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Certain Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bars From Austria, Belarus, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and Venezuela

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Determinations

On the basis of the record [1] developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission determines, pursuant to section 733(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1673b(a)), that there is a reasonable indication that a regional industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports from Belarus, China, Indonesia, Korea, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, and Ukraine of certain steel concrete reinforcing bars, provided for in subheading 7214.20.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States,[2] that are alleged to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The Commission further Start Printed Page 51330determines, pursuant to section 733(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1673b(a)), that there is no reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury, or that the establishment of an industry in the United States is materially retarded, by reason of such imports from Japan.[3] Finally, pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1677(24)(A) the Commission determines that the subject imports from Austria, Russia, and Venezuela are negligible,[4] and thereby, pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1673b(a)(1), the Commission's investigations with respect to Austria, Russia, and Venezuela are terminated.

Commencement of Final Phase Investigations

Pursuant to section 207.18 of the Commission's rules, the Commission also gives notice of the commencement of the final phase of its investigations. The Commission will issue a final phase notice of scheduling which will be published in the Federal Register as provided in section 207.21 of the Commission's rules upon notice from the Department of Commerce (Commerce) of affirmative preliminary determinations in the investigations under section 733(b) of the Act, or, if the preliminary determinations are negative, upon notice of affirmative final determinations in the investigations under section 735(a) of the Act. Parties that filed entries of appearance in the preliminary phase of the investigations need not enter a separate appearance for the final phase of the investigations. Industrial users, and, if the merchandise under investigation is sold at the retail level, representative consumer organizations have the right to appear as parties in Commission antidumping and countervailing duty investigations. The Secretary will prepare a public service list containing the names and addresses of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to the investigations.

Background

On June 28, 2000, petitions were filed with the Commission and the Department of Commerce by the Rebar Trade Action Coalition (RTAC) (Washington, DC) and its individual members [5] alleging that a regional industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of LTFV imports of certain steel concrete reinforcing bars from Austria, Belarus, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and Venezuela. Accordingly, effective June 28, 2000, the Commission instituted antidumping duty investigations Nos. 731-TA-872-883 (Preliminary).

Notice of the institution of the Commission's investigations and of a public conference to be held in connection therewith was given by posting copies of the notice in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, DC, and by publishing the notice in the Federal Register of July 7, 2000 (65 FR 42029). The conference was held in Washington, DC, on July 19, 2000, and all persons who requested the opportunity were permitted to appear in person or by counsel.

The Commission transmitted its determinations in these investigations to the Secretary of Commerce on August 14, 2000. The views of the Commission are contained in USITC Publication 3343 (August 2000), entitled Certain Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bars from Austria, Belarus, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, and Venezuela: Investigations Nos. 731-TA-872-883 (Preliminary).

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Issued: August 17, 2000.

By order of the Commission.

Donna R. Koehnke,

Secretary.

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Footnotes

1.  The record is defined in sec. 207.2(f) of the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)).

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2.  For purposes of these investigations, certain steel concrete reinforcing bars are all steel concrete reinforcing bars (“rebar”) sold in straight lengths. Specifically excluded are plain rounds (i.e., non-deformed or smooth bars) and rebar that has been further processed through bending or coating.

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3.  Commissioner Lynn M. Bragg dissenting.

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4.  Commissioner Lynn M. Bragg dissenting. Commissioner Bragg finds that there is a potential that such imports from Austria, Russia, and Venezuela will imminently account for more than 7 percent of the total import volume of all such merchandise such that there is a reasonable indication that a regional industry in the United States is threatened with material injury by reason of imports of the subject merchandise from Austria, Russia, and Venezuela that are alleged to be sold in the United States at LTFV.

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5.  The members of RTAC are AmeriSteel (Tampa, FL); Auburn Steel Co., Inc. (Auburn, NY); Birmingham Steel Corp. (Birmingham, AL); Border Steel, Inc. (El Paso, TX); CMC Steel Group (Seguin, TX); Marion Steel Co. (Marion, OH); Riverview Steel (Glassport, PA); and Nucor Steel (Darlington, SC). Auburn Steel Co., Inc., is not a petitioner with respect to Indonesia and Japan.

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[FR Doc. 00-21500 Filed 8-22-00; 8:45 am]

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