The Iron Ore Alliance is pleased to share that the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) announced today that it is beginning an investigation of carbon and alloy steel products being imported from China. The investigation is based on a complaint filed by U. S. Steel Corporation and supported by thousands of local, state and federal officials, trade associations, customers and suppliers, employees, and union members.
The Iron Ore Alliance is grateful for the widespread support from Minnesota stakeholders who are urging the U.S. International Trade Commission to initiate an investigation under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. This trade case is critical to the future viability of Minnesota’s 130-year legacy of iron mining and the jobs it supports. Letters of support have been submitted by Minnesota state and local lawmakers, business groups, and trade organizations, including:
- Governor Dayton
- Speaker of the House Kurt Daudt and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk
- State Representatives Anzelc, Ecklund, Metsa, and Melin; and Senators Saxhaug and Tomassoni
- Representative Tom Hackbarth, chair of the mining and outdoor recreation policy committee
- 11 Iron Range mayors
- Minnesota Chamber of Commerce
- Minnesota Building and Construction Trades Council
Iron Ore Alliance co-chairs John Rebrovich of the United Steelworkers and Chris Masciantonio of U. S. Steel also submitted a letter expressing their support for moving the case forward.
“Thousands of Minnesotans are currently living without any certainty about when or whether their jobs will come back as a result of illegal foreign steel dumping,” said Governor Dayton. “The International Trade Commission has the power to answer those questions while providing much-needed relief to an important American industry.”
Thank you to the elected officials, individuals, families and businesses that support a strong mining economy in Northeastern Minnesota. In the coming weeks, the International Trade Commission is expected announce its decision whether to initiate a case based on U. S. Steel’s complaint. Check back for more information and updates.
On April 26, 2016, U. S. Steel filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to initiate an investigation of the largest Chinese steel producers and their distributors under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930. The complaint alleges three causes of action: the illegal conspiracy to fix prices, the theft of trade secrets, and the circumvention of trade duties by false labeling.
The United Steelworkers strongly support U. S. Steel’s actions and quickly issued a statement of support. United Steelworkers (USW) International President Leo W. Gerard said, “In recent months, more than 13,500 steelworkers have received layoff notices. Facilities are being shuttered, some never again to resume production. Families are being devastated and communities are suffering as their tax bases decline.”
Elected officials across the country and at all levels of government are taking action to ensure our country’s steel industry, including Minnesota’s mining industry, regains its strength. The Iron Ore Alliance is grateful for the support of Minnesotans and our elected officials who are fighting to end illegal and unfair trade practices.
United Steelworkers and U. S. Steel will continue working to support families, individuals, businesses and communities on the Iron Range during this time of need. In the coming weeks, the International Trade Commission is expected announce its decision whether to initiate a case based on U. S. Steel’s complaint. Check back for more information and updates on this development.