Notice of Initiation and Preliminary Results of Changed Circumstances Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Trinidad and Tobago, 22634-22635 [E5-2094]

Download as PDF 22634 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 83 / Monday, May 2, 2005 / Notices consult the Department’s regulations at 19 CFR Part 351 for definitions of terms and for other general information concerning antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings at the Department. This notice of initiation is being published in accordance with section 751(c) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218(c). Dated: April 25, 2005. Holly A. Kuga, Senior Office Director, AD/CVD Operations, Office 4 for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E5–2096 Filed 4–29–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration A–274–804 Notice of Initiation and Preliminary Results of Changed Circumstances Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Trinidad and Tobago Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (‘‘the Department’’) is initiating a changed circumstances administrative review of the antidumping duty order of carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod (‘‘steel wire rod’’) from Trinidad and Tobago1 in response to a request from the petitioners2 and respondent, Caribbean Ispat Limited (‘‘CIL’’). Both parties have requested that the Department conduct a changed circumstances review to determine whether Mittal Steel Point Lisas Limited (‘‘Mittal’’) is the successor–in-interest to CIL, and, as such, is entitled to receive the same antidumping duty treatment accorded CIL. EFFECTIVE DATE: May 2, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dennis McClure or Victoria Cho at (202) 482–5973 or (202) 482–5075, respectively; AD/CVD Operations, Office 3, Import Administration, AGENCY: substantive responses to a notice of initiation was insufficient. This requirement was retained in the final sunset regulations at 19 CFR 351.218(d)(4). As provided in 19 CFR 351.302(b), however, the Department will consider individual requests for extension of that five-day deadline based upon a showing of good cause. 1 See Notice of Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Antidumping Duty Order: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Trinidad and Tobago, 67 FR 65944 (October 29, 2002) (‘‘Antidumping Order) 2 Gerdau Ameristeel U.S. Inc., ISG Georgetown Inc., Keystone Consolidated Industries, Inc., and North Star Steel Texas, Inc. VerDate jul<14>2003 19:05 Apr 29, 2005 Jkt 205001 International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: On October 29, 2002, the Department published in the Federal Register an antidumping duty order on steel wire rod from Trinidad and Tobago. See Antidumping Order. The current scope of the merchandise subject to this order was published in the Notice of Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Trinidad and Tobago 70 FR 12648 (March 15, 2005). One of the companies subject to the investigation was CIL. On March 3, 2005, CIL notified the Department of its name change and stated that on January 31, 2005, CIL legally changed its name to Mittal. See March 3, 2005, letter from CIL to the Secretary of Commerce. On March 21, 2005, the petitioners requested that the Department conduct a changed circumstances review to determine whether Mittal is the successor–ininterest to CIL. See March 21, 2005, letter from the petitioners to the Secretary of Commerce. On April 6, 2005, CIL requested that the Department initiate and conduct an expedited changed circumstances review to determine for purposes of the antidumping law whether Mittal is the successor–in-interest to CIL. The Department has determined to conduct the review on an expedited basis and preliminarily finds that Mittal is the successor–in-interest to CIL. Initiation of Changed Circumstances Review Pursuant to section 751(b)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (‘‘the Act’), the Department will conduct a changed circumstances review upon request from an interested party or receipt of information concerning an antidumping duty order, when either of these shows changed circumstances sufficient to warrant a review of the order. In this case, the Department finds that the information submitted by the petitioners and respondent provides sufficient evidence of changed circumstances to warrant a review to determine whether Mittal is the successor–in-interest to CIL. Thus, in accordance with section 751(b) of the Act, the Department is initiating a changed circumstances review to determine whether Mittal is the successor–in-interest to CIL for purposes of determining antidumping duty liability with respect to imports of PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 steel wire rod from Trinidad and Tobago produced and exported by CIL and whether the order as applied to CIL should apply to subject merchandise manufactured and exported by Mittal. Furthermore, 19 CFR 351.221(c)(3)(ii) permits the Department to combine the notice of initiation of a changed circumstances review and the notice of preliminary results in a single notice, if the Department concludes that expedited action is warranted. In this case, the Department finds that the information submitted provides sufficient evidence of changed circumstances to warrant a review. Furthermore, we determine that expedited action is warranted and we preliminarily find that Mittal is the successor–in-interest to CIL. Because we have concluded that expedited action is warranted, we are combining these notices of initiation and preliminary results. Preliminary Results In making a successor–in-interest determination, the Department examines several factors including, but not limited to, changes in: (1) Management; (2) production facilities; (3) supplier relationships; and (4) customer base. See, e.g., Notice of Final Results of Changed Circumstances Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Polychloroprene Rubber From Japan, 67 FR 58 (Jan. 2, 2002); Brass Sheet and Strip from Canada: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 57 FR 20460, 20462 (May 13, 1992). While no single factor or combination of factors will necessarily provide a dispositive indication of a successor–in-interest relationship, the Department will generally consider the new company to be the successor to the previous company if the new company’s resulting operation is not materially dissimilar to that of its predecessor. See, e.g., Fresh and Chilled Atlantic Salmon from Norway; Final Results of Changed Circumstances Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 64 FR 9979 (March 1, 1999); Industrial Phosphoric Acid from Israel; Final Results of Changed Circumstances Review, 59 FR 6944 (February 14, 1994). Thus, if the evidence demonstrates that, with respect to the production and sale of the subject merchandise, the new company operates as the same business entity as the former company, the Department will accord the new company the same antidumping treatment as its predecessor. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.221(c)(3)(ii), we preliminarily determine that Mittal is the successor– E:\FR\FM\02MYN1.SGM 02MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 83 / Monday, May 2, 2005 / Notices in-interest to CIL. In its April 6, 2005, submission Mittal provided evidence supporting its claim to be the successor– in-interest to CIL. Documentation attached to Mittal’s April 6, 2005, submission shows that the acquisition of LNM Holdings by Ispat International N.V. (CIL’s parent company) and the following name change to CIL resulted in little or no change in management, production facility, supplier relationships, or customer base. This documentation consists of: (1) A press release regarding the name change of Ispat International N.V.; (2) Ispat International N.V.’s Prospectus; (3) a certificate of amendment from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago reflecting the name change, and including the articles of amendment, and a copy of the shareholder resolution authorizing the name change; (4) a letter from the Companies Registry of Trinidad and Tobago stating that Mittal and CIL are one and the same legal entity; (5) documentation illustrating that Mittal and CIL have been assigned the same taxpayer file number and maintain the same bank account; (6) organizational charts that illustrate essentially the same management and organizational structure; (7) a listing of CIL’s and Mittal’s board of directors which are exactly the same; (8) a letter from the lessor stating that Mittal will occupy the same premises and continue CIL’s lease under the name of Mittal; (9) a list of CIL’s suppliers and a sample letter from Mittal to one of its suppliers explaining that CIL has legally changed its name to Mittal and that there will be no change in corporate identity of the company; and (10) a list of customers identifying the same customers before and after the name change as well as a sample letter to the customers explaining the name change. The documentation described above demonstrates that there was little to no change in management structure, supplier relationships, production facilities, or customer base. For these reasons, we preliminarily find that Mittal is the successor–ininterest to CIL and, thus, should receive the same antidumping duty treatment with respect to steel wire rod from Trinidad and Tobago as the former CIL. Public Comment Any interested party may request a hearing within 30 days of publication of this notice. Any hearing, if requested, will be held no later than 44 days after the date of publication of this notice, or the first workday thereafter. Case briefs from interested parties may be submitted not later than 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. VerDate jul<14>2003 19:05 Apr 29, 2005 Jkt 205001 Rebuttal briefs, limited to the issues raised in those comments, may be filed not later than 37 days after the date of publication of this notice. All written comments shall be submitted in accordance with 19 CFR 351.303. Persons interested in attending the hearing, if one is requested, should contact the Department for the date and time of the hearing. The Department will publish the final results of this changed circumstances review, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.216(e), including the results of its analysis of issues raised in any written comments. The current requirement for a cash deposit of estimated antidumping duties on all subject merchandise will continue unless and until it is modified pursuant to the final results of this changed circumstances review. We are issuing and publishing these results and notice in accordance with sections 751(b)(1) and 777(i)(1) and (2) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.216. Dated: April 26, 2005. Barbara E. Tillman, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E5–2094 Filed 4–29–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration A–570–851 Certain Preserved Mushrooms from the People’s Republic of China: Extension of Time Limit for Final Results of the Fifth Antidumping Duty Review Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. EFFECTIVE DATE: May 2, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amber Musser at (202) 482–1777, AD/ CVD Enforcement, Office 9, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background On March 7, 2005, the Department of Commerce (‘‘the Department’’) published the preliminary results of the fifth administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain preserved mushrooms from the People’s Republic of China. See Certain Preserved Mushrooms from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Results and Partial Rescission of Fifth PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22635 Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 70 FR 10965 (March 7, 2005) (‘‘Preliminary Results’’). The results of this administrative review are currently due no later than July 5, 2005. Extension of Time Limit for Final Results of Review Pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (‘‘the Act’’), the Department shall make a final determination in an administrative review of an antidumping duty order within 120 days after the date on which the preliminary results are published. If it is not practicable to complete the review within the foregoing time, the administering authority may extend that 120-day period to 180 days. In this case, the Department finds that it is not practicable to complete the final results in the administrative review of certain preserved mushrooms from the PRC within the current time frame due to the need to analyze information found during verifications in March and April 2005. Therefore, in accordance with sections 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act, the Department is extending the time for completion of the final results of this review until September 6, 2005, which is the next business day after 180 days from the date of the publication of the Preliminary Results. Additionally, the deadlines for submitting case briefs and rebuttal briefs are extended. The current deadline for case briefs is May 2, 2005, and the current deadline for rebuttal briefs is May 9, 2005. The Department is extending the deadline for case briefs until June 24, 2005, and for rebuttal briefs until July 1, 2005. A hearing will be scheduled after case briefs and rebuttal briefs have been received. This notice is issued and published in accordance with Section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act. Dated: April 25, 2005. Barbara E. Tillman, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E5–2093 Filed 4–29–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Article 1904; Binational Panel Reviews: Notice of Termination of Panel Review NAFTA Secretariat, United States Section, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\02MYN1.SGM 02MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

A-274-804


Notice of Initiation and Preliminary Results of Changed 
Circumstances Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Carbon and 
Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Trinidad and Tobago

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') is initiating 
a changed circumstances administrative review of the antidumping duty 
order of carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod (``steel wire rod'') 
from Trinidad and Tobago\1\ in response to a request from the 
petitioners\2\ and respondent, Caribbean Ispat Limited (``CIL''). Both 
parties have requested that the Department conduct a changed 
circumstances review to determine whether Mittal Steel Point Lisas 
Limited (``Mittal'') is the successor-in-interest to CIL, and, as such, 
is entitled to receive the same antidumping duty treatment accorded 
CIL.
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    \1\ See Notice of Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less 
Than Fair Value and Antidumping Duty Order: Carbon and Certain Alloy 
Steel Wire Rod from Trinidad and Tobago, 67 FR 65944 (October 29, 
2002) (``Antidumping Order)
    \2\ Gerdau Ameristeel U.S. Inc., ISG Georgetown Inc., Keystone 
Consolidated Industries, Inc., and North Star Steel Texas, Inc.

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EFFECTIVE DATE: May 2, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
    Dennis McClure or Victoria Cho at (202) 482-5973 or (202) 482-5075, 
respectively; AD/CVD Operations, Office 3, Import Administration, 
International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th 
Street & Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background:
    On October 29, 2002, the Department published in the Federal 
Register an antidumping duty order on steel wire rod from Trinidad and 
Tobago. See Antidumping Order. The current scope of the merchandise 
subject to this order was published in the Notice of Final Results of 
Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel 
Wire Rod from Trinidad and Tobago 70 FR 12648 (March 15, 2005). One of 
the companies subject to the investigation was CIL. On March 3, 2005, 
CIL notified the Department of its name change and stated that on 
January 31, 2005, CIL legally changed its name to Mittal. See March 3, 
2005, letter from CIL to the Secretary of Commerce. On March 21, 2005, 
the petitioners requested that the Department conduct a changed 
circumstances review to determine whether Mittal is the successor-in-
interest to CIL. See March 21, 2005, letter from the petitioners to the 
Secretary of Commerce. On April 6, 2005, CIL requested that the 
Department initiate and conduct an expedited changed circumstances 
review to determine for purposes of the antidumping law whether Mittal 
is the successor-in-interest to CIL. The Department has determined to 
conduct the review on an expedited basis and preliminarily finds that 
Mittal is the successor-in-interest to CIL.

Initiation of Changed Circumstances Review

    Pursuant to section 751(b)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended 
(``the Act'), the Department will conduct a changed circumstances 
review upon request from an interested party or receipt of information 
concerning an antidumping duty order, when either of these shows 
changed circumstances sufficient to warrant a review of the order. In 
this case, the Department finds that the information submitted by the 
petitioners and respondent provides sufficient evidence of changed 
circumstances to warrant a review to determine whether Mittal is the 
successor-in-interest to CIL. Thus, in accordance with section 751(b) 
of the Act, the Department is initiating a changed circumstances review 
to determine whether Mittal is the successor-in-interest to CIL for 
purposes of determining antidumping duty liability with respect to 
imports of steel wire rod from Trinidad and Tobago produced and 
exported by CIL and whether the order as applied to CIL should apply to 
subject merchandise manufactured and exported by Mittal.
    Furthermore, 19 CFR 351.221(c)(3)(ii) permits the Department to 
combine the notice of initiation of a changed circumstances review and 
the notice of preliminary results in a single notice, if the Department 
concludes that expedited action is warranted. In this case, the 
Department finds that the information submitted provides sufficient 
evidence of changed circumstances to warrant a review. Furthermore, we 
determine that expedited action is warranted and we preliminarily find 
that Mittal is the successor-in-interest to CIL. Because we have 
concluded that expedited action is warranted, we are combining these 
notices of initiation and preliminary results.

Preliminary Results

    In making a successor-in-interest determination, the Department 
examines several factors including, but not limited to, changes in: (1) 
Management; (2) production facilities; (3) supplier relationships; and 
(4) customer base. See, e.g., Notice of Final Results of Changed 
Circumstances Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Polychloroprene 
Rubber From Japan, 67 FR 58 (Jan. 2, 2002); Brass Sheet and Strip from 
Canada: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 57 FR 
20460, 20462 (May 13, 1992). While no single factor or combination of 
factors will necessarily provide a dispositive indication of a 
successor-in-interest relationship, the Department will generally 
consider the new company to be the successor to the previous company if 
the new company's resulting operation is not materially dissimilar to 
that of its predecessor. See, e.g., Fresh and Chilled Atlantic Salmon 
from Norway; Final Results of Changed Circumstances Antidumping Duty 
Administrative Review, 64 FR 9979 (March 1, 1999); Industrial 
Phosphoric Acid from Israel; Final Results of Changed Circumstances 
Review, 59 FR 6944 (February 14, 1994). Thus, if the evidence 
demonstrates that, with respect to the production and sale of the 
subject merchandise, the new company operates as the same business 
entity as the former company, the Department will accord the new 
company the same antidumping treatment as its predecessor.
    In accordance with 19 CFR 351.221(c)(3)(ii), we preliminarily 
determine that Mittal is the successor-

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in-interest to CIL. In its April 6, 2005, submission Mittal provided 
evidence supporting its claim to be the successor-in-interest to CIL. 
Documentation attached to Mittal's April 6, 2005, submission shows that 
the acquisition of LNM Holdings by Ispat International N.V. (CIL's 
parent company) and the following name change to CIL resulted in little 
or no change in management, production facility, supplier 
relationships, or customer base. This documentation consists of: (1) A 
press release regarding the name change of Ispat International N.V.; 
(2) Ispat International N.V.'s Prospectus; (3) a certificate of 
amendment from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago reflecting the 
name change, and including the articles of amendment, and a copy of the 
shareholder resolution authorizing the name change; (4) a letter from 
the Companies Registry of Trinidad and Tobago stating that Mittal and 
CIL are one and the same legal entity; (5) documentation illustrating 
that Mittal and CIL have been assigned the same taxpayer file number 
and maintain the same bank account; (6) organizational charts that 
illustrate essentially the same management and organizational 
structure; (7) a listing of CIL's and Mittal's board of directors which 
are exactly the same; (8) a letter from the lessor stating that Mittal 
will occupy the same premises and continue CIL's lease under the name 
of Mittal; (9) a list of CIL's suppliers and a sample letter from 
Mittal to one of its suppliers explaining that CIL has legally changed 
its name to Mittal and that there will be no change in corporate 
identity of the company; and (10) a list of customers identifying the 
same customers before and after the name change as well as a sample 
letter to the customers explaining the name change. The documentation 
described above demonstrates that there was little to no change in 
management structure, supplier relationships, production facilities, or 
customer base.
    For these reasons, we preliminarily find that Mittal is the 
successor-in-interest to CIL and, thus, should receive the same 
antidumping duty treatment with respect to steel wire rod from Trinidad 
and Tobago as the former CIL.

Public Comment

    Any interested party may request a hearing within 30 days of 
publication of this notice. Any hearing, if requested, will be held no 
later than 44 days after the date of publication of this notice, or the 
first workday thereafter. Case briefs from interested parties may be 
submitted not later than 30 days after the date of publication of this 
notice. Rebuttal briefs, limited to the issues raised in those 
comments, may be filed not later than 37 days after the date of 
publication of this notice. All written comments shall be submitted in 
accordance with 19 CFR 351.303. Persons interested in attending the 
hearing, if one is requested, should contact the Department for the 
date and time of the hearing. The Department will publish the final 
results of this changed circumstances review, in accordance with 19 CFR 
351.216(e), including the results of its analysis of issues raised in 
any written comments.
    The current requirement for a cash deposit of estimated antidumping 
duties on all subject merchandise will continue unless and until it is 
modified pursuant to the final results of this changed circumstances 
review.
    We are issuing and publishing these results and notice in 
accordance with sections 751(b)(1) and 777(i)(1) and (2) of the Act and 
19 CFR 351.216.

    Dated: April 26, 2005.
Barbara E. Tillman,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
[FR Doc. E5-2094 Filed 4-29-05; 8:45 am]
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