Visit to Vietnam for Plywood Foreign Trade – Initial Investigation
Engaged in plywood foreign trade for more than ten years, never felt this year’s international market and export policy is so complex.
In 2013, individual Plywood Companies in the United States planned to conduct anti-dumping and countervailing investigations on China’s hardwood plywood, which ended in failure. At that time, Chinese factories had no idea of going out.
In 2016, the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation on China’s hardwood plywood was raised again. This time, it succeeded. Since 2017, how much 200% tariff has been imposed on China’s hardwood plywood.
In 2018, the United States further conducted anti-dumping and countervailing investigations on China’s cork plywood, especially radiation pine plywood. This time, not only plywood, but also products from other industries have been increased by 10% tariff.
China’s plywood companies, especially those in Linyi, began to visit Vietnam in 2016 and other Southeast Asian countries to build factories.
At the end of 2016, I was invited by American plywood customers to visit Hanoi and Ho Chi Gelatin plywood in Vietnam. At that time, the Vietnamese market was mainly Korean and Japanese markets, mainly packaging grade plywood. There are many levels of product quality, single variety and competitive price. During the two-week inspection there, I visited most of the Vietnamese plywood factories. A general concept is similar to that of the plywood factories 10 years ago in China. The equipment is old, simple, the process is original, the production efficiency is low, and the raw materials are abundant.
At the beginning of 2017, when they returned to Vietnam, many Chinese plywood enterprises had already been designated as camps, found Vietnamese partners, started building or leasing factories, imported large quantities of plywood production equipment from China, and by mid-year, some planned early factories had begun trial production.
Time passed quickly. At the end of 2017, a large number of Chinese plywood enterprises began to recruit workers in Vietnam. A large number of pilot plywood products were downgraded. More Chinese bosses realized that Vietnam lagged behind not only production technology, but also low production efficiency. Therefore, a large number of Chinese factory directors and workers were attracted to Vietnam to do national labor work.