May 15, 2007
News Release 07-056
Inv. No. 731-TA-1104 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

CERTAIN POLYESTER STAPLE FIBER 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 certain polyester staple fiber 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 Department of Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of certain polyester staple fiber from China.

The Commerce Department previously made an affirmative critical circumstances determination with regard to imports of this product from China. Therefore, the Commissioners who made an affirmative injury determination today are required to determine whether these imports are likely to undermine seriously the remedial effect of the antidumping duty order Commerce will issue. All six Commissioners made negative findings with regard to critical circumstances in this investigation. As a result, the antidumping duty order concerning these imports will not apply to goods that entered the United States from China prior to December 26, 2006, the date of the Department of Commerce's affirmative preliminary determination.

The Commission's public report Certain Polyester Staple Fiber from China (Investigation No. 731-TA-1104 (Final), USITC Publication 3922, June 2007) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after June 14, 2007, by calling 202-205-2000 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 HIGHLIGHT

Certain Polyester Staple Fiber from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1104 (Final)

Product Description: For purposes of this investigation, the product covered is certain polyester staple fiber (PSF). PSF is a man-made fiber that is similar in appearance to cotton or wool fiber when baled. Certain PSF is known in the industry as "fiber for fill," as it is generally used as stuffing in sleeping bags, mattresses, ski jackets, comforters, cushions, pillows, and furniture. Certain PSF has physical characteristics that distinguish it from other polyester staple fibers (such as carpet fiber and fiber for spinning), including the denier of the fiber, the length of the fiber, and in some cases the finish and "crimp" of the fiber. The merchandise subject to this investigation is provided for in subheading 5503.20.00 (statistical reporting numbers 5503.20.0045 and 5503.20.0065) of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigation: Final antidumping.
2.  Petitioners:  DAK Americas LLC, Charlotte, NC; Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America,
      Lake City, SC; and Wellman, Inc., Shrewsbury, NJ.
3.  Investigation instituted by USITC:  June 23, 2006.
4.  Hearing: March 13, 2007.
5.  USITC vote:  May 15, 2007.
6.  USITC notification of Department of Commerce:  May 24, 2007.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of U.S. firms in 2006:  Eight.
2.  Production in 2006:  573,068,000 pounds.
3.  Employment of production and related workers:  968.
4.  U.S. producers' U.S. shipments in 2006:  500,161,000 pounds.
5.  U.S. apparent consumption in 2006:  1,066,891,000 pounds.
6.  Ratio of quantity of total imports to U.S. apparent consumption 
      in 2006 (percent):  53.1  

U.S. Imports:
1.  Quantity of subject imports in 2006:  202,314,000 pounds.
2.  Value of subject imports in 2006:  $112,342,000.

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