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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Mattresses from from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam

May 14, 2020
News Release 20-044
Inv. No. 701-TA-645 and 731-TA-1495-1501 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Mattresses from from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of mattresses from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the government of China. 

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Jason E. Kearns, Randolph J. Stayin, and Amy A. Karpel voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue with its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations concerning imports of this product from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about June 24, 2020, and its antidumping duty determinations due on or about September 8, 2020.

The Commission’s public report Mattresses from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-645 and 731-TA-1495-1501 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 5059, May 2020) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after June 12, 2020; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  https://www.usitc.gov/commission_publications_library.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Mattresses from Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-645 and 731-TA-1495-1501 (Preliminary)

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 investigations:  Preliminary phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  Brooklyn Bedding, Phoenix, AZ; Corsicana Mattress Co., Dallas, TX; Elite Comfort Solutions, Newnan, GA; FXI, Inc., Media,  PA; Innocor, Inc., Media, PA; Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc., Chicago, IL; Leggett & Platt, Inc., Carthage, MO; the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Washington, DC; and United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFLCIO, Washington, DC.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Tuesday, April 21, 2020.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Thursday, May 14, 2020.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Friday, May 15, 2020.

U.S. Industry in 2019:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  at least 63.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.
3.   Production and related workers: [1]
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $4.8 billion.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption: 1
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption: 1

U.S. Imports in 2019:

1.   Subject imports:  $1.1 billion.
2.   Nonsubject imports: 1
3.   Leading import sources:  China, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

 

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

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