STR Trade. A petition filed Sept. 18 alleges that mattresses from China are being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market, with the alleged average dumping margins ranging from 267.60 percent to 1,777.01 percent.
For purposes of this petition, “mattress” denotes an assembly of materials that generally includes a core as well as upholstery and/or ticking. The scope of this petition is restricted to adult mattresses and youth mattresses but broadly encompasses all types of innerspring mattresses, non-innerspring mattresses, and hybrid mattresses. Mattresses covered by this petition may be sold independently or as part of furniture (e.g., convertible sofa bed mattresses, comer group mattresses, day-bed mattresses, rollaway bed mattresses, high risers, trundle bed mattresses, crib mattresses) or as part of a set in combination with a mattress foundation.
Subject goods are currently classifiable under HTSUS subheadings 9404.21.0010, 9404.21.0013, 9404.29.1005, 9404.29.1013, 9404.29.9085, and 9404.29.9087 and may also enter under subheadings 9404.21.0095, 9404.29.1095, and 9404.29.9095.
Excluded from the scope of this petition are futon mattresses; i.e., those with a tuft that goes completely through the mattress from the top to the bottom and that do not contain innersprings or foam. Also excluded are airbeds (including inflatable mattresses) and waterbeds, which consist of air- or liquid-filled bladders as the core or main support system of the mattress.
The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD duty and injury investigations, respectively, on this product. There are strict statutory deadlines associated with these proceedings, so affected companies that wish to protect their interests should contact trade counsel as soon as possible.
For more information contact Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965 or David Craven at (312) 279-2844.