July 9, 2024
News Release 24-062
Inv. No(s). TA-201-78
Contact: Jennifer Andberg, 202-205-1819
Increased Imports of Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber Injure U.S. Industry, USITC Determines

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that fine denier polyester staple fiber (PSF) is being imported into the United States in such increased quantities as to be a substantial cause of serious injury to the domestic industry producing an article like or directly competitive with the imported article.

The determination was made in the context of an investigation initiated on February 28, 2024 under section 202 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. § 2252) in response to a petition filed by 

Fiber Industries LLC d/b/a Darling Fibers, Nan Ya Plastics Corp, America, and Sun Fiber LLC. Information about this investigation and global safeguard investigations is available in the factsheet

The Commission’s determination resulted from a 4-0 vote. Chair Amy K. Karpel and Commissioners David S. Johanson, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Jason E. Kearns vote in the affirmative.

As a result of today’s vote, the Commission will proceed to the remedy phase of the investigation. The Commission will hold a public hearing on remedy on July 23, 2024.  The Commission will submit its report containing its injury determination, remedy recommendations, certain additional findings, and the basis for them to the President by August 26, 2024.

When the Commission makes an affirmative injury determination in a global safeguard investigation, it is required to make certain additional findings under the statutes implementing certain free trade agreements. 

Pursuant to these statutes, the Commission finds that imports of fine denier PSF from neither Canada nor Mexico account for a substantial share of total imports.  It also finds that imports of fine denier PSF from each other free trade agreement partner country, individually, are not a substantial cause of serious injury or threat thereof.

These findings will be forwarded to the President as part of the Commission’s report.

The President, not the Commission, will make the final decision concerning whether to provide relief to the U.S. industry and the kind of relief to provide, including with respect to imports from FTA countries. 

A public report concerning the investigation will be available after the Commission submits its findings and recommendations to the President; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at the Commission’s Publications Library.  Status of proceedings, links to relevant documents, and additional information for this investigation can be found at the Commission’s Investigations Database System (IDS).

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