Casey-Backed Bill to Crackdown on Unfair Chinese Trade Practices Passes Senate

Legislation Would Protect PA Jobs, Manufacturers and Small Businesses by Maintaining Tariffs on Unfairly Subsidized Goods from China

County-by-County List Shows PA Companies That Benefit from Protections

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today announced the passage of bipartisan legislation to prevent the repeal of trade remedies that help Pennsylvania companies compete against unfair imports from countries like China.

“Passing this bill will help level the playing field for Pennsylvania’s manufacturers,” Casey said. “Much has to be done to confront China’s unfair trade practices but today’s vote sends a bipartisan message that we will not stand by as China cheats.”

The legislation would maintain the Commerce Department’s ability to apply tariffs, known as countervailing duties, on unfairly subsidized goods produced in nonmarket economies like China. A ruling in December by a federal appeals court would have limited the Unite States’ ability to apply these tariffs, putting Pennsylvania jobs and manufacturers at a disadvantage.

In addition to Senator Casey, this bipartisan bill was introduced by Senators Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Max Baucus (D-MT), John Thune (R-SD), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Tom Coburn (R-OK), John D. (Jay) Rockefeller (D-WV), Susan Collins (R-ME), Rob Portman (R-OH), Tom Carper (D-DE) and Jeff Sessions (R-AL).  An identical, bipartisan bill was also introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. Passage in the House will send it to the President.

Pennsylvania companies impacted by countervailing duties are below:

Company

Product

City

County

United States Steel Corporation

Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe; Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Line Pipe; Oil Country Tubular Goods; Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe

Pittsburgh

Allegheny

United States Steel Corporation

Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Line Pipe; Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe

McKeesport

Allegheny

Fisher & Ludlow

Steel Grating

Wexford

Allegheny

Marcegaglia USA Inc

Circular Welded Austenitic Stainless Pressure Pipe

Munhall

Allegheny

Resco Products, Inc.

Magnesia Carbon Bricks

Pittsburgh

Allegheny

Resco Products, Inc.

Magnesia Carbon Bricks

Tarentum

Allegheny

TMK IPSCO

Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe

Koppel

Beaver

TMK IPSCO

Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe; Drill Pipe; Oil Country Tubular Goods; Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe

Ambridge

Beaver

Johnstown Wire Technologies, Inc.

Galvanized Steel Wire

Johnstown

Cambria

Superbag Corporation

Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags

Milesburg

Centre

Berwick Offray

Narrow Woven Ribbons with Woven Selvedge

Berwick

Columbia

Resco Products, Inc.

Magnesia Carbon Bricks

New Castle

Lawrence

Wheatland Tube

Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe; Oil Country Tubular Goods

Sharon

Mercer

Wheatland Tube

Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe

Wheatland

Mercer

Sharon Tube Company

Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe

Sharon

Mercer

Allied Tube & Conduit

Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe; Light-Walled Rectangular Pipe and Tube

Philadelphia

Philadelphia

Sapa Extrusions, Inc.

Aluminum Extrusions

Cressona

Schuylkill

 

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