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Certain Circular Welded Non-Alloy Steel Pipe From the Republic of Korea; Preliminary Results of Changed Circumstances Review

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Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.


Notice of preliminary results of changed circumstances antidumping duty administrative review.


On February 27, 2001, the Department of Commerce published a notice of initiation in the above-named case. As a result of this review, the Department of Commerce preliminarily finds for the purposes of this proceeding that Hyundai Steel Company is the successor-in-interest to Hyundai Pipe Company, Ltd.


May 2, 2001.

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Suresh Maniam or Sibel Oyman, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482-0176 and (202) 482-1174, respectively.

Applicable Statute

Unless otherwise indicated, all citations to the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the “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. In addition, unless otherwise indicated, all citations to the Department of Commerce's (“Department”) regulations are to 19 CFR Part 351 (2000).

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On February 27, 2001, the Department published a notice of initiation of this changed circumstances review (see Notice of Initiation of Changed Circumstances Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 66 FR 12460). On March 20, 2001, the Department conducted a verification of Hyundai Steel Company (“Hyundai Hysco”) at its headquarters in Seoul (see Memorandum to the File, “Verification of Hyundai Hysco in the Changed Circumstance Review of Oil Country Tubular Goods and Circular Welded Non-Alloy Steel Pipe from South Korea,” dated April 13, 2001) (public version on file in the Department's Central Records Unit, in Room B-099).

Scope of the Review

The merchandise subject to this review is circular welded non-alloy steel pipe and tube, of circular cross-section, not more than 406.4mm (16 inches) in outside diameter, regardless of wall thickness, surface finish (black, galvanized, or painted), or end finish (plain end, beveled end, threaded, or threaded and coupled). These pipes and tubes are generally known as standard pipes and tubes and are intended for the low-pressure conveyance of water, steam, natural gas, air, and other liquids and gases in plumbing and heating systems, air-conditioning units, automatic sprinkler systems, and other related uses. Standard pipe may also be used for light load-bearing applications, such as for fence tubing, and as structural pipe tubing used for framing and as support members for reconstruction or load-bearing purposes in the construction, shipbuilding, trucking, farm equipment, and other related industries. Unfinished conduit pipe is also included in this order.

All carbon-steel pipes and tubes within the physical description outlined above are included within the scope of this review except line pipe, oil country tubular goods, boiler tubing, mechanical tubing, pipe and tube hollows for redraws, finished scaffolding, and finished conduit. In accordance with the Department's Final Negative Determination of Scope Inquiry on Certain Circular Welded Non-Alloy Steel Pipe and Tube from Brazil, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, and Venezuela, 61 FR 11608, (March 21, 1996), pipe certified to the API 5L line-pipe specification and pipe certified to both the API 5L line-pipe specifications and the less-stringent ASTM A-53 standard-pipe specifications, which falls within the physical parameters as outlined above, and entered as line pipe of a kind used for oil and gas pipelines is outside of the scope of the antidumping duty order.

Imports of these products are currently classifiable under the following Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”) subheadings: 7306.30.10.00, 7306.30.50.25, 7306.30.50.32, 7306.30.50.40, 7306.30.50.55, 7306.30.50.85, and 7306.30.50.90. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and Customs Service purposes, our written description of the scope of this proceeding is dispositive.

Preliminary Results

In making successor-in-interest determinations, the Department examines several factors including, but not limited to, changes in: (1) Management; (2) production facilities; (3) supplier relationships; and (4) customer base. See, e.g., Brass Sheet and Strip from Canada; Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 57 FR 20460, 20461 (May 13, 1992). While no single factor, or combination of factors, will necessarily prove dispositive, the Department will generally consider the new company to be the successor to its predecessor company if the resulting operations are essentially the same as the predecessor company. See e.g., Id. and Industrial Phosphoric Acid from Israel; Final Results of Changed Circumstances Review, 59 FR 6944, 6945 (February 14, 1994). Thus, if the evidence demonstrates that, with respect to the production and sale of the subject merchandise, the new company operates as the same business entity as its predecessor, the Department will assign the new company the cash-deposit rate of its predecessor.

Based on the information submitted by Hyundai Hysco during the initiation stages of this changed circumstances review and the information examined during verification, we preliminarily determine that Hyundai Hysco is the successor-in-interest to Hyundai Pipe Company (“HDP”). We find that the company's organizational structure, senior management, production facilities, supplier relationships, and customers have remained essentially unchanged. Furthermore, HDP has provided sufficient internal and public documentation of its name change. Based on all the evidence reviewed, we find that Hyundai Hysco operates as the same business entity as HDP. Thus, we preliminarily determine that Hyundai Hysco should receive the same antidumping duty cash-deposit rate (i.e., a 2.64 percent antidumping duty cash-deposit rate) with respect to the subject merchandise as HDP, its predecessor company.

Public Comment

Any interested party may request a hearing within 10 days of publication of this notice. Any hearing, if requested, will be held no later than 28 days after the date of publication of this notice, or the first workday thereafter. Case briefs and/or written comments from interested parties may be submitted not later than 14 days after the date of publication of this notice. Rebuttal briefs and rebuttals to written comments, limited to the issues raised in those comments, may be filed not later than 21 days after the date of publication of this notice. All written Start Printed Page 21911comments shall be submitted in accordance with 19 CFR 351.303. Persons interested in attending the hearing, if one is requested, should contact the Department for the date and time of the hearing. The Department will publish the final results of this changed circumstances review, including the results of its analysis of issues raised in any written comments.

We are issuing and publishing this determination and notice in accordance with sections 751(b)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and sections 351.216 and 351.222 of the Department's regulations. Effective January 20, 2001, Bernard T. Carreau is fulfilling the duties of Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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Dated: April 26, 2001.

Bernard T. Carreau,

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Import Administration.

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