On March 23rd, it was published in the Official Gazette Circular SECEX 16, of March 20, 2015, issued by the Secretariat of Foreign Trade, initiating an anti-dumping investigation in Brazil on the imports of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) canvas from Republic of Korea and China.

The imports are commonly classified under the position 3921.90.19 of the Mercosur Common Nomenclature (NCM).

The investigation was requested by Sansuy S/A, representing the domestic industry.

The period of investigation is from October 2013 to September 2014 for the analysis of dumping and from October 2009 to September 2014 for the analysis of injury.

The argued dumping margin is: (i) 67,7% for Republic of Korea; and (ii) 110,97% for China.

Because China is not considered as a market economy country in Brazil, the domestic industry appointed Republic of Korea as the third market economy for the purpose of calculating the normal value. This choice can be challenged by the exporters.

The interested parties (producers/exporters from the investigated countries, as well as the Brazilian importers) will receive Questionnaires in the next days, to be responded and returned to the investigating authorities within 40 days.

The cooperation allows an exporter to have control over the outcome of the investigation and to ensure that any duties imposed are based on accurate data. Moreover, the cooperating exporters may be subject to individual dumping margins, which tend to be lower than the "all others" margin. In this context, we strongly advise exporters from the investigated countries to participate in this investigation.

It is very important that exporters participate in the investigation and provide detailed responses to the questionnaires on the due date, in order to allow the authorities to apply lower anti-dumping duties to the exports from the investigated origins to Brazil, or no anti-dumping duty at all.

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