US launches anti-dumping probe into aluminum imported from Vietnam

By Thi Ha   November 6, 2023 | 06:41 pm PT
US launches anti-dumping probe into aluminum imported from Vietnam
Aluminum alloy products at a factory in Vietnam. Photo by Long Van
The U.S. Department of Commerce has initiated an anti-dumping investigation into aluminum extrusions imported from 15 countries and territories, including Vietnam.

The U.S. Aluminum Extruders Coalition and the U.S. Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union on Oct. 4 filed petitions with the DOC, seeking antidumping duties on imports of aluminum extrusions, the Trade Remedies Authority of Vietnam said.

The petitioners said last year Vietnam accounted for 7.6% of the total imports from the 15 countries and territories and was the fourth biggest exporter to the U.S. after Mexico, Colombia and China.

Fourteen Vietnamese companies have been accused of dumping. Their alleged dumping margin was 41.84%, lower than those of those three countries.

The U.S. considers Vietnam a country with a non-market economy and so will use alternative values from a third country to calculate its dumping margin.

In this case, the petitioners have proposed the use of Indonesia as the third country since it has a similar level of economic development as Vietnam and a significant number of manufacturers of aluminum extrusions and aluminum products.

The Trade Remedies Authority of Vietnam has called on aluminum extrusion producers and exporters to pay attention to the case, and urged the accused companies to fully cooperate with the DOC in the investigation.

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