Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05)
Washington, DC— Tuesday, on behalf of Wellborn Cabinets in Ashland, Alabama, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) joined 34 of his House and Senate colleagues in sending a letter to U.S. Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan expressing concerns regarding evidence that Communist Chinese businesses may be engaged in transshipment, circumvention, and evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty orders on kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
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Congressman Brooks said, “According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, America’s trade deficit for the month of August (the most recent data available) was $67.1 billion. Of that $67.1 billion, America’s trade deficit with Communist China was $26.4 billion. This year to date, America’s trade deficit with Communist China is $193.1 billion. That’s a $193.1 billion transfer to China, America’s geopolitical foe, that they are using to build up their military and economic might. America cannot afford to hemorrhage money to Communist China. America needs to get tough on Communist China, and do it fast.”
Brooks concluded,“When Communist China is found to engage in evil trade practices that harm American companies and threaten American jobs, we have to aggressively fight back. For too long, America rolled over and refused to confront Communist China’s evil trade practices. That’s why we have such huge deficits. That’s why we are hemorrhaging money to our geopolitical foe that they’re using against us. I urge Secretary Ross and Acting Commissioner Morgan to protect American jobs and aggressively pursue all options in stopping the outflow of money from America to Communist China.”
The text of the letter to Ross and Morgan follows:
Dear Secretary Ross and Acting Commissioner Morgan,
We write to you on behalf of constituent businesses across the country that manufacture kitchen and bathroom cabinets. These companies are part of the United States’ diverse manufacturing sector, providing good-paying jobs and bolstering local economies across our towns, cities, and states.
While we recognize the benefits of global trade, we agree with these companies and their employees that trade must be conducted fairly. The industry filed antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) petitions against imports from China in 2019 to address concerns about unfair trade practices. The resulting investigation found material injury caused by unfairly-traded imports, and duties were imposed to level the playing field against these imports.
It is our understanding, however, that the domestic industry has found evidence that Chinese businesses may be engaged in transshipment, circumvention, and evasion of the AD/CVD orders. Our companies have availed themselves of the opportunity to file claims through the Customs e-allegation and Enforce and Protect Act (EAPA) programs. These are serious allegations that, if true, undermine the recovery of our constituent companies as they attempt to reclaim lost U.S. market share, even after undertaking the time and expense of participating in the AD and CVD investigations. As such, we urge you to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of these claims and take swift action to address all attempts to evade these orders.
Thank you for your attention to this matter and we look forward to your response.