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AEC Petitions US Commerce Department for Relief From Chinese Aluminium Extrusions Allegedly Shipped Through Vietnam

Metal News - Published on Mon, 15 Jan 2018

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Aluminium Insider reported that new year is likely not to be one of respite for controversial aluminium extruder China Zhongwang, as the Aluminum Extruders Council filed a new circumvention petition with the United States Department of Commerce against the firm and its affiliates.

The petition, which was filed by the AEC’s Aluminum Extrusions Fair Trade Committee, alleges that the aluminium pallets that the Commerce Department determined were exported to the US in a manner intended to evade anti-dumping and countervailing duties assessed against certain aluminium extrusions from the People’s Republic of China were then funneled to Zhongwang’s affiliate Global Vietnam Aluminium Co. on the southeastern coast of Vietnam.

According to AEC, the petition offers evidence that the Vietnamese company has been slightly altering the form of the aluminium, then exporting it to the United States with a declaration that the product’s origin was Vietnam, not China. As the duties against such aluminium don’t apply to Vietnamese aluminium, no duties are assessed on the imported aluminium.

Mr Jeff Henderson president of AEC said the petition is yet another battle in the war to stave off an invasion of low-priced aluminium cascading in from the Middle Kingdom.

Mr Henderson said that “This is an important step for our industry to continue the fight to close these transshipment and circumvention points and fully enforce the orders. These blatant attempts to evade duties and flood the market with unfairly traded Chinese aluminum extrusions must be halted.”

Zhongwang, which has categorically and unwaveringly asserted its innocence in the face of these continuing allegations of import improprieties, told Reuters that this new round of charges leveled against it are “allegations made are without grounds.”

The AEC has asked Commerce to render its decision sooner rather than later. The petition was made within days of an expected ruling on the Section 232 investigation launched by the Trump administration, which is likely to result in further sanctions against Chinese aluminium importers.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 15 Jan 2018
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