U.S. Rep. Pete
Visclosky, D-1st, testified this morning at the International Trade
Commission’s hearing on stainless steel sheet and strip from China.
Congress approved the second of two laws enacted in the 114th Congress that
strengthen our trade remedy statutes. I am hopeful that these actions will
provide meaningful long-term relief to American steel companies and
steelworkers in my district in Northwest Indiana and throughout the nation.
today at the beginning of a new year, a new presidential administration, and
a new Congress, we are dealing with the same violations of our trade laws
from the same actors. That is why it is imperative that we remain vigilant
in 2017. We should begin by carefully considering the case before us today.
“It is no secret
that China has continually and blatantly violated our trade laws. Last year,
I testified before you in three different steel cases involving Chinese
imports, one of which resulted in duties upwards of 250 percent. The product
we are discussing today, stainless steel sheet and strip, is a critical
product utilized by numerous industries in the United States. This product
is used by the automotive industry, the pipe and tube industry, and the
chemical industry, as well as by construction professionals and appliance
and industrial equipment manufacturers.
“The Department of
Commerce has already indicated in its preliminary determinations just how
egregious China’s actions are in this case by proposing dumping margins of
up to 75 percent and subsidy rates of up to 193 percent. Further, Commerce’s
decision to impose retroactive duties based on critical circumstances shows
us that these companies have a long history of disregarding our trade laws.
American steel companies and steelworkers producing stainless steel sheet
and strip should not have to compete on an unfair playing field. That is why
I strongly urge an affirmative determination in this case.”