On October 9, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued preliminary affirmative determinations in anti-dumping trade cases on aluminum sheet imports from 18 nations. This is the first major step in a trade remedy case filed by members of the Aluminum Association that could result in $1.96 billion of tariffs on aluminum sheet imports from those nations. “We look forward to receiving parties’ comments on the preliminary determination that aluminum sheet imports from 18 countries have been dumped…into the U.S. market,” noted Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in the release.
For tariffs to be imposed, Commerce would have to issue an affirmative final determination on or about February 22, 2021 and the six member U.S. International Trade Commission would have to pass its own version of injury determination on April 5 by a 3-3 tie vote or by a majority.
The 18 countries facing potential tariffs on aluminum sheet exports are: Bahrain, Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Germany, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Oman, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey.
Read the Commerce release.