Two major US synthetic yarn producers have filed petitions alleging dumped and subsidised imports of polyester textured yarn from China and India are causing material injury to the domestic industry.
Unifi Manufacturing and Nan Ya Plastics Corporation America filed the petitions with the United States Department of Commerce and the United States International Trade Commission in bid to “establish conditions of fair competition in the US market”.
The petitions allege that producers in China and India are dumping polyester textured yarn in the US market at sizeable margins: China up to 68%; and India 40-130%.
According to the two companies, subject import volumes increased at an astounding rate over the last five years, growing nearly 80% from around 38.4m pounds in 2013 to 68.9m pounds in 2017.
The products affected by this case are made by Unifi at its production facilities in Yadkinville, North Carolina, and Madison, North Carolina, and by Nan Ya at its production facility in Lake City, South Carolina.
Both firms are asking the US government to investigate the dumping, subsidies, and injury and to impose anti-dumping and countervailing duties on the imports of polyester textured yarn from the subject countries.
The petitions allege the Chinese polyester textured yarn industry benefits from at least 20 different Chinese government subsidies, and that the Indian polyester textured yarn industry benefits from at least 38 different Indian government subsidies.
Nan Ya Plastics Corp filed a petition in March last year over the dumping of fine denier polyester staple fibre from China, India, Korea and Taiwan. The investigation resulted in the US Department of Commerce imposing anti-dumping tariffs on suppliers from those countries.