Toomey, Kelly Urge Commerce Decision on NLMK Tariff Exclusion Petitions

Mar 21, 2019

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (R-Pa. 16) are working to provide a western Pennsylvania steel company relief from Section 232 tariffs. In a letter to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the lawmakers urged the department to decide on NLMK’s petition, which was filed nearly one year ago:

We write today to urge you to promptly consider and issue decisions on the Section 232 exclusion petitions filed by NLMK USA. NLMK has waited nearly a year for decision on its petitions, a period that is well beyond your agency’s estimates. This continued delay has cost the company $160.7 million in tariffs since March 2018.

NLMK was instrumental in putting steelworkers in Sharon, Pennsylvania back to work after the Sharon Steel mill closed. The plant now employs a combined 1,169 people in the Keystone State and Indiana. The company requested relief from tariffs on its feedstock on March 23, 2018 but has not received a decision.