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An Antidumping Petition Seeks to Bar 80 Percent of Mattress Imports--Including Medical Mattresses for Helping to Deal with the Coronavirus Pandemic


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LAST WEEK [ON TUESDAY, MARCH 31ST], A GROUP OF COMPANIES THAT SERVE AS SUPPLIERS AND PRODUCERS FOR MAJOR MATTRESS-BRANDS FILED A PETITION, WITH THE "INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION"--ALLEGING DUMPING-PRACTICES BY SEVEN NATIONS THAT REPRESENT 80-PERCENT OF MATTRESS-IMPORTS IN THE U-S.  HOWEVER, ACCORDING TO THE "AMERICAN MATTRESS ALLIANCE", THE TARIFFS THAT ARE BEING SOUGHT WOULD PREVENT NEW MATTRESSES FROM BEING IMPORTED--JUST AS AMERICA URGENTLY NEEDS THEM, TO DEAL WITH THE CORONAVIRUS-PANDEMIC.  BRIAN ADAMS--THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF "ASHLEY FURNITURE"--IS A MEMBER OF THE ALLIANCE...

(ADAMS):
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THE CORONAVIRUS IS BATTERING THE U-S ECONOMY--AND ENDANGERING AMERICAN JOBS.  NOW, MY INDUSTRY IS FIGHTING A NEW BATTLE, AGAINST AN ANTIDUMPING CASE TARGETING SEVEN COUNTRIES THAT MAKE UP A SMALL--BUT CRITICAL--22-PERCENT OF THE U-S MATTRESS-MARKET.  IT'S DISHEARTENING THAT THESE CORPORATIONS ARE ACTIVELY WORKING TO LIMIT INCOMING MATTRESSES THAT ARE SO CRUCIAL TO FIGHTING 'COVID-19'--AND SAVING LIVES."

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THE ALLIANCE ARGUES THAT NOW ISN'T THE TIME FOR "CORPORATE WARFARE".  DOCTOR MICHAEL ROIZEN--THE "CLEVELAND CLINIC'S" EMERITUS CHIEF WELLNESS-OFFICER--SPEAKS ABOUT THE NEED FOR BEDS, DURING THE PANDEMIC...

(ROIZEN):
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IF WE SHUT DOWN THE SUPPLY OF HOSPITAL-BEDS, THE IMMEDIATE EFFECT WOULD BE CATASTROPHIC--AS MORE AND MORE HOSPITALS AND EMERGENCY-CENTERS ARE CALLING OUT FOR MORE BEDS.  WE'RE IN THIS FOR THE LONG RUN--AND SHOULD BE PLANNING FOR ADDITIONAL PEAKS LATER THIS YEAR, AND INTO THE FUTURE."

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TO LEARN MORE, VISIT "AMERICAN-MATTRESS-ALLIANCE"-DOT-ORG.



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