U.S. manufacturers and their workers can compete with anyone in the world on a level playing field, but they cannot compete against governments. Trade-distorting foreign government policies, including raw materials export restrictions, import barriers, investment restrictions, subsidies, and the market-distorting conduct of state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and state-supported enterprises (SSEs), act as barriers to U.S. exports and investment, create a distorted global market and lead to unfair trade and import surges. For example, China – a non-market economy (NME), a significant exporter and by far the world’s largest steel producer – has disrupted world markets through state support of expanded production of steel and steel-containing products.

Strong U.S. antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) laws provide critical discipline against such unfair trade. In 2015, Congress passed trade remedy legislation giving the Administration stronger tools to counteract these unfair practices.

Industry Position: Steel and other U.S. manufacturers continue to face significant trade challenges from foreign government trade-distorting policies and practices, in particular China’s state-owned enterprises. A more aggressive U.S. trade policy is needed to combat these foreign trade-distorting practices in order to preserve and strengthen our nation’s manufacturing base. The U.S. Government must use the strengthened trade laws recently passed by Congress and all other means to prevent and address injurious import surges; keep our laws against unfair trade strong; strictly enforce trade laws and agreements; and ensure new trade agreements benefit U.S. manufacturing.   More »

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