Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from Argentina, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Thailand: Final Results of Expedited Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews of the Countervailing Duty Orders, 70960-70962 [E6-20699]

Download as PDF sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 70960 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 235 / Thursday, December 7, 2006 / Notices circumstances review). Section 751(b)(1) of the Act requires a changed– circumstances review to be conducted upon receipt of a request which shows changed circumstances sufficient to warrant a review. In the instant review, based on the information provided by TRW and the lack of comments from the petitioners and domestic interested parties, the Department found preliminarily that the continued relief provided by the order with respect to the product in question from Japan is no longer of interest to the domestic industry. See Preliminary Results, 71 FR at 65466. We did not receive any comments on our Preliminary Results. Therefore, the Department is revoking the order on stainless steel bar from Japan with regard to the product that meets the following specifications: certain valve/ stem stainless steel round bar of 21–2N modified grade, having a diameter of 5.7 millimeters (with a tolerance of 0.025 millimeters), in length no greater than 15 meters, having a chemical composition consisting of a minimum of 0.50 percent and a maximum of 0.60 percent of carbon, a minimum of 7.50 percent and a maximum of 9.50 percent of manganese, a maximum of 0.25 percent of silicon, a maximum of 0.04 percent of phosphorus, a maximum of 0.03 percent of sulfur, a minimum of 20.0 percent and a maximum of 22.00 percent of chromium, a minimum of 2.00 percent and a maximum of 3.00 percent of nickel, a minimum of 0.20 percent and a maximum of 0.40 percent of nitrogen, a minimum of 0.85 percent of the combined content of carbon and nitrogen, and a balance minimum of iron, having a maximum core hardness of 385 HB and a maximum surface hardness of 425 HB, with a minimum hardness of 270 HB for annealed material. We will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to liquidate without regard to antidumping duties and to refund any estimated antidumping duties collected on entries of all shipments of the product in question that are not covered by the final results of an administrative review or automatic liquidation. The most recent period for which the Department has completed an administrative review or ordered automatic liquidation under 19 CFR 351.212(c) is February 1, 2005, through January 31, 2006. Any prior entries are subject to either the final results of review or automatic liquidation. Therefore, we will instruct CBP to liquidate, without regard to antidumping duties, shipments of stainless steel bar from Japan meeting the specifications of the product in VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:29 Dec 06, 2006 Jkt 211001 question entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after February 1, 2006. We will also instruct CBP to release any cash deposits or bonds and pay interest on such refunds in accordance with section 778 of the Act and 19 CFR 351.222(g)(4). This changed–circumstances review, partial revocation of antidumping duty order, and notice are completed and published in accordance with sections 751(b) and (d), 782(h), and 777(i)(1) of the Act and sections 351.216(e) and 351.222(g)(3)(vii) of the Department’s regulations. Dated: November 30, 2006. David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E6–20780 Filed 12–6–06; 8:45 am] continuation or recurrence of countervailable subsidies at the levels indicated in the ‘‘Final Results of Review’’ section of this notice. EFFECTIVE DATE: December 7, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Darla Brown at (202) 482–2849 (Argentina, Indonesia), Preeti Tolani at (202) 482–0395 (India), Elfi Blum at (202) 482–0197 (South Africa), Myrna Lobo at (202)482–2371 (Thailand), or Dana Mermelstein at (202) 482–1391, AD/CVD Operations, Office 6, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Ave., NW., Washington, DC 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S On August 1, 2006, the Department initiated the first sunset reviews of the countervailing duty orders on hot– DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE rolled steel from Argentina, India, International Trade Administration Indonesia, South Africa, and Thailand, [C–357–815, C–533–821, C–560–813, C–791– pursuant to section 751(c) of the Act. See First Sunset Reviews. The 810, C–549–818] Department received notices of intent to Hot–Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products participate from United States Steel from Argentina, India, Indonesia, South Corporation (U.S. Steel), Mittal Steel Africa, and Thailand: Final Results of USA Inc. (Mittal USA), Nucor Expedited Five–Year (Sunset) Reviews Corporation (Nucor), Gallatin Steel Co., of the Countervailing Duty Orders IPSCO Steel Inc. (IPSCO), Steel Dynamics, Inc. (collectively, domestic AGENCY: Import Administration, interested parties), and the United Steel, International Trade Administration, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Department of Commerce. Manufacturing, Energy, Allied SUMMARY: On August 1, 2006, the Industrial and Service Workers Department of Commerce (the International Union, AFL–CIO-CLC Department) published in the Federal (USW), within the deadline specified in Register the notice of initiation of the 19 CFR 351.218(d)(1)(i). Domestic first five–year sunset reviews of the interested parties and USW claimed countervailing duty orders on certain interested party status under sections hot–rolled carbon steel flat products (hot–rolled steel) from Argentina, India, 771(9)(C) and (D) of the Act, as U.S. producers and a certified union engaged Indonesia, South Africa, and Thailand, in the manufacture, production, or pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff wholesale of hot–rolled steel in the Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). See Initiation of Five–Year (Sunset) Reviews, United States. On August 31, 2006, the Department 71 FR 43443 (August 1, 2006) (Initiation of First Sunset Reviews). On the basis of received a substantive response for each order from domestic interested parties notices of intent to participate and adequate substantive responses filed on within the deadline specified in 19 CFR 351.218(d)(3)(i). The Department did behalf of domestic interested parties, not receive any responses from any and inadequate responses from respondent interested party to this respondent interested parties (in these proceeding. In accordance with 19 CFR cases, no responses from the 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(C)(1), the Department governments of Argentina, India, notified the International Trade Indonesia, South Africa, and Thailand, Commission (ITC) that respondent or any of the respondent companies interested parties to the CVD orders on covered by the orders), the Department has conducted expedited sunset reviews hot–rolled steel from Argentina, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Thailand, of these orders pursuant to section provided inadequate responses to the 751(c)(3)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR Initiation of First Sunset Reviews. The 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(B). As a result of these Department, therefore, has conducted sunset reviews, the Department finds expedited sunset reviews of the that revocation of the countervailing countervailing duty orders, pursuant to duty orders is likely to lead to PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\07DEN1.SGM 07DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 235 / Thursday, December 7, 2006 / Notices 19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(B) and 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(C)(2). Since the publication of the countervailing duty orders (see Notice of Countervailing Duty Order: Certain Hot–Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from Argentina, 66 FR 47173 (September 11, 2001), 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), Notice of Countervailing Duty Order: Certain Hot– Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from South Africa, 66 FR 60201 (December 3, 2001), and Notice of Countervailing Duty Order: Certain Hot–Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from Thailand, 66 FR 60197 (December 3, 2001), with the exception of the countervailing duty order on hot–rolled steel from India, there have been no administrative reviews of these orders. Scope of the Orders sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES ARGENTINA, INDIA, INDONESIA, SOUTH AFRICA, THAILAND The merchandise subject to these countervailing duty orders is certain hot–rolled carbon steel flat 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 investigation. Specifically included within the scope of these orders 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:29 Dec 06, 2006 Jkt 211001 contains micro–alloying levels of elements such as silicon and aluminum. Steel products included in the scope of these orders, 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 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 descriptions provided above are within the scope of these orders unless otherwise excluded. The following products, by way of example, are outside or specifically excluded from the scope of these orders: - Alloy hot–rolled steel products in which at least one of the chemical elements exceeds those listed above (including, e.g., American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications A543, A387, A514, A517, A506). - Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)/American Iron & Steel Institute (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 these orders is classified 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, PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 70961 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 carbon steel flat products covered by these orders, 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 these countervailing duty orders is dispositive. Analysis of Comments Received All issues raised in the substantive responses by parties to these sunset reviews are addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum for Final Results of Expedited Five–Year (Sunset) Reviews of the Countervailing Duty Orders on Certain Hot–Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from Argentina, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Thailand, from Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, to David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, dated November 29, 2006 (Decision Memo), which is hereby adopted by this notice. The issues discussed in the Decision Memo include the likelihood of continuation or recurrence of a countervailable subsidy, the net countervailable subsidy rate likely to prevail if the orders were revoked and the nature of the subsidy. Parties can find a complete discussion of all issues raised in these sunset reviews and the corresponding recommendation in this public memorandum which is on file in B–099, the Central Records Unit, of the main Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Decision Memo E:\FR\FM\07DEN1.SGM 07DEN1 70962 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 235 / Thursday, December 7, 2006 / Notices can be accessed directly on the Department’s Web page at http:// ia.ita.doc.gov/frn. The paper copy and electronic version of the Decision Memo are identical in content. Final Results of Review The Department determines that revocation of the countervailing duty orders on hot–rolled steel from Argentina, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Thailand would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of countervailable subsidies at the following subsidy rates: THAILAND Manufacturer/Exporter Subsidy Rate Sahaviriya Steel Industries Public. Company Limited (SSI) ..... All others ....................... 2.38 % ad valorem 2.38 % ad valorem International Trade Commission (ITC) Notification In accordance with section 752(b)(3) of the Act, we will notify the ITC of the final results of these full sunset reviews. Administrative Protective Orders This notice also serves as the only reminder to parties subject to administrative protective orders (APO) Subsidy Rate of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. Timely notification of the return or 41.69 % ad destruction of APO materials or valorem conversion to judicial protective order is 41.69 % ad hereby requested. Failure to comply valorem with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction. We are issuing and publishing these determinations and notice in Subsidy Rate accordance with sections 751(c), 752, and 777(i) of the Act. ARGENTINA Manufacturer/Exporter Siderar Sociedad Anomina. Industrial & Commercial (Siderar) ...... All others ....................... INDIA Manufacturer/Exporter Essar Steel Limited (Essar) ....................... 12.90 % ad valorem Ispat Industries Limited (Ispat) ........................ 36.51 % ad valorem Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) ........... 22.89 % ad valorem Tata Iron and Steel Company Limited (TISCO) ..................... 13.79 % ad valorem 20.72 % ad valorem All Others ...................... INDONESIA Manufacturer/Exporter DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Notice of Allocation of Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQ) on the Import of Certain Worsted Wool Fabrics for Calendar Year 2007 AGENCY: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration. 10.21 % ad valorem ACTION: Notice of allocation of 2007 10.21 % ad worsted wool fabric tariff rate quota. All others ....................... valorem SOUTH AFRICA Manufacturer/Exporter sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S Subsidy Rate P.T. Krakatau Steel ...... Subsidy Rate Saldanha Steel (Pty.) Ltd. (Saldanha)/. Iscor Ltd. (Iscor) .......... All others ....................... 5.76 % ad valorem 5.76 % ad valorem VerDate Aug<31>2005 Dated: November 29, 2006. Joseph A. Spetrini, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E6–20699 Filed 12–6–06; 8:45 am] 17:29 Dec 06, 2006 Jkt 211001 SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) has determined the allocation for Calendar Year 2007 of imports of certain worsted wool fabrics under tariff rate quotas established by Title V of the Trade and Development Act of 2000 (Public Law No. 106-200), as amended by the Trade Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-210), the Miscellaneous Trade Act of 2004 (Public law 108-249), and the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-280). The companies PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 that are being provided an allocation are listed below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sergio Botero, Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. Department of Commerce, (202) 482-4058. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BACKGROUND: Title V of the Trade and Development Act of 2000 as amended by the Trade Act of 2002, the Miscellaneous Trade Act of 2004 and the Pension Protection Act of 2006, creates two tariff rate quotas, providing for temporary reductions in the import duties on two categories of worsted wool fabrics suitable for use in making suits, suittype jackets, or trousers. For worsted wool fabric with average fiber diameters greater than 18.5 microns (Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) heading 9902.51.11), the reduction in duty is limited to 5,500,000 square meters in 2007. For worsted wool fabric with average fiber diameters of 18.5 microns or less (HTSUS heading 9902.51.15), the reduction is limited to 5,000,000 square meters in 2007. The Act requires the President to ensure that such fabrics are fairly allocated to persons (including firms, corporations, or other legal entities) who cut and sew men’s and boys’ worsted wool suits and suit-like jackets and trousers in the United States and who apply for an allocation based on the amount of such suits cut and sewn during the prior calendar year. Presidential Proclamation 7383, of December 1, 2000, authorized the Secretary of Commerce to allocate the quantity of worsted wool fabric imports under the tariff rate quotas. The Miscellaneous Trade Act of 2004 also authorized Commerce to allocate a new HTS category, HTS 9902.51.16. This HTS refers to worsted wool fabric with average fiber diameter of 18.5 microns or less. The amendment further provides that HTS 9902.51.16 is for the benefit of persons (including firms, corporations, or other legal entities) who weave worsted wool fabric in the United States. For HTS 9902.51.16, the reduction in duty is limited to 2,000,000 square meters in 2007. On January 22, 2001 the Department published interim regulations establishing procedures for applying for, and determining, such allocations (66 FR6459, 15 CFR 335). These interim regulations were adopted, without change, as a final rule published on October 24, 2005 (70 FR 61363). On August 29, 2006 the Department published a notice in the Federal Register (71 FR 51187) soliciting applications for an allocation of the E:\FR\FM\07DEN1.SGM 07DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-357-815, C-533-821, C-560-813, C-791-810, C-549-818]


Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from Argentina, India, 
Indonesia, South Africa, and Thailand: Final Results of Expedited Five-
Year (Sunset) Reviews of the Countervailing Duty Orders

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: On August 1, 2006, the Department of Commerce (the Department) 
published in the Federal Register the notice of initiation of the first 
five-year sunset reviews of the countervailing duty orders on certain 
hot-rolled carbon steel flat products (hot-rolled steel) from 
Argentina, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Thailand, pursuant to 
section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). See 
Initiation of Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews, 71 FR 43443 (August 1, 2006) 
(Initiation of First Sunset Reviews). On the basis of notices of intent 
to participate and adequate substantive responses filed on behalf of 
domestic interested parties, and inadequate responses from respondent 
interested parties (in these cases, no responses from the governments 
of Argentina, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Thailand, or any of 
the respondent companies covered by the orders), the Department has 
conducted expedited sunset reviews of these orders pursuant to section 
751(c)(3)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(B). As a result of 
these sunset reviews, the Department finds that revocation of the 
countervailing duty orders is likely to lead to continuation or 
recurrence of countervailable subsidies at the levels indicated in the 
``Final Results of Review'' section of this notice.

EFFECTIVE DATE: December 7, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Darla Brown at (202) 482-2849 
(Argentina, Indonesia), Preeti Tolani at (202) 482-0395 (India), Elfi 
Blum at (202) 482-0197 (South Africa), Myrna Lobo at (202)482-2371 
(Thailand), or Dana Mermelstein at (202) 482-1391, AD/CVD Operations, 
Office 6, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Ave., NW., 
Washington, DC 20230.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On August 1, 2006, the Department initiated the first sunset 
reviews of the countervailing duty orders on hot-rolled steel from 
Argentina, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Thailand, pursuant to 
section 751(c) of the Act. See First Sunset Reviews. The Department 
received notices of intent to participate from United States Steel 
Corporation (U.S. Steel), Mittal Steel USA Inc. (Mittal USA), Nucor 
Corporation (Nucor), Gallatin Steel Co., IPSCO Steel Inc. (IPSCO), 
Steel Dynamics, Inc. (collectively, domestic interested parties), and 
the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, 
Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO-CLC 
(USW), within the deadline specified in 19 CFR 351.218(d)(1)(i). 
Domestic interested parties and USW claimed interested party status 
under sections 771(9)(C) and (D) of the Act, as U.S. producers and a 
certified union engaged in the manufacture, production, or wholesale of 
hot-rolled steel in the United States.
    On August 31, 2006, the Department received a substantive response 
for each order from domestic interested parties within the deadline 
specified in 19 CFR 351.218(d)(3)(i). The Department did not receive 
any responses from any respondent interested party to this proceeding. 
In accordance with 19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(C)(1), the Department 
notified the International Trade Commission (ITC) that respondent 
interested parties to the CVD orders on hot-rolled steel from 
Argentina, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Thailand, provided 
inadequate responses to the Initiation of First Sunset Reviews. The 
Department, therefore, has conducted expedited sunset reviews of the 
countervailing duty orders, pursuant to

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19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(B) and 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(C)(2).
    Since the publication of the countervailing duty orders (see Notice 
of Countervailing Duty Order: Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat 
Products from Argentina, 66 FR 47173 (September 11, 2001), 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), Notice of Countervailing Duty Order: 
Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from South Africa, 66 FR 
60201 (December 3, 2001), and Notice of Countervailing Duty Order: 
Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from Thailand, 66 FR 
60197 (December 3, 2001), with the exception of the countervailing duty 
order on hot-rolled steel from India, there have been no administrative 
reviews of these orders.

Scope of the Orders

ARGENTINA, INDIA, INDONESIA, SOUTH AFRICA, THAILAND
    The merchandise subject to these countervailing duty orders is 
certain hot-rolled carbon steel flat 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 investigation.
    Specifically included within the scope of these orders 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 these orders, 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 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 descriptions 
provided above are within the scope of these orders unless otherwise 
excluded. The following products, by way of example, are outside or 
specifically excluded from the scope of these orders:
- Alloy hot-rolled steel products in which at least one of the chemical 
elements exceeds those listed above (including, e.g., American Society 
for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications A543, A387, A514, A517, 
A506).
- Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)/American Iron & Steel Institute 
(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 these orders is classified 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 carbon steel flat 
products covered by these orders, 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 these 
countervailing duty orders is dispositive.

Analysis of Comments Received

    All issues raised in the substantive responses by parties to these 
sunset reviews are addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum for 
Final Results of Expedited Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews of the 
Countervailing Duty Orders on Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat 
Products from Argentina, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Thailand, 
from Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import 
Administration, to David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import 
Administration, dated November 29, 2006 (Decision Memo), which is 
hereby adopted by this notice. The issues discussed in the Decision 
Memo include the likelihood of continuation or recurrence of a 
countervailable subsidy, the net countervailable subsidy rate likely to 
prevail if the orders were revoked and the nature of the subsidy. 
Parties can find a complete discussion of all issues raised in these 
sunset reviews and the corresponding recommendation in this public 
memorandum which is on file in B-099, the Central Records Unit, of the 
main Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Decision 
Memo

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can be accessed directly on the Department's Web page at http://
ia.ita.doc.gov/frn. The paper copy and electronic version of the 
Decision Memo are identical in content.

Final Results of Review

    The Department determines that revocation of the countervailing 
duty orders on hot-rolled steel from Argentina, India, Indonesia, South 
Africa, and Thailand would be likely to lead to continuation or 
recurrence of countervailable subsidies at the following subsidy rates:

                                ARGENTINA
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                Manufacturer/Exporter                    Subsidy Rate
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Siderar Sociedad Anomina............................
        Industrial & Commercial (Siderar)...........  41.69 % ad valorem
All others..........................................  41.69 % ad valorem
------------------------------------------------------------------------


                                  INDIA
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                Manufacturer/Exporter                    Subsidy Rate
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Essar Steel Limited (Essar).........................  12.90 % ad valorem
Ispat Industries Limited (Ispat)....................  36.51 % ad valorem
Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL).............  22.89 % ad valorem
Tata Iron and Steel Company Limited (TISCO).........  13.79 % ad valorem
All Others..........................................  20.72 % ad valorem
------------------------------------------------------------------------


                                INDONESIA
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                Manufacturer/Exporter                    Subsidy Rate
------------------------------------------------------------------------
P.T. Krakatau Steel.................................  10.21 % ad valorem
All others..........................................  10.21 % ad valorem
------------------------------------------------------------------------


                              SOUTH AFRICA
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                Manufacturer/Exporter                    Subsidy Rate
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Saldanha Steel (Pty.) Ltd. (Saldanha)/..............
        Iscor Ltd. (Iscor)..........................   5.76 % ad valorem
All others..........................................   5.76 % ad valorem
------------------------------------------------------------------------


                                THAILAND
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                Manufacturer/Exporter                    Subsidy Rate
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sahaviriya Steel Industries Public..................
        Company Limited (SSI).......................   2.38 % ad valorem
All others..........................................   2.38 % ad valorem
------------------------------------------------------------------------

International Trade Commission (ITC) Notification

    In accordance with section 752(b)(3) of the Act, we will notify the 
ITC of the final results of these full sunset reviews.

Administrative Protective Orders

    This notice also serves as the only 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 
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 these determinations and notice in 
accordance with sections 751(c), 752, and 777(i) of the Act.

    Dated: November 29, 2006.
Joseph A. Spetrini,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
[FR Doc. E6-20699 Filed 12-6-06; 8:45 am]
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