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SMA Commends Biden-Harris Administration’s Call for Higher Tariffs on Chinese Steel Imports

“It’s good to see the Biden-Harris administration getting tougher on China today by asking U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to significantly increase Section 301 tariffs on Chinese steel imports amid a sharp rise in Chinese steel flooding the global market,” SMA President Philip K. Bell said. “China’s unfair trade practices hurt American steelmakers and consumers, and China’s excessive production of high-emissions steel undercuts global efforts to decarbonize the economy. We were gratified to see remarks yesterday by John Podesta, special adviser to the president on climate, underscoring the way trade and climate have become closely linked. And we commend Ambassador Tai and her team for working tirelessly to address the problem of unfair import surges from Mexico and the threat of transnational shipping. China and other nonmarket producers attempt evade reasonable U.S. trade rules by shipping steel through Mexico and other U.S. trade partners. We now need Congress to pass the bipartisan Leveling the Playing Field 2.0 bill, which would support these administration goals and strengthen America’s ability to fight China’s market distorting trade practices.”