On Wednesday, the US Department of Commerce announced that the preliminary ruling on the anti-dumping investigation of Chinese imported mattresses was affirmative. The extent to which Chinese exporters dumped mattresses to the US was 38.56% to 1731.75%.
Based on this determination, the Ministry of Commerce will instruct the US Customs and Border Protection to collect a deposit from an importer who imports mattresses from China based on the above initial dumping margin.
The Ministry of Commerce estimates that China exported US$436.5 million worth of mattresses to the United States in 2017.
The Ministry of Commerce plans to announce the final decision around October 11. If the final decision of the Ministry of Commerce is affirmative, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) will make a final decision around November 24. If both of them make a positive conclusion, the Ministry of Commerce will impose anti-dumping duties.
According to official statistics from China, China’s furniture production capacity has accounted for more than 25% of the global market, making it the world’s number one furniture production, consumption and exporter.
The Trump administration has stepped up its enforcement of US trade law. Since the inception of the current government, the Ministry of Commerce has launched 168 new anti-dumping and countervailing investigations, an increase of 223% over the previous administration.