WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Rob Portman (R-OH) welcomed the announcement that China will terminate antidumping and countervailing duty tariffs against Ohio Steel exports, including AK Steel in Zanesville.
“Earlier this month, I visited Zanesville and heard from workers who have been affected by unfair foreign trade. This announcement is great news for Ohio steel producers like AK Steel that have been harmed by unfair trade,” said Brown. “Strong enforcement of trade laws is one of the best ways we can lift up America’s steel industry and its workers. That’s why I’m working to ensure a fairer marketplace for American companies.”
“Manufacturing exports are vital to Ohio workers, and this decision will provide a boost to Ohio steel producers,” Portman stated. “I will continue to support efforts to ensure that our workers are able to operate on a level playing field around the world.”
“AK Steel welcomes the decision by the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the People’s Republic of China to terminate anti-dumping and anti-subsidy measures on imports of Grain Oriented Electrical steels (GOES) from U.S. producers," said James L. Wainscott, Chairman, President and CEO of AK Steel. "As a leading global producer of high quality GOES products, AK Steel looks forward to again serving valued customers in China. We greatly appreciate the continuing strong support of Senator Brown and Senator Portman on trade enforcement issues related to the domestic steel industry.”
Last year, Brown and Portman applauded the decision by the office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to protect steel producers such as Ohio-based AK Steel, and Allegheny Technologies, which employs 140 workers in Louisville, Ohio from illegal Chinese trade practices. One-hundred fifty workers at AK Steel’s plant in Zanesville are particularly impacted by this case. Specifically, USTR challenged China’s refusal to comply with World Trade Organization (WTO) regulations on grain oriented flat-rolled electrical steel (GOES).
Earlier this month, Brown introduced the Leveling the Playing Field Act to restore strength to antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) statutes that allow businesses and workers in the United States to petition the Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission (ITC) when foreign producers sell goods in the U.S. below market price or receive illegal subsidies.