A petition filed March 8 alleges that aluminum foil from China is being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market and/or benefitting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged dumping margins range from 37.57 percent to 134.33 percent.
Aluminum foil is made from an aluminum alloy that contains between 92 and 99 percent aluminum. Usually between 0.00017 and 0.00787 inches thick, aluminum foil is produced in many widths and strengths for multiple applications. Aluminum foil provides a complete barrier to light, oxygen, moisture, and bacteria and for this reason is used extensively in food and pharmaceutical packaging. Aluminum foil is also used to manufacture thermal insulation for the construction industry, fin stock for air conditioners, electrical coils for transformers, capacitors for radios and televisions, and insulation for storage tanks.
The product covered by this investigation is aluminum foil having a thickness of 0.2 mm (0.00787 inches) or less, in reels exceeding 25 pounds, that is not backed, etched for use in capacitors, or cut to shape. Where the nominal and actual measurements vary, a product is within the scope if application of either the nominal or actual measurement would place it within the scope based on the definitions set forth above. Subject goods are currently classifiable under HTSUS 7607.11.3000, 7607.11.6000, 7607.11.9030, 7607.11.9060, 7607.11.9090, and 7607.19.6000.
The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD and/or CV duty and injury investigations, respectively, on this product. There are strict statutory deadlines associated with these proceedings, so affected companies that wish to protect their interests should contact trade counsel as soon as possible.