactured in the People’s Republic of China (China), are circumventing the antidumping duty and countervailing duty orders on hardwood plywood from China.”
A total of 37 companies were found to have failed to cooperate or failed to respond. The DOC has ordered U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from these 37 companies at the China-wide rates of 183% for AD and 23% CVD. (For a full list, visit https://bit.ly/3QkfwYi.)
Other companies wishing to certify that they did not circumvent can provide a certification by Aug. 14. Ineligible exporters can apply for eligibility during annual administrative reviews, but the companies will have to demonstrate that they did not import circumventing product.