The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) announced last week its determination that imports of common aluminium alloy sheet from over a dozen countries have materially harmed the domestic industry, leading to new barriers for imports from those countries in the near future.
The USITC’s investigation found that imports of common aluminium alloy sheet from Bahrain, Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Oman, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey was imported and sold in the United States at below-market prices. The Commerce Department’s inquiry determined that Bahrain, India, and Turkey have been subsidizing these sales.
The finding, which was supported unanimously by the five USITC board members, will have the Commerce Department levying antidumping orders on imports of common aluminium alloy sheet from Bahrain, Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Oman, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, and Turkey. Meanwhile the department will also invoke countervailing duty orders on Bahrain, India, and Turkey.
In addition to its findings against those countries, the Commission made negative critical circumstances findings in investigations of imports from subsidized imports of common aluminium alloy sheet from Turkey and dumped product from Indonesia, insulating these countries’ producers from retroactive countervailing or antidumping duties.
Imports of below-market aluminium have been a subject of contention since the Trump Administration first began its Section 232 investigation into imported aluminium in early 2017. The American aluminium industry has long accused importers from the People’s Republic of China from benefiting from state subsidies, allowing them to substantially undercut the domestic market.