SECEX (The Brazilian Secretariat of Foreign Trade) opened on January 5th, 2024, a new antidumping investigation against Brazilian imports of polyether polyols with molecular weight between 300 and 4,500 g/mol and a purity level of 90% or more, originated from China and the United States of America, and commonly classified under the NCM code 3907.29.39.
The investigated product is used in the manufacture of polyurethanes, which, in turn, are primarily intended for the production of rigid foams (used in thermal insulation products such as containers, refrigerators, and in the construction industry) and flexible foams (for mattresses and pillows), as well as serving as components for various applications related to coatings, adhesives, sealants and elastomers (the latter often used to coat industrial and furniture paints, add grip to construction adhesives and sealants, adhesives for technical parts and binding agents, as well as sealing automotive filters).
The full text of the SECEX Circular (in Portuguese) that opened the investigation can be accessed in this link.
Importance of stakeholder participation
The active participation of importers, exporters, and any other interested parties in the investigation could be decisive in securing a more favorable outcome. Interested parties may request to be admitted to the process until January 26, 2024, provided they demonstrate the extent to which they could be affected by the investigation.
Considering the recently issued regulation, a proceeding for the assessment of public interest would generally only occur after the trade defense investigation is closed (kindly find details on our Legal Alert on the subject).
See the table below for the main information concerning the new investigation:
Source: SECEX Circular No. 1, of January 4, 2024, published on January 5, 2024.