Gov. Lynch Urges US Commerce Department To Take Action to Protect Goss International from Anti-Fair Trade Dumping Tactics

From The Office of Governor John Lynch

CONCORD - Gov. John Lynch today urged U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez to take aggressive action to protect Goss International of Dover and its workers from the anti-fair trade tactics of Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho Ltd.

"I believe strongly that American companies and workers can compete anywhere in the world when the playing field is level; but that is not occurring in this case. It is the responsibility of the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Government to make sure our trade laws and our agreements are enforced, "Gov. Lynch wrote Secretary Gutierrez.

The Department of Commerce concluded in a preliminary decision that TKS engaged in a series of deceptive acts to hide its dumping of its products at below-market processes and to avoid the payment of substantial tariffs.

"Goss International Corporation employs more than a thousand workers in the State of New Hampshire and TKS's unfair trade practices have seriously injured it,"Gov. Lynch wrote. "This unfair trade activity had a detrimental impact on Goss's business, resulting in the closure of two Goss U.S. manufacturing facilities and the loss of thousands of high-paying jobs. We cannot afford to lose more of these jobs in New Hampshire, and the jobs of New Hampshire workers should not be jeopardized because of TKS's unfair trade practices."

Gov. Lynch urged Secretary Guiterrez to ensure the Department upheld its preliminary decision and to take immediate action to enforce it.

"The United States Government has an important opportunity in this case to correct the harm caused by these unfair trade practices, to demonstrate that cheating will not be tolerated, and to ensure a level playing field for American manufacturers and workers,"Gov. Lynch wrote.

"I urge you to use your authority to the fullest extent to enforce the laws. American industry and workers rely on the trade laws to combat unfair foreign trade practices and have a reasonable expectation that these laws will be strongly enforced by our government,"Gov. Lynch wrote.

The text of the letter is attached.

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February 24, 2006



Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez
Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of Commerce
14th & Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20230

Dear Mr. Secretary:

I am writing to thank you for undertaking a "changed-circumstance review"proceeding of the dumping tactics of Tokyo Kikai Seisakusho Ltd., and to urge the Department to uphold its preliminary halt to this company's anti-fair trade tactics.

I strongly believe that American companies and workers can compete anywhere in the world when the playing field is level; but that is not occurring in this case. It is the responsibility of the Department of Commerce and the United States Government to ensure that our trade laws and our agreements are enforced.

Goss International Corporation employs more than a thousand workers in the State of New Hampshire and TKS's unfair trade practices have seriously injured Goss. In its preliminary decision, the Department of Commerce concluded that TKS engaged in a series of deceptive acts to hide its dumping practices and avoid the payment of substantial tariffs. This unfair trade activity had a detrimental impact on Goss's business, resulting in the closure of two Goss U.S. manufacturing facilities and the loss of thousands of high-paying jobs. We cannot afford to lose more of these jobs in New Hampshire, and the jobs of New Hampshire workers should not be jeopardized because of TKS's unfair trade practices.

The United States Government has an important opportunity to correct the harm caused by these unfair trade practices, to demonstrate that cheating will not be tolerated and to ensure a level playing field for American manufacturers and workers.

I urge you to use your authority to the fullest extent to enforce our trade laws. American industry and workers rely on the trade laws to combat unfair foreign trade practices and have a reasonable expectation that these laws will be strongly enforced by our government.

I appreciate your consideration, and I look forward to speaking with you further about this important issue.

Sincerely,



John H. Lynch
Governor