March 6, 2017

Wauconda, Illinois – Last week, the Aluminum Extruders Council filed a new scope clarification case against China Zhongwang Holdings Limited and its extensive network of affiliates, asking the Department of Commerce (DOC) to expand the DOC’s determination last December regarding Zhongwang’s alleged pallets to expressly cover alleged pallets constructed out of 6xxx aluminum alloy.

In early December 2016, the DOC declared that Zhongwang’s so-called pallets are merely aluminum extrusions made of 1xxx alloy, cut-to-length and welded together in the form of a pallet and plainly subject to the existing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on aluminum extrusions from the People’s Republic of China. Since that time new information has developed that confirms that Zhongwang’s alleged pallets are also made of 6xxx aluminum alloy. Thus, the AEC is simply asking the DOC to expand its finding to clarify that the same fake pallets that Zhongwang imports and are made of 6xxx series aluminum alloy are also within the scope of the orders and therefore, the AEC expects a quick decision.

“We are asking the new administration, and its newly confirmed Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, to follow through on its commitment to strong trade enforcement,” said AEC President Jeff Henderson. “These blatant attempts to evade duties must be halted, and the perpetrators must face the penalties.”