Low Melt Polyester Staple Fiber Subject of New AD Petition
A petition filed June 27 alleges that low melt polyester staple fiber from Korea and Taiwan is being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market. The petition alleges dumping margins of 32.95 percent to 45.84 percent for Korea and 30.24 percent to 62.52 percent for Taiwan.
The petition covers synthetic staple fibers, not carded or combed, specifically bi-component polyester fibers having a polyester fiber component that melts at a lower temperature than the other polyester fiber component, used for bonding fibers together. The scope includes bi-component polyester staple fibers of any denier or cut length, whether coated (usually with a finish or dye) or not coated. Low melt PSF is classifiable under HTSUS 5503.20.0015.
The following is excluded from the scope: (1) PSF equal to or greater than 3.3 decitex (greater than 3 denier, inclusive) that is not bi-component fiber, currently classifiable under HTSUS 5503.20.0045 and 5503.20.0065; and (2) PSF of less than 3.3 decitex (less than 3 denier) that is not bi-component fiber, currently classifiable under HTSUS 5503.20.0025.
The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD duty and injury investigations, respectively, on this product. There are strict statutory deadlines associated with these proceedings, so affected companies that wish to protect their interests should contact trade counsel as soon as possible.