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Circular Welded Non-Alloy Steel Pipe From the Republic of Korea: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2015-2016

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AGENCY:

Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that certain companies covered by this administrative review made sales of circular welded non-alloy steel pipe (CWP) from the Republic of Korea (Korea) at less than normal value during the period of review (POR) November 1, 2015, through October 31, 2016.

DATES:

Applicable June 13, 2018.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Andre Gziryan or Thomas Schauer, AD/CVD Operations, Office I, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482-2201 or (202) 482-0410, respectively.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On December 6, 2017, Commerce published the Preliminary Results of the administrative review.[1] We invited interested parties to comment on the Preliminary Results and received case and rebuttal briefs from interested parties.[2]

Commerce exercised its discretion to toll all deadlines affected by the closure of the Federal Government from January 20 through 22, 2018.[3] On March 16, 2018, Commerce postponed the final results of this review until June 7, 2018.[4]

Commerce conducted this review in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act).

Scope of the Order

The merchandise subject to the order is circular welded non-alloy steel pipe and tube. Imports of the product are currently classifiable in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under subheadings 7306.30.1000, 7306.30.5025, 7306.30.5032, 7306.30.5040, 7306.30.5055, 7306.30.5085, and 7306.30.5090. While the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description is dispositive. A full description of the scope of the order is Start Printed Page 27542contained in the Issues and Decision Memorandum.[5]

Analysis of Comments Received

All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties in this review are addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, which is hereby adopted by this notice. A list of the issues raised is attached in the Appendix to this notice. The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at https://access.trade.gov and to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B-8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/​frn/​index.html.

Changes Since the Preliminary Results

Based on our analysis of comments received, we revised the preliminary margin calculations for the two mandatory respondents, Husteel Co., Ltd. (Husteel) and Hyundai Steel Company (Hyundai Steel). These revisions resulted in changes to the margins for Husteel, Hyundai Steel, and the three respondents not selected for individual examination for the final results of this review.

Final Results of the Administrative Review

We determine that the following weighted-average dumping margins exist for the respondents for the period November 1, 2015, through October 31, 2016.

Producer/exporterWeighted- average dumping margin (percent)
AJU Besteel19.28
Husteel Co., Ltd7.71
Hyundai Steel Company 630.85
NEXTEEL19.28
SeAH Steel Corporation19.28

Disclosure

We intend to disclose the calculations performed to parties in this proceeding within five days after public announcement of the final results in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).

Assessment Rates

Pursuant to section 751(a)(2)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1), Commerce will determine, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries of subject merchandise in accordance with the final results of this review.

For Husteel and Hyundai Steel, we calculated importer-specific assessment rates on the basis of the ratio of the total amount of antidumping duties calculated for each importer's examined sales and the total entered value of the sales, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1).[7] For entries of subject merchandise during the period of review produced by Husteel or Hyundai Steel for which it did not know its merchandise was destined for the United States, we will instruct CBP to liquidate unreviewed entries at the all-others rate if there is no rate for the intermediate company(ies) involved in the transaction.

For the companies which were not selected for individual examination, AJU Besteel, NEXTEEL, and SeAH Steel Corporation, we will instruct CBP to apply the rates listed above to all entries of subject merchandise produced and/or exported by these firms. We intend to issue liquidation instructions to CBP 15 days after publication of the final results of these reviews.

Cash Deposit Requirements

The following deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of this notice for all shipments of CWP from Korea entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication, as provided by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for the companies listed above will be equal to the weighted-average dumping margins established in these final results of administrative review; (2) for merchandise exported by producers or exporters not covered in this review but covered in a prior completed segment of the proceeding, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate published for the most recent period; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a prior review, or the original investigation but the producer has been covered in a prior complete segment of this proceeding, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent period for the producer of the merchandise; (4) the cash deposit rate for all other producers or exporters will continue to be 4.80 percent,[8] the all-others rate determined in the less-than-fair-value investigation. These cash deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.

Notification to Importers

This notice serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 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 antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties.

Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders

This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). 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 violation subject to sanction.

This notice is published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.221(b)(5).

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Dated: June 7, 2018.

Gary Taverman,

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

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Appendix

List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum

Summary

Background

Scope of the Order

Rates for Respondents Not Selected for Individual Examination

Discussion of the Issues

Comment 1: Particular Market Situation

Comment 2: Additional Particular Market Situation Adjustments

Comment 3: Allegations of Improper Political Influence

Comment 4: Differential Pricing

Comment 5: Universe of Sales (Husteel Co., Ltd. (Husteel))

Comment 6: Certain Grades Sold (Husteel)

Comment 7: Universe of Sales (Hyundai Steel Company (Hyundai Steel))

Comment 8: Advertising Expenses (Hyundai Steel)

Comment 9: Assessment Rates (Hyundai Steel)

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Footnotes

1.  See Circular Welded Non-Alloy Steel Pipe from the Republic of Korea: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2015-2016, 82 FR 57583 (December 6, 2017) (Preliminary Results).

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2.  See the case briefs from Wheatland Tube Company, Husteel Co., Ltd., Hyundai Steel Company, and SeAH Steel Corporation, dated January 12, 2018, and the rebuttal briefs from Wheatland Tube Company, Husteel Co., Ltd., Hyundai Steel Company, and SeAH Steel Corporation, dated January 19, 2018.

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3.  See Memorandum, “Deadlines Affected by the Shutdown of the Federal Government,” dated January 23, 2018. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by three days.

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4.  See Memorandum, “Circular Welded Non-Alloy Steel Pipe from the Republic of Korea: Extension of Deadline for Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review,” dated March 16, 2018.

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5.  See the Memorandum, “Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review of Circular Welded Non-Alloy Steel Pipe from the Republic of Korea; 2015-2016,” dated concurrently with and hereby adopted by this notice (Issues and Decision Memorandum).

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6.  In the initiation notice, we initiated reviews of both Hyundai HYSCO and Hyundai Steel Company, but stated that Hyundai Steel Company is the successor-in-interest to Hyundai HYSCO. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 82 FR 4294, 4296 (January 13, 2017).

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7.  In these final results, Commerce applied the assessment rate calculation method adopted in Antidumping Proceedings: Calculation of the Weighted-Average Dumping Margin and Assessment Rate in Certain Antidumping Duty Proceedings; Final Modification, 77 FR 8101 (February 14, 2012).

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8.  See Notice of Antidumping Duty Orders: Certain Circular Welded Non-Alloy Steel Pipe from Brazil, the Republic of Korea (Korea), Mexico, and Venezuela, and Amendment to Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Certain Circular Welded Non-Alloy Steel Pipe from Korea, 57 FR 49453 (November 2, 1992).

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[FR Doc. 2018-12692 Filed 6-12-18; 8:45 am]

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