NAFTA Secretariat, United States Section, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.
Notice of First Request for Panel Review.
On April 2, 2002, the Government of Canada filed a First Request for Panel Review with the United States Section of the NAFTA Secretariat pursuant to Article 1904 of the North American Free Trade Agreement. Additional requests were received on behalf of the Ontario Forest Industries Association (“OFIA”) and the Ontario Lumber Manufacturers Association (“OLMA”) and Tembec, Inc., and on behalf of West Fraser Mills, Ltd. (“West Fraser”), respectively. On April 3, 2002, additional Requests were received on behalf of the B.C. Lumber Trade Council and its Constituent Associations, the Cariboo Lumber Manufacturers' Association, and the Northern Forest Products Association and on behalf of Abitibi-Consolidated, Inc., its affiliates, and Sciere Saguenay Ltee. Panel review was requested of the final determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value made by the United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, respecting Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada. This determination was published in the Federal Register, (67 Fed. Reg. 15539) on April 2, 2002. The NAFTA Secretariat has assigned Case Number USA-CDA-2002-1904-02 to this request.Start Further Info
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Caratina L. Alston, United States Secretary, NAFTA Secretariat, Suite 2061, 14th and Constitution Avenue, Washington, D.C. 20230, (202) 482-5438.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Chapter 19 of the North American Free-Trade Agreement (“Agreement”) establishes a mechanism to replace domestic judicial review of final determinations in antidumping and countervailing duty cases involving imports from a NAFTA country with review by independent binational panels. When a Request for Panel Review is filed, a panel is Start Printed Page 17358established to act in place of national courts to review expeditiously the final determination to determine whether it conforms with the antidumping or countervailing duty law of the country that made the determination.
Under Article 1904 of the Agreement, which came into force on January 1, 1994, the Government of the United States, the Government of Canada and the Government of Mexico established Rules of Procedure for Article 1904 Binational Panel Reviews (“Rules”). These Rules were published in the Federal Register on February 23, 1994 (59 FR 8686).
A first Request for Panel Review was filed with the United States Section of the NAFTA Secretariat, pursuant to Article 1904 of the Agreement, on April 2, 2002, requesting panel review of the final determination described above.
The Rules provide that:
(a) a Party or interested person may challenge the final determination in whole or in part by filing a Complaint in accordance with Rule 39 within 30 days after the filing of the first Request for Panel Review (the deadline for filing a Complaint is May 2, 2002);
(b) a Party, investigating authority or interested person that does not file a Complaint but that intends to appear in support of any reviewable portion of the final determination may participate in the panel review by filing a Notice of Appearance in accordance with Rule 40 within 45 days after the filing of the first Request for Panel Review (the deadline for filing a Notice of Appearance is May 17, 2002); and
(c) the panel review shall be limited to the allegations of error of fact or law, including the jurisdiction of the investigating authority, that are set out in the Complaints filed in the panel review and the procedural and substantive defenses raised in the panel review.Start Signature
Dated: April 4, 2002.
Caratina L. Alston,
United States Secretary, NAFTA Secretariat.
[FR Doc. 02-8638 Filed 4-9-02; 8:45 am]
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