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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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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.
May 18, 2022 – CSUSTL sends letter expressing opposition to inclusion of a “public interest test” in Leveling the Playing Field Act 2.0 (Section 102201 of the America COMPETES Act of 2022) or any other trade legislation enacted by Congress. The letter states the subjective standard would gut the protection offered by hundreds of antidumping and countervailing duty orders because it would allow rampant circumvention. CSUSTL noted that fair enforcement of our trade laws supports U.S. economic interests, our U.S. supply chains, and American workers over 172 different industry, agriculture, and mining sectors.
June 2022 – CSUSTL conducts meeting blitz with 14 Senate Finance Committee Members & conferees asking that any final agreement to address US-China competitiveness should adopt the trade remedy law improvements title from the America COMPETES Act.
June 28, 2022 – House Appropriations Committee reports out CJS FY23 Appropriations including CSUSTL supported language providing $6.83 million to the ITA to continue hiring for the 9th Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties (AD/CVD) enforcement office.