US investigation of plywood imports from China neglects WTO rules: MOFCOM
China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) on Tuesday expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with a ruling by the US over hardwood plywood imports from China, saying that the US neglected WTO rules in its investigations.
The US Commerce Department said Monday that hardwood plywood products imported from China were being dumped in the US market, and it set an anti-dumping duty of 183.36 percent and anti-subsidy duties ranging from 22.98 to 194.9 percent.
The US Commerce Department has ignored WTO obligations and commitments by continuing to adopt the discriminatory analogue country method in anti-dumping investigations against China, Wang Hejun, head of MOFCOM’s trade remedy and investigation bureau, said in a statement posted on the ministry’s website.
The US Commerce Department declined to consider evidence provided by Chinese companies, entirely distorted the actual production process of the firms and exaggerated the dumping rate in an unreasonable manner, the official noted.
In its anti-subsidy investigation, the US also ignored WTO rules and determined a higher subsidy level by making up subsidy programs such as offering low-priced raw materials, he noted.
“Unreasonable US actions and rulings will seriously hinder China’s exports of hardwood plywood and damage the interests of Chinese companies,” Wang said.
During US President Donald Trump’s visit to China last week, the leaders of China and the US reached a consensus to continue to advance economic and trade cooperation for mutual benefit and win-win results, Wang said.
He also noted that China hopes the US will stick to this consensus and conduct investigations based on WTO rules.
China hopes to resolve the issue through talks and consultations, Wang was quoted as saying in the statement.