U.S. Polyester Fiberfill Producers Charge
South Korea and Taiwan with Unfair Trading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 5, 1999
Contact: Paul Rosenthal, Esq. 202.342.8400
Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott, Washington, DC (counsel to petitioners)
(Washington, D.C.) The major domestic producer; of polyester fiberfill petitioned the U.S. government to impose antidumping duties on imports of the product from South Korea and Taiwan, according to an unfair trade action filed with the Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission (ITC) on April 2, 1999.
The petition alleged that the dumped imports from South Korea and Taiwan materially injure or threaten to materially injure the U.S. polyester fiberfill industry. Dumping, an unfair trade practice under U.S. law and the rules of the World Trade Organization, is selling imported products at less than home market prim or below their cost of production. Antidumping duties represent the difference between foreign home market and U.S. prices.
The Department of Commerce is responsible for investigating the damping charges. The ITC has 45 days to preliminarily determine whether there is a reasonable indication of material injury or threat of material injury to the domestic industry.
The petitioners produce more than 90% of polyester fiberfill in the U.S. The material is used in mattresses, bedding, pillows, furniture and ski jackets.
The petitioners are: E.I. DuPont de Nemours, Inc., Wilmington, DE; Nan Ya Plastics Corporation, America, Lake City, SC; KoSa, Houston, TX, Wellman, Inc., Shrewsbury, NJ; and Intercontinental Polymers, Inc., Lowland, TN.