Department of Commerce Weighs in Again On Millwork Products from China

July 15th, 2020 by Tara Taffera

In mid-June, The Federal Register published a preliminary determination regarding wood moulding and millwork products from the People’s Republic of China, where the Department of Commerce determined that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters.

The investigation took place from January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019, and covered wood moulding and millwork products that are made of wood (regardless of wood species), bamboo, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), or of wood and composite materials (where the composite materials make up less than 50% of the total merchandise), and which are continuously shaped wood that undergoes additional manufacturing or finger-jointed or edge-glued moulding or millwork blanks.

Wood mouldings and millwork products that are coated or clad, even along their entire length, with a composite material, but that are otherwise comprised of wood, LVL, or wood and composite materials (where the non-coating composite materials make up 50% or less of the total merchandise) are covered by the scope.

The scope also includes continuously shaped wood in the forms of dowels, building components, such as interior paneling and jamb parts, and door components, such as rails and stiles. All wood moulding and millwork products are included within the scope even if they are trimmed, cut-to-size, notched, punched, drilled, or have undergone other forms of minor processing, according to the determination.

Subject merchandise also includes wood moulding and millwork products that have been further processed in a third country, including but not limited to trimming, cutting, notching, punching, drilling, coating, or any other processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigation if performed in the country of manufacture of the in-scope product.

The Commerce Department is aligning its final CVD determination in this investigation with the final determination in the companion antidumping (AD) investigation of millwork products from China. The final CVD determination will be issued on the same date as the final AD determination, which is currently scheduled to be issued no later than October 19, 2020, unless postponed, according to the Federal Register announcement.

For additional details, see that announcement.

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