US finds China aluminum sheet metal imports hurt American producers

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WASHINGTON (Jan 12): The US International Trade Commission on Friday said in an initial finding that imports of aluminum alloy sheet metal from China harm US producers, allowing a US probe into whether the product was being dumped or subsidized to move forward.

Employing a seldom-used tactic aimed at speeding up the imposition of duties, the US Commerce Department in November "self-initiated" anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations of the imports, which are typically used in construction and in transportation and electrical equipment.

It estimated it would impose anti-dumping duties of about 56.54 percent to 59.72 percent in the case.

About US$603.6 million worth of the flat-rolled metal was imported from China in 2016.