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Brazil set to perform strict quality tests on Asian steel - 6 March 2012

The Brazilian government intends to impose strict port inspection and quality control measures on steel imports from Asia, particularly products that originate from China, Steel Business Briefing learns.

According to foreign trade bureau Comex, imports from Asia will not be approved for domestic sale unless they meet high standards set by Inmetro, the national institute of metrology, quality and technology, as well as other legislation.

"If a product fails either test it will not be allowed to enter Brazil," states a Comex spokesperson, adding that while an exact start date for the inspections has not yet been decided, they will "definitely" commence this year.

Domestic market participants tell SBB that the introduction of such inspections is seen as a positive move for Brazil's steel industry, which had pleaded with the federal government to take action amid a flood of cheap imports.

"At last, our competitors have to ship good quality steel to our market," says one industry source.


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