June 7, 2001
News Release 01-083
Invs. Nos. 701-TA-362 and 731-TA-707-710 (Review)

ITC MAKES DETERMINATIONS IN FIVE-YEAR (SUNSET) REVIEWS CONCERNING CERTAIN SEAMLESS CARBON AND ALLOY STEEL STANDARD, LINE, AND PRESSURE PIPE FROM ARGENTINA, BRAZIL, GERMANY, AND ITALY

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that revoking the existing antidumping orders on imports of certain seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe from Argentina, Brazil, and Germany would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time, but that revoking the existing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on imports of these products from Italy would not.

As a result of the Commission's determinations, the exisiting orders on imports of these products from Argentina, Brazil, and Germany will remain in place, and the existing orders on imports of these products from Italy will be revoked.

With respect to Argentina, Brazil, and Germany, all six Commissioners voted in the affirmative. With respect to Italy, Chairman Stephen Koplan, Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, and Commissioners Lynn M. Bragg, Marcia E. Miller, and Jennifer A. Hillman voted in the negative, and Commissioner Dennis M. Devaney voted in the affirmative.

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 Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe from Argentina, Brazil, Germany, and Italy (Invs. Nos. 701-TA-362 and 731-TA-707- 710 (Review), USITC Publication 3429, June 2001) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the reviews.

Copies may be requested after July 12, 2001, 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 Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe from Argentina, Brazil, Germany, and Italy were instituted on July 3, 2000.

On October 5, 2000, the Commission voted to conduct full reviews. With respect to Argentina, Brazil, and Italy, Chairman Stephen Koplan, Vice Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, and Commissioners Lynn M. Bragg, Marcia E. Miller, Jennifer A. Hillman, and Thelma J. Askey concluded that both the domestic and the respondent group responses were adequate and voted for full reviews. With respect to Germany, all six Commissioners concluded that the domestic group response was adequate and that the respondent group response was inadequate, but that circumstances warranted a full review.

Information concerning the Commission's vote to conduct full reviews was published in the Federal Register on October 25, 2000. 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"/"Seamless Pipe - Italy (AD)," "Seamless Pipe - Italy (CVD)," "Seamless Pipe - Argentina," "Seamless Pipe - Brazil," and "Seamless Pipe - Germany").

In addition, a record of the Commission's votes 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.

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