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Aluminum extruders balk at duty request

Aug 05, 2014 | 07:30 PM |

Tags  Extrusions, 5000 series, Aluminum Extruders Council, AEC, Jeff Henderson, Alan Ho, Trending Imports, ALuminum Extrusions Fair Trade Committee AEFTC

NEW YORK — U.S. aluminum extruders have formally objected to a duty exclusion request on 5050 aluminum extrusion products filed by a California importer of aluminum extrusions.

The Aluminum Extrusions Fair Trade Committee (AEFTC), formed by the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC), has told U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker that 5050 alloy products shipped from China "seem to be nothing more than 6000-series alloy products whose chemistries and chemical properties have been manipulated in a bid to evade the (duty) orders."

According to several extruder sources, the imported 5000-series alloy extrusions—shipped mostly with bright-dip, anodized or painted finishes—are consumed largely by companies selling shower and bath enclosures and for some architectural applications, including aluminum frames, commonly called curtain walls, used in the construction of commercial buildings (, April 28).

The AEFTC filed the comments ahead of an anticipated Commerce Department decision on a request for scope exclusion—a process designed to determine whether tariffs pertain to particular items shipped into the U.S.—submitted in December by Trending Imports LLC, a San Gabriel, Calif.-based aluminum company specializing in the import of 5050 aluminum extrusions from China.

Commerce’s anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Chinese-origin 1000-series, 3000-series and 6000-series aluminum alloy extrusions are 33 percent and 10.6 percent, respectively.

Trending Imports president Alan Ho could not be reached for comment on why he had applied for an exclusion when 5000-series alloy extrusions are not currently subject to anti-dumping and countervailing duties.

U.S. extruders believe that Trending Imports’ scope request effectively "opened the door" for further discussion in Washington.

"This scope request presented an opportunity for the Fair Trade Committee to take a legal stance against the importation of 5000-series alloy into the U.S.," AEC director of operations Jeff Henderson told AMM. "We strongly believe, and have gone on the record saying, that the sole purpose of converting traditional 6000-series to a 5000-series alloy is to circumvent tariffs."

Henderson said that after submitting the comments to Pritzker, the AEC contacted members of Congress in an effort to establish an open dialogue with Commerce. "Yes, we asked for help from our elected officials to contact the Department of Commerce to help us make our case," he said.

The decision on Trending Imports’ scope request could be handed down later this month, Henderson said.

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