Last week, the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) filed a new scope clarification case against China Zhongwang Holdings Limited and its network of affiliates. The request asks the Department of Commerce (DOC) to expand its determination last December regarding Zhongwang’s alleged pallets to expressly cover alleged pallets constructed out of 6xxx aluminum alloy.

In early December 2016, the DOC declared that Zhongwang’s pallets consist of aluminum extrusions made of 1xxx alloy, cut-to-length and welded together in the form of a pallet and plainly subject to the existing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on aluminum extrusions from China.

“Since that time new information has developed that confirms that Zhongwang’s alleged pallets are also made of 6xxx aluminum alloy,” according to the AEC. The Council is asking the DOC “to expand its finding to clarify that the same fake pallets that Zhongwang imports and that are made of 6xxx aluminum alloy are also within the scope of the orders.”

“We are asking the new administration, and its newly confirmed secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross, to follow through on its commitment to strong trade enforcement,” says AEC president Jeff Henderson. “These blatant attempts to evade duties must be halted, and the perpetrators must face the penalties.”