Foreign trade practices, such as export barriers, are harming
U.S. steel players, the American Iron and Steel Institute
(AISI) said in comments submitted this past week to the U.S.
The document pointed
to export barriers on raw materials in such countries as China
and India that ensure a low-priced domestic supply of input
material but hurt U.S. manufacturers and the global
restrict U.S. steel producers access to raw materials and
create an unlevel playing field in international competition by
unfairly advantaging certain countries manufacturers,"
the AISI wrote.
and the advent of state-owned enterprises have hurt U.S.
producers as well, the Washington-based trade group said,
allowing producers to sell at below-market prices.
U.S. steelmakers must
effectively compete with governments rather than private
companies. Import barriers can also "distort trade by
protecting a countrys domestic producers from import
competition," the AISI said.
comments were in response to a request for comment by the Trade
Policy Staff Committee in order to identify trade barriers to