Steel wire sector urges enforcement of duties

Sep 23, 2013 | 10:50 AM | Samuel Frizell

Tags  American Wire Producers Association, AWPA, anti-dumping duties, countervailing duties, John Martin, Mar-Mac Wire, Amy DeArmond, Leggett & Platt U.S. Customs and Border Protection

WASHINGTON — Steel wire producers visited members of Congress last week as part of a concerted effort to push a law that would reform U.S. Customs and Border Protection and enforce U.S. trade laws.

The proposed legislation, supported by members of the American Wire Producers Association (AWPA), would establish accountability at Customs for responding to allegations that imported products are illegally evading anti-dumping and countervailing duties, and set a timeline for action on allegations.

Members of the AWPA reached out Sept. 19 to about 30 members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate on Capitol Hill.

"Our primary aim on the Hill was to address this Enforce Act and asking for legislation that would encourage Customs and border protection to do their job to cover circumvention," AWPA president and McBee, S.C.-based Mar-Mac Wire Inc. chief executive officer John Martin III told AMM.....

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