USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber from China, India, Korea, and Taiwan

July 14, 2017
News Release 17-100
Inv. No. 701-TA-579-580 and 731-TA-1369-1372 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber from China, India, Korea, and Taiwan

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of fine denier polyester staple fiber from China, India, Korea, and Taiwan that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value and subsidized by the governments of China and India.

Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Vice Chairman David S. Johanson, and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson and Meredith M. Broadbent voted in the affirmative. 

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations on imports of this product from China, India, Korea, and Taiwan, with its preliminary countervailing duty determinations due on or about August 24, 2017, and its antidumping duty determinations due on or about November 7, 2017. 

The Commission’s public report Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber from China, India, Korea, and Taiwan (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-579-580 and 731-TA-1369-1372 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4709, July 2017) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after August 14, 2017; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber from China, India, Korea, and Taiwan
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-579-580 and 731-TA-1369-1172 (Preliminary)

Product Description: Fine denier PSF is a manmade fiber, similar in appearance to cotton or wool. The distinguishing physical characteristics of fine denier polyester staple fiber include the denier count and the length of the fiber. Other variable characteristics of fine denier PSF may be the finish (“luster”) applied to the fiber, and the “crimp” of the fiber, which impacts the fiber’s tenacity, or strength. Fine denier PSF is used for knit, woven, and nonwoven applications. Knit or woven applications include the production of textiles, such as clothing and bed linens. Nonwoven applications include the production of household and hygiene products such as baby wipes, diapers, or coffee filters.

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty.
2.  Petitioners: DAK Americas LLC, Charlotte, NC; Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America, Lake City, SC; and Auriga Polymers Inc., Charlotte NC.
3.  Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: May 31, 2017.
4.  Commission’s conference: June 21, 2017.
5.  USITC vote: July 14, 2017.
6.  USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce: July 17, 2017.
7.  USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce: July 24, 2017.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of producers in 2016: Five.
2.  Location of producers’ plants:  North Carolina, South Carolina.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2016: [1]
4.  Apparent U.S. consumption in 2016: 623.2 million pounds.
5.  Ratio of the value of total U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 2016: 1

U.S. Imports:
1.  From the subject countries during 2016: 1
2.  From other countries during 2016: 1
3.  Leading sources during 2016: China, India, Korea, and Taiwan (in terms of total value).

 

[1] Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

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