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U.S. Seeks Import Duties on Chinese Aluminum Foil

  • Preliminary ruling sees countervailing subsidies of up to 81%
  • Move could raise tensions in brewing U.S.-China trade war
Aluminium rolls at an aluminium production plant in Huaibei.
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The U.S. said it would seek to impose duties on imports of aluminum foil from China, arguing that state subsidies for the domestic industry unfairly disadvantage American producers.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the “affirmative preliminary determination” late Tuesday in Washington following an investigation into the practices of Chinese makers of the material. Subsidies of as much as 81 percent were found to be in place, according to a fact sheet released on the department’s website.