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USITC Votes to Continue Investigation Concerning Mattresses from China

November 1, 2018
News Release 18-132
Inv. No. 731-TA-1424 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigation Concerning Mattresses from China

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 mattresses from China that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

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

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue with its antidumping duty investigation concerning imports of this product from China, with its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about February 26, 2019.

The Commission’s public report Mattresses from China (Inv. No. 731-TA-1424 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4842, November 2018) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigation.

The report will be available after November 30, 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

Mattresses from China
Investigation No. 731-TA-1424 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  "Mattress" generally means a resilient material or combination of materials generally enclosed by ticking that is intended or promoted for sleeping upon by people. Mattresses generally consist of (1) a core, (2) upholstery material, and (3) ticking. The core provides the main support system of the mattress. The core may consist of innersprings, non-innersprings (e.g., foam), an air or water bladder,[1] other resilient filling, or a combination of these materials. "Upholstery" refers to the material between the core and the ticking. "Ticking" refers to the cover or the outermost layer of fabric or other material that encloses the core and any upholstery material.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary phase antidumping duty investigation.
2.   Petitioners:  Corsicana Mattress Company, Dallas, Texas; Elite Comfort Solutions, Newnan, Georgia; Future Foam Inc., Council Bluffs, Iowa; FXI, Inc., Media, Pennsylvania; Innocor, Inc., Red Bank, New Jersey; Kolcraft Enterprises Inc., Chicago, Illinois; Leggett & Platt, Incorporated, Carthage, Missouri; Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia; and Tempur Sealy International, Inc., Lexington, Kentucky.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Tuesday, October 9, 2018.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Thursday, November 1, 2018.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Friday, November 2, 2018.

U.S. Industry in 2017:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  357.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.
3.   Production and related workers:  [2]
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments: 16,754,826 mattresses ($4.5 billlion).
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption: 2
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption: 2

U.S. Imports in 2017:

1.   Subject imports: 6,114,504 mattresses ($781 million).
2.   Nonsubject imports: 2
3.   Leading import sources:  China (by quantity and value).

 

[1] Airbeds and waterbeds are excluded from the scope.

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

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