Under the direction of the Association’s Board of Directors, SC&RA submitted comments July 9 to the U.S. Department of Commerce in support of free and fair trade. These comments were in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce Section 232 investigation on whether mobile crane imports into the U.S. threaten national security. A Section 232 investigation authorizes the Department of Commerce to conduct investigations to determine the effects on national security of imports of certain goods. In the comments, SC&RA supported free and fair trade, insisting that members need options in their ability to source and provide cranes to their customers that will meet job requirements. On November 23, the Commerce Department terminated the Section 232 investigation into mobile crane imports following a September 8, 2020 request from the applicant, The Manitowoc Company, Inc., to withdraw its application and terminate the investigation, citing a changing economic environment due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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