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U.S. locks in duties on Chinese aluminum sheet imports

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(Reuters) - The said on Friday it made a final determination that American producers were being harmed by imports of common from China, a finding that locks in duties on the products.

The ITC determination means that duties ranging from 96.3 percent to 176.2 percent previously announced by the would be put in place for five years.

The department said last month the products were being subsidized and dumped in the U.S. market.

The decision marked the first time that final duties were issued in a trade remedy case initiated by the since 1985. Usually, trade cases are launched based on a complaint from a or group of producers.

The has promised a more aggressive approach to trade enforcement by having the department launch more anti-and anti-subsidy cases on behalf of private industry.

In 2017, imports of common alloy aluminum sheet from were valued at an estimated $900 million. The flat-rolled product is used in transportation, building and construction, infrastructure,

U.S. aluminum industry firms, including Aleris Corp, and Constellium NV, testified in the case last year about what they termed a surge in "low-priced, unfairly traded imports."

(Reporting by Timothy Ahmann; Editing by and Tom Brown)

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First Published: Fri, December 07 2018. 22:05 IST