Resolution 07-99 Anti-Dumping
REQUESTING ENFORCEMENT OF ANTI-DUMPING LAWS WITH REGARD TO STEEL IMPORTS
WHEREAS, Mountain Iron is home to USS Minntac operation, the largest taconite producer in the United States; and,
WHEREAS, the current financial crises in Asia, Russia, and other regions have involved massive depreciation in the currencies of several key steel-producing and steel-consuming countries and a collapse in the domestic demand for steel in those countries; and,
WHEREAS, these crises have generated and will continue to generate surges in United States imports of steel, both from the countries whose currencies have depreciated in the crisis and from steel-producing countries that are no longer able to export steel to the countries in economic crisis; and,
WHEREAS, it is illegal and unfair for foreign countries to dump their steel in the US and try to save their jobs by taking ours; and,
WHEREAS, if the “dumping” is not stopped, there are thousands of jobs at stake; and,
WHEREAS, there is a well-recognized need for improvements in the enforcement of United States trade laws to provide an effective response to these situations.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Mountain Iron requests the President of the United States to take all actions necessary to enforce applicable trade agreements and laws of the United States pertaining to steel imports; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Mountain Iron requests the President of the United States to immediately impose a one-year ban on imports of all steel products that are not abiding by the spirit and letter of international trade agreements with respect to imports of steel products into the United States.
DULY PASSED AND APROVED THIS 5TH DAY OF APRIL, 1999.