AISI Hails Congressional Letter Urging Completion of Customs Enforcement


 

For Immediate Release
November 30, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) today applauded the efforts of the Congressional Steel Caucus, led by Chairman Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Vice Chairman Pete Visclosky (D-IN), to emphasize the importance to the steel industry of overdue legislation to address the evasion of trade remedy orders.

40 Members of the Steel Caucus today sent a letter to the leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee, which has jurisdiction over trade issues, urging that the Committee work with its Senate counterparts and make finalizing the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (H.R.644) a priority as Congress returns from the Thanksgiving holiday break. The bill, also known as the Customs Reauthorization, should be the vehicle to pass the ENFORCE Act -- which would ensure that current trade remedy laws are being fully enforced and that antidumping (AD) and countervailing (CD) duties are being accurately assessed and collected at the border. The House and Senate each passed different versions of the Customs bill this summer; however, a conference to resolve differences in the legislation has been stalled.

Rep. Murphy, Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, said, “We achieved historic success in the House with trade remedy language earlier this year, but we can’t rest on our laurels. The House Steel Caucus is working to ensure strong enforcement standards remain in the final conference report.”

Vice Chairman Visclosky stated, “Illegal steel imports are decimating the American steel industry and it is imperative that we have the strongest tools and resources to fight back. Legislation to update Customs and Border Protection processes and authorities is essential to defending American steelworkers and combating illegal trade. I hope the House Ways and Means Committee and Congressional leadership heed the call of the Congressional Steel Caucus to see that this legislation is completed as soon as possible.”

“The American steel industry is in a dire situation, with record imports surging in and facilities across the country being idled causing tens of thousands of layoffs – and there currently is no end in sight,” said Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of AISI. “The ENFORCE Act would create new procedures at Customs and Border Protection to address the evasion of antidumping and countervailing duty orders within set deadlines. If we do not strongly enforce our trade laws, the domestic steel industry will continue to suffer harm. These provisions should be enacted into law as quickly as possible to help fight against the rampant evasion of trade remedy orders that continues to injure the steel industry and negate the relief the industry has proven necessary to mitigate the trade distorting practices of foreign producers and governments. We commend Reps. Murphy and Visclosky, and the members of the House Steel Caucus, for their leadership in ensuring Congress stays focused on passing this legislation.”

A full copy of the letter to the Ways and Means committee can be found here.

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Contact: Lisa Harrison
202.452.7115 / lharrison@steel.org

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