Notice of Intent to Rescind Countervailing Duty Administrative Review: Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from India, 15379-15380 [E6-4478]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 28, 2006 / Notices FR 72109 (December 1, 2005). On December 30, 2005, Petitioner requested a review of the countervailing duty order on honey from Argentina. In response to this request, on February 1, 2006, the Department initiated a countervailing duty administrative review on honey from Argentina. See Initiation Notice. On March 6, 2006, pursuant to section 351.213(d)(1) of the Department’s regulations, Petitioner withdrew its request for an administrative review of the countervailing duty order on honey from Argentina. No other party requested an administrative review of this countervailing duty order. Rescission of the Administrative Review Pursuant to section 351.213(d)(1) of the Department’s regulations, the Secretary will rescind an administrative review, in whole or in part, if a party that requested the review withdraws the request within 90 days of the date of publication of notice of initiation of the requested review. The initiation notice for this review was published on February 1, 2006. We received Petitioner’s withdrawal request on March 6, 2006, within 90 days after publication of the initiation notice. Since Petitioner withdrew its request for review of the countervailing duty order in a timely manner, and since it was the only party that requested a review, the Department is rescinding this administrative review. The Department will issue appropriate assessment instructions to U.S. Customs and Border Protection within 15 days of publication of this notice. cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Administrative Protective Orders This notice serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with section 351.305(a)(3) of the Department’s regulation. 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 sanctionable violation. This notice is issued and published in accordance with section 777(i) of the Act and section 351.213(d)(4) of the Department’s regulations. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:19 Mar 27, 2006 Jkt 208001 Dated: March 22, 2006. Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E6–4484 Filed 3–27–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration (C–357–815) Notice of Intent to Rescind Countervailing Duty Administrative Review: Certain Hot–Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from India Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: On February 1, 2006, the Department of Commerce (the Department) initiated an administrative review of the countervailing duty order on certain hot–rolled carbon steel flat products (HRC) from India, covering the period January 1, 2005, through December 31, 2005, and one manufacturer/exporter of the subject merchandise, Essar Steel Limited (Essar). See Notice of Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part, 71 FR 5241 (February 1, 2006). The Department has preliminarily determined that the review should be rescinded due to Essar’s lack of entries of subject merchandise during the period of review (POR). EFFECTIVE DATE: March 28, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Preeti Tolani, AD/CVD Operations, Office 3, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: 202– 482–0395. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background On December 3, 2001, the Department published in the Federal Register the countervailing duty order on HRC from India. See Notice of Amended Final Determination and Notice of Countervailing Duty Orders: Certain Hot–Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from India and Indonesia, 66 FR 60198 (December 3, 2001). On December 1, 2005, the Department published a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review of the countervailing duty order. See Notice of Opportunity to Request Administrative Review of Antidumping or PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 15379 Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation, 70 FR 72109 (December 1, 2005). In response to a request from United States Steel Corporation, petitioner, the Department initiated an administrative review of the countervailing duty order on HRC from India with respect to Essar. On February 16, 2006, Essar requested that the Department rescind the administrative review with respect to Essar, asserting that they had made no shipments of subject merchandise to the United States during the POR. See letter from Arent Fox PLLC, on behalf of Essar, dated February 16, 2006, on file in the Central Records Unit (CRU). Scope of Order The merchandise subject to this order is certain hot–rolled flat–rolled carbon– quality steel products of a rectangular shape, of a width of 0.5 inch or greater, neither clad, plated, nor coated with metal and whether or not painted, varnished, or coated with plastics or other non–metallic substances, in coils (whether or not in successively superimposed layers), regardless of thickness, and in straight lengths, of a thickness of less than 4.75 mm and of a width measuring at least 10 times the thickness. Universal mill plate (i.e., flat– rolled products rolled on four faces or in a closed box pass, of a width exceeding 150 mm, but not exceeding 1250 mm, and of a thickness of not less than 4 mm, not in coils and without patterns in relief) of a thickness not less than 4.0 mm is not included within the scope of this order. Specifically included in the scope of this order are vacuum–degassed, fully stabilized (commonly referred to as interstitial–free (IF)) steels, high– strength low–alloy (HSLA) steels, and the substrate for motor lamination steels. IF steels are recognized as low– carbon steels with micro–alloying levels of elements such as titanium or niobium (also commonly referred to as columbium), or both, added to stabilize carbon and nitrogen elements. HSLA steels are recognized as steels with micro–alloying levels of elements such as chromium, copper, niobium, vanadium, and molybdenum. The substrate for motor lamination steels contains micro–alloying levels of elements such as silicon and aluminum. Steel products included in the scope of this order, regardless of definitions in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), are products in which: i) iron predominates, by weight, over each of the other contained elements; ii) the carbon content is 2 percent or less, by weight; and iii) none of the elements listed below exceeds the E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1 cprice-sewell on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 15380 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 59 / Tuesday, March 28, 2006 / Notices quantity, by weight, respectively indicated: 1.80 percent of manganese, or 2.25 percent of silicon, or 1.00 percent of copper, or 0.50 percent of aluminum, or 1.25 percent of chromium, or 0.30 percent of cobalt, or 0.40 percent of lead, or 1.25 percent of nickel, or 0.30 percent of tungsten, or 0.10 percent of molybdenum, or 0.10 percent of niobium, or 0.15 percent of vanadium, or 0.15 percent of zirconium. All products that meet the physical and chemical description provided above are within the scope of this order unless otherwise excluded. The following products, by way of example, are outside or specifically excluded from the scope of this order: • Alloy hot–rolled steel products in which at least one of the chemical elements exceeds those listed above (including, e.g., ASTM specifications A543, A387, A514, A517, A506). • SAE/AISI grades of series 2300 and higher. • Ball bearings steels, as defined in the HTSUS. • Tool steels, as defined in the HTSUS. • Silico–manganese (as defined in the HTSUS) or silicon electrical steel with a silicon level exceeding 2.25 percent. • ASTM specifications A710 and A736. • USS Abrasion–resistant steels (USS AR 400, USS AR 500). • All products (proprietary or otherwise) based on an alloy ASTM specification (sample specifications: ASTM A506, A507). • Non–rectangular shapes, not in coils, which are the result of having been processed by cutting or stamping and which have assumed the character of articles or products classified outside chapter 72 of the HTSUS. The merchandise subject to this order is currently classifiable in the HTSUS at subheadings: 7208.10.15.00, 7208.10.30.00, 7208.10.60.00, 7208.25.30.00, 7208.25.60.00, 7208.26.00.30, 7208.26.00.60, 7208.27.00.30, 7208.27.00.60, 7208.36.00.30, 7208.36.00.60, 7208.37.00.30, 7208.37.00.60, 7208.38.00.15, 7208.38.00.30, 7208.38.00.90, 7208.39.00.15, 7208.39.00.30, 7208.39.00.90, 7208.40.60.30, 7208.40.60.60, 7208.53.00.00, 7208.54.00.00, 7208.90.00.00, 7211.14.00.90, 7211.19.15.00, 7211.19.20.00, VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:19 Mar 27, 2006 Jkt 208001 7211.19.30.00, 7211.19.45.00, 7211.19.60.00, 7211.19.75.30, 7211.19.75.60, and 7211.19.75.90. Certain hot–rolled flat–rolled carbon– quality steel covered by this order, including: vacuum–degassed fully stabilized; high–strength low–alloy; and the substrate for motor lamination steel may also enter under the following tariff numbers: 7225.11.00.00, 7225.19.00.00, 7225.30.30.50, 7225.30.70.00, 7225.40.70.00, 7225.99.00.90, 7226.11.10.00, 7226.11.90.30, 7226.11.90.60, 7226.19.10.00, 7226.19.90.00, 7226.91.50.00, 7226.91.70.00, 7226.91.80.00, and 7226.99.00.00. Subject merchandise may also enter under 7210.70.30.00, 7210.90.90.00, 7211.14.00.30, 7212.40.10.00, 7212.40.50.00, and 7212.50.00.00. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the Department’s written description of the merchandise subject to this order is dispositive. Intent to Rescind Administrative Review In its February 16, 2006, request that the Department rescind the review, Essar asserted that it had made no shipments of subject merchandise during the POR. The petitioner did not comment on Essar’s claim of no shipments. On February 27, 2006, the Department conducted a Customs query to ascertain whether there were any entries of the subject merchandise from Essar during the POR; the query showed that there were none. See Memorandum to the File from the Team regarding Customs Query dated March 15, 2006, the public version of which is on file in the CRU. Thus, the Department was able to confirm that Essar had no entries of subject merchandise during the POR. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(3), the Department may rescind an administrative review if the Secretary concludes that during the POR, there were no entries, exports, or sales of the subject merchandise, as the case may be. See Certain Hot–Rolled Lead and Bismuth Carbon Steel Products From Germany: Notice of Termination of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review, 64 FR 44489 (August 16, 1999), and Final Results and Partial Rescission of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review: Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip From the Republic of Korea, 68 FR 13267 (March 19, 2003). Therefore, because Essar had no entries of subject merchandise during the POR, consistent with the regulation and our practice, we preliminarily determine to rescind this review. PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Public Comment Interested parties may submit case briefs no later than 30 days after the date of publication of this preliminary notice. See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(ii). Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in such briefs, may be filed no later than five days after the time limit for filing the case brief. See 19 CFR 351.309(d). Parties who submit arguments are requested to submit with the argument (1) A statement of the issue, (2) a brief summary of the argument, and (3) a table of authorities. Further, parties submitting written comments should provide the Department with an additional copy of the public version of any such comments on diskette. An interested party may request a hearing within 30 days of publication of this preliminary notice. See 19 CFR 351.310(c). Any hearing, if requested, will be held 44 days after the date of publication, or the first working day thereafter. The Department will issue the final notice, which will include the results of its analysis of issues raised in any such comments, or at a hearing, if requested, within 120 days of publication of this preliminary notice. This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and 19 CFR 351.213(d). Dated: March 22, 2006. Stephen J. Claeys, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E6–4478 Filed 3–27–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–475–823] Stainless Steel Plate in Coils from Italy: Final Results of Countervailing Duty Changed Circumstances Review and Revocation of Countervailing Duty Order, in Whole Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce is revoking the countervailing duty order on stainless steel plate in coils from Italy because we have concluded that substantially all domestic producers lack interest in the relief provided by this order. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 28, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brandon Farlander or Audrey R. Twyman, AD/CVD Operations, Office 1, Import Administration, International AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

(C-357-815)


Notice of Intent to Rescind Countervailing Duty Administrative 
Review: Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from India

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: On February 1, 2006, the Department of Commerce (the 
Department) initiated an administrative review of the countervailing 
duty order on certain hot-rolled carbon steel flat products (HRC) from 
India, covering the period January 1, 2005, through December 31, 2005, 
and one manufacturer/exporter of the subject merchandise, Essar Steel 
Limited (Essar). See Notice of Initiation of Antidumping and 
Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation 
in Part, 71 FR 5241 (February 1, 2006). The Department has 
preliminarily determined that the review should be rescinded due to 
Essar's lack of entries of subject merchandise during the period of 
review (POR).

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 28, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Preeti Tolani, AD/CVD Operations, 
Office 3, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, 
Washington, DC 20230; telephone: 202-482-0395.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On December 3, 2001, the Department published in the Federal 
Register the countervailing duty order on HRC from India. See Notice of 
Amended Final Determination and Notice of Countervailing Duty Orders: 
Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from India and Indonesia, 
66 FR 60198 (December 3, 2001). On December 1, 2005, the Department 
published a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review 
of the countervailing duty order. See Notice of Opportunity to Request 
Administrative Review of Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, 
Finding, or Suspended Investigation, 70 FR 72109 (December 1, 2005). In 
response to a request from United States Steel Corporation, petitioner, 
the Department initiated an administrative review of the countervailing 
duty order on HRC from India with respect to Essar. On February 16, 
2006, Essar requested that the Department rescind the administrative 
review with respect to Essar, asserting that they had made no shipments 
of subject merchandise to the United States during the POR. See letter 
from Arent Fox PLLC, on behalf of Essar, dated February 16, 2006, on 
file in the Central Records Unit (CRU).

Scope of Order

    The merchandise subject to this order is certain hot-rolled flat-
rolled carbon-quality steel products of a rectangular shape, of a width 
of 0.5 inch or greater, neither clad, plated, nor coated with metal and 
whether or not painted, varnished, or coated with plastics or other 
non-metallic substances, in coils (whether or not in successively 
superimposed layers), regardless of thickness, and in straight lengths, 
of a thickness of less than 4.75 mm and of a width measuring at least 
10 times the thickness. Universal mill plate (i.e., flat-rolled 
products rolled on four faces or in a closed box pass, of a width 
exceeding 150 mm, but not exceeding 1250 mm, and of a thickness of not 
less than 4 mm, not in coils and without patterns in relief) of a 
thickness not less than 4.0 mm is not included within the scope of this 
order.
    Specifically included in the scope of this order are vacuum-
degassed, fully stabilized (commonly referred to as interstitial-free 
(IF)) steels, high-strength low-alloy (HSLA) steels, and the substrate 
for motor lamination steels. IF steels are recognized as low-carbon 
steels with micro-alloying levels of elements such as titanium or 
niobium (also commonly referred to as columbium), or both, added to 
stabilize carbon and nitrogen elements. HSLA steels are recognized as 
steels with micro-alloying levels of elements such as chromium, copper, 
niobium, vanadium, and molybdenum. The substrate for motor lamination 
steels contains micro-alloying levels of elements such as silicon and 
aluminum.
    Steel products included in the scope of this order, regardless of 
definitions in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
(HTSUS), are products in which: i) iron predominates, by weight, over 
each of the other contained elements; ii) the carbon content is 2 
percent or less, by weight; and iii) none of the elements listed below 
exceeds the

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quantity, by weight, respectively indicated:
    1.80 percent of manganese, or
    2.25 percent of silicon, or
    1.00 percent of copper, or
    0.50 percent of aluminum, or
    1.25 percent of chromium, or
    0.30 percent of cobalt, or
    0.40 percent of lead, or
    1.25 percent of nickel, or
    0.30 percent of tungsten, or
    0.10 percent of molybdenum, or
    0.10 percent of niobium, or
    0.15 percent of vanadium, or
    0.15 percent of zirconium.
    All products that meet the physical and chemical description 
provided above are within the scope of this order unless otherwise 
excluded. The following products, by way of example, are outside or 
specifically excluded from the scope of this order:
     Alloy hot-rolled steel products in which at least one of 
the chemical elements exceeds those listed above (including, e.g., ASTM 
specifications A543, A387, A514, A517, A506).
     SAE/AISI grades of series 2300 and higher.
     Ball bearings steels, as defined in the HTSUS.
     Tool steels, as defined in the HTSUS.
     Silico-manganese (as defined in the HTSUS) or silicon 
electrical steel with a silicon level exceeding 2.25 percent.
     ASTM specifications A710 and A736.
     USS Abrasion-resistant steels (USS AR 400, USS AR 500).
     All products (proprietary or otherwise) based on an alloy 
ASTM specification (sample specifications: ASTM A506, A507).
     Non-rectangular shapes, not in coils, which are the result 
of having been processed by cutting or stamping and which have assumed 
the character of articles or products classified outside chapter 72 of 
the HTSUS.
    The merchandise subject to this order is currently classifiable in 
the HTSUS at subheadings: 7208.10.15.00, 7208.10.30.00, 7208.10.60.00, 
7208.25.30.00, 7208.25.60.00, 7208.26.00.30, 7208.26.00.60, 
7208.27.00.30, 7208.27.00.60, 7208.36.00.30, 7208.36.00.60, 
7208.37.00.30, 7208.37.00.60, 7208.38.00.15, 7208.38.00.30, 
7208.38.00.90, 7208.39.00.15, 7208.39.00.30, 7208.39.00.90, 
7208.40.60.30, 7208.40.60.60, 7208.53.00.00, 7208.54.00.00, 
7208.90.00.00, 7211.14.00.90, 7211.19.15.00, 7211.19.20.00, 
7211.19.30.00, 7211.19.45.00, 7211.19.60.00, 7211.19.75.30, 
7211.19.75.60, and 7211.19.75.90. Certain hot-rolled flat-rolled 
carbon-quality steel covered by this order, including: vacuum-degassed 
fully stabilized; high-strength low-alloy; and the substrate for motor 
lamination steel may also enter under the following tariff numbers: 
7225.11.00.00, 7225.19.00.00, 7225.30.30.50, 7225.30.70.00, 
7225.40.70.00, 7225.99.00.90, 7226.11.10.00, 7226.11.90.30, 
7226.11.90.60, 7226.19.10.00, 7226.19.90.00, 7226.91.50.00, 
7226.91.70.00, 7226.91.80.00, and 7226.99.00.00. Subject merchandise 
may also enter under 7210.70.30.00, 7210.90.90.00, 7211.14.00.30, 
7212.40.10.00, 7212.40.50.00, and 7212.50.00.00. Although the HTSUS 
subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the 
Department's written description of the merchandise subject to this 
order is dispositive.

Intent to Rescind Administrative Review

    In its February 16, 2006, request that the Department rescind the 
review, Essar asserted that it had made no shipments of subject 
merchandise during the POR. The petitioner did not comment on Essar's 
claim of no shipments. On February 27, 2006, the Department conducted a 
Customs query to ascertain whether there were any entries of the 
subject merchandise from Essar during the POR; the query showed that 
there were none. See Memorandum to the File from the Team regarding 
Customs Query dated March 15, 2006, the public version of which is on 
file in the CRU. Thus, the Department was able to confirm that Essar 
had no entries of subject merchandise during the POR.
    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(3), the Department may rescind an 
administrative review if the Secretary concludes that during the POR, 
there were no entries, exports, or sales of the subject merchandise, as 
the case may be. See Certain Hot-Rolled Lead and Bismuth Carbon Steel 
Products From Germany: Notice of Termination of Countervailing Duty 
Administrative Review, 64 FR 44489 (August 16, 1999), and Final Results 
and Partial Rescission of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review: 
Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip From the Republic of Korea, 68 FR 13267 
(March 19, 2003). Therefore, because Essar had no entries of subject 
merchandise during the POR, consistent with the regulation and our 
practice, we preliminarily determine to rescind this review.

Public Comment

    Interested parties may submit case briefs no later than 30 days 
after the date of publication of this preliminary notice. See 19 CFR 
351.309(c)(ii). Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in such 
briefs, may be filed no later than five days after the time limit for 
filing the case brief. See 19 CFR 351.309(d). Parties who submit 
arguments are requested to submit with the argument (1) A statement of 
the issue, (2) a brief summary of the argument, and (3) a table of 
authorities. Further, parties submitting written comments should 
provide the Department with an additional copy of the public version of 
any such comments on diskette. An interested party may request a 
hearing within 30 days of publication of this preliminary notice. See 
19 CFR 351.310(c). Any hearing, if requested, will be held 44 days 
after the date of publication, or the first working day thereafter. The 
Department will issue the final notice, which will include the results 
of its analysis of issues raised in any such comments, or at a hearing, 
if requested, within 120 days of publication of this preliminary 
notice.
    This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 
751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and 19 
CFR 351.213(d).

    Dated: March 22, 2006.
Stephen J. Claeys,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
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