US Triggers New China Trade Case With Rare Maneuver

Law360, New York (November 28, 2017, 4:14 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Commerce exercised its power to bring its own new trade cases for the first time in 26 years Tuesday, sparking anti-dumping and countervailing duty probes of Chinese aluminum shipments without waiting for a petition from U.S. producers.

By self-initiating investigations of Chinese common alloy aluminum sheet, imports of which tallied upwards of $600 million last year, the department made good on a promise made by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross during his confirmation hearing to craft a more hands-on approach to trade enforcement.

"President Trump made it clear from day one that unfair trade practices will not be...

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