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NEWS RELEASE 99-106; AUGUST 5, 1999 August 5, 1999
News Release 99-106
Invs. Nos. 701-TA-253 (Review) and 731-TA-132, 252, 271, 273,
276-277, 296, 409-410, 532-534, and 536-537 (Review)

ITC WILL CONDUCT FULL "SUNSET" REVIEWS CONCERNING
CERTAIN PIPE AND TUBE FROM ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, CANADA, INDIA, KOREA,
MEXICO, SINGAPORE, TAIWAN, THAILAND, TURKEY, AND VENEZUELA

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today voted to conduct full five-year ("sunset") reviews concerning the countervailing duty and antidumping duty orders on certain pipe and tube from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, India, Korea, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and Venezuela (Invs. Nos. 701-TA-253 (Review) and 731-TA-132, 252, 271, 273, 276-277, 296, 409-410, 532-534, and 536-537 (Review)).

As a result of today's votes, the Commission will conduct full reviews to determine whether revocation of the countervailing duty and antidumping duty orders on these products would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.

The Uruguay Round Agreements Act requires the Department of Commerce to revoke an antidumping or countervailing duty order, or terminate a suspension agreement, after five years unless the Department of Commerce and the ITC determine that revoking the order or terminating the suspension agreement would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping or subsidies (Commerce) and of material injury (ITC) within a reasonably foreseeable time. Reviews of outstanding antidumping and countervailing duty orders in existence as of January 1, 1995, began in July 1998.

The Commission's notice of institution in five-year reviews requests that interested parties file with the Commission responses that discuss the likely effects of revoking the order and provide other pertinent information. Generally within 95 days from institution, the Commission will determine whether the responses it has received reflect an adequate or inadequate level of interest in a full review. If responses to the ITC's notice of institution are adequate, or if other circumstances warrant a full review, the Commission conducts a full review, which includes a public hearing and issuance of questionnaires.

With regard to welded carbon steel pipe and tube from Turkey; circular welded nonalloy steel pipe from Korea, Mexico, and Venezuela; and oil country tubular goods from Canada, Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Carol T. Crawford, Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey concluded that both the domestic and the respondent group responses for these reviews were adequate and voted for full reviews.

With regard to welded carbon steel pipe and tube from Thailand and India; circular welded nonalloy steel pipe from Brazil and Taiwan, and small diameter carbon steel pipe and tube from Taiwan, Chairman Bragg, Vice Chairman Miller, and Commissioners Crawford, Hillman, Koplan, and Askey concluded that the domestic group response was adequate and the respondent group responses were inadequate, but that circumstances warranted full reviews.

With regard to small diameter standard and rectangular pipe and tube from Singapore and light-walled rectangular tube from Argentina and Taiwan, Vice Chairman Miller and Commissioners Hillman, Koplan, and Askey concluded that the domestic group response was adequate and the respondent group responses were inadequate, but that circumstances warranted full reviews. Chairman Bragg concluded that the domestic group response was adequate and the respondent group responses were inadequate and voted for expedited reviews. Commissioner Crawford concluded that both the domestic and the respondent group responses were inadequate and voted for expedited reviews.

With regard to oil country tubular goods from Taiwan, Chairman Bragg, Vice Chairman Miller, and Commissioners Hillman, Koplan, and Askey concluded that the domestic group response was adequate and the respondent group response was inadequate, but that circumstances warranted a full review. Commissioner Crawford concluded that the domestic group response was adequate and the respondent group response was inadequate and voted for an expedited review.

A record of the Commission's votes on these matters is available from the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be made by telephone by calling 202-205-1802.

The record of the Commission's votes is also posted on the ITC's Internet server at www.usitc.gov (under "Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews"/"Five-Year Reviews Listing"/"Circular Welded Nonalloy Steel Pipe from Brazil," "Circular Welded Nonalloy Steel Pipe from Korea," "Circular Welded Nonalloy Steel Pipe from Mexico," "Circular Welded Nonalloy Steel Pipe from Taiwan," "Circular Welded Nonalloy Steel Pipe from Venezuela," "Light-walled Rectangular Tube from Argentina," "Light-walled Rectangular Tube from Taiwan," "Oil Country Tubular Goods from Canada," "Oil Country Tubular Goods from Taiwan," "Small Diameter Carbon Steel Pipe and Tube from Taiwan," "Small Diameter Standard and Rectangular Pipe and Tube from Singapore," "Welded Carbon Steel Pipe and Tube from India," "Welded Carbon Steel Pipe and Tube from Thailand," "Welded Carbon Steel Pipe and Tube from Turkey," and "Welded Carbon Steel Standard Pipe from Turkey (CVD)").

The Federal Register notice will indicate whether any further information or statements will be available. The Commission will issue a report after it completes its reviews.

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