CMI opposes tariffs on American-made aluminium cans

The Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) has told the US Commerce Department that aluminium can sheets and aluminum ingot, which are used to make beverage cans, are not a security risk that requires intervention in the form of tariffs or trade restrictions.

CMI testified at the US Commerce Department hearing on the effects of imports on aluminium on US national security and stated that any proposed tariff or trade restrictions could have the potential to increase the cost of aluminium beverage cans consumed by US consumers.

CMI noted that like most industries, can makers depend on predictability in supply and price. If the aluminium supply is hindered by unnecessary tariffs or trade restrictions, it could lead to supply inefficiencies and affect product availability.

CMI also mentioned that currently 66% of primary aluminum imported into the United States comes from Canada. Primary aluminum is not available in the United States commercially.

A tariff on aluminum products would put an unfair tax on the can manufacturing industry, putting aluminium cans at a disadvantage with competitive packaging, such as glass and plastic. This would ultimately harm US consumers, who would pay more for canned beverage products.

With these concerns in mind, CMI urged the US Department of Commerce to exempt aluminium can sheet used to make beverage containers and other aluminium products from any tariff or other trade action.

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