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Aluminum Association Applauds Phase One US China Trade Deal

Metal News - Published on Thu, 16 Jan 2020

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The Aluminum Association vice president for policy Lauren Wilk, in response the recently signed phase one trade agreement between the United States and China, said “We congratulate President Trump and his administration on this important first step toward a more balanced trading relationship between the US and China. As the parties move to the next phase of negotiations, we strongly urge negotiators to focus on addressing the unfairly subsidized overcapacity that is hurting US aluminum producers and impacting the global aluminum market. A 2019 study by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development documented tens of billions of dollars in government state subsidies to aluminum firms over a five-year period, mainly to a handful of aluminum-producing companies in China. It is essential to the long-term health of domestic aluminum manufacturers that China end the structural subsidies that make it impossible for US and global aluminum producers to compete on a level playing field. We were encouraged by the recent announcement by the US, European and Japanese governments pursuing strengthened World Trade Organization rules addressing industrial subsidies. The Trump administration has a tremendous opportunity to support more than 160,000 American aluminum workers by pursuing bilateral and multilateral agreements to rein in unfair activity in China.”

Last year, the administration committed to address how market-distorting forces, including subsidies and state-owned enterprises, can lead to excess capacity as part of ongoing trade negotiations with China. While targeted trade enforcement activity, including successful antidumping and countervailing duty cases, have reduced imports of Chinese aluminum into the US in recent years, overcapacity continues to grow and unfortunately, to penetrate other foreign markets. Over the past five years, aluminum overcapacity in China has grown by 60 percent and increasingly that metal is being exported to third party countries, further distorting global markets. Research firm CRU estimates that China will export more than 3.4 million tons of semi-fabricated aluminum in 2020, fully 3.5 times US aluminum production.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 16 Jan 2020
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