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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Applauds ITC Self-Initiation Final Determination

U.S. Department of Commerce Will Issue Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Orders

Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross made the following statement on the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) recent unanimous decision for its final affirmative injury determinations in the antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations involving Chinese imports of common alloy aluminum sheet:

“The Department of Commerce will not stand idly by while products are illicitly forced upon U.S. markets,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “I applaud the International Trade Commission for this determination in holding bad actors accountable for their actions on the international stage.”

This follows the November 7, 2018, announcement by Secretary Ross of the affirmative final determinations in the first antidumping duty and countervailing duty trade cases the Federal government has initiated since 1985. These investigations, concerning Chinese imports of common alloy aluminum sheet, were initiated by the Enforcement and Compliance division of the Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration under the authority granted to the Secretary in the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended.

The Commerce Department determined that exporters from China have sold common alloy aluminum sheet in the United States ranging from 49.85 to 59.72 percent less than fair value, while also finding that China is providing countervailable subsidies to its producers of common alloy aluminum sheet at final rates ranging from 46.48 to 116.49 percent.

As a result of the ITC’s affirmative decision, the Department of Commerce will issue antidumping duty and countervailing duty orders.