WV Lawmakers Seek to Protect Domestic Hardwood Plywood Manufacturers
Washington, DC, March 20, 2023-Three West Virginia lawmakers-senator Shelley Moore Capito, senator Joe Manchin and congresswoman Carol Miller-sent a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce secretary Gina Raimondo to ensure the protection of domestic hardwood plywood manufacturers, following concern that manufacturing in this sector has been disrupted in recent years due to China’s unfair import practices, reports LootPress.
“‘The Coalition’s five-member companies employ thousands of men and women across the United States and hardwood plywood is an important product for U.S. consumers and domestic manufacturers,’ the lawmakers wrote. ‘The hardwood plywood and veneer industry is specifically important to West Virginia. However, I am concerned that manufacturing in this sector has been disrupted in recent years due to some unfair import practices.’
“‘We ask that the Department take careful consideration to ensure that producers and importers of subsidized Chinese hardwood plywood largely assembled in Vietnam are complying with the lawful payment of duties, including those companies that did not fully cooperate with Commerce’s scope investigations.’”