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On June 22, 2016, the Trade Remedies Department (DECOM) held a hearing at the Foreign Trade Secretariat (SECEX/MDIC), to discuss matters relating to the anti-dumping investigation on exports to Brazil of frozen potatoes from Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

The hearing was attended by the Belgium Ambassador in Brazil, Mr. Jozef Smets, the European Union Delegation, representatives of the German, Dutch and French Embassies, members of the Brazilian Government, European exporters and Brazilian importers. Sidera Consult actively participated in the hearing, representing the European Association of Potato Processors (EUPPA) and several Belgian exporters of frozen potatoes that are participating in the process, as well as Dutch and German companies.

During the hearing, Mr. Roland Saldanha, Sidera’s partner, presented to the Brazilian authorities several arguments that could contribute with terminating the investigation without the application of anti-dumping duties to European countries.

Belgium is the largest exporter of potatoes and its derivatives, which makes the anti-dumping investigation on frozen fries a matter of extreme importance to the Belgian Government.

In the picture above, Mr. Roland Saldanha, from Sidera, can be seen with the Belgian Ambassador, Mr. Jozef Smets, Mrs. Isabelle Bedoyán, Customs Attaché from the Belgian Embassy, Mr. Luiz Conde from Lutosa, Mr. Roberto Junqueira from Minerva, and Mr. Paulo Cortez from Lugs Franchising.

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