American Metal Market Quotes Partner Skip Hartquist on Section 232 Investigation
May 22, 2017
Partner Skip Hartquist was quoted in the American Metal Market article “Section 232: Investigation should include specialty metals.” Skip, counsel to the Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA), cited a 15-month study that determined many defense applications rely on specialty metals, and therefore, they should be included in the Section 232 investigation. That study "really goes to the heart of what the Section 232 investigation is all about," Skip noted. "Some of these materials are just not available elsewhere," he said. "There are some formulations you can't buy in the commercial market globally, so we sell those materials to the extent permitted by U.S. law-not only in the U.S., but to other allied countries as well that need the materials."

"We're concerned about what's happening downstream and hope that the 232 remedy is going to address not just the major carbon and stainless mills, but also the customer base, which we need in order to have ongoing business," said Skip. According to Skip, the Department of Commerce has asked steel producers to "think broadly about the definition of 'national security.' They asked us not to just think of national security in terms of specific applications for weapons systems and so forth, but also to think about it in terms of supporting requirements in order for the U.S. to defend itself."

Skip pointed out that the U.S. relies on imports of specialty materials, like chrome and nickel. "We don't have sufficient domestic supplies of those. It's very complex, because different segments of the industry have different requirements and are facing greater import competition than others. It would be difficult to come up with a 'one-size-fits-all' remedy that works for everyone," he said.