On Thursday, October 4, 2012, Wiley Rein hosted a general membership meeting of the Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws (“CSUSTL”) featuring remarks from the Department of Commerce’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Policy and Negotiations, Lynn M. Fischer Fox, as well as from CSUSTL leadership.

Deputy Assistant Secretary Fischer Fox emphasized the importance of the relationship between domestic industry and the Commerce Department. She went on to describe several key initiatives being undertaken by Commerce and the administration to more effectively enforce trade remedy laws, including the creation of the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center (or “ITEC”), the undertaking of the Trade Law Enforcement Initiative, and the administration’s continued efforts before the World Trade Organization (“WTO”).

The meeting also featured presentations from both industry representatives and members of CSUSTL’s leadership.  Both Gordon Brinser, CSUSTL Chairman and President of SolarWorld Industries America, Inc., and Thomas Sneeringer of U.S. Steel Corporation praised CSUSTL’s work and stressed the importance of its continued efforts in promoting fair and effective enforcement of U.S. trade laws.

Moving forward, CSUSTL will continue to expand its membership base and work towards achieving its policy goals and initiatives.  Among other priorities, CSUSTL will seek to raise its profile with the World Trade Organization; promote U.S. manufacturing; redouble efforts to counter changes to the current AD/CVD regime; work on customs reauthorization matters; and address a variety of trade matters involving China.

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