December 7, 1998
News Release 98-093
Invs. Nos. 731-TA-811(P)


The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today made an affirmative determination in its preliminary phase antidumping investigation involving DRAMS of one megabit and above from Taiwan.

The affirmative determination means that the ITC found that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of DRAMS of one megabit and above from Taiwan that are allegedly sold in the United States at less than fair value.

The affirmative determination resulted from a 5-0 vote. Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey voted in the affirmative. Commissioner Carol T. Crawford did not participate in the investigation.

As a result of the ITC's affirmative determination, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct an antidumping investigation of imports of DRAMS of one megabit and above from Taiwan, with its preliminary antidumping determination due on or about March 31, 1999.

The Commission's public report DRAMS of One Megabit and Above from Taiwan (Investigation No. 731-TA-811 (Preliminary)), USITC Publication 3149, December 1998) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

Copies of the report are expected to be available after January 4, 1999, by calling 202-205-1809 or from the Office of the Secretary, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may also be faxed to 202-205-2104.


Investigation No. 731-TA-811 (Preliminary)

Product Description:

The imported products subject to this investigation are dynamic random access memory semiconductors (DRAMs) of one megabit and above. DRAMs are a class of volatile semiconductor memory that are used primarily as the main electronic memory in automatic data processing equipment such as personal computers, laptops, servers, workstations, and mainframe computers. DRAMs are also used in telecommunications equipment, data communications equipment, and consumer electronics products.

All DRAM types are included in this investigation, whether assembled or unassembled. Assembled DRAMs include all package types and unassembled DRAMs include processed wafers or dice, uncut dice, and cut dice. Processed wafers fabricated in Taiwan, but packaged or assembled into memory modules in the United States or a third country 1/ are included in these investigations. However, wafers fabricated in the United States or a third country but assembled in Taiwan are not included.

Status of Proceedings:
  1. Type of investigation:  Preliminary antidumping.
  2. Petitioner:  Micron Technology, Inc., Boise, ID.
  3. Date of institution of preliminary investigation by the USITC: October 22, 1998.
  4. Date of USITC public conference: November 13, 1998.
  5. Date of USITC vote: December 7, 1998.                         
  6. Date of USITC determination to the U.S. Department of Commerce:
        December 7, 1998. 

U.S. Industry:
  1. Number of producers during January-September 1998: Fourteen.
  2. Location of producers' plants:  California, Idaho, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington. 
  3. Employment of production and related workers during January-September 1998: 13,983.
  4. Value of apparent U.S. consumption during January-September 1998:  $3.9 billion.
  5. Ratio of U.S. shipments of LTFV imports to U.S. consumption during January- 
        September 1998: 6 percent by value and 5 percent by volume.                           

U.S. Imports:
  1. Subject imports from Taiwan during January-September 1998:  $290 million.
  2. Nonsubject imports from Taiwan and other countries during January-
        September 1998:  $2.8 billion.
  3. Leading import sources during January-September 1998:  Republic of Korea and Japan.
1/ "Third countries" are all countries other than the United States and Taiwan.

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