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ITC votes another 5 years on antidumping duties

WASHINGTON — The U.S. International Trade Commission has voted to keep antidumping duties on Chinese made wooden bedroom furniture in place for another five years.

The Jan. 10 vote followed a sunset review process that took place in 2016 to determine whether or not revoking the antidumping order would lead to a continuation or recurrence of material injury to domestic wood bedroom furniture manufacturers. Injury in this case includes financial losses or layoffs due to competition from unfairly priced imports.

This is the second time the commission has voted in favor of keeping the duties, which first went into effect in January 2005. These duties aim to address unfair pricing tactics of Chinese manufacturers who officials say price goods below the cost of materials, a violation of international trade laws.

The duties are assigned to Chinese factories and paid by importers of record of the subject merchandise.

Those ITC commissioners who voted in favor of keeping the duties in place include Chairman Irving A. Williamson, Vice Chairman David S. Johanson and Commissioners Meredith M. Broadbent, F. Scott Kieff and Rhonda K. Schmidtlein. Commissioner Dean A. Pinkert did not participate in the review.

For more, see the Jan. 16 print edition of Furniture Today.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today

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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