Visclosky (D-IN), Vice Chairman of the Congressional Steel Caucus, testified
before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on certain Oil Country
Tubular Goods from India, Korea, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan,
Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam.
“There is no higher
priority for our domestic steel industry today than the enforcement of our
trade laws,” said Congressman Pete Visclosky.
“It does not get
more serious for our steel industry than today’s case. U.S. Steel has
recently closed plants in Pennsylvania and Texas, and steelworker jobs
across the country are threatened by the influx of cheap imports. We must
take a stand today and tell countries around the world that we do not allow
steel to be dumped here.”
Over the past
month, Congressional Steel Caucus Chairman Murphy and Visclosky coordinated
a letter to the Department of Commerce expressing concerns regarding their
preliminary determination specific to Korea. 155 Members of Congress, over a
third of the House of Representatives, signed the letter reminding the
Department of Commerce that imports of oil country tubular goods have
doubled since 2008, and have increased by 61 percent thus far in 2014
compared to the previous year. The letter also noted that 8,000 workers
across the country make OCTG products, and that each of these jobs supports
seven additional jobs in the supply chain.
The Senate, with 57
Senators signing, sent a similar letter to the Department of Commerce.
have received over 500 e-mails from constituents with the subject line “Save
Our Steel Jobs,” Visclosky said. “I think that the message is clear from
steel companies, steelworkers, and members of the House and Senate: this
case is critical to the future of the American steel industry, and we must
take action to defend these workers from illegal trade.
testimony before you this past May in the case regarding welded stainless
pressure pipe from Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, I noted that I had been
vocal before this Commission regarding the same product, and that was during
a 2009 case involving China. Unfortunately, the circumstances today are
identical. On December 1, 2009, I testified before this Commission regarding
anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on oil country tubular goods
from China. I am pleased that we were successful in that case and that it
resulted in a significant decrease in Chinese imports. Unfortunately, the
countries involved in today’s case seized on that opportunity and began
dumping their OCTG products in our country. Our trade remedies are
effective, but we are creating a dangerous trend where protections against
one country are leading to an invitation for other countries to exploit our
market. We cannot allow this trend to continue. All countries must know that
all illegal trade will result in swift and just enforcement of our trade
laws, and we must make that statement in today’s case.”
This past week, the
Department of Commerce made a final determination on a 2009 case that the
there were positive anti-dumping margins for all of the countries involved,
including up to 15.75 percent for Korea, 35.86 percent for Turkey, 111.47
percent for Vietnam, and 118.32 percent for Thailand. The Department of
Commerce also ruled in their final determination that countervailing duty
margins were up to 19.11 percent for India and 15.89 percent for Turkey.
“I appreciate your
thorough consideration of this case, and urge you to fully enforce our trade
laws and issue an affirmative final determination,” said Visclosky.