Have the duties on Chinese aluminum helped, or hurt, your business?

Concluding an investigation that began in early 2010, the Department of Commerce determined this spring that Chinese companies dumped some $500 million worth of extruded aluminum products into the U.S. market last year, selling them at prices up to 33 percent less than fair value. In response, U.S. International Trade Commission officials voted to impose steep duties on all aluminum extrusion imports from China.

My question is, are you feeling the impact? And if so, has it been a positive or negative experience? 

According to American Architectural Manufacturers Association President and CEO Rich Walker, many of AAMA's commercial members have benefited from the ruling. "Early indicators are proving this was very effective and positive for our members, and those dumped aluminum profiles have pretty much disappeared," he said in an interview with Glass Magazine earlier this year.

For others, like shower door manufacturer Coastal Industries, the duties on Chinese aluminum have had a negative effect. "The tariffs have forced manufacturers like us to rethink our manufacturing process," says Ray Adams, president. "Before the tariffs, we could mix imported and domestic metals, fabricate shower doors here in America and compete with imported items. With the tariffs on raw goods, we are all faced with having to look at producing doors overseas, tariff-free, in order to compete," he says.

For still others, the duties have not had an impact. "Most of our purchases are not from Asia," says Rick Hamlin, executive vice president, national estimating, system design, Trainor Glass Co. "While a minor amount of it is, we're not feeling the effects [from the tariffs]," he reports.

What about your company? Has the ITC decision to levy duties on Chinese aluminum coming into the U.S. affected your business positively or negatively? 

Chase is editorial director of Glass Magazine, GlassMagazine.com and e-glass weekly. Write her at jchase@glass.org.

The opinions expressed here are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect those of the National Glass Association, Glass Magazine editors, or other glassblog contributors.


There is Chinese dumping happening in the unitized curtain wall business. The industry should be aggressively pursuing Federal intervention before they bankrupt domestic curtain wall manufacturers. This battle should be directly addressed by EFCO, Wausau, Kawneer, and Oldcastle.