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NEWS RELEASE 04-127; December 10, 2004 December 10, 2004
News Release 04-127
Inv. No. 731-TA-1058 (Final)

WOODEN BEDROOM FURNITURE FROM CHINA INJURES U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of wooden bedroom furniture from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will issue an antidumping order on imports of wooden bedroom furniture from China.

The Commission's public report Wooden Bedroom Furniture from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-1058 (Final), USITC Publication 3743, December 2004) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after January 12, 2005, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Wooden Bedroom Furniture from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1058 (Final)

Product Description: The imported product subject to this investigation is wooden bedroom furniture. Wooden bedroom furniture is generally, but not exclusively, designed, manufactured, and offered for sale in coordinated groups, or bedrooms, in which all of the individual pieces are of approximately the same style and approximately the same material and/or finish. The subject merchandise is made substantially of wood products, including both solid wood and also engineered wood products made from wood particles, fibers, or other wooden materials such as plywood, oriented strand board, particle board, and fiberboard, with or without wood veneers, wood overlays, or laminates, with or without non-wood components or trim such as metal, marble, leather, glass, plastic, or other resins, and whether or not assembled, completed, or finished. Certain items are excluded from the scope of the investigation and are enumerated in the Department of Commerce's Federal Register notice of November 17, 2004 (67 FR 67314). The subject merchandise is provided for in statistical reporting numbers 9403.50.9040, 9403.50.9080 and 7009.92.5000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS).

Status of Proceedings:
1. Type of investigation:  Final antidumping.
2. Petitioners:  American Furniture Manufacturers Committee for Legal Trade and its
   individual members; the Cabinet Makers, Millmen, and Industrial Carpenters, Local 721;
   the UBC Southern Council of Industrial Workers, Local 2305; the United Steelworkers of
   America, Local 193U; the Carpenters Industrial Union, Local 2093; the Teamsters,
   Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers, Local 991; and the IUE, Industrial Division of the
   CWA, Local 82472.
3. Investigation instituted by USITC:  October 31, 2003.
4. Hearing:  November 9, 2004.
5. USITC vote:  December 10, 2004.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce: December 22, 2004.

U.S. Industry:
1. Number of U.S. wooden bedroom furniture producers providing information:  54.
2. Production:  Throughout the United States but primarily concentrated in Virginia and North
   Carolina.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2003:  26,181.
4. U.S. producers' shipments in 2003:  12.6 million pieces (valued at $1.9 billion).
5. U.S. apparent consumption in 2003:  $4.67 billion.
6. Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption in 2003:  59.7 percent.

U.S. Imports:
1. Value of total imports in 2003: $1.4 billion.

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