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Testing - 1,2,3....Is this thing on?  The Aluminum Extruders Council is proud to announce the launching of our first blog!

This Shaping Solutions Together blog will feature timely, relevant information written by guest authors who are respected leaders in the industry, as well as staff.   Topics will range from Fair Trade Initiative updates to technical information and everything in between. 

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Chinese Extrusion Transshipments through Vietnam

In recent months there have been a growing number of reports about aluminum extrusions being imported into the United States from Vietnam.  This recent spike comes at a time when the AEC is watching such reports and import data very carefully.  Given the current policies of the Government of China to export their way out of their self-created overcapacity problems, the AEC is becoming more concerned about the prospect of transshipments from Chinese extruders through Vietnam.

AEC members are asked to contact Jeff Henderson with any reports gathered from the field regarding Vietnamese extrusions coming into the U.S.  All reports will be treated in strict confidence.  It must be determined whether or not there is a pattern in what is being imported.  This pattern could appear in end use markets being targeted, names of the companies exporting product from Vietnam, types of extrusions and finishing, etc.

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