China evades tariffs by
altering plywood export
China has stepped up its attempts
to duck the U.S.-imposed tariffs on
plywood, according to a report
from the Wall Street Journal.
These new evasion attempts
involve the identification codes
placed on every product imported
to the U.S. The 10-digit codes, of
which there are around 19,000,
identify products and provide a
common language to bridge dif-
Although data is scarce, some
Chinese wood exporters are
reportedly altering these codes to
avoid tariffs, says the WSJ.
WSJ spoke with an Oregon
wood importer who says he was
called by a Chinese supplier asking if he would like to get some
Chinese plywood free of tariffs.
The importer questioned the caller
of how that would work, and the
caller replied that the plywood
would be stripped of its Chinese
markings and that it would be
shipped “under some other code.”
Chinese exporters reportedly
exchange information regard-
ing tariff codes on websites like
Yishanghuiyou (Friends Through
Commerce). Forum posters directly
ask each other for plywood codes
that can dodge inspections and
avoid higher tariffs.
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