The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has launched an investigation to examine the U.S. aluminum industry and global aluminum trade.
The investigation, Aluminum: Competitive Conditions Affecting the U.S. Industry, was requested by the House Committee on Ways and Means in a letter received on February 24, 2016.
The USITC, an independent, nonpartisan, factfinding federal agency, will report on factors of competition in major unwrought and wrought (semi-fabricated) aluminum producing and exporting countries, including the United States. The USITC will examine industry characteristics, recent trade trends and developments, competitive strengths and weakness, factors driving unwrought-production capacity increases, and government policies that affect aluminum production and exports in these countries.
The USITC will also perform a qualitative, and to the extent possible, quantitative assessment of the impact of government policies and programs in the selected foreign countries on aluminum production, exports, consumption, and domestic prices, as well as on the U.S. aluminum industry and global aluminum markets.
The USITC expects to deliver the report to the Committee by June 24, 2017.
The USITC will hold a public hearing in connection with the investigation on September 29, 2016. Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed no later than 5:15 p.m. on September 5, 2016, with the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20436. For further information, call 202-205-2000.
The USITC also welcomes written submissions for the record. Written submissions should be addressed to the Secretary of the Commission at the above address and should be submitted at the earliest practical date, but no later than 5:15 p.m. on February 21, 2017. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be available for public inspection.
Further information on the scope of this investigation and appropriate submissions is available in the USITC's notice of investigation, dated April 6, 2016, which can be obtained from the USITC Internet site (www.usitc.gov) or by contacting the Office of the Secretary at the above address or at 202-205-2000.
USITC general factfinding investigations, such as this one, cover matters related to tariffs or trade and are generally conducted at the request of the U.S. Trade Representative, the House Committee on Ways and Means, or the Senate Committee on Finance. The resulting reports convey the Commission's objective findings and independent analyses on the subjects investigated. The Commission makes no recommendations on policy or other matters in its general factfinding reports. Upon completion of each investigation, the USITC submits its findings and analyses to the requester. General factfinding investigation reports are subsequently released to the public unless they are classified by the requester for national security reasons.