MARKHAM, Ontario, Feb. 05, 2019 (GLOBE
NEWSWIRE) — The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) strongly
opposes the Petitions for the imposition of antidumping and countervailing
duties on certain fabricated structural steel from Canada, filed by the
American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) on February 4, 2019.
“AISC’s allegations that these products from
Canada are unfairly traded and cause injury to U.S. producers of fabricated
steel products are baseless,” says Ed Whalen, President & CEO of the CISC.
“The negative effects of the Section 232 steel tariffs are the more likely
cause of injury for the U.S. downstream steel sector, not Canada. Canada and
the U.S. have been in each other’s markets for generations.”
Canadian fabricators of structural steel
compete fairly in worldwide markets, including the United States. We offer high
quality fabricated steel produced with significant experience in design and
engineering with unique design-assist/engineering capabilities, delivered
timely to customers. In addition, a significant number of Canadian fabricators
have made important investments in the United States, such as establishing
American subsidiaries and affiliates that produce fabricated structural steel
and employ U.S. workers.
We are confident that the investigations will
prove that imports from Canada are fairly traded and cause no injury to U.S.
producers. We will vigorously defend our industry’s interests in these
On February 4, 2019, the AISC launched a trade action against China, Mexico and
Canada on certain fabricated structural steel products. The U.S. Department of
Commerce will be investigating these three countries for evidence of dumped and
subsidized products. The U.S. International Trade Commission will be
investigating whether the U.S. industry is being materially injured or
threatened with material injury from the subject imports.
The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC) is Canada’s voice for the
steel construction industry, providing leadership in sustainable design,
advocacy, construction, efficiency, quality and innovation. The CISC’s efforts
aim to advance the use and benefits of steel, increase Canadian market share,
as well as advocate for a diverse community made up of manufacturers,
fabricators, service centres, erectors, consultants, detailers, industry
suppliers, owners and developers.
The Canadian steel construction sector is a
vibrant $5 billion industry, which employs over 130,000 people in its supply