Revised Chinese Hardwood Plywood Duties Rejected by Trade Court

Feb. 21, 2020, 3:00 PM

The Commerce Department must once again go back to the drawing board on the antidumping duty rate for imports of hardwood plywood from China, and may have to substantially reduce it, the U.S. Court of International Trade ruled Thursday.

The U.S. in 2016 imported an estimated $1.12 billion of this plywood, which is used by the construction industry to produce wall panels, kitchen cabinets, furniture, and wood flooring. The U.S. began imposing antidumping duties on these imports in 2018.

Commerce calculated a dumping margin of 183.36%—adjusted for subsidies to 171.55%—for mandatory respondent Linyi Chengen Import and Export Co. This rate ...

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