Brazil’s steel trade defense policies sending mixed signals

Dec 23, 2013 | 09:38 AM | Ana Paula Camargo

Tags  Brazilian steel, steel imports, grain-oriented, non-gain-oriented, electrical steel, flat-rolled steel, IABr, MDIC Ana Paula Camargo

SÃO PAULO — The Brazilian government’s attempts to protect its steel industry from high import levels generated mixed signals this year.

While it imposed anti-dumping duties on a range of products following investigations, it didn’t renew increased import tariffs on 100 products from various sectors that were introduced in 2012, a move that surprised the domestic steel institute.

The country’s Chamber of Foreign Trade (Camex) concluded investigations into five cases this year by putting in place anti-dumping duties.

The affected products are non-grain oriented electrical flat steels from China, Taiwan and South Korea; welded austenitic stainless steel pipes from China and Taiwan; carbon steel seamless pipe from China; heavy plates from China, South Korea, Ukraine and South Africa; and austenitic stainless cold-rolled coil from Germany, China, South Korea, Finland, Taiwan and Vietnam.....

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