AEC Joins China Trade Task Force

AEC Joins China Trade Task Force
Badaling, China: Great Wall of China at Badaling. Source: Wikimedia

North American aluminium extrusion trade group Aluminum Extruders Council has signed on with the China Trade Task Force (CTTF) and its call to the United States and other global players to take action against the runaway overcapacity of aluminium flowing out of smelters from within the People’s Republic of China.

“As an off-take for its excess primary aluminum supply, China’s exports of semi-finished products have increased significantly harming producers up and down the value chain,” said Jeff Henderson, AEC’s President. “The AEC is committed to helping the CTTF address these issues.”

According to CCTF, primary aluminium capacity in the United States has fallen off by almost two thirds, leading to the loss of 3,000 jobs along the way. The association predicts that such losses will continue absent action against China’s excess capacity.

“We can’t wait around any longer,” said Mark Duffy, CTTF Executive Director. “China’s illegal trade practices are crippling the U.S. aluminum market. The addition of AEC to our coalition sends a strong message that it is time for serious action, because American workers and their families don’t have time to waste.”

This is not the first action AEC has taken against the Chinese aluminium trade. The council filed a Circumvention and Scope Clarification case with the United States Commerce Department against aluminum producer China Zhongwang in March, saying that the supplier is evading taxes by selling semi-finished aluminium in place of aluminium ingots. The Commerce Department ultimately agreed, finding a “sufficient basis to initiate an anti-circumvention inquiry.”

CTTF is a partnership formed in 2015 by Century Aluminum and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (United Steelworkers or USW). Brazeway Inc., a privately-owned manufacturer of extruded aluminium piping joined CTTF in late February. The CTTF says it stands against China’s “job hacking” of American workers and Beijing’s illegal subsidies to its domestic smelters.