Polyester Staple Fiber Subject of New AD/CV Petition
A petition filed May 31 alleges that fine denier polyester staple from China, India, Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam is being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market and that such goods from China and India are benefitting from countervailable subsidies. The petition alleges the following dumping margins.
- 88.07 percent to 103.06 percent for China
- 21.31 percent to 29.70 percent for India
- 27.16 percent to 45.23 percent for Korea
- 29.32 percent to 53.81 percent for Taiwan
- 64.73 percent for Vietnam
The goods that the petitioners intend to cover are synthetic staple fibers, not carded, combed, or otherwise processed for spinning, non-woven and other uses, of polyesters measuring less than 3.3 decitex (3 denier) in diameter. These fibers may be coated, usually with a finish, or not coated. They are generally used for yarn spinning for woven and knit applications to produce textile and apparel products; for non-woven applications to produce wipes, medical/hygiene products, and other personal care items; and for other end uses. Fine denier PSF is classifiable under HTSUS 5503.20.0025.
The following products would be excluded: (1) PSF equal to or greater than 3.3 decitex (more than 3 denier, inclusive) currently classifiable under HTSUS 5503.20.0045 and 5503.20.0065, which is often used in fill applications; and (2) low-melt PSF defined as a bi-component fiber with an outer, non-polyester sheath that melts at a significantly lower temperature than its inner polyester core, classified under HTSUS 5503.20.0015.
The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD and/or CV 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.