ITC imposes anti-dumping and countervailing duty on hardwood plywood imported from China.
America’s cabinet makers were forced to pass on 10 – 12 % price hikes to the American consumers while the ITC excluded imposing any duty on the importation of the same cabinetry products from China as being manufactured in the U.S.
As of Oct 29th 2013, many of the major cabinet manufacturers have implemented their increases effective immediately, while the China imports have stayed their everyday low prices.
The ITC has simply forced the U.S consumer to pay an extra 10% for U.S. Made Quality, while increasing the lure of Cheap China Cabinets in a struggling economy.
Buyer Beware, The lure of Cheap Cabinets
The China imports are shipped unassembled (Ready To Assemble, RTA) to a variety of distribution centers and then delivered as RTA to local wholesalers and point of sales outlets for assembly, or direct ships to the DIY’s and trade professionals for installation.
The major problems with the imported China Cabinets are the poor quality standards and long lead times for replacement parts and the variations in color and finish from lot to lot. When the end user has a warped or damaged door (most common defect found), or molding and or trim in the wrong color/finish (2nd most common defect), and hardware (3rd most common defect) they have to request a replacement part(s) by a lot # and may have to wait up to 4 weeks for a replacement, if they can even locate the same lot# within the supply chain. If the same lot# is not available, the consumer is stuck with keeping it as is.
The printed copy of one of the major China Cabinet Importers and Retailers Sales Policy in Phoenix
Cabinet Return Policy
In order to return an item, a return authorization must be issued. A 25% restocking charge as well as round trip freight charges will be incurred. All items must be in original carton and unused. Returns cannot be made after product has been assembled or installed by the customer. Returns cannot be made after 30 days.
Cabinet Freight Damage Policy
Please count and examine all packages at time of delivery. If there is a shortage, please note how many cartons are short on the delivery receipt and send the list to our Customer Service Dept. If the cartons are damaged, please note the damage on the delivery receipt. If concealed damaged is discovered after the receipt of the merchandise, we must be notified within 7 days to enable us to replace parts or the damaged product at no cost to you.
Cabinet Warranty: NONE!!!!
You will never ever see a warranty on a Chinese cabinet. Say you scratch a door, or it warps 3 months after your new kitchen is installed, with domestic manufactures you can call up your cabinet supplier and order just the replacement door you need. With Chinese suppliers you have to reorder THE ENTIRE CABINET!! Make sure you ask your supplier about this and if they say you can actually get the part you need without ordering THE ENTIRE CABINET be sure to get it in writing!
My name is Edward Mugits, I have personally toured several China Cabinetry wholesalers and retail businesses and showrooms with assembled China Import Cabinets in the state of Arizona, Buyer Beware!