U.S. Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) are urging the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to protect Ohio-based companies like U.S. Steel from illegal Chinese trade practices by maintaining antidumping duties (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD) on Chinese steel pipe imports.
Their effort comes in advance of an upcoming DOC ruling on a petition regarding product coverage for duties ordered on Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) from China. The letter led by Portman and Brown was also signed by 10 of their Senate colleagues.
“Ohio-based companies that produce Oil Country Tubular Goods (OCTG) support many good jobs in our state,” Portman said. “Unfortunately, our businesses and thousands of American workers are at risk if important trade protections are watered-down, allowing cheap Chinese products to flood our domestic markets. American manufactured goods must be allowed to compete with their global competitors on a level playing field.”
In a day and age in which cooperation across the aisle in Washington DC is almost unheard of, Portman and Brown have worked together to champion the American steel industry and fought to ensure it can compete fairly against some illegal Chinese trade practices and in the international market. Earlier this year, Portman and Brown applauded U.S. Steel’s announcement that it would consider expanding its steeling operations in Lorain. Portman and Brown’s efforts were vital to ensuring U.S. Steel was provided necessary relief from Chinese steel pipe imports, and as a result, could maintain its facility in Lorain or potentially expand its operations.
“The Commerce Department needs to do everything in its power to protect the American steel industry and the domestic workers and businesses it supports,” Brown said. “That means not allowing countries like China to use loopholes to circumvent international law and evade anti-dumping and countervailing duties. This puts our country’s steel industry on an unfair playing field while it’s already in the midst of a fragile recovery. That is why the Commerce Department needs to follow through on its preliminary ruling in favor of American steel, and see to it that China no longer can get away with unfair and illegal trade practices that hurt our economy, and put our jobs at risk.”
Scioto County is once again in the steel producing business. After being a long-time hub of steel activity, then seeing that industry go away from the local economy, Infra-Metals recently began operations in New Boston, and New Steel, Inc., is attempting to get their ducks in a row to put a steel producing plant in Franklin Furnace.
By Frank Lewis - The Portsmouth Daily Times, Ohio (MCT)
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