January 12, 2018
News Release 18-008
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Common Alloy Aluminum Sheet from China

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of common alloy aluminum sheet from China that are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.  

Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Vice Chairman David S. Johanson, and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson and Meredith M. Broadbent voted in the affirmative. 

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue with its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about February 1, 2018, and its antidumping duty determinations due on or about April 17, 2018.

The Commission’s public report Common Alloy Aluminum Sheet from China (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-591 and 731-TA-1399 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4757, January 2018) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after February 13, 2018; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:  http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.

Washington, DC 20436


Common Alloy Aluminum Sheet from China
Investigation Nos: 701-TA-591 and 731-TA-1399 (Preliminary)

Product Description:  Common alloy aluminum sheet (CAAS) is a thin flat-rolled aluminum product. It has a thickness of 6.3 mm or less, but greater than 0.2 mm, in coils or cut-to-length, regardless of width. CAAS within the scope of these investigations include both not clad and multi-alloy clad aluminum sheet. Not clad aluminum can be produced from a 1XXX, 3XXX, or 5XXX series alloy, while multi-alloy clad CAAS is produced using a 3XXX series alloy core, to which cladding layers are applied to either one or both sides of the core. CAAS in this instance specifically excludes can stock used in the manufacturing of aluminum beverage cans, lids, and tabs for such cans. CAAS is used in applications such as building and construction, electrical, infrastructure, marine, and transportation, among others.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Preliminary phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  Self-initiated by the U.S. Department of Commerce (Washington, D.C.).
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Friday, December 01, 2017.
4.   USITC Conference Date:  Thursday, December 21, 2017.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, January 12, 2018.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

U.S. Industry in 2016:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  9.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
3.   Production and related workers:  5,472.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $2.9 billion.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  $5.0 billion.
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  13.1 percent.

U.S. Imports in 2016:

1.   Subject imports:  $656.9 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $1.5 billion.
3.   Leading import sources:  China, Canada, Bahrain, Germany.

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