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COMMERCE DEPARTMENT SAYS SMITH CORONA DUMPS SINGAPORE-MADE TYPEWRITERS IN U.S.; RESPONDS TO BROTHER'S PETITION FOR RELIEF

 SOMERSET, N.J., Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Brother International Corporation issued the following:
 On Feb. 1 the U.S. Commerce Department released a preliminary determination that portable electric typewriters (PETs) from Singapore are being "dumped" in the Untied States; that is, sold at less than fair value. The department issued a preliminary finding that Smith Corona's products are dumped by a 16.02 percent margin. This determination came in response to a petition for relief from Brother Industries (U.S.A.), Inc., whose manufacturing facilities are located in Bartlett, Tenn.
 Patrick T. Gilmore, president of Brother International Corporation, hailed the decision: "We often talk about the role reversal that took place between Brother and Smith Corona as we became the top manufacturer, and they the leading importer." In reaching its conclusion, the department determined that "Smith Corona does not represent a majority of U.S. production or sales (measured by volume or value)." Gilmore added, "This is a clear statement of Brother's role as the leading U.S. portable electric typewriter manufacturer."
 Last week, the U.S. Court of International Trade determined that Brother's U.S. factory is not an attempt to circumvent antidumping duties imposed on PET imports from Japan. The latest Commerce Department action builds upon a now lengthy series of legal and administrative decisions which affirm the legitimacy of Brother's U.S. manufacturing operations. Gilmore concluded, "Even though we have successfully defended our position in these cases, we look back with sadness when we realize the waste these proceedings cause to the taxpayer and participants."
 While this finding is a preliminary determination, U.S. Customs is being notified to suspend liquidation of such entries from Singapore and require a cash deposit or posting of a bond equal to the preliminary dumping margin. A final determination is expected in April 1993.
 Brother maintains its corporate headquarters in Somerset and has operations in California, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Texas.
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 /CONTACT: Patrick T. Gilmore, president, Brother International Corporation, 908-356-8880, ext. 4004/
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