Common Alloy Aluminum Sheet from China Injures U.S. Industry, Says USITC

December 7, 2018
News Release 18-143
Inv. No. 701-TA-591 and 731-TA-1431 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
Common Alloy Aluminum Sheet 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 common alloy aluminum sheet 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 David S. Johanson and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Meredith M. Broadbent, Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, and Jason E. Kearns 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 also made negative findings concerning critical circumstances with regard to imports of this product from China.  As a result, imports of common alloy aluminum sheet from China will not be subject to retroactive antidumping or countervailing duties.

The Commission’s public report Common Alloy Aluminum Sheet from China (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-591 and 731-TA-1399 (Final), USITC Publication 4861, December 2018) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available by January 11, 2019; 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

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

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 non-clad and multi-alloy, clad aluminum sheet. Non-clad CAAS 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 is used in building and construction, electrical, infrastructure, marine, and transportation, among other applications. This product description specifically excludes can stock used in the manufacturing of aluminum beverage cans, lids, and tabs for such cans.

Status of Proceedings:

1.   Type of investigation:  Final phase antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations.
2.   Petitioners:  U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, D.C.
3.   USITC Institution Date:  Friday, December 1, 2017.
4.   USITC Hearing Date:  Tuesday, October 30, 2018.
5.   USITC Vote Date:  Friday, December 7, 2018.
6.   USITC Notification to Commerce Date:  Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

U.S. Industry in 2017:

1.   Number of U.S. producers:  10.
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:  5,032.
4.   U.S. producers’ U.S. shipments:  $3.5 billion.
5.   Apparent U.S. consumption:  $6.2 billion.
6.   Ratio of subject imports to apparent U.S. consumption:  15.8 percent.

U.S. Imports in 2017:

1.   Subject imports:  $972.8 million.
2.   Nonsubject imports:  $1.7 billion.
3.   Leading import sources:  China, Canada, Indonesia, Bahrain.

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