The US Department of Commerce has announced it will impose preliminary antidumping duties ranging from 4.39% to 44.30% on certain polyester staple fibre (PSF) imports from China.

Three manufacturers have been singled out for the duties in the preliminary determination: Cixi Jiangnan Chemical Fibers, which will be subject to duties of 15.30%, Far Eastern Industries Shanghai, which will face duties of 10.45% and Ningbo Dafa Chemical Fibers, which will see 4.39% duties.

US importers will now have to post a bond or cash deposit in the amount for the duties, pending a final determination and announcement of final duty levels, which is set to happen in May 2007.

"Today's announcement by the Commerce Department signals a return of fair pricing and competition in the marketplace," said Paul C Rosenthal, lead counsel for the duties petitioners and managing partner of Kelley Drye Collier Shannon in Washington, DC.

Rosenthal added that final antidumping duty margins were expected to be higher.
The antidumping duties probe started in June this year after American producers DAK Americas, Nan Ya Plastics Corp and Wellman filed a petition with the International Trade Commission and Department of Commerce.