U.S. Dept. of Commerce Extends Deadline for Final Conclusion on Anti-Dumping Probe of Hardwood Plywood Imported From Vietnam

According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) of Vietnam, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has announced an extension of its deadline for its final conclusion on the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tax evasion investigation into hardwood plywood imported into the U.S. from Vietnam.

According to the MoIT, the DOC plans to issue its conclusion on October 17, 2022, instead of the previously announced date of April 20, 2022. This marks the third such extension that the DOC has made in the case, which was originally launched on June 17, 2020, following a request by the U.S. Customer and Border Protection (CBP) Agency.

The MoIT said that the purpose of the DOC investigation is to ensure the efficiency of trade remedies imposed on hardwood plywood produced in China. The MoIT says that if Vietnam’s plywood manufacturers and exporters can prove that they are not evading the trade remedy measures the US is applying to China, they will not be subject to the anti-subsidy tax rates.

The MoIT notes that they and other relevant ministries and agencies have been working in close coordination with the DOC in the case, while Vietnamese plywood exporters have collaborated with the DOC to clarify that they do not aim to evade US’s trade remedy measures.

According to the ministry, it has gone as far as to advise Vietnamese plywood producers and exporters to continue to keep a close watch on the case and to continue to show full cooperation with the DOC.

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