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Administrative Review of Oil Country Tubular Goods from Mexico: Extension of Time Limit for Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review

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Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.


May 9, 2003.

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Phyllis Hall at (202) 482-1398, or Abdelali Elouaradia at (202) 482-1374, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20230.

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Statutory Time Limits

Section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), requires the Department of Commerce (the Department) to make a preliminary determination within 245 days after the last day of the anniversary month of an order for which a review is requested, and a final determination within 120 days after the date on which the preliminary determination is published. However, if it is not practicable to complete the review within these time periods, section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act allows the Department to extend the time limit for the preliminary determination to a maximum of 365 days and for the final determination to 180 days (or 300 days if the Department does not extend the time limit for the preliminary determination) from the date of publication of the preliminary determination.


On September 25, 2002, the Department published in the Federal Register a notice announcing the initiation of an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on oil country tubular goods (OCTG) from Mexico. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Requests for Revocation in Part, 67 FR 60210. The period of review is August 1, 2001 through July 31, 2002. The preliminary results are currently due no later than May 5, 2003.

Extension of Time Limit for Preliminary Results of Review

The instant administrative review involves several complex issues that necessitate a greater amount of time, including discrepancies between the public version and proprietary version of U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection import statistics. Therefore, it is not practicable to complete the preliminary results of this review within the original time limits mandated by section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act. The Department is extending the time limit for completion of the preliminary results by 120 days, until not later than September 2, 2003.

This extension of the time limit is in accordance with sections 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213(h)(2).

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Dated: May 5, 2003.

Barbara E. Tillman,

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, Group III.

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[FR Doc. 03-11617 Filed 5-8-03; 8:45 am]