AD/CVD investigations nationwide climb 52 percent from 2016

U.S. Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duty (AD/CVD) investigations are typically prompted by a company or industry group filing a petition alleging harm from imports, but recent news on Chinese exports shows that does not have to be the case.

In late November, the U.S. Commerce Department took the extraordinary step of self-initiating an AD/CVD investigation, looking at Chinese imports of common alloy aluminum sheet.

The last time U.S. Commerce self-initiated a CVD investigation was in 1991 for softwood lumber from Canada, while the last self-initiated AD inquiry was in 1985 with semiconductors from Japan.