ITC Unanimously Ends Antidumping & Countervailing Duty Investigation against Hardwood Plywood from China

On December 19, 2013, the International Trade Commission (“USITC”) published its negative final determination in the antidumping duty investigation of hardwood and decorative plywood from the People’s Republic of China (A-570-986) (78 FR 76857). The decision found that the U.S. domestic hardwood industry is not injured or threatened with material injury from dumped or subsidized product from China.

As a result, the antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations against hardwood and decorative plywood from the People’s Republic of China has been terminated. However, the domestic petitioners have challenged the USITC’s decision before the Court of International Trade.

For importers, CBP has been ordered to discontinue the suspension of liquidation of entries of merchandise which were entered on or after 5/3/2013. The order says that entries of Hardwood Plywood should be liquidated by Customs without antidumping or countervailing duties. All previously paid antidumping and countervailing duties deposited by importers on entries of the subject merchandise shall be refunded at the time of liquidation.

Importers faced with antidumping duties from an antidumping investigation may contact a Customs & International Trade attorney to discuss legal methods to avoid or minimize the costs of AD / CVD duties.