As you may know, the AISC trade case targeting fabricated structural steel imports from China, Canada, and Mexico is entering its final phase. We have made significant progress to date. However, some of the preliminary findings from the Commerce Department have been disappointing, and will not result in meaningful relief for the industry. Specifically, the most significant Chinese and Mexican fabricators received 0.00% dumping margins and all Canada fabricators were let off the hook with 0.00% margins.
As a result, we are asking our supporters in Congress to help ensure that the Commerce Department fully enforces the trade laws and that our industry is granted the full relief we deserve. We have asked the leadership of the House Congressional Steel Caucus to send a letter to the Commerce Department, urging Commerce to fully apply the trade remedy laws. We need help in ensuring that the Caucus leadership agrees to send this letter and that other members of Congress sign on to the letter.
This is where you can directly help domestic fabricators nationwide, and it will take less than 60 seconds of your time.
We ask that you follow the instructions below to send a pre-written letter to your elected officials, urging them to support (and sign on to) a letter from the Congressional Steel Caucus.
• Visit www.democracy.io
• Enter your address so that Democracy.io can identify your congressional representatives
• Check representatives and click “Write to them!”
• Insert “Trade Case On Fabricated Structural Steel” into the subject field
• Copy the suggested message below and paste it into the message field
|On behalf of [name of company] and our [#] employees, located in [name of city/town], I am writing to ask for your assistance.|
Our company, and the U.S. fabricated structural steel industry generally, has been injured by a surge of unfairly traded imports from China, Canada, and Mexico.
The fabricated structural steel industry, which directly supports more than a hundred thousand jobs across the country, filed trade cases earlier this year to stem the injury caused by these imports. However, the preliminary findings issued by the Commerce Department are disappointing and do not provide meaningful relief from these imports. The most significant Chinese and Mexican fabricators received 0.00% margins and all Canadian fabricators were let off the hook with 0.00% margins. Thousands of manufacturing jobs, and the communities they support, are at risk unless Commerce provides meaningful relief in the final determination, due in January 2020.
Congress must help ensure that the Commerce Department fully enforces the trade laws and that our industry is granted the full relief we deserve. The Congressional Steel Caucus is currently considering a letter to the Commerce Department on behalf of our industry urging meaningful relief in these cases. It is critical that the Commerce Department understands just how important these cases are to the future of our industry and to manufacturing jobs across the country. We would very much appreciate if you would reach out to the Congressional Steel Caucus leadership and let them know your support for a letter on behalf of our industry.
The relevant contact information for the Congressional Steel Caucus is as follows:
Ashley Shelton, Office of Rep. Rick Crawford, (202) 225-4076, Ashley.Shelton2@mail.house.gov
Chris Bowman, Office of Rep. Conor Lamb, (202) 225-2301, email@example.com
Mark Ratto, Office of Rep. Mike Bost, (202) 225-5661, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like more information, please feel free to contact Brian Raff, Director of Communications and Public Affairs at the American Institute of Steel Construction (“AISC”), the petitioner in these trade cases. Brian’s contact information is: 312.670.5441; email@example.com.
Thank you in advance for your assistance, Enter in your contact information and select the appropriate trade-related fields (ex. Trade, Foreign Trade, etc.)Hit Send! Thank you again for all of your help up to this point, and for taking one minute of your time to urge your elected officials to sign on to this extremely important letter.
|American Institute of Steel Constructionwww.aisc.org|
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Click on the link below to watch a video that will reinforce the request to contact Congress on the fabricated structural steel imports case.