Skip to main content

ITC Sunset Hearing, Like Product Challenges, Century’s WTO Case and More

Last month the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) testified before the International Trade Commission (ITC) in its request to have our trade orders against the Chinese aluminum extrusion industry renewed for another five years.  Those that testified included Brook Hamilton, Bonnell Aluminum Extrusion Company, Sue Johnson, Futura Industries, Jason Weber, Sapa Extrusions, Rick Merluzzi, Metal Exchange/Pennex, Bennett McEvoy, Western Extrusions, Jeff Henderson, AEC, and Alan Price and Robert DeFrancesco from Wiley Rein.  We expect to hear the ITC’s decision next month.

The hearing went very well.  We remain confident that the ITC will renew our orders.  However, there were ‘like product’ challenges to our case that required defense.  Like product challenges are similar to scope requests.  In essence the argument is whether a certain product, or family of products, should be excluded from the orders because they are so different from aluminum extrusions.  Three products were challenged: heat exchanges, mechanical fittings, and appliance handles.  We will have to wait to see how the ITC deals with these cases.  Their decision will be a part of the overall decision to either continue or discontinue our orders.

The other big news in our industry was the announcement by the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) office to take Century Aluminum’s case against China’s overproduction of aluminum to the World Trade Organization (WTO).  The AEC had lent its support of this case since last summer.  Our membership expressed deep concern about the prospect of China overtaking the world production of aluminum and what that would mean to our future.  We have rallied behind this effort as the clearest path available to address this growing concern.

Last month I briefly wrote about the increasing reports of cheap Vietnamese extrusions.  You may have read that Australian extruders recently filed a trade protection case with their government against Vietnam and Malaysia.  It is clear that this is a mounting threat, and one we intend to get in front of as quickly as possible.  Many believe these extrusions are simply transshipments from China.  While the jury is still out on that, it is clear that billions of pounds of extrusions are being shipped from Mexico, the U.S., and even Malaysia to a growing stockpile in Vietnam.  The estimated volumes suggest the inventory of extruded aluminum in Vietnam from these shipments is more than four billion pounds.  Obviously, these shipments are not heading to Vietnam due to an unprecedented growth in the demand of extrusions in Vietnam.  Please contact me with any information you may have regarding Vietnamese exports to the U.S.

The curtain wall coalition received some good news last month when the Department of Commerce, once again, issued a decision that stated unequivocally that curtain wall extrusions and unitized curtain wall are clearly in the scope of the orders.  This latest decision will put pressure on the Chinese to either appeal this (again), or walk away.  Should they appeal, we are confident that they will lose in court for the fourth time.  For more information regarding the curtain wall case visit their site:

In summary, it appears we have excellent momentum with our case going into 2017.  However, we remain vigilant on the growing threat from Vietnam.  So, I invite AEC members to join us next month at our Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference.  It will be an excellent opportunity for us to gather and discuss these issues.


Popular posts from this blog

Several Key Issues in Play

As we head into December there are several key issues in play.

Sunset Review Wiley Rein has gathered information from the industry and is quickly converting that into a filing for our case.  They have told me that we had a good representation of the industry in the data collected.

Remaining Timeline January 10, 2017Prehearing Report Issued
January 18, 2017 Prehearing Briefs
January 19, 2017 Request to appear at Hearing
January 25, 2017 Prehearing Conference
January 26, 2017 Hearing
February 6, 2017 Post-Hearing Briefs
February 23, 2017 Report to the Commission (APO Release)
March 1, 2017         APO Release
March 3, 2017         Final Comments
March 10, 2017         Commission Vote
March 27, 2017         Determination Expected

Administrative Review We received the DOC’s final determination in this year’s Administrative Review.  As expected, Commerce found that Chinese producers dumped aluminum extrusions in the U.S. market during the period of review (May 2014-April 2015) in margins r…

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.

So, please let Jeff know what you are seeing in the field.  He can be reached at 847.…

Special Report: Details Behind the China Zhongwang Case Filing

As noted in our post from October 23, the Aluminum Extruders Council filed a Circumvention and Scope Clarification case against China Zhongwang (ZW).  Mounting evidence from private investigators, testimony from former employees, data from online import and export databases, and anecdotal evidence from a variety of reporters and other sources made it quite clear that ZW has consistently and systematically been exporting aluminum extrusions that are simply welded together into what are essentially aluminum slabs.  While they claim these so-called ‘deep-processed’ extrusions are aluminum pallets, there is no evidence that ZW or any of its U.S. based operations market such a product.  It is simply incomprehensible that a company would export hundreds of millions of pounds of these extrusions into the U.S. without even marketing them.

The feedback we’ve received so far indicate that ZW intends to do with these extrusions what they have done in Mexico and Vietnam with similar schemes: sen…