The Brazilian Association of Mechanically-Processed Timber Industry (ABIMCI) has consistently waged battle with the US in recent years to remove tariffs on Brazilian plywood.
ABIMCI has, once again, filed a formal petition with the office of the United States Trade Representative asking for a review the status of the Brazilian plywood within the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).
Since 2005, Brazilian softwood plywood exports to the US have attracted an 8% duty which, says ABIMCI, undermines the competitiveness of Brazilian plywood.
ABIMCI filed new petition at the beginning of April this year with the US government requesting the re-designation of Brazilian pine plywood within GSP.
A similar application was denied last year. ABIMCI says it filed the petition again in order to promote fair competition among market players.