October 4, 2018 – Washington, DC – Following the announcement of the new trade agreement, The United States, Mexico, Canada Agreement (USMCA), by the Trump administration, the American Primary Aluminum Association (APAA) that represents the majority of American primary aluminum producers released a short statement:
“President Trump is 100% correct — tariffs have been instrumental in leading to the recovery and restart of substantial primary aluminum capacity,” said Mark Duffy, Executive Director of the APAA. “Because of President Trump’s leadership on this issue and the Section 232 tariffs, the American primary aluminum industry, an industry vital to our national security, will increase production by 60 percent by the year’s end. This is precisely what the Section 232 relief was intended to accomplish. Without this relief, the United States was at significant risk of being completely dependent on offshore sources for this critical component for our national security.”
As the President recognized in his Rose Garden statement announcing the USMCA, either continued tariffs or binding quotas for Canada and Mexico are critical for continuing and maintaining the restarts to rebuild this vital industry that was on the verge of extinction.
About the American Primary Aluminum Association (APAA): The American Primary Aluminum Association will advocate to advance the interests of America’s primary aluminum industry and its workers through the Aluminum Now campaign. APAA is registered and incorporated in Washington, DC and operates as a non-profit trade association. For more, please visit: www.aluminumnow.org