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On May 16, 2024, the Aluminum Foil Container Manufacturers Association (“AFCMA”) and the following individual member companies – Durable Packaging International, D&W Fine Pack, LLC, Handi-foil Corp., Penny Plate, LLC, Reynolds Consumer Products, LLC, Shah Foil Products, Inc., Smart USA, Inc., Trinidad/Benham Corp. (collectively “Petitioners”), filed a petition for the imposition of antidumping and countervailing duties on U.S. imports of Disposable Aluminum Containers, Pans, and Trays from the People’s Republic of China.

SCOPE OF THE INVESTIGATION

The following language describes the imported merchandise from China that is within the scope of this Petition:

The merchandise covered by this investigation is disposable aluminum containers, pans, and trays produced primarily from flatrolled aluminum. The subject merchandise includes disposable aluminum containers, pans, and trays regardless of shape or size and whether or not wrinkled or smooth, as well as aluminum lids intended to be used in combination with disposable containers produced from aluminum or other materials (e.g., paper or plastic). Disposable aluminum containers are typically used in food-related applications, including but not limited to food preparation, packaging, baking, barbequing, reheating, takeout, or storage, but also have other uses. Regardless of end use, certain disposable aluminum containers, pans, and trays that meet the scope definition are subject merchandise.

The term “disposable” means the aluminum article is designed to be used once, or for a limited number of times, and then recycled or otherwise disposed.

Disposable aluminum containers are also included within the scope regardless of whether the surface has been embossed, printed, coated (including with a non-stick substance), or decorated, and regardless of the style of the edges. The inclusion of a nonaluminum lid or dome sold or packaged with an otherwise in-scope article does not remove the article from the scope.

The flat-rolled aluminum used to produce the subject articles may be made to ASTM specifications ASTM B479 or ASTM B209-14, but can also be made to other specifications. Regardless of the specification, however, all disposable aluminum containers meeting the scope description are included in the scope.

Certain disposable aluminum containers are currently classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”) subheading 7615.10.7125. Further, merchandise that falls within the scope of this proceeding may also be entered into the United States under HTSUS subheadings, 7612.90.1090, 7615.10.3015, 7615.10.3025, 7615.10.7130, 7615.10.7155, 7615.10.7180, and 7615.10.9100. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this proceeding is dispositive.

PETITIONERS

Durable Packaging International
750 Northgate Parkway
Wheeling, IL 60090
Contact: Scott Anders, President & Chief Executive Officer
Tel: (847) 541-4400
Fax: (847) 541-8360
Email: scott@durablepackaging.com
Website: http://durablepackaging.com/  
D&W Fine Pack, LLC
777 Mark Street Wood
Dale, IL 60191
Contact: Mike Wenzel, Vice President of Supply Chain
Tel: (877) 423-3937
Fax: (800) 849-3477
Email: mike.wenzel@dwfp.com
Website: https://dwfinepack.com/
Handi-Foil Corp.
135 E Hintz Road
Wheeling, IL 20090
Contact: Peter Perkins, Chief Financial Officer Tel: (847) 520-1000
Fax: (847) 229-8000
Email: pperkins@handi-foil.com Website: https://handi-foil.com/
Penny Plate, LLC
286 Expo Road
Fishersville, VA 22939
Contact: Paul Cobb, President & Chief Executive Officer
Tel: (856) 429-7583
Fax: (804) 897-1926
Email: pcobb@pennyplate.com
Website: https://pennyplate.com/  
Reynolds Consumer Products, LLC
1900 W Field Court
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Contact: Murray Rudisill, Vice President Operations
Tel: (224) 295-6800
Fax: (804) 200-0097
Email: murray.rudisill@reynoldsbrands.com
Website: https://reynoldsconsumerproducts.com/  
Shah Foil Products, Inc.
600 Prospect Ave., Bldg G,
Piscataway Township, NJ 08854
Tel: (732) 424-1302
Email: shahfoil@hotmail.com
Website: https://shahfoil.com/  
Smart USA, Inc.
69-07 69th Place
Glendale, NY 11385
Tel: 718-416-4400
Fax: 718-416-4404 Website: http://smartusapackaging.com/  
Trindad/Benham Corp.
3650 S Yosemite St # 300
Denver, CO 80237
Tel: (303) 220-1400
Fax: (303) 220-1490
Website: www.trinidadbenham.com  
Schwan’s Company
115 West College Drive
Marshall, MN 56258
Tel: (507) 532-3274
Fax: (507) 537-5270
Email: questions@schwans.com
Website: https://schwanscompany.com/
Western Plastics, Inc.
2399 US 41 SW
Calhoun, GA 30701
Tel: (706) 625-5260
Fax: (706) 625-0003
Email: georgia@wplastics.com
Website: https://wplastics.com/

COUNSEL FOR PETITIONERS

Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

3050 K. Street, N.W., Suite 400

Washington, D.C. 20007

202-342-8400

NAMED PRODUCERS/EXPORTERS

For a list of foreign producers/exporters alleged by Petitioners, please see Attachment I.

NAMED IMPORTERS

For a list of importers alleged by the Petitioner, please see Attachment II.

ESTIMATED SCHEDULE

EventEarliest Date
Petition FiledMay 16, 2024
DOC InitiationJune 5, 2024
ITC Preliminary Investigation:
Questionnaires DueMay 30, 2024
Request to appear at hearing                                     June 4, 2024
HearingJune 6, 2024
BriefsJune 11, 2024
ITC VoteJune 30, 2024
  
DOC Investigation Schedule: 
DOC Preliminary Antidumping DeterminationOctober 23, 2024
DOC Final Antidumping DeterminationJanuary 6, 2024
DOC Preliminary Countervailing DeterminationAugust 9, 2024
DOC Final Countervailing DeterminationOctober 23, 2024
  
ITC Final Investigation: 
ITC Final AD Determination                February 20, 2025
ITC Final CVD Determination              December 7, 2024

ALLEGED DUMPING MARGINS

China: 118%, 104.5%, 287.8% and 265.3% ad valorem

ALLEGED COUNTERVAILING DUTY MARGINS

Above de minimis

ALLEGED SUBSIDIES

For a list of alleged subsidies the Petitioner, please see Attachment III.

IMPORTS OF SUBJECT MERCHANDISE

                                                                2023                                                                2024 
 SEPOCTNOVDECJANFEBMAR 
China        
Customs Value9,423,00110,665,5797,810,4687,427,2707,916,3497,460,8297,711,523 
Second Unit of Quantity2,614,7153,161,9412,210,5982,220,8012,326,5922,118,7472,153,693 
AUV per kilogram3.60383.37313.53323.34443.40263.52133.5806 
AUV per pound1.63471.53001.60261.51701.54341.59731.6241 

CONTACT US For more information concerning this petition and how it may affect your business, please contact Nithya Nagarajan, Dan Wilson, Jeffrey Neeley, or Stephen Brophy.