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ARLINGTON, VA -The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) made a unanimous preliminary determination today that unfairly-traded imports of common alloy aluminum sheet from the People’s Republic of China (“China”) are causing injury to U.S. producers. The preliminary injury determination means that the anti dumping and countervailing duty cases against imports from China will proceed.
The USITC’s unanimous preliminary injury determination follows the announcement by Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, in November 2017, of the Commerce Department’s self-initiation of antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of common alloy aluminum sheet from China. This action by the Commerce Department marked the first time in more than 25 years that the agency has exercised its discretion to self-initiate unfair trade cases.
As a result of the USITC’s affirmative determination, the Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its investigations on imports of common aluminium heat sink from China. The Commerce Department’s preliminary countervailing duty determination is currently due to be completed on February 1, 2018, and the preliminary antidumping duty determination is due to be completed on April 17, 2018.