Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe From the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Final Negative Countervailing Duty Determination, 64471-64473 [2012-25956]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 204 / Monday, October 22, 2012 / Notices Comment 2 Whether the Application of the AFA Standard Is Inconsistent with Article 12.7 of ASCM Comment 3 Whether the Department’s Application of AFA With Respect to Provision of Hot-Rolled Steel by SAIL For LTAR Was Justified Comment 4 Whether the Department’s Application of AFA With Respect to Provision of Land For LTAR Was Justified Comment 5 Whether the Department Erred in Calculating the Subsidy Rate It Assigned in the Preliminary Determination [FR Doc. 2012–25970 Filed 10–19–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–552–810] Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe From the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Final Negative Countervailing Duty Determination Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (‘‘the Department’’) determines that countervailable subsidies are not being provided to producers and exporters of circular welded carbon-quality steel pipe (‘‘circular welded pipe’’) from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (‘‘Vietnam’’). AGENCY: DATES: Effective Date: October 22, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Siepmann or Austin Redington, AD/CVD Operations, Office 1, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–7958 or (202) 482–1664, respectively. Petitioners The petitioners in this investigation are Allied Tube and Conduit, JMC Steel Group, United States Steel Corporation, and Wheatland Tube. Period of Investigation The period for which we are measuring subsidies, or period of investigation, is January 1, 2010, through December 31, 2010. On April 13, 2012, the Department issued supplemental questionnaires to the Government of Vietnam (‘‘GOV’’), SeAH Steel VINA Corp. (‘‘SeAH VINA’’), and Vietnam Haiphong Hongyuan Machinery Manufactory Co., Ltd. (‘‘Hongyuan’’). Timely responses were received on April 20 (Hongyuan), April 27 (Hongyuan), and April 27, and May 7, 2012 (GOV). On May 4, 2012, the Department issued an additional supplemental questionnaire to the GOV, and it received the GOV’s response on May 7, 2012. We received factual information submissions from the GOV and Wheatland Tube, respectively, on May 9 and May 14, 2012. On May 10, 2012, Hongyuan filed corrections to its previously reported data and also submitted additional factual information. On May 14, 2012, SeAH VINA submitted corrections to its previously reported data. The Department conducted verification of SeAH VINA’s, Hongyuan’s, and the GOV’s questionnaire responses from May 21, to June 1, 2012, and issued verification reports for SeAH VINA and Hongyuan on July 6, 2012, and for the GOV on July 12, 2012. The GOV, SeAH VINA, Hongyuan, and Wheatland Tube submitted case briefs on August 3, and rebuttal briefs on August 8, 2012. A public hearing was held on September 7, 2012. Scope Comments We set aside a period of time in our Initiation Notice for parties to raise issues regarding product coverage, and encouraged all parties to submit comments within 20 calendar days of publication of that notice.2 As described in the Preliminary Determination, SeAH VINA filed comments on December 5, 2011, urging the Department to modify the scope description. No further comments on this issue were received. For the reasons explained in the Preliminary Determination, the Department is not adopting SeAH VINA’s proposed modification of the scope. Scope of the Investigation This investigation covers welded carbon-quality steel pipes and tube, of circular cross-section, with an outside wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with Case History The following events have occurred since the Preliminary Determination.1 1 See Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final Countervailing Duty Determination With Final Antidumping Duty VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:00 Oct 19, 2012 Jkt 229001 Determination, 77 FR 19211 (March 30, 2012) (‘‘Preliminary Determination’’). 2 See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997), and Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe From India, the Sultanate of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigations, 76 FR 72173 (November 22, 2011). PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64471 diameter (‘‘O.D.’’) not more than 16 inches (406.4 mm), regardless of wall thickness, surface finish (e.g., black, galvanized, or painted), end finish (plain end, beveled end, grooved, threaded, or threaded and coupled), or industry specification (e.g., American Society for Testing and Materials International (‘‘ASTM’’), proprietary, or other) generally known as standard pipe, fence pipe and tube, sprinkler pipe, and structural pipe (although subject product may also be referred to as mechanical tubing). Specifically, the term ‘‘carbon quality’’ includes products in which: (a) Iron predominates, by weight, over each of the other contained elements; (b) the carbon content is 2 percent or less, by weight; and (c) none of the elements listed below exceeds the quantity, by weight, as indicated: (i) 1.80 percent of manganese; (ii) 2.25 percent of silicon; (iii) 1.00 percent of copper; (iv) 0.50 percent of aluminum; (v) 1.25 percent of chromium; (vi) 0.30 percent of cobalt; (vii) 0.40 percent of lead; (viii) 1.25 percent of nickel; (ix) 0.30 percent of tungsten; (x) 0.15 percent of molybdenum; (xi) 0.10 percent of niobium; (xii) 0.41 percent of titanium; (xiii) 0.15 percent of vanadium; (xiv) 0.15 percent of zirconium. Subject pipe is ordinarily made to ASTM specifications A53, A135, and A795, but can also be made to other specifications. Structural pipe is made primarily to ASTM specifications A252 and A500. Standard and structural pipe may also be produced to proprietary specifications rather than to industry specifications. Fence tubing is included in the scope regardless of certification to a specification listed in the exclusions below, and can also be made to the ASTM A513 specification. Sprinkler pipe is designed for sprinkler fire suppression systems and may be made to industry specifications such as ASTM A53 or to proprietary specifications. These products are generally made to standard O.D. and wall thickness combinations. Pipe multi-stenciled to a standard and/or structural specification and to other specifications, such as American Petroleum Institute (‘‘API’’) API–5L specification, is also covered by the scope of this investigation when it meets the physical description set forth above, and also has one or more of the following characteristics: is 32 feet in length or less; is less than 2.0 inches (50mm) in outside diameter; has a galvanized and/or painted (e.g., polyester coated) surface finish; or has a threaded and/or coupled end finish. E:\FR\FM\22OCN1.SGM 22OCN1 64472 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 204 / Monday, October 22, 2012 / Notices wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with The scope of this investigation does not include: (a) Pipe suitable for use in boilers, superheaters, heat exchangers, refining furnaces and feedwater heaters, whether or not cold drawn; (b) finished electrical conduit; (c) finished scaffolding 3; (d) tube and pipe hollows for redrawing; (e) oil country tubular goods produced to API specifications; (f) line pipe produced to only API specifications; and (g) mechanical tubing, whether or not cold-drawn. However, products certified to ASTM mechanical tubing specifications are not excluded as mechanical tubing if they otherwise meet the standard sizes (e.g., outside diameter and wall thickness) of standard, structural, fence and sprinkler pipe. Also, products made to the following outside diameter and wall thickness combinations, which are recognized by the industry as typical for fence tubing, would not be excluded from the scope based solely on their being certified to ASTM mechanical tubing specifications: 1.315 inch O.D. and 0.035 inch wall thickness (gage 20) 1.315 inch O.D. and 0.047 inch wall thickness (gage 18) 1.315 inch O.D. and 0.055 inch wall thickness (gage 17) 1.315 inch O.D. and 0.065 inch wall thickness (gage 16) 1.315 inch O.D. and 0.072 inch wall thickness (gage 15) 1.315 inch O.D. and 0.083 inch wall thickness (gage 14) 1.315 inch O.D. and 0.095 inch wall thickness (gage 13) 1.660 inch O.D. and 0.047 inch wall thickness (gage 18) 1.660 inch O.D. and 0.055 inch wall thickness (gage 17) 1.660 inch O.D. and 0.065 inch wall thickness (gage 16) 1.660 inch O.D. and 0.072 inch wall thickness (gage 15) 1.660 inch O.D. and 0.083 inch wall thickness (gage 14) 1.660 inch O.D. and 0.095 inch wall thickness (gage 13) 1.660 inch O.D. and 0.109 inch wall thickness (gage 12) 1.900 inch O.D. and 0.047 inch wall thickness (gage 18) 1.900 inch O.D. and 0.055 inch wall thickness (gage 17) 1.900 inch O.D. and 0.065 inch wall thickness (gage 16) 1.900 inch O.D. and 0.072 inch wall thickness (gage 15) 3 Finished scaffolding is defined as component parts of a final, finished scaffolding that enters the United States unassembled as a ‘‘kit.’’ A ‘‘kit’’ is understood to mean a packaged combination of component parts that contain, at the time of importation, all the necessary component parts to fully assemble a final, finished scaffolding. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:36 Oct 19, 2012 Jkt 229001 1.900 inch O.D. and 0.095 inch wall thickness (gage 13) 1.900 inch O.D. and 0.109 inch wall thickness (gage 12) 2.375 inch O.D. and 0.047 inch wall thickness (gage 18) 2.375 inch O.D. and 0.055 inch wall thickness (gage 17) 2.375 inch O.D. and 0.065 inch wall thickness (gage 16) 2.375 inch O.D. and 0.072 inch wall thickness (gage 15) 2.375 inch O.D. and 0.095 inch wall thickness (gage 13) 2.375 inch O.D. and 0.109 inch wall thickness (gage 12) 2.375 inch O.D. and 0.120 inch wall thickness (gage 11) 2.875 inch O.D. and 0.109 inch wall thickness (gage 12) 2.875 inch O.D. and 0.134 inch wall thickness (gage 10) 2.875 inch O.D. and 0.165 inch wall thickness (gage 8) 3.500 inch O.D. and 0.109 inch wall thickness (gage 12) 3.500 inch O.D. and 0.148 inch wall thickness (gage 9) 3.500 inch O.D. and 0.165 inch wall thickness (gage 8) 4.000 inch O.D. and 0.148 inch wall thickness (gage 9) 4.000 inch O.D. and 0.165 inch wall thickness (gage 8) 4.500 inch O.D. and 0.203 inch wall thickness (gage 7) The pipe subject to this investigation is currently classifiable in Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (‘‘HTSUS’’) statistical reporting numbers 7306.19.1010, 7306.19.1050, 7306.19.5110, 7306.19.5150, 7306.30.1000, 7306.30.5025, 7306.30.5032, 7306.30.5040, 7306.30.5055, 7306.30.5085, 7306.30.5090, 7306.50.1000, 7306.50.5050, and 7306.50.5070. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise under the investigation is dispositive. Analysis of Comments Received All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties to this investigation are addressed in the Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, entitled ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam’’ (October 15, 2012) (hereafter, ‘‘Decision PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Memorandum’’), which is hereby adopted by this notice. Attached to this notice as an Appendix is a list of the issues that parties have raised and to which we have responded in the Decision Memorandum. The Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Import Administration’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (‘‘IA ACCESS’’). IA ACCESS is available to registered users at http:// iaaccess.trade.gov and in the Central Records Unit, room 7046 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the Internet at http:// www.trade.gov/ia/. The signed Decision Memorandum and the electronic versions of the Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Suspension of Liquidation For this final determination, we have determined that neither of the producers/exporters of the subject merchandise individually investigated received countervailable subsidies. Therefore, we determine that countervailable subsidies are not being provided to producers or exporters in Vietnam of circular welded pipe. Because we have reached a final negative determination we are terminating this investigation. Moreover, in accordance with section 705(c)(2) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (‘‘Act’’), we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (‘‘CBP’’) to release any bond or other security and refund any cash deposits that were collected for shipments of subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse on or after March 30, 2012, the date that we instructed CBP to suspend liquidation following the Preliminary Determination. The interest provisions of section 778 of the Act do not apply. International Trade Commission (‘‘ITC’’) Notification In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the ITC of our determination. Return or Destruction of Proprietary Information This notice serves as the only reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (‘‘APO’’) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Failure to comply is a violation of the APO. E:\FR\FM\22OCN1.SGM 22OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 204 / Monday, October 22, 2012 / Notices This determination is published pursuant to sections 705(d) and 777(i) of the Act. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Dated: October 15, 2012. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [C–523–802] Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe From the Sultanate of Oman: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination Appendix List of Comments and Issues in the Decision Memorandum General Issues Comment 1 Applicability of the CVD Law to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Comment 2 The Appropriate De Minimis Standard Import Duty Exemptions on Imported Raw Materials for Export Processing Enterprises and Export Processing Zones Comment 3 Countervailability of Import Duty Exemptions for Export Processing Enterprises and Companies in Export Processing Zones Comment 4 The GOV’s System for Monitoring the Inputs Used To Produce Exported Goods Import Duty Exemptions for Imported Fixed Assets, Spare Parts and Accessories for Export Processing Enterprises and Export Processing Zones Comment 5 Whether Hongyuan’s Failure to Report Imports of Spare Parts and Accessories Warrants Use of AFA Import Duty Exemptions for Imported Fixed Assets, Spare Parts and Accessories for Encouraged Projects Comment 6 SeAH VINA’s Failure to Report Some Imports Comment 7 Whether SeAH VINA Received Countervailable Duty Exemptions on its Purchases of Fixed Assets, Spare Parts and Accessories Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (‘‘Department’’) determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of circular welded carbon-quality steel pipe (‘‘circular welded pipe’’) from the Sultanate of Oman (‘‘Oman’’). DATES: Effective Date: October 22, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sergio Balbontin or Shane Subler, AD/ CVD Operations, Office 1, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–6478 or (202) 482– 0189, respectively. AGENCY: Petitioners The petitioners in this investigation are Allied Tube and Conduit, JMC Steel Group, United States Steel Corporation, and Wheatland Tube Corporation (‘‘Wheatland Tube’’). Period of Investigation The period for which we are measuring subsidies, or period of investigation, is January 1, 2010, through December 31, 2010. for hearing on April 30, 2012. Wheatland Tube also submitted factual information/pre-verification comments on June 1, 2012. The Department conducted verification of Al Jazeera’s and the GSO’s questionnaire responses from June 11 to June 15, 2012. We issued our verification reports on August 21 (Al Jazeera) and August 23, 2012 (GSO). The GSO and Al Jazeera, and Wheatland Tube submitted case and rebuttal briefs on September 5, and September 10, 2012, respectively. A public hearing was held on September 14, 2012. Scope Comments In accordance with the preamble to the Department’s regulations, we set aside a period of time in our Initiation Notice for parties to raise issues regarding product coverage, and encouraged all parties to submit comments within 20 calendar days of publication of that notice.2 As described in the Preliminary Determination, SeAH Steel VINA Corp. (‘‘SeAH VINA’’) filed comments on December 5, 2011, urging the Department to modify the scope description. No further comments on this issue were received. For the reasons explained in the Preliminary Determination, the Department is not adopting SeAH VINA’s proposed modification of the scope in its final determination. Scope of the Investigation Comment 8 Preferential Financing to the Steel Industry Comment 9 Preferential Lending for Exporters Comment 10 Whether the Banks That Provided Loans to Hongyuan and SeAH VINA Are Public Entities Comment 11 The Appropriate Benchmark for Policy Loans Provision of Land for Less Than Adequate Remuneration (‘‘LTAR’’) in Encouraged Industries or Industrial Zones Comment 12 SeAH VINA’s Land [FR Doc. 2012–25956 Filed 10–19–12; 8:45 am] Case History The following events have occurred since the Preliminary Determination.1 On April 5, 2012, a supplemental questionnaire was sent to Al Jazeera Steel Products Co. SAOG (‘‘Al Jazeera’’) and we received Al Jazeera’s response on April 12, 2012. We sent supplemental questionnaires to the Government of the Sultanate of Oman (‘‘GSO’’) on April 5, April 20, and May 10, 2012. We received the GSO’s responses, respectively, on April 12, April 27, and May 17, 2012. We received comments from Wheatland Tube addressing the GSO’s submission on April 6, April 19, April 27, May 10, May 25, 2012 and a request This investigation covers welded carbon-quality steel pipes and tube, of circular cross-section, with an outside diameter (‘‘O.D.’’) not more than 16 inches (406.4 mm), regardless of wall thickness, surface finish (e.g., black, galvanized, or painted), end finish (plain end, beveled end, grooved, threaded, or threaded and coupled), or industry specification (e.g., American Society for Testing and Materials International (‘‘ASTM’’), proprietary, or other) generally known as standard pipe, fence pipe and tube, sprinkler pipe, and structural pipe (although subject product may also be referred to as mechanical tubing). Specifically, the term ‘‘carbon quality’’ includes products in which: (a) iron predominates, by weight, over each of the other contained elements; (b) the carbon content is 2 percent or less, by weight; and (c) none 1 See Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe from the Sultanate of Oman: Preliminary Negative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final Countervailing Duty Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 77 FR 19635 (April 2, 2012) (‘‘Preliminary Determination’’). Policy Loans wreier-aviles on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with International Trade Administration 64473 2 See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997) and Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe from India, the Sultanate of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigations, 76 FR 72173 (November 22, 2011) (‘‘Initiation Notice’’). 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-552-810]


Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe From the Socialist 
Republic of Vietnam: Final Negative Countervailing Duty Determination

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') determines 
that countervailable subsidies are not being provided to producers and 
exporters of circular welded carbon-quality steel pipe (``circular 
welded pipe'') from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (``Vietnam'').

DATES: Effective Date: October 22, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Siepmann or Austin 
Redington, AD/CVD Operations, Office 1, Import Administration, 
International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th 
Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: 
(202) 482-7958 or (202) 482-1664, respectively.

Petitioners

    The petitioners in this investigation are Allied Tube and Conduit, 
JMC Steel Group, United States Steel Corporation, and Wheatland Tube.

Period of Investigation

    The period for which we are measuring subsidies, or period of 
investigation, is January 1, 2010, through December 31, 2010.

Case History

    The following events have occurred since the Preliminary 
Determination.\1\
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    \1\ See Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe from the 
Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Preliminary Affirmative 
Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final 
Countervailing Duty Determination With Final Antidumping Duty 
Determination, 77 FR 19211 (March 30, 2012) (``Preliminary 
Determination'').
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    On April 13, 2012, the Department issued supplemental 
questionnaires to the Government of Vietnam (``GOV''), SeAH Steel VINA 
Corp. (``SeAH VINA''), and Vietnam Haiphong Hongyuan Machinery 
Manufactory Co., Ltd. (``Hongyuan''). Timely responses were received on 
April 20 (Hongyuan), April 27 (Hongyuan), and April 27, and May 7, 2012 
(GOV). On May 4, 2012, the Department issued an additional supplemental 
questionnaire to the GOV, and it received the GOV's response on May 7, 
2012.
    We received factual information submissions from the GOV and 
Wheatland Tube, respectively, on May 9 and May 14, 2012. On May 10, 
2012, Hongyuan filed corrections to its previously reported data and 
also submitted additional factual information. On May 14, 2012, SeAH 
VINA submitted corrections to its previously reported data.
    The Department conducted verification of SeAH VINA's, Hongyuan's, 
and the GOV's questionnaire responses from May 21, to June 1, 2012, and 
issued verification reports for SeAH VINA and Hongyuan on July 6, 2012, 
and for the GOV on July 12, 2012.
    The GOV, SeAH VINA, Hongyuan, and Wheatland Tube submitted case 
briefs on August 3, and rebuttal briefs on August 8, 2012. A public 
hearing was held on September 7, 2012.

Scope Comments

    We set aside a period of time in our Initiation Notice for parties 
to raise issues regarding product coverage, and encouraged all parties 
to submit comments within 20 calendar days of publication of that 
notice.\2\ As described in the Preliminary Determination, SeAH VINA 
filed comments on December 5, 2011, urging the Department to modify the 
scope description. No further comments on this issue were received.
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    \2\ See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, 62 FR 27296, 
27323 (May 19, 1997), and Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe 
From India, the Sultanate of Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and the 
Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Initiation of Countervailing Duty 
Investigations, 76 FR 72173 (November 22, 2011).
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    For the reasons explained in the Preliminary Determination, the 
Department is not adopting SeAH VINA's proposed modification of the 
scope.

Scope of the Investigation

    This investigation covers welded carbon-quality steel pipes and 
tube, of circular cross-section, with an outside diameter (``O.D.'') 
not more than 16 inches (406.4 mm), regardless of wall thickness, 
surface finish (e.g., black, galvanized, or painted), end finish (plain 
end, beveled end, grooved, threaded, or threaded and coupled), or 
industry specification (e.g., American Society for Testing and 
Materials International (``ASTM''), proprietary, or other) generally 
known as standard pipe, fence pipe and tube, sprinkler pipe, and 
structural pipe (although subject product may also be referred to as 
mechanical tubing). Specifically, the term ``carbon quality'' includes 
products in which: (a) Iron predominates, by weight, over each of the 
other contained elements; (b) the carbon content is 2 percent or less, 
by weight; and (c) none of the elements listed below exceeds the 
quantity, by weight, as indicated:
    (i) 1.80 percent of manganese;
    (ii) 2.25 percent of silicon;
    (iii) 1.00 percent of copper;
    (iv) 0.50 percent of aluminum;
    (v) 1.25 percent of chromium;
    (vi) 0.30 percent of cobalt;
    (vii) 0.40 percent of lead;
    (viii) 1.25 percent of nickel;
    (ix) 0.30 percent of tungsten;
    (x) 0.15 percent of molybdenum;
    (xi) 0.10 percent of niobium;
    (xii) 0.41 percent of titanium;
    (xiii) 0.15 percent of vanadium;
    (xiv) 0.15 percent of zirconium.

    Subject pipe is ordinarily made to ASTM specifications A53, A135, 
and A795, but can also be made to other specifications. Structural pipe 
is made primarily to ASTM specifications A252 and A500. Standard and 
structural pipe may also be produced to proprietary specifications 
rather than to industry specifications. Fence tubing is included in the 
scope regardless of certification to a specification listed in the 
exclusions below, and can also be made to the ASTM A513 specification. 
Sprinkler pipe is designed for sprinkler fire suppression systems and 
may be made to industry specifications such as ASTM A53 or to 
proprietary specifications. These products are generally made to 
standard O.D. and wall thickness combinations. Pipe multi-stenciled to 
a standard and/or structural specification and to other specifications, 
such as American Petroleum Institute (``API'') API-5L specification, is 
also covered by the scope of this investigation when it meets the 
physical description set forth above, and also has one or more of the 
following characteristics: is 32 feet in length or less; is less than 
2.0 inches (50mm) in outside diameter; has a galvanized and/or painted 
(e.g., polyester coated) surface finish; or has a threaded and/or 
coupled end finish.

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    The scope of this investigation does not include: (a) Pipe suitable 
for use in boilers, superheaters, heat exchangers, refining furnaces 
and feedwater heaters, whether or not cold drawn; (b) finished 
electrical conduit; (c) finished scaffolding \3\; (d) tube and pipe 
hollows for redrawing; (e) oil country tubular goods produced to API 
specifications; (f) line pipe produced to only API specifications; and 
(g) mechanical tubing, whether or not cold-drawn. However, products 
certified to ASTM mechanical tubing specifications are not excluded as 
mechanical tubing if they otherwise meet the standard sizes (e.g., 
outside diameter and wall thickness) of standard, structural, fence and 
sprinkler pipe. Also, products made to the following outside diameter 
and wall thickness combinations, which are recognized by the industry 
as typical for fence tubing, would not be excluded from the scope based 
solely on their being certified to ASTM mechanical tubing 
specifications:
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    \3\ Finished scaffolding is defined as component parts of a 
final, finished scaffolding that enters the United States 
unassembled as a ``kit.'' A ``kit'' is understood to mean a packaged 
combination of component parts that contain, at the time of 
importation, all the necessary component parts to fully assemble a 
final, finished scaffolding.

1.315 inch O.D. and 0.035 inch wall thickness (gage 20)
1.315 inch O.D. and 0.047 inch wall thickness (gage 18)
1.315 inch O.D. and 0.055 inch wall thickness (gage 17)
1.315 inch O.D. and 0.065 inch wall thickness (gage 16)
1.315 inch O.D. and 0.072 inch wall thickness (gage 15)
1.315 inch O.D. and 0.083 inch wall thickness (gage 14)
1.315 inch O.D. and 0.095 inch wall thickness (gage 13)
1.660 inch O.D. and 0.047 inch wall thickness (gage 18)
1.660 inch O.D. and 0.055 inch wall thickness (gage 17)
1.660 inch O.D. and 0.065 inch wall thickness (gage 16)
1.660 inch O.D. and 0.072 inch wall thickness (gage 15)
1.660 inch O.D. and 0.083 inch wall thickness (gage 14)
1.660 inch O.D. and 0.095 inch wall thickness (gage 13)
1.660 inch O.D. and 0.109 inch wall thickness (gage 12)
1.900 inch O.D. and 0.047 inch wall thickness (gage 18)
1.900 inch O.D. and 0.055 inch wall thickness (gage 17)
1.900 inch O.D. and 0.065 inch wall thickness (gage 16)
1.900 inch O.D. and 0.072 inch wall thickness (gage 15)
1.900 inch O.D. and 0.095 inch wall thickness (gage 13)
1.900 inch O.D. and 0.109 inch wall thickness (gage 12)
2.375 inch O.D. and 0.047 inch wall thickness (gage 18)
2.375 inch O.D. and 0.055 inch wall thickness (gage 17)
2.375 inch O.D. and 0.065 inch wall thickness (gage 16)
2.375 inch O.D. and 0.072 inch wall thickness (gage 15)
2.375 inch O.D. and 0.095 inch wall thickness (gage 13)
2.375 inch O.D. and 0.109 inch wall thickness (gage 12)
2.375 inch O.D. and 0.120 inch wall thickness (gage 11)
2.875 inch O.D. and 0.109 inch wall thickness (gage 12)
2.875 inch O.D. and 0.134 inch wall thickness (gage 10)
2.875 inch O.D. and 0.165 inch wall thickness (gage 8)
3.500 inch O.D. and 0.109 inch wall thickness (gage 12)
3.500 inch O.D. and 0.148 inch wall thickness (gage 9)
3.500 inch O.D. and 0.165 inch wall thickness (gage 8)
4.000 inch O.D. and 0.148 inch wall thickness (gage 9)
4.000 inch O.D. and 0.165 inch wall thickness (gage 8)
4.500 inch O.D. and 0.203 inch wall thickness (gage 7)

    The pipe subject to this investigation is currently classifiable in 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (``HTSUS'') statistical 
reporting numbers 7306.19.1010, 7306.19.1050, 7306.19.5110, 
7306.19.5150, 7306.30.1000, 7306.30.5025, 7306.30.5032, 7306.30.5040, 
7306.30.5055, 7306.30.5085, 7306.30.5090, 7306.50.1000, 7306.50.5050, 
and 7306.50.5070. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for 
convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the 
merchandise under the investigation is dispositive.

Analysis of Comments Received

    All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties to 
this investigation are addressed in the Memorandum from Christian 
Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing 
Duty Operations, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Import 
Administration, entitled ``Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final 
Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Circular 
Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe from the Socialist Republic of 
Vietnam'' (October 15, 2012) (hereafter, ``Decision Memorandum''), 
which is hereby adopted by this notice. Attached to this notice as an 
Appendix is a list of the issues that parties have raised and to which 
we have responded in the Decision Memorandum. The Decision Memorandum 
is a public document and is on file electronically via Import 
Administration's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized 
Electronic Service System (``IA ACCESS''). IA ACCESS is available to 
registered users at http://iaaccess.trade.gov and in the Central 
Records Unit, room 7046 of the main Department of Commerce building. In 
addition, a complete version of the Decision Memorandum can be accessed 
directly on the Internet at http://www.trade.gov/ia/. The signed 
Decision Memorandum and the electronic versions of the Decision 
Memorandum are identical in content.

Suspension of Liquidation

    For this final determination, we have determined that neither of 
the producers/exporters of the subject merchandise individually 
investigated received countervailable subsidies. Therefore, we 
determine that countervailable subsidies are not being provided to 
producers or exporters in Vietnam of circular welded pipe.
    Because we have reached a final negative determination we are 
terminating this investigation. Moreover, in accordance with section 
705(c)(2) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (``Act''), we will 
instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') to release any 
bond or other security and refund any cash deposits that were collected 
for shipments of subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse on or after March 30, 2012, the date that we instructed CBP 
to suspend liquidation following the Preliminary Determination. The 
interest provisions of section 778 of the Act do not apply.

International Trade Commission (``ITC'') Notification

    In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the 
ITC of our determination.

Return or Destruction of Proprietary Information

    This notice serves as the only reminder to parties subject to 
administrative protective order (``APO'') of their responsibility 
concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information 
disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Failure to 
comply is a violation of the APO.

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    This determination is published pursuant to sections 705(d) and 
777(i) of the Act.

    Dated: October 15, 2012.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

Appendix

List of Comments and Issues in the Decision Memorandum

General Issues

Comment 1 Applicability of the CVD Law to the Socialist Republic of 
Vietnam
Comment 2 The Appropriate De Minimis Standard

Import Duty Exemptions on Imported Raw Materials for Export 
Processing Enterprises and Export Processing Zones

Comment 3 Countervailability of Import Duty Exemptions for Export 
Processing Enterprises and Companies in Export Processing Zones
Comment 4 The GOV's System for Monitoring the Inputs Used To Produce 
Exported Goods

Import Duty Exemptions for Imported Fixed Assets, Spare Parts and 
Accessories for Export Processing Enterprises and Export Processing 
Zones

Comment 5 Whether Hongyuan's Failure to Report Imports of Spare 
Parts and Accessories Warrants Use of AFA

Import Duty Exemptions for Imported Fixed Assets, Spare Parts and 
Accessories for Encouraged Projects

Comment 6 SeAH VINA's Failure to Report Some Imports
Comment 7 Whether SeAH VINA Received Countervailable Duty Exemptions 
on its Purchases of Fixed Assets, Spare Parts and Accessories

Policy Loans

Comment 8 Preferential Financing to the Steel Industry
Comment 9 Preferential Lending for Exporters
Comment 10 Whether the Banks That Provided Loans to Hongyuan and 
SeAH VINA Are Public Entities
Comment 11 The Appropriate Benchmark for Policy Loans

Provision of Land for Less Than Adequate Remuneration (``LTAR'') in 
Encouraged Industries or Industrial Zones

Comment 12 SeAH VINA's Land

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