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New AD/CV Probes of Mainland Chinese Wooden Cabinets and Vanities

The U.S. International Trade Commission has initiated the preliminary phase of antidumping and countervailing injury investigations of wooden cabinets and vanities classified under HTSUS 9403.40.9060, 9403.60.8081 and 9403.90.7080 from mainland China. Return questionnaires are due to the USITC by 20 March, a conference will be held on 27 March, post-conference briefs may be submitted by 1 April, and the USITC’s preliminary determination vote has been scheduled for 19 April.

The goods covered by this petition are cabinets and vanities made substantially of wood products, including solid wood and engineered wood products (including those made from wood particles, fibres or other wooden materials such as plywood, strand board, block board, particle board or fibreboard) or bamboo. They include wooden cabinets and vanities with or without wood veneers; wood, paper or other overlays; or laminates; with or without non-wood components or trim such as metal, marble, glass, plastic or other resins; whether or not surface finished or unfinished; and whether or not assembled or completed.

These items serve the purpose and function of permanently affixed cabinetry typically found throughout the home, including kitchen and bath cabinetry, modular vanities and pedestal vanities (which may or may not include a top composed of stone, plastic or other material). However, the petition also covers wooden cabinets and vanities used in places other than in a home kitchen or bathroom, including laundry room cabinets, closets, permanently affixed home office cabinets, and kitchen and bathroom cabinetry found in commercial buildings, apartments, hotels, assisted living or healthcare facilities, or other environments.

The petition also covers component parts of cabinets and vanities, including frames; boxes (which typically include a top, bottom, sides, back, base blockers, ends/end panels, stretcher rails, toe kicks and/or shelves); doors; drawers and drawer components (which typically include sides, backs, bottoms and faces); back panels and end panels; and desks, shelves and tables attached to or incorporated in the subject goods.

Also included are wooden cabinets and vanities and in-scope components that have been further processed in a third country, including one or more of the following: trimming, cutting, notching, punching, drilling, painting, staining, finishing, assembly or any other processing that would not otherwise remove the goods from the scope of the investigation if performed in the country of manufacture of the in-scope product.

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