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Breaking Trade News: American Producers of Aluminum Extrusions File Trade Petitions Alleging Unfair Dumping and Subsidies from 15 Countries

The U.S. Aluminum Extruders Coalition and the United Steelworkers (USW) union filed petitions claiming unfair trading imports of aluminum extrusions from China, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.

Full list of exporters here, full list of U.S. importers here.

The filing is in response to increasing volumes of allegedly unfairly priced imports of aluminum extrusions that have been growing since 2019, notwithstanding that Aluminum Extrusions made in the U.S. face significantly higher costs due to restrictions on the importation of primary aluminum.

The petitions aim to demonstrate that aluminum extrusion producers in these countries are selling extrusions in the U.S. at less than fair value and that such sales are harming the U.S. Aluminum Extrusion industry. The petitions note dumped rates up to 256%.

The petitions also claims that producers in China, Indonesia, Mexico, and Turkey unfairly benefit from countervailable subsidies, such as tax breaks and discounted land.

The President of the Aluminum Extruders Council, Jeff Henderson, stated:  “For years, American extruders and workers have lost huge amounts of sales to unfairly traded, dumped and subsidized imports of aluminum extrusions. It’s time to take a stand for American manufacturing and take on these illegally traded products.”

The Commerce Department will determine whether to initiate the investigations within 20 days. The USITC will reach a preliminary determination of material injury or threat of material injury within 45 days. The deposit of duties will likely be required by the late fall […]

By |2023-10-06T13:59:01-04:00October 6, 2023|Import, Investigation|0 Comments

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