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North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Article 1904 Binational Panel Reviews

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NAFTA Secretariat, United States Section, International Trade Administration, Commerce.


Notice of decision of panel.


On September 9, 2005, the binational panel issued its decision in the review of the final determination made by the International Trade Administration, respecting Alloy Magnesium from Canada Final Countervailing Duty Determination, New Shipper Review, Secretariat File No. USA-CDA-2003-1904-02. The binational panel affirmed the International Trade Administration determination with two dissenting opinions and one concurring opinion. Copies of the panel decision are available from the U.S. Section of the NAFTA Secretariat.

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Caratina L. Alston, United States Secretary, NAFTA Secretariat, Suite 2061, 14th and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC 20230, (202) 482-5438.

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Chapter 19 of the North American Free-Trade Agreement (“Agreement”) establishes a mechanism to replace domestic judicial review of the 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 established 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). The panel review in this matter has been conducted in accordance with these Rules.

Panel Decision

The determination is as follows:

A. With respect to the de facto specificity issue, a majority of the panel decided to uphold the Department's Final Determination. Chairman Endsley and panelist Holbein wrote the panel opinion, while panelist Winham wrote separate concurring views. Panelists Anissimoff and LaBarge dissent.

B. With respect to the AUL calculation issue, the panel unanimously upheld the Department's Final Determination.

C. With respect to the discount rate issue, the panel unanimously upheld the Department's Final Determination.

The panel has directed the Secretary to issue a Notice of Final Panel Action on the 11th day following the issuance of the panel decision.

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Dated: September 13, 2005.

Caratina L. Alston,

United States Secretary, NAFTA Secretariat.

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[FR Doc. 05-18499 Filed 9-16-05; 8:45 am]