ITC DETERMINES ON REMAND - TAIWAN SRAMS DO NOT INJURE THE U.S. INDUSTRY
2000-06-12
On June 12, 2000, the US ITC (International Trade Commission) made a negative determination with the second remand of its final antidumping investigation of imports of static random access memory (SRAM) semiconductors from Taiwan resulted from a 4-1 vote, indicating that the SRAM semiconductors from Taiwan do not materially injure the US industry. This is a justice long overdue to the SRAM manufacturers in Taiwan. The case was remanded to the ITC by CIT (Court of International Trade) in 1999 and again in 2000. The ITC previously made an affirmative final determination in April of 1998 (resulted from a 1-1 vote) and again in August of 1999 (resulted from a 0-1 vote).

  The second remand was carried out by the full International Trade Commission and reflected the opinions of the majority on the Commission. Dr. Genda Hu, President of the TSIA, indicated that the two consecutive victories in the recent DRAM and SRAM antidumping cases against Micron Technology were historically unprecedented and a landmark for the semiconductor industry in Taiwan. He also said that the perseverance and tenacity shown by the TSIA and the semiconductor makers in Taiwan were finally rewarded with the due justice!

  As a review on the case, in February of 1997, Micron Technology petitioned to the US Department of Commerce (DOC) that the SRAM semiconductors imported from Taiwan were sold on a less-than-fair price and injured US industry. In April of 1997, the US ITC made an affirmative determination on the petition. In April of 1998, the US ITC made its final antidumping determination and the US Customs Service started to impose antidumping duties on SRAMs imported from Taiwan. In May of 1998, the TSIA filed a petition to the US CIT on the case and in July of 1999 the CIT directed the case back to ITC for the first remand. The ITC made a same determination in August of 1999. TSIA then filed a second petition to the US CIT and in April of 2000 the CIT again directed the case to ITC for a second remand. On June 12, 2000, the ITC made a negative determination on the second remand resulted from a 4-1 vote, indicating that the SRAM semiconductors from Taiwan do not injure the US industry. This determination will be submitted to the CIT at the end of June and both parties will be submitting additional written rebuttals. It is believed that the Court will make its final ruling on the case within the next several months.
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