Author Archives: Jeff Yoders



Week in Metals: New Steel Imports Probe Will Be Based on National Security

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Another investigation and analysis of cheap steel imports coming to the U.S. was ordered yesterday by President Donald Trump. The Commerce Department will recommend to Trump whether or not to invoke Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, an action that would treat dumped steel imports as a threat to national security. The Week in Metals brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news from our sister site MetalMiner.

The Week in Metals: Administrative Review Hikes South Korean OCTG Duties

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This week, the Department of Commerce announced in a press release that it is exercising its authority under Congress for the first time to address market distortions in the production of foreign merchandise, particularly oil country tubular goods (steel pipes and supporting sections) from the Republic of Korea. Administrative review allows Commerce to calculate dumping margins that “more accurately account for the unfair pricing practices of foreign exporters.” The Week in Metals brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news from our sister site MetalMiner.

The Week in Metals: China Hongqiao May be the Canary in Chinese Aluminum’s Coal Mine

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The largest aluminum producer in the People’s Republic, China Hongqiao, suddenly finds itself on the hot seat. China’s traditionally opaque reporting structure has allowed some firms to present their results in a less-than-honest way, and auditor Ernst & Young has flagged its client as needing more review. The Week in Metals brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news from our sister site MetalMiner.

The Week in Metals: We Hardly Knew Ye, EPA Clean Power Plan

The Trump Administration sent the EPA Clean Power Plan back for review this week, all but assuring its bureaucratic death. It was never implemented after a court challenge, and the administration will likely scrap it altogether since it has gone or record opposing its limitations on industry. The steel industry, among others, applauded its death. We also report on a recent conference where one of the best-attended seminars was about value-added products offered by successful service centers. The Week in Metals brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news from our sister site MetalMiner.

The Week in Metals: More Defense Spending, Less Regulation of… Pretty Much Everything

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President Trump’s $1.1 trillion budget blueprint released Thursday proposes dramatic cuts to the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency while seeking billions more for defense issues and $1.5 billion for the president’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. Noted trade attorney Alan Price, of the Washington law firm Wiley Rein, said the World Trade Organization case that the federal government filed in January on behalf of aluminum producers will essentially serve as a guide for other industries looking to challenge state-subsidized companies’ overproduction for export in the People’s Republic. The Week in Metals brings you the latest procurement and supply chain news from our sister site MetalMiner.

The Week in Metals: Yes, The Mexican Border Wall is Happening

Not only is the Trump administration asking for bids for its promised southern border wall, but the Department of Homeland Security has also added specifications to its request for proposals. The Dakota Access Pipeline can continue construction of the final eight miles of the project underneath Lake Oahe in North Dakota, a federal judge ruled this week. The Week in Metals brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news from MetalMiner.

The Week in Metals: Indonesia, Freeport-McMoran Fight Over Grasberg

The world’s second-largest copper mine, the Grasberg open pit mine, in Indonesia, sits idle as its operator, Arizona-based Freeport-McMoran, and the government of Indonesia squabble over permitting issues. President Donald Trump’s administration is mulling changes to how the U.S. calculates trade deficits. The Week in Metals brings you the latest procurement and supply chain news from our sister site MetalMiner.

The Week in Metals: ‘Member How Strikes Affect Copper Supply? ‘Member Dat?

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Remember when Lead Forecasting Analyst Raul de Frutos warned that work stoppages at major mines Grasberg and Escondida could threaten copper supply and cause prices to rise higher? Guess what happened on Monday? The Week in Metals brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news from our sister site MetalMiner.

The Week in Metals: What is “Buy American”?

The Army Corps of Engineers granted an easement to allow construction of the Dakota Access crude oil pipeline to restart this week. The 1,172-mile project would connect oil production areas in North Dakota to a crude oil terminal near Patoka, Ill. Most of it is done, but owner Energy Transfer Partners will now have to complete the last eight miles of the protested pipeline, with American-made steel a requirement. The Week in Metals brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news from our sister site MetalMiner.

The Week in Metals (and Other Commodities)

This week, the Trump administration let up a bit and fixed its trade imbalance crosshairs on Germany. The two U.S. Senators from North Dakota said this week that the Dakota Access Pipeline is “days, not weeks” from approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Week in Metals brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news from our sister site MetalMiner.

Executive Orders Take Over the Week in Metals

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President Donald Trump issued executives early this week to restart the stalled Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines on Monday and he was just getting started. Trump also wrote a memorandum that will require all the steel to be used in those pipelines to be American-made. The Week in Metals brings you the latest in procurement and supply chain news from our sister site MetalMiner.