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europe cries Foul oVer us dumping claims
european aluminium has criticised a US investigation
into the alleged dumping of common alloy sheet from
countries including Croatia, Germany, Greece, Italy,
Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.
Following complaints by five US aluminium producers,
the US International Trade Commission inquiry was
launched on 9 March. Common alloy sheet is widely
used in the transportation, building and construction,
infrastructure, electrical and marine sectors. Other
countries being investigated include Bahrain, Brazil,
Egypt, India, Indonesia, Korea, Oman, Serbia, South
Africa and Taiwan.
European Aluminium, which represents more than 80
companies with more than 600 plants in 30 counties
across the continent, rejects allegations of ‘injurious
dumping and subsidisation’. Instead it urges the US
authorities to work with the European Commission to
address subsidised Chinese overcapacity, which it says
is the root cause of the challenges faced by the alumin-
ium industries in Europe and the US.
Gerd Götz, director general of European Aluminium,
says his members are ‘very concerned’ about the possi-
bility of additional trade barriers between the US and
‘Instead of imposing additional duties on each other,
we should work together to address the root cause of
the challenges faced by the aluminium industries on
both sides of the Atlantic,’ he says. ‘Additional duties
will be yet another blow to European producers, who
already are under immense pressure from unfairly
priced exports of aluminium products from China, the
US duties on aluminium imports from Europe, and now
the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.’
Since the US imposed a blanket tariff on all aluminium
imports to the US in March 2018 (Section 232 tariffs),
Europe has found itself increasingly squeezed between
the US and China.
‘Europe has always provided the US with a trusted and
stable supply source for aluminium. We look forward to
a fact-based investigation because we strongly believe
that the petitions filed against European countries are
not justified,’ adds Götz.
Top Ten ‘recycling heroes’ named
• Ecolana – Mexico: A digital platform serving as a recycling guide
and an advisor for consumer brands looking to develop recycling
• Cappabue National School – Ireland: Promoting the circular econ-
omy with a rap video in response to polluted beaches in County
• Made by TREID – Philippines: Transforms old clothes and uni-
forms into higher valued products such as multifunctional and
fashionable shoes and bags, home accessories and new fabric.
• Nick Oettinger, managing director and founder, The Furniture
Recycling Group – UK
Diverts 400 000 mattresses from landfills each year and is continual-
ly investing in research to make the recycling of mattresses viable
• Plogging Club – Nigeria: Encouraging students to combine jog-
ging with picking up litter and recyclables.
• Reform Africa – Uganda: Tackles waste disposal by transforming
plastic waste into sustainable, waterproof and durable bags.
• U-Recycle – Nigeria: A youth-led non-profit organisation investing
time and resources into educating schools and communities
about the value of recycling.
• Zizo Ezi Foundation – South Africa
A non-profit organisation working with school children in rural areas
to advicate a clean eco future in South Africa.
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