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Commerce initiates AD, CVD investigations into aluminum alloy imports from 18 countries

The Commerce Department this week initiated antidumping investigations into imports of common alloy aluminum sheet from 18 countries and countervailing duty probes into four of them.

The agency will investigate whether common alloy aluminum sheet from Bahrain, Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Oman, Korea, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey is being sold in the U.S. at less than fair value. It will also determine whether aluminum producers in Bahrain, Brazil, India, and Turkey are receiving unfair subsidies.

The Aluminum Association filed petitions with the agency earlier this month — the most “filed simultaneously for any single product since 2001,” according to a March 31 press release from Commerce.

The trade association alleged that AD and CVD orders against Chinese imports imposed in February 2019 have led to import spikes of aluminum sheet from other countries. Aluminum sheet is also subject to a 10 percent tariff imposed under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962.

If the Commerce Department makes affirmative findings in these investigations, and if the U.S. International Trade Commission determines that dumped or unfairly subsidized U.S. imports of common alloy aluminum sheet from these 18 countries materially injure or threaten material injury to the domestic industry, Commerce will impose duties on those imports.

The ITC is scheduled to make its preliminary injury determinations by April 23, according to a fact sheet from the Commerce Department.

 

Source: Inside Trade

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