BRAZIL has requested formal talks with the United States at the World Trade Organisation to pressure Washington into lifting anti-dumping duties that it has imposed on Brazilian exports of silicon metal.

These were imposed in 1991 and include metal produced by the Companhia Brasileira Carbureto de Cálcio, (CBCC); it has regularly participated in annual administrative reviews of its dumping margin, applying the duties to be scrapped.

Despite the fact that in 1995-1996, 1996-1997, and 1997-1998, no dumping could be proved, the ...

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