Enforcing the Rules

Greg Mastel, Andrew Szamosszegi, John Magnus and Lawrence Chimerine

Enforcing the Rules is a first-of-its-kind analysis of 10 different industries—from steel and shrimp to furniture, cement and raspberries—that examines the overwhelming economic benefit of enforcing U.S. trade laws. When an importer is allowed to dump their product, selling it in the U.S. market at less than the cost of production or below the price in their home market, or when they receive a subsidy to offset production costs, they undercut American producers. Anti-dumping and countervailing-duty (AD-CVD) laws can impose duties on imports from other countries to combat the impact of these predatory trade practices. AD-CVD laws are the backbone of U.S. international trade policy. And while some critics say these laws are a modern form of protectionism, the reality is that dumping and subsidies cause serious damage to the U.S. economy, free markets and to the world trading system. In fact, in many cases, these laws are the only reason that individual companies, farms and even whole industries have been able to continue to produce in the United States.

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