Under pressure, Brazil discusses piracy


By Patrícia Campos Mello, The State of S. Paulo - 14/01/2005

The National Council to Combat Piracy meets today in Brasilia and the main topic of discussion will be American retaliation against Brazilian piracy. The United States will finalize, on March 31, an evaluation on the fight against piracy in Brazil. If the USA concludes that Brazil has not perfected the inspection, the country can be removed from the General System of Preferences (SGP). The SGP is a mechanism that provides zero tariffs for several products exported by Brazil, which yield US $ 2,5 billion per year. According to the president of the Brazilian Institute of Ethics in Competition, Émerson Kapaz, the council should discuss ways to intensify border inspection, reduce the tax burden and other measures to combat piracy.