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Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Romania: Notice of 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.


April 19, 2006.

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John Drury or Dena Crossland, AD/CVD Operations, Office 7, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-0195 or (202) 482-3362, respectively.

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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 (“Department”) to issue the preliminary results of an administrative review within 245 days after the last day of the anniversary month of an order for which a review is requested and the final results of review within 120 days after the date on which the preliminary results are published. If it is not practicable to complete the review within the time period, section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act allows the Department to extend these deadlines to a maximum of 365 days and 180 days, respectively.


On September 28, 2005, the Department published a notice of initiation of administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain cut-to-length carbon steel plate from Romania, covering the period August 1, 2004, through July 31, 2005. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part, 70 FR 56631 (September 28, 2005). The preliminary results for this review are currently due no later than May 3, 2006.

Extension of Time Limits for Preliminary Results

On January 23, 2006, the Department initiated a sales-below-cost investigation in this review. See Memorandum to Richard O. Weible, Director, through Abdelali Elouaradia, Program Manager, from John Drury and Dena Aliadinov, Case Analysts, and Ernest Gziryan, Case Accountant, regarding IPSCO Steel Inc.'s Allegation of Sales Below the Cost of Production for Mittal Steel Galati S.A. On January 23, 2006, and March 15, 2006, respectively, the Department issued Section D of the Antidumping Questionnaire and the first Supplemental Section D Questionnaire. The Department requires additional time to review and analyze the Supplemental Section D Questionnaire response, issue additional supplemental sales and cost questionnaires, if necessary, and possibly verify the sales and cost information submitted by Mittal Steel Galati S.A. Therefore, we find that it is not practicable to complete this review within the originally anticipated time limit.

Section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act and section 351.213(h)(2) of the Department's regulations allow the Department to extend the deadline for the preliminary results to a maximum of 365 days from the last day of the anniversary month of the order. For the reasons noted above, the Department is extending the time limit for completion of the preliminary results to no later than August 31, 2006, in accordance with section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act. We intend to issue the final results no later than 120 days after publication of the notice of the preliminary results.

We are issuing and publishing this notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(3)(A) and 777(i)(1) of the Act.

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Dated: April 12, 2006.

Stephen J. Claeys,

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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[FR Doc. E6-5885 Filed 4-18-06; 8:45 am]