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The battle over steel imports heats up
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown pushes the argument that South Korea is dumping, but the Commerce Department isn't buying
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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Sherrod Brown is pushing the Trade Commission for a ruling that South Korea is dumping steel pipe.
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U.S. Steel is shutting down two mills in Texas and Pennsylvania, and blaming imports for at least part of that. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports on the accelerating battle over tariffs on the steel pipe.

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Ohio’s U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown met with White House officials last week to talk about tariffs. And he’ll be meeting with steel executives and workers this week to push the argument that U.S. manufacturers are victims … that foreign companies are illegally dumping steel pipe – the kind that goes into Ohio’s oil and gas drilling fields – at below-market prices. 

In a preliminary ruling in February, the Commerce Department imposed anti-dumping duties on China and seven other countries, but not on South Korea. Brown maintains that is a crucial omission because South Korean manufacturers could only undercut U.S. prices if their government is helping out. But he acknowledges his argument hasn’t gotten far – so far. 

“I think that this president has been better than his predecessors on tradeenforcement, but not good enough. And it just is peculiar to me that our government would side with workers and companies in another country when the evidence to me is pretty clear.” 

The U.S. Trade Commission is expected to make its final decision on the tariffs before the end of August. 

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