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October 26, 2020

United States Investigates Imports Of Aluminum Foil From Five Countries

On October 20, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the initiation of new antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations to determine whether aluminum foil from Armenia, Brazil, Oman, Russia, and Turkey is being dumped in the U.S. market, and to determine if producers in Oman and Turkey are being unfairly subsidized.

Imports of aluminum foil in 2019 totaled $21.6 million for Armenia; $68.4 million for Brazil’ $48.1 million for Oman; $59 million for Russia; and $82.9 million for Turkey.

In the AD investigations, the alleged dumping margins are:

  • 65 percent for Armenia;
  • 05 percent for Brazil;
  • 74 percent for Oman;
  • 18 percent for Russia; and
  • 27 percent for Turkey.

Regarding the CVD investigations, in Oman, there are eight alleged subsidy programs, including income tax programs, preferential lending programs, a grant program, and the provision of land and electricity for less than adequate remuneration. In Turkey, there are 25 alleged subsidy programs, including tax programs, investment incentive schemes, lending schemes, the provision of land and natural gas for less than adequate remuneration, grant programs, and research and development incentive programs.

The International Trade Commission (ITC) will make its preliminary determinations on or before November 13, 2020. If the ITC preliminarily determines that there is a reasonable indication of material injury or threat of material injury, then Commerce Department’s investigations will continue, with the preliminary CVD determination scheduled for December 23, 2020 and preliminary AD determinations scheduled for March 8, 2021, unless these deadlines are extended.

Final determinations by Commerce Department in these cases are scheduled for March 8, 2021 for the CVD investigation and May 24, 2021 for the AD investigations, although these deadlines could be extended.

Click here for the department’s announcement and a link to a fact sheet further explaining the investigations.