Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Mexico; Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 73444-73447 [05-23920]

Download as PDF 73444 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 237 / Monday, December 12, 2005 / Notices Issues Specific to West Fraser steel sheet and strip in coils from Mexico See Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Mexico; Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 70 FR 45675 (August 8, 2005) (Preliminary Results). This review covers one manufacturer/ exporter, ThyssenKrupp Mexinox S.A. de C.V. (Mexinox), of the subject merchandise to the United States during the period July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004. Based on our analysis of the comments received, we have made changes in the margin calculation; therefore, the final results 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: December 12, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angela Strom, Maryanne Burke or Robert James, AD/CVD Operations, Office VII, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–2704, (202) 482–5604 and (202) 482–0649 respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comment 36: Order is Not Valid for West Fraser and Should be Revoked. Background Comment 23: Logging Services from Affiliates. Comment 24: Lakeland’s G&A Offsets. Comment 25: Lakeland’s Interest Income. Comment 26: Clerical Error Allegations Specific to Canfor. Issues Specific to Tembec Comment 27: Names of Tembec Companies. Comment 28: Byproduct Offset Adjustment Factor. Comment 29: Adjustment of Variable Wood Costs. Comment 30: G&A Expense Rate— Consolidated vs. Producer. Comment 31: Clerical Error Allegations Specific to Tembec. Issues Specific to Tolko Comment 32: Log Purchases from Affiliated Parties. Comment 33: Clerical Error Allegations Specific to Tolko. Issues Specific to Weldwood Comment 34: Allocation of Wood Costs. Comment 35: Clerical Error Allegation Specific to Weldwood. International Trade Administration On August 8, 2005, the Department published in the Federal Register the preliminary results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on stainless steel sheet and strip in coils from Mexico for the period July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004. See Preliminary Results. In response to the Department’s invitation to comment on the preliminary results of this review, Mexinox and Allegheny Ludlum Corporation, North American Stainless, United Auto Workers Local 3303, Zanesville Armco Independent Organization, Inc. and the United Steelworkers of America, AFL–CIO/CLC (collectively, petitioners) filed their case briefs on September 7, 2005. Mexinox and petitioners submitted their rebuttal briefs on September 14, 2005. [A–201–822] Period of Review Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Mexico; Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review The period of review (POR) is July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2004. Issues Specific to Weyerhaeuser Comment 37: Level of Trade for Weyerhaeuser’s VMI sales. Comment 38: Assessment for Weyerhaeuser’s Unaffiliated Importers of Record. Comment 39: Log Cost Allocation for British Columbia Coastal Operations. Comment 40: Calculation of Various G&A Expenses. Comment 41: Clerical Error Allegations Specific to Weyerhaeuser. [FR Doc. 05–23932 Filed 12–9–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: On August 8, 2005, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published the preliminary results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on stainless AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:51 Dec 09, 2005 Jkt 208001 Scope of the Order For purposes of this administrative review, the products covered are certain stainless steel sheet and strip in coils. Stainless steel is an alloy steel containing, by weight, 1.2 percent or less of carbon and 10.5 percent or more of chromium, with or without other elements. The subject sheet and strip is a flat-rolled product in coils that is PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 greater than 9.5 mm in width and less than 4.75 mm in thickness, and that is annealed or otherwise heat treated and pickled or otherwise descaled. The subject sheet and strip may also be further processed (e.g., cold-rolled, polished, aluminized, coated, etc.) provided that it maintains the specific dimensions of sheet and strip following such processing. The merchandise subject to this order is currently classifiable in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) at subheadings: 7219.13.0031, 7219.13.0051, 7219.13.0071, 7219.1300.81, 7219.14.0030, 7219.14.0065, 7219.14.0090, 7219.32.0005, 7219.32.0020, 7219.32.0025, 7219.32.0035, 7219.32.0036, 7219.32.0038, 7219.32.0042, 7219.32.0044, 7219.33.0005, 7219.33.0020, 7219.33.0025, 7219.33.0035, 7219.33.0036, 7219.33.0038, 7219.33.0042, 7219.33.0044, 7219.34.0005, 7219.34.0020, 7219.34.0025, 7219.34.0030, 7219.34.0035, 7219.35.0005, 7219.35.0015, 7219.35.0030, 7219.35.0035, 7219.90.0010, 7219.90.0020, 7219.90.0025, 7219.90.0060, 7219.90.0080, 7220.12.1000, 7220.12.5000, 7220.20.1010, 7220.20.1015, 7220.20.1060, 7220.20.1080, 7220.20.6005, 7220.20.6010, 7220.20.6015, 7220.20.6060, 7220.20.6080, 7220.20.7005, 7220.20.7010, 7220.20.7015, 7220.20.7060, 7220.20.7080, 7220.20.8000, 7220.20.9030, 7220.20.9060, 7220.90.0010, 7220.90.0015, 7220.90.0060, and 7220.90.0080. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the Department’s written description of the merchandise under review is dispositive. Excluded from the review of this order are the following: (1) sheet and strip that is not annealed or otherwise heat treated and pickled or otherwise descaled, (2) sheet and strip that is cut to length, (3) plate (i.e., flat-rolled stainless steel products of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more), (4) flat wire (i.e., cold-rolled sections, with a prepared edge, rectangular in shape, of a width of not more than 9.5 mm), and (5) razor blade steel. Razor blade steel is a flatrolled product of stainless steel, not further worked than cold-rolled (coldreduced), in coils, of a width of not more than 23 mm and a thickness of 0.266 mm or less, containing, by weight, 12.5 to 14.5 percent chromium, and certified at the time of entry to be used E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 237 / Monday, December 12, 2005 / Notices in the manufacture of razor blades. See chapter 72 of the HTSUS, ‘‘Additional U.S. Note’’ 1(d). Flapper valve steel is also excluded from the scope of the order. This product is defined as stainless steel strip in coils containing, by weight, between 0.37 and 0.43 percent carbon, between 1.15 and 1.35 percent molybdenum, and between 0.20 and 0.80 percent manganese. This steel also contains, by weight, phosphorus of 0.025 percent or less, silicon of between 0.20 and 0.50 percent, and sulfur of 0.020 percent or less. The product is manufactured by means of vacuum arc remelting, with inclusion controls for sulphide of no more than 0.04 percent and for oxide of no more than 0.05 percent. Flapper valve steel has a tensile strength of between 210 and 300 ksi, yield strength of between 170 and 270 ksi, plus or minus 8 ksi, and a hardness (Hv) of between 460 and 590. Flapper valve steel is most commonly used to produce specialty flapper valves in compressors. Also excluded is a product referred to as suspension foil, a specialty steel product used in the manufacture of suspension assemblies for computer disk drives. Suspension foil is described as 302/304 grade or 202 grade stainless steel of a thickness between 14 and 127 microns, with a thickness tolerance of plus-or-minus 2.01 microns, and surface glossiness of 200 to 700 percent Gs. Suspension foil must be supplied in coil widths of not more than 407 mm, and with a mass of 225 kg or less. Roll marks may only be visible on one side, with no scratches of measurable depth. The material must exhibit residual stresses of 2 mm maximum deflection, and flatness of 1.6 mm over 685 mm length. Certain stainless steel foil for automotive catalytic converters is also excluded from the scope of this order. This stainless steel strip in coils is a specialty foil with a thickness of between 20 and 110 microns used to produce a metallic substrate with a honeycomb structure for use in automotive catalytic converters. The steel contains, by weight, carbon of no more than 0.030 percent, silicon of no more than 1.0 percent, manganese of no more than 1.0 percent, chromium of between 19 and 22 percent, aluminum of no less than 5.0 percent, phosphorus of no more than 0.045 percent, sulfur of no more than 0.03 percent, lanthanum of less than 0.002 or greater than 0.05 percent, and total rare earth elements of more than 0.06 percent, with the balance iron. Permanent magnet iron-chromiumcobalt alloy stainless strip is also excluded from the scope of this order. This ductile stainless steel strip VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:51 Dec 09, 2005 Jkt 208001 73445 contains, by weight, 26 to 30 percent chromium, and 7 to 10 percent cobalt, with the remainder of iron, in widths 228.6 mm or less, and a thickness between 0.127 and 1.270 mm. It exhibits magnetic remanence between 9,000 and 12,000 gauss, and a coercivity of between 50 and 300 oersteds. This product is most commonly used in electronic sensors and is currently available under proprietary trade names such as ‘‘Arnokrome III.’’ 1 Certain electrical resistance alloy steel is also excluded from the scope of this order. This product is defined as a nonmagnetic stainless steel manufactured to American Society of Testing and Materials (‘‘ASTM’’) specification B344 and containing, by weight, 36 percent nickel, 18 percent chromium, and 46 percent iron, and is most notable for its resistance to high temperature corrosion. It has a melting point of 1390 degrees Celsius and displays a creep rupture limit of 4 kilograms per square millimeter at 1000 degrees Celsius. This steel is most commonly used in the production of heating ribbons for circuit breakers and industrial furnaces, and in rheostats for railway locomotives. The product is currently available under proprietary trade names such as ‘‘Gilphy 36.’’ 2 Certain martensitic precipitationhardenable stainless steel is also excluded from the scope of this order. This high-strength, ductile stainless steel product is designated under the Unified Numbering System (‘‘UNS’’) as S45500-grade steel, and contains, by weight, 11 to 13 percent chromium, and 7 to 10 percent nickel. Carbon, manganese, silicon and molybdenum each comprise, by weight, 0.05 percent or less, with phosphorus and sulfur each comprising, by weight, 0.03 percent or less. This steel has copper, niobium, and titanium added to achieve aging, and will exhibit yield strengths as high as 1700 Mpa and ultimate tensile strengths as high as 1750 Mpa after aging, with elongation percentages of 3 percent or less in 50 mm. It is generally provided in thicknesses between 0.635 and 0.787 mm, and in widths of 25.4 mm. This product is most commonly used in the manufacture of television tubes and is currently available under proprietary trade names such as ‘‘Durphynox 17.’’ 3 Finally, three specialty stainless steels typically used in certain industrial blades and surgical and medical instruments are also excluded from the scope of this order. These include stainless steel strip in coils used in the production of textile cutting tools (e.g., carpet knives).4 This steel is similar to AISI grade 420 but containing, by weight, 0.5 to 0.7 percent of molybdenum. The steel also contains, by weight, carbon of between 1.0 and 1.1 percent, sulfur of 0.020 percent or less, and includes between 0.20 and 0.30 percent copper and between 0.20 and 0.50 percent cobalt. This steel is sold under proprietary names such as ‘‘GIN4 Mo.’’ The second excluded stainless steel strip in coils is similar to AISI 420–J2 and contains, by weight, carbon of between 0.62 and 0.70 percent, silicon of between 0.20 and 0.50 percent, manganese of between 0.45 and 0.80 percent, phosphorus of no more than 0.025 percent and sulfur of no more than 0.020 percent. This steel has a carbide density on average of 100 carbide particles per 100 square microns. An example of this product is ‘‘GIN5’’ steel. The third specialty steel has a chemical composition similar to AISI 420 F, with carbon of between 0.37 and 0.43 percent, molybdenum of between 1.15 and 1.35 percent, but lower manganese of between 0.20 and 0.80 percent, phosphorus of no more than 0.025 percent, silicon of between 0.20 and 0.50 percent, and sulfur of no more than 0.020 percent. This product is supplied with a hardness of more than Hv 500 guaranteed after customer processing, and is supplied as, for example, ‘‘GIN6.’’ 5 1 ‘‘Arnokrome III’’ is a trademark of the Arnold Engineering Company. 2 ‘‘Gilphy 36’’ is a trademark of Imphy, S.A. 3 ‘‘Durphynox 17’’ is a trademark of Imphy, S.A. 4 This list of uses is illustrative and provided for descriptive purposes only. 5 ‘‘GIN4 Mo,’’ ‘‘GIN5’’ and ‘‘GIN6’’ are the proprietary grades of Hitachi Metals America, Ltd. PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Analysis of Comments Received All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties to this administrative review are addressed in the ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum’’ (Decision Memorandum) from Stephen Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, to Joseph A. Spetrini, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, dated December 6, 2005, 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 E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1 73446 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 237 / Monday, December 12, 2005 / Notices directly via the Internet at www.ia.ita.doc.gov. The paper copy and electronic version of the Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Changes Since the Preliminary Results Based on our analysis of the comments received, we have made the following changes to the margin calculation: • We have recalculated Mexinox’s general and administrative expenses (G&A) ratio and have applied it to Mexinox’s reported cost of manufacture (COM). • In accordance with the major input test we made adjustments to the reported costs of direct material costs for certain grades. See Cost of Production and Constructed Value Calculation Adjustments for the Final Results—ThyssenKrupp Mexinox S.A. de C.V dated December 6, 2005. • We have used U.S. dollar invoice prices (GRSUPRUH) and applicable billing adjustments (BILLADJ1UH and BILLADJ2UH) for certain dollardenominated sales reported in the home market. • We have revised the U.S. indirect selling expense (INDIRSU) ratio to include selling expenses incurred and revenues received in the United States relating to Mexinox’s affiliates, Mexinox USA and ThyssenKrupp Nirosta North America (TKNNA). These changes are discussed in the relevant sections of the Decision Memorandum and the December 6, 2005, ‘‘Analysis of Data Submitted by ThyssenKrupp Mexinox S.A. de C.V. (Mexinox) for the Final Results of Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Mexico (A–201–822)’’ (Analysis Memorandum). Final Results of Review We determine the following weightedaverage percentage margin exists for the period July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004: Manufacturer / Exporter Weighted Average Margin (percentage) ThyssenKrupp Mexinox S.A. de C.V. ....................................... 2.96 percent Assessment Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.212(b), the Department calculates an assessment rate for each importer of the subject merchandise. Upon issuance of the final results of this review, if any importerspecific assessment rates calculated in the final results are above de minimis (i.e., at or above 0.50 percent), we will issue appraisement instructions directly VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:51 Dec 09, 2005 Jkt 208001 to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assess antidumping duties on appropriate entries by applying the assessment rate to the entered value of the merchandise. To determine whether the duty-assessment rate covering the period is de minimis, in accordance with the requirement set forth in 19 CFR 351.106(c)(2), we have calculated an importer-specific assessment ad valorem rate by aggregating the dumping margins calculated for all U.S. sales to the sole importer of ThyssenKrupp Mexinox S.A. de C.V.’s subject merchandise and dividing this amount by the total entered value of the sales to that importer. Where the importer-specific ad valorem rate is greater than de minimis and because the respondent has reported reliable entered values, we will instruct CBP to apply the assessment rate to the entered value of the importer’s entries during the period of review. Pursuant to 19 CFR 356.8, the Department will issue appropriate assessment instructions directly to CBP on or after the 41st day after publication of the final results of review. Cash Deposit Requirements The following cash deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of these final results for all shipments of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date of these final results of administrative review, as provided by section 751(a)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Tariff Act): (1) The cash deposit rate for the reviewed company will be the rate listed above; (2) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, but was covered in a previous review or the original less than fair value (LTFV) investigation, 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 LTFV investigation, but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent period for the manufacturer of the merchandise; and (4) the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers or exporters will continue to be the ‘‘all others’’ rate of 30.86 percent, which is the ‘‘All Others’’ rate established in the LTFV investigation. See Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Mexico, 64 FR 30790 (June 8, 1999). These deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until publication of the PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 final results of the next administrative review. Notification to Interested Parties This notice also serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR section 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 disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR section 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 notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act. Dated: December 6, 2005. Joseph A. Spetrini, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. Appendix—Issues in Decision Memorandum Adjustments to Normal Value Comment 1: Peso-Based Interest Rate for Home Market Sales. Comment 2: Whether Home Market Database is Complete. Adjustments to United States Price Comment 3: U.S. Indirect Selling Expenses. Comment 4: Mexico-incurred Indirect Selling Expenses. Cost of Production Comment 5: General and Administrative Expenses. Comment 6: Adjustment to Major Input Analysis. Comment 7: Financial Expenses. Margin Calculations Comment 8: Offsetting for Export Sales that Exceed Normal Value. Comment 9: Circumstance of Sale E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 237 / Monday, December 12, 2005 / Notices Adjustment. [FR Doc. 05–23920 Filed 12–9–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Scope of the Order [A–489–501] Notice of Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Certain Welded Carbon Steel Pipe and Tube from Turkey Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Certain Welded Carbon Steel Pipe and Tube from Turkey. AGENCY: SUMMARY: On June 7, 2005, the Department of Commerce (‘‘the Department’’) published the preliminary results of its administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain welded carbon steel pipe and tube (‘‘welded pipe and tube’’) from Turkey. This review covers two producers/ exporters of the subject merchandise. The period of review (‘‘POR’’) is May 1, 2003, through April 30, 2004. Based on our analysis of the comments received, these final results differ from the preliminary results. The final results are listed below in the Final Results of Review section. EFFECTIVE DATE: December 12, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Hargett, George McMahon, or Jim Terpstra, AD/CVD Operations, Office 3, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–4161, (202) 482–1167 or (202) 482– 3965, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background This review covers two producers/ exporters of the subject merchandise: (1) ¨ ¨ the Yucel Group (‘‘Yucel’’), which includes Cayirova Boru Sanayi ve ¸ ¨ Ticaret A.S. and its affiliate, Yucel Boru Ithalat–Ihracat ve Pazarlama A.S. (collectively referred to as ‘‘Cayirova’’) ¸ and (2) the Borusan Group (‘‘Borusan’’).1 On June 7, 2005, the Department published the preliminary results of this review and invited 1 The Borusan Group includes Borusan Birlesik Boru Fabrikalari A.S., Mannesmann Boru End strisi T.A.S., Borusan Mannesmann Boru Sanayii ve Ticaret A.S., and Istikbal Ticaret T.A.S. VerDate Aug<31>2005 interested parties to comment on those results.2 On July 21, 2005, we received case briefs from Cayirova, Borusan, and ¸ domestic interested parties.3 On July 28, 2005, we received rebuttal briefs from the same parties. A public hearing was held on August 4, 2005.4 17:51 Dec 09, 2005 Jkt 208001 The products covered by this order include circular welded non-alloy steel pipes and tubes, of circular crosssection, not more than 406.4 millimeters (16 inches) in outside diameter, regardless of wall thickness, surface finish (black, or galvanized, painted), or end finish (plain end, beveled end, threaded and coupled). Those pipes and tubes are generally known as standard pipe, though they may also be called structural or mechanical tubing in certain applications. Standard pipes and tubes are intended for the low pressure conveyance of water, steam, natural gas, air, and other liquids and gases in plumbing and heating systems, air conditioner units, automatic sprinkler systems, and other related uses. Standard pipe may also be used for light load-bearing and mechanical applications, such as for fence tubing, and for protection of electrical wiring, such as conduit shells. The scope is not limited to standard pipe and fence tubing, or those types of mechanical and structural pipe that are used in standard pipe applications. All carbon steel pipes and tubes within the physical description outlined above are included in the scope of this order, except for line pipe, oil country tubular goods, boiler tubing, cold-drawn or cold-rolled mechanical tubing, pipe and tube hollows for redraws, finished scaffolding, and finished rigid conduit. Imports of these products are currently classifiable under the following Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (‘‘HTSUS’’) subheadings: 7306.30.10.00, 7306.30.50.25, 7306.30.50.32, 7306.30.50.40, 7306.30.50.55, 7306.30.50.85, and 7306.30.50.90. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, our written description of the scope of this proceeding is dispositive. 2 Notice of Preliminary Results of Antidumping Administrative Review: Ceratin Welded Carbon Steel Pipe and Tube from Turkey, 70 FR 33084 (June 7, 2005). 3 Petitioners are Allied Tube and Conduit Corporation, and Wheatland Tube Company. 4 A copy of the transcript of the hearing is available in the Cental Records Unit (‘‘CRU’’) of the Department. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73447 Analysis of Comments Received All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties to this review are addressed in the ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Results of the Administrative Review of the Antidumping Duty Order on Certain Welded Carbon Steel Pipe and Tube from Turkey’’ from Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, to Joseph A. Spetrini, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, dated December 5, 2005 (‘‘Decision Memorandum’’), 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 addressed 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 recommendation in the Decision Memorandum, which is on file in the CRU, room B–099 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the Internet at http:// ia.ita.doc.gov/frn. The paper copy and electronic version of the Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Fair Value Comparisons We calculated export price (‘‘EP’’) and normal value (‘‘NV’’) based on the same methodology used in the preliminary results, except for changes detailed in the Decision Memorandum. For Cayirova, we have made the contract ¸ date as the date of sale, changed the weighting factors matching home market and U.S. market sales, and applied the countervailing duty adjustment.5 For Borusan, we have restored certain U.S. and home market sales.6 Cost of Production We calculated the cost of production (‘‘COP’’) for the merchandise based on the same methodology used in the preliminary results. Final Results of Review As a result of our review, we determine that the following weightedaverage percentage margins exist for the period May 1, 2003, through April 30, 2004: Manufacturer/Exporter Borusan ........................ Cayirova ........................ ¸ Margin (percent) 0.86 3.52 5 Decision Memorandum, December 5, 2005, at comments 1, 3 and 4. 6 Id., at comment 5. E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-201-822]


Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Mexico; Final 
Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: On August 8, 2005, the Department of Commerce (the Department) 
published the preliminary results of the administrative review of the 
antidumping duty order on stainless steel sheet and strip in coils from 
Mexico See Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Mexico; 
Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 70 FR 
45675 (August 8, 2005) (Preliminary Results). This review covers one 
manufacturer/exporter, ThyssenKrupp Mexinox S.A. de C.V. (Mexinox), of 
the subject merchandise to the United States during the period July 1, 
2003 to June 30, 2004. Based on our analysis of the comments received, 
we have made changes in the margin calculation; therefore, the final 
results 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: December 12, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angela Strom, Maryanne Burke or Robert 
James, AD/CVD Operations, Office VII, Import Administration, 
International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th 
Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: 
(202) 482-2704, (202) 482-5604 and (202) 482-0649 respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On August 8, 2005, the Department published in the Federal Register 
the preliminary results of the administrative review of the antidumping 
duty order on stainless steel sheet and strip in coils from Mexico for 
the period July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004. See Preliminary Results. In 
response to the Department's invitation to comment on the preliminary 
results of this review, Mexinox and Allegheny Ludlum Corporation, North 
American Stainless, United Auto Workers Local 3303, Zanesville Armco 
Independent Organization, Inc. and the United Steelworkers of America, 
AFL-CIO/CLC (collectively, petitioners) filed their case briefs on 
September 7, 2005. Mexinox and petitioners submitted their rebuttal 
briefs on September 14, 2005.

Period of Review

    The period of review (POR) is July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2004.

Scope of the Order

    For purposes of this administrative review, the products covered 
are certain stainless steel sheet and strip in coils. Stainless steel 
is an alloy steel containing, by weight, 1.2 percent or less of carbon 
and 10.5 percent or more of chromium, with or without other elements. 
The subject sheet and strip is a flat-rolled product in coils that is 
greater than 9.5 mm in width and less than 4.75 mm in thickness, and 
that is annealed or otherwise heat treated and pickled or otherwise 
descaled. The subject sheet and strip may also be further processed 
(e.g., cold-rolled, polished, aluminized, coated, etc.) provided that 
it maintains the specific dimensions of sheet and strip following such 
processing. The merchandise subject to this order is currently 
classifiable in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
(HTSUS) at subheadings: 7219.13.0031, 7219.13.0051, 7219.13.0071, 
7219.1300.81, 7219.14.0030, 7219.14.0065, 7219.14.0090, 7219.32.0005, 
7219.32.0020, 7219.32.0025, 7219.32.0035, 7219.32.0036, 7219.32.0038, 
7219.32.0042, 7219.32.0044, 7219.33.0005, 7219.33.0020, 7219.33.0025, 
7219.33.0035, 7219.33.0036, 7219.33.0038, 7219.33.0042, 7219.33.0044, 
7219.34.0005, 7219.34.0020, 7219.34.0025, 7219.34.0030, 7219.34.0035, 
7219.35.0005, 7219.35.0015, 7219.35.0030, 7219.35.0035, 7219.90.0010, 
7219.90.0020, 7219.90.0025, 7219.90.0060, 7219.90.0080, 7220.12.1000, 
7220.12.5000, 7220.20.1010, 7220.20.1015, 7220.20.1060, 7220.20.1080, 
7220.20.6005, 7220.20.6010, 7220.20.6015, 7220.20.6060, 7220.20.6080, 
7220.20.7005, 7220.20.7010, 7220.20.7015, 7220.20.7060, 7220.20.7080, 
7220.20.8000, 7220.20.9030, 7220.20.9060, 7220.90.0010, 7220.90.0015, 
7220.90.0060, and 7220.90.0080. Although the HTSUS subheadings are 
provided for convenience and customs purposes, the Department's written 
description of the merchandise under review is dispositive.
    Excluded from the review of this order are the following: (1) sheet 
and strip that is not annealed or otherwise heat treated and pickled or 
otherwise descaled, (2) sheet and strip that is cut to length, (3) 
plate (i.e., flat-rolled stainless steel products of a thickness of 
4.75 mm or more), (4) flat wire (i.e., cold-rolled sections, with a 
prepared edge, rectangular in shape, of a width of not more than 9.5 
mm), and (5) razor blade steel. Razor blade steel is a flat-rolled 
product of stainless steel, not further worked than cold-rolled (cold-
reduced), in coils, of a width of not more than 23 mm and a thickness 
of 0.266 mm or less, containing, by weight, 12.5 to 14.5 percent 
chromium, and certified at the time of entry to be used

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in the manufacture of razor blades. See chapter 72 of the HTSUS, 
``Additional U.S. Note'' 1(d).
    Flapper valve steel is also excluded from the scope of the order. 
This product is defined as stainless steel strip in coils containing, 
by weight, between 0.37 and 0.43 percent carbon, between 1.15 and 1.35 
percent molybdenum, and between 0.20 and 0.80 percent manganese. This 
steel also contains, by weight, phosphorus of 0.025 percent or less, 
silicon of between 0.20 and 0.50 percent, and sulfur of 0.020 percent 
or less. The product is manufactured by means of vacuum arc remelting, 
with inclusion controls for sulphide of no more than 0.04 percent and 
for oxide of no more than 0.05 percent. Flapper valve steel has a 
tensile strength of between 210 and 300 ksi, yield strength of between 
170 and 270 ksi, plus or minus 8 ksi, and a hardness (Hv) of between 
460 and 590. Flapper valve steel is most commonly used to produce 
specialty flapper valves in compressors.
    Also excluded is a product referred to as suspension foil, a 
specialty steel product used in the manufacture of suspension 
assemblies for computer disk drives. Suspension foil is described as 
302/304 grade or 202 grade stainless steel of a thickness between 14 
and 127 microns, with a thickness tolerance of plus-or-minus 2.01 
microns, and surface glossiness of 200 to 700 percent Gs. Suspension 
foil must be supplied in coil widths of not more than 407 mm, and with 
a mass of 225 kg or less. Roll marks may only be visible on one side, 
with no scratches of measurable depth. The material must exhibit 
residual stresses of 2 mm maximum deflection, and flatness of 1.6 mm 
over 685 mm length.
    Certain stainless steel foil for automotive catalytic converters is 
also excluded from the scope of this order. This stainless steel strip 
in coils is a specialty foil with a thickness of between 20 and 110 
microns used to produce a metallic substrate with a honeycomb structure 
for use in automotive catalytic converters. The steel contains, by 
weight, carbon of no more than 0.030 percent, silicon of no more than 
1.0 percent, manganese of no more than 1.0 percent, chromium of between 
19 and 22 percent, aluminum of no less than 5.0 percent, phosphorus of 
no more than 0.045 percent, sulfur of no more than 0.03 percent, 
lanthanum of less than 0.002 or greater than 0.05 percent, and total 
rare earth elements of more than 0.06 percent, with the balance iron.
    Permanent magnet iron-chromium-cobalt alloy stainless strip is also 
excluded from the scope of this order. This ductile stainless steel 
strip contains, by weight, 26 to 30 percent chromium, and 7 to 10 
percent cobalt, with the remainder of iron, in widths 228.6 mm or less, 
and a thickness between 0.127 and 1.270 mm. It exhibits magnetic 
remanence between 9,000 and 12,000 gauss, and a coercivity of between 
50 and 300 oersteds. This product is most commonly used in electronic 
sensors and is currently available under proprietary trade names such 
as ``Arnokrome III.'' \1\
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Company.
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    Certain electrical resistance alloy steel is also excluded from the 
scope of this order. This product is defined as a non-magnetic 
stainless steel manufactured to American Society of Testing and 
Materials (``ASTM'') specification B344 and containing, by weight, 36 
percent nickel, 18 percent chromium, and 46 percent iron, and is most 
notable for its resistance to high temperature corrosion. It has a 
melting point of 1390 degrees Celsius and displays a creep rupture 
limit of 4 kilograms per square millimeter at 1000 degrees Celsius. 
This steel is most commonly used in the production of heating ribbons 
for circuit breakers and industrial furnaces, and in rheostats for 
railway locomotives. The product is currently available under 
proprietary trade names such as ``Gilphy 36.'' \2\
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    Certain martensitic precipitation-hardenable stainless steel is 
also excluded from the scope of this order. This high-strength, ductile 
stainless steel product is designated under the Unified Numbering 
System (``UNS'') as S45500-grade steel, and contains, by weight, 11 to 
13 percent chromium, and 7 to 10 percent nickel. Carbon, manganese, 
silicon and molybdenum each comprise, by weight, 0.05 percent or less, 
with phosphorus and sulfur each comprising, by weight, 0.03 percent or 
less. This steel has copper, niobium, and titanium added to achieve 
aging, and will exhibit yield strengths as high as 1700 Mpa and 
ultimate tensile strengths as high as 1750 Mpa after aging, with 
elongation percentages of 3 percent or less in 50 mm. It is generally 
provided in thicknesses between 0.635 and 0.787 mm, and in widths of 
25.4 mm. This product is most commonly used in the manufacture of 
television tubes and is currently available under proprietary trade 
names such as ``Durphynox 17.'' \3\
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    Finally, three specialty stainless steels typically used in certain 
industrial blades and surgical and medical instruments are also 
excluded from the scope of this order. These include stainless steel 
strip in coils used in the production of textile cutting tools (e.g., 
carpet knives).\4\ This steel is similar to AISI grade 420 but 
containing, by weight, 0.5 to 0.7 percent of molybdenum. The steel also 
contains, by weight, carbon of between 1.0 and 1.1 percent, sulfur of 
0.020 percent or less, and includes between 0.20 and 0.30 percent 
copper and between 0.20 and 0.50 percent cobalt. This steel is sold 
under proprietary names such as ``GIN4 Mo.'' The second excluded 
stainless steel strip in coils is similar to AISI 420-J2 and contains, 
by weight, carbon of between 0.62 and 0.70 percent, silicon of between 
0.20 and 0.50 percent, manganese of between 0.45 and 0.80 percent, 
phosphorus of no more than 0.025 percent and sulfur of no more than 
0.020 percent. This steel has a carbide density on average of 100 
carbide particles per 100 square microns. An example of this product is 
``GIN5'' steel. The third specialty steel has a chemical composition 
similar to AISI 420 F, with carbon of between 0.37 and 0.43 percent, 
molybdenum of between 1.15 and 1.35 percent, but lower manganese of 
between 0.20 and 0.80 percent, phosphorus of no more than 0.025 
percent, silicon of between 0.20 and 0.50 percent, and sulfur of no 
more than 0.020 percent. This product is supplied with a hardness of 
more than Hv 500 guaranteed after customer processing, and is supplied 
as, for example, ``GIN6.'' \5\
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descriptive purposes only.
    \5\ ``GIN4 Mo,'' ``GIN5'' and ``GIN6'' are the proprietary 
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Analysis of Comments Received

    All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties to 
this administrative review are addressed in the ``Issues and Decision 
Memorandum'' (Decision Memorandum) from Stephen Claeys, Deputy 
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, to Joseph A. Spetrini, 
Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, dated December 6, 
2005, 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

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directly via the Internet at www.ia.ita.doc.gov. The paper copy and 
electronic version of the Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

Changes Since the Preliminary Results

    Based on our analysis of the comments received, we have made the 
following changes to the margin calculation:
 We have recalculated Mexinox's general and administrative 
expenses (G&A) ratio and have applied it to Mexinox's reported cost of 
manufacture (COM).
 In accordance with the major input test we made adjustments to 
the reported costs of direct material costs for certain grades. See 
Cost of Production and Constructed Value Calculation Adjustments for 
the Final Results--ThyssenKrupp Mexinox S.A. de C.V dated December 6, 
2005.
 We have used U.S. dollar invoice prices (GRSUPRUH) and 
applicable billing adjustments (BILLADJ1UH and BILLADJ2UH) for certain 
dollar-denominated sales reported in the home market.
 We have revised the U.S. indirect selling expense (INDIRSU) 
ratio to include selling expenses incurred and revenues received in the 
United States relating to Mexinox's affiliates, Mexinox USA and 
ThyssenKrupp Nirosta North America (TKNNA).
These changes are discussed in the relevant sections of the Decision 
Memorandum and the December 6, 2005, ``Analysis of Data Submitted by 
ThyssenKrupp Mexinox S.A. de C.V. (Mexinox) for the Final Results of 
Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Mexico (A-201-822)'' 
(Analysis Memorandum).

Final Results of Review

    We determine the following weighted-average percentage margin 
exists for the period July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                              Weighted
                                                               Average
                  Manufacturer / Exporter                      Margin
                                                            (percentage)
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ThyssenKrupp Mexinox S.A. de C.V..........................  2.96 percent
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Assessment

    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.212(b), the Department calculates an 
assessment rate for each importer of the subject merchandise. Upon 
issuance of the final results of this review, if any importer-specific 
assessment rates calculated in the final results are above de minimis 
(i.e., at or above 0.50 percent), we will issue appraisement 
instructions directly to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to 
assess antidumping duties on appropriate entries by applying the 
assessment rate to the entered value of the merchandise. To determine 
whether the duty-assessment rate covering the period is de minimis, in 
accordance with the requirement set forth in 19 CFR 351.106(c)(2), we 
have calculated an importer-specific assessment ad valorem rate by 
aggregating the dumping margins calculated for all U.S. sales to the 
sole importer of ThyssenKrupp Mexinox S.A. de C.V.'s subject 
merchandise and dividing this amount by the total entered value of the 
sales to that importer. Where the importer-specific ad valorem rate is 
greater than de minimis and because the respondent has reported 
reliable entered values, we will instruct CBP to apply the assessment 
rate to the entered value of the importer's entries during the period 
of review. Pursuant to 19 CFR 356.8, the Department will issue 
appropriate assessment instructions directly to CBP on or after the 
41st day after publication of the final results of review.

Cash Deposit Requirements

    The following cash deposit requirements will be effective upon 
publication of these final results for all shipments of the subject 
merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or 
after the publication date of these final results of administrative 
review, as provided by section 751(a)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as 
amended (the Tariff Act): (1) The cash deposit rate for the reviewed 
company will be the rate listed above; (2) if the exporter is not a 
firm covered in this review, but was covered in a previous review or 
the original less than fair value (LTFV) investigation, 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 LTFV investigation, but 
the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established 
for the most recent period for the manufacturer of the merchandise; and 
(4) the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers or exporters will 
continue to be the ``all others'' rate of 30.86 percent, which is the 
``All Others'' rate established in the LTFV investigation. See Notice 
of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Stainless 
Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Mexico, 64 FR 30790 (June 8, 1999). 
These deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until 
publication of the final results of the next administrative review.

Notification to Interested Parties

    This notice also serves as a final reminder to importers of their 
responsibility under 19 CFR section 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 disclosed under 
APO in accordance with 19 CFR section 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 notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 
751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act.

    Dated: December 6, 2005.
Joseph A. Spetrini,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

Appendix--Issues in Decision Memorandum

Adjustments to Normal Value

    Comment 1: Peso-Based Interest Rate for Home Market Sales.
    Comment 2: Whether Home Market Database is Complete.

Adjustments to United States Price

    Comment 3: U.S. Indirect Selling Expenses.
    Comment 4: Mexico-incurred Indirect Selling Expenses.

Cost of Production

    Comment 5: General and Administrative Expenses.
    Comment 6: Adjustment to Major Input Analysis.
    Comment 7: Financial Expenses.

Margin Calculations

    Comment 8: Offsetting for Export Sales that Exceed Normal Value.
    Comment 9: Circumstance of Sale

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Adjustment.
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