Trade abuse robs state, U.S. of jobs, Ohio’s senators testify

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Trade abuse robs state, U.S. of jobs, Ohio’s senators testify

Dayton Daily News – Foreign industries easily undermine American companies and threaten thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in commerce by flouting trade rules while federal officials are unable to stop them, a Senate subcommittee chairman said amid testimony from Ohio Sens. Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown.

The senators gave numerous examples of abuse and circumvention of trade rules. Legislation to stop the abuse is the intended upshot of the hearings, the senators said last week.

Portman said that in just one example, China dumped more than $2.8 billion worth of unfairly traded drilling pipe to compete with similar pipe that’s made in Ohio.

“The effects on the economy of northern Ohio — and everywhere in the United States where this high-end product was produced — were devastating,” Portman said.

On April 22, Portman announced that the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, in a case related to employee-owned Appleton Paper of West Carrollton, imposed a duty of 3.77 percent on unfairly traded thermal paper.

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