A petition filed May 16 alleges that disposable aluminum containers, pans, and trays from China are being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. and benefiting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged average dumping margins range from 104.5 percent to 287.8 percent.

The products covered by this petition are typically used in food-related applications, such as food preparation, packaging, baking, barbequing, reheating, takeout, or storage, but they also have other uses. They include disposable aluminum containers, pans, and trays regardless of shape, size, or end-use; whether or not wrinkled or smooth; whether or not their surface has been embossed, printed, coated, or decorated; and regardless of the style of the edges. Aluminum lids intended to be used in combination with disposable containers produced from aluminum or other materials (e.g., paper or plastic) are also included.

Covered products are currently classified under HTSUS 7615.10.7125 and may also be entered under HTSUS 7612.90.1090, 7615.10.3015, 7615.10.3025, 7615.10.7130, 7615.10.7155, 7615.10.7180, and 7615.10.9100.

The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD and CV duty and injury investigations, respectively, on this product. There are strict statutory deadlines associated with these proceedings, so affected companies that wish to protect their interests should contact Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg as soon as possible.

For more information, please contact attorney Kristen Smith at (202) 730-4965.

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