AISI Issues Letter to USTR and Commerce Regarding China Trade Concerns

Washington, D.C., 10/26/2009 – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), on behalf of its U.S. member companies, submitted a letter to United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk and Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke highlighting the industry’s concerns over China’s steel industry and its trade-related actions. The letter was submitted in advance of Ambassador Kirk’s and Secretary Locke’s upcoming trip to China for the meeting of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade.

In the letter, AISI President and CEO, Thomas J. Gibson, urges Ambassador Kirk and Secretary Locke to address the following issues in their discussions with the Chinese government:

• Chinese government subsidies that promote runaway steel capacity growth;
• Chinese government export incentives that injure steel and other U.S. producers;
• Chinese government currency interventions that threaten the U.S. economic recovery; and
• Chinese government subsidies that exacerbate the U.S. manufacturing trade deficit.

Gibson goes on to state that “U.S. trade actions (whether through trade laws or WTO dispute settlement) to address these unfair trade practices are not “protectionism” but rather legitimate enforcement of our rights under WTO rules.”

The letter also urges Ambassador Kirk and Secretary Locke to emphasize to their Chinese colleagues that “efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to respond to climate change can only succeed with a global commitment by all major emitting countries, including in particular China, to reduce carbon and other greenhouse gas emissions.” To read the full letter, click here.

AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the material of choice.  AISI plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology.  AISI is comprised of 24 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and 138 associate and affiliate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry.  AISI's member companies represent over 75 percent of both U.S. and North American steel capacity.  For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI’s Web site at www.steel.org.

Contact:
Nancy Gravatt
Vice President, Communications
American Iron and Steel Institute
Tel: 202.452.7115