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Congressman Bruce Poliquin

Representing the 2nd District of Maine

Rep. Poliquin’s Testimony Before Top Federal Trade Officials Results in Unanimous Ruling in Favor of Maine Forest Products Jobs Against Chinese Manufacturers

December 4, 2017
Press Release
Poliquin testified before the ITC in October, condemning illegal Chinese subsidies hurting Maine wood products jobs

WASHINGTON – In a sweeping 4-0 vote, the International Trade Commission (ITC), the Nation’s top federal trade officials, ruled in favor of Maine forest products jobs against illegal Chinese subsidies, after Congressman Bruce Poliquin (ME-02) strongly implored them to do so at a hearing in October. The ITC’s unanimous ruling Friday activates significant tariffs on the imports of Chinese hardwood plywood, helping to level the playing field for American and Maine wood products manufacturers.


“Mainers are the hardest working people in the world and can compete and win against anyone, but the rules have to be fair,” said Congressman Poliquin. “For too long, Mainers have borne the brunt of unfair and illegal trade practices from foreign competition. In particular, Chinese manufacturers, backed by the Chinese government, have had an unfair advantage over our wood products industry, not playing by the rules.


“The ITC’s unanimous ruling in favor of Maine jobs is a strong and encouraging victory for hundreds of hardworking Mainers in Presque Isle. I am thrilled with the commission’s definitive ruling and will continue to fight to ensure Mainers can compete on a level playing field.”


Said Gary Gillespie, Vice President of Northern Operations for Columbia Forest Products, based in Presque Isle, “On behalf of the 161 Columbia Forest Products employees in Presque Isle, Maine, we are both thrilled and thankful with the results at the ITC. This victory for American manufacturing is in no small part due to the tireless support of Congressman Poliquin.”


In October, Congressman Poliquin joined a bipartisan and bicameral group of lawmakers to testify in-person at the ITC, where he implored the trade officials to act on hardwood dumping by Chinese companies that adversely impact American competitors from Maine and elsewhere across our Nation.


Congressman Poliquin testifies before the ITC in October, imploring the federal trade officials to condemn unfair trade from Chinese competitors and to protect Maine jobs.


Congressman Poliquin testifying before the ITC in October.


Congressman Poliquin holds up plywood made in the USA and plywood made in China during the ITC hearing in October.