Vietnamese officials confirmed yesterday the imposition of antidumping duties on aluminium extrusion and bar imports from the People’s Republic of China following a five-month investigation.
On Wednesday the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade announced the duties, which range from 2.46 percent to 35.58 percent. The duties, which are slated to run for 120 days, come after an investigation requested by domestic producers who claimed harm due to the low-cost imports.
The Vietnamese government says the investigation was carried out pursuant to World Trade Organization dictates and confirmed the claims of harm lodged by domestic producers.
Vietnam buyers imported 62 thousand metric tons of aluminium extrusions and bars last year, per the Trade Ministry. Last year’s total imports were roughly twice that of the year before, they explained.
Though the country has a native aluminium extrusion capacity, Vietnam has no aluminium rolling mills, making it entirely dependent upon overseas suppliers for aluminium sheet in beverage can production.
The announcement noted that the Trade Ministry’s action came two weeks after the United States government found that certain extrusions shipped from Vietnam consisted of Chinese products passed through their country in an effort at sidestepping antidumping duties Washington, D.C. previously imposed upon Chinese exporters.