Category Archives: Government Relations

AWPA Announces Issue Agenda for September Conference

The AWPA’s Government Relations Advisory Committee has set the agenda for the upcoming Congressional Visits to be held on September 11, in conjunction with the 2019 Government Affairs Conference. We’ll provide the industry data that shows the value of the industry to the US economy. In addition, we’ll have topical material on the following issues: … Continue reading AWPA Announces Issue Agenda for September Conference

301 Tariff Exclusion Process Begins for Chinese Imports on List 3

On June 30, the Office of the US Trade Representative opened the process for requesting exclusions to Section 301 tariffs on Chinese products on List 3. The products on List 3 include Wire Products from Chapter 73 of the Harmonized Tariff System of the United States (HTSUS). The process is very different than the exclusion … Continue reading 301 Tariff Exclusion Process Begins for Chinese Imports on List 3

3 Steps to Support USMCA Day of Action

Today, manufacturers and the business community nationwide are rallying together to tell Congress to pass a new trade agreement with Mexico and Canada, the USMCA. This agreement will level the playing field with Mexico and Canada by expanding U.S. access to those markets. The USMCA strengthens and modernizes America’s innovation engine. Please join in NAM’s … Continue reading 3 Steps to Support USMCA Day of Action

Registration is now Open for the Government Affairs Conference

This September the Steel wire Industry will head to Washington, DC to hear the latest on trade issues impacting wire manufacturing, from Tariffs, to the USMCA. It’s a great opportunity to get the latest on what’s happening in the industry, what to expect on trade in the coming months, and connect with colleagues and customers. … Continue reading Registration is now Open for the Government Affairs Conference

Supreme Court Declines Steel Section 232 Challenge

from National Law Review, June 26, 2019 The United States Supreme Court has declined to intervene in a challenge to President Trump’s authority to enact steel and aluminum tariffs for stated reasons of national security. The president has claimed authority to implement tariffs pursuant to section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, as … Continue reading Supreme Court Declines Steel Section 232 Challenge

NAM to HOST USMCA PASSAGE CAPITOL HILL DAY

Passage of the US Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA) is one of manufacturers’ top priorities and your help is needed to urge Congress to pass this important trade deal without delay. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) are convening manufacturers and their employees from across the country in Washington, DC on July 17 to meet with … Continue reading NAM to HOST USMCA PASSAGE CAPITOL HILL DAY

Steel Section 232 News and Updates

by Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users (CAMMU) Steel prices continue to fall in the US (but also overseas). See the latest Steel Benchmarker Report June 2019 on hot-rolled steel.  Steel prices continue to go down in the US and around the world, with the price difference narrowing but still greater than pre-tariff prices.  … Continue reading Steel Section 232 News and Updates

Commerce Department Launches New Site For Section 232 Exclusion Process

by Metals Service Center Institute On June 10, the US Commerce Department launched a new portal through which all Section 232 exclusion requests and objections must be submitted. Starting on June 13, the department began accepting exclusion requests via the International Trade Administration’s (ITA) website instead of on the federal rulemaking portal at regulations.gov. The … Continue reading Commerce Department Launches New Site For Section 232 Exclusion Process

United States, Canada Seek Approval Of USMCA At Same Time

by Metals Service Center Institute Republican members of Congress are hopeful that the U.S. House and Senate will consider ratification of the United States Mexico Canada Agreement, or USMCA, the trade agreement to replace NAFTA, before Congress’ August recess. To meet that deadline, the White House will have to address Democrats’ concerns about the deal. … Continue reading United States, Canada Seek Approval Of USMCA At Same Time

China Trade Hearing with USTR Lighthizer

by Ryan Ong, Director, International Business Policy National Association of Manufacturers Testifying yesterday morning in a three-hour hearing (see full hearing here) in front of the House Ways & Means Committee, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer answered a wide range of questions about the administration’s approach, and current negotiations, with China.  In his formal remarks, … Continue reading China Trade Hearing with USTR Lighthizer