EC to Impose AD Duties on Flat Rolled Aluminium Imports from China
The European aluminium industry has applauded the European Commission for its intention to impose provisional anti dumping duties on certain flat rolled aluminium products originating in China. The duty rates vary from 19.6 to 47.3% and result from an anti-dumping investigation opened on the 14th of August 2020, following a complaint from European Aluminium. European Aluminium Director General Mr Gerd Gotz said "Dumped imports from China are driving European aluminium producers out of business and discourage them from investing in innovations that can boost decarbonisation and recycling. We are grateful the Commission is taking the necessary steps to protect our industry against unfair competition.”
Flat rolled aluminium imports from China in the EU included in the investigation's scope increased from 171 kilotonnes in 2016 to approximately 330 kilotonnes last year. In 2020, the market share of these imports from China reached more than 12% and doubled compared to 5 years ago.
The provisional duties on certain aluminium flat rolled products are expected to be imposed by the 15th of April. In the meantime, the European Commission's investigation will continue and is expected to be finalised in October 2021. At that point, the duties will likely be confirmed as definitive. If the definitive duties are confirmed, they will typically be in place for five years. Last October, the EU already imposed preliminary duties between 21,2% and 32,1% on aluminium extrusions originating in China.
Semi-fabricated aluminium products from China are also subject to anti-dumping duties in other major markets like the US, Canada, India, South Korea, Australia and Vietnam.
The products subject to the provisional duties are aluminium products, flat rolled, whether or not alloyed, whether or not further worked than flat rolled, not backed, without internal layers of other material
In coils or in coiled strips, in cut-to-length sheets, or in the form of circles; of a thickness of 0,2 mm or more but not more than 6 mm;
In plates, of a thickness of more than 6 mm;
IIn coils or coiled strips of a thickness of not less than 0.03 mm but less than 0.2 mm.
Excluded are beverage canstock, bodypanels for the car industry and aluminium used in the manufacture of aircraft parts.
The main applications of the products concerned are the building and construction sector, foil sector, technical applications, transport sector and consumer durables