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Steelmakers and Steelworkers Call on Biden to Keep Trump Tariff

President Trump Speaks On Trade At The U.S. Steel Corp. Granite City Works Facility
Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg

Four industry groups representing the top U.S. steel producers and the United Steelworkers union urged President-Elect Joe Biden to preserve President Donald Trump’s steel tariffs implemented in 2018, calling them “essential” to the viability of the domestic industry.

The union, along with the American Iron and Steel Institute, Steel Manufacturers Association, Committee on Pipe and Tube Imports and American Institute of Steel Construction, said removing or diminishing the duties will lead to surges of imports. The steel industry has been very vocal in recent months that the next administration needs to work with trade allies to force countries like China to cut down on overcapacity that is depressing global prices.