FACT SHEET

 

Initiation of the Antidumping Investigation on Floor-Standing, Metal-Top Ironing Tables and Certain Parts Thereof from the People's Republic of China

 

On July 21, the Department of Commerce announced the initiation of the antidumping investigation on imports of Floor-Standing, Metal-Top Ironing Tables and Certain Parts Thereof (Ironing Tables) from the People's Republic of China (PRC).

 

Petitioners: The petition requesting this investigation was filed on June 30, by Home Products International Inc., headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Product Description: For purposes of this investigation, the product covered consists of floor-standing, metal-top ironing tables, assembled or unassembled, complete or incomplete, and certain parts thereof. The subject tables are designed and used principally for the hand ironing or pressing of garments or other articles of fabric. The subject tables have full-height leg assemblies that support the ironing surface at an appropriate (often adjustable) height above the floor. The subject tables are produced in a variety of leg finishes, such as painted, plated, or matte, and they are available with various features, including iron rests, linen racks, and others. The subject ironing tables may be sold with or without a pad and/or cover. All types and configurations of floor-standing, metal-top ironing tables are covered by this petition.

 

Furthermore, this investigation specifically covers imports of ironing tables, assembled or unassembled, complete or incomplete, and certain parts thereof. For purposes of this investigation, the term "unassembled" ironing table means product requiring the attachment of the leg assembly to the top or the attachment of an included feature such as an iron rest or linen rack. The term "complete" ironing table means product sold as a ready-to-use ensemble consisting of the metal-top table and a pad and cover, with or without the feature, e.g. iron rest or linen rack. The term "incomplete" ironing table means product shipped or sold as a "bare board" – i.e., a metal-top table only, without the pad and cover – with or without the feature, e.g. iron rest or linen rack. The major parts or components of ironing tables that are intended to be covered by this investigation under the term "certain parts thereof" consist of the metal top component (with or without assembled supports and slides) and/or the leg components, whether or not attached together as a leg assembly. The investigation covers separately shipped metal top components and leg components, without regard to whether the respective quantities would yield an exact quantity of assembled ironing tables.

 

Ironing tables without legs (such as models that mount on walls or over doors) are not floor-standing and are specifically excluded. Additionally, tabletop or countertop models with short legs that do not exceed 12 inches in length (and which may or may not collapse or retract) are specifically excluded.

 

The subject ironing tables were previously classified under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading 9403.20.0010. Effective July 1, the subject ironing tables are classified under new HTSUS subheading 9403.20.0011. The subject metal top and leg components are classified under HTSUS subheading 9403.90.8040. The written description of the scope remains dispositive.

 

Initiated Dumping Margin:

COUNTRY

INITIATED MARGINS

People's Republic of China

59.32%

 

Case Calendar:

Event

Date

Petition Filed

June 30, 2003

Initiation Deadline

July 20, 2003

ITC Preliminary Determinations

August 14, 2003

ITA Preliminary Determinations *

December 7, 2003

ITA Final Determinations **

February 20, 2004

ITC Final Determinations **

April 5, 2004

Orders ***

April 12, 2004

* If the ITC makes a negative preliminary determination of injury, these investigations are terminated.

** These deadlines may be extended under the governing statute.
*** This will take place only in the event of final affirmative determinations from the Department and the International Trade Commission (ITC).

 

Import Statistics: 1

2000

 2001

2002

2003(Jan-May)

Value ($US)2

504,066,523

575,783,668

712,704,602

497,059,302

Source: U.S. International Trade Commission Interactive Tariff and Trade DataWeb


1. Quantity of imports data is not available.

2. Total value represents imports from HTSUS numbers 94032.000.10 and 9403.90.8040 which are basket categories. Not all of the imports under these categories are of ironing tables or parts thereof.