The Trump administration, since it started earlier this year, has been known to handle things differently. This past Tuesday, the U.S. Commerce Department has taken another unusual step of self-initiating antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations into imports of common alloy aluminum sheets from China. These types of investigations are typically triggered by a company or industry group filing a petition alleging harm from imports, but that wasn’t the case this time. The last time the department self-initiated any investigation was more than 25 years ago.

“President Trump made it clear from day one that unfair trade practices will not be tolerated under this administration, and today we take one more step in fulfilling that promise,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in a statement. “We are self-initiating the first trade case in over a quarter century, showing once again that we stand in constant vigilance in support of free, fair, and reciprocal trade.”

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