WASHINGTON -- The Commerce Department Thursday drastically cut the dumping duty for imported SRAMs from Taiwan's Winbond Electroncis Corp. to less than1%, down from the 102.88% tariff meted out in an earlier, preliminary decision. The new duty could be adjusted again when Commerce issues a final determination, which is expected in about four months.
The latest duty results from an annual review of the dumping case against Taiwan-produced SRAMs filed by Micron Technology Inc., of Boise, Idaho, in 1996.
Three other SRAM vendors hit by dumping duties in the original case didn't ask for a review of the penalties issued against them. They included Integrated Silicon Solution Inc., of Santa Clara, Calif., which was handed a 7.59% duty; Alliance Semiconductor Corp., in San Jose, which faces penalties of 41.75%, and Taiwan's UMC Group which was dealt a 93.87% duty. The former TI-Acer Semiconductor group of Taiwan had been assessed a 113.85% duty, but the operation has since been acquired by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.
Alliance and ISSI, although U.S. fabless firms, were cited for dumping because they use Taiwan foundries that were found to have sold their SRAMs at below production costs.
Sources said the fact that Alliance, ISSI and UMC didn't seek a review of their penalty duties means they are most likely shipping SRAMs to the U.S. from fabs outside of Taiwan so avert the penalty.
The period covered in the latest review was from April 1, 1998 through March 31, 1999. Micron has asked the Commerce Department to review dumping duties for Winbond, ISSI, G-Link and GigaSemiconductor for the next year period ending March 31, 2000.