DOC releases preliminary determination in mattress antidumping investigation

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020
Source: Furniture Today

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce released its preliminary determinations in the antidumping duty investigations of mattresses imported from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Serbia, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.

In an alert sent to its members, the International Sleep Products Assn. noted that the preliminary dumping margins range from 2.61% for companies in Indonesia to 989.9% for some companies in Vietnam. The margins vary by country and the producer or exporter.

The specific margins are:

  • Cambodia – 252.74%
  • Indonesia – 2.61%
  • Malaysia – 42.92%
  • Serbia – 13.63%
  • Thailand – 572.56% to 763.28%
  • Turkey – 20.03%
  • Vietnam – 190.79% to 989.9%

DOC’s antidumping findings will go into effect once its preliminary determination is published in the Federal Register, which is expected to occur within five to seven business days. The ISPA report noted that, at that time, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection will suspend liquidation of all future entries of mattress imported from these countries and collect cash deposits of estimated antidumping duties in these amounts.

DOC did not disclose whether it had found “critical circumstances” to exist in any of these cases. ISPA said it expects that the formal written decision will likely be released in several days and may provide further details.

The petitioners in this case filed their claim on March 31 and included Brooklyn Bedding, Corsicana Mattress, Elite Comfort Solutions, FXI, Innocor, Kolcraft Enterprises and Leggett & Platt, as well as labor unions the Teamsters and Steelworkers.

Yohai Baisburd, council for the petitioners, released this statement: “Commerce’s decision is a critical next step to address the injurious dumping from these countries. Commerce has once again found significant dumping, and we welcome their actions to enforce U.S. trade laws.”

The American Mattress Alliance issued a press release with these statements about the preliminary determination:

Steve Douglas, president of the American Mattress Alliance board and vice president of operations at Maven, said, “We were surprised by the very high percentages in some countries, but through every stage in this process, we will continue to assert this petition is overly broad and built on false claims. This is just another attempt by these large corporations to take more power and more market share, when they can’t even reliably supply their retail partners, and to make up for their failure to invest in innovative products at the expense of the American consumer.”

AMA Chairperson of the Board Scott Burger, CEO of Classic Brands, said, “While the actions sought by the petitioners stand to bring about significant harm to the mattress industry and the American consumer, our members remain unwavering in their commitment to support their brick-and-mortar partners with quality product during this trying time.”

Burger added, “Against the backdrop of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, now is the time to leverage established global relationships and supply chains to acquire critical supplies at a rate otherwise unattainable using domestic sources alone. Unfortunately, these proposed tariffs would only further exacerbate the price volatility, unpredictable capacity and component shortages currently facing our industry.”

Keith Reynolds, vice chair of the board and president of Zinus U.S., said, “We need to all work together to not only help our industry survive 2020, but also to thrive in 2020. We can’t do that if the petitioners refuse to let us compete. We had hoped the petitioners would withdraw the petition since domestic manufacturers are struggling with shortages, but it seems they are putting their own desires for market control ahead of retailers’ needs.”

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