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August 17, 2020

Europe Will Investigate Chinese Imports Of Aluminum Flat-Rolled Products

On August 14, the European Commission announced that it has initiated an antidumping investigation into aluminum flat-rolled products originating from China. European Aluminum, which represents the producers of more than one-quarter of the continent’s flat-rolled products, requested the inquiry.

The Commission will investigate flat rolled aluminum products, alloyed and unalloyed, that are of a thickness ranging from 0.03 millimeters to more than 6 millimeters. Sheets, coils, coiled strips, circles, or plates are all included in the inquiry while beverage can stock, body panels for the automotive industry, and aluminum used in the manufacture of aircraft parts are not. The Commission said, “There is sufficient evidence … to show that, due to significant distortions affecting prices and costs, the use of domestic prices and costs in the country concerned is inappropriate, thus warranting the initiation of an investigation.”

The investigation of dumping and injury will cover the period from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, while the examination of trends relevant for the assessment of injury will cover the period from January 1, 2017 to the end of the investigation period. It will take about 13 months to complete.

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