U.S. Department Of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Antidumping Duty Determination on Aluminum Wire and Cable from China


Thursday, May 30, 2019 

News Media Contact:
Office of Public Affairs, 202-482-4883

U.S. Department Of Commerce Issues Affirmative Preliminary Antidumping Duty Determination on Aluminum Wire and Cable from China

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced the affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping duty (AD) investigation of imports of aluminum wire and cable from China, finding that that exporters from China have dumped aluminum wire and cable in the United States at a margin of 58.51 to 63.47 percent.

As a result of today’s decision, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to collect cash deposits from importers of aluminum wire and cable from China based on the preliminary rates noted above.

In 2017, imports of aluminum wire and cable from China were valued at an estimated $157.2 million.

The petitioners are Encore Wire Corporation (McKinney, TX) and Southwire Company, LLC (Carrollton, GA).

The strict enforcement of U.S. trade law is a primary focus of the Trump Administration. Since the beginning of the current Administration, Commerce has initiated 168 new antidumping and countervailing duty investigations – this is a 223 percent increase from the comparable period in the previous administration.

Antidumping and countervailing duty laws provide American businesses and workers with an internationally accepted mechanism to seek relief from the harmful effects of the unfair pricing of imports into the United States. Commerce currently maintains 482 antidumping and countervailing duty orders which provide relief to American companies and industries impacted by unfair trade.

Commerce is scheduled to announce the final determination on or about October 9, 2019.

If Commerce’s final determination is affirmative, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will be scheduled to make its final injury determination on or about November 22, 2019. If Commerce makes an affirmative final determination of dumping, and the ITC makes an affirmative final injury determination, Commerce will issue an AD order. If Commerce makes a negative final determination of dumping, or the ITC makes a negative final determination of injury, the investigation will be terminated and no orders will be issued.

Click HERE for a fact sheet on today’s decision.

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Enforcement and Compliance unit within the International Trade Administration is responsible for vigorously enforcing U.S. trade law and does so through an impartial, transparent process that abides by international law and is based on factual evidence provided on the record.


ALFED are happy to announce that we have moved offices! Please see the address below;

Suite 9, Alcora Building

Mucklow Hill


West Midlands, B62 8DG

Our new contact number is 0330 236 2800

ALFED attended the FIT Show 2019

ALFED Technical Manager Jan Lukaszewski attended the FIT Show on 21st May along with many ALFED members. Check out the photos….

ASI Newsletter – April 2019

In the April edition of the ASI Newsletter:

  • Understanding ASI’s outcomes and impacts
    ASI Certification is not an end itself – ASI’s vision is to maximise the contribution of aluminium to a sustainable society. This will mean practices and performances in the value chain need to keep improving. How will we know whether ASI is helping to contribute to a better world?
  • LME Responsible Sourcing Consultation
    The London Metal Exchange (LME) last week announced the next phase of development of new responsible sourcing standards for their listed brands, including aluminium. A new round of market-wide consultation by LME, open until 30 June 2019, seeks feedback on their proposed rules for all LME-listed brands. LME will be presenting on its proposals at the ASI AGM Week in Norway in early June.
  • ASI AGM Week – last chance to register
    We have an exciting program lined up – don’t miss out!
  • ASI Certifications update
    One member attained ASI Certification in April and another member expanded their Chain of Custody Certification scope.
  • New educationAl content
    In April, ASI and ASI Civil Society Member Nomogaia hosted a webinar on Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA). Krista West was joined by Nomogaia’s Executive Director Kendyl Salcito to provide an overview of HRIA and how it is applied within criterion 2.5 of the ASI Performance Standard.
  • Membership update
    ASI welcomed two new Production & Transformation members and one General Supporter in April.


 Read the April ASI Newsletter

ETQG 2019 2020 Suspensions round 1 January 2020 list of items

The EU duty suspension regime exists to help EU manufacturers import components duty-free, provided they are not manufactured in the EU. This is to help UK/EU manufacturing better compete with finished products from cheap sources overseas. These duty suspension requests are made in twice-yearly “rounds” by the EU.

For this new round, there are three requests for aluminium products where the EU manufacturer has been unable to find an EU manufacturer of the component product and wishes to import it duty-free. The UK, like all other member states has been asked to confirm whether the products are available from EU manufacturers.

The three products are:

0401 7604 21 00 1720548/2019 Hollow profiles of aluminium alloys with a thickness of 0,5 mm or more, but not more than 0,7 mm and finish anodized of 10MY, for use in the manufacture of board frames of whiteboards, cork boards, easel boards, education boards and display cases (1) New PT






UK production ?
0402 7608 20 81 1699901/2019 Seamless aluminium alloyed extruded tubes with:

–    an outer diameter of 320 mm or more but not more than 400 mm, and

–    a wall thickness of 8 mm or more but not more than 10 mm

for use in the manufacture of high pressure vessels (1)

New PL Applicant UK production ?
0403 7608 20 89 1699974/2019 Seamless aluminium alloyed tubes after/with flow forming process with:

–    an outer diameter of 378 mm or more but not more than 385 mm, and

–    a wall thickness of 4 mm or more but not more than 7 mm

for use in the manufacture of high pressure vessels (1)

New PL Applicant UK production ?

If you are able to manufacture any of these products and wish to raise an opposition to this request, please can you email Grant Mosedlae, DIT Import Licensing at grant.mosedale@trade.gov.uk to discuss making an official opposition request.

Thank you.




Metal Theft Alert

A truck load of aluminium ingots was stolen from a haulier’s yard in Bilston at 1.00 am on Saturday 11 May. The ingots were produced at Hillside in South Africa, and we believe are clearly marked as such.

The Police have been notified.

We are advising all our members, especially members with foundries, as we obviously want to make metal theft as difficult as possible in our industry.

Thank you.

March 2019 Energy report

With the end of this month comes some legislative changes.
April 1st introduces the new Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) initiative. The main objective of
this change is to incentivise the reduction in carbon emissions by promoting energy efficiency. By increasing your energy efficiency, you ultimately reap the benefits.

ASI Media release – Hydro operations to be certified to the ASI Performance Standard

Aluminium Stewardship Initiative certifies additional Hydro Aluminium Extruded Solutions operations against ASI Performance Standard

Hydro Aluminium Extruded Solutions operations for extrusion and profiles at the sites in Bellenberg (Germany) and fabrication of aluminium Lichtervelde (Belgium) have become the next of Hydro’s operations to be certified to the ASI Performance Standard. In total, Hydro now has certified 9 operations across four countries, including Hydro corporate office and a joint-venture – Alunorf – with Novelis.

Read the article here