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Fair Trade: 5-Year Expiry Review

Fair Trade: 5-Year Expiry Review

January 2016

Data Submission Begins for 5-Year Expiry Review of the Aluminum Extrusion Trade Orders

It is now time for the U.S. aluminum extrusion industry to submit data to the International Trade Commission (ITC) for the purpose of renewing our trade orders against Chinese aluminum extruders. It is extremely important that we have a strong data submission for this first submission in the sunset review.


In the opening submission, the domestic industry must demonstrate that it is interested in continuation of the order and that a significant proportion of the industry is willing to participate to make that happen. The greater the percentage of the market we can report, the stronger our arguments. The Aluminum Extruders Council Fair Trade Committee will be looking for submissions from all of the original petitioners, AEC member extruders, and even, non-AEC member extruders. A special message for the original petitioners: it is extremely important we get your updated data!

Our strategy for this process is simple. You will find here a pared down version of the workbook was submitted in the original filing.  This will be easier, faster, and ultimately satisfactory to demonstrate that the orders have worked and our industry has shown recovery. This is critical when we ask for another five years for the orders. After determining that the domestic industry has demonstrated a sufficient amount of support for continuation, the ITC will come back and ask for a more detailed data set if the Chinese producers also indicate an intent to participate in the review. If the Chinese do not demonstrate an intent to participate, the ITC will expedite the review and will not likely come back to the domestic industry for additional data.



1/25/16     Send announcement and workbook to all U.S. aluminum extruders
2/5/16       Kickoff Call/Webinar designed to answer any questions and introduce Wiley Rein staff that will collect and process the data. View the webinar recording here.
3/24/16     Submissions are due to Wiley Rein


As you can see in the workbook, we will initially be collecting the basic information needed to make the case to the ITC that the orders must be renewed. After that, and depending on what, if any, opposition we get from the Chinese, more data may be required. AEC will alert extruders to that as it develops.

The workbook is straight forward and covers the calendar years of 2013, 2014, and 2015. We are hopeful that most of this data is readily available for previous years, and for 2015 once your company closes its books for the year.

Help Chain

First we will have a kickoff call/webinar on 2/5 to cover any questions you may have. We plan to record this webinar, so if you can’t make it, you can view it at your convenience. Even still, there may be very specific questions you may have that are better asked and answered privately. So, our key contact at Wiley Rein for this project, Robert DeFrancesco and Paul Zucker, will be available. Of course, you may call me as well, but remember that AEC staff cannot be a data collector nor should we be your source to answer questions pertaining to your data submission.

We want to remind and thank the industry for what it has done in this case. It is now clear, that if we had not filed our case, the Chinese would be the dominate supplier in the U.S. market. Failure to win a renewal would be catastrophic for our industry. This is especially true in light of how we have seen the Chinese aluminum market behave in the last five years. So, don’t miss this opportunity to help yourself and the industry maintain currently strong position by keeping illegal and unfair imports from China out of our market!