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Aluminum Association applauds US DOC probe on aluminium sheets from China

Metal News - Published on Thu, 30 Nov 2017

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Aluminum Association has applauded the United States Department of Commerce’s decision today to self-initiate antidumping and countervailing duty investigations on imports of common alloy sheet from the People’s Republic of China. Heidi Brock, President & CEO of the Aluminum Association, stated that “The Aluminum Association and its members enthusiastically support the decision announced today by the Department of Commerce and Secretary Wilbur Ross to self-initiate unfair trade investigations concerning imports of common alloy sheet from China.”

Heidi Brock added that “We are extremely grateful for the efforts and leadership of Secretary Ross in vigorously enforcing the U.S. trade laws. The Aluminum Association and its members seek to help ensure that common alloy sheet from China entering the United States is fairly traded.”

In its announcement, the Commerce Department estimated a dumping margin of between 56.54 to 59.72 % for imports of common alloy sheet from China. In addition, the Commerce Department announced that it will investigate subsidies provided by the Chinese government to common alloy sheet producers.

Common alloy sheet is a flat rolled aluminum product that is used in a variety of applications, including transportation, building and construction, infrastructure, electrical, and marine applications where its strength, relatively light weight, formability, and resistance to corrosion are required. The U.S. aluminum industry ships about 2 billion pounds of common alloy sheet every year out of around 26 billion pounds of total domestic aluminum demand.

Overall, the U.S. aluminum industry supports 161,000 direct jobs and more than 700,000 jobs when indirect and induced impacts are considered. Further, the industry creates USD 75 billion in direct economic impact and USD 186 billion in total impact, around 1 percent of U.S. GDP. The industry has been operating in a very challenging environment for a number of years largely as a consequence of Chinese overcapacity distorting the marketplace.

The common alloy aluminum sheet subject to the unfair trade investigations is a flat-rolled aluminum product having a thickness of 6.3 mm or less, but greater than 0.2 mm, in coils or cut-to-length, regardless of width, and is manufactured from a 1XXX-, 3XXX-, or 5XXX-series alloy. The aluminum sheet subject to investigation includes both unclad aluminum sheet, as well as multi-alloy, clad aluminum sheet. Common uses for the product under investigation include gutters and downspouts, building facades, street signs and license plates, electrical boxes, kitchen appliances and tractor-trailers for trucks. Excluded from the scope of the investigations is aluminum can stock that is suitable for use in the manufacture of aluminum beverage cans, lids, or tabs.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 30 Nov 2017
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