U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky testified before the U.S. International Trade
Commission—for the third time this year—this time on a case involving
antidumping duties on hot-rolled steel from Brazil, Japan, and Russia.
Hot-rolled is manufactured at the ArcelorMittal’s mills in Burns Harbor and
East Chicago and at U.S. Steel Corporation’s mill in Gary.
An excerpt from Visclosky’s testimony:
“As I stated last week, we have a duty and obligation to ensure that
American workers can compete on a fair playing field. This week, we have
another opportunity to show that we are committed to fighting for American
jobs and not allowing them to be placed in jeopardy.
“As you are well aware, hot-rolled steel is a critical component of our
economy, and it is used extensively in the automobile and construction
industry. It is also used to manufacture appliances, industrial machinery,
agricultural equipment, and pipe and tubes that transport gas and liquid
across our county. Hot-rolled steel is also a critical component of the
steel industry in the First Congressional District of Indiana, as it is
manufactured at the ArcelorMittal plants in Burns Harbor and East Chicago,
and at the United States Steel Corporation plant in Gary.
“Since 2004, when the last review of these orders took place, U.S.
consumption of hot-rolled steel has declined from 73.1 tons in 2004 to 56
tons in 2010. I also would point out that there were 30,598 production
workers in 1999 when the relief under consideration today went into effect,
and last year there were 21,682 production workers.
“Looking at the uses of hot-rolled steel I understand that there is a direct
correlation between the strength of the entire economy and the production of
hot-rolled steel. As our economy is still in a very fragile state, it is
more pertinent than ever to ensure that American steelworkers are able to
continue to provide for American needs and that these duties remain in
place. Failure to do so only would encourage foreign countries to resume
their unfair trading practices that cost American jobs. We cannot allow that
“This past year the Department of Commerce reported that revocation of this
relief would lead to a continuation of dumping at margins of 41.27 percent
to 43.4 percent for Brazil, 17.7 percent to 40.26 percent for Japan, and
73.59 percent to 184.56 percent for Russia. They also stated that the
countervailing duties on hot-rolled steel from Brazil would likely lead to
continuation of a countervailable subsidy.
“As you proceed in your just and thorough consideration of this case, I
would encourage you to show the world that we are committed to ensuring that
American workers can compete on a level playing field, and I urge you to
reach affirmative determinations with respect to all of the relief at hand.”