The Aluminum Association (AA) applauds the joint US – EU commitment to “resolve the steel and aluminium tariff issues and retaliatory tariffs.”
The commitment to work together on issues of industrial subsidies and overcapacity was a promising step forward, AA’s president and CEO Heidi Brock said. The Aluminum Association continues to call for the immediate removal of tariffs on aluminium coming from Europe, Canada and all other countries recognized as market economies. “The aluminium industry in the United States relies on imported metal to meet record and growing demand for our products. Fully 97 percent US aluminium industry jobs are in mid- and downstream production and processing and reliant in some way on imports. The challenge in the aluminium market today is illegally subsidized overcapacity in China. We encourage the administration to work with the EU and other vital trading partners to resolve this issue. A negotiated, government-to-government agreement with China on overcapacity is the best way to meet our shared objective of a healthy and vibrant aluminum sector in the United States,” the AA statement says.