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Steel lobbyist voices support for continued tariffs

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The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) is voicing its opposition to legislation introduced last week in Congress, the Bicameral Congressional Trade Authority Act, which would “prematurely end tariffs,” according to the AISI.

In a statement released today, AISI President and CEO Thomas Gibson reiterated his organization’s support for steel tariffs.

Gipson’s statement in full:

“The Administration’s trade actions and tax and regulatory reform policies, in addition to the strong economic climate enabled by those policies, have allowed the American steel industry to begin to recover after more than a decade of low capacity utilization and weaker earnings due to repeated surges in imports fueled by global steel overcapacity. Capacity utilization at existing mills has increased in recent months to over 80 percent--levels not seen in the last 10 years. Some shuttered plants are being re-opened, laid-off workers are going back to work, and companies are making investments in new steel production facilities.

“But this recent progress will disappear, and our steel industry will again suffer dire circumstances, if the tariffs are prematurely terminated. The massive overcapacity in steel still exists globally. And China in particular is producing steel at record levels--exceeding 1 billion net tons in 2018. This means there is plenty of excess supply that will flood into our market but for the continuation of the Section 232 tariffs. The Section 232 trade remedy is critical to ensuring steel remains a vital asset for our national and economic security.”


Posted 2/8/2019




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