Gov. Doyle: Mercury Marine Prevails In Trade Dispute

Tuesday, December 28, 2004
Contact: Ethnie Groves, Office of the Governor, 608-261-2156

Mercury Marine Prevails In Trade Dispute

Governor Testified Before International Trade Commission in December

Governor Doyle today praised the Department of Commerce for
leveling a tariff of 18.98% on Japanese outboard engine manufacturers. The
action came as a result of an anti-dumping claim filed by Mercury Marine.
Governor Doyle testified in favor of Mercury Marine’s position on December
14, 2004 in Washington D.C.

Governor Doyle made the following statement regarding the

“I am pleased that the US Department of Commerce placed an
18.98% tariff on Japanese manufacturers who had been unfairly and illegally
dumping their products on to the U.S. market. Mercury Marine of Fond du Lac
was negatively affected by the dumping. Protecting jobs in Wisconsin is my
top priority, and that is why I personally testified before the ITC on
behalf of Mercury Marine. The decision of Commerce is a victory not only for
Mercury Marine and Wisconsin, but also for the thousands of employees of
Mercury Marine and their families.

Free and fair trade requires that Japanese manufacturers
play by the rules, and I hope that in light of this decision they will
change their practices. I am confident that with fair competition,
Wisconsin’s workers can compete with anyone in the world.”