The U.S. Department of Commerce. qingwa/Adobe Stock
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) issued an affirmative preliminary ruling this week in its anti-dumping investigation of imports of common alloy aluminum sheet.
“The association and its member companies that produce common alloy aluminum sheet are very pleased with this finding that again underscores the Commerce Department’s commitment to combatting unfair trade,” said Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association, in a prepared statement. “For too long, the Government of China has been unfairly and illegally subsidizing its aluminum industry, leading to massive market overcapacity and challenging producers across the value chain. Today’s action by the Commerce Department is exactly the kind of strong, targeted trade enforcement we need in support of the rules-based global trading system.”
The DOC announced in November that it would self-initiate anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations of common alloy aluminum sheet imports from China (typically, cases are initiated after a domestic producer files a petition with the Department of Commerce). The move marked the first self-initiated investigation by the DOC in over 25 years.
The DOC calculated preliminary antidumping margins of 167.16% of the value of the imported aluminum sheet.
A final determination from the DOC in the anti-dumping probe is expected in late October or early November.