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Pure Magnesium in Granular Form from the People's Republic of China: Continuation of Antidumping Duty Order

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY:

As a result of the determinations by the Department of Commerce (Department) and the International Trade Commission (ITC) that revocation of the antidumping duty order on pure magnesium in granular form from the People's Republic of China (PRC) would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping and material injury to an industry in the Start Printed Page 14077United States, the Department is publishing notice of the continuation of this antidumping duty order.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

March 26, 2007.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Hilary E. Sadler or Juanita Chen, AD/CVD Operations, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-4340 and (202) 482-1904, respectively.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On October 2, 2006, the Department initiated and the ITC instituted a sunset review of the antidumping duty order on pure magnesium in granular form from the PRC pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act).1

As a result of its review, the Department found that revocation of the antidumping duty order would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping and notified the ITC of the magnitude of the margins likely to prevail were the order to be revoked.[2] On March 1, 2007, the ITC determined, pursuant to section 751(c) of the Act, that revocation of the antidumping duty order on pure magnesium in granular form from the PRC would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury to an industry in the United States within a reasonably foreseeable time.3

Scope of the Order

There is an existing antidumping duty order on pure magnesium from the PRC.[4] The scope of this order excludes pure magnesium that is already covered by the existing order on pure magnesium in ingot form and currently classifiable under item numbers 8104.11.00 and 8104.19.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). The scope of this order includes imports of pure magnesium products, regardless of chemistry, including, without limitation, raspings, granules, turnings, chips, powder, and briquettes, except as noted above. Pure magnesium includes: (1) Products that contain at least 99.95 percent primary magnesium, by weight (generally referred to as “ultra- pure” magnesium); (2) products that contain less than 99.95 percent but not less than 99.8 percent primary magnesium, by weight (generally referred to as “pure” magnesium); (3) chemical combinations of pure magnesium and other material(s) in which the pure magnesium content is 50 percent or greater, but less than 99.8 percent, by weight that do not conform to an “ASTM Specification for Magnesium Alloy”5 (generally referred to as “off-specification pure” magnesium); and (4) physical mixtures of pure magnesium and other material(s) in which the pure magnesium content is 50 percent or greater, but less than 99.8 percent, by weight. Excluded from this order are mixtures containing 90 percent or less pure magnesium by weight and one or more of certain non-magnesium granular materials to make magnesium-based reagent mixtures. The non-magnesium granular materials of which the Department is aware used to make such excluded reagents are: lime, calcium metal, calcium silicon, calcium carbide, calcium carbonate, carbon, slag coagulants, fluorspar, nephaline syenite, feldspar, aluminum, alumina (Al2O3), calcium aluminate, soda ash, hydrocarbons, graphite, coke, silicon, rare earth metals/mischmetal, cryolite, silica/fly ash, magnesium oxide, periclase, ferroalloys, dolomitic lime, and colemanite. A party importing a magnesium-based reagent which includes one or more materials not on this list is required to seek a scope clarification from the Department before such a mixture may be imported free of antidumping duties. The merchandise subject to this order is currently classifiable under item 8104.30.00 of the HTSUS. Although the HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this order is dispositive.

Determination

As a result of the determinations by the Department and the ITC that revocation of this antidumping duty order would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping and material injury to an industry in the United States, pursuant to section 751(d)(2) of the Act, the Department hereby orders the continuation of the antidumping duty order on pure magnesium in granular form from the PRC.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection will continue to collect antidumping duty deposits at the rates in effect at the time of entry for all imports of subject merchandise. The effective date of the continuation of this order is the date of publication in the Federal Register of this Notice of Continuation. Pursuant to section 751(c)(2) of the Act, the Department intends to initiate the next five-year review of this antidumping order not later than February 2012.

This five-year (sunset) review and this continuation notice are in accordance with section 751(c) of the Act and published pursuant to 777(i) of the Act.

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Dated: March 15, 2007.

David M. Spooner,

Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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Footnotes

1.  See Initiation of Five-Year ( Sunset“) Reviews, 71 FR 57921, and Pure Magnesium from China, 71 FR 58001 (October 2, 2006).

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2.  See Pure Magnesium in Granular Form from the People's Republic of China; Notice of Final Results of Expedited Sunset Review of Antidumping Duty Order, 72 FR 5417 (February 6, 2007).

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3.  See Pure Magnesium from China, 72 FR 10258 (March 7, 2007), USITC Publication 3908 (March 2007) (Investigation No. 731-TA-895 (Review)).

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4.  See Notice of Antidumping Duty Orders: Pure Magnesium From the People's Republic of China, the Russian Federation and Ukraine; Notice of Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Antidumping Duty Investigation of Pure Magnesium From the Russian Federation, 60 FR 25691 (May 12, 1995).

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5.  The meaning of this term is the same as that used by the American Society for Testing and Materials in its Annual Book of ASTM Standards: Volume 01.02 Aluminum and Magnesium Alloys.

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[FR Doc. E7-5501 Filed 3-23-07; 8:45 am]

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