The u.s. department of Commerce announced Thursday the imposition of countervailing duties on billions of dollars worth of imports of kitchen cupboards and cabinets for bathrooms made in China.
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The u.s. department, which is the result of a complaint of the professional organization of u.s. Manufacturers of kitchen cabinets (American Cabinet Kitchen Alliance), believes that these wooden pieces of furniture manufactured in China are exported at giveaway prices to the United States and that they benefit from subsidies.
A survey launched in march
The department estimates that the chinese exporters of these items of furnishings benefit from grants ranging from 10,97% to 229,24% of their value. The market of these imports in the United States amounted to $ 4.4 billion.
The decision follows an investigation launched in march and is still subject to the opinion of the Committee on international trade, an independent agency. It comes just a week after the announcement by Washington to impose new tariffs on $ 300 billion of chinese imports, from the 1st of September.
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