U.S. launches anti-circumvention voluntary investigation into aluminum foil
On July 18, 2022, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that it will launch an anti-circumvention independent investigation on aluminum foil imported from China, and examine whether aluminum foil materials (aluminum foil and aluminum foil gauge products) originating in China have passed through South Korea and Thailand. Assembled or processed into finished products for re-export to the United States to avoid current anti-dumping and countervailing duties.
The products involved are aluminum foil rolls with an aluminum foil thickness of less than or equal to 0.2 mm and greater than 25 pounds, excluding aluminum foil supported on one or both sides of aluminum foil with paper, cardboard, plastic,s or similar backing materials, as well as etched capacitor aluminum foil and cut-to-shape of aluminum foil. This case involves products under U.S. Harmonized Tariff Nos. 7607.11.3000, 7607.11.6000, 7607.11.9030, 7607.11.9060, 7607.11.9090 and 7607.19.6000, as well as products under U.S. tariff numbers 7606.11.3060, 7606.11.6000, 7606.12.3045, 7606.12.3 Some products under .3055, 7606.12.3090, 7606.12.6000, 7606.91.3090, 7606.91.6080, 7606.92.3090 and 7606.92.6080.
On March 28, 2017, in response to an application submitted by the Aluminum Association Trade Enforcement Working Group on March 9, 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce initiated an anti-dumping and countervailing investigation on aluminum foil imported from China. On February 27, 2018, the U.S. Department of Commerce made a final affirmative antidumping and anti-subsidy ruling on Chinese aluminum foil. On March 15, 2018, the US International Trade Commission (USITC) voted to make an affirmative final ruling on anti-dumping and anti-subsidy industry damages on aluminum foil imported from China. On April 19, 2018, the United States officially imposed anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Chinese aluminum foil.