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USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Aluminum Foil from China

April 21, 2017
News Release 17-056
Inv. No. 701-TA-570 and 731-TA-1346 (Preliminary)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Votes to Continue Investigations on Aluminum Foil from China

The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) today determined that there is a reasonable indication that a U.S. industry is materially injured by reason of imports of aluminum foil from China are allegedly subsidized and sold in the United States at less than fair value.

Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Vice Chairman David S. Johanson, and Commissioners Irving A. Williamson, Meredith M. Broadbent, and F. Scott Kieff voted in the affirmative. 

As a result of the Commission’s affirmative determinations, the U.S. Department of Commerce will continue to conduct its antidumping and countervailing duty investigations on imports of this product from China, with its preliminary countervailing duty determination due on or about June 2, 2017, and its preliminary antidumping duty determination due on or about August 16, 2017.

The Commission’s public report Aluminum Foil from China, Inv. Nos. 701-TA-570 and 731-TA-1346 (Preliminary), USITC Publication 4684, May 2017) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the investigations.

The report will be available after May 22, 2017.  After that date, it may be accessed on the USITC website at:

Washington, DC 20436


Aluminum Foil from China
Investigation Nos. 701-TA-570 and 731-TA-1346 (Preliminary)

Product Description: Aluminum foil is a thin wrought aluminum product that is produced via a rolling process. It has a thickness of 0.2 mm or less, in reels exceeding 25 pounds, regardless of width. It is made from an aluminum alloy that contains more than 92 percent aluminum. Aluminum foil in this instance specifically excludes product that is backed with paper, paperboard, plastics, or similar backing materials on only one side of the aluminum foil, as well as etched capacitor foil and aluminum foil that is cut to shape. Aluminum foil is used in food and pharmaceutical packaging and in industrial applications such as thermal insulation, cables, and electronics.  

Status of Proceedings:
1.  Type of investigations:  Preliminary antidumping and countervailing duty.
2.  Petitioners: The Aluminum Association Trade Enforcement Working Group, Arlington, VA on behalf of: JW Aluminum Company, Goose Creek, SC; Novelis North America, Atlanta, GA; and Reynolds Consumer Products, Lake Forest, IL.
3.  Preliminary investigations instituted by the USITC: March 9, 2017.
4.  Commission’s conference: March 30, 2017.
5.  USITC vote: April 21, 2017.
6.  USITC determinations to the U.S. Department of Commerce: April 24, 2017.
7.  USITC views to the U.S. Department of Commerce: May 1, 2017.

U.S. Industry:
1.  Number of producers in 2016: 5.
2.  Location of producers’ plants: Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia.
3.  Employment of production and related workers in 2016: 1,693.
4.  Apparent U.S. consumption in 2016: 662,391 short tons.
5.  Ratio of the value of total U.S. imports to total U.S. consumption in 2016: 36.6.

U.S. Imports:
1.  From the subject country during 2016: $431.5 million.   
2.  From other countries during 2016: $226.5 million.
3.  Leading sources during 2016: China, Germany, Russia, and Armenia (in terms of total quantity). 

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