The American Primary Aluminum Association Applauds Congressional Revocation of Russia’s PNTR Status


WASHINGTON D.C., April 7, 2022 – Following the passage of the Suspending Normal Trade Relations with Russia and Belarus Act, the American Primary Aluminum Association (APAA) released the following statement:

“The American Primary Aluminum Association applauds Congress and the efforts by the Biden Administration to revoke the United States’ Permanent Normal Trade Relationship with Russia. By stripping Russia of its Permanent Normal Trade Relationship status, the United States deprives Russia of significant revenue for its steel and aluminum exports used to fund its war against the peoples of Ukraine.

“Revoking PNTR status further prevents Russian industries from benefiting from the very economic turmoil that Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has caused and is a necessary step in deterring further aggression.

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BRIEF-USW lends support to Century Aluminum’s campaign against China subsidies

Nov 9 – The United Steelworkers union, which represents workers at several U.S. aluminum smelters that will reduce or shutter production in the coming months, lent its support on Monday to a Century Aluminum campaign against cheap Chinese exports.

* USW, largest industrial union in North America with 1.2 million active and retired workers, joins China Trade Task Force (CTTF), a recently-launched pressure group supported by Century Aluminum, controlled by Glencore Plc…

HOTTER ON METALS: China the aluminium scapegoat?

China is being blamed in some quarters for the production cuts and closures plaguing the aluminium industry elsewhere, with its subsidies system and export of primary metal attracting severe criticism.

This week, a group known as the China Trade Task Force posted a video on its website as well as on YouTube, stating that China had declared a war against US aluminium workers and their families.  The video features interviews with workers at Century Aluminum’s Hawesville smelter, which is operating at 40% of capacity. The company, which blames the cuts on unfairly subsidised Chinese aluminium products and overcapacity in China, is facing curtailments and closures at several other of its smelters.  But, broadly speaking, China is not currently exporting vast amounts of primary aluminium, and the fake semis game – in which semi-fabricated aluminium products from China are sold for remelt – that the country was playing for the past year or two has dried up, as several major producers have publicly stated. So while China accounts for more than half the world’s production of aluminium, it is actually a fairly self-sufficient…