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Notice of Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; Oil Country Tubular Goods, Other Than Drill Pipe, from Argentina

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY:

In response to a request from the petitioner, the Department of Commerce (the Department) initiated an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on oil country tubular goods (OCTG) from Argentina. This review covers one manufacturer/exporter of the subject merchandise, Siderca S.A.I.C. (Siderca). The Department is now rescinding this review based on record evidence indicating that the respondent had no entries of subject merchandise during the period of review (POR). The POR is August 1, 2004 through July 31, 2005.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

March 20, 2006.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Fred Baker or Robert James, AD/CVD Start Printed Page 13964Operations, Office 7, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20230; telephone (202) 482 2924 (Baker), (202) 482-0649 (James).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On August 11, 1995, the Department published the antidumping duty order on OCTG from Argentina. See Antidumping Duty Order: Oil Country Tubular Goods from Argentina, 60 FR 41055 (August 11, 1995). On August 1, 2005, we published in the Federal Register a notice of opportunity to request administrative reviews. See Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation; Opportunity to Request Administrative Review, 70 FR 44085 (August 1, 2005). On August 31, 2005, United States Steel Corporation (petitioner) requested that the Department conduct an administrative review of sales of the subject merchandise made by Siderca.

On September 28, 2005, the Department published a notice of initiation of this administrative review. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Requests for Revocation in Part, 70 FR 56631 (September 28, 2005). The Department issued its antidumping duty questionnaire to Siderca on October 3, 2005. In response, Siderca stated in an October 24, 2005, submission that it had no entries for consumption of subject merchandise of OCTG during the POR, and requested that the Department rescind the administrative review with respect to Siderca.

On January 24, 2006, the Department placed on the record of the review copies of documents regarding entries of subject merchandise from Argentina that it obtained from Customs and Border Protection (CBP). On February 2, 2006, the Department issued a letter to petitioners, domestic interested parties, and Siderca stating that the Department intended to rescind the review. We invited parties to submit comments on our intent to rescind the review. We requested that any comments be submitted by February 9, 2006. We received no comments.

Period of Review

The POR is August 1, 2004 through July 31, 2005.

Scope of the Review

OCTG are hollow steel products of circular cross-section, including oil well casing and tubing of iron (other than cast iron) or steel (both carbon and alloy), whether seamless or welded, whether or not conforming to American Petroleum Institute (API) or non-API specifications, whether finished or unfinished (including green tubes and limited service OCTG products).

This scope does not cover casing or tubing pipe containing 10.5 percent or more of chromium. Drill pipe was excluded from this order beginning August 11, 2001. See Continuation of Countervailing and Antidumping Duty Orders on Oil Country Tubular Goods From Argentina, Italy, Japan, Korea and Mexico, and Partial Revocation of Those Orders From Argentina and Mexico With Respect to Drill Pipe, 66 FR 38630 (July 25, 2001).

The OCTG subject to this order are currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under item numbers: 7304.29.10.10, 7304.29.10.20, 7304.29.10.30, 7304.29.10.40, 7304.29.10.50, 7304.29.10.60, 7304.29.10.80, 7304.29.20.10, 7304.29.20.20, 7304.29.20.30, 7304.29.20.40, 7304.29.20.50, 7304.29.20.60, 7304.29.20.80, 7304.29.30.10, 7304.29.30.20, 7304.29.30.30, 7304.29.30.40, 7304.29.30.50, 7304.29.30.60, 7304.29.30.80, 7304.29.40.10, 7304.29.40.20, 7304.29.40.30, 7304.29.40.40, 7304.29.40.50, 7304.29.40.60, 7304.29.40.80, 7304.29.50.15, 7304.29.50.30, 7304.29.50.45, 7304.29.50.60, 7304.29.50.75, 7304.29.60.15, 7304.29.60.30, 7304.29.60.45, 7304.29.60.60, 7304.29.60.75, 7305.20.20.00, 7305.20.40.00, 7305.20.60.00, 7305.20.80.00, 7306.20.10.30, 7306.20.10.90, 7306.20.20.00, 7306.20.30.00, 7306.20.40.00, 7306.20.60.10, 7306.20.60.50, 7306.20.80.10, and 7306.20.80.50.

The HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes. Our written description of the scope of this order is dispositive.

Rescission of Review

On October 24, 2005, Siderca informed the Department that it did not ship OCTG to the United States during the POR, and requested that we rescind the administrative review. The Department subsequently obtained and reviewed entry documents from CBP, and found no evidence that Siderca had knowledge that any of its production was destined for the United States. In a February 2, 2006, letter to parties, we requested comments from parties on this determination, and received no comments. Therefore, based on our review of CBP documents, we are satisfied that there were no entries of subject merchandise subject to this administrative review. Accordingly, we are rescinding the review.

Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(3), the Department may rescind an administrative review, in whole or with respect to a particular exporter or producer, if the Secretary concludes that, during the period covered by the review, there were no entries, exports, or sales of the subject merchandise. Because the evidence on the record shows that there were no entries of OCTG made by Siderca during the POR, the Department is rescinding this review in accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(d)(3). The Department will issue appropriate assessment instructions to CBP within fifteen days of publication of this notice.

We are issuing and publishing this notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (as amended) and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4).

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Dated: March 13, 2006.

David M. Spooner,

Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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[FR Doc. E6-3988 Filed 3-17-06; 8:45 am]

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