Air Transport World

ITC hearing yields little evidence of trade abuse.

"We have a lot of rumor, innuendo, accusation and absolutely no hard facts," noted Deborah C. Ladomirak, a surprised aerospace analyst on the International Trade Commission staff. After a public hearing ended an eight-month ITC fact-finding investigation into competitive practices in the commuter and business aircraft markets she asked rhetorically what all the fuss was about. "The closest thing we have th hard evidence is the (Bill) Britt letter."

But in its quest for decisive evidence of unfair competitive practices by importers and manufacturers of commuter and business aircraft, ITC's extensive effort came away somewhat short of critics' expectations.

After years of hearing stories detailing how one foreign manufacturer or another undercut an American counterpart in order to sell airliners, many observers expected ITC would uncover reams of material to prove that point. …

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