Laminated Products: Call for Clarity in Investigation

Importers of rolled products in Guatemala demand objectivity in the investigation conducted by the Ministry of Economy to determine whether or not to apply a safeguard to the import of these products.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Derived from the request made by the company Ternium, for the Directorate of Foreign Trade Administration (DACE) to carry out an economic study of the import of rolled products in the country, which has as its main objective, to establish if appropriate a safeguard measure, companies such as Ferromax and Grupo Ferroso, SA, require that the results of the investigation are objective and respond to the real situation of the market.

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The investigation file specifies that purchases from abroad of tariff headings 7225.91.00, 7225.92.00 and 7225.99.00, which relate to flat-rolled products of other alloy steels with a width of 600 mm or more, are studied.

As part of the process, the authorities scheduled a hearing with interested parties on November 20. After this event, the report will be prepared, which could be presented next December.

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César Trujillo, Ferromax's lawyer, told Prensalibre.com that "... they remain concerned because the requesting company (Ternium) is also a producer and imports product from Mexico, so there is a contradiction in the procedure. 'How is it possible that a national producer imports the same product from Mexico and is seeking protection of a product'."

Andrés Rivera, legal representative of Grupo Ferroso, S.A. explained that "... the file entering DACE calls attention, that the same producer who has other plants for the manufacture of bovine (lamina) in Argentina and Mexico, 'seeks to create a mess' in the exposed file. We call on the investigating authority to be aware and make a simple investigation into the issue of products, because they are not importing the same in the items they seek to block through the safeguard."

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