Commerce Starts It's Own Aluminum AD/CVD Investigation
Aluminum imports from China are again the target of a new U.S. trade action. Earlier this week the Department of Commerce self-initiated antidumping and countervailing duty investigations against imports of alloy aluminum sheet from China. This marks the first time in over two decades that the agency has brought its own case against imports. Typically, it is the domestic industry that files AD/CVD actions and Commerce and the International Trade Commission (ITC) administer them. If Commerce finds dumping or unfair subsidization in its preliminary determinations, currently scheduled for February 2018 (CVD) and April 2018 (AD), importers will be charged the calculated duties upon the products' entry into U.S. commerce.
The product covered by the investigations is "common alloy aluminum sheet, which is a flat-rolled aluminum product having a thickness of 6.3 mm or less, but greater than 0.2 mm, in coils or cut-to-length, regardless of width." Aluminum sheet is typically used in building and construction, transportation, automotive manufacturing, and appliances .
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