SÃO PAULO, Brazil Brazil has extended an anti-dumping probe into imports of seamless carbon steel tube from China.
The conclusion of the investigation has been pushed out by up to six months from June 21, 2013, Brazilian foreign trade secretariat Secex said in a statement June 5.
Secex, part of the countrys Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, did not disclose the reasons behind the decision.
The products being investigated are line pipe with external diameters of 141.3 millimeters to 355.6 mm, which are largely used by the oil and gas industries.
The case was opened in June 2012 following a request from Vallourec & Mannesmann Tubes SA-V&M do Brasil SA, which is the sole producer of these goods in Brazil.
V&M do Brasil general director Alexandre Lyra told AMM sister publication Steel First last month that he expected an outcome on the case around midyear.
Brazil imported 49,442 tonnes of this type of line pipe in 2012, of which 39,263 tonnes came from China, according to figures from the countrys foreign trade ministry.
In 2011, imports reached 49,664 tonnes, with China providing 31,219 tonnes.
A version of this article was first published by AMM sister publication Steel First