March 29, 2017

Aluminum Group Files Dumping Case Against China

As part of its strategy to address Chinese overcapacity, the Aluminum Association has filed antidumping and countervailing duty petitions charging that unfairly traded imports of certain aluminum foil products from China are causing material injury to the domestic industry.

“This marks the first time the Aluminum Association has filed unfair trade cases on behalf of its members in its nearly 85-year history,” says Heidi Brock, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association, Arlington, Va. “This unprecedented action reflects both the intensive injury being suffered by U.S. aluminum foil producers and our commitment to ensuring that trade laws are enforced to create a level playing field for domestic producers.”

The antidumping margins alleged by the domestic industry range from 38 percent to more than 134 percent of the value of the imported aluminum foil. The domestic industry’s countervailing duty petition alleges that Chinese producers benefit from 27 separate government subsidy programs.

“Surging imports of unfairly low-priced aluminum foil from China have devastated pricing in the U.S. market and caused severe injury to the domestic industry,” says John M. Herrmann of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, the petitioner’s trade counsel. “The domestic industry looks forward to the opportunity to present its case to the Commerce Department and U.S. International Trade Commission to obtain relief from unfairly traded imports from China and to restore fair competition in the U.S. market.”

The petition alleges that Chinese producers have injured the domestic industry by selling their aluminum foil at unfairly low prices that significantly undercut domestic market prices. Chinese producers have massive capacity to produce aluminum foil and have been exporting large and increasing volumes of unfairly low-priced and subsidized merchandise to the United States. Those price declines are likely to continue to hurt U.S. producers if duties are not imposed, the association says.

Chinese foil imports have accounted for all of the import growth over the past three years, meaning that in addition to capturing market share from U.S. producers, imports from China also captured market share from third-country producers. The domestic industry has suffered declines in production, sales, hours worked by employees, prices, revenues, and profits, and has been forced to either close facilities or take actions to reduce capacity, the association claims.


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