WASHINGTON — Reps. Peter DeFazio, D-OR, Eugene, and Greg Walden, R-OR, Hood River, on Nov. 18 applauded the U.S. Department of Commerce's final determination of anti-dumping and countervailing duties on China’s hardwood lumber market in response to their unfair trade practices. 

In October, Reps. DeFazio and Walden led a bipartisan letter to the International Trade Commission in support of an investigation into China’s illegal trade activity.

The lawmakers applauded the decision, saying, “The United States should not allow its capacity to manufacture products domestically to erode in the face of unfair trade practices that hurt American companies, cost American jobs and harm American communities.”

China has continually used illegal subsidies to dump artificially cheap Chinese hardwood plywood in American markets, undercutting the U.S. hardwood industry and costing thousands of American jobs. The Department of Commerce's determination is a result of a full-year investigation into China's unfair trade practices, which began as a result of a petition filed by the Coalition for Fair Trade of Hardwood Plywood, representing the U.S. hardwood plywood industry.

Oregon is the largest producer of hardwood plywood products in the United States.

The U.S. Department of Commerce calculated final anti-dumping margins of 183.36 percent for all Chinese companies and final countervailing duties of 22.98 to 194.90 percent.

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