SMA supports free and fair trade based on the principles of comparative advantage. The same openness should not be extended to illegally traded, dumped and subsidized material. The U.S. cannot allow other nations to directly violate the rules of international trade at the expense of the domestic economy. As such, SMA appreciates the recent outreach of Congressional Steel Caucus Chairman Tim Murphy and Vice Chairman Peter Visclosky urging enforcement of the nation’s trade laws.
A release from Congressman Murphy’s office is included below.
For Immediate Release: October 13, 2016
Contact: Carly Atchison 202.225.2301
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressional Steel Caucus Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Vice Chairman Peter Visclosky (D-IN) sent a letter to the International Trade Commission (ITC) urging Chairman Irving A. Williamson to take action to hold foreign competitors accountable and uphold our nation’s trade remedy laws condemnation of illegal steel imports from foreign trade cheats.
In the letter, Chairman Murphy and Vice-Chairman Visclosky call on the ITC to enforce recently-enacted trade laws when investigating illegally imported Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe from Oman, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam. Murphy and Visclosky implore the Commission to uphold our newly enacted trade laws to ensure duties that fully offset the amount of unfair trade are ultimately assessed and collected to provide swift and full relief to the steel pipe and tube industry.
“We are acutely aware of the real-world impacts of illegal imports on American steelworkers and steel producers,” Chairman Murphy and Vice Chairman Visclosky write in the letter. “Steel communities across our country are experiencing the devastating impacts of illegal imports. Mills are idling and closing. Hard working steelworkers are being laid off. American steel producers and workers just want to compete on a level playing field, and we owe them the opportunity to do so.”
This past year, the Congressional Steel Caucus shepherded historic trade enforcement legislation through Congress and to the President’s desk. The legislation (H.R. 1295 and H.R. 644) is now in place, and it provides the ITC, along with the Department of Commerce and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with the legal foundation and enforcement tools needed to fight back against illegal trading practices being used by foreign cheaters, such as Vietnam, that are squarely aimed to destroy the American steel industry.