The blast furnace of a steel mill.
EDWARDSVILLE — Madison County Board Chairman Alan J. Dunstan on Tuesday applauded a preliminary decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce that cold-rolled flat steel products were dumped in the United States’ marketplace in violation of international trade laws and that duties shall be imposed.
The case will now be submitted to the International Trade Commission. A final determination of anti-dumping duties for this case, as well as two other pending cases, is expected before the end of summer.
Late Tuesday, the Department of Commerce ruled steel producers in China and five other countries sold cold-rolled steel at unfair prices and will be taxed 266 percent of the steel’s sale price. Steel produced in Brazil, India, South Korea, Russia, Japan and the United Kingdom also will be subjected to increased tariffs.
Dunstan said the decision by the Department of Commerce reinforces the message representatives from the county and the United Steelworkers delivered on Capitol Hill last week in support of employees who were laid off from the idled U.S. Steel mill in Granite City.
“Our nation cannot afford to permit our domestic steel manufacturing to continue to be undermined by this torrent of steel, subsidized by foreign governments, being dumped in our markets,” Dunstan said. “The steel industry, and for that matter all of our country’s manufacturers, must have a chance to compete on a level playing field. Given the opportunity to compete fairly, manufacturing in America could again flourish.”
This is the second preliminary determination of products being unfairly dumped in the United States by foreign steel. The Department of Commerce announced its affirmative preliminary determinations Dec. 22 in the anti-dumping duty investigations of imports of corrosion-resistant steel products from China, India, Italy and Korea. A third case is scheduled to have a preliminary determination during March.
“Receiving favorable rulings in the three pending cases being dumped in the United States is a great start, the first step in getting the men and women who make the world’s finest steel back to work,” Dunstan said. “But it’s important that we keep up the fight to support our workers, their families and manufacturing in America.”