US aluminum makers asked the government to impose new trade protections against Chinese imports on Tuesday, accusing companies including China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd of evading US anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties by shipping products through Vietnam, Reuters reports.
The Aluminum Extruders Council said in its filing with the US Commerce Department that aluminum extrusions from Zhongwang affiliate Global Vietnam Aluminum Co should be subject to the same import duties as Chinese extrusions. There are currently duties of 106% imposed on those extrusions, according to the Commerce Department.
The petition follows a number of US actions to raise barriers to Chinese aluminum, including Commerce Department preliminary duties on Chinese aluminum foil and a rare US government-initiated investigation into imports of Chinese aluminum alloy sheet products.
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