U.S. ITC Rules Unanimously That U.S. Aluminum Foil Producers Harmed By Chinese Imports
In a unanimous ruling last Thursday, the U.S. International Trade Commission formally ruled that U.S. aluminum foil producers were harmed by unfairly priced and subsidized imports from China. The decision allows the U.S. Commerce Department to impose anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties ranging from nearly 17 percent to more than 106 percent on aluminum foil imported into the United States.
The United States imported $389 million in aluminum foil from China in 2016, or about 70 percent of the total foil imported into the country.
As a reminder, in a statement last March at the outset of the Commerce Department’s investigation, Metals Service Center Institute President and CEO Bob Weidner said, “This petition sets an important precedent for attaining the goal of fair and free trade for the entire industrial metals supply chain. As the Aluminum Association has argued, this case is a vital step in addressing Chinese overcapacity. In testimony last fall before the U.S. International Trade Commission, MSCI called for tougher government action to halt unfair and illegal trade practices by China, including currency manipulation, that have harmed the U.S. aluminum industry.”