DHA Insights: December 14, 2023 - The Year In Review


For the final eNews of 2023, we looked back on key stories, news, and DHA successes in 2023. One of the biggest developments of 2023 was the U.S. Department of Commerce's final determination, issued in July, that hardwood plywood exported from Vietnam is subject to the antidumping and countervailing duties on hardwood plywood from China. This ruling was an important win for the Coalition for Fair Trade in Hardwood Plywood.

Another important development was DHA's partnership with USDA, which resulted in a new study demonstrating the climate benefits of decorative hardwood products. DHA also played an important role in promoting and protecting real decorative hardwoods. In May 2023, we added our decorative hardwoods continuing education courses to a partner's platform; already, nearly 2,000 architects and designers have taken our courses. We are also proud of our success in challenging the labeling of laminate as "wood."

If recent history is any indication, 2024 will be an interesting year. I wish you all a happy holiday season with your family and friends and look forward to seeing you at our annual meeting in May—if not before.

If you have questions or comments, contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.

Keith A. Christman, President
Decorative Hardwoods Association