Dumped Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber from China, India, Korea, and Taiwan Injures U.S. Industry, Says USITC

June 28, 2018
News Release 18-079
Inv. No. 731-TA-1369-1372 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Dumped Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber from China, India, Korea, and Taiwan Injures U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined 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 the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Meredith M. Broadbent, and Rhonda K. Schmidtlein voted in the affirmative.  Commissioner Jason E. Kearns did not participate in this investigation.

As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue antidumping duty orders on imports of these products from China, India, Korea, and Taiwan.

The Commission’s public report Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber from China, India, Korea, and Taiwan (Inv. Nos. 731-TA-1369-1372 (Final), USITC Publication 4803, July 2018) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

The report will be available by August 3, 2018; 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. 731-TA-1369-1372 (Final)

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 (less than 3 denier) 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 investigation:  Final phase antidumping duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  Dak Americas, LLC, Charlotte, NC; Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America, Lake City, SC; Auriga Polymers Inc., Charlotte, NC.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
4.   USITC Hearing Date:  Wednesday, January 17, 2018.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Thursday, June 28, 2018.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Friday, July 13, 2018.

U.S. Industry in 2016:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  5.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  North Carolina and South Carolina.
3.   Production and related workers:  654.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  [1]
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  1
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  1

U.S. Imports in 2016:

1.   Subject imports:  1
2.   Nonsubject imports:  1
3.   Leading import sources:  China, Germany, India.

 

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

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