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Argentina to begin antidumping probe into Chinese aluminum alloy wheel imports

Hong Kong — Argentina has decided to start an antidumping probe into aluminum alloy wheels imported from China, the Trade Remedy and Investigation Bureau of China's Ministry of Commerce said in a report on its website late Wednesday.

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The products involved in the antidumping case comprise motor vehicles' aluminum alloy wheels, excluding tires, with a hub diameter of not less than 355.6 mm (14 inches) and not greater than 457.2 mm (18 inches), according to the report.

In January last year, India had imposed antidumping duties of $1.37/kg on seven Chinese aluminum alloy wheel producers, and $2.15/kg on other aluminum alloy producers, after completing two years of antidumping investigations, according to the Jinhua branch of the Bureau of Commerce in Zhejiang province.

In October last year, the European Commission said following the publication of a notice of impending expiry of the anti-dumping measures in force on the imports of certain aluminum wheels originating from China, the EC has received a request for review by the Association of European Wheels Manufacturers, on behalf of producers representing more than 25% of the total European Union's production of certain aluminum wheels, according to the EC.

China exported a total of 322,900 mt of aluminum alloy wheels during the first five months of this year, worth $1.506 billion, down 0.2% and 7.4% year on year, respectively, data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers showed.

The unit export price of the aluminum wheels in the reported period was $46,600/kg, according to CAAM.

--Joshua Leung, newsdesk@platts.com
--Edited by Geetha Narayanasamy, geetha.narayanasamy@spglobal.com