Chinese extruders said skirting US import duties

Apr 28, 2014 | 03:24 PM | Nathan Laliberte

Tags  aluminum extrusions, 5000-series alloy, 6000-series alloy, 2000-series alloy, anti-dumping, countervailing, China, Jeff Henderson Aluminum Extruders Council

NEW YORK — U.S. aluminum extruders are increasingly concerned over what some are calling a deliberate tactic by Chinese aluminum extruders to sidestep import duties, sources told AMM.

The tactic involves large shipments of 5000-series aluminum alloy extrusions, which were omitted from the U.S. Commerce Department’s anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders issued in mid-2011. The orders placed duties on 1000-series, 3000-series and 6000-series aluminum alloy extrusions.

"5000-series was not covered by the original scope because nobody in their right mind would consider extruding 5000-series alloys for traditional 6000-series alloy applications," Jeff Henderson, director of operations at the Wauconda, Ill.-based Aluminum Extruders Council, told AMM. "The only time it has been used as a substitution has been after the order by the Commerce Department went into effect. Clearly, the only motivation a Chinese extruder would have to use 5000-series alloy would be to avoid duties."....

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