ITC votes to continue duties on Chinese-made wooden bedroom furniture

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has determined that revoking the antidumping duty order on wooden bedroom furniture imports from China would lead to continued or recurring injury to the domestic wood bedroom furniture industry.

Thus, the existing order on Chinese-made wooden bedroom furniture will remain in place for another five years.

The decision was part of the latest five-year sunset review on the initial antidumping order, which took effect Jan. 3, 2005. It was the third sunset review on the category and the third time that the commission has voted to continue the duties, which are as high as 216% on many bedroom producers.

These duties are assigned to the manufacturers but are paid by importers of record.

Many of those producers have either ceased producing bedroom furniture or have shifted to other markets around the world as the duties have made their products too expensive for the U.S. market.

Much of the category also has shifted to Vietnam, which remains the largest shipper of wooden bedroom furniture to the U.S. market.

Voting to continue the duties were Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Jason E. Kearns, Randolph J. Stayin, and Amy A. Karpel.

A formal report on the decision will include views of the commission and information it gathered during the review.  It will be available Sept. 19, and can be accessed at

Thomas Russell

Home News Now Editor-in-Chief Thomas Russell has covered the furniture industry for 25 years at various daily and weekly consumer and trade publications. He can be reached at and at 336-508-4616.

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