Brazilian government has ended an anti-dumping
investigation into imports of refractory materials from the
United States due to insignificant import volumes.
accounted for less than 3 percent of Brazils total
steel-related imports from April 2007 through March 2012,
Brazilian foreign trade secretariat Secex said June 12.
Brazil opened an
anti-dumping investigation last July into imports of refractory
materials consumed by the steel industry following a request by
domestic producer Magnesita Refratários SA, which
accounts for 97 percent of the nations refractory
The probe also
included imports of refractory materials from China and Mexico.
That investigation has been extended by up to six months,
starting July 2, Secex said.
industry consumes 85 percent of the refractory materials, which
are heat-resistant materials used to line furnaces and other
hot metal processing equipment. The cement, nonferrous,
chemicals, ceramics and glass industries use the remaining 15
Brazil imported 22,846
tonnes of refractory materials in 2012, down 12.7 percent from
26,183 tonnes in 2011, according to data from the
countrys foreign trade ministry.
ArcelorMittal Brasil SA, ThyssenKrupps Cia.
Siderúrgica do Atlântico and Villares Metals SA
were among the companies importing the product, Secex said.
A version of this
article was first published in AMM sister publication Steel