November 2, 2000
News Release 00-139
Invs. Nos. AA1921-197 (Review); 701-TA-231, 319-320, 322,
325-328, 340, 342, and 348-350 (Review); and
731-TA-573-576, 578, 582-587, 604, 607-608, 612, and 614-618 (Review)

ITC MAKES DETERMINATIONS IN FIVE-YEAR (SUNSET) REVIEWS CONCERNING CERTAIN CARBON STEEL PRODUCTS FROM AUSTRALIA, BELGIUM, BRAZIL, CANADA, FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, JAPAN, KOREA, MEXICO, THE NETHERLANDS, POLAND, ROMANIA, SPAIN, SWEDEN, TAIWAN, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today announced its determinations in its five-year (sunset) reviews concerning certain carbon steel products from 17 countries.

With respect to carbon steel plate products, the Commission determined that revoking the existing antidumping duty finding on imports of these products from Taiwan; the existing antidumping duty orders on imports of these products from Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom; and the existing countervailing duty orders on imports of these products from Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time, but that revoking the existing antidumping duty order on imports of these products from Canada would not.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations and the Department of Commerce's recent affirmative findings, the existing finding and orders on imports of these products from Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom will remain in place. As a result of the Commission's negative determination concerning Canada, the existing order on imports of these products from that country will be revoked.

With respect to cold-rolled carbon steel flat products, the Commission determined that revoking the existing antidumping duty orders on imports of these products from Germany, Korea, and the Netherlands, and the existing countervailing duty orders on imports of these products from Germany, Korea, and Sweden, would not be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.

As a result of the Commission's negative determinations, the existing orders on imports of these products from Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, and Sweden will be revoked.

With respect to corrosion-resistant steel flat products, the Commission determined that revoking the existing antidumping duty orders on imports of these products from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and Korea, and the existing countervailing duty orders on imports of these products from France, Germany, and Korea, would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.

As a result of the Commission's affirmative determinations and the Department of Commerce's recent affirmative findings, the existing orders on imports of these products from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, and Korea will remain in place.

The Commissioners' individual votes for each review are detailed in the accompanying chart.

Today's action comes under the five-year (sunset) review process required by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. See the attached page for background on these five-year (sunset) reviews.

The Commission's public report Certain Carbon Steel Products from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom (Invs. Nos. AA1921-197 (Review); 701-TA-231, 319-320, 322, 325-328, 340, 342, and 348-350 (Review); and 731-TA-573-576, 578, 582-587, 604, 607-608, 612, and 614-618 (Review)), USITC Publication 3364, November 2000) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the reviews.

Copies may be requested after December 11, 2000, by calling 202-205-1809 or by contacting the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be made by fax at 202-205-2104.


BACKGROUND

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.

The Commission's institution notice in five-year reviews requests that interested parties file responses with the Commission concerning the likely effects of revoking the order under review as well as other 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.

The Commission generally does not hold a hearing or conduct further investigative activities in expedited reviews. Commissioners base their injury determination in expedited reviews on the facts available, including the Commission's prior injury determination, responses received to its notice of institution, data collected by staff in connection with the review, and information provided by the Department of Commerce.

The five-year (sunset) reviews concerning Certain Carbon Steel Products from Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom were instituted on September 1, 1999.

On December 3, 1999, the Commission voted to conduct full reviews. With regard to Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Korea, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, and the United Kingdom, 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 were adequate and voted for full reviews. With regard to Australia, Poland, Sweden, and Taiwan, all six Commissioners determined that the domestic group response was adequate and the respondent group responses were inadequate, but that circumstances warranted full reviews.

Information concerning the reasons for the Commission's vote to conduct full reviews was published in the Federal Register on December 21, 1999. That notice and a record of the Commission's votes are posted on the ITC's Internet site at www.usitc.gov (under "Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews"/"Five-Year Reviews Listing"/"Carbon Steel Plate from Taiwan," "Cold-rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from Germany (AD)," "Cold-rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from Germany (CVD)," "Cold-rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from Korea (AD)," "Cold-rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from Korea (CVD)," "Cold-rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from the Netherlands," "Cold-rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from Sweden," "Corrosion-resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Australia," "Corrosion-resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Canada," "Corrosion-resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from France (AD)," "Corrosion-resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from France (CVD)," "Corrosion-resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Germany (AD)," "Corrosion-resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Germany (CVD)," "Corrosion-resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Japan," "Corrosion-resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Korea (AD), "Corrosion-resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Korea (CVD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Belgium (AD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Belgium (CVD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Brazil (AD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Brazil (CVD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Canada," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Finland," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Germany (AD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Germany (CVD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Mexico (AD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Mexico (CVD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Poland," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Romania," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Spain (AD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Spain (CVD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Sweden (AD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Sweden (CVD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from the United Kingdom (AD)," and "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from the United Kingdom (CVD)").

In addition, a record of the Commission's votes to conduct full reviews 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.