U.S. Commerce Department Launches Dumping Probe Over Chinese Aluminium Foil

The United States Department of Commerce announced on Tuesday that it has begun a new pair of investigations of aluminium foil imported from suppliers in the People’s Republic of China.

The antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations launched Tuesday are the result of a petition filed earlier this month by the Aluminum Association Trade Enforcement Working Group. The petition identified over 230 Chinese firms, alleging that those companies are involved in dumping of aluminium foil at margins between 38.40% to 140.21%. In addition to dumping, the Commerce Department is also investigating over two dozen separate subsidy programs allegedly conducted by the Chinese government.

“The Department of Commerce intends to act swiftly to halt any unfair trade practices and will render our decisions at the earliest opportunity, while also assuring a full and fair assessment of the facts,” said Wilbur Ross, U.S. Secretary of Commerce. “The Trump Administration is unequivocally committed to the vigorous enforcement of America’s trade laws and will ensure U.S. businesses and workers are treated fairly.”

“Inappropriate use of trade remedy measures will not only harm the export interests of Chinese aluminum foil firms, but also will weaken the competitiveness of the U.S. downstream industries,” responded the Chinese commerce ministry via a statement on its website.

These new investigations are in addition to the investigations launched earlier this year by the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) to determine whether American aluminium foil producers are injured or threatened with injury by many of the same Chinese aluminium foil producers. The ITC is expected to present its preliminary injury determinations towards the end of next month. In the event that the ITC’s preliminary determinations find actual or the credible threat of actual damages, the ITC will continue its investigation, making a preliminary countervailing duties determination on June 2 and a preliminary anti-dumping duty determination on August 16.



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