Five U.S. steel industry associations, representing nearly two million U.S. workers directly or indirectly, sent a letter to Senate leadership today urging Congress to include at least $37 billion for state DOTs in the future relief bill that will be considered by Congress this month. “Ensuring that state DOTs have appropriate funding to carry out […]
A coalition of manufacturing groups sent a letter to members of the House of Representatives Rules Committee voicing their support for Bost-Lamb-Crawford amendment to 2021 Defense Appropriations Act, to ensure sufficient resources to combat illegal foreign trade practices (Amendment #76 to H.R. 7617). “The Bost-Lamb-Crawford amendment (amendment #76) would help ensure adequate funding for critical […]
A coalition of eleven manufacturing groups sent a letter to members of the U.S. Senate urging passage of The Great American Outdoors Act (S. 3422), which would permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) while providing billions to address the backlog of deferred maintenance on the nation’s public lands; and, passage of the […]
The U.S. member companies of five steel industry groups, representing nearly two million U.S. workers, wrote a letter urging Congress to include an infrastructure package in the next phase of COVID-19 stimulus legislation. In a March 31, 2020 letter to Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell, Kevin McCarthy and Charles Schumer, the American Iron and Steel Institute […]
WASHINGTON, DC – Five leading steel industry associations today expressed concern about a recent U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) notification that importers may be granted additional days for payment of estimated duties, taxes and other fees, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic emergency. In a letter today to Mark Morgan, acting CBP Commissioner, the American […]
United States Trade Representative
Washington, DC – The Office of the United States Trade Representative today announced the formation of a new Bilateral Evaluation and Dispute Resolution Office, as envisioned by Article 7.2.2 of the Phase One economic and trade agreement signed by the United States and China on January 15, 2020. This office will monitor China’s implementation of its […]
United States Trade Representative
Today, under the leadership of President Donald J. Trump, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it has published a final regulation for imposing countervailing duties on products that benefit from unfair currency subsidies which, in turn, cause harm to domestic industries.
“This Currency Rule is an important step in ensuring that unfair trade practices are properly remedied,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “While successive administrations have balked at countervailing foreign currency subsidies, the Trump Administration is taking action to level the playing field for American businesses and workers.”
U.S. Department of Commerce
On January 30, 2020, SSINA released the following policy statement regarding Indonesia’s raw materials export restrictions:
The Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA) supports the United States’ request to join the World Trade Organization (“WTO”) consultations regarding Indonesia’s measures relating to raw materials, including nickel (“DS592”). Indonesia’s ban on the exportation of nickel ore, domestic processing requirements, domestic marketing obligation, and export licensing scheme violate its obligations under the WTO and artificially restrict the global nickel trade. They should be condemned as pure domestic protectionism and removed.
On Friday, January 24, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation expanding duties imposed on steel and aluminum articles pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act, commonly referred to as “Section 232 duties,” to certain downstream steel and aluminum “derivatives.”
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