The Brazilian Association of Mechanically-Processed Timber Industry (ABIMCI) is fighting to remove tariffs on Brazilian plywood exported to the U.S.. 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 U.S. have attracted an 8% duty which undermines the competitiveness of Brazilian plywood. ABIMCI filed a new petition at the beginning of April this year with the U.S. 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.