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
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