The Aluminum Association (AA) has released a new policy brief that calls for changes to Section 232 tariffs and other trade policies to strengthen the domestic aluminum business in the US.
AA has urged the US government to speed up its implementation of the Aluminum Import Monitoring (AIM) system, which was recently deferred to June, and has asked for the government’s to invest in strengthening domestic aluminum capacities to help US industries compete fairly in the global markets.
The brief urges the Biden administration to make reforms to the Section 232 exclusions to disincentivize companies from first turning imports of aluminum products such as plates, foil, and sheets, which have an adequate domestic supply. It has also asked the US government to reconsider the countries exempted from the tariffs and look at removing tariffs from countries that trade fairly and have acted on addressing “unfairly subsidized imports” in their markets.
On the Section 301 tariffs on aluminum imports, the AA has recommended expanding the government’s purview on more aluminum products under the existing trade rules since antidumping/countervailing duties (AD/CVD) have been effective so far for products like aluminum foil and common alloy sheets.