U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Imports of Mattresses from China
For Immediate Release
August 31, 2020
Contact: ITA Office of Public Affairs
WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the affirmative preliminary determination in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of imports of mattresses from China – finding that exporters/producers from China received a countervailable subsidy rate of 97.78 percent.
The Department of Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from importers of mattresses from China based on this preliminary rate.
In 2019, imports of mattresses from China were valued at approximately $166.7 million.
The petitioners are Corsicana Mattress Company (Dallas), Elite Comfort Solutions (Newman, Ga.), Future Foam, Inc. (Council Bluffs, Iowa), FXI, Inc. (Media, Pa.), Innocor, Inc. (Red Bank, N.J.), Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc. (Chicago), Leggett & Platt, Incorporated (Carthage, Mo.), International Brotherhood of Teamsters (D.C.), and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO (D.C.).
In December 2019, Commerce issued an antidumping duty order on mattresses from China.
Commerce is currently scheduled to announce its final CVD determination on or about January 12, 2021. This deadline may be extended.
If Commerce makes an affirmative final determination, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will be scheduled to make its final injury determination on or about February 25, 2021. If Commerce makes an affirmative final determination in this investigation and the ITC makes an affirmative final injury determination, Commerce will issue CVD orders. If Commerce or the ITC make negative final determinations, the investigations will be terminated, and no orders will be issued.
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 286 new antidumping (AD) and CVD investigations – a 267 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.
The CVD law provides American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of unfair subsidization of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 538 AD and CVD orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.
Foreign companies that receive financial assistance from foreign governments that benefits the production of goods from those companies and is limited to specific enterprises or industries, or is contingent either upon export performance or upon the use of domestic goods over imported goods, are subject to countervailing duties.
The U.S. Department of 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 is consistent with international rules and is based on factual evidence provided on the record.