ITC moving forward with latest investigation into mattress imports

Federal agency has determined that domestic producers have been materially injured by alleged unfair pricing tactics of foreign producers in 13 countries

WASHINGTON — The United States International Trade Commission has agreed to move forward with its latest antidumping and countervailing duty investigation related to mattress imports from 13 different countries.

The ITC based this decision on evidence of material injury that imports have caused to the domestic industry. The 12 countries that are the target of the antidumping investigation addressing mattresses sold into the U.S. at less than fair value are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burma, India, Italy, Kosovo, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Slovenia, Spain and Taiwan. Indonesia is the subject of a countervailing duty investigation on mattress imports that are alleged to be subsidized by the government of Indonesia.

The investigation is in response to a petition filed by several domestic producers that say they have been materially injured by the unfair pricing tactics of foreign producers. They include Brooklyn Bedding; Carpenter Company; Corsicana Mattress Company; Future Foam; FXI Inc.; Kolcraft Enterprises; Leggett & Platt Inc.; Serta Simmons Bedding; Southerland, Inc. and Tempur Sealy International.

Also joining the petition are The International Brotherhood of Teamsters; and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO.

Moving forward, the ITC’s Office of Investigations will send out draft questionnaires to various parties to the investigation. The goal is to gather additional evidence to be used in the final phase of its investigation, which could result in an assignment of duties to various manufacturers by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Any duties that are assigned in the case are applied to the manufacturer but paid by the importer of record.

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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