AISI Welcomes Invitation to Canada to Join Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks

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For immediate release
June 19, 2012

Washington, D.C. – AISI President and CEO Thomas J. Gibson issued the following statement regarding the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) announcement that Canada has been invited to join the TPP negotiations. 

“Today’s announcement that Canada has been invited to participate in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations is the perfect follow-up to yesterday’s invitation to Mexico to join the TPP talks,” AISI President and CEO Thomas J. Gibson said.  “As we noted yesterday, North American steel producers have many shared concerns with respect to trade issues in the Asia-Pacific region, including in particular the trade-distorting behavior of Asian state-owned and state-supported enterprises.  AISI has actively supported the requests of both Canada and Mexico to join the TPP negotiations.  Having all three NAFTA countries participating in these talks should enhance the international competitiveness of NAFTA steel producers and North America’s manufacturing supply chain.”   

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