The American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood (AAHP) is an organization of American importers, distributors, and manufacturers of hardwood plywood, along with other U.S. companies that depend on the availability of global resources. The AAHP is vehemently opposed to the petition filed on November 18, 2016 with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), asking that tariffs be imposed on hardwood plywood imported from China. This is the second time the case has been filed. The same small group, who unsuccessfully filed a petition in September 2012, is at it again. The AAHP, and its ITC counsel, Mowry and Grimson, led the successful effort to defeat the prior case, achieving a unanimous 5-0 negative injury determination from the U.S. International Trade Commission in 2013.
The AAHP recognizes the vital importance of unique resources, such a Chinese plywood, that U.S. domestic manufacturers require to support American manufacturing and jobs. A period of extreme volatility and disruption occurred in the supply chain for hardwood plywood when the last case was filed in 2012. The same petitioners, despite having lost the 2012 case and subsequent Court of International Trade (CIT) appeal, are seeking to disrupt the supply chain, for thousands of manufacturers, including many of their own customers, once again. Nobody wins in these cases — not the petitioners, the importers, the distributors, or certainly consumers. Anti-dumping and countervailing duty cases truly are a “lose-lose” endeavor. High duties will raise costs for U.S. manufacturers relying on both domestic and imported hardwood plywood.
If the petition’s 114% tariff is approved, up to half the world’s supply of hardwood plywood would be unavailable to U.S. manufacturers, creating an economic advantage for overseas competitors.