U.S. mattress biz ‘injured’ by imports sold under ‘fair value’ from 8 countries

WASHINGTON – The U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that mattresses from eight of the 13 countries noted in the antidumping petition filed last summer  “materially injured” the domestic mattress industry.

The Department of Commerce went on to say that mattresses sold from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burma, Italy, Philippines, Poland, Slovenia and Taiwan are sold in the U.S. at “less than fair value.”

In its announcement, the trade commission only mentions those eight countries. The filing last year included 13 countries, with Indonesia targeted for selling mattresses into the U.S. that are subsidized by the Indonesian government. The four countries not mentioned in the announcement that had been included in the original petition are: India, Kosovo, Mexico and Spain.

The commission’s current four members voted unanimously on the matter.

Furniture Today has reached out to the trade commission for more information on the countries not mentioned in the announcement and their status. However, the organization has not yet responded.

As a result of this week’s affirmative determinations, the Department of Commerce will issue antidumping duty orders on mattress imports from the eight mentioned countries.

The commission’s public report on mattresses from the eight countries will include more details, including the views of the commission and information developed during the investigation. The report will be available by July 9.

The petition – the third such the mattress category has brought – was filed on behalf of Brooklyn Bedding, Carpenter Co., Corsicana Mattress Co., Future Foam, FXI, Kolcraft Enterprises, Leggett & Platt, Serta Simmons Bedding, Southerland and Tempur Sealy International. The unions engaged in the action are the International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Services Workers International Union.

See also:

  • Mattress antidumping rates on 12 countries hit Slovenia hardest at 744.81%
  • Let’s see how this third round of antidumping petitions plays out | Sheila Long O’Mara

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