Ambassador Lighthizer Testifies On US Trade Policy

From MSCI, Connecting the Dots On June 17, 2020, US Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer testified before the US House Ways and Means Committee and the US Senate Finance Committee on the Trump administration’s trade agenda. The discussion with lawmakers included remarks on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and trade … Continue reading Ambassador Lighthizer Testifies On US Trade Policy

EEOC: US Employers Cannot Require Antibody Tests

Thanks to MSCI, Connecting the Dots  On June 17, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) again updated its COVID-19 guidance for employers. This guidance outlines employers’ responsibilities under federal civil rights laws. The most recent update addresses the issues of medical screening, pregnant and older workers, Americans with Disabilities Act requirements, and obligations for … Continue reading EEOC: US Employers Cannot Require Antibody Tests

OSHA Issues New Guidance On Non-Essential Business Re-openings

Thanks to MSCI, Connecting the Dots   On June 18, the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued guidance to assist employers reopening non-essential businesses during the evolving coronavirus pandemic. The DOL’s guidance supplements the US Department of Health and Human Services’ previously developed Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 and the … Continue reading OSHA Issues New Guidance On Non-Essential Business Re-openings

Combustible Dust Regulatory Compliance by September 2020

By Reginald C. Whitaker, CSP , EH&S Manager, Oklahoma Steel & Wire Co.   Reginald Whitaker, Chair, AWPA Environmental, Health and Safety Committee, has provided an overview of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 652 standard, adopted by OSHA, related to the combustible dust found in wire drawing facilities. It covers the action items that must … Continue reading Combustible Dust Regulatory Compliance by September 2020

301 Tariffs: Notice of Additional Product Exclusions

Friday, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) published a notice of several additional product exclusions from List 4A of the Section 301 tariffs on imports from China. The USTR notice is here: https://www.awpa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Section-301-on-China-List-4A-New-Exclusions-12-June-2020.pdf There is one steel product on the list – Round wire of nonalloy steel, hot-dipped galvanized with zinc, containing by … Continue reading 301 Tariffs: Notice of Additional Product Exclusions

Sunset Review of AD Order on Steel Wire Rod from China – ITC Final Determination (First Review)

On June 3, the US International Trade Commission (ITC) made an affirmative determination in the sunset review of the antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on carbon and certain alloy wire rod from China. The ITC unanimously determined that revocation of these orders would likely lead to the continuation or recurrence of material injury … Continue reading Sunset Review of AD Order on Steel Wire Rod from China – ITC Final Determination (First Review)

Annual Meeting Speaker Sponsorship: Thank you to Optimus Steel!

Thank you to Optimus Steel for supporting the upcoming Annual Meeting. Optimus is sponsoring our economic speaker, Mr. Bernard Baumohl. Mr. Baumohl will have the latest on economic developments for the global economy and manufacturing. Located in Beaumont, Texas, Optimus Steel produces a wide range of high-quality Wire Rods, Coiled Rebar, and Billets. Throughout the … Continue reading Annual Meeting Speaker Sponsorship: Thank you to Optimus Steel!

PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMTION EXPANDING STEEL TARIFFS COVERS ONLY NAILS AND BUMPER STAMPINGS

With the release of the Annexes to the Presidential Proclamation issued late Friday, January 24, we now know that only the products noted in the proclamation have been added to the steel tariff coverage.  While the proclamation outlined the criteria for coverage – that criteria was applied only to nails and bumper stampings.  Nail products … Continue reading PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMTION EXPANDING STEEL TARIFFS COVERS ONLY NAILS AND BUMPER STAMPINGS