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Aluminum Foil From Armenia, Brazil, Oman, Russia, and Turkey

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On the basis of the record [1] developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission (“Commission”) determines, pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (“the Act”), that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of aluminum foil from Armenia, Brazil, Oman, Russia, and Turkey, that are alleged to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (“LTFV”) and imports of aluminum foil that are allegedly subsidized by the governments of Oman and Turkey.[2] The products subject to these investigations are primarily provided for in subheadings 7607.11.30, 7607.11.60, 7607.11.90, and 7607.19.60 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTS”).

Commencement of Final Phase Investigations

Pursuant to section 207.18 of the Commission's rules, the Commission also gives notice of the commencement of the final phase of its investigations. The Commission will issue a final phase notice of scheduling, which will be published in the Federal Register as provided in § 207.21 of the Commission's rules, upon notice from the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) of affirmative preliminary determinations in the investigations under §§ 703(b) or 733(b) of the Act, or, if the preliminary determinations are negative, upon notice of affirmative final determinations in those investigations under §§ 705(a) or 735(a) of the Act. Parties that filed entries of appearance in the preliminary phase of the investigations need not enter a separate appearance for the final phase of the investigations. Industrial users, and, if the merchandise under investigation is sold at the retail level, representative consumer organizations have the right to appear as parties in Commission antidumping and countervailing duty investigations. The Secretary will prepare a public service list containing the names and addresses of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to the investigations.


On September 29, 2020, the Aluminum Association Trade Enforcement Working Group, Arlington, Virginia, and its individual members—Gränges Americas, Inc., Franklin, Tennessee; JW Aluminum Company, Daniel Island, South Carolina; and Novelis Corporation, Atlanta, Georgia, filed petitions with the Commission and Commerce, alleging that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of aluminum foil from Armenia, Brazil, Oman, Russia, and Turkey that are alleged to be sold in the United States at LTFV and alleged to be subsidized by the governments of Oman and Turkey. Accordingly, effective September 29, 2020, the Commission instituted countervailing duty investigation Nos. 701-TA-658-659 and antidumping duty investigation Nos. 731-TA-1538-1542 (Preliminary).

Notice of the institution of the Commission's investigations and of a public conference to be held in connection therewith was given by posting copies of the notice in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, DC, and by publishing the notice in the Federal Register of October 5, 2020 (85 FR 62759). In light of the restrictions on access to the Commission building due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Commission conducted its conference through written testimony and video conference on October 20, 2020. All persons who requested the opportunity were permitted to participate.

The Commission made these determinations pursuant to §§ 703(a) and 733(a) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a) and 1673b(a)). It completed and filed its determinations in these investigations on November 13, 2020. The views of the Commission are contained in USITC Publication 5138 (November 2020), entitled Aluminum Foil from Armenia, Brazil, Oman, Russia, and Turkey: Investigation Nos. 701-TA-658-659 and 731-TA-1538-1542 (Preliminary).

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By order of the Commission.

Issued: November 13, 2020.

Lisa Barton,

Secretary to the Commission.

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1.  The record is defined in § 207.2(f) of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)).

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2.  85 FR 67711 (October 26, 2020) and 85 FR 68287 (October 28, 2020).

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[FR Doc. 2020-25489 Filed 11-18-20; 8:45 am]