US launches investigation into Vietnamese wood cabinets

By Dat Nguyen   May 31, 2022 | 07:39 pm PT
US launches investigation into Vietnamese wood cabinets
Wooden cabinets are seen in a kitchen. Photo by Pixabay
The U.S. has initiated a scope investigation into Vietnamese and Malaysian wooden cabinets that were allegedly transshipped from China to avoid tax duties.

Its Department of Commerce (DOC) suspects that Vietnamese and Malaysian manufacturers import parts or completed products from China and finish them locally before exporting them to the U.S.

The probe is based on a petition by the American Kitchen Cabinet Alliance.

Vietnamese and Malaysian wood manufacturers have been given 30 days to make their case by providing more information on their products.

The DOC will issue a final ruling within four months.

Between 2019 and 2021 (after the U.S. imposed duties on China), the imports of products investigated for alleged dumping fell by 54 percent to $1.6 billion, according to U.S. official data.

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