U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, is blasting a federal appeals court ruling
that countervailing duties may not be imposed against non-market economies
in addition to anti-dumping duties.
The U.S. Court
of Appeals issued that ruling on Dec. 19 in the case GPX International Tire
Corp. v. U.S.
countervailing duty charges that offset foreign subsidies endangers American
manufacturing jobs,” said Visclosky, vice-chair of the Congressional Steel
Caucus. “Allowing unfairly subsidized, below-cost goods into U.S. markets
undermines our manufacturing sector, and could cripple the recovery of
America’s most important job creators, like steel.”
strikes a terrible blow to domestic manufacturers and needlessly puts
American jobs at risk,” added Rep. Tim Murphy, chair of the Congressional
Steel Caucus. “For our manufacturing sector to rebound, foreign governments
cannot be allowed to cheat by giving generous state subsidies to exporters
selling products in the U.S. I’ll continue working with like-minded
lawmakers to make sure that we enact policies to prevent that from
“In 2007 the
U.S. Department of Commerce determined for the first time that it could levy
countervailing duties on top of anti-dumping duties for non-market
economies,” according to a statement released last week by Visclosky’s
office. “Implementing countervailing duties has added protection for U.S.
industry against subsidized goods from non-market countries. The case will
be appealed and could be heard by the Supreme Court if the appeal is