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CSUSTL is a trade association headquartered in Washington DC. Our membership consists of 429 companies and organizations representing 167 industries, agriculture,
and mining sectors. Current members have facilities/sites located in all 50 states of the nation. Member companies and organizations are situated in the congressional districts/states of 223 House Members and 100 Senators.
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CSUSTL Celebrating over Three Decades of Service
How it began >
During the late 20th century the Uruguay Round included the governments of 123 countries in negotiations to create an international organization to govern almost all trade in the world from pencils to telecommunications. It was the largest trade negotiation ever in the history of the world. Many US trading partners saw this as their opportunity to strip away the 100-year-old trade remedy laws used by the US to protect against unfair trade practices. Fair and effective the laws were viewed as an obstacle by these nations in their efforts to capture US markets by using unfair trade practices to destroy US business. Many within the US government felt we would ultimately need to sacrifice the trade laws to get a deal. In January of 1989 a small group of US companies and law firms banded together to maintain and improve these laws in the negotiations. They were called the Committee To Support US Trade Laws, or CSUSTL. In April, 1994, the final deal was signed by all 123 governments. Against overwhelming odds the group was successful in its advocacy to preserve the effectiveness of the laws, and has continued that mission ever since.
September 14, 2022 -- CSUSTL meets with team of senior Department of Commerce officials including DOC Chief of Staff Mike Harney; Assistant Secretary Lisa Wang; and Deputy Assistant Secretary Ryan Majerus to discuss what the agency can be doing to improve the administration and enforcement of the trade remedy laws. Besides members of CSUSTL's Executive Committee the group included member companies from the lumber, trailer, and energy industries located across the nation.
September 28, 2022 -- A briefing with congressional staff, Administration officials, and interested industry leaders was conducted by CSUSTL, in Washington DC, to discuss the impact of the trade remedy laws upon companies, their workers, and the communities in which they live. The event was held in a virtual forum recognizing ongoing concerns with the covid virus. 81 participants joined in the afternoon session, with roughly two-thirds of the audience being congressional staffers. This included committee staff from the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee, as well as numerous personal office staff from members of these committees. A panel of companies and union leader provided testimonies/anecdotal evidence of the importance of the laws in effectively addressing illegal trade practices which have injured their companies and workforce.
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