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About AEC: Fair Trade


The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) has led the U.S. aluminum extrusion industry in achieving level competition by winning tariff protection that offsets unfair trade practices of extruders/importers of aluminum profiles produced in China. Our efforts have been of enormous value to domestic extruders and suppliers. They may have saved our industry. Conservatively, AEC estimates 800 million pounds per year of extrusions are being produced in the U. S. that would have otherwise been lost to China.

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Fair Trade Resources >>

Links to the Current Import Tariffs published in the Federal Register >>

Latest Activity and News >>

AEC Joins Industry Voices in Opposing Tariffs on Imported Primary Aluminum

In March 2018, President Donald Trump signed official proclamations to adjust aluminum tariffs to 10 percent under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. The president's decision followed an investigation into the national security implications of imported aluminum that was launched in April 2017.

The Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) stands in support of the Aluminum Association’s position that the Trump Administration must not impose quotas on imported primary aluminum products. Considering the disruption of this vital supply chain because of the Russian sanctions, any additional restraint of imported aluminum into the U.S. aluminum supply chain will lead to work stoppages at extrusion plants and their customers. Extrusion buyers will be forced to source parts from foreign suppliers to maintain production. In this case, the country most likely to supply these parts will be China.

The entire U.S. aluminum industry has made it clear to the Administration during the 232 Investigation that China IS THE THREAT to our industry. Read more about The Aluminum Association's position at and watch "It's Time for Action on Chinese Overcapacity". 



Aluminum Tariffs Exclusion Process

AEC recently conducted a webinar to update members and their customers on the exclusion process for the 10% tariff on aluminum imports. Watch this webinar to learn about the process.

Download the slides here.

   U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) visited AEC member company Pennex Aluminum in Leetonia, Ohio for a plant tour and to talk about aluminum industry fair trade.     In January 2017, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced that the United States has launched a new trade enforcement complaint against the People’s Republic of China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) concerning China’s subsidies to certain producers of primary aluminum. Watch the announcement above.

Your Support is Vital

The fight for ensuring level competition and fair trade has been a long and expensive endeavor. The financial support for this effort has mainly been funded by U.S. AEC members through donations and special assessment dues. The work AEC is doing to ensure free and fair trade throughout the aluminum extrusion industry should be everyone's concern. Interested in providing your support? Download our Pledge Form to learn how you can help!


AEC Fair Trade Resources

A wealth of information regarding the AEC Fair Trade…It Matters! initiative can be found throughout these pages. Want to stay up to date on the Fair Trade…It Matters! initiative? Complete the Contact Us page form and in the message box indicate your interest in joining our mailing list.

Download the AEC Fair Trade Pledge Form

Find FAQs, graphs, banners and other useful information on the Fair Trade Resources page.


AEC Shaping Solutions Together Blog

The AEC Blog includes timely and relevant posts regarding the AEC Fair Trade Initiative initiative composed by extrusion industry leaders. These posts provide a unique perspective and a more personalized message on the importance of this campaign. To view the blog in its entirety, please visit

Ducker Worldwide Study

Ducker Worldwide, an independent consulting and research firm conducted a study on behalf of the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) and released in December 2014 that focused on identifying the benefits from and future risks to the U.S. Aluminum Extrusion market’s trade case against the People’s Republic of China.  This revealing report indicates that up to 20% of the U.S. extrusion market has returned to domestic producers.  Furthermore, the study examines future success based on the domestic industry’s defense of the Department of Commerce’s trade orders. The report answers such questions as:
  • Which end use categories were hardest hit?
  • Which end use categories are vulnerable to extruders if duties should decrease?
  • What is the relationship between tariff rates on Chinese extrusions and market share penetration in the U.S. market?

Read the Report

(Note: you must be an AEC member to view and download the report)

AEC 232 Investigation Remedy Proposal

UPDATE: 12/21/17 - The Aluminum Extruders Council supports and is circulating a remedy proposal under Section 232 Investigation for Aluminum designed to ensure the entire U.S. aluminum industry is able to meet the national security and critical infrastructure needs of the United States. Read the final draft remedy proposal letter here, which is now circulating through the U.S. House of Representatives.

Court of International Trade Curtain Wall Decision (December 11, 2017)

A decision was rendered in the scope determination for the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on aluminum extrusions from the People's Republic of China related to curtain wall units. Read the decision here.

The judge has directed the U.S. Department of Customs to liquidate Yuanda, Jangho, and Permasteelisa’s entries of curtain wall units. Read the order here.

Aluminum Extrusions from the People's Republic of China: Final Results of the Countervailing Duty Administrative Review

The Department of Commerce (the Department) has completed the administrative review of the countervailing duty (CVD) order on aluminum extrusions from the People's Republic of China (PRC) for the January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015, period of review (POR). Read the results here.

Current Import Tariffs

The following documents provide links to the Federal Register with the latest information on anti-dumping and countervailing duties rates for imports of aluminum extrusions from the Peoples Republic of China.

Aluminum Extrusions From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Rescission of Review in Part; 2014-2015

Aluminum Extrusions from the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Expedited First Sunset Review of the Countervailing Duty Order 

Latest Activity


December 18, 2018 - AEC Wins Malaysia Transshipment Case

May 22, 2018 - AEC Applauds U.S. Custom’s Preliminary Finding of Duty Evasion Through Malaysia

May 21, 2018 - U.S. Customs Notice of Initiation of Investigation and Interim Measures for Importers of Aluminum Extrusions through Malaysia

April 5, 2018 - AEC hosted an informational webinar on the Aluminum Tariff Exclusion Process. Access the recorded webinar here (please note that the webinar presentation begins at the 2:55 mark). Download the presentation slides here

March 9, 2018 - 232 Decision Reached - President Trump Signs Aluminum Proclamation

March 6, 2018 - AEC Releases Statement on Aluminum 232 Remedy

February 16, 2018 - Department of Commerce Releases 232 Investigation Recommendations to the President

January 9, 2018 - AEC files New Circumvention Petition on Chinese Aluminum Extrusions Circumvented through Vietnam

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December 11, 2017 - DOC May Recommend Tariffs on ALL Imports of Primary Aluminum

December 8, 2017 - Results of CVD Administrative Review Published

November 13, 2017 - Watch the recorded webinar: Curtain Wall Case Update

October 25, 2017 - Special Curtain Wall Case Webinar on November 13

October 6, 2017 -Curtain Wall Case Hearing Scheduled for November 2

September 15, 2017 - U.S. DOJ Alleges Zhongwang and its Affiliate Evaded $1.5 Billion in Tariffs by Smuggling Aluminum Pallets into the Country

July 21, 2017 - U.S. Department of Commerce Makes Final Determination in So-called 5050 Alloy Circumvention Scheme

June 21, 2017 - AEC President to Testify at Section 232 Hearing on June 22

June 14, 2017- U.S. Department of Commerce Rules Fake 6xxx Aluminum Pallets Covered by Extrusion Orders

June 7, 2017 - AD, CVD Rates Increase in Fifth Administrative Review for Aluminum Extrusions from China

June 1, 2017 -
Section 232 Hearing Preparation and information

May 9, 2017- Section 232 Hearing Called by the Trump Administration

April 27, 2017 - AEC applauds the President's Initiation of a Section 232 Investigation on Aluminum

April 3, 2017 - AEC Supports Trump Administration's Steps to Improve AD, CVD Collection

March 10, 2017 - U.S. International Trade Commission Votes Unanimously to Extend Existing Trade Orders on Aluminum Extrusions from China

March 6, 2017 - AEC Files New Scope Clarification Request on Fake Pallets

February 7, 2017 - Commerce Reaches Final Decision in Yuanda Curtain Wall Appeal

January 25, 2017 - AEC Members Head to Washington to Testify at ITC Sunset Review Hearing

January 13, 2017 - U.S. seizes $25 million worth of aluminum linked to Chinese billionaire

January 12, 2017 - AEC Applauds U.S. Trade Representative’s Decision to Help Protect the U.S. Aluminum Industry

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December 1, 2016 - Giant aluminum stockpile was shipped from Mexico to Vietnam

November 8, 2016 - Zhongwang found circumventing AD/CVD orders

October 26, 2016 - Homeland Security probes U.S. aluminum firms over Chinese imports

October 24, 2016 - Keeping Up Pressure on Fair Trade Issues: Interview With Jeff Henderson; Light Metal Age magazine

October 20, 2016 - Webinar recording available for Trade Case Sunset Review Final Stage Kick-Off

>> View the timeline and other important information about the 5-Year Expiry Review here.

October 11, 2016 - Two Similar Questionnaires Coming from USITC

September 15, 2016 - New Jersey Facotory linked to Chinese aluminum probe

September 12, 2016 - AEC's Jeff Henderson Interviewed on Laura Ingraham Radio Show regarding China and the WTO, Unfair Aluminum Trade Practices by Zhongwang and more. Listen to the podcast here. His interview starts at the 53:50 mark.

August 29, 2016 - AEC Responds to News of Zhongwang's Intent to Purchase Aleris Corp.

June 22, 2016 - ITA Rescinds DOC's Request for Chinese Extruders (what it really means)

March 17, 2016 - Department of Commerce Initiates Circumvention Investigation on 5050 Alloy Extrusions

February 8, 2016 - AEC to the DOC: Time's Up!

January 25, 2016 - Data Submission Begins for Five-year Expiry Review

January 11, 2016 - 2016 Will Be Pivotal Year for AEC Fair Trade Case

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>> View the Fair Trade Update Archive

 Fair Share = Fair Trade
How Can I Help?

ALL those who buy or sell extrusions in the North American aluminum extrusion industry have benefited from the Aluminum Extrusion Fair Trade Initiative. In short, Fair Trade tariffs have worked. They brought customers back to the U.S. that had been lost and rescued customers that would otherwise have left. But the stakes remain high! Efforts to circumvent, dilute or eliminate this crucial protection will continue for years to come.

AEC needs your financial support in order to continue this outstanding program. Please show your support for the Fair Trade Initiative by choosing one of the actions below.

Please contact me regarding how I can support the Fair Trade
(email Jeff Henderson, AEC Director of Operations)
What's my company's
"fair share?"
Jeff Henderson, AEC Director of Operations)
Download the Fair Trade Initiative Pledge Form