No politics in trade rulings: Commerce

Aug 22, 2014 | 01:54 PM | Nat Rudarakanchana

Tags  steel, trade, politics, lawmakers, anti-dumping duties, countervailing duties, subsidies, Turkey rebar

NEW YORK — The U.S. Commerce Department has reiterated that politics are not relevant in the conduct of trade investigations, even as lobbying from lawmakers and interest groups escalates amid a string of steel trade cases this year.

"The decision to conduct an (anti-dumping) or (countervailing duty) investigation to determine whether certain foreign government programs may or may not constitute countervailable subsidies, or to determine whether products are being dumped into the U.S. market, is not a political one," a Commerce spokesman told AMM via e-mail. "Commerce conducts all investigations in an open and transparent manner, in accordance with all U.S. statutes and international obligations. The United States administers one of the most open and transparent trade remedy systems in the....

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