AISI Urges The Administration and Congress to Act Quickly to Overturn Misguided Court Decision Allowing Subsidized Chinese Imports to Harm U.S. Manufacturers

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For Immediate Release
December 21, 2011 

Washington, D.C. –   American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) President and CEO Thomas J. Gibson issued the following statement regarding a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruling this week to strike down the U.S. Commerce Department’s application of countervailing duties against subsidized products, including steel, from China:  

    “AISI is gravely concerned with this erroneous court decision, which will cost valuable American jobs at a time when we need to be creating jobs, not eliminating them.   It is well documented that the Chinese government is the world’s biggest subsidizer of favored manufacturing industries.  This results in unfairly-traded exports undercutting U.S. manufacturers, and contributes greatly to our country’s trade deficit with China, which is expected to exceed $294 billion this year.  According to one estimate, the U.S. trade deficit with China has cost Americans 2.8 million jobs over the past 10 years. With over 20 Chinese products currently subject to countervailing duties (CVD) —duties that were imposed only after a comprehensive investigation—this ruling gives Chinese producers and exporters a license to unfairly attack the U.S. market with the full resources of the Chinese government.  

    If left to stand, this ruling will deny the U.S. government a critical WTO-authorized tool to address one of China’s leading trade-distorting practices.  AISI urges the Obama Administration and the Congress to begin work immediately to enact legislation clarifying that the CVD law continues to apply to non-market economies, like China, where the Department of Commerce determines that it can isolate and measure subsidies.  Congress has never passed any legislation prohibiting the application of the

    CVD law to non-market economies, and the Court’s mistaken conclusion to the contrary must be corrected.”

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