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Visclosky testifies at ITC on steel plate imports

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U.S. Rep. Pete Visclosky, D-1st, testified on Thursday at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) hearing on cut-to-length carbon-quality steel plate from India, Indonesia, and South Korea.

Excerpts from that testimony:

“As a representative and resident of Northwest Indiana, I am acutely aware of the challenges facing the American steel industry due to the onslaught of illegal steel imports. The ArcelorMittal facility at Burns Harbor in Northwest Indiana makes cut-to-length carbon-quality steel plate, and every one of those dedicated workers deserve to be able to continue to fairly compete and make the best steel to the best of their ability in our global economy.

“As you are aware, in your staff report for this review, it is noted that U.S. manufacturers have hovered at a 59-percent utilization of their steel plate capacity for 2015, 2016, and most of 2017. I would also point out that the capacity utilization rate for our national raw steel production for all products for the week of Dec. 30, 2017, was at 70 percent. We can do better and we will do better when countries around the world know without doubt that we do not allow unfairly traded products into our market.

“Cut-to-length carbon-quality steel plate is an essential component of American infrastructure. It is essential for building bridges, railway equipment, barges, ships, refinery tanks, and structures throughout the nation. It is essential for both our national defense and our national economy, and we cannot afford to threaten our production capabilities.

“I thank the Commission for conducting a full review of the existing duties on steel plate from India, Indonesia, and South Korea, and I again urge an affirmative decision for maintaining the trade remedies in order to ensure our American steel producers and steelworkers can compete on a level playing field.”



Posted 1/5/2018





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