Errors in initial floor investigation
A further twist in the ongoing saga over the dumping of engineered wood flooring has occurred as it came to light that one of the parties involved in the investigation had made errors.
The Department of Commerce was heavily involved in the flooring investigation, yet it has now been discovered that mistakes were made within the inquiry.
The mistakes were not made in regard to which companies would have to pay the added tax however the preliminary judgements on how much should be paid were calculated incorrectly.
Samling, the company which received the highest dumping rate percentage, felt that their percentage had been incorrectly calculated and appealed.
After reviewing the preliminary findings the Department of Commerce admitted that the duties imposed on the company were the result of ‘ministerial errors’.
A further 70 exporters with the same rate as Samling had their duties recalculated at the same time which resulted in a drop across the board.
However, these reviewed rates are still part of the preliminary dumping rates for the engineered wood floors, which means that the actual percentages for these companies could be very different.
There has been speculation from many parties involved as to whether the final figures will be substantially higher or lower than the preliminary duties which have been imposed.