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U.S. Files WTO Complaint Against Chinese Aluminum Subsidies

The U.S. Government filed a complaint at the World Trade Organization on January 12 against China’s use of “subsidies” through artificially cheap loans from banks and through artificially low-priced inputs for aluminum production, such as coal, electricity, and alumina.

The U.S. contends that the subsidies “have caused ‘serious prejudice’ under WTO rules to U.S. interests by artificially expanding Chinese capacity, production and market share and causing a significant lowering in the global price for primary aluminum.” There was bipartisan positive reaction from Members of the Aluminum caucus as they remain concerned about unchecked overcapacity in Chinese aluminum production. ISRI staff will study the filing to determine what impact, if any, will be on trade in aluminum scrap and engage with the U.S. Government, as needed, to ensure the case does not impede the free and fair trade of aluminum scrap.

For additional information, please contact ISRI Sr. Director of International Relations, Adina Renee Adler.

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