Yesterday, the European Commission published a regulation imposing definitive anti-dumping duties on aluminium extrusions originating in China. The anti-dumping duties imposed range from 21.2% to 32.1% and will be in place for the next five years. The duties result from an investigation opened in February 2020, following a complaint lodged by European Aluminium. European Aluminium applauds the Commission’s strong action against China’s unfair trade practices.
“Our producers are relieved that the European Commission is taking decisive action to prevent further damage. They can now start recovering from the injury caused by Chinese dumping and focus on strengthening their position in strategic markets with low carbon applications,” commented Gerd Götz, European Aluminium’s Director General.
Dumped imports have led to a decrease in production and a loss of market share for European producers across the entire value chain, which forced several companies to restructure or close plants with significant job losses as a result.
“We call on the Commission to work with its counterparts in the US and Canada to address the root cause of China’s market-distortive behaviour: overcapacity. Anti-dumping duties offer protection against dumping in the short term but we need a structural and global solution to address subsidised Chinese overcapacity in the long term,” concluded Götz.
Certain aluminium flat rolled products originating in China are also subject to an EU anti-dumping investigation. Earlier this month, the EU announced its intention to impose provisional anti-dumping duties ranging from 19,6 to 47,3%.