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Loophole plugged: EU extends aluminum tariffs to Thailand

The EU Commission has closed a loophole to circumvent anti-dumping duties on aluminum foil from China. The punitive tariffs on aluminum foil for household use have been extended to imports from Thailand, the EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade announced. Investigations had shown that Chinese producers of the aluminum foil had shipped their products to Thailand, where they underwent “minor assembly operations” before being re-exported to the EU and thus no longer fell under the anti-dumping tariffs. Previously, EU inspectors had noticed an increase in imports of aluminum foil from Thailand.

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