Washington, D.C. – “The Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA) is pleased to see that the United States Department of Commerce has submitted the Section 232 Investigation Report to President Trump in advance of the January 16, 2018 statutory deadline.” said SMA president Philip K. Bell.
Bell added “Although the report is not yet public, we believe that the investigation findings will confirm what domestic steelmakers already know. Imports of certain steel products to the United States should be restricted on national security grounds. The President now has 90 days to determine what actions and remedies will be taken to deal with this existential threat.”
“We are confident that President Trump takes actions and proposes remedies that are broad, meaningful and impactful. That is the only way we can begin to significantly reduce the many tons of illegally and unfairly imported steel that finds its way to our shores.”
SMA is North America’s largest steel industry trade association, and the primary association for electric arc furnace steel producers. SMA’s 25 producer member companies account for over seventy-five percent of total domestic steelmaking capacity. SMA members have operations in Canada, Mexico, 43 U.S. states and 115 congressional districts. For more information visit SMA’s website at www.steelnet.org or our Facebook page.