Harden was one of about two dozen U.S. manufacturers that asked the U.S. government in 2003 to investigate pricing tactics of Chinese bedroom producers. The resulting investigation showed that the Chinese manufacturers were dumping product onto the U.S. market below materials costs, which is illegal according to international trade laws.
To help compensate the U.S. producers the U.S. government imposed duties on Chinese wooden bedrooms. These duties are assigned to various manufacturers but paid by importers of record.
Schumer visited with Stickley Furniture this week, another U.S. producer that was among the petitioners. Schumer claims that Stickley is also owed money from uncollected duties.