October 20, 2022

DHA eNews - 3 U.S. Cabinet Manufacturers Leave KCMA Over Circumvention Case

This Week's Insights

Earlier this month, imports from Asia—particularly China and its partners in illegal trade—posed a different kind of challenge to the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, an important association that represents many of our customers. Three large members resigned from KCMA after KCMA's board of directors declined to drop their circumvention case against Chinese cabinets being transshipped through Vietnam and Malaysia. This action comes on the heels of the Commerce Department's recent finding that U.S. importers of hardwood plywood from Vietnam are circumventing duties on Chinese plywood. Coincidence?

In a sign that KCMA's concerns about circumvention are well-founded, U.S. Customs and Border Protection found that six companies are evading import duties on Chinese cabinets. Congratulations to KCMA on this victory and for standing up for U.S. manufacturers and workers against illegal and unfair trade.

In our last email, we reported on the proposed listing of additional bat species under the Endangered Species Act. Thankfully, twelve members of Congress have weighed in against these counterproductive restrictions on harvesting timber. These restrictions would harm rural communities without helping the bats threatened by white-nose syndrome.

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

Keith A. Christman, President
Decorative Hardwoods Association

U.S. Cabinet Manufacturers Leave KCMA Over Circumvention Case

Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association announced that American Woodmark, MasterBrand Cabinets, and Cabinetworks Group—three of the largest cabinet manufacturers in the U.S.—have left the association after KCMA’s board of directors rejected their ultimatum to drop its litigation against Vietnam and Malaysia for circumvention of antidumping and countervailing duties. This litigation began in April, when KCMA asked the Commerce Department to conduct scope inquiries and anti-circumvention proceedings to address the transshipment of Chinese cabinets through Vietnam and Malaysia, in order to protect tens of thousands of American jobs in the cabinet industry.

6 U.S. Importers Caught Evading Duties

Six U.S. importers were found to be "involved in a scheme to transship wooden cabinets from China through Malaysia to avoid the payment of antidumping and countervailing duties" by U.S. Customs. Customs began investigating after the American Kitchen Cabinets Alliance filed a complaint last October.

Congress Pushes Back On New USFWS Restrictions

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