Ohio Lawmakers Call on DOC to Enforce Chinese Curtainwall Ruling

Ohio’s U.S. Senators, Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown, issued a joint statement this week calling on the Department of Commerce to protect curtainwall producers in their state from unfair Chinese trading practices.

In their letter, both Portman, a Republican, and Brown, a Democrat, urged the DOC “to make it clear–consistent with the Department’s two prior rulings–that curtainwall units are subject to the trade remedies imposed by the existing order on aluminum extrusions.”

They add, “There is no clear reason for the Department to reverse itself in the face of pressure from Chinese exporters of dumped and subsidized goods. As China seeks to increase curtainwall unit exports to the United States by evading trade rules, it is critical we enforce our nation’s trade laws to prevent harm to American manufacturers and their hardworking employees.”

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) had ruled last fall that unitized Chinese curtainwall is subject to a tariff.

“There is no clear reason for the Department to reverse itself in the face of pressure from Chinese exporters of dumped and subsidized goods,” the letter went on to say. “As China seeks to increase curtainwall unit exports to the United States by evading trade rules, it is critical we enforce our nation’s trade laws to prevent harm to American manufacturers and their hardworking employees.”

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