U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the U.S. will collect tariffs on  $1.96 billion worth of aluminum sheet from 18 countries after determining the goods were unfairly dumped here, the broadest trade enforcement action by the agency in more than two decades.

Collection of the duties on imports from nations including Germany, Bahrain and Oman will go into effect immediately, even though the department’s determination was preliminary, Ross said. The U.S. International Trade Commission is expected to make a final determination in February 2021, he said.


“This is the largest and most far-reaching case that our department has brought in more than 20 years,” Ross said Friday morning during an interview with FOX Business’ Maria Bartiromo.

Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Greece, India, Indonesia, Italy, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey were also affected.

The money that the U.S. is now moving to collect comes from cash deposits already put down by importers. If the commission rules next year that the countries weren’t unfairly dumping aluminum products, the cash deposits will be returned.

China is not on the list, Ross said, because the department already collects tariffs on Beijing’s aluminum products. That levy has pushed excess Chinese output into other markets, displacing production in those countries and leading their producers to flood the U.S. with goods priced low enough to undercut American manufacturers.

“It’s a very complicated matter,” Ross said, but “there’s a lot of illegal dumping in the U.S., and that’s what we’re clamping down on.”


LONGMEADOW—Responding to the need for diapers, wipes, tampons, pads and incontinence items among area people in need, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and Temple Beth El are conducting another Longmeadow Loves Donation Drive through October.

“We’ve heard from our partners that they’re seeing an increase in demand, and food pantries seeing increased demand have told us they don’t have space for personal care items as they try to keep up with demand for food,” said the Rev. Charlotte H. LaForest, St. Andrew’s rector and one of the founders of the drive. “Public schools and public libraries are another place where people might seek out this kind of assistance. They were completely shut down last spring, and though some school districts have reopened in a reduced capacity, supplying these products often falls to the nurses to supply out of their own pocket. We would love to help supply schools and libraries and are exploring partnerships in these areas.”

There is a donation bin at St. Andrew’s behind the church near the back parking lot throughout October, and there will be an information booth and collection site at the St. Andrew’s Annual Pumpkins and Pets on the Hill on Oct. 10.

Anyone who brings a Longmeadow Loves donation to Pumpkins and Pets will receive a free raffle ticket for the raffle basket.

People can support the project also by shopping online at tgt.gifts/longmeadowloves.

“Different types of products needed are listed on the Target registry,” LaForest said. “We’ve chosen to list primarily Target brand on the registry because they are the best value, but any brand would be great.”

Contributions to the May Longmeadow Loves Donation Drive exceeded expectations with donors from throughout Western Massachusetts. “Anyone with the link can order from the registry, so participation is easy, and those who preferred to