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Certain Cold-Rolled and Corrosion-Resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products From Korea: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Reviews

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION:

Final results of antidumping duty administrative reviews.

SUMMARY:

On September 8, 1999, the Department of Commerce (“Department”) published the preliminary results of the administrative reviews of the antidumping duty orders on certain cold-rolled and corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat products from Korea. These reviews cover three manufacturers/exporters. The period of review (“POR”) is August 1, 1997 through July 31, 1998.

Based on our analysis of the comments received, we have made changes in the margin calculations. Therefore, the final results differ from the preliminary results. The final weighted-average dumping margins for the reviewed firms are listed below in the section entitled “Final Results of the Reviews.”

EFFECTIVE DATE:

March 13, 2000.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Juanita Chen (Dongbu), Becky Hagen (the POSCO Group), Marlene Hewitt (Union), Robert Bolling, or James Doyle, Enforcement Group III, Office 9, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20230, telephone 202-482-0409 (Chen), 202-482-3362 (Hagen), 202-482-1385 (Hewitt), 202-482-3434 (Bolling), or 202-482-0159 (Doyle), fax 202-482-1388.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Applicable Statute

Unless otherwise indicated, all citations to the Tariff Act of 1930 (“Act”) are references to the provisions effective January 1, 1995, the effective date of the amendments made to the Act by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (“URAA”). In addition, unless otherwise indicated, all citations to the Department's regulations are to the regulations at 19 CFR Part 351 (1998).

Background

The Department published antidumping duty orders on certain cold-rolled and corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat products from Korea on August 19, 1993. Antidumping Duty Orders on Certain Cold-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products and Certain Corrosion-Resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Korea, 58 FR 44159 (August 19, 1993). The Department published a notice of Opportunity to Request Administrative Review of the antidumping duty orders for the 1997/98 review period on August 11, 1998. Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation; Opportunity to Request Administrative Review, 63 FR 42821 (August 11, 1998). On August 31, 1998, respondent Union Steel Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (“Union”) requested that the Department conduct an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat products from Korea, and respondents Dongbu Steel Co., Ltd. (“Dongbu”) and Pohang Iron and Steel Co., Ltd. (“POSCO”) requested that the Department conduct administrative reviews of the antidumping duty orders on cold-rolled and corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat products from Korea. On August 31, 1998, petitioners in the original less-than-fair-value (“LTFV”) investigations (AK Steel Corporation; Bethlehem Steel Corporation; Inland Steel Industries, Inc.; LTV Steel Company; National Steel Corporation; and U.S. Steel Group—a unit of USX Corporation) requested that the Department conduct administrative reviews of the antidumping duty orders on cold-rolled and corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat products from Korea with respect to all three of the aforementioned respondents. We initiated these reviews on September 23, 1998. See 63 FR 51893 (September 29, 1998).

On August 31, 1999, the Department issued the preliminary results of these administrative reviews. See Certain Cold-Rolled and Corrosion-Resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products From Korea: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Start Printed Page 13360Duty Administrative Reviews, 64 FR 48767 (September 8, 1999) (“Korean Flat-Rolled 5th Reviews Prelim.”). The Department has now completed these administrative reviews in accordance with section 751 of the Act.

Scope of the Reviews

The review of “certain cold-rolled carbon steel flat products” covers cold-rolled (cold-reduced) carbon steel flat-rolled products, of rectangular shape, neither clad, plated nor coated with metal, whether or not painted, varnished or coated with plastics or other nonmetallic substances, in coils (whether or not in successively superimposed layers) and of a width of 0.5 inch or greater, or in straight lengths which, if of a thickness less than 4.75 millimeters, are of a width of 0.5 inch or greater and which measures at least 10 times the thickness or if of a thickness of 4.75 millimeters or more are of a width which exceeds 150 millimeters and measures at least twice the thickness, as currently classifiable in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (“HTS”) under item numbers 7209.15.0000, 7209.16.0030, 7209.16.0060, 7209.16.0090, 7209.17.0030, 7209.17.0060, 7209.17.0090, 7209.18.1530, 7209.18.1560, 7209.18.2550, 7209.18.6000, 7209.25.0000, 7209.26.0000, 7209.27.0000, 7209.28.0000, 7209.90.0000, 7210.70.3000, 7210.90.9000, 7211.23.1500, 7211.23.2000, 7211.23.3000, 7211.23.4500, 7211.23.6030, 7211.23.6060, 7211.23.6085, 7211.29.2030, 7211.29.2090, 7211.29.4500, 7211.29.6030, 7211.29.6080, 7211.90.0000, 7212.40.1000, 7212.40.5000, 7212.50.0000, 7215.50.0015, 7215.50.0060, 7215.50.0090, 7215.90.5000, 7217.10.1000, 7217.10.2000, 7217.10.3000, 7217.10.7000, 7217.90.1000, 7217.90.5030, 7217.90.5060, 7217.90.5090. Included in this review are flat-rolled products of nonrectangular cross-section where such cross-section is achieved subsequent to the rolling process (i.e., products which have been “worked after rolling”)—for example, products which have been beveled or rounded at the edges. Excluded from this review is certain shadow mask steel, i.e., aluminum-killed, cold-rolled steel coil that is open-coil annealed, has a carbon content of less than 0.002 percent, is of 0.003 to 0.012 inch in thickness, 15 to 30 inches in width, and has an ultra flat, isotropic surface.

The review of “certain corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat products” covers flat-rolled carbon steel products, of rectangular shape, either clad, plated, or coated with corrosion-resistant metals such as zinc, aluminum, or zinc-, aluminum-, nickel- or iron-based alloys, whether or not corrugated or painted, varnished or coated with plastics or other nonmetallic substances in addition to the metallic coating, in coils (whether or not in successively superimposed layers) and of a width of 0.5 inch or greater, or in straight lengths which, if of a thickness less than 4.75 millimeters, are of a width of 0.5 inch or greater and which measures at least 10 times the thickness or if of a thickness of 4.75 millimeters or more are of a width which exceeds 150 millimeters and measures at least twice the thickness, as currently classifiable in the HTS under item numbers 7210.30.0030, 7210.30.0060, 7210.41.0000, 7210.49.0030, 7210.49.0090, 7210.61.0000, 7210.69.0000, 7210.70.6030, 7210.70.6060, 7210.70.6090, 7210.90.1000, 7210.90.6000, 7210.90.9000, 7212.20.0000, 7212.30.1030, 7212.30.1090, 7212.30.3000, 7212.30.5000, 7212.40.1000, 7212.40.5000, 7212.50.0000, 7212.60.0000, 7215.90.1000, 7215.90.3000, 7215.90.5000, 7217.20.1500, 7217.30.1530, 7217.30.1560, 7217.90.1000, 7217.90.5030, 7217.90.5060, 7217.90.5090. Included in this review are flat-rolled products of nonrectangular cross-section where such cross-section is achieved subsequent to the rolling process (i.e., products which have been “worked after rolling”)—for example, products which have been beveled or rounded at the edges. Excluded from this review are flat-rolled steel products either plated or coated with tin, lead, chromium, chromium oxides, both tin and lead (“terne plate”), or both chromium and chromium oxides (“tin-free steel”), whether or not painted, varnished or coated with plastics or other nonmetallic substances in addition to the metallic coating. Also excluded from this review are clad products in straight lengths of 0.1875 inch or more in composite thickness and of a width which exceeds 150 millimeters and measures at least twice the thickness. Also excluded from this review are certain clad stainless flat-rolled products, which are three-layered corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat-rolled products less than 4.75 millimeters in composite thickness that consist of a carbon steel flat-rolled product clad on both sides with stainless steel in a 20%-60%-20% ratio.

These HTS item numbers are provided for convenience and U.S. Customs purposes. The written descriptions remain dispositive.

Analysis of Comments Received

All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties to these administrative reviews are addressed in the “Issues and Decision Memorandum” (“Decision Memo”) from Joseph A. Spetrini, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Import Administration, to Robert S. LaRussa, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, dated March 6, 2000, which is hereby adopted and incorporated by reference into this notice. A list of the issues which parties have raised and to which we have responded, all of which are in the Decision Memo, is attached to this notice as an Appendix. Parties can find a complete discussion of all issues raised in these reviews and the corresponding recommendations in this public memorandum which is on file at the U.S. Department of Commerce, in the Central Records Unit, in room B-099. In addition, a complete version of the Decision Memo, accessible in B-099 and on the Web at www.ita.doc.gov/​importadmin/​records/​frn. The paper copy and electronic version of the Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

Use of Facts Available

In accordance with section 776 of the Act, we have determined that the use of facts available is appropriate for certain portions of our analysis of the POSCO Group. For a discussion of our determination with respect to this matter, see the POSCO Group's facts available section of the Decision Memo, accessible in B-099 and on the Web at www.ita.doc.gov/​import_​admin/​records/​frn.

Sales Below Cost in the Home Market

The Department disregarded home market below-cost sales that failed the cost test for Dongbu, the POSCO Group, and Union in these final results of review.

Duty Absorption

On October 20, 1998, the petitioners requested that the Department determine whether antidumping duties have been absorbed by an exporter or producer subject to these administrative reviews, in the event that the subject merchandise was sold during this period of review in the United States through an importer affiliated with the POSCO Group, Dongbu, or Union. Section 751(a)(4) of the Act provides that, if requested, the Department will Start Printed Page 13361determine whether antidumping duties have been absorbed by a foreign producer or exporter subject to the order if the subject merchandise is sold in the United States through an affiliated importer. Section 751(a)(4) of the Act authorizes this inquiry during an administrative review initiated two years or four years after publication of an order. For transition orders as defined in section 751(c)(6)(C) of the Act (i.e., antidumping orders in effect as of January 1, 1995), section 351.213(j)(2) of the Department's regulations provides that the Department will make such as determination for any administrative review initiated in 1996 or 1998. The orders in these cases are transition orders, which went into effect in 1993. See Notice of Antidumping Duty Orders: Certain Cold-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products and Certain Corrosion-Resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Korea, 58 FR 44159 (August 19, 1993). Because this review was initiated in 1998, and the petitioners made a timely request for a duty absorption determination (i.e., within 30 days of the date of publication of the notice of initiation of this review), we find that the regulatory requirements for a duty absorption determination have been met. See 19 CFR 351.213(j).

We have determined that duty absorption has occurred with respect to the percentages of sales shown below which were made through the respondents' U.S. affiliates and which had positive dumping margins:

Producer/manufacturer/exporterPercentage of U.S. affiliate's sales with dumping margins
Certain Cold-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products
The POSCO Group2.70
Certain Corrosion-Resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products
Dongbu20.81
The POSCO Group6.85
Union4.49

With respect to the above companies, we presume that the duties will be absorbed for those sales which were dumped. This presumption can be rebutted with evidence that the unaffiliated purchasers in the United States will pay the ultimately assessed duty. However, there is no such evidence on the record. Although we afforded interested parties the opportunity to submit evidence that unaffiliated purchasers in the United States will absorb duties, no party availed itself of this opportunity. Therefore, under these circumstances, we have determined that antidumping duties have been absorbed by the above-listed firms on the percentages of U.S. sales indicated.

Request for Revocation

The POSCO Group

On August 31, 1998, the POSCO Group submitted a request, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.222(e), that the Department revoke the orders covering certain cold-rolled carbon steel flat products and certain corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat products from Korea with respect to its sales of this merchandise.

In accordance with 19 CFR 351.222(e), these requests were accompanied by a certification from POSCO that it had not sold the subject merchandise at less than normal value (“NV”) for a three-year period, including this review period, and would not do so in the future. POSCO also agreed to its immediate reinstatement of the relevant antidumping order, as long as any firm is subject to the order, if the Department concludes under 19 CFR 351.216 that, subsequent to revocation, POSCO sold the subject merchandise at less than NV. In the third administrative reviews, we determined that the POSCO Group sold both cold-rolled and corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat products at less than normal value. See Certain Cold-Rolled and Corrosion-Resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Korea: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Reviews, 63 FR 13170 (March 18, 1998), as amended at 63 FR 20572 (April 27, 1998). Although the final results of the third reviews are subject to litigation, that litigation is not yet complete. In the fourth administrative reviews, the POSCO Group had de minimis margins for both products. See Certain Cold-Rolled and Corrosion-Resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Korea: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Reviews, 64 FR 10982 (March 8, 1999). Consequently, we have determined that because the POSCO Group does not have three consecutive years of zero or de minimis margins on cold-rolled carbon steel flat products and corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat products, it is not eligible for revocation of these orders under 19 CFR 351.222(e).

Dongbu

On August 31, 1998, Dongbu submitted a request, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.222(e), that the Department revoke the orders covering certain corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat products from Korea with respect to its sales of this merchandise.

In accordance with 19 CFR 351.222(e), the request was accompanied by a certification from Dongbu that it had not sold the subject merchandise at less than NV for a three-year period, including this review period, and would not do so in the future. Dongbu also agreed to its immediate reinstatement in the relevant antidumping order, as long as any firm is subject to the order, if the Department concludes under 19 CFR 351.216 that, subsequent to revocation, it sold the subject merchandise at less than NV. In the third administrative review, we determined that Dongbu sold corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat products at less than normal value. See Certain Cold-Rolled and Corrosion-Resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Korea: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Reviews, 63 FR 13170 (March 18, 1998), as amended at 63 FR 20572 (April 27, 1998). In the fourth administrative review, we determined that Dongbu was selling corrosion-resistant carbon steel products at less than normal value. See Certain Cold-Rolled and Corrosion-Resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Korea: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Reviews, 64 FR 10982 (March 8, 1999). Consequently, we determine that because Dongbu does not have three consecutive years of zero or de minimis margins on corrosion-resistant steel, it is not eligible for revocation of the order on corrosion-resistant steel under 19 CFR 351.222(e).

Changes Since the Preliminary Results

Based on our analysis of comments received, we have made certain changes in the margin calculations. We have also corrected certain programming and clerical errors in our preliminary results, where applicable. Any alleged programming or clerical errors with which we do not agree are discussed in the relevant sections of the “Decision Memorandum,” accessible in B-099 and on the Web at www.ita.doc.gov/​importadmin/​records/​frn.

Final Results of the Reviews

We determine that the following percentage weighted-average margins exist for the period August 1, 1997 through July 31, 1998:

Producer/Manufacturer/ExporterWeighted-average margin
Certain Cold-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products
Dongbu0.00 Start Printed Page 13362
The POSCO Group0.41
Union0.00
Certain Corrosion-Resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products
Dongbu1.29
The POSCO Group0.68
Union0.14

The Department shall determine, and the U.S. Customs Service (“Customs”) shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b), we have calculated exporter/importer-specific assessment rates. With respect to both export price and constructed export price sales, we divided the total dumping margins for the reviewed sales by the total entered value of those reviewed sales for each importer. We will direct Customs to assess the resulting percentage margins against the entered Customs values for the subject merchandise on each of that importer's entries under the relevant order during the review period.

Cash Deposit Requirements

The following deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of this notice of final results of administrative reviews for all shipments of cold-rolled and corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat products from Korea entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication, as provided by section 751(a)(1) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rates for the reviewed companies will be the rates shown above except that, for firms whose weighted-average margins are less than 0.5 percent and therefore de minimis, the Department shall require no deposit of estimated antidumping duties; (2) for previously reviewed or investigated companies not listed above, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate published for the most recent period; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a prior review, or the original less than fair value (“LTFV”) investigation, but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent period for the manufacturer of the merchandise; and (4) the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers or exporters will continue to be 14.44 percent (for certain cold-rolled carbon steel flat products) or 17.70 percent (for certain corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat products). These rates are the “all others” rates from the LTFV investigations. See Antidumping Duty Orders on Certain Cold-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products and Certain Corrosion-Resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Korea, 58 FR 44159 (August 19, 1993).

These deposit requirements shall remain in effect until publication of the final results of the next administrative review.

This notice also serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary's presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties.

This notice also serves as the only reminder to parties subject to administrative protective orders (“APO”) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305 or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction.

We are issuing and publishing this determination and notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i) of the Act.

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Dated: March 6, 2000.

Robert S. LaRussa,

Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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Appendix

Issues in Decision Memo

Comments and Responses

General Comments

1. Normal Value

A. Currency Conversions

Company-Specific Comments

Dongbu Steel Co., Ltd.

1. EP/CEP.

A. Calculation and Allocation of U.S. Indirect Selling Expense.

2. COP/CV.

A. Use of Fourth Administrative Reviews Databases.

3. Other AD Issues.

A. U.S. Date of Sale.

Pohang Iron and Steel Co., Ltd. (“POSCO”), Pohang Coated Steel Co., Ltd. (“POCOS”), and Pohang Steel Industries Co., Ltd. (“PSI”) (collectively, “POSCO Group”)

1. Facts Available

A. Adjustment to Costs for Differences in Coating Weight

B. Model Match Criteria/Yield Strength

C. Weighted-Average Costs

D. Cost Reconciliation

2. COP/CV

A. Start-up Costs

B. Major Input/Transactions Disregarded Rule

C. Conversion Costs

3. EP/CEP

A. CEP v. EP Classification

4. Other AD Issues

A. Level-of-Trade

B. Home Market Credit

C. Home Market Downstream Sales Credit

D. Product Characteristics for Downstream Sales

E. Overrun Sales

Union Steel Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (“Union”)

1. Other AD Issues

A. Home Market Credit Days

B. Prime v. Non-Prime

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