Brazil has initiated an official review of antidumping duties on imports of seamless steel pipes originating from China. This is according to a document from the local foreign trade secretariat of the Brazilian Ministry of Industry (Secex/MDIC) monitored by Kallanish.
The Brazilian authorities note that there is sufficient evidence of damage to the domestic production of the said product classified under the Brazilian ‘Nomenclatura Comum do MERCOSUL’ (NCM) code 7304.19.00. The investigation was originally begun following a request from local producer Vallourec Soluções Tubulares do Brasil S.A. in June 2012.
The duties on seamless steel pipes covered carbon line pipes, used in oil or gas sector, with an external diameter exceeding 141.3 mm, but not more than 355.6 mm.
According to the decision, Brazil will maintain duties for Chinese origin seamless pipes between $778.9/tonne and $835.47/t during the on-going review. Anti-dumping measures expired on 4 November 2018. The official investigation should be completed within ten months, according to MDIC.