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Imports of Mattresses Now Subject to High AD Duties

Friday, May 31, 2019
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will soon begin collecting cash deposits of up to 1,731.75 percent on imports of mattresses from China, and this requirement will be retroactive.

The International Trade Administration has made a preliminary affirmative dumping determination on these goods and assigned dumping margins of 38.56 percent and 84.64 percent to the two mandatory respondents, 74.65 percent to all other Chinese exporters found to be eligible for a separate rate, and 1,731.75 to all other producers and exporters that did not cooperate in this investigation.

The ITA also determined that critical circumstances exist for all companies except the two mandatory respondents. As a result, AD duty liability for imports from producers or exporters subject to a separate rate or the China-wide rate will be retroactive to 90 days from the date the ITA’s determination is published in the Federal Register.  Trade attorney Kristen Smith, who leads Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg’s Trade Remedies Practice Group, expects CBP to be very aggressive in collecting these retroactive duties.

For more information, or for assistance responding to this development, please contact Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965.

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