Automotive parts supplier Valeo Group has won a push to narrow
the scope of anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on
aluminum extrusions from China.
The U.S. Commerce
Department has determined that components for automotive
heating and cooling systems imported by Valeo Inc., Valeo
Engine Cooling Inc. and Valeo Climate Control Corp. are
subassemblies that are finished goods and therefore not covered
by the duty orders, according to a July 10 notice signed by
Paul Piquado, assistant secretary of the Commerce
Departments International Trade Administration.
Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection
that the cash deposit rate will be zero for Valeos
automotive heating and cooling systems components, the notice
The ruling caps a long
fight by Valeo to narrow the scope of duties on aluminum
extrusions from China.
In 2012, Commerce
declined a petition by Valeo asking that two types of
automotive heating and cooling components be considered outside
the scope of existing duty orders on aluminum extrusions from
China. Valeo appealed to the U.S. Court of International Trade
(CIT), and in February this year Commerce asked the CIT to
remand the case to the department, and after re-examining the
issue decided that components for Valeos automotive
heating and cooling systems were finished goods and excluded
from the scope of the duties.
Domestic extruders won
a trade petition against aluminum extrusions imported from
China. The duty orders covered a wide breadth that have
protected the domestic industry but also invited challenges (
amm.com, March 18).
extruders and the United Steelworkers union in 2010 filed
anti-dumping and countervailing duty petitions with the U.S.
Commerce Department and the International Trade Commission
(ITC), asking for relief against what it called unfairly traded
imports from China (
amm.com, March 31, 2010). The ITC in 2011
determined that dumped and subsidized imports from China were
hurting the domestic industry (
amm.com, April 28, 2011), and duties were
implemented soon after. But the scope of those duties was
challenged by Valeo (
amm.com, Nov. 28, 2012).