Mutual tariffs with duties of up to 25% on various goods between China and the U.S. harm both the U.S. and international firms and impact the kitchen industry heavily as well. Trade actions brought by U.S. cabinet manufacturing companies against wooden cabinets and vanities from China made the prices of kitchen cabinets to rise.
A decision on whether to proceed to the next stage of deliberations into charges that Chinese trade practices in cabinet manufacturing and exporting are weakening U.S. cabinet manufacturers businesses was rescheduled until August 5 by the U.S. International Trade Commission.
The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided that there is “a reasonable indication” that the U.S. cabinet industry “is materially injured” by Chinese cabinets and vanities imports. Allegedly, they are sold here in the U.S. at less-than-fair market value. This declaration gave the green light the Commerce Department to continue with its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations.
The U.S. International Trade Commission and the Commerce Department decisions come at different times and most likely will not be concluded until the beginning of 2020. These two entities need to reach definite affirmative decisions in order to allow import penalties for Chinese cabinet manufacturers.
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Awaiting Decision on Imports of Cabinets and Vanities Made in China
American Kitchen Cabinet Alliance (AKCA), a coalition of cabinet manufacturers, filed on March 6 an unfair-trade petition asking for the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on imports of Chinese-made cabinets and vanities. The unfair-trade case has created a strong divide between industry alliances that have lined up on opposite sides of the issue.
On March 6, 2019, the American Kitchen Cabinet Alliance filed antidumping and countervailing duty petition with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission against imports of wooden cabinets and vanities from China. The Alliance is made up of U.S. wooden cabinets and vanities manufacturers: ACProducts, Inc., American Woodmark Corporation, Bellmont Cabinet Co., Bertch Cabinet Manufacturing, The Corsi Group, Crystal Cabinet Works, Inc., Dura Supreme Cabinetry, Jim Bishop Cabinets, Inc., Kitchen Kompact, Inc., Koch & Co., Inc., Kountry Wood Products, LLC, Lanz Cabinets Incorporated, Leedo Cabinetry, Marsh Furniture Company, Master WoodCraft Cabinetry LLC, MasterBrand Cabinets, Inc., Nation’s Cabinetry, Showplace Wood Products, Inc., Smart Cabinetry, Tru Cabinetry, Wellborn Cabinet, Inc., Wellborn Forest Products, Inc., Woodland Cabinetry, Inc., Woodmont Cabinetry, W. W. Wood Products, Inc. and another two undisclosed companies.
According to their mutual statement, wooden cabinets and vanities imported from China are being sold at less than fair value in the United States and are subsidized, causing material injury and threatening further material injury to the domestic industry if trade remedy duties are not imposed. The petitioners allege that the Government of China is providing countervailable subsidies to wooden cabinets and vanities manufacturers in China, and argue that such imports are materially injuring to the U.S. wooden cabinets and vanities industry.
According to the American Kitchen Cabinet Alliance, kitchen cabinets and vanities made in China currently make more than one-third of the $9.5 billion U.S. cabinet market. In 2018, the total U.S. import of wooden cabinets from China was about $4 billion. They state that the Chinese cabinet and vanity manufacturers unfairly benefit from government subsidies and other economic programs. They see the import from China as a real and existential threat to the U.S. cabinet manufacturers and U.S. cabinet trade.
However, a recently formed alliance of distributors, dealers, contractors, installers, and importers of ready-to-assemble (RTA) cabinets — American Coalition of Cabinet Distributors (ACCD) disputes these charges. They state that imposition of the duties could effectively erase the RTA market segment from the U.S. marketplace “by taking advantage of anti-China trade sentiment”. This alliance was formed in May to fight the antidumping and countervailing duty petitions. According to the American Coalition of Cabinet Distributors, the RTA sector makes up only a small segment of the U.S. cabinet market and represents only a portion that “does nothing to impede the growth of the larger U.S. kitchen cabinet industry.”