Congressman Pete Visclosky

Representing the 1st District of Indiana

Steel Caucus Urges Department of Commerce to Enforce Trade Laws in Pending Steel Case

Oct 25, 2016
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressional Steel Caucus Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Vice-Chairman Peter J. Visclosky (D-IN) sent another letter to the United States Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker in support of domestic steel plate producers in the pending trade case involving carbon and alloy steel “cut-to-length” (CTL) plate from 12 foreign competitors, including China.

In the letter, Chairman Murphy and Vice-Chairman Visclosky outline the critical importance of the outcome of this trade case for the health of the domestic CTL plate industry. Domestic steel producers and American steelworkers currently face an unprecedented surge in unfairly traded imports. Specifically, the domestic industry filed an antidumping and countervailing duty case in April of this year against imports of CTL plate from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey. Last year, nearly one million tons of CTL plate, valued at more than $700 million, was imported from these countries.

In the letter, Chairman Murphy and Vice-Chairman Visclosky outline the critical importance of the outcome of this trade case for American CTL plate industry, writing: “We encourage the Department of Commerce to ensure that foreign competitors’ unfair trade practices do not continue to injure an already weakened industry. While the American steel industry recently obtained much-needed trade relief on imports of corrosion-resistant, cold-rolled, and hot-rolled steel, U.S. steel producers continue to suffer from an onslaught of imports, including of carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate.”

This past year, the Congressional Steel Caucus shepherded historic trade enforcement legislation through Congress and to the President’s desk. The newly enacted laws provide the Department of Commerce, along with the International Trade Commission 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 that are squarely aimed to destroy the American steel industry.

The full text of the letter is below.

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October 25, 2016

The Honorable Penny Pritzker
Secretary of Commerce
U.S. Department of Commerce
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20230

Dear Secretary Pritzker,

We are writing to express our strong support for domestic steel plate producers and American steelworkers in the pending trade case involving carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length (“CTL”) plate from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey.

As Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, we encourage the Department of Commerce (Commerce) to ensure that foreign competitors’ unfair trade practices do not continue to injure an already weakened industry. While the American steel industry recently obtained much-needed trade relief on imports of corrosion-resistant, cold-rolled, and hot-rolled steel, U.S. steel producers continue to suffer from an onslaught of imports, including of carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length (“CTL”) plate.

Facing an unprecedented surge in unfairly traded imports, the domestic industry filed an antidumping and countervailing duty case in April of this year against imports of CTL plate from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey. Last year, nearly one million tons of CTL plate, valued at more than $700 million, was imported from these countries. The outcome of this case is absolutely critical to the health of the domestic CTL plate industry.

Congress has worked hard to give Commerce new tools to evaluate trade remedy cases, including enhanced discretion to apply adverse facts available where companies or their governments have failed to cooperate. It is critical that Commerce utilize these tools in calculating the appropriate level of duties in the ongoing CTL plate investigations.

On behalf of the domestic CTL plate industry and the workers and families who depend on the full and fair enforcement of our trade laws, we ask you to give careful consideration to their arguments in your upcoming preliminary determinations.

Thank you in advance for your consideration of these critical issues.

PDF iconSteel Caucus Letter to Commerce on CTL Plate.pdf

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