COMMERCE RULES ON POLY DUMPING
NEW YORK — The Commerce Department on Friday announced final anti-dumping duties on polyester fiberfill imported from South Korea and Taiwan.
If the International Trade Commission finds that U.S. industry has been injured by the dumping, the anti-dumping duties will be imposed.
The announcement brings the year-long anti-dumping complaint filed by domestic producers of polyester fiberfill near a close. It follows a fall decision by the Commerce Department that South Korean producers had engaged in illegal dumping of that fiber. Anti-dumping duties are based on anti-dumping margins, which are the difference between the prices of products in their home countries and abroad. Dumping is defined as selling product abroad for less than cost or less than it is sold for in the producer’s home country.
The anti-dumping margins calculated by Commerce were 10 percent for Taiwan, 8 percent for Korean producer Sam Young, 8 percent for Korea’s Geum Poong and 11 percent for all other Korean producers.
The margins of dumping determined by Commerce were below the 48.4 percent to 82.5 percent claimed by the complainants.
Polyester fiberfill is used as insulation in a variety of products, including winter apparel and home furnishings.
The petitioners in the South Korea case are DuPont, KoSa, Wellman Inc. and Intercontinental Polymers Inc. The Taiwan petitioners are KoSa, Wellman and Intercontinental Polymers Inc.
Their attorney, Paul Rosenthal of the Washington law firm Collier, Shannon, Rill & Scott, said in a statement, “If the ITC rules affirmatively on injury, anti-dumping duties will be assessed on the vast majority of fiberfill imports from the two countries. We are disappointed, however, that Commerce did not impose anti-dumping duties on imports from Taiwanese producer Nan Ya and Korean producer Sam Yang.”
Originally, the U.S. subsidiary of Taiwan-owned Nan Ya had been a petitioner in the South Korea complaint. However, it dropped out in the fall.