More Problems With Chinese Steel

Not only is Chinese steel manufacturing stealing American jobs, but the product quality is time and time again being shown to be sub par.

Two U.S. steel grating producers (Alabama Metal Industries Corp. and Fisher & Ludlow,Inc.) sent a letter to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission, requesting that these agencies investigate potentially defective steel grating from China that is installed and held in inventory in the U.S.

These agencies, along with the Department of Commerce, have found numerous quality issues with Chinese steel in the past. In this case, it was found that Chinese companies have falsified the chemical composition of steel grates.

Once again, flawed Chinese goods are costing American jobs and potentially American lives due to safety issues. This intolerable situation is a direct result of bad trade policy that cost America more than 16,000of its best wealth producing companies, many of them in the steel industry. Thanks to foreign control of the steel market, the U.S. is dependent upon dangerous Chinese imports.

The National Association of Architectural Metal Manufacturers (“NAAAM”) issued a safety warning about Chinese-made steel grating. The final result of this investigation should be heavy fines for the Chinese companies involved, but it should make people question yet again why America has let itself become hostage to such issues.

An abandonment of the U.S. manufacturing sector is costing us dearly. As the number of unemployed individuals in this country is at its highest level ever, more than 5.5 million manufacturing jobs have been lost in the past decade. Manufacturing is also one of five sectors of the economy that has seen the least job gains since 2007. Without changes to our trade policy, these jobs will probably never comeback.

The U.S. government and its people must fight back against the deluge of shoddy Chinese imports that are ruining the country. Sensible trade policy that creates American goods and American jobs is the solution to the problem, and one that must be implemented as soon as possible.

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