ITC rules innerspring imports hurting U.S. producers

The U.S. International Trade Commission has found that innersprings imported from South Africa and Vietnam are materially injuring the U.S. innerspring manufacturing industry. The 6–0 vote was held Nov. 14.

The ITC has not yet scheduled its final injury determination for China, which was included in the original petition requesting an antidumping investigation. The petition was filed by innerspring and components supplier Leggett & Platt, headquartered in Carthage, Mo.

Earlier in the fall, the U.S. Department of Commerce had announced duty deposit rates of 116.31% for Vietnam and 121.39% for South Africa after finding that springs from those countries were being sold into the U.S. market at less than value.

After the ITC ruling, the Commerce Department set a final antidumping duty order at those same rates for the two countries.

The rulings apply only to units used in mattresses.

At press time, the Department of Commerce had not announced a final determination for innersprings imported from China.

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