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The US Department Of Commerce Launched The Active Exports To Alcoa Survey For The First Time In 26 Years
Nov 29, 2017

The US Department of Commerce launched the "active" exports to Alcoa survey for the first time in 26 years

The US Department of Commerce announced in November 28th that, after more than 25 years, it launched the first "active anti-dumping" and "countervailing" investigation on us products. This is for about $600 million worth of Chinese transmission products, and prior to the investigation of other aluminum products.

The website of the US Commerce Department announced that it would "initiate or spontaneously" (self-initiated) launch a "double reverse" survey on China's common alloy aluminum sheet. The common alloy aluminum coil mainly refers to the flat thickness (flat-rolled) aluminum product between 0.2 mm to 6.3 mm thick, mainly used for building materials, traffic engineering, basic electronic components, electrical appliances, etc. In 2016, the total value of China's exports to the United States was about $603 million 600 thousand.

According to the revised U.S. Tariff Act 1930, the US Secretary of Commerce has the right to decide whether or not to sell products that may be dumped or subsidized without the application of the US company or Industry Association (petition). In contrast, the Department of Commerce usually decides whether to launch an investigation only after accepting a complaint from the industry.

This is the first "initiative" investigation launched by the US Department of Commerce in 1991 against the Canadian dollar, which launched a countervailing investigation of soft wood exports to Canada, and launched an anti-dumping investigation in Japan in 1985. All of the two were before the formal establishment of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995.

Ross, the US Commerce Secretary, said in a statement, "President Trump has demonstrated from the first day that unfair trade practices will not be tolerated. Our action today is to further fulfill this commitment," Wilbur Ross said. We have initiated the first initiative for more than 1/4 centuries, and once again demonstrated our firm commitment to free, fair and reciprocal trade. "

The US Department of Commerce has said that it has mastered the related products to benefit from subsidies, and sold in the US at a lower level than the US market price. There is also evidence that China's US alloy aluminum rolls "damage or threaten damage" to the US businesses.

Next, the Ministry of Commerce launched a preliminary investigation; at the same time, the International Trade Commission (ITC) independent investigation, determine the relevant exports to the U.S. threat to the United States whether the industry to bring the damage or damage, is expected to make a preliminary ruling in January 16th next year. If the Ministry of Commerce preliminary determination of dumping and subsidies, it will require the United States Bureau of customs and border protection to the importer to charge a deposit, the future when the two departments are to make a final ruling, deciding whether to impose a dual tariff.

In April 11, 2017, American enterprises in Waterloo Industrial Company (Waterloo Industries Inc) apply to the U.S. Department of Commerce and ITC, request for self Chinese import toolbox and tool cabinet product launch "double reverse" survey. China dollar related products exported to the United States in 2016 about 230 million, ITC is expected to make a final ruling in January 8th next year.

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