Mario Longhi, president and CEO of United States Steel Corporation (US Steel) has joined forces with Leo Gerard, international president of the United Steelworkers union, and other steel executives to press Congress to maintain the USA's economic and national security by halting unfair trade practices and enforcing trade laws.

Mr Longhi testified before the Congressional Steel Caucus about illegal dumping of steel tubular products by South Korea and urged an end to unfair trade practices.

During his testimony, Longhi emphasised that the issue of fair trade was "a matter of utmost importance to our employees, our company, our industry and our country."

US Steel employs over 24,000 employees and is the USA's largest producer of tubular products headquartered in the United States. The company's domestic position in the tubular market makes the "alarmingly rapid and intense surge of imported OCTG (Oil Country Tubular Goods) products into the market" to be of particular concern he stated.

"OCTG products are… integral to the building and maintenance of our nation's critical infrastructure and must meet the highest safety and quality standards," said Longhi, adding that "the evidence in this case clearly shows that OCTG products are being illegally dumped in what remains the most open and attractive market in the world at prices below fair value and in ways designed to circumvent our trade laws."

He discussed the on-going trade case that US Steel and others have brought before the US Department of Commerce, the importance of ending the illegal dumping of OCTG products and the recent zero-margin preliminary decision in the case.

Noting the "dire consequences that lie in wait for the American steel industry, and for the jobs of thousands of middle class workers," Longhi re-emphasized the need for swift action by official Washington on this trade issue by stating, "We rely on you, our government, to enforce these rules and punish the rule breakers…all we ask is for a level playing field – the one our trade laws promised we would have."

Longhi said he was disappointed that the Department of Commerce had failed to recognise and punish illegal South Korean dumping, but added that 'the government's meaningful investigative work is typically performed during the final phase of the case – and that phase is now underway.'

Noting the "dire consequences that lie in wait for the American steel industry, and for the jobs of thousands of middle class workers," Longhi re-emphasized the need for swift action by official Washington on this trade issue by stating, "We rely on you, our government, to enforce these rules and punish the rule breakers…all we ask is for a level playing field – the one our trade laws promised we would have."