Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils From Germany; Notice of Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 73729-73731 [E5-7281]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 238 / Tuesday, December 13, 2005 / Notices Comment 3: Date of Sale Comment 4: U.S. Inventory Carrying Costs 482–2657, (202) 482–1121 or (202) 482– 0649, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comment 5: Repacking Expenses Comment 6: Bonuses and Cost of Production Background On August 8, 2005, the Department of Commerce published the preliminary results of administrative review of the antidumping order covering stainless steel sheet and strip in coils from Germany. See Preliminary Results. In the Preliminary Results we invited parties to provide comments. In response, the Department received case briefs from ThyssenKrupp Nirosta GmbH, ThyssenKrupp VDM GmbH (TKVDM), ThyssenKrupp Nirosta ¨ Prazisionsband GmbH (TKNP), and their various affiliates (collectively, TKN) and from Allegheny Ludlum, North American Stainless, Local 3303 United Auto Workers, United Steelworkers of America, AFL–CIO/CLC, and Zanesville Armco Independent Organization (collectively, Petitioners) on September 7, 2005. Petitioners submitted a rebuttal brief on September 14, 2005. TKN did not submit a rebuttal brief. ISSUES RELATING TO TRU–FLOW Comment 7: Sales by Other Companies of Fittings Produced by Tru–Flow [FR Doc. E5–7278 Filed 12–12–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration (A–428–825) Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils From Germany; Notice of Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review. AGENCY: SUMMARY: On August 8, 2005, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published the preliminary results of administrative review of the antidumping duty order covering stainless steel sheet and strip in coils from Germany. See Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Germany; Notice of Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 70 FR 45682 (August 8, 2005) (Preliminary Results). The merchandise covered by this order is stainless steel sheet and strip in coils as described in the ‘‘Scope of the Order’’ section of this notice. The period of review (POR) is July 1, 2003 through June 30, 2004. We invited parties to comment on our Preliminary Results. Based on our analysis of the comments received, we have made changes to 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 the Review.’’ EFFECTIVE DATE: December 13, 2005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah Scott, Tyler Weinhold, 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) VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:22 Dec 13, 2005 Jkt 208001 Scope of the Order The products covered by this order 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 1, 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, 1 Due to changes to the HTS numbers in 2001, 7219.13.0030, 7219.13.0050, 7219.13.0070, and 7219.13.0080 are now 7219.13.0031, 7219.13.0051, 7219.13.0071, and 7219.13.0081, respectively. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73729 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 this order is dispositive. Excluded from the scope of the 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 (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 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. E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1 73730 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 238 / Tuesday, December 13, 2005 / Notices 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 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.’’ 2 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.’’ 3 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.’’ 4 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).5 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 3 ‘‘Gilphy 36’’ is a trademark of Imphy, S.A. 17’’ is a trademark of Imphy, S.A. 5 This list of uses is illustrative and provided for descriptive purposes only. 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.’’ 6 Analysis of Comments Received All issues raised by parties in the case briefs and in Petitioners’ rebuttal brief to this administrative review are addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum from Stephen Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration to Joseph A. Spetrini, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration (Decision Memorandum), 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. The Decision Memorandum is on file in 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://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 comments received, we have made changes to the margin calculation. The changes are listed below: • We have calculated home market early payment discounts and rebates on a concern (i.e., affiliated– family grouping) basis rather than on the basis of individual customers, where applicable. • We have disregarded from our analysis all home market sales by Nirosta Service Center (NSC) that were coded as sales of non–prime merchandise. • For the preliminary results, certain cost of production (COP) data had been inadvertently eliminated from our analysis, thereby causing 4 ‘‘Durphynox 2 ‘‘Arnokrome III’’ is a trademark of the Arnold Engineering Company. VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:22 Dec 13, 2005 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6 ‘‘GIN4 Mo,’’ ‘‘GIN5’’ and ‘‘GIN6’’ are the proprietary grades of Hitachi Metals America, Ltd. E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 238 / Tuesday, December 13, 2005 / Notices from Germany entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication, 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 shown above; (2) for previously reviewed or investigated companies not listed above, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company–specific rate published for Final Results of the Review the most recent period; (3) if the We determine the following exporter is not a firm covered in this percentage weighted–average margin review, a prior review, or the original exists for the period July 1, 2003, less–than-fair–value (LTFV) through June 30, 2004: investigation, but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate Weighted Average established for the most recent period Manufacturer/Exporter Margin for the manufacturer of the (percentage) merchandise; and (4) the cash deposit TKN ............................... 9.50 rate for all other manufacturers or exporters will continue to be 13.48 Assessment percent. This rate is the ‘‘All Others’’ rate from the amended final The Department shall determine, and determination in the LTFV investigation U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border of stainless steel sheet and strip in coils Protection (CBP) shall assess, from Germany. See Stainless Steel Sheet antidumping duties on all appropriate and Strip in Coils From Germany: entries. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1), the Department calculates Amended Final Determination of Antidumping Duty Investigation, 67 FR an assessment rate for each importer of the subject merchandise. Upon issuance 15178, 15179 (March 29, 2002). of the final results of this review, if any These deposit requirements shall importer–specific assessment rates remain in effect until publication of the calculated in the final results are above final results of the next administrative de minimis (i.e., at or above 0.5 percent), review. we will issue appraisement instructions Reimbursement directly to CBP to assess antidumping duties on appropriate entries by This notice also serves as a final applying the assessment rate to the reminder to importers of their entered value of the merchandise. To determine whether the duty–assessment responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) to file a certificate regarding the rate covering the period is de minimis, reimbursement of antidumping or in accordance with the requirement set countervailing duties prior to forth in 19 CFR 351.106(c)(2), we have liquidation of the relevant entries calculated an importer–specific during this review period. Failure to assessment ad valorem rate by comply with this requirement could aggregating the dumping margins result in the Secretary’s presumption calculated for all U.S. sales to each that reimbursement of antidumping or customer or importer and dividing this amount by the total quantity sold to that countervailing duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled customer or importer. Where the antidumping duties. importer–specific ad valorem rate is greater than de minimis, and where the Notification Regarding Administrative respondent has reported reliable entered Protective Orders values, we instruct CBP to apply the This notice also serves as a reminder assessment rate to the entered value of to parties subject to administrative the importer’s entries during the POR. protective orders (APO) of their The Department will issue appropriate responsibility concerning the return or assessment instructions directly to CBP destruction of proprietary information within 15 days of publication of the disclosed under APO in accordance final results of this review. with 19 CFR 351.305. Timely written Cash Deposit Requirements notification of the return or destruction The following deposit requirements of APO materials or conversion to will be effective upon publication of judicial protective order is hereby this notice of final results of requested. Failure to comply with the administrative review for all shipments regulations and terms of an APO is a of stainless steel sheet and strip in coils violation which is subject to sanction. certain U.S. sales to be excluded from our analysis since they had no matching cost data. Therefore, for these final results we inserted programming language to maintain these COP data in our analysis. • We corrected the data in the grade field for certain home market observations that had been coded incorrectly. VerDate Aug<31>2005 00:22 Dec 13, 2005 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73731 We are issuing and publishing this notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i) of the Tariff Act. Dated: December 6, 2005. Joseph A. Spetrini, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. Appendix Comments and Responses 1. Whether to Split Gauge Group 70 2. Calculation of Interest Expense 3. Home Market Rebates and Early Payment Discounts 4. Distinguishing between Prime and Non–Prime Sales in Conducting the Cost Test 5. Treatment of Non–Dumped Sales 6. Reclassification of Non–Prime Products 7. Dropped U.S. Sales 8. Misclassified Grades [FR Doc. E5–7281 Filed 12–12–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Export Trade Certificate of Review Notice of Issuance of an Amended Export Trade Certificate of Review, Application No.: 84–16A12. ACTION: SUMMARY: The U.S. Department of Commerce issued an amended Export Trade Certificate of Review to Northwest Fruit Exporters (‘‘NFE’’) on December 2, 2005. The Certificate has been amended fifteen times. The most recent previous amendment was issued to NFE on October 14, 2004, and published in the Federal Register on October 21, 2004 (69 FR 61802). The original Export Trade Certificate of Review No. 84–00012 was issued to NFE on June 11, 1984, and published in the Federal Register on June 14, 1984 (49 FR 24581). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Anspacher, Director, Export Trading Company Affairs, International Trade Administration, by telephone at (202) 482–5131 (this is not a toll-free number) or by e-mail at oetca@ita.doc.gov. Title III of the Export Trading Company Act of 1982 (15 U.S.C. 4001–21) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to issue Export Trade Certificates of Review. The regulations implementing Title III are found at 15 CFR part 325 (2005). Export Trading Company Affairs is issuing this notice pursuant to 15 CFR 325.6(b), which requires the Department SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\13DEN1.SGM 13DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

(A-428-825)


Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils From Germany; Notice of 
Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative 
Review.

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SUMMARY: On August 8, 2005, the Department of Commerce (the Department) 
published the preliminary results of administrative review of the 
antidumping duty order covering stainless steel sheet and strip in 
coils from Germany. See Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from 
Germany; Notice of Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty 
Administrative Review, 70 FR 45682 (August 8, 2005) (Preliminary 
Results). The merchandise covered by this order is stainless steel 
sheet and strip in coils as described in the ``Scope of the Order'' 
section of this notice. The period of review (POR) is July 1, 2003 
through June 30, 2004. We invited parties to comment on our Preliminary 
Results. Based on our analysis of the comments received, we have made 
changes to 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 the Review.''

EFFECTIVE DATE: December 13, 2005.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deborah Scott, Tyler Weinhold, 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) 482-2657, (202) 482-1121 or (202) 482-0649, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On August 8, 2005, the Department of Commerce published the 
preliminary results of administrative review of the antidumping order 
covering stainless steel sheet and strip in coils from Germany. See 
Preliminary Results. In the Preliminary Results we invited parties to 
provide comments. In response, the Department received case briefs from 
ThyssenKrupp Nirosta GmbH, ThyssenKrupp VDM GmbH (TKVDM), ThyssenKrupp 
Nirosta Pr[auml]zisionsband GmbH (TKNP), and their various affiliates 
(collectively, TKN) and from Allegheny Ludlum, North American 
Stainless, Local 3303 United Auto Workers, United Steelworkers of 
America, AFL-CIO/CLC, and Zanesville Armco Independent Organization 
(collectively, Petitioners) on September 7, 2005. Petitioners submitted 
a rebuttal brief on September 14, 2005. TKN did not submit a rebuttal 
brief.

Scope of the Order

    The products covered by this order 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 \1\, 
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 this order is dispositive.
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    \1\ Due to changes to the HTS numbers in 2001, 7219.13.0030, 
7219.13.0050, 7219.13.0070, and 7219.13.0080 are now 7219.13.0031, 
7219.13.0051, 7219.13.0071, and 7219.13.0081, respectively.
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    Excluded from the scope of the 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 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.

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    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.'' \2\
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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.'' \3\
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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.'' \4\
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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).\5\ 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.'' \6\
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descriptive purposes only.
    \6\ ``GIN4 Mo,'' ``GIN5'' and ``GIN6'' are the proprietary 
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Analysis of Comments Received

    All issues raised by parties in the case briefs and in Petitioners' 
rebuttal brief to this administrative review are addressed in the 
Issues and Decision Memorandum from Stephen Claeys, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Import Administration to Joseph A. Spetrini, Acting 
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration (Decision Memorandum), 
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. The Decision Memorandum is on file in 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://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 comments received, we have made changes to 
the margin calculation. The changes are listed below:
     We have calculated home market early payment discounts and 
rebates on a concern (i.e., affiliated-family grouping) basis rather 
than on the basis of individual customers, where applicable.
     We have disregarded from our analysis all home market 
sales by Nirosta Service Center (NSC) that were coded as sales of non-
prime merchandise.
     For the preliminary results, certain cost of production 
(COP) data had been inadvertently eliminated from our analysis, thereby 
causing

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certain U.S. sales to be excluded from our analysis since they had no 
matching cost data. Therefore, for these final results we inserted 
programming language to maintain these COP data in our analysis.
     We corrected the data in the grade field for certain home 
market observations that had been coded incorrectly.

Final Results of the Review

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

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                       Weighted Average
                Manufacturer/Exporter                       Margin
                                                         (percentage)
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TKN.................................................                9.50
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Assessment

    The Department shall determine, and U.S. Bureau of Customs and 
Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, antidumping duties on all 
appropriate entries. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1), 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 0.5 percent), we will 
issue appraisement instructions directly to 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 each customer or 
importer and dividing this amount by the total quantity sold to that 
customer or importer. Where the importer-specific ad valorem rate is 
greater than de minimis, and where the respondent has reported reliable 
entered values, we instruct CBP to apply the assessment rate to the 
entered value of the importer's entries during the POR. The Department 
will issue appropriate assessment instructions directly to CBP within 
15 days of publication of the final results of this review.

Cash Deposit Requirements

    The following deposit requirements will be effective upon 
publication of this notice of final results of administrative review 
for all shipments of stainless steel sheet and strip in coils from 
Germany entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or 
after the date of publication, 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 shown above; (2) for 
previously reviewed or investigated companies not listed above, 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 less-than-fair-
value (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 13.48 percent. 
This rate is the ``All Others'' rate from the amended final 
determination in the LTFV investigation of stainless steel sheet and 
strip in coils from Germany. See Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in 
Coils From Germany: Amended Final Determination of Antidumping Duty 
Investigation, 67 FR 15178, 15179 (March 29, 2002).
    These deposit requirements shall remain in effect until publication 
of the final results of the next administrative review.

Reimbursement

    This notice also serves as a final reminder to importers of their 
responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) to file a certificate regarding 
the reimbursement of antidumping or countervailing 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 or countervailing duties 
occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties.

Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders

    This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to 
administrative protective orders (APO) of their responsibility 
concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information 
disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. 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 terms of an APO is a violation which is 
subject to sanction.
    We are issuing and publishing this notice in accordance with 
sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i) of the Tariff Act.

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

Appendix

Comments and Responses
1. Whether to Split Gauge Group 70
2. Calculation of Interest Expense
3. Home Market Rebates and Early Payment Discounts
4. Distinguishing between Prime and Non-Prime Sales in Conducting the 
Cost Test
5. Treatment of Non-Dumped Sales
6. Reclassification of Non-Prime Products
7. Dropped U.S. Sales
8. Misclassified Grades
[FR Doc. E5-7281 Filed 12-12-05; 8:45 am]
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