PALO ALTO — Leaders of the U.S. electronics industry said Friday that they may ask for immediate relief from the bilateral agreement on semiconductor trade when they meet with government officials next week.
Already some computer chip customers are clamoring for an end to the higher prices and component shortages caused by the provisions of the agreement with Japan.
Meetings are scheduled for next Tuesday between leaders of the American Electronics Assn. and Commerce Secretary Malcom Baldrige and U.S. Trade Representative Clayton K. Yeutter.
The concerns were voiced at a forum Friday designed to give U.S. chip buyers details of the agreement. In a lively and sometimes heated exchange with federal representatives, some electronics company executives argued that the fair market values (FMVs) and shipment quotas imposed on U.S. imports of Japanese computer chips are causing them "severe and urgent" problems.