February 13, 2008
News Release 08-012
Inv. Nos. 731-TA-1140-1142 (P)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
ITC VOTES TO CONTINUE CASES
ON UNCOVERED INNERSPRING UNITS
FROM CHINA, SOUTH AFRICA, AND VIETNAM
The United States International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of uncovered innerspring units from China, South Africa, and Vietnam that are allegedly 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 determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping investigations of imports of uncovered innerspring units from China, South Africa, and Vietnam, with its preliminary determinations due on or about June 9, 2008.
The Commission's public report Uncovered Innerspring Units from China, South Africa, and Vietnam (Investigation Nos. 731-TA-1140-1142 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 3983, February 2008) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.
Copies of the report are expected to be available after March 14, 2008, by calling 202-205-2000 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.
Uncovered Innerspring Units from China, South Africa, and Vietnam
Investigation Nos. 731-TA-1140-1142 (Preliminary)
Product Description: Uncovered innerspring units are a series of individual metal springs joined together in sizes corresponding to the sizes of adult mattresses (e.g., twin, twin long, full, full long, queen, California king, and king) and units used in smaller constructions, such as crib and youth mattresses. All uncovered innerspring units are included in this scope regardless of width and length. Uncovered innerspring units are suitable for use as the innerspring component in the manufacture of innerspring mattresses, including mattresses that incorporate a foam encasement around the innerspring. Pocketed and non-pocketed innerspring units are included in this definition. Pocketed innersprings are individual coils covered by a "pocket" or "sock" of a nonwoven synthetic material or woven material and then glued together in a linear fashion.
Status of Proceedings: 1. Type of investigations: Preliminary antidumping. 2. Petitioners: Leggett & Platt, Carthage, MO. 3. Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: December 31, 2007. 4. Commission's conference: January 22, 2008. 5. USITC vote: February 13, 2008. 6. USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce: February 14, 2008. 7. USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce: February 22, 2008. U.S. Industry: 1. Number of producers in 2006: Nine. 2. Location of producers' plants: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin. 3. Employment of production and related workers in 2006: 2,021. 4. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2006: $533.9 million. 5. Ratio of the value of total U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 2006: 7.7%. U.S. Imports: 1. From the subject countries during 2006: $37.0 million. 2. From other countries during 2006: $546,000. 3. Leading sources during 2006: China, South Africa, and Vietnam (in terms of total value).