U.S. Commerce Department Levies Preliminary Antidumping Duties of 167.16 Percent on Imported Chinese Aluminium Alloy Sheet

U.S. Commerce Department Levies Preliminary Antidumping Duties of 167.16 Percent on Imported Chinese Aluminium Alloy Sheet

The United States Department of Commerce announced on Monday that it has tasked Customs and Border Protection with collecting estimated antidumping duties on a common aluminium alloy sheet from producers from the People’s Republic of China after the Department preliminarily determined that imports of the material have been dumped on the U.S. market.

The Commerce Department said its investigation determined an an antidumping margin of 167.16 percent for Henan Mingtai Al Industrial Co., Ltd. and its affiliates, Henan Mingtai Al Industrial Co., Ltd., Nanjie Resources Co., Ltd., and Zhejiang GKO Aluminum Stock Co., Ltd.

The Commerce Department made no distinction for those remaining firms who cooperated and those who didn’t, assessing them with the same 167.16 percent antidumping margin as well.

Heidi Brock, President and CEO of the Aluminum Association, hailed the move as a step forward by the United States government to tamp down on predatory trade practices.

“The association and its member companies that produce common alloy aluminum sheet are very pleased with this finding that again underscores the Commerce Department’s commitment to combatting unfair trade. For too long, the Government of China has been unfairly and illegally subsidizing its aluminum industry, leading to massive market overcapacity and challenging producers across the value chain. Today’s action by the Commerce Department is exactly the kind of strong, targeted trade enforcement we need in support of the rules-based global trading system.”

Commerce will now verify the information submitted by the Chinese firms that participated in the investigation. The firms under investigation will then have an opportunity to respond to and rebut allegations and information brought to light up to that point, followed by a final determination by the Department after the rebuttal period has ended. The Department says it expects to issue a final determination by early November this year.