WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Commerce is performing a new shipper review for a Chinese manufacturer of wooden cabinets and vanities to determine whether it warrants a duty rate different from the all-China rate of 262.18%.
The company under review is Dalian Hualing Wood Co. Ltd. The company has told the DOC that it did not have any shipments to the U.S. market during the initial investigation and that it has not been affiliated with any producer or exporter that had shipments of the subject merchandise to the U.S. market during the investigation.
The company also noted that its export activities are not controlled by the central government of China.
The period under review is April 1 through Sept. 30. The review will determine whether the company is eligible for a separate duty rate, which is assigned to the manufacturer, but paid by the importer of record of the subject merchandise.
If the DOC finds that information supplied by the manufacturer is incorrect or incomplete, it may rescind the review, which would place the company in the All-China rate category.
I’m Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.