WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) today hailed Senate passage, by a vote of 75-20, of the conference report for the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (the customs bill). The measure includes the ENFORCE Act, which is critical to the steel industry to ensure that antidumping and countervailing duty orders against unfairly traded imports are being fully and vigorously enforced at the border.
“By approving the customs bill today a majority of U.S. Senators voted to ensure strong enforcement of our trade remedy laws. This is an important piece of legislation that gives U.S. manufacturing industries and their workers new tools to fight back against unfair trade, said Thomas J. Gibson, president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). “Steel imports are decimating the American steel industry and it is imperative that we have the strongest tools and resources to fight back. 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. We appreciate the support of our steel champions in Congress and of the Administration on this bill, and look forward to these provisions being signed into law and implemented as quickly as possible to help fight against the rampant evasion of trade remedy orders that continues to injure the steel industry.”
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AISI serves as the voice of the North American steel industry in the public policy arena and advances the case for steel in the marketplace as the preferred material of choice. AISI also plays a lead role in the development and application of new steels and steelmaking technology. AISI is comprised of 19 member companies, including integrated and electric furnace steelmakers, and approximately 120 associate members who are suppliers to or customers of the steel industry. For more news about steel and its applications, view AISI's website at www.steel.org. Follow AISI on Facebook or Twitter (@AISISteel).