US Commerce Department Levies Preliminary Antidumping Duties On Aluminium Sheet From 18 Countries

US Commerce Department Levies Preliminary Antidumping Duties On Aluminium Sheet From 18 Countries

On Friday the U.S. Department of Commerce issued its preliminary determination on a complaint by domestic aluminium producers that imports of common aluminium alloy sheet from 18 countries have been dumped on the American market, finding support for such harm and instructing agents at the border to require those importers to deposit estimated antidumping duties on the way into the country.

Beginning immediately, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will commence collecting estimated antidumping duties from Bahrain, Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Oman, Republic of China (Taiwan), Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, and Turkey. Per the complaint, this move is made to counter a shift in imports originating from the People’s Republic of China that was assessed antidumping duties almost two years ago. The complaint accuses China of simply routing its subsidized, below-market aluminium sheet through the countries listed above.

Tom Dobbins, President and CEO of the Aluminum Association, responded with praise to the decision in a related press release.

“Today’s decisions underscore the Commerce Department’s commitment to combatting unfair trade. The Commerce Department’s findings confirm that foreign producers relied on artificially low prices to rapidly increase their aluminum sheet exports to the United States, just as unfairly traded imports from China were beginning to withdraw from the market.”

The duties to be collected upon entry are as follows:

Bahrain – 13.70 percent

Brazil – 49.48 to 136.95 percent

Croatia – 3.22 percent

Egypt – 10.42 percent

Germany – 51.18 to 352.71 percent

Greece – 2.72 percent

India – 5.44 to 79.43 percent

Indonesia – 32.12 percent

Italy – 0.00 to 29.13 percent

Oman – 3.53 percent

Republic of China (Taiwan) – 18.02 percent

Romania – 12.51 to 83.94 percent

Serbia – 11.24 percent to 25.84 percent

Slovenia – 4.80 percent

South Africa – 8.93 percent

South Korea – 5.04 percent

Spain – 3.75 percent to 23.32 percent

Turkey – 12.90 to 15.45 percent

The Commerce Department plans to issue a final determination in mid-February next year.