The Aluminum Association’s Foil Trade Enforcement Working Group filed a formal complaint with the Trump Administration on Tuesday over imports from five different countries that they say are simply an attempted end run around antidumping and countervailing duty measures taken over two years ago against aluminium foil producers in the People’s Republic of China.
According to the Association, aluminium foil imports from aluminum foil imports from Armenia, Brazil, Oman, Russia, and Turkey are being sold in the American market for artificially low prices, with margins of up to 107.61 percent. They also allege that aluminium from Oman and Turkey benefit from government subsidies of up to 25 percent.
President and CEO of the Aluminum Association Tom Dobbins elaborated in a related press release.
“We continue to see how persistent aluminum overcapacity driven by structural subsidies in China harms the entire sector. While domestic aluminum foil producers were able to invest and expand following the initial targeted trade enforcement action against imports from China in 2018, those gains were short lived. As Chinese imports receded from the U.S. market, they were replaced by a surge of unfairly-traded aluminum foil imports that are injuring the U.S. industry.”
The Association filed dual complaints at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). They say they did so in an effort at protecting a domestic aluminium industry that has been flooded with over 210 million pounds of below-market aluminium foil from China.
“Imports of unfairly low-priced aluminum foil from the subject countries have surged into the U.S. market, devastating pricing in the U.S. market and resulting in further injury to U.S. producers following the imposition of measures to address unfairly-traded imports from China in April 2018,” noted the Association’s attorney John M. Herrmann.
“The domestic industry looks forward to the opportunity to present its case to the Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission to obtain relief from unfairly traded imports and to restore fair competition in the U.S. market.”
The specific aluminium foil covered under the complaint is unbacked foil of a thickness of less than .02 mm and packaged in a reel weighing over 25 lbs.