The American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood (AAHP) was formed by a group of small medium and large American importers, distributors, manufacturers and retailers of hardwood plywood united in opposition of the petition filed by a several of the world’s largest hardwood plywood manufacturers. The companies collectively comprise 80% of the U.S. hardwood market.
Their ill-conceived and unfair trade action, seeking to put up extraordinary import barriers, will destroy tens of thousands of American jobs and limit the ability of U.S. manufacturers to compete in the global marketplace.
The 2016 petition was filed on November 1, 2016 with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). A hearing will be held at the ITC on December 9, 2016 in which the AAHP will fight the petitioner’s request that asks for punitive triple digit tariffs to be imposed on hardwood plywood imported from China. The outcome of this case before the ITC will have far reaching effect on U.S. manufacturing supply chain and create a tremendous level of uncertainty in the market place for at least five years.
The AAHP understands that as a manufacturer, you would prefer to not offend your domestic sources of supply. That is understandable. But, at what cost? Can you afford to see your business disrupted so that a few powerful plywood producers behind the Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood can dictate your choices in hardwood plywood?
Can you afford to stand on the sidelines while these tariffs will ultimately penalize U.S. manufacturers, such as yourself, who depend on these imports to remain competitive? Clearly you cannot. Nor can the AAHP. However we cannot combat this alone. With your public and vocal support, financial contributions and/or active or passive involvement, the AAHP is committed to strongly and vigorously oppose these unfair tariffs, to defending American manufacturers and consumers, and to protect tens of thousands of U.S. jobs that depend on the availability of global resources.
Again, almost nobody wins in these cases — not the petitioners, the importers, or certainly consumers. Antidumping and countervailing duty cases truly are a “lose lose” endeavor. If this case goes through, there is one exception to who will win – foreign producers of ready to assemble RTA Kitchen Cabinets from China, Mexico and Canada. At a time when the U.S. economy seeks to increase its manufacturing base, not shrink it, do we really want to offshore critical manufacturing jobs to foreign countries?