On June 28th The U.S. Court of International Trade released its public decision upholding the International Trade Commission’s (ITC’s) core findings that Chinese and domestic plywood differ so significantly that the ITC was correct to conclude that imports from China had no impact on the domestic industry’s competitive and financial position.
The American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood (AAHP) of which KCMA is a member, argued that the domestic plywood producers’ antidumping and countervailing duty complaint should be thrown out because fundamental differences in the Chinese and domestic products mean that the Chinese product cannot cause any competitive harm to the domestic producers. The ITC unanimously agreed with the AAHP – terminating the unfair trade case in November of 2013.
The Court of International Trade’s ruling now confirms the ITC’s core findings and means that the AAHP’s legal theory was supported by evidence while the petitioners’ opposing theories were not.
On Tuesday of this week the U.S. Court of International Trade dismissed the petitioner's’ appeal on The Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood, effective September 20th, 2016. This dismissal is at the petitioner's request. This is the end of the appeal from the 2012 Antidumping and Countervailing Duty case.
The petitioners decided to withdraw their appeal “with prejudice” which means they cannot revive or re-argue the merits of the case.
KCMA along with several companies and trade associations formed the American Alliance for Hardwood Plywood who took the lead in defending the case.