THE CHILEAN government has expanded the safeguard duty investigation on steel imports that it launched in December, so it can take into account the chain of events sparked by the Bush administration's imposition of wide-ranging steel tariffs.

In a statement to the World Trade Organisation, Santiago said that the decision was taken "on the basis of the emergency measures adopted in recent weeks by a group of producer countries, the implications of which on the domestic industry can not yet be fully appreciated."

Chile is ...

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