Why your Chinese sinks cost more this year.
From an article in the Chicago Tribune.
"Superte Kitchenware Co , Guangdong Dongyuan Kitchenware
Industrial Co received preliminary anti-dumping duties of 63.87
percent and 54.25 percent, respectively.
Nineteen Chinese exporters were hit with a 59.06 percent
preliminary duty. All other Chinese producers and e xporters
received a duty of 76.53 percent.
Companies are required to post bonds or cash deposits based
on the preliminary rates. That money would be refunded if a
separate agency, the U.S. International Trade Commission,
decides against the duties in a vote next year."
All of this is designed to make American companies be able to be more price competitive. So that's why Ticor and other direct importers of Chinese sinks have gone out of business or drastically raised their pricing structure.