WASHINGTON, D.C.  -- The U.S. Department of Commerce plans to remove Murphy beds from a 2005 antidumping order on wood bedroom furniture from China.

Government Plans to Exlude Murphy Beds from Antidumping Order 

On Aug. 18 the Department of Commerce issued a notice saying “We preliminarily determine that the producers accounting for substantially all of the production of the domestic like product to which the Order pertains lack interest in the relief provided by the Order with respect to certain wall bed units described below. Accordingly, we intend to revoke, in part, the Order as to imports of certain wall bed units.”

Earlier this year Techcraft Manufacturing, a Chinese importer of wallbeds, petitioned the Department of Commerce to revoke the order on wallbed units. In their petition, Techraft requested “certain enclosable wall bed units, also referred to as Murphy beds,” be excluded from the antidumping order. The American Furniture Manufacturers Committee for Legal Trade and Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Co. Inc., which spearheaded the original antidumping petition, noted in a letter their agreement with Techcraft’s request.

According to the Department of Commerce, the “product covered by the order is wooden bedroom furniture. Wooden bedroom furniture is generally, but not exclusively, designed, manufactured, and offered for sale in coordinated groups, or bedrooms, in which all of the individual pieces are of approximately the same style and approximately the same material and/or finish. The subject merchandise is made substantially of wood products, including both solid wood and also engineered wood products made from wood particles, fibers, or other wooden materials such as plywood, strand board, particle board, and fiberboard, with or without wood veneers, wood overlays, or laminates, with or without non-wood components or trim such as metal, marble, leather, glass, plastic, or other resins, and whether or not assembled, completed, or finished.”

The Department of Commerce will announce its ruling to the exemption request by February.

 

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