Investigation of Chinese plywood trade practices begins

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11-14-2012 07:52 PM

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Investigation of Chinese plywood trade practices begins

Why did it take SO LONG to Start this investigation?!


I wonder what will happen now…
... how will they level the playing field?
... this will be interesting.

Will the overall price end up higher?!


Will the Quality improve to warrant higher prices?


Will the Quality go poorer to makeup for the Price changes?


I wonder what will happen…



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Investigation of Chinese plywood trade practices begins

Posted on Wednesday, 14 November 2012 18:23


The U.S. International Trade Commission determined there is “a reasonable indication” that U.S. manufacturers of hardwood and decorative plywood are at an unfair disadvantage from Chinese imports.

As a result, the U.S. Department of Commerce will conduct an investigation of pricing practices by manufacturers and exporters of the product in China, as well as subsidies provided to these companies. The investigation can result in the imposition of a duty escrow requirement in early 2013 and the subsequent assessment of actual duties to compensate for the level of unfair trading.

The investigation results from a petition filed in late September by the Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood, an association of U.S. manufacturers of hardwood and decorative plywood. Its members account for approximately 80 percent of U.S. production.

“The coalition is very pleased with (the) vote by the International Trade Commission. We feel that this is an important step towards reintroducing competitive parity in the U.S. marketplace so that this U.S. manufacturing industry has an opportunity to compete on a fair and level playing field against imports from China,” coalition counsel Jeff Levin said in a statement.

“In the end, this is all about open trade on a level playing field. All the U.S. manufacturers are looking for is the opportunity to compete squarely in the U.S. market on a fair basis and in accordance with mutually accepted rules that govern the global economy.”

The International Trade Commission is expected to issue a public report that details its findings and the bases of its unanimous affirmative determination in approximately two weeks.

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#1 posted 11-14-2012 08:29 PM

I used a few sheets of Chinese plywood a few years ago. The stuff didn’t like to stay flat, it seemed extra easy to sand through the veneer, and the veneer seemed more prone to chipout and splintering when cut. So the past couple of years I’ve asked for – and paid extra for – domestic plywood.

-- Greg D.

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#2 posted 11-14-2012 10:40 PM

Great post Joe. It really hits home.

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#3 posted 11-14-2012 10:42 PM

I purchased some of this stuff last year by mistake. I was @ a plywood warehouse in Green Bay, WI and bought 15 sheets of 3/4” ash plywood. 3 of the sheets were from China. I also didn’t like it. The veneer was prone to chipout and separation. The plys were also very easily separated. It had a very strange smell when cutting it. I now make sure to check were the plywood is being manufactured.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#4 posted 11-14-2012 10:47 PM

I used the plywood once for a project for my boys. It had the obligatory China stamp that I left on and inside the toy cabinet. My oldest was still pretty young at the time. He looked at me and laughed. “Dad, you can’t fool me. You didn’t make this, it came from China…” :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#5 posted 11-14-2012 11:15 PM

I think we should tell them to keep their plywood in China and use it there. And keep our wood over here too!
they manipulate the value of the yen to their advantage and our government does nothing about it. Now that we owe them so much, it will be even harder to rectify!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 11-15-2012 05:04 AM

If anything, they should be charged an importing tax to bring the price UP to our pricing level…

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#7 posted 11-15-2012 11:25 PM

I’d like to see everything made in our U.S.A. All those rich bastards can get rich only when all that crap comes here from over the sea. Somebodies pockets have been gettin too full for too long.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 11-15-2012 11:31 PM

After the Chinese drywall debacle, I won’t touch any China-made building products with a ten foot pole.

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