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Cold-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products From the Netherlands; Final Results of Full Sunset Review of Antidumping Duty Order

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION:

Notice of final results of full sunset review: cold-rolled carbon steel flat products from the Netherlands.

SUMMARY:

On March 27, 2000, the Department of Commerce (“the Department”) published a notice of preliminary results of the full sunset review of the antidumping duty order on cold-rolled carbon steel flat products from the Netherlands (65 FR 16168) pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“the Act”). We provided interested parties an opportunity to comment on our preliminary results. We received comments from both domestic and respondent interested parties. As a result of this review, the Department finds that revocation of this order would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

August 2, 2000.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kathryn B. McCormick or James Maeder, 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) 482-1930 or (202) 482-3330, respectively.

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Statute and Regulations

This review is being conducted pursuant to sections 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 CFR part 351 (1999) 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

On April 7, 2000, the Department of Commerce (“the Department”) published in the Federal Register a notice of preliminary results of the full sunset review of the antidumping duty order on cold-rolled carbon steel flat products from the Netherlands (65 FR 16168) pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“the Act”). In our preliminary results, we found that revocation of the order would likely result in continuation or recurrence of dumping with net margins of 7.96 percent for Hoogovens Stal BV (“HSBV”) and Hoogovens Steel USA, Inc. (“HS-USA”), and 7.96 percent for “all others.”

On April 26, 2000, Bethlehem Steel Corporation, U.S. Steel Group, a unit of USX Corporation, Ispat Inland, Inc., and LTV Steel Company, Inc. (collectively “domestic interested parties”) requested a hearing in the sunset review. On May 3, 2000, Dofasco also requested a hearing. Subsequently, interested parties withdrew their requests for a hearing.

On May 8, 2000, within the deadline specified in 19 CFR 351.209(c)(1)(i), we received case briefs on behalf of domestic interested parties and Corus Staal BV [1] and HS-USA (together, “Hoogovens”). On May 12, 2000, domestic interested parties requested an extension of the deadline for filing rebuttal briefs; on May 15, 2000, the Department granted an extension for interested parties to file rebuttal briefs until May 15, 2000.

Scope of Review

The products covered by this order include 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, and 7217.90.5090. Included in this order are flat-rolled products of non-rectangular 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 order 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. These HTS item numbers are provided for convenience and customs purposes. The written description of the scope of this order remains dispositive.

Analysis of Comments Received

All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties to this sunset review are addressed in the “Issues and Decision Memorandum” (“Decision Memo”) from Jeffrey A. May, Director, Office of Policy, Import Administration, to Troy H. Cribb, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, dated July 27, 2000, which is hereby adopted by this notice. The issues discussed in the Decision Memo include the magnitude of the margin likely to prevail were the order revoked. Hoogovens argued that its margins had consistently decreased, thus warranting use of a more recent margin. However, we found that, in light of the increase in Hoogovens margin in the final results of the sixth administrative review, the appropriate rate to report to the Commission is the rate from the original investigation, 19.32 percent. 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 Memo can be accessed directly on the Web at www.ita.doc.gov/​importadmin/​records/​frn/​, under the heading “Netherlands.” The paper copy and electronic version of the Decision Memo are identical in content.

Final Results of Review

We determine that revocation of the antidumping duty order on cold-rolled carbon steel flat products from the Netherlands would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at the following percentage weighted-average margins:

Manufacturer/exportersMargin (percent)
Hoogovens Stal BV19.32
All Others19.32

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. Timely notification of the return or destruction of APO materials 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.

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

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Dated: July 27, 2000.

Troy H. Cribb,

Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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Footnotes

1.  On April 3, 2000, Hoogovens Staal BV, the foreign producer/exporter of the subject merchandise changed its name to Corus Staal BV. For ease of reference, we have continued to refer to Corus Staal BV and Hoogoven's Steel USA, Inc., as “Hoogovens” herein.

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