January 27, 2009
News Release 09-008
Inv. No. 731-TA-1140 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819

UNCOVERED INNERSPRING UNITS FROM CHINA INJURE U.S. INDUSTRY, SAYS ITC

The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of uncovered innerspring units from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

All six Commissioners voted in the affirmative.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the Department of Commerce will issue an antidumping duty order on imports of this product from China.

The Commission's public report Uncovered Innerspring Units from China (Investigation No. 731- TA-1140 (Final), USITC Publication 4061, February 2009) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

Copies may be obtained after March 4, 2009, by emailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, calling 202-205- 2000, or by writing the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be made by fax to 202-205-2104.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Office of Industries
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Uncovered Innerspring Units from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1140 (Final)

Product Description:

The products covered by this investigation are all uncovered innerspring units suitable for use as the innerspring component in the manufacture of innerspring mattresses, including mattresses that incorporate a foam encasement around the innerspring. The merchandise subject to this investigation is properly classified in statistical reporting number 9404.29.9010 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS). Uncovered innersprings also have been imported under statistical reporting numbers 9404.10.0000, 7326.20.0070, 7320.20.5010, and 7320.90.5010.

Status of Proceedings:

1. Type of investigation: Final antidumping.
2. Petitioner: Leggett & Platt, Incorporated, Carthage, Missouri.
3. Investigation instituted by USITC: December 31, 2007.
4. USITC hearing: October 22, 2008.
5. USITC vote: January 27, 2009.
6. USITC notification of Department of Commerce: February 11, 2009.

U.S. Industry:

1. Number of U.S. firms involved in production of uncovered innerspring units in 2008: 8.
2. Production occurs at 35 U.S. plants, led by 4 in North Carolina and 3 each in Georgia,
   Texas, and Wisconsin.
3. Employment of production and related workers in 2007: (1)
4. U.S. producers' shipments in 2007: (1)
5. Apparent U.S. consumption in 2007:  20,907 units, valued at $557.6 million.  
6. Ratio of quantity of total shipments of imports to apparent U.S. consumption in 2007: 11.9 percent. 

U.S. Imports in 2007:

1. Quantity of subject imports: (1)
2. Value of subject imports: (1)


(1)  Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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