The U.S. Department of Commerce has reported an extension of the investigation into the alleged illegal subsidization of 1xxx, 3xxx and 5xxx aluminum alloy sheet exports from Bahrain, Brazil, India and Turkey.
According to the Ministry, the preliminary decision in this case has been postponed from 3 June to 7 August for better assessment.
At the same time, a parallel anti-dumping investigation into the import of the same products from 18 countries was held. The International Trade Commission has concluded that the supply of aluminium alloy sheets has caused material damage to United States manufacturers. A preliminary decision on the introduction of anti-dumping duties is to be taken by August 17.
According to Lee McCarter, CEO of the American company JW Aluminum, after the imposition of anti-dumping duties on Chinese sheets in 2018 in the U.S., its supplies from China were reoriented to the market of other countries, forcing local producers, in turn, to increase sales in the U.S. direction.
Actually, there is no direct connection here, but, according to the data of the American Department of Commerce, in 2019 deliveries of aluminium alloy sheets to the USA from 18 countries in aggregate reached 339.5 thousand tons, 41.2 thousand tons more than in 2017. This is more than the decrease in imports of this product from China in the same period.