The United States will continue to impose anti-dumping duties on uncovered innerspring units from China, South Africa and Vietnam, a U.S. trade panel has decided.
The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) determined March 25 that revoking the existing anti-dumping duty orders on the products from the three countries would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.
Therefore, it decided that the orders will remain in place. Innerspring units are used to make mattresses.
The action comes under the five-year (sunset) review process required by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.
Accordingly, the U.S. Commerce Department is required to remove an anti-dumping or countervailing duty order, or terminate a suspension agreement, after five years unless the department and the USITC vote against it.
The U.S. initially issued anti-dumping duty orders on imports of uncovered innerspring units from South Africa and Vietnam in December 2008 and imposed the same duties on Chinese products in February 2009.
The duty imposed on Vietnam is 116.31 percent, and the duration is five years, starting from December 11, 2008.
The USITC voted to conduct expedited reviews of the existing duties on uncovered innerspring units from China, South Africa and Vietnam in February 2014.
According to US statistics, Vietnam’s uncovered innerspring exports to the US were valued at US$612,000 in 2007.
After the US imposed anti-dumping duty on the products, Vietnam stopped exporting the products to the US market.
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