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Stainless Steel Butt-Weld Pipe Fittings from Italy, Malaysia, and the Philippines; Final Results of the Expedited Five-year (“Sunset”) Reviews of Antidumping Duty Orders

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY:

On January 3, 2006, the Department of Commerce (the Department) initiated sunset reviews of the antidumping duty orders on Start Printed Page 26749stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings (butt-weld pipe fittings) from Italy, Malaysia, and the Philippines pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). On the basis of a notice of intent to participate and an adequate substantive response filed on behalf of domestic interested parties, and no response from respondent interested parties, the Department conducted expedited (120-day) sunset reviews of these antidumping duty orders. As a result of these sunset reviews, the Department finds that revocation of the antidumping duty orders would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at the levels identified below in the “Final Results of Review” section of this notice.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

May 8, 2006.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Deborah Scott, AD/CVD Operations, Office 7, or Dana Mermelstein, AD/CVD Operations, Office 6, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-2657 or (202) 482-1391, respectively.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On January 3, 2006, the Department initiated sunset reviews of the antidumping duty orders on butt-weld pipe fittings from Italy, Malaysia, and the Philippines pursuant to section 751(c) of the Act. See Initiation of Five-year (“Sunset”) Reviews, 71 FR 91 (January 3, 2006). The Department received a notice of intent to participate from four domestic interested parties, Flowline Division of Markovitz Enterprises, Inc. (Flowline), Gerlin, Inc. (Gerlin), Shaw Alloy Piping Products, Inc. (formerly Alloy Piping Products, Inc.) (Shaw Alloy), and Taylor Forge Stainless, Inc. (Taylor Forge) (collectively, domestic interested parties), within the deadline specified in section 351.218(d)(1)(i) of the Department's regulations. Domestic interested parties claimed interested party status under section 771(9)(C) of the Act as U.S. producers of a domestic like product. We received a complete substantive response from domestic interested parties within the 30-day deadline specified in 19 CFR 351.218(d)(3)(i). However, we did not receive any responses from any respondent interested parties. As a result, pursuant to section 751(c)(3)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(C)(2), the Department conducted expedited sunset reviews of these orders.

Scope of the Orders

For purposes of these orders, the product covered is certain stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings (butt-weld fittings). Butt-weld pipe fittings are under 14 inches in outside diameter (based on nominal pipe size), whether finished or unfinished. The product encompasses all grades of stainless steel and “commodity” and “specialty” fittings. Specifically excluded from the definition are threaded, grooved, and bolted fittings, and fittings made from any material other than stainless steel.

The butt-weld fittings subject to these orders are generally designated under specification ASTM A403/A403M, the standard specification for Wrought Austenitic Stainless Steel Piping Fittings, or its foreign equivalents (e.g., DIN or JIS specifications). This specification covers two general classes of fittings, WP and CR, of wrought austenitic stainless steel fittings of seamless and welded construction covered by the latest revision of ANSI B16.9, ANSI B16.11, and ANSI B16.28. Butt-weld fittings manufactured to specification ASTM A774, or its foreign equivalents, are also covered by these orders.

These orders do not apply to cast fittings. Cast austenitic stainless steel pipe fittings are covered by specifications A351/A351M, A743/743M, and A744/A744M.

The butt-weld fittings subject to these orders are currently classifiable under subheading 7307.23.0000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of these orders is dispositive.

Analysis of Comments Received

All issues raised in these cases are addressed in the “Issues and Decision Memorandum” from Stephen Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for AD/CVD Operations, Import Administration, to David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, dated May 3, 2006 (Decision Memorandum), which is hereby adopted by this notice. The issues discussed in the Decision Memorandum include the likelihood of continuation or recurrence of dumping and the magnitude of the margin likely to prevail if the orders were revoked. Parties can find a complete discussion of all issues raised in these sunset reviews and the corresponding recommendations in this public memorandum, which is on file in room B-099 of the main Department building.

In addition, a complete version of the Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the Internet at http://ia.ita.doc.gov/​frn/​. The paper copy and electronic version of the Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

Final Results of Sunset Reviews

We determine that revocation of the antidumping duty orders on butt-weld pipe fittings from Italy, Malaysia, and the Philippines would likely lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at the following percentage weighted-average margins:

Manufacturers/ Exporters/ProducersWeighted-Average Margin (Percent)
Italy
Coprosider S.p.A.26.59
All Others26.59
Malaysia
Kanzen Tetsu Sdn. Bhd.7.51
All Others7.51
The Philippines
Enlin Steel Corporation33.81
Tung Fong Industrial Co., Inc.7.59
All Others7.59

This notice also serves as the only reminder to parties subject to administrative protective orders (APO) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. Timely notification of the return or destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction.

We are issuing and publishing the results and notice in accordance with sections 751(c), 752, and 777(i)(1) of the Act.

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Dated: April 27, 2006.

David M. Spooner,

Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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[FR Doc. E6-6937 Filed 5-5-06; 8:45 am]

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