Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trump Orders Investigation of Foreign Steel Trade Practices

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Trump Orders Investigation of Foreign Steel Trade Practices

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WASHINGTON -The government is launching an investigation of steel dumping and other trade practices detrimental to the domestic industry.

President Donald Trump is expected to order the study Thursday, according to an official at the Department of Commerce, which will run the investigation.

It could lead to increased tariffs and penalties on steel imports, the official said.

Authority for the investigation comes from the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which gives Commerce broad authority over trade affecting national security.

Steel trade raises national security concerns because of the country's reliance on domestic capacity to produce materials for the infrastructure and for defense, the commerce official said.

"Steel dumping puts us in jeopardy when long-term productivity shrinks. That has long-term impact on the supply chain needed to maintain national security," he said. …

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