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North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Article 1904 Binational Panel Reviews

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NAFTA Secretariat, United States Section, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.


Notice of Decision of Panel.


On August 6, 2013, the NAFTA Chapter 19 binational panel issued its decision in the review of the final results of the 2008-2009 antidumping administrative review made by the U.S. Department of Commerce, with respect to Light-Walled Rectangular Pipe and Tube from Mexico, NAFTA Secretariat File Number USA-MEX-2011-1904-02. The panel affirmed the U.S. Department of Commerce's Final Determination regarding this matter. Copies of the panel's decision are available from the U.S. Section of the NAFTA Secretariat.

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Ellen M. Bohon, United States Secretary, NAFTA Secretariat, Suite 2061, 14th and Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC 20230, (202) 482-5438.

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Chapter 19 of the North American Free-Trade Agreement (“Agreement”) establishes a mechanism to replace domestic judicial review of final determinations in antidumping and countervailing duty cases involving imports from a NAFTA country with review by independent binational panels. When a Request for Panel Review is filed, a panel is established to act in place of national courts to review expeditiously the final determination to determine whether it conforms with the antidumping or countervailing duty law of the country that made the determination.

Under Article 1904 of the Agreement, which came into force on January 1, 1994, the Government of the United States, the Government of Canada and the Government of Mexico established Rules of Procedure for Article 1904 Binational Panel Reviews (“Rules”). These Rules were published in the Federal Register on February 23, 1994 (59 FR 8686). The panel review in this matter has been conducted in accordance with these Rules.

Panel Decision: On December 5, 2012, the binational panel affirmed in part and remanded in part the matter of Light-Walled Rectangular Pipe and Tube from Mexico (NAFTA Secretariat File Number USA-MEX-2011-1904-02). The panel remanded to the U.S. Department of Commerce to provide a thorough explanation of its interpretation of 19 U.S.C. 1677 (35) to apply “zeroing” methodology in connection with administrative reviews, but not in antidumping investigations. The panel directed Commerce to provide such explanation within 90 days of the date of issue of the panel's order. (March 5, 2013) On March 4, 2013, the Department of Commerce issued in response its Final Results of Redetermination Pursuant to the Remand. The Complainant, Maquilacero, filed its Comments on the Remand Results on May 1, 2013, and the Department of Commerce filed its related Response on June 17, 2013. On August 6, 2013, in accordance with Article 1904.8 of NAFTA, and for reasons set out in the panel's written decision and related Order, the panel affirmed the March 4, 2013, Final Results of Redetermination Pursuant to Remand of the Department of Commerce.

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Dated: August 6, 2013.

Ellen M. Bohon,

U.S. Secretary, NAFTA Secretariat.

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[FR Doc. 2013-20130 Filed 8-20-13; 8:45 am]