November 19, 2020

DHA eNews - U.S. Customs Confirms Chinese Circumvention

U.S. Customs Confirms Chinese Circumvention

U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a final determination on November 11 that four companies "transshipped Chinese-origin plywood through Cambodia to the U.S. and failed to pay AD/CV duties on the merchandise produced in China that was subject to the Orders." The U.S. industry coalition filed the Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) allegation on April 12, 2019.

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DHA Files Comments On Circumvention & Illegal Logging

Decorative Hardwoods Association has filed comments on the U.S. International Trade Commission's Investigation of the Economic Impact of Trade Agreements Implemented Under Trade Authorities Procedures. DHA comments address the need for more robust enforcement to prohibit illegal logging and the need to better combat circumvention by China and other countries.

Canada Moves To Final Phase On Dumping Of Chinese Plywood

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal began its inquiry to decide if the dumping of decorative plywood exported from China has caused or may cause injury to plywood producers. This follows the Canada Border Service Agency's October 23 preliminary determination that many Chinese plywood panels are being sold below market value in the manufacture of furniture and cabinets.

Vietnam's Exports Of Wood Products Increase Again

Vietnam's Administration of Forestry reported wood and wood products exports of more than $9.6 billion from January through October, a 12.4% increase. Key customers are China, the EU, Japan, the U.S., and South Korea.

AHF Invests $2.5 Million In Kentucky Plant

The investment will allow AHF Products to manufacture a new line of durable end-grain hardwood flooring, adding 20 jobs. The new line is expected to begin operations in February 2021.

Kimball Acquires Digital-Oriented Furniture Maker

Kimball International announced a definitive agreement to acquire Poppin, a tech-enabled designer of commercial-grade furniture made to mix and match in today's office and work-from-home environments.

Ash Trees On Path To Functional Extinction

Purdue University professor Songlin Fei mined 16 years of U.S. Forest Service data to show that in affected areas, young ash trees are dying before they can reach their reproductive stages. The trees are unable to compete with larger trees or survive attacks by the emerald ash borer.

Source: Science Magazine

Invasive Insect Reappears In CT

The spotted lanternfly has reappeared in parts of north Greenwich this fall. The Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station says that the impact on agriculture "could be devastating." Oak and maple trees are hosts to the spotted lanternfly. The pest also consumes apples, cherries, and grapes.

Saving Alabama's Ancient Forests, One Seed At A Time
INTERPOL & WCO's Operation Thunder Nabs Timber Thieves

Coordinated by INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization, Operation Thunder 2020 involved 103 countries collaborating to fight environmental crime of CITES-protected wildlife and timber. Agents racked up more than 2,000 seizures of wildlife and forestry products and arrested nearly 700 offenders.

Chinese Demand Decimates Senegal's Last Forests

The Environmental Investigation Agency reports that 1.6 million rosewood trees were illegally logged and exported to China between 2012 and April 2020. Some citizens no longer venture into the forests in the Casamance for fear of encountering traffickers.

Uganda's Illicit Timber Trade Devastates Forests

A recent study estimates that 80% of the total timber trade in Uganda is illegal timber. WWF's country director in Uganda says that forest cover is about 12.4%, down from 24% in 1990.

UK Bans Sales Of Products Linked To Illegal Deforestation

The UK government recently passed a law that will require a higher level of due diligence. UK companies are now prohibited from selling products that use raw materials that have been illegally sourced, based on the local laws to protect forests and wildlife in the country where they are produced.

Pending Home Sales Fall 2.2%
55% Of Homeowners Plan Renovations This Winter
30-Year Mortgage Rate Reaches Another Record Low
Housing Affordability Hits Two-Year Low
Expect U.S. Construction Starts To Increase 4% Next Year
Economy Adds 638,000 Jobs In October
Builder Activity Close To Typical Mid-November Levels

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