US-EU Excess Steel and Aluminum Capacity Negotiations to Begin, EU Retaliatory Tariff Increases Delayed

European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis, United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai and US Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo announced in a joint statement (below) that the United States and European Union would enter into discussions on global steel and aluminum excess capacity. As part of the agreement, the EU will delay doubling … Continue reading US-EU Excess Steel and Aluminum Capacity Negotiations to Begin, EU Retaliatory Tariff Increases Delayed

Section 232 Tariffs on Steel – CIT Decision in PrimeSource’s Appeal of Tariffs on Derivative Products

from Fred Waite and Kim Young, AWPA Counsel   A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court International Trade (CIT) has issued a decision in the appeal of Section 232 tariffs on so-called “derivative” steel products by PrimeSource Building Products Inc. In a 2-1 ruling, the CIT found that former President Trump had violated the deadlines … Continue reading Section 232 Tariffs on Steel – CIT Decision in PrimeSource’s Appeal of Tariffs on Derivative Products

OSHA Launches New National Emphasis Program

From the Metals Service Center Institute On March 19, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) launched a national emphasis program (NEP) that will focus the agency’s enforcement efforts on companies and specific industries that have demonstrated the highest risk of spread of COVID-19. The agency said the NEP seeks “to substantially reduce or eliminate coronavirus exposure … Continue reading OSHA Launches New National Emphasis Program

Administrative Review of AD Order on Carbon and Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Korea (2017/2019) – Final Results

The US Department of Commerce (DOC) published its final results in the administrative review of the antidumping (AD) order on carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from Korea. The review covered one Korean producer / exporter during the period from October 31, 2017 through April 30, 2019. The DOC calculated a final weighted-average dumping … Continue reading Administrative Review of AD Order on Carbon and Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Korea (2017/2019) – Final Results

US Infrastructure Report Indicates $2.5 Trillion Underinvestment

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has released the 2021 Infrastructure Report Card for the US, and it shows that the US has drastically under-invested in infrastructure maintenance. A water main breaks in the US every 2 minutes, and 6 billion gallons of treated water are lost every day. 43% of roadways in the … Continue reading US Infrastructure Report Indicates $2.5 Trillion Underinvestment

301 Tariff COVID-19 Related Exclusions Extended

On March 5, USTR formally extended the last remaining batch of Section 301 tariff exclusions on health-related COVID-19 response products through Sept. 30. Those exclusions had last been extended on December 29, 2020 through March 31 by then-US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. USTR’s tariff notice did not reference any additional tariff extensions, including others that … Continue reading 301 Tariff COVID-19 Related Exclusions Extended

Commerce Secretary Praises Section 232 Tariffs as Biden Administration Outlines Trade Agenda

Reprinted from Metals Service Center Institute (MSCI) As S&P Global Platts reported last week, when asked about the Trump administration Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said they had been “effective.” Raimondo also noted, however, that the Biden administration will “review of all of these policies and … Continue reading Commerce Secretary Praises Section 232 Tariffs as Biden Administration Outlines Trade Agenda

US Metal Manufacturers and Users to Secretary Raimondo: Data Show Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Hurt American Companies

The Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users (CAMMU), representing more than 30,000 U.S. manufacturing companies and over one million American workers, released a letter today to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo providing data showing the continuing ineffectiveness of, and damage from, the Trump administration’s Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Secretary … Continue reading US Metal Manufacturers and Users to Secretary Raimondo: Data Show Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Hurt American Companies

New Legislation Proposes Dramatic Labor Law Changes

Legislation from 2019 has risen again in the House of Representatives – action is expected on this in the House, THIS WEEK, the week of March 8. This legislation includes the highly controversial requirement that employers turn over private employee information to union organizers without the employee’s permission. The AWPA will sign on to a … Continue reading New Legislation Proposes Dramatic Labor Law Changes