[Federal Register: March 12, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 49)]
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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

[Investigation No. TA-421-5]

 
Uncovered Innerspring Units from China

Determination

    On the basis of information developed in the subject investigation, 
the United States International Trade Commission determines, pursuant 
to section 421(b)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974,\1\ that uncovered 
innerspring units \2\ from the People's Republic of China are not being 
imported into the United States in such increased quantities or under 
such conditions as to cause or threaten to cause market disruption to 
the domestic producers of like or directly competitive products.
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    \1\ 19 U.S.C. 2451(b)(1).
    \2\ For purposes of this investigation, the product subject to 
this investigation is uncovered innerspring units composed of a 
series of individual metal springs wired together and fitted to an 
outer wire frame, suitable for use as the innerspring component in 
the manufacture of innerspring mattresses. Included within this 
definition are innersprings typically ranging from 34 inches to 76 
inches in width and 71 inches to 84 inches in length, corresponding 
to the sizes of adult mattresses (twin, twin long, full, full long, 
queen, California king, and king) and units used in smaller 
constructions, such as crib and youth mattresses. The subject 
product is properly imported under statistical reporting number 
9404.29.9010 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
(HTS).
    Not included in the scope of the petition are ``pocket'' coils, 
which are individual coils covered by a ``pocket'' or ``sock'' of a 
nonwoven synthetic material and then glued together in a linear 
fashion.
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Background

    Following receipt of a petition filed on January 6, 2004, on behalf 
of the American Innerspring Manufacturers (AIM),\3\ Memphis, TN, the 
Commission instituted investigation No. TA-421-5, Uncovered Innerspring 
Units From China, under section 421 of the Trade Act of 1974 to 
determine whether uncovered innerspring units from China are being 
imported into the United States in such increased quantities or under 
such conditions as to cause or threaten to cause market disruption to 
the domestic producers of like or directly competitive products.
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    \3\ Petitioning firms include Atlas Spring Manufacturing, 
Gardena, CA; Hickory Springs Manufacturing Co., Hickory, NC; Leggett 
& Platt, Carthage, MO; and Joseph Saval Spring & Wire Co., Inc., 
Taylor, MI.
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    Notice of the institution of the Commission's investigation and of 
the scheduling of a public hearing to be held in connection therewith 
was given by posting a copy of the notice on the Commission's Web site 
(http://www.usitc.gov) and by publishing the notice in the Federal 

Register (69 FR 2002, January 13, 2004). The hearing was held on 
February 19, 2004, in Washington, DC and all persons who requested the 
opportunity were permitted to appear in person or by counsel.

    Issued: March 8, 2004.

    By order of the Commission.
Marilyn R. Abbott,
Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. 04-5630 Filed 3-11-04; 8:45 am]
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