Amplifying members’ voices

NAFEM regularly joins forces with other organizations to advance the industry’s perspective with elected, and appointed officials. Highlights of recent efforts follow:

Before President Biden left for discussions with trade allies in Europe, 33 U.S. trade associations, including NAFEM, sent him a letter calling for termination of Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs. The associations’ letter builds on a separate letter from 300-plus U.S. manufacturing companies, including NAFEM members, who last month requested that the Biden administration end the tariffs. According to the latest letter, “Since their inception, the 232 steel tariffs have caused a steadily increasing array of supply disruptions and price fluctuations for some of the most critical inputs used by U.S. manufacturers, effectively handing a competitive advantage to overseas producers of steel-based products able to source their inputs at standard global market prices.” The association letter was organized by the Coalition of American Metal Manufacturers and Users (CAMMU), of which NAFEM is a member, the National Foreign Trade Council, and other groups representing steel and aluminum-using U.S. companies.

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai heard from NAFEM and other organizations about the “prolonged and impactful shortage of steel, aluminum and other key components resulting in record high prices and long manufacturing lead times.” NAFEM and the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM), Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), Air Movement and Control Association (AMCA) and National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) asked that the restrictive Section 232 tariffs be lifted “so that we can ensure the continued health, safety, comfort and productivity of the American people.”