Shea-Porter Reintroduces Critical Legislation to Protect Goss Workers
Washington, DC –The first day of the 111th Congress, Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter demonstrated her strong commitment to protecting American businesses and jobs. Yesterday, Shea-Porter reintroduced legislation that would help protect workers from unfair trade practices. Goss International, a printing press producer with 1,000 employees in New Hampshire, is currently engaged in an anti-dumping case against a Japanese printing press company that violated U.S. trade laws with the intent to gain an unfair advantage over American industry.
“American businesses and American workers have the right to expect that our trade laws will be upheld,” said Shea-Porter. “Inequitable trade practices can be devastating to American businesses. This critical piece of legislation will help ensure American workers are properly protected.”
“The government has already found that the Japanese producer in this case violated trade laws,” said Bob Brown, CEO of Goss International. “Despite finding fraud, our government hasn’t followed through to collect the duty that should have been paid long ago. The legislation introduced by Congresswoman Shea-Porter will remedy some of the harm caused by the unfairly traded imports by requiring our government to collect the correct duty.”
Shea-Porter’s bill would require U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect a special duty from the Japanese firm, Tokyo Kikai Seiskusho (TKS), in accordance with a penalty imposed by the Department of Commerce. Despite specific instructions, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has not yet collected the duty.
In the late 1990s, a number of printing presses manufactured by TKS were imported from Japan into the United States. In response to petitions filed by U.S. industry, the government determined that the Japanese printing presses were being ‘dumped,’ or sold below fair market value in violation of international rules, and threatening domestic industry.
In a review of subsequent sales, the government reversed its position and determined that the presses imported by TKS were sold at fair value. However, evidence was later revealed in a federal court case brought by Goss International that TKS had hidden dumping by using a fraudulent price increase, a secret rebate, and the destruction of documents in order to conceal the full details of its sales in the U.S. market. A government investigation found that TKS had indeed concealed evidence that its imports were ‘dumped.’
According to the Department of Commerce determination: “This review reveals a uniquely egregious display of misconduct by a respondent in an antidumping proceeding ... the evidence supports the conclusion that TKS deliberately embarked on a campaign to withhold and misrepresent material information specifically requested by the Department in the conduct of an antidumping duty proceeding.”