Notice of Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod From Canada, 39646-39650 [E8-15753]

Download as PDF 39646 Notices Federal Register Vol. 73, No. 133 Thursday, July 10, 2008 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Docket # AMS–FV–07–0142] United States Standards for Grades of Beet Greens Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is soliciting comments on its proposal to revise the voluntary United States Standards for Grades of Beet Greens. AMS is proposing to remove ‘‘Unclassified’’ category from the standards. The proposed revisions will update the beet greens grade standards. SUMMARY: Effective Date: Comments must be received by September 8, 2008. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the Internet at https:// www.regulations.gov or to the Standardization Section, Fresh Products Branch, Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Agricultural Marketing Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Ave., SW., Room 1661 South Building, Stop 0240, Washington, DC 20250–0240; Fax (202) 720–8871. Comments should make reference to the dates and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for public inspection in the above office during regular business hours. DATES: jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Vincent J. Fusaro, Standardization Section, Fresh Products Branch, (202) 720–2185. The United States Standards for Grades of Beet Greens are available by accessing the Fresh Products Branch Web site at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/ freshinspection. Section 203(c) of the Agricultural Marketing Act SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:58 Jul 09, 2008 Jkt 214001 of 1946 (7 U.S.C. 1621–1627), as amended, directs and authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture ‘‘To develop and improve standards of quality, condition, quantity, grade and packaging and recommend and demonstrate such standards in order to encourage uniformity and consistency in commercial practices.’’ AMS is committed to carrying out this authority in a manner that facilitates the marketing of agricultural commodities. AMS makes copies of official standards available upon request. The United States Standards for Grades of Fruits and Vegetables not connected with Federal Marketing Orders or U.S. Import Requirements no longer appear in the Code of Federal Regulations, but are maintained by USDA, AMS, Fruit and Vegetable Programs. AMS is revising the United States Standards for Grades of Beet Greens using the procedures that appear in Part 36, Title 7 of the Code of Federal Regulations (7 CFR part 36). These standards were last revised June 1, 1959. Background Prior to undertaking detailed work to develop a proposed revision to the standards, AMS published a notice on February 19, 2008, in the Federal Register (73 FR 9086) soliciting comments for possible revisions to the United States Standards for Grades of Beet Greens. The proposal would remove the ‘‘Unclassified’’ category from the standards. No comments were received regarding this change. AMS would eliminate the unclassified category. This category is being removed from all standards when they are revised. This category is not a grade and only serves to show that no grade has been applied to the lot. It is no longer considered necessary. AMS is seeking comments regarding how this revision will affect the marketing of beet greens. Additionally, AMS is interested in learning the costs and/or benefits to the industry by revising the United States Standards for Grades of Beet Greens. The official grades of beet greens covered by these standards are determined by the procedures set forth in the Regulations Governing Inspection, Certification and Standards of Fresh Fruits, Vegetables and Other Products (7 CFR 51.1 to 51.62). This notice provides for a 60-day comment period for interested parties to PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comment on the proposed revisions to the standards. Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621–1627. Dated: July 3, 2008. Lloyd C. Day, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. E8–15644 Filed 7–9–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–122–840] Notice of Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod From Canada Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from Canada for the period October 1, 2006, to September 30, 2007 (the POR). We preliminarily determine that sales of subject merchandise by Ivaco Rolling Mills 2004 L.P. and Sivaco Ontario (a division of Sivaco Wire Group 2004 L.P.) (collectively referred to as ‘‘Ivaco’’) have been made below normal value (NV). If these preliminary results are adopted in our final results, we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assess antidumping duties on appropriate entries. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results. We will issue the final results no later than 120 days from the publication of this notice. DATES: Effective Date: July 10, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Bezirganian or Robert James, AD/ CVD Operations, Office 7, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street & Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–1131 or (202) 482– 0649, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background On October 29, 2002, the Department published in the Federal Register an E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 133 / Thursday, July 10, 2008 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES antidumping duty order on carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod (steel wire rod) from Canada. See Notice of Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Antidumping Duty Order: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Canada, 67 FR 65944 (October 29, 2002) (Order). On October 1, 2007, the Department issued a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review of this order for the POR. See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation; Opportunity to Request Administrative Review, 72 FR 55741 (October 1, 2007). On October 31, 2007, Mittal Canada Inc. (formerly Ispat Sidbec Inc.) of Canada (Mittal Canada) requested an administrative review of its entries that were subject to the antidumping duty order for this period. On October 31, 2007, the Department received a request from petitioners (ISG Georgetown Inc., Gerdau Ameristeel U.S. Inc., Nucor Steel Connecticut Inc., Keystone Consolidated Industries, Inc., and Rocky Mountain Steel Mills) for a review of Ivaco, Inc. and Ivaco Rolling Mills L.P. (which petitioners referred to collectively as ‘‘Ivaco’’). On that same date, Ivaco Rolling Mills 2004 L.P. and Sivaco Ontario, a division of Sivaco Wire Group 2004 L.P., also requested a review of their entries.1 On November 26, 2007, the Department published the notice of initiation of this antidumping duty administrative review. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part, 72 FR 65938 (November 26, 2007).2 Mittal Canada subsequently withdrew its request for review, and the Department rescinded the 1 Ivaco’s October 31, 2007, request for review also contained a request that the Department revoke the order with respect to Ivaco. Ivaco later claimed that had the Department not ‘‘zeroed’’ in the previous three reviews, Ivaco would have had negative weighted-average margins for each of those segments. See Ivaco’s March 14, 2008 Submission. The Department preliminarily rejects Ivaco’s request for revocation because it has not demonstrated, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.222(b)(2)(i)(A), that it has sold the merchandise at not less than normal value for a period of at least three consecutive years. We note that the Department has previously rejected Ivaco’s ‘‘zeroing’’ argument in the prior segment of this proceeding and that Ivaco had an antidumping duty rate of 2.98 percent ad valorem. See Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Canada: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 73 FR 26958 (May 12, 2008), and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comment 5. 2 The Department’s initiation notice referenced the following companies: Mittal Canada Inc. (formerly Ispat Sidbec Inc.); Ivaco Rolling Mills 2004 L.P. (formerly Ivaco Rolling Mills L.P.); and Sivaco Ontario, a division of Sivaco Wire Group 2004 (L.P.) (formerly Ivaco, Inc.). VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:58 Jul 09, 2008 Jkt 214001 administrative review with respect to Mittal Canada. See Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Canada: Notice of Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 72 FR 73321 (December 27, 2007). Ivaco submitted a response to Section A of the Department’s questionnaire on December 28, 2007, and a response to Sections B, C, and D of the Department’s questionnaire on January 16, 2008. In response to the Department’s supplemental questionnaire dated February 15, 2008, Ivaco submitted a supplemental response for Section A on March 21, 2008. In response to the Department’s supplemental questionnaire dated March 13, 2008, Ivaco submitted a supplemental response for Sections A, B, C, and D on April 22, 2008. The Department is considering IRM and Sivaco Ontario as part of the same entity (referred to collectively in this notice as ‘‘Ivaco’’) because of common ownership, consistent with the Department’s treatment of these companies in previous proceedings. See, e.g., Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Canada: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 73 FR 26958 (May 12, 2008), and Notice of Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Canada, 72 FR 26591 (May 10, 2007). Scope of the Order The merchandise subject to this order is certain hot-rolled products of carbon steel and alloy steel, in coils, of approximately round cross section, 5.00 mm or more, but less than 19.00 mm, in solid cross-sectional diameter. Specifically excluded are steel products possessing the above-noted physical characteristics and meeting the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (‘‘HTSUS’’) definitions for (a) Stainless steel; (b) tool steel; (c) high nickel steel; (d) ball bearing steel; and (e) concrete reinforcing bars and rods. Also excluded are (f) free machining steel products (i.e., products that contain by weight one or more of the following elements: 0.03 percent or more of lead, 0.05 percent or more of bismuth, 0.08 percent or more of sulfur, more than 0.04 percent of phosphorus, more than 0.05 percent of selenium, or more than 0.01 percent of tellurium). Also excluded from the scope are 1080 grade tire cord quality wire rod and 1080 grade tire bead quality wire rod. Grade 1080 tire cord quality rod is defined as: (i) Grade 1080 tire cord quality wire rod measuring 5.0 mm or PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39647 more but not more than 6.0 mm in cross-sectional diameter; (ii) with an average partial decarburization of no more than 70 microns in depth (maximum individual 200 microns); (iii) having no non-deformable inclusions greater than 20 microns and no deformable inclusions greater than 35 microns; (iv) having a carbon segregation per heat average of 3.0 or better using European Method NFA 04– 114; (v) having a surface quality with no surface defects of a length greater than 0.15 mm; (vi) capable of being drawn to a diameter of 0.30 mm or less with 3 or fewer breaks per ton, and (vii) containing by weight the following elements in the proportions shown: (1) 0.78 percent or more of carbon, (2) less than 0.01 percent of aluminum, (3) 0.040 percent or less, in the aggregate, of phosphorus and sulfur, (4) 0.006 percent or less of nitrogen, and (5) not more than 0.15 percent, in the aggregate, of copper, nickel and chromium. Grade 1080 tire bead quality rod is defined as: (i) Grade 1080 tire bead quality wire rod measuring 5.5 mm or more but not more than 7.0 mm in cross-sectional diameter; (ii) with an average partial decarburization of no more than 70 microns in depth (maximum individual 200 microns); (iii) having no non-deformable inclusions greater than 20 microns and no deformable inclusions greater than 35 microns; (iv) having a carbon segregation per heat average of 3.0 or better using European Method NFA 04– 114; (v) having a surface quality with no surface defects of a length greater than 0.2 mm; (vi) capable of being drawn to a diameter of 0.78 mm or larger with 0.5 or fewer breaks per ton; and (vii) containing by weight the following elements in the proportions shown: (1) 0.78 percent or more of carbon, (2) less than 0.01 percent of soluble aluminum, (3) 0.040 percent or less, in the aggregate, of phosphorus and sulfur, (4) 0.008 percent or less of nitrogen, and (5) either not more than 0.15 percent, in the aggregate, of copper, nickel and chromium (if chromium is not specified), or not more than 0.10 percent in the aggregate of copper and nickel and a chromium content of 0.24 to 0.30 percent (if chromium is specified). For purposes of the grade 1080 tire cord quality wire rod and the grade 1080 tire bead quality wire rod, an inclusion will be considered to be deformable if its ratio of length (measured along the axis—that is, the direction of rolling—of the rod) over thickness (measured on the same inclusion in a direction perpendicular to the axis of the rod) is equal to or greater than three. The size of an E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 39648 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 133 / Thursday, July 10, 2008 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES inclusion for purposes of the 20 microns and 35 microns limitations is the measurement of the largest dimension observed on a longitudinal section measured in a direction perpendicular to the axis of the rod. The designation of the products as ‘‘tire cord quality’’ or ‘‘tire bead quality’’ indicates the acceptability of the product for use in the production of tire cord, tire bead, or wire for use in other rubber reinforcement applications such as hose wire. These quality designations are presumed to indicate that these products are being used in tire cord, tire bead, and other rubber reinforcement applications, and such merchandise intended for the tire cord, tire bead, or other rubber reinforcement applications is not included in the scope. However, should petitioners or other interested parties provide a reasonable basis to believe or suspect that there exists a pattern of importation of such products for other than those applications, enduse certification for the importation of such products may be required. Under such circumstances, only the importers of record would normally be required to certify the end use of the imported merchandise. All products meeting the physical description of subject merchandise that are not specifically excluded are included in this scope. The products subject to this order are currently classifiable under subheadings 7213.91.3011, 7213.91.3015, 7213.91.3092, 7213.91.4500, 7213.91.6000, 7213.99.0030, 7213.99.0090, 7227.20.0000, 7227.90.6010, and 7227.90.6080 of the HTSUS. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this order is dispositive. Export Price and Constructed Export Price For the price to the United States, we used, as appropriate, export price (EP) or constructed export price (CEP), as defined in sections 772(a) and 772(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), respectively. Section 772(a) of the Act defines EP as the price at which the subject merchandise is first sold before the date of importation by the producer or exporter outside of the United States to an unaffiliated purchaser in the United States or to an unaffiliated purchaser for exportation to the United States, as adjusted under section 772(c) of the Act. Section 772(b) of the Act defines CEP as the price at which the subject merchandise is first sold in the United States before or after the date of VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:58 Jul 09, 2008 Jkt 214001 importation by or for the account of the producer or exporter of such merchandise or by a seller affiliated with the producer or exporter, to a purchaser not affiliated with the producer or exporter, as adjusted under sections 772(c) and (d) of the Act. Ivaco made both EP and CEP transactions. We calculated an EP for sales where the merchandise was sold directly by Ivaco to the first unaffiliated purchaser in the United States prior to importation, and CEP was not otherwise warranted based on the facts on the record. We calculated a CEP for sales made by Ivaco after importation to the United States (where the merchandise was located at an unaffiliated processor facility or unaffiliated distributor warehouse at the time of sale). For EP sales, we made additions to the starting price (gross unit price), where appropriate, for freight revenue received by Ivaco (reimbursement by customers for freight charges paid by Ivaco) and for billing errors (debit-note price adjustments made by Ivaco), and deductions, where appropriate, for billing adjustments (including creditnote price adjustments made by Ivaco), early payment discounts and rebates, and movement expenses in accordance with section 772(c)(2)(A) of the Act. Movement expenses included inland freight, warehousing expenses, and brokerage fees. For CEP sales, we made adjustments to the starting price as for the EP transactions described above. However, consistent with our treatment of these expenses in recent administrative reviews, we re-categorized freight from one unaffiliated processor in the United States to another unaffiliated processor in the United States as a further manufacturing cost. See, e.g., Notice of Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Canada, 71 FR 3822 (January 24, 2006) and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comment 1. In addition, in accordance with section 772(d)(1) and (2) of the Act, we deducted from the starting price those selling expenses incurred in selling the subject merchandise in the United States, including direct selling expenses (imputed credit expenses and warranty expenses), imputed inventory carrying costs, and further manufacturing. Finally, in accordance with section 772(d)(3) of the Act, we deducted an amount of profit allocated to the expenses deducted under sections 772(d)(1) and (2) of the Act. See Memorandum from Steve Bezirganian, Analyst, ‘‘Analysis Memorandum for Ivaco Rolling Mills 2004 L.P. and Sivaco PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Ontario, a division of Sivaco Wire Group 2004 L.P.: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Canada (A– 122–840), October 1, 2006–September 30, 2007’’ (July 2, 2008) (Ivaco Analysis Memorandum). Normal Value A. Selection of Comparison Markets Section 773(a)(1) of the Act directs that NV be based on the price at which the foreign like product is sold in the home market, provided the merchandise is sold in sufficient quantities (or value, if quantity is inappropriate) and that there is not a particular market situation that prevents a proper comparison with sales to the United States. The statute contemplates that quantities (or value) will normally be considered insufficient if they are less than five percent of the aggregate quantity (or value) of sales of the subject merchandise to the United States. See section 773(a)(1) of the Act. We found that Ivaco had a viable home market for steel wire rod because its home market sales, by quantity, exceeded the five percent threshold. See Ivaco Analysis Memorandum. Ivaco submitted home market sales data for purposes of the calculation of NV. In deriving NV, we made adjustments as detailed in the ‘‘Calculation of Normal Value Based on Comparison Market Prices’’ section below. B. Cost of Production Analysis Because we disregarded below-cost sales in the most recently completed segment of the proceeding, we had reasonable grounds to believe or suspect that home market sales of the foreign like product by the respondent were made at prices below the cost of production (COP) during the POR, in accordance with section 773(b)(2)(A) of the Act. See Notice of Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Notice of Initiation of Changed Circumstances Review: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Canada, 71 FR 64921, 64924 (November 6, 2006) (unchanged in final results, 72 FR 26591 (May 10, 2007)). Therefore, we required Ivaco to file a response to Section D of the Department’s Questionnaire. 1. Calculation of Cost of Production In accordance with section 773(b)(3) of the Act, we calculated the weightedaverage COP by model based on the sum of materials, fabrication, and general and administrative (G&A) expenses. 2. Test of Comparison Market Sales Prices We compared the weighted-average COPs for the respondent to its home E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 133 / Thursday, July 10, 2008 / Notices market sales prices of the foreign like product, as required under section 773(b) of the Act, to determine whether these sales had been made at prices below the COP within an extended period of time (i.e., normally a period of one year) in substantial quantities and whether such prices were sufficient to permit the recovery of all costs within a reasonable period of time. On a modelspecific basis, we compared the COP to the home market prices, less any applicable movement charges, discounts, rebates, and direct and indirect selling expenses. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 3. Results of the COP Test We disregard below-cost sales where: (1) 20 percent or more of the respondent’s sales of a given product during the POR were made at prices below the COP in accordance with sections 773(b)(2)(B) and (C) of the Act; and (2) based on comparisons of price to weighted-average COPs for the POR, we determine that the below-cost sales of the product were at prices that would not permit recovery of all costs within a reasonable time period, in accordance with section 773(b)(2)(D) of the Act. We found Ivaco made sales below cost and we disregarded such sales where appropriate. C. Calculation of Normal Value Based on Comparison-Market Prices We determined NV for Ivaco as follows. We made adjustments to the gross price to account for billing adjustments, and deducted discounts and rebates. We deducted home market packing costs and added U.S. packing costs, in accordance with sections 773(a)(6)(A) and (B) of the Act. We also deducted home market movement expenses pursuant to sections 773(a)(6)(B) of the Act. In addition, we made adjustments for differences in circumstances of sale (COS) pursuant to section 773(a)(6)(C)(iii) of the Act. Specifically, we made adjustments for Ivaco’s EP transactions by deducting direct selling expenses incurred for home market sales (i.e., credit expenses and warranty expenses) and adding U.S. direct selling expenses (i.e., credit expenses and warranty expenses). See section 773(a)(6)(C)(iii) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.410(c). Where we compared Ivaco’s U.S. sales to home market sales of merchandise, we made adjustments, where appropriate, for physical differences in the merchandise in accordance with section 773(a)(6)(C)(ii) of the Act. D. Arm’s-Length Sales The respondent reported sales of the foreign like product to affiliated VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:58 Jul 09, 2008 Jkt 214001 customers. To test whether these sales to affiliated customers were made at arm’s length, where possible, we compared the prices of sales to affiliated and unaffiliated customers, net of all movement charges, direct selling expenses, and packing. Where the price to that affiliated party was, on average, within a range of 98 to 102 percent of the price of the same or comparable merchandise sold to the unaffiliated parties at the same level of trade, we determined that the sales made to the affiliated party were at arm’s length. See Modification Concerning Affiliated Party Sales in the Comparison Market, 67 FR 69186 (November 15, 2002). Ivaco’s sales to affiliated parties that were determined not to be at arm’s length were disregarded in our comparison to U.S. sales. E. Calculation of Normal Value Based on Constructed Value Section 773(a)(4) of the Act provides that, where NV cannot be based on comparison-market sales, NV may be based on constructed value (CV). Accordingly, for those models of steel wire rod for which we could not determine the NV based on comparisonmarket sales, either because there were no sales of a comparable product or all sales of the comparison products failed the COP test, we based NV on CV. Section 773(e)(1) of the Act provides that CV shall be based on the sum of the cost of materials and fabrication for the imported merchandise plus amounts for selling, general, and administrative expenses (SG&A), profit, and U.S. packing expenses. We calculated the cost of materials and fabrication based on the methodology described in the COP section of this notice. We based SG&A and profit on the actual amounts incurred and realized by the respondent in connection with the production and sale of the foreign like product in the ordinary course of trade, for consumption in the comparison market, in accordance with section 773(e)(2)(A) of the Act. We made adjustments to CV for differences in COS in accordance with section 773(a)(8) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.410. For CEP and EP comparisons, we deducted direct selling expenses incurred for home market sales (i.e., credit expenses and warranty expenses). See Section 773(a)(6)(C)(iii) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.410(c). For EP sales, we added U.S. direct selling expenses (i.e., credit expenses and warranty expenses) to the NV. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39649 F. Level of Trade/Constructed Export Price Offset In accordance with section 773(a)(1)(B) of the Act, we determine NV based on sales in the comparison market at the same level of trade (LOT) as the EP and CEP sales, to the extent practicable. When there are no sales at the same LOT, we compare U.S. sales to comparison market sales at a different LOT. When NV is based on CV, the NV LOT is that of the sales from which we derive SG&A expenses and profit. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.412(c)(2), to determine whether comparison market sales were at a different LOT, we examine stages in the marketing process and selling functions along the chain o2f distribution between the producer and the unaffiliated (or arm’s-length) customers. The Department identifies the LOT based on: the starting price or constructed value (for normal value); the starting price (for EP sales); and the starting price, as adjusted under section 772(d) of the Act (for CEP sales). If the comparison-market sales were at a different LOT and the differences affect price comparability, as manifested in a pattern of consistent price differences between the sales on which NV is based and comparison-market sales at the LOT of the export transaction, we will make an LOT adjustment under section 773(a)(7)(A) of the Act. Finally, if the NV LOT is more remote from the factory than the CEP LOT and there is no basis for determining whether the differences in LOT between NV and CEP affected price comparability, we will grant a CEP offset, as provided in section 773(a)(7)(B) of the Act. Ivaco reported home market sales in two channels of distribution: (1) Direct sales by IRM and (2) direct sales by Sivaco Ontario.3 Ivaco reported U.S. EP sales in two channels of distribution: (1) direct sales by IRM to U.S. customers and (2) direct sales by Sivaco Ontario to U.S. customers. Finally, Ivaco reported U.S. CEP sales in one channel of distribution: Direct sales by IRM to U.S. customers made from the facilities of unaffiliated U.S. processors or unaffiliated U.S. warehouses. Ivaco claims that all of IRM’s home market and U.S. sales are at one LOT, and that all of Sivaco’s home market and U.S. sales are at another, more advanced, LOT. Ivaco states that the Department 3 Ivaco identified a third channel of distribution in the home market. Although proprietary treatment of the description prevents additional public discussion of the details of this proposed channel, it is simply a variation of direct sales by Sivaco Ontario. Ivaco has not claimed that this proposed channel constitutes an additional LOT, and the record does not indicate that it is one. E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 39650 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 133 / Thursday, July 10, 2008 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES should calculate a LOT adjustment when sales by IRM are matched to sales by Sivaco. Ivaco also states that, if the Department determines that IRM’s U.S. CEP sales are at a different LOT from all Ivaco’s home market sales, the Department should grant a CEP offset. To determine whether there were multiple LOTs, we examined the selling functions performed by Ivaco for its customers. We found few differences in selling functions across the various channels of distribution and, based on this examination, we preliminarily determine that Ivaco sold merchandise at one LOT in both markets. See the Memorandum from Steve Bezirganian, ‘‘Level of Trade Analysis for Ivaco Rolling Mills 2004 L.P. and Sivaco Ontario, a division of Sivaco Wire Group 2004 L.P.: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Canada (A– 122–840), October 1, 2006—September 30, 2007’’ (July 2, 2008). Consequently, there is no basis for calculating a LOT adjustment or a CEP offset. any such comments on diskette. An interested party may request a hearing within 30 days of publication of these preliminary results. See 19 CFR 351.310(c). Any hearing, if requested, will be held two days after the date for submission of rebuttal briefs, or the first working day thereafter. The Department will issue the final results of this administrative review, which will include the results of its analysis of issues raised in any such comments, within 120 days of publication of these preliminary results, pursuant to Section 751(a)(3) of the Act. Assessment Upon completion of this administrative review, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.212(b), the Department will calculate an assessment rate on all appropriate entries. The Department will issue assessment instructions directly to CBP on or after 41 days following the publication of the final results of review, pursuant to 19 CFR 356.8(a). We will calculate importerCurrency Conversion specific duty assessment rates on the basis of the ratio of the total amount of We made currency conversions into antidumping duties calculated for the U.S. dollars in accordance with section examined sales to the total entered 773A of the Act, based on exchange value of the examined sales for that rates in effect on the date of the U.S. sale, as provided by the Federal Reserve importer. The Department clarified its Bank. ‘‘automatic assessment’’ regulation on Preliminary Results of Review May 6, 2003. See Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: As a result of this review, we Assessment of Antidumping Duties, 68 preliminarily determine the following FR 23954 (May 6, 2003) (Assessment weighted-average margin exists for the Policy Notice). This clarification will period October 1, 2006, through apply to entries of subject merchandise September 30, 2007: during the period of review produced by companies included in these final Weighted-average Producer/exporter margin (percentage) results where the reviewed companies did not know the merchandise it sold to Ivaco ........................... 2.33 the intermediary (e.g., a reseller, trading company, or exporter) was destined for In accordance with 19 CFR the United States. In such instances, we 351.224(b), the Department will disclose will instruct CBP to liquidate calculations performed within five days unreviewed entries at the all-others rate of publication of this notice. Interested if there was no rate calculated in this parties may submit case briefs and/or review for the intermediary involved in written comments no later than 30 days the transaction. See id., 68 FR at 23954. after the date of publication of these Cash Deposit Requirements preliminary results. See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(ii). Rebuttal briefs and The following deposit rates will be rebuttals to written comments, limited effective upon publication of the final to issues raised in such briefs or results of this administrative review for comments, may be filed no later than all shipments of steel wire rod from five days after submission of case briefs. Canada entered, or withdrawn from See 19 CFR 351.309(d). Parties who warehouse, for consumption on or after submit arguments are requested to the publication date, as provided by submit with the argument: (1) A section 751(a)(1) of the Act: (1) The cash statement of the issues; (2) a brief deposit rate for Ivaco will be the rate summary of the arguments; and (3) a established in the final results of this table of authorities. Further, parties review, except if a rate is less than 0.5 submitting written comments should percent, and therefore de minimis, the provide the Department with an cash deposit will be zero; (2) for additional copy of the public version of previously reviewed or investigated VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:58 Jul 09, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 (LTFV) investigation, but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent period for the manufacturer of the merchandise; and (4) if neither the exporter nor the manufacturer is a firm covered in this or any previous review conducted by the Department, the cash deposit rate will be 8.11 percent, the allothers rate established in the LTFV investigation. These cash deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until publication of the final results of the next administrative review. This notice serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entities during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties. These preliminary results are issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: July 2, 2008. David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-122-840]


Notice of Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative 
Review: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod From Canada

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an 
administrative review of the antidumping duty order on carbon and 
certain alloy steel wire rod from Canada for the period October 1, 
2006, to September 30, 2007 (the POR). We preliminarily determine that 
sales of subject merchandise by Ivaco Rolling Mills 2004 L.P. and 
Sivaco Ontario (a division of Sivaco Wire Group 2004 L.P.) 
(collectively referred to as ``Ivaco'') have been made below normal 
value (NV). If these preliminary results are adopted in our final 
results, we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to 
assess antidumping duties on appropriate entries. Interested parties 
are invited to comment on these preliminary results. We will issue the 
final results no later than 120 days from the publication of this 
notice.

DATES: Effective Date: July 10, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steve Bezirganian or Robert James, AD/
CVD Operations, Office 7, Import Administration, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street & Constitution 
Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-1131 or (202) 
482-0649, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On October 29, 2002, the Department published in the Federal 
Register an

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antidumping duty order on carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod 
(steel wire rod) from Canada. See Notice of Amended Final Determination 
of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Antidumping Duty Order: Carbon and 
Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Canada, 67 FR 65944 (October 29, 
2002) (Order). On October 1, 2007, the Department issued a notice of 
opportunity to request an administrative review of this order for the 
POR. See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or 
Suspended Investigation; Opportunity to Request Administrative Review, 
72 FR 55741 (October 1, 2007). On October 31, 2007, Mittal Canada Inc. 
(formerly Ispat Sidbec Inc.) of Canada (Mittal Canada) requested an 
administrative review of its entries that were subject to the 
antidumping duty order for this period. On October 31, 2007, the 
Department received a request from petitioners (ISG Georgetown Inc., 
Gerdau Ameristeel U.S. Inc., Nucor Steel Connecticut Inc., Keystone 
Consolidated Industries, Inc., and Rocky Mountain Steel Mills) for a 
review of Ivaco, Inc. and Ivaco Rolling Mills L.P. (which petitioners 
referred to collectively as ``Ivaco''). On that same date, Ivaco 
Rolling Mills 2004 L.P. and Sivaco Ontario, a division of Sivaco Wire 
Group 2004 L.P., also requested a review of their entries.\1\ On 
November 26, 2007, the Department published the notice of initiation of 
this antidumping duty administrative review. See Initiation of 
Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request 
for Revocation in Part, 72 FR 65938 (November 26, 2007).\2\ Mittal 
Canada subsequently withdrew its request for review, and the Department 
rescinded the administrative review with respect to Mittal Canada. See 
Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Canada: Notice of Partial 
Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 72 FR 73321 
(December 27, 2007).
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    \1\ Ivaco's October 31, 2007, request for review also contained 
a request that the Department revoke the order with respect to 
Ivaco. Ivaco later claimed that had the Department not ``zeroed'' in 
the previous three reviews, Ivaco would have had negative weighted-
average margins for each of those segments. See Ivaco's March 14, 
2008 Submission. The Department preliminarily rejects Ivaco's 
request for revocation because it has not demonstrated, pursuant to 
19 CFR 351.222(b)(2)(i)(A), that it has sold the merchandise at not 
less than normal value for a period of at least three consecutive 
years. We note that the Department has previously rejected Ivaco's 
``zeroing'' argument in the prior segment of this proceeding and 
that Ivaco had an antidumping duty rate of 2.98 percent ad valorem. 
See Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Canada: Final 
Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 73 FR 26958 (May 
12, 2008), and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at 
Comment 5.
    \2\ The Department's initiation notice referenced the following 
companies: Mittal Canada Inc. (formerly Ispat Sidbec Inc.); Ivaco 
Rolling Mills 2004 L.P. (formerly Ivaco Rolling Mills L.P.); and 
Sivaco Ontario, a division of Sivaco Wire Group 2004 (L.P.) 
(formerly Ivaco, Inc.).
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    Ivaco submitted a response to Section A of the Department's 
questionnaire on December 28, 2007, and a response to Sections B, C, 
and D of the Department's questionnaire on January 16, 2008. In 
response to the Department's supplemental questionnaire dated February 
15, 2008, Ivaco submitted a supplemental response for Section A on 
March 21, 2008. In response to the Department's supplemental 
questionnaire dated March 13, 2008, Ivaco submitted a supplemental 
response for Sections A, B, C, and D on April 22, 2008.
    The Department is considering IRM and Sivaco Ontario as part of the 
same entity (referred to collectively in this notice as ``Ivaco'') 
because of common ownership, consistent with the Department's treatment 
of these companies in previous proceedings. See, e.g., Carbon and 
Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Canada: Final Results of Antidumping 
Duty Administrative Review, 73 FR 26958 (May 12, 2008), and Notice of 
Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Carbon and 
Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Canada, 72 FR 26591 (May 10, 2007).

Scope of the Order

    The merchandise subject to this order is certain hot-rolled 
products of carbon steel and alloy steel, in coils, of approximately 
round cross section, 5.00 mm or more, but less than 19.00 mm, in solid 
cross-sectional diameter.
    Specifically excluded are steel products possessing the above-noted 
physical characteristics and meeting the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of 
the United States (``HTSUS'') definitions for (a) Stainless steel; (b) 
tool steel; (c) high nickel steel; (d) ball bearing steel; and (e) 
concrete reinforcing bars and rods. Also excluded are (f) free 
machining steel products (i.e., products that contain by weight one or 
more of the following elements: 0.03 percent or more of lead, 0.05 
percent or more of bismuth, 0.08 percent or more of sulfur, more than 
0.04 percent of phosphorus, more than 0.05 percent of selenium, or more 
than 0.01 percent of tellurium).
    Also excluded from the scope are 1080 grade tire cord quality wire 
rod and 1080 grade tire bead quality wire rod. Grade 1080 tire cord 
quality rod is defined as: (i) Grade 1080 tire cord quality wire rod 
measuring 5.0 mm or more but not more than 6.0 mm in cross-sectional 
diameter; (ii) with an average partial decarburization of no more than 
70 microns in depth (maximum individual 200 microns); (iii) having no 
non-deformable inclusions greater than 20 microns and no deformable 
inclusions greater than 35 microns; (iv) having a carbon segregation 
per heat average of 3.0 or better using European Method NFA 04-114; (v) 
having a surface quality with no surface defects of a length greater 
than 0.15 mm; (vi) capable of being drawn to a diameter of 0.30 mm or 
less with 3 or fewer breaks per ton, and (vii) containing by weight the 
following elements in the proportions shown: (1) 0.78 percent or more 
of carbon, (2) less than 0.01 percent of aluminum, (3) 0.040 percent or 
less, in the aggregate, of phosphorus and sulfur, (4) 0.006 percent or 
less of nitrogen, and (5) not more than 0.15 percent, in the aggregate, 
of copper, nickel and chromium.
    Grade 1080 tire bead quality rod is defined as: (i) Grade 1080 tire 
bead quality wire rod measuring 5.5 mm or more but not more than 7.0 mm 
in cross-sectional diameter; (ii) with an average partial 
decarburization of no more than 70 microns in depth (maximum individual 
200 microns); (iii) having no non-deformable inclusions greater than 20 
microns and no deformable inclusions greater than 35 microns; (iv) 
having a carbon segregation per heat average of 3.0 or better using 
European Method NFA 04-114; (v) having a surface quality with no 
surface defects of a length greater than 0.2 mm; (vi) capable of being 
drawn to a diameter of 0.78 mm or larger with 0.5 or fewer breaks per 
ton; and (vii) containing by weight the following elements in the 
proportions shown: (1) 0.78 percent or more of carbon, (2) less than 
0.01 percent of soluble aluminum, (3) 0.040 percent or less, in the 
aggregate, of phosphorus and sulfur, (4) 0.008 percent or less of 
nitrogen, and (5) either not more than 0.15 percent, in the aggregate, 
of copper, nickel and chromium (if chromium is not specified), or not 
more than 0.10 percent in the aggregate of copper and nickel and a 
chromium content of 0.24 to 0.30 percent (if chromium is specified).
    For purposes of the grade 1080 tire cord quality wire rod and the 
grade 1080 tire bead quality wire rod, an inclusion will be considered 
to be deformable if its ratio of length (measured along the axis--that 
is, the direction of rolling--of the rod) over thickness (measured on 
the same inclusion in a direction perpendicular to the axis of the rod) 
is equal to or greater than three. The size of an

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inclusion for purposes of the 20 microns and 35 microns limitations is 
the measurement of the largest dimension observed on a longitudinal 
section measured in a direction perpendicular to the axis of the rod.
    The designation of the products as ``tire cord quality'' or ``tire 
bead quality'' indicates the acceptability of the product for use in 
the production of tire cord, tire bead, or wire for use in other rubber 
reinforcement applications such as hose wire. These quality 
designations are presumed to indicate that these products are being 
used in tire cord, tire bead, and other rubber reinforcement 
applications, and such merchandise intended for the tire cord, tire 
bead, or other rubber reinforcement applications is not included in the 
scope. However, should petitioners or other interested parties provide 
a reasonable basis to believe or suspect that there exists a pattern of 
importation of such products for other than those applications, end-use 
certification for the importation of such products may be required. 
Under such circumstances, only the importers of record would normally 
be required to certify the end use of the imported merchandise.
    All products meeting the physical description of subject 
merchandise that are not specifically excluded are included in this 
scope. The products subject to this order are currently classifiable 
under subheadings 7213.91.3011, 7213.91.3015, 7213.91.3092, 
7213.91.4500, 7213.91.6000, 7213.99.0030, 7213.99.0090, 7227.20.0000, 
7227.90.6010, and 7227.90.6080 of the HTSUS. Although the HTSUS 
subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the 
written description of the scope of this order is dispositive.

Export Price and Constructed Export Price

    For the price to the United States, we used, as appropriate, export 
price (EP) or constructed export price (CEP), as defined in sections 
772(a) and 772(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), 
respectively. Section 772(a) of the Act defines EP as the price at 
which the subject merchandise is first sold before the date of 
importation by the producer or exporter outside of the United States to 
an unaffiliated purchaser in the United States or to an unaffiliated 
purchaser for exportation to the United States, as adjusted under 
section 772(c) of the Act.
    Section 772(b) of the Act defines CEP as the price at which the 
subject merchandise is first sold in the United States before or after 
the date of importation by or for the account of the producer or 
exporter of such merchandise or by a seller affiliated with the 
producer or exporter, to a purchaser not affiliated with the producer 
or exporter, as adjusted under sections 772(c) and (d) of the Act.
    Ivaco made both EP and CEP transactions. We calculated an EP for 
sales where the merchandise was sold directly by Ivaco to the first 
unaffiliated purchaser in the United States prior to importation, and 
CEP was not otherwise warranted based on the facts on the record. We 
calculated a CEP for sales made by Ivaco after importation to the 
United States (where the merchandise was located at an unaffiliated 
processor facility or unaffiliated distributor warehouse at the time of 
sale).
    For EP sales, we made additions to the starting price (gross unit 
price), where appropriate, for freight revenue received by Ivaco 
(reimbursement by customers for freight charges paid by Ivaco) and for 
billing errors (debit-note price adjustments made by Ivaco), and 
deductions, where appropriate, for billing adjustments (including 
credit-note price adjustments made by Ivaco), early payment discounts 
and rebates, and movement expenses in accordance with section 
772(c)(2)(A) of the Act. Movement expenses included inland freight, 
warehousing expenses, and brokerage fees.
    For CEP sales, we made adjustments to the starting price as for the 
EP transactions described above. However, consistent with our treatment 
of these expenses in recent administrative reviews, we re-categorized 
freight from one unaffiliated processor in the United States to another 
unaffiliated processor in the United States as a further manufacturing 
cost. See, e.g., Notice of Final Results of Antidumping Duty 
Administrative Review: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from 
Canada, 71 FR 3822 (January 24, 2006) and accompanying Issues and 
Decision Memorandum at Comment 1. In addition, in accordance with 
section 772(d)(1) and (2) of the Act, we deducted from the starting 
price those selling expenses incurred in selling the subject 
merchandise in the United States, including direct selling expenses 
(imputed credit expenses and warranty expenses), imputed inventory 
carrying costs, and further manufacturing. Finally, in accordance with 
section 772(d)(3) of the Act, we deducted an amount of profit allocated 
to the expenses deducted under sections 772(d)(1) and (2) of the Act. 
See Memorandum from Steve Bezirganian, Analyst, ``Analysis Memorandum 
for Ivaco Rolling Mills 2004 L.P. and Sivaco Ontario, a division of 
Sivaco Wire Group 2004 L.P.: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod 
from Canada (A-122-840), October 1, 2006-September 30, 2007'' (July 2, 
2008) (Ivaco Analysis Memorandum).

Normal Value

A. Selection of Comparison Markets

    Section 773(a)(1) of the Act directs that NV be based on the price 
at which the foreign like product is sold in the home market, provided 
the merchandise is sold in sufficient quantities (or value, if quantity 
is inappropriate) and that there is not a particular market situation 
that prevents a proper comparison with sales to the United States. The 
statute contemplates that quantities (or value) will normally be 
considered insufficient if they are less than five percent of the 
aggregate quantity (or value) of sales of the subject merchandise to 
the United States. See section 773(a)(1) of the Act.
    We found that Ivaco had a viable home market for steel wire rod 
because its home market sales, by quantity, exceeded the five percent 
threshold. See Ivaco Analysis Memorandum. Ivaco submitted home market 
sales data for purposes of the calculation of NV. In deriving NV, we 
made adjustments as detailed in the ``Calculation of Normal Value Based 
on Comparison Market Prices'' section below.

B. Cost of Production Analysis

    Because we disregarded below-cost sales in the most recently 
completed segment of the proceeding, we had reasonable grounds to 
believe or suspect that home market sales of the foreign like product 
by the respondent were made at prices below the cost of production 
(COP) during the POR, in accordance with section 773(b)(2)(A) of the 
Act. See Notice of Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty 
Administrative Review and Notice of Initiation of Changed Circumstances 
Review: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Canada, 71 FR 
64921, 64924 (November 6, 2006) (unchanged in final results, 72 FR 
26591 (May 10, 2007)). Therefore, we required Ivaco to file a response 
to Section D of the Department's Questionnaire.
1. Calculation of Cost of Production
    In accordance with section 773(b)(3) of the Act, we calculated the 
weighted-average COP by model based on the sum of materials, 
fabrication, and general and administrative (G&A) expenses.
2. Test of Comparison Market Sales Prices
    We compared the weighted-average COPs for the respondent to its 
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market sales prices of the foreign like product, as required under 
section 773(b) of the Act, to determine whether these sales had been 
made at prices below the COP within an extended period of time (i.e., 
normally a period of one year) in substantial quantities and whether 
such prices were sufficient to permit the recovery of all costs within 
a reasonable period of time. On a model-specific basis, we compared the 
COP to the home market prices, less any applicable movement charges, 
discounts, rebates, and direct and indirect selling expenses.
3. Results of the COP Test
    We disregard below-cost sales where: (1) 20 percent or more of the 
respondent's sales of a given product during the POR were made at 
prices below the COP in accordance with sections 773(b)(2)(B) and (C) 
of the Act; and (2) based on comparisons of price to weighted-average 
COPs for the POR, we determine that the below-cost sales of the product 
were at prices that would not permit recovery of all costs within a 
reasonable time period, in accordance with section 773(b)(2)(D) of the 
Act. We found Ivaco made sales below cost and we disregarded such sales 
where appropriate.

C. Calculation of Normal Value Based on Comparison-Market Prices

    We determined NV for Ivaco as follows. We made adjustments to the 
gross price to account for billing adjustments, and deducted discounts 
and rebates. We deducted home market packing costs and added U.S. 
packing costs, in accordance with sections 773(a)(6)(A) and (B) of the 
Act. We also deducted home market movement expenses pursuant to 
sections 773(a)(6)(B) of the Act. In addition, we made adjustments for 
differences in circumstances of sale (COS) pursuant to section 
773(a)(6)(C)(iii) of the Act. Specifically, we made adjustments for 
Ivaco's EP transactions by deducting direct selling expenses incurred 
for home market sales (i.e., credit expenses and warranty expenses) and 
adding U.S. direct selling expenses (i.e., credit expenses and warranty 
expenses). See section 773(a)(6)(C)(iii) of the Act, and 19 CFR 
351.410(c). Where we compared Ivaco's U.S. sales to home market sales 
of merchandise, we made adjustments, where appropriate, for physical 
differences in the merchandise in accordance with section 
773(a)(6)(C)(ii) of the Act.

D. Arm's-Length Sales

    The respondent reported sales of the foreign like product to 
affiliated customers. To test whether these sales to affiliated 
customers were made at arm's length, where possible, we compared the 
prices of sales to affiliated and unaffiliated customers, net of all 
movement charges, direct selling expenses, and packing. Where the price 
to that affiliated party was, on average, within a range of 98 to 102 
percent of the price of the same or comparable merchandise sold to the 
unaffiliated parties at the same level of trade, we determined that the 
sales made to the affiliated party were at arm's length. See 
Modification Concerning Affiliated Party Sales in the Comparison 
Market, 67 FR 69186 (November 15, 2002). Ivaco's sales to affiliated 
parties that were determined not to be at arm's length were disregarded 
in our comparison to U.S. sales.

E. Calculation of Normal Value Based on Constructed Value

    Section 773(a)(4) of the Act provides that, where NV cannot be 
based on comparison-market sales, NV may be based on constructed value 
(CV). Accordingly, for those models of steel wire rod for which we 
could not determine the NV based on comparison-market sales, either 
because there were no sales of a comparable product or all sales of the 
comparison products failed the COP test, we based NV on CV.
    Section 773(e)(1) of the Act provides that CV shall be based on the 
sum of the cost of materials and fabrication for the imported 
merchandise plus amounts for selling, general, and administrative 
expenses (SG&A), profit, and U.S. packing expenses. We calculated the 
cost of materials and fabrication based on the methodology described in 
the COP section of this notice. We based SG&A and profit on the actual 
amounts incurred and realized by the respondent in connection with the 
production and sale of the foreign like product in the ordinary course 
of trade, for consumption in the comparison market, in accordance with 
section 773(e)(2)(A) of the Act.
    We made adjustments to CV for differences in COS in accordance with 
section 773(a)(8) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.410. For CEP and EP 
comparisons, we deducted direct selling expenses incurred for home 
market sales (i.e., credit expenses and warranty expenses). See Section 
773(a)(6)(C)(iii) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.410(c). For EP sales, we 
added U.S. direct selling expenses (i.e., credit expenses and warranty 
expenses) to the NV.

F. Level of Trade/Constructed Export Price Offset

    In accordance with section 773(a)(1)(B) of the Act, we determine NV 
based on sales in the comparison market at the same level of trade 
(LOT) as the EP and CEP sales, to the extent practicable. When there 
are no sales at the same LOT, we compare U.S. sales to comparison 
market sales at a different LOT. When NV is based on CV, the NV LOT is 
that of the sales from which we derive SG&A expenses and profit.
    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.412(c)(2), to determine whether comparison 
market sales were at a different LOT, we examine stages in the 
marketing process and selling functions along the chain o2f 
distribution between the producer and the unaffiliated (or arm's-
length) customers. The Department identifies the LOT based on: the 
starting price or constructed value (for normal value); the starting 
price (for EP sales); and the starting price, as adjusted under section 
772(d) of the Act (for CEP sales). If the comparison-market sales were 
at a different LOT and the differences affect price comparability, as 
manifested in a pattern of consistent price differences between the 
sales on which NV is based and comparison-market sales at the LOT of 
the export transaction, we will make an LOT adjustment under section 
773(a)(7)(A) of the Act.
    Finally, if the NV LOT is more remote from the factory than the CEP 
LOT and there is no basis for determining whether the differences in 
LOT between NV and CEP affected price comparability, we will grant a 
CEP offset, as provided in section 773(a)(7)(B) of the Act.
    Ivaco reported home market sales in two channels of distribution: 
(1) Direct sales by IRM and (2) direct sales by Sivaco Ontario.\3\ 
Ivaco reported U.S. EP sales in two channels of distribution: (1) 
direct sales by IRM to U.S. customers and (2) direct sales by Sivaco 
Ontario to U.S. customers. Finally, Ivaco reported U.S. CEP sales in 
one channel of distribution: Direct sales by IRM to U.S. customers made 
from the facilities of unaffiliated U.S. processors or unaffiliated 
U.S. warehouses. Ivaco claims that all of IRM's home market and U.S. 
sales are at one LOT, and that all of Sivaco's home market and U.S. 
sales are at another, more advanced, LOT. Ivaco states that the 
Department

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should calculate a LOT adjustment when sales by IRM are matched to 
sales by Sivaco. Ivaco also states that, if the Department determines 
that IRM's U.S. CEP sales are at a different LOT from all Ivaco's home 
market sales, the Department should grant a CEP offset.
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    \3\ Ivaco identified a third channel of distribution in the home 
market. Although proprietary treatment of the description prevents 
additional public discussion of the details of this proposed 
channel, it is simply a variation of direct sales by Sivaco Ontario. 
Ivaco has not claimed that this proposed channel constitutes an 
additional LOT, and the record does not indicate that it is one.
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    To determine whether there were multiple LOTs, we examined the 
selling functions performed by Ivaco for its customers. We found few 
differences in selling functions across the various channels of 
distribution and, based on this examination, we preliminarily determine 
that Ivaco sold merchandise at one LOT in both markets. See the 
Memorandum from Steve Bezirganian, ``Level of Trade Analysis for Ivaco 
Rolling Mills 2004 L.P. and Sivaco Ontario, a division of Sivaco Wire 
Group 2004 L.P.: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Canada 
(A-122-840), October 1, 2006--September 30, 2007'' (July 2, 2008). 
Consequently, there is no basis for calculating a LOT adjustment or a 
CEP offset.

Currency Conversion

    We made currency conversions into U.S. dollars in accordance with 
section 773A of the Act, based on exchange rates in effect on the date 
of the U.S. sale, as provided by the Federal Reserve Bank.

Preliminary Results of Review

    As a result of this review, we preliminarily determine the 
following weighted-average margin exists for the period October 1, 
2006, through September 30, 2007:

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                 Producer/exporter                   margin (percentage)
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Ivaco..............................................                 2.33
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    In accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b), the Department will disclose 
calculations performed within five days of publication of this notice. 
Interested parties may submit case briefs and/or written comments no 
later than 30 days after the date of publication of these preliminary 
results. See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(ii). Rebuttal briefs and rebuttals to 
written comments, limited to issues raised in such briefs or comments, 
may be filed no later than five days after submission of case briefs. 
See 19 CFR 351.309(d). Parties who submit arguments are requested to 
submit with the argument: (1) A statement of the issues; (2) a brief 
summary of the arguments; 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 these preliminary results. See 19 CFR 351.310(c). Any 
hearing, if requested, will be held two days after the date for 
submission of rebuttal briefs, or the first working day thereafter. The 
Department will issue the final results of this administrative review, 
which will include the results of its analysis of issues raised in any 
such comments, within 120 days of publication of these preliminary 
results, pursuant to Section 751(a)(3) of the Act.

Assessment

    Upon completion of this administrative review, pursuant to 19 CFR 
351.212(b), the Department will calculate an assessment rate on all 
appropriate entries. The Department will issue assessment instructions 
directly to CBP on or after 41 days following the publication of the 
final results of review, pursuant to 19 CFR 356.8(a). We will calculate 
importer-specific duty assessment rates on the basis of the ratio of 
the total amount of antidumping duties calculated for the examined 
sales to the total entered value of the examined sales for that 
importer.
    The Department clarified its ``automatic assessment'' regulation on 
May 6, 2003. See Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: 
Assessment of Antidumping Duties, 68 FR 23954 (May 6, 2003) (Assessment 
Policy Notice). This clarification will apply to entries of subject 
merchandise during the period of review produced by companies included 
in these final results where the reviewed companies did not know the 
merchandise it sold to the intermediary (e.g., a reseller, trading 
company, or exporter) was destined for the United States. In such 
instances, we will instruct CBP to liquidate unreviewed entries at the 
all-others rate if there was no rate calculated in this review for the 
intermediary involved in the transaction. See id., 68 FR at 23954.

Cash Deposit Requirements

    The following deposit rates will be effective upon publication of 
the final results of this administrative review for all shipments of 
steel wire rod from Canada entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for 
consumption on or after the publication date, as provided by section 
751(a)(1) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for Ivaco will be the 
rate established in the final results of this review, except if a rate 
is less than 0.5 percent, and therefore de minimis, the cash deposit 
will be zero; (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 (LTFV) investigation, but the manufacturer is, the cash 
deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent period 
for the manufacturer of the merchandise; and (4) if neither the 
exporter nor the manufacturer is a firm covered in this or any previous 
review conducted by the Department, the cash deposit rate will be 8.11 
percent, the all-others rate established in the LTFV investigation.
    These cash deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in 
effect until publication of the final results of the next 
administrative review.
    This notice serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of their 
responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) to file a certificate regarding 
the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the 
relevant entities during this review period. Failure to comply with 
this requirement could result in the Secretary's presumption that 
reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent 
assessment of double antidumping duties.
    These preliminary results are issued and published in accordance 
with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act.

    Dated: July 2, 2008.
David M. Spooner,
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
 [FR Doc. E8-15753 Filed 7-9-08; 8:45 am]
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