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DOC extends review of two Chinese innerspring shippers

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce has delayed the release of preliminary duty rates in a new shipper review in the uncovered innerspring units antidumping case.

The review addresses shipments made Feb. 1-Aug. 4, 2010, by two Chinese innerspring units producers, Foshan Nanhai Jiujiang Quan Li Spring Hardware Factory and Foshan Yongnuo Import and Export Co. Ltd.

Due to the complexity of the case, the DOC said, it plans to take an additional 44 days for the review. The preliminary review is now due to be completed by July 15. Final results are expected to be completed 90 days after issuance of the preliminary results.

The review will determine duty rates to be paid by importers of product from these manufacturers, which are considered new shippers because they do not have a previous record of shipping the innerspring units to the U.S. market.

The duties are meant to level the playing field for domestic producers of uncovered innerspring units that have been injured by unfair pricing of imported innersprings. The duties are assigned to the factories, but paid by importers of record of the merchandise.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, FurnitureToday

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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