Comment: ‘Mexican steel market not closed to US steel'

May 16, 2014 | 07:25 PM |

Tags  steel, trade, Mexico rebar, reinforcing bar, Canacero, Salvador Quesada Salinas, Philip Bell, Nafta suspension agreement

NEW YORK — Contrary to what Philip K. Bell, president of the Steel Manufacturers Association, charged in an opinion piece in AMM—that "Mexican and Turkish steel producers have been dumping increasing volumes of rebar into the U.S. market, causing severe injury to the U.S. rebar industry and its workers"—this is not the case.

Bell also claimed that "Mexico’s rebar market remains essentially closed" and that "trade between the U.S. and Mexico is virtually a one-way street."

While his piece is an attack on Mexican producers, he uses sleight of hand in conflating Turkey and Mexico. That allows him to cite "increasing volumes" of rebar exports.....

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