US aluminum extrusion makers seek duties on China

WASHINGTON, April 8 (BestGrowthStock) – U.S. manufacturers of an
aluminum product used by the automobile and construction
industries have asked President Barack Obama’s administration
to slap duties on competing imports from China, industry and
government officials said on Thursday.

The U.S. Commerce Department will decide by April 21
whether to accept a petition charging that Chinese “aluminum
extrusion” producers receive government subsidies and sell
their goods in the United States at below-market prices, a
department official said.

That would lead to two separate Commerce Department
investigations over the next 12 to 14 months into whether to
impose significant anti-dumping and countervailing duties on
the Chinese goods.

The industry petition contends one way China subsidizes its
domestic producers is by undervaluing its currency and it asks
for countervailing duties to offset that.

The U.S. government does not currently impose duties to
offset currency manipulation, but is mulling that possibility
in another case involving coated paper imports from China.

Aluminum extrusions are made by squeezing heated aluminum
compound through a die with a profile of the desired shape,
according to an industry website.

Construction and automobile industries are two of the
biggest consumers of extruded aluminum and uses include doors
and window frames, structural framing systems, roofing and
exterior cladding.

While some of the shapes are complex and not easily mass
produced, others are more simpler and “susceptible to a lot of
price competition,” said Rand Baldwin, president of the
Aluminum Extruders Council in Wauconda, Illinois.

Both Canada and Australia have moved to curb imports of
aluminum extrusions from China.

U.S. producers of glyphosate, a herbicide used to kills
weeds, also have filed a petition asking for anti-dumping
duties on imports from China, according to the U.S.
International Trade Commission.

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(Reporting by Doug Palmer; editing by Mohammad Zargham)

US aluminum extrusion makers seek duties on China