Dept. of Commerce investigating company for innerspring dumping

The U.S. International Trade Administration, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has initiated an investigation of Reztec Industries, an innerspring manufacturer, to determine whether it is circumventing anti-dumping duties being imposed on U.S. imports of innersprings.

In 2009, the Commerce Department set anti-dumping duties for innersprings from China at rates of 165% or 236%, depending on the specific exporter/producer of the spring units. It also set duties for innersprings imported from Vietnam (116.31%) and South Africa (121.39%).

The investigation will determine whether Reztec is using its operations in Malaysia to assemble innerspring units from Chinese-made components to avoid duties. If the investigation finds that that is the case, the company’s products could be subject to similar duties.

The petition requesting an anti-dumping 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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