October 12, 2020

United States Issues Preliminary Antidumping Duty Determinations On Common Alloy Aluminum Sheet From 18 Countries

In an early morning television appearance on October 9, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that his department has issued affirmative preliminary determinations on $1.96 billion in aluminum sheet goods dumped into the United States, a move that he said is the broadest trade enforcement action taken by the agency in more than two decades.

The decision is the result of an investigation launched in March 2020 into whether the 18 countries were dumping aluminum sheet in the U.S. market, and whether four were unfairly subsidizing their exports.

As a result of these decisions, the Commerce Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from importers of common alloy aluminum sheet based on the preliminary rates noted in the judgement. Anti-dumping duties will be issued if both the Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) produce affirmative final determinations. The Commerce Department will issue its final determination “on or about February 22, 2021,” while the ITC’s final determination will come “on or about April 5, 2021.”

If Commerce makes a negative final determination or the ITC makes a negative final determination of injury in an investigation, the investigation will be terminated and no order will be issued.

According to USA Today, the impacted countries are: Bahrain, Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Oman, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey. Together these nations exported nearly $2 billion in aluminum to the U.S. in 2019.

Click here to read the announcement from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Click here for the department’s fact sheet.