Third Sunset Review of AD and CVD Orders on Steel Wire Rod

Today, the US Department of Commerce (DOC) announced that the antidumping (AD) orders on carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Moldova, and Trinidad & Tobago and the countervailing duty (CVD) order on wire rod from Brazil will be continued for a further period of five years. There was one vote … Continue reading Third Sunset Review of AD and CVD Orders on Steel Wire Rod

After Threatening Tariffs, US President Places Caps On Brazilian Steel Imports

From MSCI: As Yahoo Finance reported, in a proclamation released late in the evening on Friday, August 28, President Donald Trump reduced the amount of steel that the United States can import from Brazil. The president said the US Secretary of Commerce had advised him “that there have been significant changes in the United States steel market … Continue reading After Threatening Tariffs, US President Places Caps On Brazilian Steel Imports

CANCELLED: 2020 Government Affairs Conference

AWPA 2020 Government Affairs Conference Cancelled We are sorry to announce that due to the current circumstances regarding COVID-19, the 2020 Government Affairs Conference, scheduled for September in Washington, DC, has been cancelled. AWPA Annual Meeting 2021 AWPA leadership is currently monitoring the situation surrounding our nation’s health crisis with regard to the 2021 Annual … Continue reading CANCELLED: 2020 Government Affairs Conference

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

Supreme Court Denies AIIS Appeal

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court ruled that it will not consider the appeal by the American Institute for International Steel (AIIS), Kurt Orban Partners, and Sim-Tex which challenged the constitutionality of the Section 232 statute.  Previously, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) affirmed the decision of the U.S. Court of International Trade … Continue reading Supreme Court Denies AIIS Appeal

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