Klobuchar, Franken, Nolan Announce New Tariffs to Fight Steel Dumping
U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, along with Representative Rick Nolan, have announced new tariffs to fight steel dumping.
Klobuchar, Franken, and Nolan have led repeated calls to the Administration to take action to curb steel dumping and to protect Minnesota’s iron ore miners and steelworkers who are adversely impacted by these unfair trade practices. The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) determined that the steel industry in the U.S. is materially injured by imports of hot-rolled steel flat products from Australia, Brazil, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Turkey. As a result, the Department of Commerce will issue countervailing duty orders or antidumping duty orders of these products from these countries.
“Workers in northern Minnesota have experienced the harmful effects of steel dumping on our domestic industry firsthand. They deserve a level playing field to compete on and the protections they need to be able to support their families,” Klobuchar said. “I have testified before the International Trade Commission to urge the implementation of penalties against foreign subsidized steel being dumped on our shores. These tariffs are welcome news for our workers but we cannot rest until every miner is back on the job.”
“When a painful economic downturn shook Northern Minnesota and threatened thousands of our workers, we knew that it was the result of illegally dumped foreign steel flooding our markets,” Franken said. “Since then, I’ve been fighting to jumpstart a recovery on the Iron Range. In Washington, I’ve pressed for stronger trade enforcement to protect our miners, I’ve testified before trade officials, and I’ve called on the federal government to levy duties, tariffs, and other penalties against countries that dump their steel into America. These new tariffs are important for our mining economy and for Minnesota workers, and we can’t take our foot off the gas pedal now.”
“Our hard work and the Administration’s historic crackdown on illegally dumped foreign steel by China and other trade cheater nations is producing real results,” Nolan said. “More than 1,000 Iron Range miners are back to work, iron ore and steel prices are up, the glut of foreign steel is disappearing and as a result of improved iron ore and steel market conditions, Cliffs Natural Resources is investing $65 million in new, 21st Century mining technology that will ensure good mining jobs on the Range for generations to come. That said, economic recovery on the Range is still a work in progress, and our efforts will continue until every miner is back at work and every mine is back producing at full capacity.”
In February, after efforts from Klobuchar and Franken, the Administration announced new actions to combat steel dumping. The actions included new Customs and Border Patrol personnel to enforce our trade laws, stepped up inspections of steel imports at our ports of entry, and increased personnel at the Commerce Department to help ensure tariffs are enforced against those who dump steel in the U.S. The President also signed legislation that provides additional tools to more aggressively enforce anti-dumping provisions under existing federal law.
Klobuchar and Franken have been leaders in efforts to fight foreign steel dumping and provide support for our U.S. steelworkers and miners affected by recent layoffs. Klobuchar and Franken have introduced legislation to crack down on illegal steel dumping by strengthening trade enforcement. Following consistent pressure from the lawmakers last year, the International Trade Commission voted to impose penalties on Mexican, Turkish, and Korean companies dumping steel in the U.S. She also led a letter with Nolan to successfully urge the U.S. Department of Labor to expedite approval of TAA petitions submitted by workers from the affected mining operations.