NEW YORK The U.S.
International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to end
anti-dumping duties on silicomanganese from Brazil.
But domestic sources are unsure
of the possible impact of the ruling on the domestic market, as
the absence of Brazilian material since duties were imposed in
1994 means that silicomanganese production capacities and costs
in Brazil are not well known.
Two Brazilian companies,
Simões Filho-based Cia. Paulista de Ferro-Ligas and Rio
Doce Manganês SA, a subsidiary of Rio de Janeiro-based
mining company Vale SA, will no longer face duties of 64.93
percent. Other Brazilian producers had faced a 17.6-percent
The United States imported
71,400 tons of Brazilian silicomanganese in 1993, the year
before the duties were imposed, according to the ITC.
As part of a five-year sunset
review, the ITC voted to maintain duties of 150 percent on
Chinese silicomanganese producers and 163 percent on Ukrainian
"Revoking the existing
anti-dumping duty orders on silicomanganese from China and
Ukraine would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence
of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time," the