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For Immediate Release: May 6, 2008
Contact: Brittany Eck  (202) 482-3809

Commerce Finds Insufficient Evidence to Self-Initiate

Washington – Today, U.S. Department of Commerce officials announced that, after reviewing the second six months of data from the monitoring program of apparel imports from Vietnam, there is insufficient evidence to warrant self-initiating an antidumping investigation. This program began upon Vietnam’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) in January 2007.

“Commerce will continue our commitment to examine imports from Vietnam to ensure that apparel is not dumped into the U.S. market and threatening American manufacturers’ competitiveness,” said Assistant Secretary for Import Administration David Spooner. “Our investigation reveals that prices of Vietnamese apparel are in line with, and in most cases even exceed, other major suppliers, including Central America.”

Commerce examined import data for five different apparel product groups from Vietnam – trousers, shirts, underwear, swimwear and sweaters – during the second six-month period, August 2007 through January 2008. The review determined that during this period, the United States did not import apparel from 208 of nearly 500 ten-digit Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) lines within the five groups from Vietnam. Many of the remaining ten-digit HTS lines had rising unit values, further indicating that dumping is not taking place.

Commerce then compared trends in unit values and import levels to other suppliers of these products to the United States, including Bangladesh, CAFTA-DR (Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua), India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand, Cambodia, Macau, Malaysia and the Philippines. Based on this comparison, Commerce concluded that there was insufficient evidence to self-initiate an antidumping investigation. Commerce will continue to monitor trade in these categories during the next six months for the next review that will begin in September 2008. This import monitoring program will conclude at the end of this Administration.

The Commerce Department will continue to post import data for these product groups on the Vietnam Textile and Apparel Import Monitoring Program Web site at:

Dumping occurs when a foreign producer sells a product in the United States at a price that is less than fair value, which is often the producer’s sales price in the country of origin or its cost of production.

On Sept. 28, 2006, Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez and United States Trade Representative Susan C. Schwab announced the initiation of an import-monitoring program covering certain textile and apparel products from Vietnam. As part of this program, which commenced upon entry of Vietnam into the WTO and continues for the duration of this Administration, Commerce will complete a review every six months as to whether there is sufficient evidence to self-initiate an antidumping investigation of any textile or apparel goods from Vietnam pursuant to section 732 (a) of the Trade Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. and 1673a(a)).

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