In 2019, China was caught red handed cheating hardworking American workers by manipulating global production through dumped and subsidized products. Today, the domestic cabinet industry is flourishing but is again at risk as the Biden Administration decides whether or not to continue to hold China accountable.
For generations, thousands of great American craftsmen have carried out a unique tradition of making kitchen and other cabinets and vanities the American way, producing a strong, long-lasting, high-quality product.
But, the American cabinet making industry was at the brink of collapse in 2019 because of China’s predatory trade practices. In 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Trump Administration issued antidumping and countervailing orders that held China accountable and protected American workers.
With China’s nefarious trade practices in check, the American cabinet industry has flourished. Today, the American kitchen cabinet industry supports more than 250,000 American jobs and is a more than $12 billion industry. The AD/CVD duties are creating thousands of new American jobs with plant expansions recently announced in Georgia, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Washington State, South Dakota, and Alabama.
However, the industry is yet again at risk as the U.S. Department of Commerce is conducting the first annual review that will determine whether the duties should remain in place or if Chinese companies can once again cheat the system and engage in unfair trade practices.
In the preliminary results of the review, the U.S. Department of Commerce assigned zero dumping margins to 16 Chinese exporters and producers based on a policy that treats China more favorably than almost every other country in the world. If this policy comes into effect, it will allow China to re-enter the market by the back door and take total control of the $12 billion domestic cabinet industry thereby killing American jobs and disproportionately impacting minorities and underserved communities who represent more than 40% of our workforce.
The American Kitchen Cabinet Alliance is calling on the Biden Administration and our leaders in the U.S. Congress to stand up to China’s cheating and level the playing field for 250,000 American workers to protect an iconic American industry.