AWPA Meets with Obama Administration Officials
Last week the American Wire Producers Association (AWPA) stepped up our efforts to prevent transshipment of wire and wire products that are imported into the US, evading existing antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders by engaging the Obama Administration.The meeting was held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building next door to the White House. Amy DeArmond of Leggett & Platt, Kimberly Korbel, AWPA Executive Director and I met with Bennett M. Harman, Director, International Trade & Investment, and Christine L. Turner, Director Global Supply Chain Security, both of the National Security Council Staff. The meeting was facilitated by Linda Dempsey, Vice President, International Economic Affairs, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Joining us were Lauren Airey, Director, Trade Facilitation Policy, NAM; Beth DeBrosse, American Iron and Steel Institute; and Eileen Bradner, Counsel to Nucor. As we introduced ourselves, it was interesting to find out that Mr. Harman had previously worked at the Commerce Department on steel trade cases. The National Security Council (NSC) is the President's principal forum for considering national security and foreign policy matters with his senior national security advisors and cabinet officials. Since its inception under President Truman, the Council's function has been to advise and assist the President on national security and foreign policies. The Council also serves as the President's principal arm for coordinating these policies among various government agencies. Click the headline to read more.
ITC Staff Report Available – China AD/CVD Investigation
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) staff report in the Preliminary Antidumping (AD) and Countervailing duty (CVD) Investigation of Carbon Wire Rod Imports from China is now available on the AWPA website. On March 14, the ITC voted to continue the investigation. The staff report provides information on which the ITC made its preliminary determination. The next stage in these investigations will be conducted by the US Department of Commerce (Commerce). Commerce will send antidumping questionnaires to the significant rod producers and exporters in China, and eventually they will calculate dumping margins for these companies as well as "all other" rates for the mills and exporters which are not individually investigated. Click the headline to read more.
Save the Date – October Will Be a Busy Month for AWPA Meetings!
The Government Affairs Conference will be held this October 1st – 3rd, at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. There are many important issues for the industry this year – watch for more information on this vital meeting this summer. Also in October, the AWPA Operations Managers meeting is being held in conjunction with Wire Association International, in Houston, Texas. Co-hosting this event with WAI will expand the audience, and give Operations Managers even more opportunities to share experiences and solutions. Watch your Inbox – more information is coming soon!
This year 200 attendees from more than 60 companies attended the AWPA Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, at the Red Rock Resort & Casino, making it the most widely attended AWPA meeting since 2007. Participants heard great speakers, had plenty of time for networking, and had a chance to escape the bitter winter weather that had most of the country in its grip. The presentations are available on the Past Meetings link from the Members Home Page. The next Annual Meeting will be held in Tucson, Arizona February 25-27, 2015. This marks a change from the usual Monday- Wednesday format, so be sure to mark your calendar!