EU Commission imposes duties on flat-rolled products from China

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The EU Commission has imposed provisional anti-dumping duties on imports of flat-rolled aluminium products from China, effective since 13 April 2021.

With the provisional anti-dumping duties on flat-rolled products now set, the Commission has confirmed its predetermination from March. Interested parties have the opportunity to comment on the implementing regulation until 28 April. In a next step, the EU will publish its Final Disclosure. The deadline for comments on the Final Disclosure is 21 June. The EU must then adopt a decision on final measures by 13 October 2021.

Anti-dumping duties on flat-rolled aluminium products range from 19.3 to 46.7 %

The anti-dumping duties on flat-rolled aluminium products from China follow a complaint lodged on 30 June 2020 by European Aluminium on behalf of European producers of flat-rolled aluminium products. The product concerned is foil, strip, sheet and plate with a thickness of 0.03 mm or more. Aluminium material for beverage cans, car body parts and aircraft parts are excluded from the anti-dumping duties. Specifically, provisional anti-dumping duties in the range of 19.3 and 46.7 % were set.

Imports of rolled products from China more than doubled

According to the EU investigation, imports of flat-rolled aluminium products from China to Europe more than doubled between 2017 and 2019, from 160,869 to 345,720 t, before falling by 23 % to 265,727 t between 2019 and the investigation period (1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020).

The market share of imports from China initially increased from 6.1 % in 2017 to 11.6 % in 2018, so it grew faster than consumption. While consumption declined in 2019, imports from the country concerned continued to increase, reaching a market share of 13.2 %. The market share decreased to 11.2 % during the period. However, overall, the market share of imports from China increased by 5 %-points during the period considered, representing an increase of 81 %.

In a  statement in March, following the EU's predetermination, Gerd Götz, director general at European Aluminium, said: “Dumped imports from China are driving European aluminium producers out of business and discourage them from investing in innovations that can boost decarbonisation and recycling. We are grateful the Commission is taking the necessary steps to protect our industry against unfair competition."

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