The Department of Commerce’s (Commerce) International Trade Administration (ITA) announced yesterday that it would initiate antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations on wood mouldings and millwork imports from Brazil and China.

This announcement is in response to a petition that was filed on January 8 by the Coalition of American Millwork Producers (CAMP) whose members consist of several wood mouldings and millwork companies including Cascade Wood Products, Endura Products, Sierra Pacific Industries and Sunset Moulding, among others.

The AD investigation will determine if imports of wood mouldings and millwork products from Brazil and China are being dumped in the U.S. market at less than fair value. And the CVD investigation will determine whether Chinese producers of wood mouldings and millwork products are receiving unfair government subsidies.

Commerce released a statement saying if it, “makes affirmative findings in these investigations, and if the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) determines that,” the allegations are true and “materially injure, or threaten material injury to the U.S. industry, Commerce will impose duties on those imports in the amount of dumping and/or unfair subsidization found to exist.”

The ITC is scheduled to make its preliminary injury determinations on or before February 24.

If this determination finds there is injury or threat of injury, the investigations will continue through Commerce but if it the results are negative the investigations will be terminated, according to a fact sheet released by Commerce.

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