DHA Insights: May 4, 2023


This week, the Commerce Department extended its deadline again in the Vietnam hardwood plywood circumvention case. The new deadline is May 26. Last July, Commerce released a preliminary ruling that hardwood plywood from Vietnam was circumventing the duties on Chinese hardwood plywood and thus was subject to those duties. The Coalition for Fair Trade in Hardwood Plywood continues to fight hard against circumvention from Vietnam. Learn the latest on industry trade cases by joining us at this year's DHA Annual Meeting & Spring Conference, May 24-26, in Clearwater, FL.

Last week, DHA and our allies advocated for the wood industry by providing comments on the EPA's request for information on construction materials and products with lower embodied greenhouse gas emissions. The request for information is part of the U.S. government's efforts to reduce climate change; they will spend billions of dollars on low-carbon building materials as part of the Inflation Reduction Act. DHA highlighted our recent Engineered Wood Floors Environmental Products Declaration that shows vinyl alternatives have nearly six times greater global warming potential and that decorative hardwoods are the climate-responsible choice.

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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