U.S. steel producers told Congress and administration officials Tuesday that unfair imports and countries that subsidize their steel producers are partly to blame for the U.S. steel industry's current problems.
Officials of the American Iron and Steel Institute pressed their case in meetings in Washington, D.C., with U.S. Sens. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and under-secretary of Commerce Francisco J. Sanchez.
Although imports are off this year, they still account for 23 percent of the slumping U.S. steel market, according to the institute, which represents North American steel producers. Through May, shipments by U.S. steel mills were down 6 percent from year-ago levels.
"If we end up the year flat with 2012, we'll be doing good," said Thomas Gibson, president of the industry group.
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