by Jeff Yoders on MARCH 9, 2017
The Aluminum Association, the group that represents the North American aluminum production industry, today filed a trade enforcement action against the People’s Republic of China seeking relief for domestic producers of aluminum foil. This action is part of the industry’s broad trade strategy to address Chinese overcapacity throughout the value chain.
The Aluminum Association’s Trade Enforcement Working Group filed anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions alleging that dumped and subsidized imports of aluminum foil from China are causing material injury to the domestic industry.
“Today’s action marks the first time the Aluminum Association has filed unfair trade cases on behalf of its members in its nearly 85-year history,” said Heidi Brock, President & CEO of the Aluminum Association. “This unprecedented action reflects both the intensive injury being suffered by U.S. aluminum foil producers and also our commitment to ensuring that trade laws are enforced to create a level playing field for domestic producers.”
The anti-dumping margins alleged by the domestic industry range from 38% to more than 134% of the value of the imported aluminum foil. The domestic industry’s countervailing duty petition alleges that Chinese producers benefit from 27 separate government subsidy programs.
The industry group previously said it wanted to avoid filing the trade actions if it could via meetings with its Chinese counterparts but, apparently, there simply was not enough progress in curtailing injurious imports.