US announces duties on aluminum imports from China



The United States announced on Thursday that it would issue anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on aluminum foil imports from China.

The decision was unveiled in a statement by US International Trade Commission (USITC), which said imports of aluminum foil from China are subsidized and sold in the US at less than fair value.

China has not issued official reaction to the decision by press time but when US Department of Commerce announced its final affirmative determinations in the anti-dumping duty and countervailing duty investigations of imports of aluminum on February 29, Wang Hejun, an official from China’s Ministry of Commerce, responded that the US investigation and decision are against WTO rules.

US enterprises stopped producing the less profitable aluminum foil about 20 years ago and turned to other aluminum products with more profits, Wang said, noting the decreasing production and market share of US-made aluminum foil is a result of US companies’ choice.