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The Aluminum Agenda

A Policy Roadmap for a Competitive U.S. Aluminum Industry



The U.S. aluminum industry is an essential element of the nation’s manufacturing base, generating hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs, driving innovation and increasing energy efficiency in transportation, packaging, building and construction and other markets. With record demand, ongoing capital investment and job growth, now is the time for policymakers to act to support the U.S. aluminum industry in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.

To that end, the Aluminum Association released the Aluminum Agenda: A Policy Roadmap for a Competitive U.S. Aluminum Industry. The document, developed in consultation with aluminum companies spanning the entire industry value chain, identifies five areas essential for future growth and investment in the United States: Trade, Environment, Infrastructure, Energy and Workforce. Click here to read the full Agenda.

Top Priorities


Ensure continued access to reliable, affordable and efficient domestic energy sources. Promote aluminum recycling to support secondary production. Learn more.


Develop common sense, science-based regulation in areas including air and water quality, chemical reporting and vehicle fuel economy standards. Learn more.


Increase long-term public and private funding and enact various reforms to recognize the benefits of sustainable materials to help shore up the nation’s highways, transit systems, electric grid and other critical infrastructure. Learn more.


Negotiate with China to address structural aluminum overcapacity, eliminate trade barriers for countries that play by the rules and pursue targeted trade enforcement for countries that do not. Learn more.


Promote policies to enable the recruitment of a skilled and diverse workforce and improve workplace health and safety. Learn more.

Support a Strong Industry

There are a number of specific steps policymakers can take to support the U.S. aluminum industry’s continued global competitiveness.

  • Address Subsidized Overcapacity: Renew focus on strong trade enforcement and address structural aluminum overcapacity in China through negotiations.
  • Increase Domestic Recycling: Improve national recycling system through increased funding for infrastructure and promoting curbside and other municipal recycling programs.
  • Develop Aluminum Import Monitoring System: Expand the Commerce Department’s current import monitoring program to include aluminum and aluminum products to ensure strong enforcement and fair trade. 
  • Improve Vehicle Fuel Economy: Ensure that fuel economy regulations are fact-based and support continued improvements and innovation in the U.S. vehicle fleet. 
  • Remove Section 232 Tariffs: Remove Section 232 tariffs on all remaining market economy trading partners.
  • Pass USMCA: Pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to ensure growth and stability in the North American aluminum market.
  • Support National Infrastructure Bill: Pursue a comprehensive national infrastructure bill that recognizes the benefits of sustainable materials to improve the nation’s transportation and other critical public systems.



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