On October 28, 2010, the Department of Commerce (the "Department") announced its preliminary determination in an antidumping duty investigation of imports of aluminum extrusions from the People's Republic of China ("PRC"). In the preliminary determination, the Department found that aluminum extrusions from the PRC are being sold in the United States at less than fair value, which may be materially injuring the domestic aluminum extrusion market. Consequently, the Department is considering imposing a 59.31% dumping margin on the importation of effectively all of the aluminum extrusion products from the PRC within the broad scope of the investigation.

This preliminary determination is the most recent action in the Department's ongoing countervailing and antidumping duty investigations that were initiated on April 20, 2010. The outcome of this investigation will significantly increase costs for all companies that import covered aluminum extrusions, which are forms produced by an extrusion process, made from aluminum alloys having certain metallic elements. These extrusions are produced and imported in a wide variety of shapes and forms, including, but not limited to, hollow profiles, other solid profiles, pipes, tubes, bars, and rods. The covered extrusions also include those that have been mill finished, brushed, buffed, polished, anodized, liquid painted, or powder coated. These extrusions are incorporated into a number of finished products such as heat sinks, door thresholds, and carpet trim.