Trade Defense and Remedies: An Update on Brazilian Developments

In the last 5 years, the trade defense in Brazil has undergone significant change. Increased demand for trade remedies, more complex investigations and growing number of interested parties have called for a re- structuring of the Brazilian investigating authority and the legal framework for conducting trade remedies investigations. The presentation explained what changes were introduced both in the investigating authority and in the regulation. In order to give some perspective, reference will be made to the US trade remedy system. Felipe Hees earned a BA in Economics from the University of Campinas (1993), Brazil, Master in Economic Science from State University of Campinas (1996), Brazil, and a Doctorate in History from the University of Brasília (2014), Brazil. Career diplomat since 1998. Head of the Division of Mercosur Trade Negotiations - I of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for trade negotiations with Jordan, Morocco, the Gulf Cooperation Council, Syria, Palestine, among others, between 2009 and 2011. Negotiated antidumping, subsidies and countervailing measures and safeguards when posted at the Mission of Brazil to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva (2003-2007). Posted at the Brazilian Embassy in Australia (2007- 2009). Negotiated also services, investment and electronic commerce in Mercosur, the FTAA, the Mercosur/European Union negotiations and the WTO. Between April 2011 and March 2014, Director of the Trade Remedies Department (DECOM) of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC). Currently posted at the Mission of Brazil to the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva.