The preliminary version of the Support Guide for the Brazilian Exporter Investigated in Commercial Defense Processes Abroad was opened for public consultation on Wednesday (12) by the Foreign Trade Secretariat of the Ministry of Economy (Secex/ME). The objective of the guide is to guide the exporter to identify basic concepts on trade defense instruments, present the support system for the exporter, composed of the Ministries of Economy and Foreign Affairs, and also provide more details on the stages, rights and duties of the parties and the form of participation of Brazilian companies during and after the process.
"This is a proactive stance of the government in helping the Brazilian exporter investigated by trade defense authorities abroad," said the Secretary of Foreign Trade, Lucas Ferraz. "It is necessary to disclose the mechanisms available to the Brazilian exporter that can contribute to the defense of their interests in the face of investigations and trade defense measures," he added.
The guide was prepared based on Brazilian legislation, the multilateral agreements of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the legislation of some of the main countries that work with trade defense mechanisms, as well as the experience shared by the Ministries of Economy and Foreign Affairs in providing support to Brazilian exporters affected by investigations or trade defense measures applied by other countries. The public consultation is open until April 12, 2020.
The document is in question and answer format. Section 2 presents the main concepts related to trade defence instruments. Section 3 provides information related to the Brazilian exporter support system. Section 4 presents information on investigations conducted by foreign trade defense authorities.
Section 5 addresses the participation of Brazilian exporting companies during the investigation of the foreign trade defense authority, while Section 6 presents aspects related to the performance of exporting companies after the application of a trade defense measure.
Contributions from civil society, requesting the inclusion of other information in this version of the guide, can be sent to the following e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org. The preliminary version is available on the website of the Ministry of Economy, Industry, Foreign Trade and Services, in the section "Foreign Trade".