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ITC vote on aluminum sheet pushes antidumping, countervailing duty investigations forward

January 12, 2018 - The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) determined Jan. 12 that there is a reasonable indication that domestic producers are materially injured by imports of common alloy aluminum sheet from China, which are allegedly subsidized and sold in the U.S. at less than fair value.

As a result of the commission’s vote, the Commerce Department will continue with its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations. Commerce’s preliminary countervailing duty determination was due Feb. 1, and its antidumping duty determinations are due April 17.

The Aluminum Association, Washington, D.C., and its members welcomed the determination that Chinese common alloy aluminum sheet “are a cause of injury to the domestic industry and its workers,” President and CEO Heidi Brock said in a statement.

“U.S. companies that make common alloy aluminum sheet have suffered extensive injury thanks to unfairly traded imports from China for many years. Our members are participating in the trade cases initiated by the Department of Commerce to return fair pricing to the U.S. market, and to allow the U.S. industry to make needed investments to further strengthen its competitiveness,” Brock said.

Imports of common alloy aluminum sheet from China rose by more than 90 percent between 2014 and 2017 (annualized). China is by far the largest exporter of common alloy sheet to the U.S. market in 2016, accounting for more than 36 percent of all U.S. imports.

[h/t ITC]

[h/t Aluminum Association]

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