BEFORE THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
INTERNATIONAL TRADE ADMINISTRATION
COMMENTS OF NUCOR CORPORATION IN RESPONSE TO THE DEPARTMENT'S
REQUEST FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS ON UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES
WILEY REIN & FIELDING LLP
1776 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
Alan H. Price
Eileen P. Bradner
Timothy C. Brightbill
Daniel B. Pickard
Counsel to Nucor Corporation
June 28, 2004
On May 27, 2004, the Department of Commerce requested public comment in order to
identify the unfair trade practices that should be of greatest concern to the newly established
Unfair Trade Practices Task Force.1 The work of the Task Force is of the utmost importance,
targeting barriers to free trade that have contributed to the loss of nearly three million U.S.
manufacturing jobs, the continued and dangerous growth of the U.S. trade deficit, and the
permanent “off-shoring” of U.S. companies and industries.
While the Administration has aggressively pursued the negotiation of free trade
agreements with a variety of countries, we believe there has been less emphasis on U.S.
enforcement of existing trade commitments. The United States Government is well aware of the
major existing trade barriers. Indeed, they have been extensively documented by the Office of
the U.S. Trade Representative, the Department of Commerce, and numerous other agencies. The
United States government must act aggressively to put a stop to these unfair trade practices.
The most important action in this regard is the strengthening of U.S. trade remedy laws in
order to prevent the loss of further manufacturing jobs and to fight against the ever expanding
trade deficit. In this regard, Nucor provides several examples of legislation that would
strengthen U.S. trade laws and assist with the elimination of foreign trade barriers.
China, and its numerous unfair trade practices, must naturally be a high priority for the