Ryan Testifies before International Trade Commission

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan this morning testified before the International Trade Commission and urged the commission to enforce U.S. trade law in order to combat the harmful effects that subsidized imports have on local seamless tube manufacturers.

“As the nation moves past the pandemic, it is important that imports do not take a greater share of the U.S. market,” said Ryan, D-13 Ohio, in his testimony today. He also called on the ITC to “provide relief to the industry and its employees.”

Ryan said imports from countries such as Czechia, Korea, Russia and Ukraine have especially damaged local producers such as Vallourec Star L.P. in Youngstown.

The company, which produced seamless tube mostly for the oil and gas industry, employs 500 workers and has invested more than $1 billion into its local operations since 2012. 

“We must ensure our trade laws bring effective relief, so companies like them can continue to compete and be part of the area’s economic recovery,” Ryan said. 

Ryan’s full testimony can be read HERE.

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