Chinese extruders said skirting US import duties
Apr 28, 2014 | 03:24 PM
| Nathan Laliberte
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 Departments 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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