Makers of kitchen cabinets and other hardwood assembly pieces found in almost every American home filed a lawsuit against their Chinese competitors on Wednesday, asking the International Trade Commission to impose anti-dumping barriers and tariffs on China.
The roughly $10 billion industry says it is slowly being wiped out by China companies like Panda Kitchen and Golden Home, based on a petition filed with the Department of Commerce today by the American Kitchen Cabinet Alliance (AKCA).
The move comes at a time when Washington is busy fighting a trade war with China and issues surrounding fair trade practices threaten to undermine a trade deal.
“The United States has lost much of its furniture and textile industries, and China is now targeting American kitchen cabinets in the same way,” says Mark A. Trexler, president and CEO of Master Woodcraft Cabinetry in Texas. “China’s illegal trade practices like dumping and subsidies are hurting American workers and consumers, and today’s filing is the first step in standing up to China.”
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