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DoC Names 16 Countries in Aluminum Sheet Ruling

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The U.S. Department of Commerce ruled common alloy sheet from 16 countries are being sold at less than fair value in the United States, while producers in three countries are benefiting from unfair government subsidies.

The Commerce Department ruled aluminum sheet from Bahrain, Brazil, Croatia, Eqypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Oman, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey were selling sheet products at less than fair value, and have announced deposit rates ranging from 0 to 137 percent.

Additionally, Commerce also reached negative antidumping determinations with respect to imports from Greece and Korea, and a negative countervailing duty determination with respect to imports from Brazil.

“The Aluminum Association is pleased with the Commerce Department’s determination that imports of common alloy sheet from multiple countries are being sold unfairly in the United States,” said Tom Dobbins, president and CEO of the Aluminum Association.  “Common alloy sheet producers in the U.S., who have invested more than $1 billion in recent years to expand production and supply customers, are among the most competitive producers in the world.  But the industry cannot compete against products that are sold at unfairly low prices and subsidized by foreign governments.”

Regarding the negative determinations, Mr. Dobbins said, “While we were disappointed by the negative findings, we will continue to monitor import data and take action as appropriate. We remain committed to strong and robust trade enforcement across the entire aluminum market.”

The next step in the trade cases will be the United States International Trade Commission’s final determination of whether imports from the 16 countries are a cause of material injury or threaten to materially injure domestic producers of common alloy sheet.  The USITC is scheduled to announce its final determination March 31.