Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts

Written by John Packard

The U.S. Department of Commerce and its Secretary Wilbur Ross did something today that has not been done in the last 25 years–they self-initiated an antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) suit. In this case, it was against aluminum imports from China, but steel buyers should take note. The DOC already has a Section 232 investigation under way on aluminum, on the same essential time table as the steel section. So, be prepared.

As trade attorney Lewis Leibowitz said to me in an email  shortly after the DOC announcement, “Commerce announced initiation of new cases on common alloy aluminum from China. It’s the first self-initiated case by Commerce in more than 25 years.  It portends, possibly, new self-initiated cases on steel products, as well.  I’m speculating, but it may be an alternative to Section 232 relief for both industries.”

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A note that I will be in Las Vegas for the HARDI annual conference. I will not arrive until late Sunday evening as I have prior commitments late this week and over the weekend. I will address the steel committee on Tuesday morning. Tony Taccone will also speak to the group. Tony has been a speaker at our Steel Summit Conference and he is well worth a listen. If you are attending HARDI and would like to meet, send me an email: or text me at 770-596-6268. I would love to spend some time with members and non-members alike.

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John Packard, Publisher

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