The mid-decade building boom coupled with post-Hurricane Katrina reconstruction led to a nationwide drywall shortage in the United States in 2005 and 2006, forcing builders to turn to imports. Prior to 2005, drywall imports from China were negligible; however, since 2006, the United States has imported more than 550 million pounds of drywall from China because it is abundant and cheap.
Toxic Toys and Dangerous Drywall: Holding Foreign Manufacturers Liable for Defective Products--The Fund Concept,
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