New measures to curb dumping of Chinese aluminum extrusions will come into force | Daily News Byte

New measures to curb dumping of Chinese aluminum extrusions will come into force

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The government has today [16 December 2022] Agreed with the Trade Remedies Authority’s recommendation that new anti-dumping duties be imposed on imports of aluminum extrusions from China into the UK.

A TRA investigation launched at the request of producers of aluminum extrusions in the UK has found that imports are being dumped in the UK at unfair prices and causing damage to domestic producers. The investigation identified seven UK manufacturers of aluminum extrusions, four of which had a combined annual turnover of £155 million and employed more than 1000 people.

The TRA’s interim report, a statement of essential facts published in May, invites comments from interested parties. The TRA considered these comments and submitted a final recommendation to the Secretary of State for International Trade who agreed that new trade remedy measures in the form of tariffs at the border should be applied to these imports. The tariff will come into effect from 17 December 2022.

TRA Chief Executive Oliver Griffiths said:

The Secretary of State has today endorsed our recommendation in the first case brought by the TRA at the request of UK industry. The decision to impose targeted tariffs will protect manufacturers of aluminum extrusions in the UK from dumped products from China.

Measures to protect UK producers

During its investigation, the TRA determined that the UK industry was suffering, finding clear evidence of price undercutting, indicating that UK businesses were struggling to compete with the dumped imports.

The Secretary of State’s final decision recognized that imports should not be subject to the measure for aluminum extrusions that the UK does not produce. A Notice of Final Negative Determination has been published to reflect this.

The case was launched in response to calls from UK industry

The TRA launched an investigation into imports of aluminum extrusions from the People’s Republic of China into the UK in June 2021 in response to a request from domestic industry. There are a number of manufacturers across the UK making these products, mainly aluminum bars, tubes and pipes. They are used in heating, ventilation and air conditioning, building and construction, transportation and car manufacturing.

Notes to editors:

  • The Trade Remedies Authority (TRA) is a UK body that investigates whether trade remedy measures are needed to deal with unfair import practices and unexpected increases in imports. Trade remedy investigations were carried out by the EU Commission on behalf of the UK until the UK left the EU.

  • Anti-dumping duties allow a country to take action against imports that are sold at a lower price than they would be sold in their home market.

  • From February 2020, the TRA has been reviewing the existing measures the UK inherited from the EU system. This was TRA’s first inquiry into the need for a new trade remedy to curb unfair imports.

Notes on this case

  • The TRA was asked to investigate imports of aluminum extrusions from the People’s Republic of China by UK producers of this product. These products, which are mainly aluminum bars, tubes and pipes, are often referred to as ‘aluminum extrusion’ because extrusion (the process of forcing material through a small hole to form a product) is the most common manufacturing process, although the products include rolling, forging and can also be made using processes such as casting.

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