ASC banking on new US guard to KO trade walls

Nov 18, 2008 | 12:13 PM | Paul Schaffer

The American Scrap Coalition (ASC) has its hopes pinned on a new U.S. administration and a temporarily shrunken steel market providing openings to pull down some of the international trade barriers affecting steelmakers.

"It's even more important now to remove these barriers, when governments can't make the excuse that there are limitations on the availability of some of these raw materials," Thomas Danjczek, president of the Washington-based Steel Manufacturers Association (SMA), said at a press conference to discuss a study on the subject.

The focus of the group has also broadened beyond scrap to include steelmakers' primary raw materials, Alan Price, an attorney and president of the coalition, said. The study also takes a look at investment barriers and governments' efforts to control raw materials outside their borders, looking most closely at China, Russia, Ukraine and India.....

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