DHA Insights: January 12, 2023


Well, 2022 was a very eventful year for all of us, and that is already shaping up to be the case again in 2023. In the first week of the year, the Coalition for Fair Trade in Hardwood Plywood and the American Manufacturers of Multilayered Wood Flooring, in their filings with federal agencies, strongly supported the continuation of duties on imports from China. These duties total over 200% for hardwood plywood and, combined with Section 301 tariffs, they are key to preventing harm to U.S. manufacturers from unfair Chinese trade practices.

It's also likely to be a busy year from a regulatory perspective. The Biden Administration has finalized the "waters of the U.S." rule, upsetting many businesses, and the administration released its 2023 regulatory agenda that includes several issues important to the wood products industry. DHA will continue to work with our industry partners on these issues.

If you are not a DHA member, now is a great time to join DHA. We all must be active in promoting and defending our industry. We need your voice.

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

Keith A. Christman, President
Decorative Hardwoods Association


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