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Gerdau exec shows shift in stance on dumping probes

Keywords: Tags  Gerdau Group, Andre Gerdau Johannpeter, steel, rebar, anti-dumping probes, ArcelorMittal Brasil, CSN, Usiminas Ana Paula Camargo

SÃO PAULO — Gerdau SA chief executive officer André Gerdau Johannpeter is concerned by the increasing levels of steel imports in some Latin American countries.

"In Colombia, for instance, rebar imports have increased by 330 percent in the past two years, which could justify requesting a safeguard investigation," he said.

"Wherever there are unfair imports that do not meet (trade) rules, we will undoubtedly file requests (for anti-dumping and safeguard investigations), including in Brazil," Johannpeter told AMM sister publication Steel First during a conference call Aug. 1, indicating a change in the company’s stance.

In February, Johannpeter said that Gerdau didn’t have plans to request any anti-dumping investigations in Brazil.

Other Brazilian steelmakers—including ArcelorMittal Brasil SA, Cia. Siderúrgica Nacional SA (CSN) and Usinas Siderúrgicas de Minas Gerais SA (Usiminas)—have either requested or supported anti-dumping investigations in the country, with Gerdau the only producer has to have entered a petition yet.

A version of this article was first published in AMM sister publication Steel First.

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