North American wood
importers respond to
tariff dodging article
North American softwood and
hardwood importers feel that a recent
Wall Street Journal article about
tariff dodging only presents one side
of the story.
The WSJ article, which we covered
on Woodworking Network, says that
many Chinese exporters are inten-
tionally mislabeling wood export
identification codes to avoid tariffs.
The 10-digit codes, of which there
are around 19,000, identify products
and provide a common language to
bridge different markets.
The International Wood Products
Association (IWPA), which represents
200 North American companies who
import softwoods and hardwoods,
says the article presents a very one-sided view of the complexities of the
current trade environment and code
“The surge in code classification
rulings reported in is not an indication of questionable export classifications, but a sign that importers in this
high tariff environment are checking
if products are properly classified and
asking for government rulings when
it is unclear,” said IWPA Executive Director Cindy Squires in a statement.
“Obtaining a classification ruling is
one of the specific actions that U.S.
Customs and Border Protection has
stated demonstrates that an importer
is fulfilling its legal obligations to
comply with the law.”
“We do not support or condone
any illegal effort to misclassify or
misreport country of origin,” she con-
tinued. – R.D. bit.ly/2PPWbzw
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