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US Aluminum Association Objects to USTR over exclusion of Aluminum Can Sheet Imported from China

Metal News - Published on Wed, 11 Dec 2019

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Pittsburgh US based Aluminum Association has objected to exclusion requests under Section 301 tariffs for aluminum can sheet imported from China. Aluminum Association in a letter of objection to the Office of the US Trade Representative said “Two exclusion requests for aluminum can sheet body stock and end stock from Chinese importers would undercut broader efforts by the Trump administration to address unfair market practices in that country including persistent, state-subsidized overcapacity.”

Aluminum Association Vice President of Policy & International Trade Ms Lauren Wilk said in the letter the Section 301 duties are crucial for pressing the Chinese government to reduce structural overcapacity across the aluminum value chain that has distorted the market. She wrote "We strongly believe that broad exclusions from tariffs on imports of aluminum and aluminum products from China significantly diminish the incentives for the government of China to take action to address the massive overcapacity in its aluminum industry.”

She added that broad product exclusions to the tariffs undermine the Section 301 tariffs and encourage Chinese producers with overcapacity to manufacture more tariff-excluded can sheet products instead of other flat-rolled products.

She also said "Because China's slowing economy cannot absorb all of the metal it produces domestically, more and more of its semi-fabricated and downstream production is being exported to global markets.”

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Wed, 11 Dec 2019
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