Trade laws said crucial to steel’s future

May 01, 2013 | 05:44 PM | Catherine Ngai

Tags  steel, trade laws, imports, David Hartquist, Roger Schargrin, Kelley Drye & Warren, Schagrin Associates, Wiley Rein Alan Price

WASHINGTON — Strict enforcement of trade laws will be crucial to keeping steelmakers’ margins healthy and maintaining the U.S. manufacturing sector’s strength, according to several top trade attorneys.

"The trade laws have been critical to the survival of ... the steel industry," David "Skip" Hartquist, a partner at Washington-based law firm Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, said at the Steel Manufacturers Association’s annual members’ conference May 1. "The U.S. market remains so attractive that foreign producers are willing to violate trade laws and WTO (World Trade Organization) rules. If you let your guard down, they’ll swallow you up." ....

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