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Fair Trade: Update Archive
AEC Fair Trade…It Matters!


Fair Trade Initiative Updates Archive


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


December 7, 2015 - December Closes Out Fantastic Year for AEC Fair Trade

November 9, 2015 -
Special Report: Details Behind the China Zhongwang Case Filing

October 23, 2015 -
AEC Files Scope Clarification and Circumvention Case against China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd. ...more

Copy of Petition Filing - Part 1 (large PDF file - 30 mb)

Copy of Petition Filing Part 2 (large PDF file - 28 mb)

July 31, 2015 -
Dupre Analytics Alleges Massive Fraud in Global Aluminum Scheme ... more

February 16, 2015 - $3 Million Settlement Reached in Shower Door Transshipment Case... more


January 22, 2015 - Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Rules in Favor of the Domestic Curtain Wall Industry ... more 



December 17, 2014 — Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown urges Commerce Department to stand up against unfair Chinese trade practices ... more

December 2, 2014 — Report: U.S. Aluminum Extruders see 10-15% increase in business thanks to tariffs on Chinese imports... more

August 20, 2014 — Importers pleads guilty to import scheme in Puerto Rico... more

April 23, 2014 — Another victory for the U.S. Aluminum Extrusion Industry!... more

April 8, 2014 — Circumvention — Industry-wide actions needed!... more


March 20, 2014 - Fair Trade Update from the AEC Annual Meeting & Leadership Conference

February 26, 2014
— Whirlpool appeal of the DOC's countervailing duty rate for Kromet could devastate existing tariffs ... more

February 6, 2014 — U.S. International Court of Appeals confirms Department of Commerce ruling that curtain wall products fit within the scope of the Tariff Orders ... more

February 4, 2014 — What are the key issues that AEC will focus on in the Aluminum Extrusion Fair Trade Initiative for 2014? Jeff Henderson blogs on where we’ve been and where we’re going ... more

January 2014 — Manufacturer agrees to pay $1.1 million in connection with false customs declarations for Chinese extrusion ... more


December - U.S. Extruders Act to Halt Wavering on Tariff Waivers


November  — What Does the threat From China Really Look Like? Duncan Crowdis blogs on Chinese extrusion capacity expansion plans ... more


October - Aluminum a Key Part of U.S. Manufacturing Base
Article featured on Aluminum Association website

September/October - Fair Trade Fundraising Passes $1.0 Million Mark; Industry rallies with matching grant program

August - Business Is Good...That Didn't Happen By Accident

August - AEC Launches New Fair Trade Campaign

Canadian News: July - Canadian International Trade Tribunal Initiates Final Inquiry Unitized Wall Modules from China

July - Fair Trade Defense Fund Growing Towards Goal

June - Five Indicted for Smuggling Chinese Extrusions into the U.S.; AEC Assisted in the case

May - Fair Trade Campaign Summary

April - How You Can Report Trade Violations

February/March - Tariffs Saved North American Extrusion Industry



December - Aluminum Extrusion Tariffs: "The Broadest Scope Orders We've Ever Seen"

September - China Duties: AEC Prepares for Annual Reviews

August - China Tariffs: Where Would We Be Without Them?

March - AEC effort succeeds! China duties upheld

February - AEC-led Coalition Racing Against the Clock in GPX Case

AEC Members' Message is Clear: Duties on Chinese Extrusions are Making a Real Difference
Article originally appeared in Light Metal Age in February 2012

January - AEC Joins Coalition to Fight Appeals Court Ruling on China Imports



April 28 - ITC Votes to Impose Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders on Aluminum Extruders from China

King and Spalding press release

March 30 - Commerce Department Imposes Final Combined Antidumping and Countervailing Duties Ranging from 41 to 407 Percent on All Imports of Aluminum Extrusion from China
King and Spalding press release


November 9 - Fact Sheet: Commerce Preliminarily Finds Unfair Dumping of Aluminum Extrusions from the People's Republic of China

October 29 - The U.S. Department of Commerce issued an affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping duty investigation of imports of aluminum extrusions from China
King and Spalding press release

September 15 - U.S. Aluminum Extruders Respond to Information Suggesting Circumvention of Duties on Subsidized Imports from China
King and Spalding press release

September 7 - U.S. Department of Commerce today announced its affirmative, preliminary determination in the countervailing duty investigation of aluminum extrusions from China
King and Spalding press release

August 25 - The countervailing duty (CVD) and antidumping (AD) investigations are proceeding
King and Spalding report

July 7 - Investigation of the petition of the U.S. Aluminum Extrusions Fair Trade Committee is continuing
King and Spalding report

May 28 - The U.S. Aluminum Extrusion Fair Trade Committee filed a petition with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) for redress from alleged unfair trade practices involving aluminum extrusions imported from China
King and Spalding report