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Steel: Monitoring Developments in the Domestic Industry

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AGENCY:

United States International Trade Commission.

ACTION:

Institution and scheduling of an investigation under section 204(a) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2254(a)) (the Act).

SUMMARY:

The Commission instituted the investigation for the purpose of preparing the report to the President and the Congress required by section 204(a)(2) of the Trade Act of 1974 on the results of its monitoring of developments with respect to the domestic steel industry since the President imposed tariffs and tariff-rate quotas on imports of certain steel products,[1] effective March 20, 2002.

For further information concerning the conduct of this investigation, hearing procedures, and rules of general application, consult the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, part 201, subparts A through E (19 CFR part 201), and part 206, subparts A and F (19 CFR part 206).

EFFECTIVE DATE:

March 5, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Elizabeth Haines (202-205-3200), Office of Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC 20436. Hearing-impaired persons can obtain information on this matter by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal on 202-205-1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the Office of the Secretary at 202-205-2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server (http://www.usitc.gov). The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission's electronic docket (EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background.—Following receipt of a report from the Commission in December 2001 under section 202 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2252) containing affirmative determinations and remedy recommendations, the President, on March 5, 2002, pursuant to section 203 of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2253), issued Proclamation 7529, imposing import relief in the form of tariffs and tariff-rate quotas on imports of certain steel products for a period of 3 years and 1 day, effective March 20, 2002. Section 204(a)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2254(a)(1)) requires that the Commission, so long as any action under section 203 of the Trade Act remains in effect, monitor developments with respect to the domestic industry, including the progress and specific efforts made by workers and firms in the domestic industry to make a positive adjustment to import competition. Section 204(a)(2) requires, whenever the initial period of an action under section 203 of the Trade Act exceeds 3 years, that the Commission submit a report on the results of the monitoring under section 204(a)(1) to the President and the Congress not later than the mid-point of the initial period of the relief, or by September 19, 2003, in this case. Section 204(a)(3) requires that the Commission hold a hearing in the course of preparing each such report.

Participation in the investigation and service list.—Persons wishing to participate in the investigation as parties must file an entry of appearance with the Secretary to the Commission, as provided in section 201.11 of the Commission's rules, not later than 21 days after publication of this notice in the Federal Register. The Secretary will prepare a service list containing the names and addresses of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to this investigation upon the expiration of the period for filing entries of appearance.

Limited disclosure of confidential business information (CBI).—Pursuant to section 206.17 of the Commission's rules, the Secretary will make CBI gathered in this investigation available to authorized applicants under an administrative protective order (APO) issued in the investigation, provided that the application is made not later than 21 days after the publication of this notice in the Federal Register. A separate service list will be maintained by the Secretary for those parties authorized to receive CBI under the APO.

Public hearings.—As required by statute, the Commission has scheduled hearings in connection with this investigation. The hearings will be held beginning at 9:30 a.m. on July 10, 2003 (stainless steel products), July 15, 2003 (carbon and alloy flat products), July 17, 2003 (carbon and alloy long products), and July 22, 2003 (carbon and alloy tubular products), at the U.S. International Trade Commission Building, 500 E Street SW., Washington, DC. Requests to appear at the hearings should be filed in writing with the Secretary to the Commission on or before June 20, 2003. Requests should identify the products to be addressed and the amount of time requested. All persons desiring to appear at the hearings and make oral presentations should attend a prehearing conference to be held at 9:30 a.m. on July 7, 2003, at the U.S. International Trade Commission Building. Oral testimony and written materials to be submitted at the hearings are governed by sections 201.6(b)(2) and 201.13(f) of the Commission's rules. Parties must submit any request to present a portion of their hearing testimony in camera no later than 7 days prior to the date of the hearing.

Written submissions.—Each party is encouraged to submit a prehearing brief to the Commission. The deadline for filing prehearing briefs is July 2, 2003. Parties may also file posthearing briefs. The deadlines for filing posthearing briefs are July 18, 2003 (for material covered at the hearing on July 10, 2003), July 25, 2003 (for material covered at the hearings on July 15 and 17, 2003) and August 1, 2003 (for material covered at the hearing on July 22, 2003). In addition, any person who has not entered an appearance as a party to the investigation may submit, on or before August 1, 2003, a written statement concerning the matters to be addressed in the Commission's report to the President. All written submissions must conform with the provisions of section 201.8 of the Commission's rules; any submissions that contain confidential business information must also conform with the requirements of section 201.6 of the Commission's rules. Any CBI that is provided will be subject to limited disclosure under the APO (see above) and may be included in the report that the Commission sends to the President. The Commission's rules do not authorize filing of submissions with the Secretary by facsimile or electronic Start Printed Page 12381means, except to the extent permitted by section 201.8 of the Commission's rules, as amended, 67 Fed. Reg. 68036 (November 8, 2002).

In accordance with section 201.16(c) of the Commission's rules, each document filed by a party to the investigation must be served on all other parties to the investigation (as identified by the service list), and a certificate of service must be timely filed. The Secretary will not accept a document for filing without a certificate of service.

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Authority: This investigation is being conducted under the authority of section 204(a) of the Trade Act of 1974; this notice is published pursuant to section 206.3 of the Commission's rules.

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Dated: March 10, 2003.

By order of the Commission.

Marilyn R. Abbott,

Secretary to the Commission.

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Footnotes

1.  Subheadings 9903.72.30 through 9903.74.24 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States cover the steel products included in these safeguard measures as well as specifying products and sources excluded from the safeguard measures. In the 2003 HTS, subheadings 9903.72.30 through 9903.72.48 cover carbon and alloy steel slabs; subheadings 9903.72.50 through 9903.73.39 cover carbon and alloy steel flat-rolled products (including plates and other hot-rolled steel, cold-rolled steel other than grain-oriented steel, and clad, coated, and plated steel); subheadings 9903.73.42 through 9903.73.62 cover certain carbon and alloy steel bars, rods, and light shapes; subheadings 9903.73.65 through 9903.73.71 cover carbon steel concrete reinforcing bars (rebars); subheadings 9903.73.74 through 9903.73.86 cover certain carbon and alloy steel non-seamless pipes and tubes; subheadings 9903.73.88 through 9903.73.95 cover certain tube and pipe fittings; subheadings 9903.73.97 through 9903.74.16 cover stainless steel bars, rods, angles, shapes, and sections; and subheadings 9903.74.18 through 9903.74.24 cover stainless steel wire.

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[FR Doc. 03-6123 Filed 3-13-03; 8:45 am]

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