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US-Poland Trade / Golf Cart Controversy #257295

CBS Evening News for Monday, Apr 10, 1978
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(Studio) Treasury Department powers to fine foreign mfrs. who sell products for less in US than at home noted. Report is on loophole in this rule.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) United States Presidents' visit to Poland, since Richard Nixon's years, mentioned; film shown. Growing trade between 2 ntns. also noted. Problems in United States golf cart business due to sales of Melex carts from Poland reported [Harley Davidson Company spokesperson John DAVIDSON - states company sales off some and they believe it's due to dumping on market by Poles.] [Melex attorney Carl SCHWARZ-has seen no evidence of dumping. Says United States mfrs. don't like competition they face.] In order to rule in case, Treasury Department must know market price of carts in Poland; is noted that there is no market and no golf course in Poland. Question of state-controlled economy also involved. [Treasury spokesperson Peter EHRENHAFT - thinks golf cart is largest single industry product Poland sells to US.] State Department survey for Treasury Department noted; results show only United States and Poland mass-prod. golf carts. Potential problems in this and similar situations outlined.
REPORTER: Susan Spencer

Cronkite, Walter;
Spencer, Susan

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