AHAM Testifies On Opposition To Steel Tariffs

AHAM Testifies On Opposition To Steel Tariffs

Washington, DC The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) has formally expressed its opposition to tariffs on imported steel, contending that the tariffs should be terminated "in order to maintain excellent quality and consumer value for home appliances produced in the U.S. and to keep home appliance manufacturing jobs on U.S. soil."

AHAM president Joseph McGuire testified recently before the International Trade Commission (ITC) regarding the tariffs on imported steel and their effect on the home appliance industry. The hearing was part of the ITC's congressionally requested study on the tariffs' impact on steel-consuming industries.

McGuire testified that AHAM members produce more than 94% of the appliances shipped for sale each year in the U.S., and consume nearly three million tons of steel per year, most of which is hot- and cold-rolled and galvanized, and is supplied by domestic companies.

As a result of the steel tariffs, implemented under section 201 of the Trade Act, AHAM members have experienced "dramatic" increases in the cost of steel products, as well as difficulties in obtaining quality steel from domestic steel producers, McGuire said.

The increases have also impacted appliance production and, in some cases, have changed product assembly schedules, he added.
"We oppose the steel safeguard tariffs and believe that the time has come to terminate the program," McGuire testified. "We hope for a resolution of the problem facing the domestic steel industry that provides them with the relief they need, but at the same time does not harm the appliance industry."