U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ISSUES AFFIRMATIVE PRELIMINARY DETERMINATION IN THE COUNTERVAILING DUTY INVESTIGATION OF IMPORTS OF WOOD MOULDINGS AND MILLWORK PRODUCTS FROM CHINA

For Immediate Release
June 9, 2020
Contact: ITA Office of Public Affairs 
Phone: 202-482-3809

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the affirmative preliminary determination in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of imports of wood mouldings and millwork products from China, finding that exporters received countervailable subsidies at rates from 13.61 to 245.34 percent.

The Department of Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from importers of wood mouldings and millwork products from China based on these preliminary rates. 

In 2019, imports of wood mouldings and millwork products from China were valued at an estimated $195 million. 

The petitioner is the Coalition of American Millwork Producers, whose members are Bright Wood Corporation (Madras, Ore.), Cascade Wood Products, Inc. (White City, Ore.), Endura Products, Inc. (Colfax, N.C.), Sierra Pacific Industries (Red Bluff, Calif.), Sunset Moulding (Live Oak, Calif.), Woodgrain Millwork, Inc. (Fruitland, Idaho), and Yuba River Moulding (Yuba City, Calif.).

Commerce is currently scheduled to announce its final CVD determination on or about October 20.

If Commerce makes an affirmative final determination, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will be scheduled to make its final injury determination on or about December 3. If Commerce makes an affirmative final determination in this investigation and the ITC makes an affirmative final injury determination, Commerce will issue a CVD order. If Commerce or the ITC makes a negative final determination, the investigation will be terminated, and no order will be issued.

Read the fact sheet on today’s decision.

The strict enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Trump administration. Since the beginning of the current administration, Commerce has initiated 254 new antidumping (AD) and CVD investigations – a 234 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.

The CVD law provides American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of unfair subsidization of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 526 AD and CVD orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.

Foreign companies that receive financial assistance from foreign governments that benefits the production of goods from those companies and is limited to specific enterprises or industries or is contingent either upon export performance or upon the use of domestic goods over imported goods, are subject to countervailing duties. 

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance unit within the International Trade Administration is responsible for vigorously enforcing U.S. trade laws and does so through an impartial, transparent process that is consistent with international rules and based on factual evidence provided on the record. 

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