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Preliminary Determination in the Antidumping Duty Investigation

on Imports of Certain Aluminum Plate from South Africa

On May 14, the Department of Commerce (the Department) announced its preliminary affirmative determination in the antidumping duty investigation on imports of certain aluminum plate from South Africa.   We have preliminarily found that South African producers/exporters have sold certain aluminum plate in the U.S. market at less than fair value, with a margin of 4.33 percent.  

Next Steps:   The Department will consider comments from interested parties on its preliminary determination and evidence on the record in making its final determination, currently scheduled for July 27.   If the Department makes a final determination that imports were sold below fair value, and the U.S. International Trade Commission makes a final affirmative determination that such imports were materially injuring, or threaten to material injure, the domestic industry, the Department will issue an antidumping order, and instruct the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits for antidumping duties at the specified rate.

Petitioner: The petition requesting this investigation was filed by Alcoa, Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA)

Product Description:   The merchandise covered by this investigation is 6000 series aluminum alloy, flat surface, rolled plate, whether in coils or cut-to-length forms, that is rectangular in cross section with or without rounded corners and with a thickness of more than 6.3 millimeters.   6000 Series Aluminum Rolled Plate is defined by the Aluminum Association, Inc.   Excluded from the scope of this investigation are extruded aluminum products and tread plate.

The merchandise subject to this investigation is currently classifiable under subheading 7606.12.3030 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS).   Although the HTS subheading is provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this investigation is dispositive.       

Preliminary Dumping Margins:



Hulett Aluminum (Pty) Limited


All Others



Case Calendar



Petition Filed

October 16, 2003

Initiation Date

November 5, 2003

ITC Preliminary Determination

December 1, 2003

ITA Preliminary Determination

May 13, 2004

ITA Final Determination*

July 27, 2004

ITC Final Determination**

September 10, 2004

Signature of Order***

September 17, 2004

*This date may be extended under the governing statute.

** This will take place only in the event of a final affirmative determination from the Department of Commerce .

***This will take place only in the event of final affirmative determinations by both the Department and the ITC.

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* Source: Official U.S. Bureau of Census import statistics

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