Aluminum Foil from China Injures U.S. Industry, Says USITC

March 15, 2018
News Release 18-033
Inv. No. 701-TA-570 and 731-TA-1346 (Final)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Aluminum Foil from China Injures U.S. Industry, Says USITC

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of aluminum foil from China that the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined are 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 USITC’s affirmative determinations, Commerce will issue antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of this product from China.

The Commission’s public report Aluminum Foil from China, Inv. Nos. 701-TA-570 and 731-TA-1346 (Final), USITC Publication 4771, April 2018) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by April 30, 2018; when available, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp.


UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 20436

FACTUAL HIGHLIGHTS

Aluminum Foil from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-570 and 731-TA-1346 (Final)

Product Description:  Aluminum foil is a thin wrought aluminum product that is produced via a rolling process. It has a thickness of 0.2 mm or less, is in reels exceeding 25 pounds, regardless of width. It is made from an aluminum alloy that contains more than 92 percent aluminum. Aluminum foil in this instance specifically excludes product that is backed with paper, paperboard, plastics, or similar backing materials on one or both sides of the aluminum foil, as well as etched capacitor foil and aluminum foil that is cut to shape. Aluminum foil is used in food and pharmaceutical packaging and in industrial applications such as thermal insulation, cables, and electronics.  

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Final phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  The Aluminum Association Trade Enforcement Working Group, Arlington, VA.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Thursday, March 9, 2017.
4.   USITC Hearing Date:  Thursday, February 8, 2018.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Thursday, March 15, 2018.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Monday, April 9, 2018.

U.S. Industry in 2016:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  6.
2.   Location of producers’ plants:  Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
3.   Production and related workers:  [1]
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  1
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  1
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  1

U.S. Imports in 2016:

1.   Subject imports:  $431.4 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $226.4 million.
3.   Leading import sources:  China, Germany, Russia, and Armenia (in terms of total quantity).

 

[1] Withheld to avoid disclosure of business proprietary information.

 

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