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Why is the Section 232 Investigation Important to America?

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Why is the Section 232 Investigation Important to America?

 

A Section 232 investigation is being conducted under the authority of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as amended. The purpose of the investigation is to determine the effect of imports on the national security.

The Secretary’s report to the President, prepared within 270 days of initiation, focuses on whether the importation of the article in question is in such quantities or under such circumstances as to threaten to impair the national security. The President can concur or not with the Secretary’s recommendations, and take action to “adjust the imports of an article and its derivatives” or other non-trade related actions as deemed necessary.

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Drawing a hard-line – Breaking the cycle of imported pipe & tube

Drawing a hard-line – Breaking the cycle of imported pipe & tube

On April 19th 2017, an investigation into Section 232 was initiated by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to analyze reports of excess global steel production and capacity – especially outside the United States through foreign government subsidies. With a decline in the U.S. Steel capacity utilization from 77.5% in 2014, to 71% in 2016 and excess capacity in the global steel marketplace, Mr. Ross determined that a study was necessary for further review.

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How Illegally Traded Imports are Destroying Domestic Manufacturing: An Interview with Zekelman Industries President, David Seeger

In light of the battle over whether to pass the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in the Senate last week and the impending battle in the House of Representatives quickly approaching, I sat down with Zekelman Industries President and newly appointed Chairman of the Committee on Pipe and Tube Imports, David Seeger, to gain more insight into a debate that’s keeping all of us on our toes. The debate over “FAIR” trade and what will happen when the TPA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are passed into law, specifically how it will affect domestic manufacturers. 

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What fast tracking trade agreements could mean for domestic manufacturing

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On Thursday, April 16, 2015, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and House Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) introduced bipartisan, bicameral Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation – The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 – to Congress.

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Are Free Trade Agreements Fair to Domestic Manufacturing Companies?

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, “Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) have proved to be one of the best ways to open up foreign markets to U.S. exporters.” FTAs reduce trade barriers for U.S. exports and they “protect U.S. interests and enhance the rule of law in the FTA partner country.” Essentially, this makes it easier and cheaper for U.S. companies to export their goods to U.S. trading partners.

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