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Report: Japan to cut tariffs on Hynix chips

Posted: 28 Aug 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:DRAM? Hynix tariff? Japan market?

The Kyodo News reported that Japan will reduce tariffs against Hynix Semiconductor chips, following a recommendation by the World Trade Organization (WTO).

This is according to an Agence France Presse report, which stated that Japan will cut its 27.2 percent countervailing duty on Hynix DRAM chips to 9.1 percent on September 1, as the WTO instructed.

Japan imposed 27.2 percent tariffs on Hynix DRAM chips in January 2006, accusing the company of selling them in Japan at below cost.

South Korea sought WTO arbitration, insisting that the decision breached world trade rules and was based on allegations only from Japanese firms. The WTO ruled last year that Japan's tariffs against the South Korean memory maker were illegal.

The United States and European Union likewise imposed duties on Hynix DRAM chips, claiming the firm is subsidized by the South Korea government. The United States recently issued statement revoking its countervailing duties on Hynix.

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