Washington, D.C.) - First District Congressman Jeb Bradley today announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce has again taken strong action against Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho, Ltd. (TKS) for their illegal dumping practices, which jeopardized approximately 1,000 jobs at Goss International, a printing press manufacturer with facilities in Dover and Durham. Yesterday's preliminary determination by the Commerce Department could lead to further anti-dumping tariffs against TKS and a further investigation of the company's unfair trade practices.
Bradley stated, "Yesterday's ruling is another positive step to ensure that U.S. trade laws are enforced and that our trade partners play by the rules. This is more good news for the workers at Goss International in Dover. Since the March2006 ruling, Senators Gregg and Sununu and I have continued to address these issues with government officials so that the illegal conduct committed by TKS does not go unpunished. American companies deserve a level-playing field against foreign competitors, and given a level-playing field, America's workforce can compete with anybody in the world. I will continue to make sure that New Hampshire jobs are not put in jeopardy by unfair trade practices."
Robert Brown, President and CEO of Goss International Corp., stated, "Congressman Bradley's efforts to make sure manufacturers that compete in the U.S. market are held to account for their actions should be applauded. We applaud Commerce for taking action to ensure compliance with our trade laws. The New Hampshire Congressional Delegation's interest and actions were helpful in ensuring the Commerce department acted to enforce U.S. trade law."
The Commerce Department first imposed anti-dumping duties against TKS in 1996. The Department revoked the duties against TKS in 2002 after three administrative reviews indicated that the company was no longer engaged in unfair trade practices. However, the Commerce Department discovered in a 2004 court decision that TKS used a fraudulent price increase and a secret rebate to disguise its illegal dumping practices, as well as destroyed documents to conceal any wrong doing to avoid anti-dumping duties.
After a review of this information, the Commerce Department announced earlier this year that it was rescinding the 2002 revocation, but would not impose new duties on TKS. Yesterday, the Commerce Department announced that the 2002 revocation likely led to the continuation of TKS' misconduct. This preliminary determination by the Commerce Department is the first step toward reinstating duties on TKS.
As with the Commerce Department ruling earlier this year, yesterday's preliminary determination is a significant step taken by the federal government to crack down on unfair trade practices. After a 90-day review, the Japanese competitor could face a reinstatement of past anti-dumping tariffs.
Bradley has written to the White House, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Commerce about this issue for over two years.