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Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate From the People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation, and South Africa; Final Results of Expedited Sunset Review of Suspended Antidumping Duty Investigations

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION:

Notice of final results of expedited sunset review: cut-to-length carbon steel plate from the People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation, and South Africa.

SUMMARY:

On September 3, 2002, the Department of Commerce (“the Department”) published the notice of initiation of sunset reviews of the suspended antidumping duty investigations on cut-to-length carbon steel plate from the People's Republic of China (the “PRC”), the Russian Federation (“Russia”), and South Africa (“Africa”). On the basis of notices of intent to participate and adequate substantive comments filed on behalf of domestic interested parties and inadequate response (in these cases, no response) from respondent interested parties, we determined to conduct expedited (120-day) reviews. As a result of these reviews, we find that termination of the suspended antidumping duty investigations would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at the levels listed below in the section entitled “Final Results of Reviews.”

EFFECTIVE DATE:

January 8, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Martha V. Douthit or James P. Maeder, Jr., 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) 482-5050 or (202) 482-3330, respectively.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On September 3, 2002, the Department published the notice of initiation of the sunset reviews of the suspended antidumping duty investigations on cut-to-length carbon steel plate (“CTL Steel Plate”) from the PRC, Russia, and South Africa (67 FR 56268). The Department received Notices of Intent to Participate on behalf of Bethlehem Steel Corporation, United States Steel Corporation, IPSCO Steel Inc., and Nucor Corporation (collectively “domestic interested parties”), within the deadline specified in section 351.218(d)(1)(i) of the Sunset Regulations. The domestic interested parties claimed interested party status under Section 771(9)(C) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (the “Act”), as U.S. manufacturers and producers of a domestic like product. We received complete substantive responses, in the Chinese, Russian, and South African reviews, from the domestic interested parties, within the 30-day deadline specified in the Sunset Regulations under section 351.218(d)(3)(i). Bethlehem Steel Corporation and the United States Steel Corporation have been active participants in the Russian and South African proceedings since the petition was filed. IPSO participated in the original investigation through questionnaire responses to the International Trade Commission. Nucor did not participate in the initial investigation. The domestic interested parties are committed to full participation in this five-year review.

We did not receive a substantive response from any respondent interested party to these proceedings. As a result, pursuant to Section 751(c)(3)(B) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“the Act”) and 19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(C) of the Department's Regulations, the Department conducted expedited, 120-day, reviews of these suspended investigations.

Scope of Reviews

The products covered under the suspension agreements are hot-rolled iron and non-alloy steel universal mill plates (i.e., flat-rolled products rolled on four faces or in a closed box pass, of a width exceeding 150 mm but not exceeding 1250 mm and of a thickness of not less than 4 mm, not in coils and without patterns in relief), of rectangular shape, neither clad, plated nor coated with metal, whether or not painted, varnished, or coated with plastics or other nonmetallic substances; and certain iron and non-alloy steel flat-rolled products not in coils, of rectangular shape, hot-rolled, neither clad, plated, nor coated with metal, whether or not painted, varnished, or coated with plastics or other nonmetallic substances, 4.75 mm or more in thickness and of a width which exceeds 150 mm and measures at least twice the thickness. Included as subject merchandise in this petition 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. This merchandise is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) under item numbers 7208.40.3030, 7208.40.3060, 7208.51.0030, 7208.51.0045, 7208.51.0060, 7208.52.0000, 7208.53.0000, 7208.90.0000, 7210.70.3000, 7210.90.9000, 7211.13.0000, 7211.14.0030, 7211.14.0045, 7211.90.0000, 7212.40.1000, 7212.40.5000, 7212.50.0000. Excluded from the subject merchandise within the scope of the petition is grade X-70 plate. Although the HTS subheadings are provided for convenience and Customs purposes, our written description of the scope of this investigation is dispositive.

These reviews cover all imports from all manufacturers, producers, and exporters of CTL Steel Plate from the PRC, Russia, and South Africa.

Analysis of Comments Received

All issues raised in these cases by parties to these sunset reviews are addressed in the “Issues and Decision Memorandum” (“Decision Memo”) from Jeffrey A. May, Director, Office of Policy, Import Administration, to Faryar Shirzad, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, dated January 2, 2003, which is hereby adopted by this notice. The issues discussed in the Decision Memo include the likelihood of continuation or recurrence of dumping and the magnitude of the margin likely to prevail were the suspended investigation be terminated. 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 in Start Printed Page 1039room B-099 of the main Commerce Building.

In addition, a complete version of the Decision Memo can be accessed directly on the Web at http://ia.ita.doc.gov/​frn, under the heading “January 2003.” The paper copy and electronic version of the Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

Final Results of Reviews

We determine that termination of the antidumping duty suspension agreement on CTL Steel Plate from the PRC, Russia, and South Africa would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at the following percentage weighted-average margins:

Margin (percent)
Chinese Manufacturers/Producers/Exporters
Anshan (AISCO/Anshan International/Sincerely Asia Ltd.)30.68
Baoshan (Bao/Baoshan International Trade Corp./Bao Steel Metals Trading Corp.)30.51
Liaoning17.33
Shanghai Pudong38.16
WISCO (Wuhan/International Economic and Trading Corp./Cheerwu Trader Ltd.)128.59
China-Wide128.59
Russian Manufacturers/Producers/Exporters
Severstal53.81
Russia-Wide185.00
South African Manufacturers/Producers/Exporters
Highveld26.01
Iscor50.87
All Others38.36

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 of the Department's regulations. 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.

We are issuing and publishing these results and notice in accordance with sections 751(c), 752, and 777(i)(1) of the Act.

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Dated: January 2, 2003.

Faryar Shirzad,

Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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[FR Doc. 03-350 Filed 1-7-03; 8:45 am]

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