US finds China dumped aluminum foil on US market, imposes duties

An employee looks at an aluminium foil roll being lifted at a plant in Binzhou, Shandong province, China.
An employee looks at an aluminium foil roll being lifted at a plant in Binzhou, Shandong province, China.PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US Commerce Department said on Friday (Oct 27) it made a preliminary finding that China dumped aluminum foil on the US market and imposed duties ranging from 97 per cent to 162 per cent.

In 2016, US aluminum foil imports from China were valued at US$389 million (S$530 million), it said in a statement.

The department said it will issue its final determination on Feb 23, 2018.

The decision was a victory for US aluminum foil makers who filed a complaint with the department accusing Chinese producers of dumping foil into the US market.

In August, the department placed preliminary anti-subsidy duties of about 17 per cent to 81 per cent on China's aluminum foil imports.

The Commerce Department was scheduled to issue its preliminary anti-dumping decision on Oct 5, but delayed it "to fully analyse information pertaining to China's status as a non-market economy (NME) country," the department said at the time.

President Donald Trump's administration has made enforcement of trade laws a top priority. From Jan 20, the day Trump took office, through Oct 25, the Commerce Department said it initiated 77 anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, up 61 per cent from the previous year.