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Mattresses from China Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

November 19, 2019
News Release 19-117
Inv. No. 731-TA-1424 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Mattresses from China Injure U.S. Industry, Says USITC

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

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Randolph J. Stayin, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative.  Commissioner Jason E. Kearns did not participate in this vote.

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determination, Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of this product from China. 

The Commission also made a negative finding concerning critical circumstances with regard to imports of this product from China.  As a result, imports of mattresses from China will not be subject to retroactive antidumping duties.

The Commission’s public report Mattresses from China (Inv. No. 731-TA-1424 (Final), USITC Publication 5000, December 2019) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

The report will be available by December 30, 2019; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Mattresses from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1424 (Final)

Product Description:  "Mattress" generally means a resilient material or combination of materials generally enclosed by ticking that is intended or promoted for sleeping upon by people. Mattresses generally consist of (1) a core, (2) upholstery material, and (3) ticking. The core provides the main support system of the mattress. The core may consist of innersprings, non-innersprings (e.g., foam), other resilient filling, or a combination of these materials. "Upholstery" refers to the material between the core and the ticking. "Ticking" refers to the cover or the outermost layer of fabric or other material that encloses the core and any upholstery material.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Final phase antidumping duty investigation.
2.   Petitioners:  Corsicana Mattress Company, Dallas, TX; Elite Comfort Solutions, Newnan, GA; Future Foam Inc., Council Bluffs, IA; FXI, Inc., Media, PA; Innocor, Inc., Red Bank, NJ; Kolcraft Enterprises Inc., Chicago, IL; Leggett & Platt, Incorporated, Carthage, MO; Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC, Atlanta, GA; and Tempur Sealy International, Inc., Lexington, KY.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
4.   USITC Hearing Date:  Friday, October 11, 2019.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Tuesday, November 19, 2019.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, December 9, 2019.

U.S. Industry in 2018:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  56
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
3.   Production and related workers:  10,432.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $4.4 billion.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  1
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  1

U.S. Imports in 2018:

1.   Subject imports:  $918 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  [1]
3.   Leading import sources:  China (by quantity and value).

 

[1] Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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