Aluminium Association of Canada Thrilled with Withdrawal of Petition Demanding Tariff on U.S. Imports

Montreal, April 22, 2016 — The Aluminium Association of Canada (AAC), consisting of Alcoa, Alouette and Rio Tinto, is thrilled with the decision of the United Steelworkers (USW) to withdraw its petition for the imposition of a 50% tariff on aluminium imports.

“We share the USW’s determination to find solutions to the market’s structural disruptions. We also believe that the continued support of governments through commercial diplomacy is the best way to ensure the sustainability of North America’s aluminium industry,” says Jean Simard, President and CEO of the AAC.

“We applaud the USW-affiliated unions in Quebec and the Unifor union, and the Canadian and Quebec governments, for their contribution to resolving this crisis. We managed to protect our industry thanks to a shared vision of the issues, the urgency and importance of the situation,” said Jean Simard.

The United Steelworkers have withdrawn the petition that it filed a few days ago with hopes of protecting the primary aluminium market in the U.S. In a press release explaining why the petition was withdrawn, the USW specified the petition was filed to protect the market against China’s overcapacity and trade practices.

About the Aluminium Association of Canada

The Aluminium Association of Canada (AAC) is a non-profit organization grouping together three Canadian world-class aluminium producers: Alcoa Canada Global Primary Products, Aluminerie Alouette and Rio Tinto. The three businesses operate 10 aluminium smelters in Canada, including nine in Quebec, and employ over 9,000 people. They account for more than 10% of Quebec’s balance of trade and spend more than $3 billion annually in its economy.


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For information and interview requests:

Carole Lacroix

Aluminium Association of Canada

514-288-4842, ext. 221

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