The US International Trade Commission made a preliminary ruling approving of duties of more than US$1 billion on wooden bedroom furniture from China.
The commission voted 6-0 in favor of imposing duties saying there was a reasonable indication that low-priced imports from China were harming US furniture makers.
The vote paves the way for the US Commerce Department to set preliminary anti-dumping duties on April 28.
Critics of the protectionist moves have observed that orders would likely just shift from China to other countries like Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.
The Furniture Retailers of America (FRA) said it would fight the ruling.