U.S. Department of Commerce Preliminarily Finds Countervailable Subsidization on Imports of Common Alloy Aluminum Sheet from Bahrain, Brazil, India, and Turkey
For Immediate Release
August 10, 2020
Contact: ITA Office of Public Affairs
WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the affirmative preliminary determinations in the countervailing duty (CVD) investigations of imports of common alloy aluminum sheet (CAAS) from Bahrain, Brazil, India, and Turkey – finding that exporters received countervailable subsidies rates of 9.49 percent, 0.76 percent (de minimis) to 1.32 percent, 4.55 percent to 34.84 percent, and 0.07 percent (de minimis) to 3.15 percent, respectively.
The Department of Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from importers of CAAS from Bahrain, Brazil, India, and Turkey based on these preliminary rates.
In 2019, imports of CAAS from Bahrain, Brazil, India, and Turkey were valued at approximately $240.4 million, $97.8 million, $123.4 million, and $123.2 million, respectively.
The petitioners are the Aluminum Association of Common Alloy Aluminum Sheet Trade Enforcement Working Group and its individual members, Aleris Rolled Products, Inc. (Beachwood, Ohio); Arconic, Inc. (Bettendorf, Iowa); Constellium Rolled Products Ravenswood, LLC (Ravenswood, W.Va.); JW Aluminum Company (Daniel Island, S.C.); Novelis Corporation (Atlanta); and Texarkana Aluminum, Inc. (Texarkana, Texas).
Commerce is currently scheduled to announce its final CVD determinations on or about December 22. However, this deadline may be extended.
If Commerce makes affirmative final determinations, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will be scheduled to make its final injury determinations on or about February 4, 2021. If Commerce and the ITC makes affirmative final determinations, Commerce will impose CVD orders. If Commerce or the ITC makes negative final determinations, the investigations will be terminated, and no orders will be imposed.
The strict enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Trump administration. Since the beginning of the current administration, Commerce has initiated 281 new antidumping (AD) and CVD investigations – this is a 260 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.
The CVD law provides American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of unfair subsidization of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 531 AD and CVD orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.
Foreign companies that receive financial assistance from foreign governments that benefits the production of goods from those companies and is limited to specific enterprises or industries, or is contingent either upon export performance or upon the use of domestic goods over imported goods, are subject to countervailing duties.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance unit within the International Trade Administration is responsible for vigorously enforcing U.S. trade laws and does so through an impartial, transparent process that is consistent with international rules and is based on factual evidence provided on the record.