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Statement From the American Coalition of Cabinet Distributors

General News

The trade petition filed by the American Kitchen Cabinet Alliance is an attempt by a handful of cabinet companies to take advantage of recent U.S.-China trade tensions and convince the U.S. government to eliminate competition in the cabinet market. If petitioners succeed at the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) and U.S. Department of Commerce, high duties may all but eliminate imported ready-to-assemble (“RTA”) cabinets from the U.S. market, drastically reducing the product choices American consumers currently enjoy and threatening thousands of businesses and jobs that operate directly and indirectly within the RTA cabinet sector, including many in South Dakota.

The RTA sector consists of small, entrepreneurial American businesses that warehouse and distribute imported cabinets to meet a distinct and important segment of the US market including homeowners and remodelers who require quick deliveries to meet tight deadlines. Companies who serve this sector account for less than 10 percent of the market and do not compete with the companies who filed this petition. The petitioners have chosen not to adapt their processes or timelines to supply customers that require quick turn-around times and instead are trying to use the U.S. government to stifle consumer choices. Many of the companies who filed this case import products from China themselves and won’t bring back jobs to the U.S. if duties are imposed on imports, but will instead shift more of their production to already established supply chains in countries like Vietnam and Mexico. The American Coalition of Cabinet Distributors will ensure that the facts are brought forward in this trade case and we are confident that the government will determine that the petitioners are not being injured by imports of RTA cabinets from China.

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George Felcyn – – (202) 828-1715

Source: American Coalition of Cabinet Distributors