Customs Bill Signing "A Great Day" for Steel

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For Immediate Release
February 24, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. –President Obama today signed into law the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (the customs bill), which includes the ENFORCE Act to ensure that orders against unfairly traded imports are being fully enforced. Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) which has long championed the ENFORCE Act, said the measure becoming law is a “great day for the steel industry and all those who want to reign in tariff evasion and trade schemes at our borders.”

“The steel industry is in crisis, and we need to know that our laws are being vigorously enforced to fight back against importers who try to cheat at our rules. The ENFORCE Act will finally address the growing and injurious practice engaged in by foreign competitors who try to dodge U.S. laws – often by shipping the product through a third country and/or misclassifying the true origin of imports coming in. This law will now provide the U.S. government the ability to investigate these schemes and, therefore, enable the steel industry to seek remedies and help preserve American jobs that have been lost due to these and other unfair practices. We appreciate the Administration’s commitment to work with Congress and enact this crucial legislation, and look forward to working closely with them to ensure thorough implementation of these new tools,” Gibson concluded.

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Contact: Lisa Harrison
202.452.7115 / lharrison@steel.org

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