US Department of Commerce finds foil from China benefiting from government subsidies
The US Department of Commerce has announced its preliminary determination that imports of certain aluminium foil from China are benefiting from unfair government subsidies. As a result, the agency will instruct US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to require US importers of aluminium foil from China to deposit estimated countervailing duties at the time of importation. The Commerce Department’s determination follows the filing on 9 March 2017 of antidumping and countervailing duty petitions by the Aluminium Association’s Trade Enforcement Working Group, marking the first time the Aluminium Association has filed unfair trade cases on behalf of its members in its nearly 85-year history. As a result of allegations in the petition, the Commerce Department is investigating 26 different subsidy programs maintained by the Government of China.