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Heavy Forged Hand Tools, Finished or Unfinished, With or Without Handles, From the People's Republic of China: Extension of Time Limit for the Preliminary Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review

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Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.


The Department of Commerce (“the Department”) is extending the time limit for the preliminary results of the review of heavy forged hand tools from the People's Republic of China (“PRC”). This review covers the period Start Printed Page 63141February 1, 2003 through January 31, 2004.


October 29, 2004.

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Alex Villanueva, AD/CVD Operations, Group III, Office 9, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3208.

Time Limits

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 after the last day of the anniversary month.


On March 26, 2004, the Department published a notice of initiation of a review of heavy forged hand tools (“HFHTs”) from the PRC covering the period February 1, 2003 through January 31, 2004. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Requests for Revocation in Part, 69 FR 15788 (March 26, 2004).

Extension of Time Limit of Preliminary Results

Completion of the preliminary results of this review within the 245-day period is not practicable. This review covers three companies, and to conduct the sales and factor analyses for each requires the Department to gather and analyze a significant amount of information pertaining to each company's sales practices, manufacturing methods and corporate relationships. The Department is also extending the preliminary results because additional time is needed to determine whether the reporting methodology submitted by these respondents is appropriate. In addition, the Department is analyzing issues related to scope exclusions of certain products.

Therefore, given the number and complexity of issues in this case, and in accordance with section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act, we are extending the time period for issuing the preliminary results of review by 120 days until February 28, 2005. The final results continue to be due 120 days after the publication of the preliminary results.

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Dated: October 25, 2004.

Jeffrey A. May,

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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[FR Doc. E4-2914 Filed 10-28-04; 8:45 am]