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August 24-27, 2016
International Woodworking Fair (IWF)
Georgia World Congress Center
September 26-28, 2016
WMMA Regional Meeting
Sheraton Charlotte Hotel
National Association of Manufacturers Monday Economic Report: June 27, 2016
The vote for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union — the so-called "Brexit" — dominated headlines on Friday. Read more ...
Global Manufacturing Economic Update - June 2016
Global manufacturing activity stagnated in May, pulled lower by continued weaknesses in the emerging markets and by softer-than-desired economic growth in the United States. Read more ...
Congress Passes Tax Package Read more...
Construction Spending Remains Strong In July, Up 13.7% Over The Past Year. Read more...
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Court of International Trade has upheld an earlier ruling by the International Trade Commission that Chinese imports of hardwood plywood pose no threat to U.S. businesses. The ruling this week likely means no antidumping and countervailing duties will be assessed.
In order for duties to be assessed, both the ITC and Department of Commerce would have had to find that U.S. panel producers have been harmed by imports of hardwood plywood from China. The ITC's 5-0 ruling in 2013 that the imported product was significantly different from domestic-made hardwood plywood, and therefore did not harm U.S. panel manufacturers, contradicted its initial findings and also ran contrary to an earlier determination by the DOC.
Typically thinner, imported hardwood and decorative plywood is used in a variety of wood products including cabinetry, flooring and furniture.
The ITC's ruling in 2013 was The debate over imported hardwood and decorative plywood dates back to 2012, when the Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood filed an antidumping and countervailing duty petition amid claims that the imported panel was unfairly subsidized by the Chinese government and sold for less than fair market value in the United States. The American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood disputed the claim, arguing that fundamental differences in the Chinese and domestic panel products mean the imported product cannot cause any competitive harm to the domestic producers.
The CFTHP contested the ITC ruling and in 2014 filed papers to have the decision revisited in the U.S. Court of International Trade.
In issuing its judgment, the court sent the case back to the ITC to address the Commerce Department’s final antidumping duty levels as well as the countervailing duty findings. "However, the court only ordered the ITC to provide further explanation on these issues and did not authorize the ITC to revisit its core finding that Chinese plywood had no impact on the domestic plywood industry," said a statement from the AAHP, which added the group "is confident that the ITC will conclude that the Commerce Department’s antidumping and countervailing duty findings are irrelevant and therefore cannot disturb the ITC’s 'no injury' finding."
IVEC Systems will debut its revolutionary new line of Intellivent dust collection equipment at IWF 2016.
The IWF 2016 education program features six tracks, including one on furniture and upholstery issues.
The Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA) has announced the winner of its Ralph B. Baldwin Award, the association's highest honor. The award was presented to John Schultz, past president of the Association. Announcement of the award was made at the Woodworking Industry Conference (WIC), which took place at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. Full information is available here.
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The new ANSI standard O1.1-4 Safety Requirements for Shapers for the Woodworking Industry was published. WMMA members are entitled to receive one complimentary copy per company upon request. Email Jennifer@wmma.org to request a copy. Copies can be purchased from the ANSI e-standard store.
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