US slaps anti-dumping duties on Chinese mattresses, beer kegs

May 30, 2019 09:40
The United States has accused China of dumping goods in the US market at less than their fair value. Photo: Reuters

The US Commerce Department said it has determined that Chinese-made mattresses and stainless steel beer kegs were being dumped in the US market at less than fair value, and that it will impose preliminary anti-dumping duties, Reuters reports.

German and Mexican-made stainless steel kegs are also being hit with new duties, the Commerce Department said.

The US government is imposing duties of up to 79.7 percent on Chinese-made kegs and up to 1,731 percent on mattresses.

Major US mattress firms had petitioned for relief, including Serta Simmons Bedding LLC, Leggett & Platt Inc. and Tempur Sealy International Inc. American Keg Co. had also sought relief.

The duties are 8.6 percent for German kegs and 18.5 percent for Mexican kegs.

In 2017, imports of refillable stainless steel kegs from China, Germany and Mexico were valued at US$18.1 million, US$11.8 million, and US$5.7 million respectively, the department said.

Pennsylvania-based American Keg’s website says it is the only US manufacturer of stainless steel kegs. But to meet the demand for a variety of keg sizes and styles, it will “continue to source and import kegs from abroad while we grow our domestic keg manufacturing capabilities”, it added.

In 2017, the United States imported US$436.5 million of Chinese-made mattresses, the Commerce Department said.

The duties cover adult mattresses ranging from twin to California king size and crib or youth mattresses.

The US Customs and Border Protection will begin collecting cash deposits from importers of mattresses and beer kegs before final determinations are made by November.

Since the Trump administration took office, the Commerce Department has initiated 168 new anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, more than twice the number for the comparable period in the previous administration.

Meanwhile, China launched an anti-dumping probe into imports of polyphenylene sulfide from Japan, the US, South Korea and Malaysia, the commerce ministry said.

The investigation resulted from an April request by domestic manufacturers of the engineering plastic, and will focus on possible dumping and damage to the local industry from 2015 to 2018, it said.

The probe could last for up to a year and a half, the ministry said in a statement on its website.

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