U.S. duties set for springs from China

The U.S. International Trade Administration, part of the Department of Commerce, has made a final affirmative determination that innersprings imported to the United States from China are being sold in the United States at less than fair value.

The ITA has set estimated antidumping duties for innersprings from China at rates of 165% or 236%, depending on the specific exporter/producer of the spring units.

A second government agency, the International Trade Commission, will soon decide whether these products are materially injuring the U.S. innerspring manufacturing industry. If so, final duty rates will be set.

The Commerce Department already has announced final duties for innersprings imported from Vietnam (116.31%) and South Africa (121.39%).

The rulings apply only to units used in mattresses. The petition requesting an antidumping investigation was filed by Carthage, Mo.–based innerspring and components supplier Leggett & Platt on behalf of the U.S. innerspring industry.

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