What's the Industry Saying?

AISI press release.


Statement by Thomas J. Gibson regarding U.S. and EU Filing WTO Case Against China - (June 23, 2009)
“We applaud the Obama Administration, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative  in particular, for leading the effort to bring this case.  This is a straightforward case of trade barriers that China should have removed years ago, and which are causing significant harm to U.S. manufacturers as a result.  We know that USTR has carefully researched these trade barriers and identified how they violate China’s WTO commitments. 
China’s barriers on raw materials are just another way in which China favors its domestic manufacturing industries at the expense of the rest of the world.  Removal of these barriers would be one step, among many others that are needed, in helping to level the playing field and improve the ability of U.S. manufacturers to obtain the raw materials they need.  Today’s action by USTR demonstrates its commitment to enforcement of international trade rules.”
Brief statement from Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) Executive Director Scott Paul on today's announcement by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to pursue a case against China's export restrictions on key raw materials and minerals used in manufacturing: - (June 23, 2009)

"We commend Ambassador Kirk and the Obama Administration for beginning to hold China accountable for market-distorting practices that both restrict raw material exports and give an unfair advantage to Chinese manufacturers while raising costs for American manufacturers.  This trade case could be the first step in a new and promising era of trade enforcement.  The aggressive pursuit of this WTO case now-- along with a 421 decision by President Obama in September to grant relief for tire workers and manufacturers against Chinese tire imports-- is essential to leveling the playing field for American workers and businesses.  Enforcing our nation's trade laws is crucial to preserving good jobs, protecting the rule of law, and eliminating anti-competitive and market-distorting practices around the globe." 

Press Release:
NAM Supports Administration's WTO Case Against China “An Extremely Important Issue For U.S. Manufacturers,” Says Vargo
(June 23, 2009)

Quote in Reuters from John Surma, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, United States Steel Corporation
"We believe China must comply with WTO rules. We believe subsidization seriously undermines the global steel industry"
(June 23, 2009)

Article pickup:
US case against China export curbs signals tension
Associated Press
(June 23, 2009)