Certain Small Diameter Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe From Germany: Continuation of Antidumping Duty Order, 56809-56811 [2012-22738]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 179 / Friday, September 14, 2012 / Notices the access road to the communication facilities. The proposed facility would include a backup 20 kilowatt diesel generator for use in the event of interruption of commercial power. It is anticipated that facility construction would take three to four months and would occur in a single summer season. Possible Alternatives The Environmental Impact Statement will analyze the proposed action, No Action (no communication site on Middle Bald Mountain), and other action alternatives that may be developed after scoping. Other action alternatives could consider alternative power sources, powerline alignments, and installation methods; alternative access road alignments and designs; alternative building designs; and alternative site locations for the tower and building near the summit of Middle Bald Mountain. Responsible Official The responsible official is the Forest Supervisor for the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland. Nature of Decision To Be Made The responsible official will decide whether or not to permit the proposed action or other action alternative that may be developed by the Forest Service as a result of scoping. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Permits or Licenses Required A Special Use permit from the Forest Service would be required to implement the proposal or other action alternative that may be developed by the Forest Service after scoping. A non-significant Forest Plan amendment would also be necessary if the decision is to permit a communication site on Middle Bald Mountain. Scoping Process This notice of intent initiates the scoping process, which guides the development of the environmental impact statement. The Forest Service is soliciting comments from Federal, State, and local agencies, and other individuals or organizations who may be interested in or affected by implementation of the proposed project. Input provided by interested and/or affected individuals, organizations, and governmental agencies will be used to identify resource issues that will be analyzed in the Draft EIS. The Forest Service will identify key issues raised during the scoping process and use them to formulate alternatives, prescribe mitigation measures and project design VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:39 Sep 13, 2012 Jkt 226001 features, and analyze environmental effects. It is important that reviewers provide their comments at such times and in such a manner that they are useful to the agency’s preparation of the environmental impact statement. Therefore, comments should be provided prior to the close of the comment period and should clearly articulate the reviewer’s concerns and contentions. There will be two public open houses approximately three weeks into the scoping period, at which written public comments will be accepted. Those meeting dates, times, and locations will be announced locally. Comments received in response to this solicitation, including names and addresses of those who comment, will be part of the public record for this proposed action. Comments submitted anonymously will be accepted and considered. Dated: September 5, 2012. Glenn P. Casamassa, Forest Supervisor. [FR Doc. 2012–22366 Filed 9–13–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–11–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [B–69–2012] Foreign-Trade Zone 230—Piedmont Triad Area, North Carolina; Notification of Proposed Production Activity, Sonoco Corrflex (Kitting—Gift Sets), Rural Hall and Winston-Salem, NC The Piedmont Triad Partnership, grantee of FTZ 230, submitted a notification of proposed production activity on behalf of Sonoco Corrflex, located in Rural Hall and WinstonSalem, North Carolina. The notification conforming to the requirements of the regulations of the Foreign-Trade Zones Board (15 CFR 400.22) was received on August 20, 2012. The Sonoco Corrflex facilities are located within Sites 24–27 of FTZ 230. The facilities are used for the kitting of cosmetic and personal hygiene gift sets. Production under FTZ procedures could exempt Sonoco Corrflex from customs duty payments on the foreign status components used in export production. On its domestic sales, Sonoco Corrflex would be able to choose the duty rates during customs entry procedures that apply to cosmetic and personal hygiene gift sets (duty rate range: free–6.5%) for the foreign status inputs noted below. Customs duties also could possibly be PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56809 deferred or reduced on foreign status production equipment. Components and materials sourced from abroad include: Perfumes/toilet waters, makeup preparations (lip, eye, rouge and powder), manicure/pedicure preparations, body lotion and moisturizers, skin toners and astringents, shampoos and conditioners, shaving/after-shave preparations, deodorants/anti-perspirants, bath salts, body wash/soaps, toners, cleaners, plastic travel containers, polymer bags, plastic packing, security tags, plastic lids/caps, bags and cases of textile materials (HTSUS 4202.22, 4202.32, 4202.92—such items included within certain categories will be admitted to FTZ 230 under domestic (duty-paid) status (19 CFR 146.43), as described in the notification document), other bags/ sacks, loofahs, tissue paper, paperboard/ corrugated wrappers and pads, pocket mirrors, glass bottles, imitation jewelry, sunglasses, stuffed toys, brushes, travel sets, combs, and makeup application pads (duty rate ranges from free to 8.1%; 2¢ each + 7.0%). Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the Board’s Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their receipt is October 24, 2012. A copy of the notification will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 21013, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230–0002, and in the ‘‘Reading Room’’ section of the Board’s Web site, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz. For further information, contact Pierre Duy at Pierre.Duy@trade.gov, or (202) 482–1378. Dated: September 7, 2012. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2012–22735 Filed 9–13–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–428–820] Certain Small Diameter Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe From Germany: Continuation of Antidumping Duty Order Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\14SEN1.SGM 14SEN1 56810 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 179 / Friday, September 14, 2012 / Notices As a result of the determinations by the Department of Commerce (‘‘the Department’’) and the U.S. International Trade Commission (‘‘ITC’’) that revocation of the antidumping duty order on certain small diameter seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe (‘‘seamless pipe’’) from Germany would likely lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping and material injury to an industry in the United States, the Department is publishing a notice of continuation of the antidumping duty order. DATES: Effective Date: September 14, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ericka Ukrow or Angelica Mendoza, AD/CVD Operations Office 7, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–0405 and (202) 482–3019, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Background On August 3, 1995, the Department published the antidumping duty order on seamless pipe from Germany.1 On April 2, 2012, the Department and the ITC published notices of initiation of their third five-year (‘‘sunset’’) review of the antidumping duty order on seamless pipe from Germany.2 As a result of this expedited sunset review, the Department determined that revocation of the antidumping duty order on seamless pipe from Germany would likely lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping and, therefore, notified the ITC of the magnitude of the margins of dumping likely to prevail should this order be revoked.3 On September 6, 2012, the ITC published its determination in the Federal Register, pursuant to section 752(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (‘‘the Act’’), that revocation of the antidumping duty order on seamless pipe from Germany would likely lead to 1 See Notice of Antidumping Duty Order and Amended Final Determination: Certain Small Diameter Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line and Pressure Pipe From Germany, 60 FR 39704 (August 3, 1995). 2 See Initiation of Five-Year (‘‘Sunset’’) Review, 77 FR 19643 (April 2, 2012) and Certain Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe From Germany; Institution of a FiveYear Review of the Antidumping Duty Order, 77 FR 19711 (April 2, 2012). 3 See Certain Small Diameter Seamless Carbon and Alloy Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe From Germany: Final Results of the Expedited Third Sunset Review of the Antidumping Duty Order, 77 FR 46385 (August 3, 2012) and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:39 Sep 13, 2012 Jkt 226001 a continuation or recurrence of material injury to an industry in the United States within a reasonably foreseeable time.4 Scope of the Order The scope of the order includes small diameter seamless carbon and alloy standard, line and pressure pipes produced to the ASTM A–335, ASTM A–106, ASTM A–53 and API 5L specifications and meeting the physical parameters described below, regardless of application. The scope of the order also includes all products used in standard, line, or pressure pipe applications and meeting the physical parameters below, regardless of specification. For purposes of the order, seamless pipes are seamless carbon and alloy (other than stainless) steel pipes, of circular cross-section, not more than 114.3 mm (4.5 inches) in outside diameter, regardless of wall thickness, manufacturing process (hot-finished or cold-drawn), end finish (plain end, beveled end, upset end, threaded, or threaded and coupled), or surface finish. These pipes are commonly known as standard pipe, line pipe or pressure pipe, depending upon the application. They may also be used in structural applications. Pipes produced in nonstandard wall thicknesses are commonly referred to as tubes. The seamless pipes subject to the order are currently classifiable under subheadings 7304.19.10.20, 7304.19.50.20, 7304.31.60.50, 7304.39.00.16, 7304.39.00.20, 7304.39.00.24, 7304.39.00.28, 7304.39.00.32, 7304.51.50.05, 7304.51.50.60, 7304.59.60.00, 7304.59.80.10, 7304.59.80.15, 7304.59.80.20, and 7304.59.80.25 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (‘‘HTSUS’’). The following information further defines the scope of the order, which covers pipes meeting the physical parameters described above: Specifications, Characteristics and Uses: Seamless pressure pipes are intended for the conveyance of water, steam, petrochemicals, chemicals, oil products, natural gas and other liquids and gasses in industrial piping systems. They may carry these substances at elevated pressures and temperatures and may be subject to the application of external heat. Seamless carbon steel 4 See Certain Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel; Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe From Germany, 77 FR 54926 (September 6, 2012), and USITC Publication 4348 (August 2012), titled Certain Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe From Germany (Investigation No. 731–TA–709 (Third Review)). PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 pressure pipe meeting the American Society for Testing and Materials (‘‘ASTM’’) standard A–106 may be used in temperatures of up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, at various American Society of Mechanical Engineers (‘‘ASME’’) code stress levels. Alloy pipes made to ASTM standard A–335 must be used if temperatures and stress levels exceed those allowed for A–106 and the ASME codes. Seamless pressure pipes sold in the United States are commonly produced to the ASTM A–106 standard. Seamless standard pipes are most commonly produced to the ASTM A–53 specification and generally are not intended for high temperature service. They are intended for the low temperature and pressure conveyance of water, steam, natural gas, air and other liquids and gasses in plumbing and heating systems, air conditioning units, automatic sprinkler systems, and other related uses. Standard pipes (depending on type and code) may carry liquids at elevated temperatures but must not exceed relevant ASME code requirements. Seamless line pipes are intended for the conveyance of oil and natural gas or other fluids in pipe lines. Seamless line pipes are produced to the API 5L specification. Seamless pipes are commonly produced and certified to meet ASTM A–106, ASTM A–53 and API 5L specifications. Such triple certification of pipes is common because all pipes meeting the stringent A–106 specification necessarily meet the API 5L and ASTM A–53 specifications. Pipes meeting the API 5L specification necessarily meet the ASTM A–53 specification. However, pipes meeting the A–53 or API 5L specifications do not necessarily meet the A–106 specification. To avoid maintaining separate production runs and separate inventories, manufacturers triple certify the pipes. Since distributors sell the vast majority of this product, they can thereby maintain a single inventory to service all customers. The primary application of ASTM A– 106 pressure pipes and triple certified pipes is in pressure piping systems by refineries, petrochemical plants and chemical plants. Other applications are in power generation plants (electricalfossil fuel or nuclear), and in some oil field uses (on shore and off shore) such as for separator lines, gathering lines and metering runs. A minor application of this product is for use as oil and gas distribution lines for commercial applications. These applications constitute the majority of the market for the subject seamless pipes. However, A– E:\FR\FM\14SEN1.SGM 14SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 179 / Friday, September 14, 2012 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 106 pipes may be used in some boiler applications. The scope of the order includes all seamless pipe meeting the physical parameters described above and produced to one of the specifications listed above, regardless of application, and whether or not also certified to a non-covered specification. Standard, line and pressure applications and the above-listed specifications are defining characteristics of the scope of the order. Therefore, seamless pipes meeting the physical description above, but not produced to the A–335, A–106, A–53, or API 5L standards shall be covered if used in a standard, line or pressure application. For example, there are certain other ASTM specifications of pipe which, because of overlapping characteristics, could potentially be used in A–106 applications. These specifications generally include A–162, A–192, A–210, A–333, and A–524. When such pipes are used in a standard, line or pressure pipe application, such products are covered by the scope of the order. Specifically excluded from the order are boiler tubing and mechanical tubing, if such products are not produced to A– 335, A–106, A–53 or API 5L specifications and are not used in standard, line or pressure applications. In addition, finished and unfinished oil country tubular goods (‘‘OCTG’’) are excluded from the scope of the order, if covered by the scope of another antidumping duty order from the same country. If not covered by such an OCTG order, finished and unfinished OCTG are included in the scope when used in standard, line or pressure applications. Finally, also excluded from the order are redraw hollows for cold-drawing when used in the production of cold-drawn pipe or tube. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, our written description of the scope of the order is dispositive. Continuation of the Order As a result of the determinations by the Department and the ITC that revocation of the antidumping duty order would likely lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping and material injury to an industry in the United States, pursuant to section 751(d)(2) of the Act the Department hereby orders the continuation of the antidumping duty order on seamless pipe from Germany. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will continue to collect antidumping duty cash deposits at the rates in effect at the time of entry for all imports of subject merchandise. The effective date VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:39 Sep 13, 2012 Jkt 226001 of the continuation of this order will be the date of publication in the Federal Register of this notice of continuation. Pursuant to section 751(c)(2) of the Act, the Department intends to initiate the next sunset review of this order not later than 30 days prior to the fifth anniversary of the effective date of continuation. This sunset review and this notice are in accordance with section 751(c) of the Act and published pursuant to section 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: September 7, 2012. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. 2012–22738 Filed 9–13–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board; Meeting International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of an open meeting. AGENCY: This notice sets forth the schedule and agenda for an open meeting of the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (Board). The Board will meet to present updates on the work of its subcommittees and hear briefings from representatives of the U.S. government on the implementation of the National Travel and Tourism Strategy and the progress on implementing the President’s Executive Order 13597 on travel and tourism. The agenda may change to accommodate Board business. The final agenda will be posted on the Department of Commerce Web site for the Board at http:// tinet.ita.doc.gov/TTAB/ TTAB_Home.html, at least one week in advance of the meeting. DATES: October 2, 2012 2 p.m.–4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). ADDRESSES: The U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4830, Washington, DC 20230. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Pilat, the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, Room 4043, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230, telephone: 202– 482–4501, email: jennifer.pilat@trade.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Agenda: At the meeting, the Board will hear updates from its four SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56811 subcommittees on travel facilitation, business climate, infrastructure and sustainability and advocacy. Background: The Board was rechartered in August 2011, to advise the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the U.S. travel and tourism industry. 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To be considered during the meeting, comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. EDT on September 25, 2012, to ensure transmission to the Board prior to the meeting. Comments received after that date will be distributed to the members but may not be considered at the meeting. Copies of Board meeting minutes will be available within 90 days of the meeting. Dated: September 10, 2012. Jennifer Pilat, Executive Secretary, United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board. [FR Doc. 2012–22731 Filed 9–13–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Manufacturing Council International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of an Opportunity to Apply for Membership on the Manufacturing Council. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce is currently seeking applications for appointment of 25 members of the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14SEN1.SGM 14SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-428-820]


Certain Small Diameter Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, 
Line, and Pressure Pipe From Germany: Continuation of Antidumping Duty 
Order

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


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SUMMARY: As a result of the determinations by the Department of 
Commerce (``the Department'') and the U.S. International Trade 
Commission (``ITC'') that revocation of the antidumping duty order on 
certain small diameter seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, 
and pressure pipe (``seamless pipe'') from Germany would likely lead to 
continuation or recurrence of dumping and material injury to an 
industry in the United States, the Department is publishing a notice of 
continuation of the antidumping duty order.

DATES: Effective Date: September 14, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ericka Ukrow or Angelica Mendoza, AD/
CVD Operations Office 7, Import Administration, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-
0405 and (202) 482-3019, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On August 3, 1995, the Department published the antidumping duty 
order on seamless pipe from Germany.\1\ On April 2, 2012, the 
Department and the ITC published notices of initiation of their third 
five-year (``sunset'') review of the antidumping duty order on seamless 
pipe from Germany.\2\
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    \1\ See Notice of Antidumping Duty Order and Amended Final 
Determination: Certain Small Diameter Seamless Carbon and Alloy 
Steel Standard, Line and Pressure Pipe From Germany, 60 FR 39704 
(August 3, 1995).
    \2\ See Initiation of Five-Year (``Sunset'') Review, 77 FR 19643 
(April 2, 2012) and Certain Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel 
Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe From Germany; Institution of a 
Five-Year Review of the Antidumping Duty Order, 77 FR 19711 (April 
2, 2012).
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    As a result of this expedited sunset review, the Department 
determined that revocation of the antidumping duty order on seamless 
pipe from Germany would likely lead to continuation or recurrence of 
dumping and, therefore, notified the ITC of the magnitude of the 
margins of dumping likely to prevail should this order be revoked.\3\
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    \3\ See Certain Small Diameter Seamless Carbon and Alloy 
Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe From Germany: Final Results of the 
Expedited Third Sunset Review of the Antidumping Duty Order, 77 FR 
46385 (August 3, 2012) and accompanying Issues and Decision 
Memorandum.
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    On September 6, 2012, the ITC published its determination in the 
Federal Register, pursuant to section 752(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, 
as amended (``the Act''), that revocation of the antidumping duty order 
on seamless pipe from Germany would likely lead to a continuation or 
recurrence of material injury to an industry in the United States 
within a reasonably foreseeable time.\4\
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    \4\ See Certain Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel; Standard, Line, 
and Pressure Pipe From Germany, 77 FR 54926 (September 6, 2012), and 
USITC Publication 4348 (August 2012), titled Certain Seamless Carbon 
and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe From Germany 
(Investigation No. 731-TA-709 (Third Review)).
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Scope of the Order

    The scope of the order includes small diameter seamless carbon and 
alloy standard, line and pressure pipes produced to the ASTM A-335, 
ASTM A-106, ASTM A-53 and API 5L specifications and meeting the 
physical parameters described below, regardless of application. The 
scope of the order also includes all products used in standard, line, 
or pressure pipe applications and meeting the physical parameters 
below, regardless of specification.
    For purposes of the order, seamless pipes are seamless carbon and 
alloy (other than stainless) steel pipes, of circular cross-section, 
not more than 114.3 mm (4.5 inches) in outside diameter, regardless of 
wall thickness, manufacturing process (hot-finished or cold-drawn), end 
finish (plain end, beveled end, upset end, threaded, or threaded and 
coupled), or surface finish. These pipes are commonly known as standard 
pipe, line pipe or pressure pipe, depending upon the application. They 
may also be used in structural applications. Pipes produced in non-
standard wall thicknesses are commonly referred to as tubes.
    The seamless pipes subject to the order are currently classifiable 
under subheadings 7304.19.10.20, 7304.19.50.20, 7304.31.60.50, 
7304.39.00.16, 7304.39.00.20, 7304.39.00.24, 7304.39.00.28, 
7304.39.00.32, 7304.51.50.05, 7304.51.50.60, 7304.59.60.00, 
7304.59.80.10, 7304.59.80.15, 7304.59.80.20, and 7304.59.80.25 of the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (``HTSUS'').
    The following information further defines the scope of the order, 
which covers pipes meeting the physical parameters described above:
    Specifications, Characteristics and Uses: Seamless pressure pipes 
are intended for the conveyance of water, steam, petrochemicals, 
chemicals, oil products, natural gas and other liquids and gasses in 
industrial piping systems. They may carry these substances at elevated 
pressures and temperatures and may be subject to the application of 
external heat. Seamless carbon steel pressure pipe meeting the American 
Society for Testing and Materials (``ASTM'') standard A-106 may be used 
in temperatures of up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, at various American 
Society of Mechanical Engineers (``ASME'') code stress levels. Alloy 
pipes made to ASTM standard A-335 must be used if temperatures and 
stress levels exceed those allowed for A-106 and the ASME codes. 
Seamless pressure pipes sold in the United States are commonly produced 
to the ASTM A-106 standard.
    Seamless standard pipes are most commonly produced to the ASTM A-53 
specification and generally are not intended for high temperature 
service. They are intended for the low temperature and pressure 
conveyance of water, steam, natural gas, air and other liquids and 
gasses in plumbing and heating systems, air conditioning units, 
automatic sprinkler systems, and other related uses. Standard pipes 
(depending on type and code) may carry liquids at elevated temperatures 
but must not exceed relevant ASME code requirements.
    Seamless line pipes are intended for the conveyance of oil and 
natural gas or other fluids in pipe lines. Seamless line pipes are 
produced to the API 5L specification.
    Seamless pipes are commonly produced and certified to meet ASTM A-
106, ASTM A-53 and API 5L specifications. Such triple certification of 
pipes is common because all pipes meeting the stringent A-106 
specification necessarily meet the API 5L and ASTM A-53 specifications. 
Pipes meeting the API 5L specification necessarily meet the ASTM A-53 
specification. However, pipes meeting the A-53 or API 5L specifications 
do not necessarily meet the A-106 specification. To avoid maintaining 
separate production runs and separate inventories, manufacturers triple 
certify the pipes. Since distributors sell the vast majority of this 
product, they can thereby maintain a single inventory to service all 
customers.
    The primary application of ASTM A-106 pressure pipes and triple 
certified pipes is in pressure piping systems by refineries, 
petrochemical plants and chemical plants. Other applications are in 
power generation plants (electrical-fossil fuel or nuclear), and in 
some oil field uses (on shore and off shore) such as for separator 
lines, gathering lines and metering runs. A minor application of this 
product is for use as oil and gas distribution lines for commercial 
applications. These applications constitute the majority of the market 
for the subject seamless pipes. However, A-

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106 pipes may be used in some boiler applications.
    The scope of the order includes all seamless pipe meeting the 
physical parameters described above and produced to one of the 
specifications listed above, regardless of application, and whether or 
not also certified to a non-covered specification. Standard, line and 
pressure applications and the above-listed specifications are defining 
characteristics of the scope of the order. Therefore, seamless pipes 
meeting the physical description above, but not produced to the A-335, 
A-106, A-53, or API 5L standards shall be covered if used in a 
standard, line or pressure application.
    For example, there are certain other ASTM specifications of pipe 
which, because of overlapping characteristics, could potentially be 
used in A-106 applications. These specifications generally include A-
162, A-192, A-210, A-333, and A-524. When such pipes are used in a 
standard, line or pressure pipe application, such products are covered 
by the scope of the order.
    Specifically excluded from the order are boiler tubing and 
mechanical tubing, if such products are not produced to A-335, A-106, 
A-53 or API 5L specifications and are not used in standard, line or 
pressure applications. In addition, finished and unfinished oil country 
tubular goods (``OCTG'') are excluded from the scope of the order, if 
covered by the scope of another antidumping duty order from the same 
country. If not covered by such an OCTG order, finished and unfinished 
OCTG are included in the scope when used in standard, line or pressure 
applications. Finally, also excluded from the order are redraw hollows 
for cold-drawing when used in the production of cold-drawn pipe or 
tube.
    Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and 
customs purposes, our written description of the scope of the order is 
dispositive.

Continuation of the Order

    As a result of the determinations by the Department and the ITC 
that revocation of the antidumping duty order would likely lead to 
continuation or recurrence of dumping and material injury to an 
industry in the United States, pursuant to section 751(d)(2) of the Act 
the Department hereby orders the continuation of the antidumping duty 
order on seamless pipe from Germany.
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection will continue to collect 
antidumping duty cash deposits at the rates in effect at the time of 
entry for all imports of subject merchandise. The effective date of the 
continuation of this order will be the date of publication in the 
Federal Register of this notice of continuation. Pursuant to section 
751(c)(2) of the Act, the Department intends to initiate the next 
sunset review of this order not later than 30 days prior to the fifth 
anniversary of the effective date of continuation.
    This sunset review and this notice are in accordance with section 
751(c) of the Act and published pursuant to section 777(i)(1) of the 
Act.

    Dated: September 7, 2012.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
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