Federarroz calls for socio-environmental antidumping to protect Brazilian producers

Entity requested measures to allow entry of only products that follow legislation similar to Brazilian legislation

05.07.2023 | 15:45 (UTC -3)
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Image: Paulo Rossi/Disclosure
Image: Paulo Rossi/Disclosure

The Federation of Rice Growers Associations of Rio Grande do Sul (Federarroz) joined the federal government with a request for the application of Socio-Environmental Antidumping Measures in relation to rice imports into Brazil without compliance with social, environmental and sanitary rules. which Brazilian producers are subject to. Anti-dumping duties aim to prevent national producers from being harmed by imports made at dumping prices, a practice considered unfair in terms of trade in international agreements.

According to Federarroz's statement to the government, asymmetries in the production process with competing countries, those that do not comply with the same strict rules as Brazil, make it possible to offer various products, of plant and animal origin, at anti-competitive and anti-competitive market prices with those practiced in the country, in order to make it impossible for producers to remain in the field. Furthermore, according to the entity, the request presented seeks to protect public health, "since several products enter the country using agricultural pesticides that have not gone through the rigorous analysis process used by Brazilian producers, which are subject to analysis of control bodies such as the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock and the Ministry of the Environment, a fact that makes the Brazilian production process much more costly than that of competing countries".

Federarroz also reports that the country's rice area has increased from 3,5 million hectares to around 1,5 million in the last 20 years. In the State of Rio Grande do Sul, the cultivated area increased from 1,2 million hectares to 839 thousand hectares in the 2022/2023 Harvest. "In this step, Federarroz requested the Federal Government to only allow rice to enter the country upon proof of compliance with legislation similar to Brazilian legislation, under social, environmental and sanitary aspects, under penalty of harm to the country's production and food security for the entire community", concludes the entity's request.  

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