WASHINGTON - The Department of Commerce has issued a preliminary antidumping duty of 216.01% on Chinese wooden bedroom furniture shipped to the United States between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2011.

According to the Federal Register document, Chinese residential furniture manufacturers facing the 216.01% antidumping margin include: Shanghai Maoji Import and Export Corp. Ltd; Dongguan Huansheng Furniture Co., Ltd; Alexandre International Corp.: Southern Art Development Ltd.; Alexandre Furniture (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.; Southern Art Furniture Factory; Billy Wood Industrial (Dong Guan) Co., Ltd.; Great Union Industrial (Dongguan) Co., Ltd.; Time Faith Ltd.; Dongying Huanghekou Furniture Industry Co., Ltd.; Sheng Jing Wood Products (Beijing) Co., Ltd.; and Telstar Enterprises Ltd.

Three companies were determined by the DOC to be eligible for a separate tariff rate of 41.75. Those Chinese manufacturers were: Baigou Crafts Factory of Fengkai, Foliot Furniture Inc./Muebles Foliot Inc. and Hualing Furniture (China) Co. Ltd., which includes Tony House Manufacture, Buysell Investments Ltd. and Tony House Industries.

It was in 2003 that a group of U.S. furniture manufacturers banned together as the American Furniture Manufacturers Committee for Legal Trade and filed what would be a successful antidumping petition against the People's Republic of China for wooden bedroom furniture. The ITC voted in 2010 to extend the antidumping duties by another five years.

The affected furniture is covered under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) subheadings of: 9403.50.9042, 9403.50.9045, 9403.50.9080, 9403.50.9041, 9403.60.8081, 9403.20.0018, 9403.90.8041, 7009.92.1000 or 7009.92.5000.

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