Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils From Taiwan; Final Results and Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 7519-7522 [E6-1982]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 29 / Monday, February 13, 2006 / Notices entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred, and in the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties. This notice also is the only reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (‘‘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/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. We are issuing and publishing these results and notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: February 3, 2006. David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. APPENDIX – Issues in Decision Memorandum I. Programa de Integracao Social and Contribuicao do Financiamento Social Taxes II. Per–Unit Cost Calculation III. General & Administrative Expense/ Ratio IV. Financial Expenses V. Depreciation of Deferred Charges for Restarting Idled Furnaces VI. Depreciation of Idled Assets VII. Taxes Included in Constructed Value [FR Doc. E6–1987 Filed 2–10–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–583–831] Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils From Taiwan; Final Results and Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: On August 9, 2005, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published in the Federal Register the preliminary results and partial rescission of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on stainless steel sheet and strip in coils rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:38 Feb 10, 2006 Jkt 208001 from Taiwan. This review covers 16 manufacturers/exporters. The period of review (POR) is July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2004. We provided interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the preliminary results of review. After analyzing the comments received, we made changes to the margin calculations for two respondents, Chia Far Industrial Factory Co., Ltd. (Chia Far) and Yieh United Steel Corporation (YUSCO). Therefore, the final results of review differ from the preliminary results of review. The final weighted–average dumping margins for the reviewed firms are listed below in the section entitled ‘‘Final Results of Review.’’ EFFECTIVE DATE: February 13, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Blackledge or Karine Gziryan, AD/CVD Operations, Office 4, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–3518 or (202) 482– 4081, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The following events occurred after the Department published the preliminary results of the instant administrative review in the Federal Register. See Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Taiwan: Preliminary Results and Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 70 FR 46137 (August 9, 2005) (Preliminary Results). In response to the Department’s invitation to comment on the Preliminary Results, the petitioners1 filed case briefs on September 8, 2005, and September 12, 2005. Chia Far filed case brief on September 12, 2005. YUSCO filed rebuttal brief on September 13, 2005, while the petitioners and Chia Far filed rebuttal brief on September 19, 2005. On November 16, 2005, the Department extended the time limit for completing the final results of review until February 5, 2006. See Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils From Taiwan: Extension of Time Limit for Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 70 FR 69514 (November 16, 2005). Period of Review The POR is July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2004. 1 The petitioners are Allegheny Ludlum, AK Steel Corporation, Butler Armco Independent Union, J&L Specialty Steel, Inc., United Steelworks of America, AFL-CIO/CLC, and Zanesville Armco Independent Organization (collectively, ‘‘petitioners’’). PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7519 Scope of the Order The products covered by the 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 the order is classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) at subheadings: 7219.13.0031, 7219.13.0051, 7219.13.0071, 7219.1300.812, 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 HTS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the Department’s written description of the merchandise under the 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 2 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. E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES 7520 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 29 / Monday, February 13, 2006 / Notices 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 HTS, ‘‘Additional U.S. Note’’ 1(d). In response to comments by interested parties, the Department has determined that certain specialty stainless steel products are also excluded from the scope of the order. These excluded products are described below. Flapper valve steel 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 the order. This stainless steel strip in coils is a specialty foil with a thickness of between 20 and 110 microns used to VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:02 Feb 10, 2006 Jkt 208001 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 the 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.’’3 Certain electrical resistance alloy steel is also excluded from the scope of the 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.’’4 Certain martensitic precipitation– hardenable stainless steel is also excluded from the scope of the 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.’’5 Finally, three specialty stainless steels typically used in certain industrial blades and surgical and medical instruments are also excluded from the scope of the order. These include stainless steel strip in coils used in the production of textile cutting tools (e.g., carpet knives).6 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.’’7 Partial Rescission of Review In the Preliminary Results notice, we stated that we were preliminarily rescinding the instant review with respect to Ta Chen Stainless Pipe Co., 5 ‘‘Durphynox 17’’ is a trademark of Imphy, S.A. list of uses is illustrative and provided for descriptive purposes only. 7 ‘‘GIN4 Mo,’’ ‘‘GIN5’’ and ‘‘GIN6’’ are the proprietary grades of Hitachi Metals America, Ltd. 6 This 3 ‘‘Arnokrome III’’ is a trademark of the Arnold Engineering Company. 4 ‘‘Gilphy 36’’ is a trademark of Imphy, S.A. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 29 / Monday, February 13, 2006 / Notices 7521 rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Ltd. (Ta Chen), Yieh Mau Corp. (Yieh Mau), Chain Chon Industrial Co., Ltd. (Chain Chon), Tung Mung Development Co. Ltd. (Tung Mung), Tang Eng Iron Works Company, Ltd. (Tang Eng), Yieh Loong Enterprise Company, Ltd. (Yieh Loong), and China Steel Corporation (China Steel), because record evidence supported their claims that they made no shipments of subject merchandise (for Tung Mung, no U.S. sales through Ta Chen) during the POR. The record evidence relied upon by the Department included U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data and customs entry documents which the Department placed on the record. Parties did not comment on this evidence. Because the record evidence does not call into question the parties’ no shipments claims, we are rescinding this administrative review with respect to Ta Chen, Yieh Mau, Chain Chon, Tung Mung, Tang Eng, Yieh Loong, and China Steel. See Comment 21 of the accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum. We have already rescinded this review with respect to Emerdex Stainless Flat–Rolled Products, Inc., Emerdex Stainless Steel, Inc., and the Emerdex Group. See Preliminary Results, 70 FR 46137, 46140 and Comment 22 of the accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum. total adverse facts available (AFA) to the following companies because they failed to respond to the Department’s questionnaire: PFP Taiwan Co., Ltd., Yieh Trading Corporation, Goang Jau Shing Enterprise Co., Ltd., and Chien Shing Stainless Steel Company Ltd. That margin, 21.10 percent, is the highest appropriate dumping margin from this or any prior segment of the instant proceeding. No parties commented on the Department’s decision to apply total AFA to these companies. For the reasons noted in the Preliminary Results notice, we have continued to assign the above– mentioned companies an AFA rate of 21.10 percent. Analysis of Comments Received All issues raised in the parties’ case and rebuttal briefs commenting on this administrative review are addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum from Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, to David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, dated February 3, 2006, which is hereby adopted by this notice. A list of the issues that parties have raised and to which we have responded, all of which are in the Issues and 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 the public Issues and Decision Memorandum that is on file in the Central Records Unit, Room B–099 of the main Department building. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the Web at https://ia.ita.doc.gov/frn/. The paper copy and electronic version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content. 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 Taiwan entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication, as provided Final Results of Review by section 751(a)(1) of the Act: (1) the We determine that the following cash deposit rate for each of the weighted–average percentage margins reviewed companies will be the rate exist for the period July 1, 2003, through listed for the company in the ‘‘Final June 30, 2004: Results of Review’’ section above (except if the rate for a particular Weighted– company is de minimis, i.e., less than Average 0.5 percent, no cash deposit will be Manufacturer/Exporter/Reseller Margin (percentrequired for that company); (2) for age) previously reviewed or investigated companies not listed above, the cash Yieh United Steel Corporation (YUSCO) ................................. 0.00 deposit rate will continue to be the company–specific rate published for the Chia Far Industrial Factory Co., Ltd. (Chia Far) ......................... 1.36 most recent period; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a prior Goang Jau Shing Enterprise Co., Ltd. .................................. 21.10 review, or the less–than-fair–value PFP Taiwan Co., Ltd. ................. 21.10 investigation, but the manufacturer is, Yieh Trading Corporation ........... 21.10 the cash deposit rate will be the rate Chien Shing Stainless Steel established for the most recent period Company Ltd. .......................... 21.10 for the manufacturer of the merchandise; and (4) if neither the Assessment exporter nor the manufacturer is a firm The Department has determined, and covered in these or any previous CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on reviews conducted by the Department, all appropriate entries. In accordance the cash deposit rate will be the ‘‘all with 19 C.F.R. § 351.212(b)(1), where others’’ rate, which is 12.61 percent. Use of Facts Available In the preliminary results of review, we assigned a dumping margin based on VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:38 Feb 10, 2006 Jkt 208001 Changes Since the Preliminary Results Based on our analysis of the comments received, we have made certain changes in calculating the dumping margins for two respondents, Chia Far and YUSCO. For additional information, see Analysis Memorandum for Chia Far Industrial Factory Co., Ltd. for the Final Results of the Administrative Review of the Antidumping Duty Order on Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Taiwan covering the period July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2004, dated February 3, 2006, and the Analysis Memorandum for Yieh United Steel Company Ltd. for the Final Results of the Administrative Review of the Antidumping Duty Order on Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Taiwan covering the period July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2004, dated February 3 2006. PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 possible, the Department calculated importer–specific assessment rates for merchandise subject to this review. Where the importer–specific assessment rate is above de minimis, we will instruct CBP to assess the importer– specific rate uniformly on the entered customs value of all entries of subject merchandise made by the importer during the POR. Since YUSCO did not report the entered value of its sales, we calculated per–unit assessment rates for its merchandise by aggregating the dumping margins calculated for all U.S. sales to each importer and dividing this amount by the total quantity of those sales. To determine whether the per– unit duty assessment rates were de minimis (i.e., less than 0.50 percent ad valorem), in accordance with the requirement set forth in 19 C.F.R. § 351.106(c)(2), we calculated importer– specific ad valorem ratios based on the export prices. For the respondents receiving dumping margins based upon AFA, the Department will instruct CBP to liquidate entries according to the AFA ad valorem rate. The Department will issue appropriate assessment instructions directly to CBP within 15 days of publication of the final results of review. Cash Deposit Requirements E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 7522 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 29 / Monday, February 13, 2006 / Notices These deposit requirements shall remain in effect until publication of the final results of the next administrative review. Reimbursement of Duties This notice also serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under section 351.402(f)(2) of the Department’s regulations 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. Administrative Protective Orders This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective orders (APOs) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with section 351.305 of the Department’s regulations, which continues to govern business proprietary information in this segment of the proceeding. Timely written notification of the return/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 that is subject to sanction. We are issuing and publishing this results and notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 771(i) of the Act. Dated: February 3, 2006. David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. List of Issues Discussed A. Issues with Respect to Chia Far Comment 1: Home Market Discounts Comment 2: Home Market Credit Expenses rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES Comment 3: Export Sales Classified as Home Market Sales Comment 4: U.S. Date of Sale Comment 5: Home Market Warranty Expenses Comment 6: Home Market Inventory Carrying Costs Comment 7: U.S. Indirect Selling Expenses 17:38 Feb 10, 2006 B. Issues with Respect to YUSCO Comment 11: Unreported Affiliates Comment 12: Unreliable Financial Statements Comment 13: Misclassified Home Market Sales Comment 14: Use of Total Adverse Facts Available Comment 15: U.S. Direct Selling Expenses Comment 16: Home Market Rebates Comment 17: Under–Reported Production Costs Comment 18: General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses Comment 19: Yieh Mau’s Packing Expenses Comment 20: Commercial Quantities C. Issues with Respect to Other Respondents Comment 21: Investigating No– Shipments Claims Comment 22: Reviewing the Emerdex Companies and Their Affiliates [FR Doc. E6–1982 Filed 2–10–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–588–845] Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Japan: Preliminary Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: On August 29, 2005, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published in the Federal Register a notice announcing the initiation of an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on stainless steel sheet and strip in coils (SSSSC) from Japan. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Requests for Revocation in Part, 70 FR 51009 (Initiation Notice). The period of review (POR) is July 1, 2004 to June 30, 2005. We are preliminarily rescinding this review because there were no entries of SSSSC for consumption in the United States during the POR that are subject to review. AGENCY: Appendix I—Issues in the Issues and Decision Memorandum VerDate Aug<31>2005 Comment 8: Reimbursement of Dumping Duties Comment 9: Affiliation with Lucky Medsup, Inc. Comment 10: Identifying the Producer Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 EFFECTIVE DATE: February 13, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Trainor or Kate Johnson, Office of AD/CVD Operations, Office 2, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230, telephone: (202) 482–4007 or (202) 482– 4929, respectively. SCOPE OF THE ORDER: For purposes of this order, 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 (HTS) at subheadings: 7219.13.00.31, 7219.13.00.51, 7219.13.00.71, 7219.13.00.81, 7219.14.00.30, 7219.14.00.65, 7219.14.00.90, 7219.32.00.05, 7219.32.00.20, 7219.32.00.25, 7219.32.00.35, 7219.32.00.36, 7219.32.00.38, 7219.32.00.42, 7219.32.00.44, 7219.33.00.05, 7219.33.00.20, 7219.33.00.25, 7219.33.00.35, 7219.33.00.36, 7219.33.00.38, 7219.33.00.42, 7219.33.00.44, 7219.34.00.05, 7219.34.00.20, 7219.34.00.25, 7219.34.00.30, 7219.34.00.35, 7219.35.00.05, 7219.35.00.15, 7219.35.00.30, 7219.35.00.35, 7219.90.00.10, 7219.90.00.20, 7219.90.00.25, 7219.90.00.60, 7219.90.00.80, 7220.12.10.00, 7220.12.50.00, 7220.20.10.10, 7220.20.10.15, 7220.20.10.60, 7220.20.10.80, 7220.20.60.05, 7220.20.60.10, 7220.20.60.15, 7220.20.60.60, 7220.20.60.80, 7220.20.70.05, 7220.20.70.10, 7220.20.70.15, 7220.20.70.60, 7220.20.70.80, 7220.20.80.00, 7220.20.90.30, 7220.20.90.60, 7220.90.00.10, 7220.90.00.15, 7220.90.00.60, and 7220.90.00.80. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-583-831]


Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils From Taiwan; Final 
Results and Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative 
Review

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: On August 9, 2005, the Department of Commerce (the Department) 
published in the Federal Register the preliminary results and partial 
rescission of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order 
on stainless steel sheet and strip in coils from Taiwan. This review 
covers 16 manufacturers/exporters. The period of review (POR) is July 
1, 2003, through June 30, 2004.
    We provided interested parties with an opportunity to comment on 
the preliminary results of review. After analyzing the comments 
received, we made changes to the margin calculations for two 
respondents, Chia Far Industrial Factory Co., Ltd. (Chia Far) and Yieh 
United Steel Corporation (YUSCO). Therefore, the final results of 
review differ from the preliminary results of review. The final 
weighted-average dumping margins for the reviewed firms are listed 
below in the section entitled ``Final Results of Review.''

EFFECTIVE DATE: February 13, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Blackledge or Karine Gziryan, 
AD/CVD Operations, Office 4, Import Administration, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution 
Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3518 or (202) 
482-4081, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The following events occurred after the Department published the 
preliminary results of the instant administrative review in the Federal 
Register. See Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Taiwan: 
Preliminary Results and Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty 
Administrative Review, 70 FR 46137 (August 9, 2005) (Preliminary 
Results). In response to the Department's invitation to comment on the 
Preliminary Results, the petitioners\1\ filed case briefs on September 
8, 2005, and September 12, 2005. Chia Far filed case brief on September 
12, 2005. YUSCO filed rebuttal brief on September 13, 2005, while the 
petitioners and Chia Far filed rebuttal brief on September 19, 2005. On 
November 16, 2005, the Department extended the time limit for 
completing the final results of review until February 5, 2006. See 
Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils From Taiwan: Extension of Time 
Limit for Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 70 
FR 69514 (November 16, 2005).
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    \1\ The petitioners are Allegheny Ludlum, AK Steel Corporation, 
Butler Armco Independent Union, J&L Specialty Steel, Inc., United 
Steelworks of America, AFL-CIO/CLC, and Zanesville Armco Independent 
Organization (collectively, ``petitioners'').
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Period of Review

    The POR is July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2004.

Scope of the Order

    The products covered by the 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 the order is classified in the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS) at subheadings: 
7219.13.0031, 7219.13.0051, 7219.13.0071, 7219.1300.81\2\, 
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 HTS subheadings are provided for 
convenience and customs purposes, the Department's written description 
of the merchandise under the order is dispositive.
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    \2\ 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

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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 HTS, 
``Additional U.S. Note'' 1(d).
    In response to comments by interested parties, the Department has 
determined that certain specialty stainless steel products are also 
excluded from the scope of the order. These excluded products are 
described below.
    Flapper valve steel 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 the 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 the 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.''\3\
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    Certain electrical resistance alloy steel is also excluded from the 
scope of the 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.''\4\
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    Certain martensitic precipitation-hardenable stainless steel is 
also excluded from the scope of the 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.''\5\
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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 the order. These include stainless steel 
strip in coils used in the production of textile cutting tools (e.g., 
carpet knives).\6\ 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.''\7\
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    \6\ This list of uses is illustrative and provided for 
descriptive purposes only.
    \7\ ``GIN4 Mo,'' ``GIN5'' and ``GIN6'' are the proprietary 
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Partial Rescission of Review

    In the Preliminary Results notice, we stated that we were 
preliminarily rescinding the instant review with respect to Ta Chen 
Stainless Pipe Co.,

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Ltd. (Ta Chen), Yieh Mau Corp. (Yieh Mau), Chain Chon Industrial Co., 
Ltd. (Chain Chon), Tung Mung Development Co. Ltd. (Tung Mung), Tang Eng 
Iron Works Company, Ltd. (Tang Eng), Yieh Loong Enterprise Company, 
Ltd. (Yieh Loong), and China Steel Corporation (China Steel), because 
record evidence supported their claims that they made no shipments of 
subject merchandise (for Tung Mung, no U.S. sales through Ta Chen) 
during the POR. The record evidence relied upon by the Department 
included U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data and customs 
entry documents which the Department placed on the record. Parties did 
not comment on this evidence. Because the record evidence does not call 
into question the parties' no shipments claims, we are rescinding this 
administrative review with respect to Ta Chen, Yieh Mau, Chain Chon, 
Tung Mung, Tang Eng, Yieh Loong, and China Steel. See Comment 21 of the 
accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum. We have already rescinded 
this review with respect to Emerdex Stainless Flat-Rolled Products, 
Inc., Emerdex Stainless Steel, Inc., and the Emerdex Group. See 
Preliminary Results, 70 FR 46137, 46140 and Comment 22 of the 
accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum.

Analysis of Comments Received

    All issues raised in the parties' case and rebuttal briefs 
commenting on this administrative review are addressed in the Issues 
and Decision Memorandum from Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Import Administration, to David M. Spooner, Assistant 
Secretary for Import Administration, dated February 3, 2006, which is 
hereby adopted by this notice. A list of the issues that parties have 
raised and to which we have responded, all of which are in the Issues 
and 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 the public Issues and 
Decision Memorandum that is on file in the Central Records Unit, Room 
B-099 of the main Department building. In addition, a complete version 
of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the 
Web at https://ia.ita.doc.gov/frn/. The paper copy and 
electronic version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical 
in content.

Use of Facts Available

    In the preliminary results of review, we assigned a dumping margin 
based on total adverse facts available (AFA) to the following companies 
because they failed to respond to the Department's questionnaire: PFP 
Taiwan Co., Ltd., Yieh Trading Corporation, Goang Jau Shing Enterprise 
Co., Ltd., and Chien Shing Stainless Steel Company Ltd. That margin, 
21.10 percent, is the highest appropriate dumping margin from this or 
any prior segment of the instant proceeding. No parties commented on 
the Department's decision to apply total AFA to these companies. For 
the reasons noted in the Preliminary Results notice, we have continued 
to assign the above-mentioned companies an AFA rate of 21.10 percent.

Changes Since the Preliminary Results

    Based on our analysis of the comments received, we have made 
certain changes in calculating the dumping margins for two respondents, 
Chia Far and YUSCO. For additional information, see Analysis Memorandum 
for Chia Far Industrial Factory Co., Ltd. for the Final Results of the 
Administrative Review of the Antidumping Duty Order on Stainless Steel 
Sheet and Strip in Coils from Taiwan covering the period July 1, 2003, 
through June 30, 2004, dated February 3, 2006, and the Analysis 
Memorandum for Yieh United Steel Company Ltd. for the Final Results of 
the Administrative Review of the Antidumping Duty Order on Stainless 
Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Taiwan covering the period July 1, 
2003, through June 30, 2004, dated February 3 2006.

Final Results of Review

    We determine that the following weighted-average percentage margins 
exist for the period July 1, 2003, through June 30, 2004:

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                                                            Weighted-
             Manufacturer/Exporter/Reseller               Average Margin
                                                           (percentage)
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Yieh United Steel Corporation (YUSCO)..................           0.00
Chia Far Industrial Factory Co., Ltd. (Chia Far).......           1.36
Goang Jau Shing Enterprise Co., Ltd....................          21.10
PFP Taiwan Co., Ltd....................................          21.10
Yieh Trading Corporation...............................          21.10
Chien Shing Stainless Steel Company Ltd................          21.10
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Assessment

    The Department has determined, and CBP shall assess, antidumping 
duties on all appropriate entries. In accordance with 19 C.F.R. Sec.  
351.212(b)(1), where possible, the Department calculated importer-
specific assessment rates for merchandise subject to this review. Where 
the importer-specific assessment rate is above de minimis, we will 
instruct CBP to assess the importer-specific rate uniformly on the 
entered customs value of all entries of subject merchandise made by the 
importer during the POR. Since YUSCO did not report the entered value 
of its sales, we calculated per-unit assessment rates for its 
merchandise by aggregating the dumping margins calculated for all U.S. 
sales to each importer and dividing this amount by the total quantity 
of those sales. To determine whether the per-unit duty assessment rates 
were de minimis (i.e., less than 0.50 percent ad valorem), in 
accordance with the requirement set forth in 19 C.F.R. Sec.  
351.106(c)(2), we calculated importer-specific ad valorem ratios based 
on the export prices. For the respondents receiving dumping margins 
based upon AFA, the Department will instruct CBP to liquidate entries 
according to the AFA ad valorem rate. The Department will issue 
appropriate assessment instructions directly to CBP within 15 days of 
publication of the final results of 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 
Taiwan entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or 
after the date of publication, as provided by section 751(a)(1) of the 
Act: (1) the cash deposit rate for each of the reviewed companies will 
be the rate listed for the company in the ``Final Results of Review'' 
section above (except if the rate for a particular company is de 
minimis, i.e., less than 0.5 percent, no cash deposit will be required 
for that company); (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 less-than-fair-value 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) if neither the 
exporter nor the manufacturer is a firm covered in these or any 
previous reviews conducted by the Department, the cash deposit rate 
will be the ``all others'' rate, which is 12.61 percent.

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    These deposit requirements shall remain in effect until publication 
of the final results of the next administrative review.

Reimbursement of Duties

    This notice also serves as a final reminder to importers of their 
responsibility under section 351.402(f)(2) of the Department's 
regulations 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.

Administrative Protective Orders

    This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to 
administrative protective orders (APOs) of their responsibility 
concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information 
disclosed under APO in accordance with section 351.305 of the 
Department's regulations, which continues to govern business 
proprietary information in this segment of the proceeding. Timely 
written notification of the return/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 that is 
subject to sanction.
    We are issuing and publishing this results and notice in accordance 
with sections 751(a)(1) and 771(i) of the Act.

    Dated: February 3, 2006.
David M. Spooner,
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

Appendix I--Issues in the Issues and Decision Memorandum

List of Issues Discussed

A. Issues with Respect to Chia Far
Comment 1: Home Market Discounts
Comment 2: Home Market Credit Expenses
Comment 3: Export Sales Classified as Home Market Sales
Comment 4: U.S. Date of Sale
Comment 5: Home Market Warranty Expenses
Comment 6: Home Market Inventory Carrying Costs
Comment 7: U.S. Indirect Selling Expenses
Comment 8: Reimbursement of Dumping Duties
Comment 9: Affiliation with Lucky Medsup, Inc.
Comment 10: Identifying the Producer
B. Issues with Respect to YUSCO
Comment 11: Unreported Affiliates
Comment 12: Unreliable Financial Statements
Comment 13: Misclassified Home Market Sales
Comment 14: Use of Total Adverse Facts Available
Comment 15: U.S. Direct Selling Expenses
Comment 16: Home Market Rebates
Comment 17: Under-Reported Production Costs
Comment 18: General and Administrative (G&A) Expenses
Comment 19: Yieh Mau's Packing Expenses
Comment 20: Commercial Quantities
C. Issues with Respect to Other Respondents
Comment 21: Investigating No-Shipments Claims
Comment 22: Reviewing the Emerdex Companies and Their Affiliates
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