U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Antidumping Duty Determinations for Mattresses from Seven Countries
For Immediate Release
October 28, 2020
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced affirmative preliminary determinations in the antidumping duty (AD) investigations of mattresses from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey, and Vietnam.
Commerce preliminarily determined that exporters from the countries listed below have dumped mattresses in the United States at the following margins:
- 252.74 percent for Cambodia;
- 2.61 percent for Indonesia;
- 42.92 percent for Malaysia;
- 13.65 percent for Serbia;
- 572.56 - 763.28 percent for Thailand;
- 20.03 percent for Turkey; and
- 190.79 – 989.90 percent for Vietnam.
As a result of today’s decisions, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from importers of mattresses from these seven countries based on the preliminary rates noted above.
The petitioners are Corsicana Mattress Company (Dallas, Texas), Elite Comfort Solutions (Newman, Ga.), Future Foam, Inc. (Council Bluffs, Ind.), FXI, Inc (Media, Pa.), Innocor, Inc. (Red Bank, N.J.), Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc. (Chicago, Ill.), Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (Carthage, Miss.), and International Brotherhood of Teamsters (Washington, D.C.), and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO (Washington, D.C.).
Commerce is scheduled to announce its final determinations in these cases on or about March 15, 2021.
If Commerce’s final determinations are affirmative, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will be scheduled to make its final injury determinations on or about April 26, 2021. If Commerce makes affirmative final determinations of dumping and the ITC makes affirmative final injury determinations, Commerce will issue AD orders. If Commerce makes negative final determinations of dumping or the ITC makes negative final determinations of injury, the investigations will be terminated and no orders will be issued.
In 2019, U.S. imports of mattresses were valued at:
• $33.1 million for Cambodia;
• $102.6 million for Indonesia;
• $38.6 million for Malaysia;
• $24.1 million for Serbia;
• $18.7 million for Thailand;
• $19.4 million for Turkey; and
• $166.6 million for Vietnam.
Read the fact sheet on today’s decisions.
The strict enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Trump Administration. Since the beginning of the current administration, Commerce has initiated 297 new AD and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations – a 271 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.
The AD law provides American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of unfair pricing of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 540 AD and CVD orders – an all-time high – providing relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.
Foreign companies that price their products in the U.S. market below the cost of production or below prices in their home markets are subject to antidumping duties.
Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance unit within the International Trade Administration is responsible for vigorously enforcing U.S. trade laws and does so through an impartial, transparent process that abides by international rules and is based solely on facts submitted to the public record.