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Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from the Netherlands; Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY:

On December 11, 2006, we published in the Federal Register the preliminary results of this administrative review. See Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from the Netherlands; Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 71 FR 71523 (December 11, 2006) (Preliminary Results). This review covers imports of subject merchandise from Corus Staal BV (Corus Staal) to the United States during the period November 1, 2004, to October 31, 2005. Based on our analysis of the comments received, we have made changes to the margin calculation. However, the final results do not differ from the preliminary results. The final weighted-average dumping margin for the reviewed firm is listed below in the section entitled “Final Results of Review.”

EFFECTIVE DATE:

May 22, 2007.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

David Cordell or Robert James, 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) 482-0409 or (202) 482-0649, respectively.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On December 11, 2006, we published in the Federal Register the preliminary results of this administrative review. See Preliminary Results. In response to the Department's invitation to comment on the preliminary results of this review, Corus (respondent) and domestic interested party Mittal Steel USA Inc. (Mittal Steel) filed case briefs on January 17, 2007. Corus, Mittal Steel and petitioner United States Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel) submitted rebuttal briefs on January 24, 2007, and on January 25, 2007, domestic interested party Nucor Corporation (Nucor) filed a rebuttal brief. On March 23, 2007, the Department extended the final results by 35 days. See Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from the Netherlands; Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; Extension of Time Limit, 72 FR 13744 (March 23, 2007).

On May 4, 2007, Corus submitted a request for the Department to rescind the review in light of the Department 's Final Results for the Section 129 Determination: Certain Hot-rolled Carbon Steel from the Netherlands (April 9, 2007) and the U.S. Trade Representative's instructions to the Department to implement those findings under Section 129 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. See Implementation of the Findings of the WTO Panel in US-Zeroing (EC): Notice of Determinations under Section 129 of the Uruguay Agreements Act and Revocations and Partial Revocations of Certain Antidumping Duty Orders, 72 FR 25, 261 (May 4, 2007). On May 11, 2007, Mittal Steel and Nucor submitted responses to Corus Staal's request. The request for rescission is well past the deadline for such requests and furthermore Corus Staal itself did not request the review, thus making it ineligible to request rescission. See 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1). Corus' arguments regarding the section 129 determination are addressed in the Issues and Decisions Memorandum, (Decision Memorandum) which accompanies this Notice, at issue 4.

Period of Review

The period of review (POR) is November 1, 2004, to October 31, 2005.

Scope of the Order

For purposes of this order, the products covered are certain hot-rolled carbon steel flat products of a rectangular shape, of a width of 0.5 inch or greater, neither clad, plated, nor coated with metal and whether or not painted, varnished, or coated with plastics or other non-metallic substances, in coils (whether or not in successively superimposed layers), regardless of thickness, and in straight lengths, of a thickness of less than 4.75 mm and of a width measuring at least 10 times the thickness. Universal mill plate (i.e., flat-rolled products rolled on four faces or in a closed box pass, of a width exceeding 150 mm, but not exceeding 1250 mm, and of a thickness of not less than 4.0 mm, not in coils and without patterns in relief) of a thickness not less than 4.0 mm is not included within the scope of the order. Specifically included within the scope of this order are vacuum degassed, fully stabilized (commonly referred to as interstitial-free (IF)) steels, high strength low alloy (HSLA) steels, and the substrate for motor lamination steels. IF steels are recognized as low carbon steels with micro-alloying levels of elements such as titanium or niobium (also commonly referred to as columbium), or both, added to stabilize carbon and nitrogen elements. HSLA steels are recognized as steels with micro-alloying levels of elements such as chromium, copper, niobium, vanadium, and molybdenum. The substrate for motor lamination steels contains micro-alloying levels of elements such silicon and aluminum.

Steel products to be included in the scope of this order, regardless of definitions in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), are products in which: (i) iron predominates, by weight, over each of the other contained elements; (ii) the carbon content is 2 percent or less, by weight; and (iii) none of the elements listed below exceeds the quantity, by weight, respectively indicated:

1.80 percent of manganese, or

2.25 percent of silicon, or

1.00 percent of copper, or

0.50 percent of aluminum, or

1.25 percent of chromium, or

0.30 percent of cobalt, or

0.40 percent of lead, or

1.25 percent of nickel, or

0.30 percent of tungsten, or

0.10 percent of molybdenum, or

0.10 percent of niobium, or

0.15 percent of vanadium, or

0.15 percent of zirconium.

All products that meet the physical and chemical description provided Start Printed Page 28677above are within the scope of this order unless otherwise excluded. The following products, by way of example, are outside or specifically excluded from the scope of this order:

  • Alloy hot-rolled steel products in which at least one of the chemical elements exceeds those listed above (including, e.g., ASTM specifications A543, A387, A514, A517, A506).
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)/American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) grades of series 2300 and higher.
  • Ball bearings steels, as defined in the HTS.
  • Tool steels, as defined in the HTS.
  • Silico-manganese (as defined in the HTS) or silicon electrical steel with a silicon level exceeding 2.25 percent.
  • ASTM specifications A710 and A736.
  • USS Abrasion-resistant steels (USS AR 400, USS AR 500).
  • All products (proprietary or otherwise) based on an alloy ASTM specification (sample specifications: ASTM A506, A507).
  • Non-rectangular shapes, not in coils, which are the result of having been processed by cutting or stamping and which have assumed the character of articles or products classified outside chapter 72 of the HTS.

The merchandise subject to this order is classified in the HTS at subheadings: 7208.10.15.00, 7208.10.30.00, 7208.10.60.00, 7208.25.30.00, 7208.25.60.00, 7208.26.00.30, 7208.26.00.60, 7208.27.00.30, 7208.27.00.60, 7208.36.00.30, 7208.36.00.60, 7208.37.00.30, 7208.37.00.60, 7208.38.00.15, 7208.38.00.30, 7208.38.00.90, 7208.39.00.15, 7208.39.00.30, 7208.39.00.90, 7208.40.60.30, 7208.40.60.60, 7208.53.00.00, 7208.54.00.00, 7208.90.00.00, 7211.14.00.90, 7211.19.15.00, 7211.19.20.00, 7211.19.30.00, 7211.19.45.00, 7211.19.60.00, 7211.19.75.30, 7211.19.75.60, and 7211.19.75.90. Certain hot-rolled flat-rolled carbon steel flat products covered by this order, including: vacuum degassed fully stabilized; high strength low alloy; and the substrate for motor lamination steel may also enter under the following tariff numbers: 7225.11.00.00, 7225.19.00.00, 7225.30.30.50, 7225.30.70.00, 7225.40.70.00, 7225.99.00.90, 7226.11.10.00, 7226.11.90.30, 7226.11.90.60, 7226.19.10.00, 7226.19.90.00, 7226.91.50.00, 7226.91.70.00, 7226.91.80.00, and 7226.99.00.00. Subject merchandise may also enter under 7210.70.30.00, 7210.90.90.00, 7211.14.00.30, 7212.40.10.00, 7212.40.50.00, and 7212.50.00.00. Although the HTS subheadings are provided for convenience and U.S. Customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this order is dispositive.

Analysis of Comments Received

All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties to this administrative review are addressed in the Decision Memorandum from Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for AD/CVD Operations, to David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, dated May 15, 2007, which is hereby adopted by this notice. A list of the issues which parties have raised and to which we have responded, all of which are in the Decision Memorandum, is attached to this notice as an appendix. Parties can find a complete discussion of all issues raised in this review and the corresponding recommendations in this public memorandum, which is on file in the Central Records Unit, room B-099 of the main Department building. In addition, a complete version of the Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly via the Internet at www.ia.ita.doc.gov. The paper copy and electronic version of the Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

Duty Absorption

In the Preliminary Results, the Department found that Corus Staal absorbed antidumping duties on all U.S. sales in accordance with section 751(a)(4) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Tariff Act). Corus Staal has failed to provide evidence that the unaffiliated customers in the United States will pay the full duty ultimately assessed on the subject merchandise. See Comment 6 of the Issues and Decisions Memorandum. Thus, for the final results of this review, we continue to find that Corus Staal absorbed antidumping duties.

Changes Since the Preliminary Results

Based on our analysis of the comments received, we have made the following changes to the margin calculation:

  • We corrected a clerical error that erroneously compared U.S. control numbers to comparison market product codes.
  • We corrected a clerical error involving the CEP profit rate.

These changes are discussed in the relevant sections of the Decision Memorandum.

Final Results of Review

We determine that the following weighted-average percentage margin exists for the period November 1, 2004, to October 31, 2005:

Manufacturer/ExporterWeighted Average Margin (percentage)
Corus Staal BV2.52

Assessment

The Department shall determine, and the CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1), we have calculated importer-specific assessment rates for the merchandise based on the ratio of the total amount of antidumping duties calculated for the examined sales made during the POR to the total customs value of the sales used to calculate those duties. The Department will issue appropriate ad valorem assessment instructions directly to CBP 15 days after publication of these final results of review. We will direct CBP to assess the resulting assessment rate against the entered customs values for the subject merchandise on each of the importer's entries during the POR.

Cash Deposit Requirements

On May 4, 2007, the Department published a FR notice that, inter alia, revoked this order, effective April 23, 2007. See Implementation of the Findings of the WTO Panel in US - Zeroing (EC): Notice of Determinations Under Section 129 of the Uruguay Round Agreements Act and Revocations and Partial Revocations of Certain Antidumping Duty Orders, 72 FR 25,261 (May 4,2007). Therefore, there is no need to issue new cash deposit instructions for this administrative review.

Notification to Interested Parties

This notice also serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 C.F.R. § 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary's presumption that reimbursement of the antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties.

This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective orders (APOs) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information Start Printed Page 28678disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 C.F.R. § 351.305, that continues to govern business proprietary information in this segment of the proceeding. Timely written 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 the terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation.

This determination is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act.

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Dated: May 15, 2007.

David M. Spooner,

Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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Appendix - Issues in Decision Memorandum

1. Simplified Reporting and Further-Manufactured Imports

2. G&A expenses

3. Constructed Export Price (CEP) Profit Rate

4. Offsetting Dumped Sales with Non-Dumped Sales

5. Classification of JIT Deliveries as CEP Sales

6. Duty Absorption

7. Warranty Expenses

8. Clerical Errors

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[FR Doc. E7-9815 Filed 5-21-07; 8:45 am]

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