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WASHINGTON Feb 27 The U.S. Commerce Department
said on Wednesday it had set preliminary duties ranging up to 27
percent on plywood from China worth hundreds of millions of
The move represents a victory for U.S. plywood producers in
North Carolina, New York and Oregon who filed a petition last
year asking for import relief.
The Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood accused
Chinese manufacturers and exporters of "dumping" the plywood in
the United States at prices 298 percent to 322 percent below
fair market value.
They also asked for countervailing duties to offset alleged
Chinese government subsidies given to the companies.
The Commerce Department's preliminary duties on Wednesday
covered only the subsidy portion of the case. It will announce
preliminary anti-dumping duties by the end of April. A final
decision on both types of duties is expected in July.
The United States imported about $617 million of the
hardwood and decorative plywood from China in 2011, down from
$635 million in 2010. The wood is used for cabinets, flooring
and other housing applications.
Washington has also imposed duties on wooden bedroom
furniture and hardwood flooring from China in recent years.
(Reporting By Doug Palmer; editing by Christopher Wilson and