Dept. of Commerce Issues Preliminary Determination on Imported Aluminum Products and Circumvention
November 15, 2016
The Dept. of Commerce determined preliminarily that extruded aluminum products meeting the chemical specifications for 5050 grade alloy aluminum, a rolling alloy not used for extrusions, circumvent the antidumping and countervailing orders for Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
The department found that 5050 grade alloy was heat-treated to produce similar performance characteristics as covered by 6XXX series extruded aluminum products. The department concluded that regardless of producer, exporter or importer, this practice constitutes later-developed merchandise and resulted in widespread circumvention.
The department will issue a final determination no later than Jan. 9, 2017, and will consider whether to apply its determination on a country-wide basis to all Chinese producers and exporters, including Zhongwang.
“As the largest manufacturer of domestically produced sills and thresholds, which are specifically cited in the AD and CVD orders, we welcome this news,” says Bruce Procton, president, Endura Products, in response to the announcement. “The department’s determination is an important step in leveling the playing field and supporting domestic manufacturing.”