Background

A petition filed Sept. 29 alleges that aluminum foil from Armenia, Brazil, Oman, Russia, and Turkey is being sold at less than fair value in the U.S. market and that such goods from Oman and Turkey are benefiting from countervailable subsidies. The alleged average dumping margins are 61.96 percent for Armenia, 91.27 percent for Brazil, 65.03 percent for Oman, and 49.11 percent for Turkey.

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The product covered by this petition is aluminum foil having a thickness of 0.2 mm or less, in reels exceeding 25 pounds, regardless of width. Aluminum foil may be made to ASTM specification ASTM B479 but can also be made to other specifications. Regardless of specification, all aluminum foil meeting the scope description is included, including aluminum foil to which lubricant has been applied to one or both sides.

Subject aluminum foil is used extensively in food and pharmaceutical packaging. It is also used to manufacture thermal insulation for the construction industry, fin stock for air conditioners, electrical coils for transformers, capacitors for radios and televisions, and insulation for storage tanks.

Subject aluminum foil is currently classifiable under HTSUS 7607.11.3000, 7607.11.6090, 7607.11.9030, 7607.11.9060, 7607.11.9090, and 7607.19.6000. It may also be entered under HTSUS 7606.11.3060, 7606.11.6000, 7606.12.3045, 7606.12.3055, 7606.12.3091, 7606.12.3096, 7606.12.6000, 7606.91.3095, 7606.91.6095, 7606.92.3035, and 7606.92.6095.

Specifically excluded from the petition are (1) aluminum foil that is backed with paper, paperboard, plastics, or similar backing materials on one or both sides and (2) etched capacitor foil and aluminum foil that is cut-to-shape.

The Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission will next determine whether to launch AD and/or 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.

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