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Final Results of Expedited Sunset Review: Clad Steel Plate From Japan

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Notice Of Final Results Of Expedited Sunset Review: Clad Steel Plate From Japan.

Summary

On June 1, 2001, the Department of Commerce (“the Department”) initiated a sunset review of the antidumping duty order on clad steel plate from Japan (66 FR 29771) pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“the Act”). On the basis of a notice of intent to participate and substantive comments filed on behalf of the domestic industry, and inadequate response (in this case, no response) from respondent interested parties, the Department determined to conduct an expedited review. As a result of this review, the Department finds that revocation of the antidumping order would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at the levels indicated in the Final Results of Review section of this notice.

 

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EFFECTIVE DATE: Back to Top

October 5, 2001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Martha V. Douthit or Carole A. Showers, Office of Policy for Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-5050 or (202) 482-3217 respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

Statute and Regulations Back to Top

This review was conducted pursuant to section 751(c) and 752 of the Act. The Department's procedures for the conduct of sunset reviews are set forth in Procedures for Conducting Five-year (“Sunset”) Reviews of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders, 63 FR 13516 (March 20, 1998) (“Sunset Regulations”), and in 19 CFR part 351 (2000) in general. Guidance on methodological or analytical issues relevant to the Department's conduct of sunset reviews is set forth in the Department's Policy Bulletin 98:3 Policies Regarding the Conduct of Five-year (“Sunset”) Reviews of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders; Policy Bulletin, 63 FR 18871 (April 16, 1998) (“Sunset Policy Bulletin”).

Background Back to Top

On June 1, 2001, the Department initiated a sunset review of the antidumping duty order on clad steel plate from Japan (66 FR 29771), pursuant to section 751(c) of the Act. The Department received a notice of intent to participate on behalf of one domestic interested party, Bethlehem Lukens Plate (“Lukens”) , formerly Lukens Steel Company, within the applicable deadline specified in section 351.218(d)(1)(i) of the Sunset Regulations. Lukens claimed interested party status under section 771(9)(C) of the Act, as a producer of a domestic like product in the United States. On July 2, 2001, we received a complete substantive response from Lukens, within the 30-day deadline specified in the Sunset Regulations under section 351.218(d)(3)(i). We did not receive a substantive response from respondent interested parties in this proceeding. As a result, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(iii)(C), the Department determined to conduct an expedited sunset, 120-day, review of this antidumping duty order.

Scope of Review Back to Top

The scope of this review is all clad steel plate of a width of 600 millimeters (“mm”) or more and a composite thickness of 4.5 mm or more. Clad steel plate is a rectangular finished steel mill product consisting of a layer of cladding material (usually stainless steel or nickel) which is metallurgically bonded to a base or backing of ferrous metal (usually carbon or low alloy steel) where the latter predominates by weight. [1]

Clad steel plate within the scope of this review is classifiable under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”) 7210.90.10.00. Although the HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and Customs purposes, our written description of the scope of this review is dispositive.

Analysis of Comments Received Back to Top

All issues raised by parties to this sunset review are addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum (“Decision Memorandum”) from Jeffrey A. May, Director, Office of Policy, Import Administration, to Faryar Shirzad, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, dated October 1, 2001, which is hereby adopted by this notice. The issues discussed in the Decision Memorandum include the likelihood of continuation or recurrence of dumping and the magnitude of the margins likely to prevail were the order revoked. Parties can find a complete discussion of all issues raised in this review and the corresponding recommendations in this public memorandum which is on file in the Central Records Unit, room B-099, of the main Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the Web at http://ia.ita.doc.gov/frn, under the heading “October 2001.” The paper copy and electronic version of the Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

Final Results of Review Back to Top

We determine that revocation of the antidumping duty order on clad steel plate from Japan would likely head to continuation or recurrence of dumping at the following percentage weighted-average margins:

Manufacturer/exporter Margin (percent)
The Japan Steel Company 118.53
All Others 118.53

This notice serves as the only reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (“APO”) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305 of the Department's regulations. Timely notification of return/destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and the terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation.

This five-year (“sunset”) review and notice are in accordance with sections 751(c), 752, and 777(i)(1) of the Act.

Dated: October 1, 2001.

Joseph A. Spetrini,

Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

[FR Doc. 01-25101 Filed 10-4-01; 8:45 am]

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Footnotes Back to Top

1. Cladding is the association of layers of metals of different colors or natures by molecular interpenetration of the surfaces in contact. This limited diffusion is characteristic of clad products and differentiates them from products metalized in other manners (i.e., by normal electroplating). The various cladding processes include pouring molten cladding metal onto the basic metal followed by rolling; simple hot-rolling of the cladding metal to ensure efficient welding to the basic metal; any other method of deposition of superimposing of the cladding metal followed by any mechanical or thermal process to ensure welding (i.e., electrocladding), in which the cladding metal (nickel, Chromium, etc.) is applied to the basic metal by electroplating, molecular interpenetration of the surfaces in contact then being obtained by heat treatment at the appropriate temperature with subsequent cold rolling. See Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System Explanatory Notes, Chapter 72, General Note (IV)(C)(2)(e). Stainless clad steel plate is manufactured to American Society for Testing and Materials (“ASTM”) specifications A263 (400 series stainless types) and A264 (300 series stainless types). Nickel and nickel-base alloy clad steel plate is manufactured to ASTM specification A265. These specifications are illustrative but not necessarily all-inclusive.

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