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Op-Ed: Celebrating the Rise of Minority-Owned Businesses

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On Tuesday, the Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) celebrates its 50th anniversary. When President Nixon signed the executive order creating MBDA, the nation’s minority population was less than 40 million. Nixon recognized that, although minority-owned businesses then were only 4 percent of America’s businesses, empowering the entrepreneurial spirit of minority...

U.S. Department of Commerce Initiates Section 232 Investigation into Titanium Sponge Imports

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Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross accepted the Section 232 petition filed on September 27, 2018, by domestic producer Titanium Metals Corporation (TIMET) and launched an investigation into whether the quantity or circumstances of titanium sponge imports into the United States threaten to impair the national security. Secretary Ross sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick...

Census Bureau Unveils 2020 Census Communications Campaign Platform

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The following is a cross-post from the U.S. Census Bureau As promotional and outreach activities are ramping up across the nation ahead of the 2020 Census — from establishing local and state complete count committees, to diverse partners coming together to reduce the undercount of children and other hard to count populations — today the U.S. Census Bureau announced its long-planned communications...

U.S. Department of Commerce Finds Dumping of Imports of Rubber Bands from Thailand

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the affirmative final determination in the antidumping duty (AD) investigation of imports of rubber bands from Thailand, and its negative final determination in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of imports of rubber bands from Thailand. Commerce determined that exporters from Thailand have sold rubber bands at less than fair value in the...

Op-Ed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross: Launching Toward a $1 Trillion Space Economy

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Nearly 60 years ago, a lone American was launched into the great unknown of space — John Glenn had been sent on an orbital mission spanning thousands of miles, skimming the Earth’s atmosphere. Today, America’s leadership in space continues unabated. But it looks quite different. After the Space Shuttle program concluded in 2011, it appeared that Florida’s Space Coast would turn into a “Ghost Coast...

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on Q4 and Annual 2018 GDP: Economy Grows 2.9% in 2018

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Today, the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) released the fourth quarter and annual gross domestic product (GDP) numbers. The Bureau found that the real gross domestic product increased at an annual rate of 2.6 percent in the fourth quarter and 2.9 percent for all of 2018. “President Donald Trump has unleashed American growth at a pace the experts thought was not possible,...

U.S. Department of Commerce Initiates Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Investigations of Imports of Fabricated Structural Steel from Canada, China, and Mexico

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the initiation of new antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations to determine whether fabricated structural steel from Canada, China, and Mexico is being sold in the United States at less than fair value and to find if producers in Canada, China, and Mexico are receiving unfair subsidies. These antidumping duty and...

U.S. Department of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Antidumping Duty Determination on Imports of Steel Racks from China

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping duty (AD) investigation of imports of steel racks from China, determining that exporters have been dumping steel racks in the United States at a margins ranging from 18.08 to 144.50 percent. As a result of today’s decision, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to...