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DOC drops audits on three Chinese innerspring producers

Means previous rates stay in place

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced it is rescinding an administrative review of three manufacturers of uncovered innerspring units produced in China.

The companies are Tai Wa Hong, Macau Commercial and Goldon Singapore. The DOC decided to abandon the annual audit because petitioners that requested the review of these companies decided to withdraw their requests within 90 days of the notice of the review. That means the previously assigned rates will remain in place.

The review, which determines whether these producers warrant a higher or lower duty, would have covered shipments made from Feb. 1, 2012, to Jan. 31, 2013.

The uncovered innerspring units case dates back to late 2007 when lead petitioner Leggett & Platt alleged producers in China, Vietnam and South Africa were selling the units at unfair prices. An ITC investigation later found these low prices were injuring domestic producers such as Leggett & Platt and determined that duties were warranted to help offset the unfair pricing tactics.

Duties were officially imposed in February 2009 following the final ITC vote on the injury of domestic producers.

While the three manufacturers have been released from the annual review, the DOC said that two others, Goldon Malaysia and Ta Cheng, are still subject to a review of shipments for the aforementioned period.

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