The American Architectural Manufacturers Association heard an overview of U.S. trade orders on Chinese aluminum extrusions and their impact on the curtain wall industry, thanks to Jeff Henderson, president of the Aluminum Extruders Council. Henderson spoke during a session at the AAMA National Summer Conference, June 18-21 in Newport, Rhode Island, about a 2011 AEC victory in a trade case against the People’s Republic of China, and the impact of its ruling.
After the win in the case, says Henderson, both anti-dumping and countervailing duties were put into place. The scope of orders included coverage of all extrusions that are 1000-, 3000- or 6000-series alloy. Also covered, says Henderson, are all coated extrusions, all fabricated extrusions and even those that come in the form of kits, to be constructed later.
“Orders are good for five years, and the scope can be challenged to see whether an import is subject to duties,” says Henderson. “An annual administrative review is conducted to determine if rates should be raised or lowered.” Last year, combined rates were approximately 42-43 percent. This year, those rates are much higher — dumping alone is at 86 percent and countervailing is at 16, making for a combined rate of more than 100 percent.
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SOURCE: Glass Magazine