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NEWS RELEASE 04-087; AUGUST 6, 2004 August 6, 2004
News Release 04-087
Inv. Nos. 701-TA-384 and 731-TA-806-808 (Review)

ITC WILL CONDUCT FULL "SUNSET" REVIEWS CONCERNING HOT-ROLLED FLAT-ROLLED CARBON-QUALITY STEEL PRODUCTS FROM BRAZIL, JAPAN, AND RUSSIA

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today voted to conduct full five-year ("sunset") reviews concerning the antidumping duty orders on certain hot-rolled flat-rolled carbon-quality steel products from Brazil and Japan, the suspended countervailing duty investigation on certain hot-rolled flat-rolled carbon-quality steel products from Brazil, and the suspended antidumping duty investigation on certain hot-rolled flat-rolled carbon-quality steel products from Russia (Inv. Nos. 701-TA-384 and 731-TA-806-808 (Review)).

As a result of today's votes, the Commission will conduct full reviews to determine whether revocation of these orders and termination of these suspension agreements 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.

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 under review 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 Brazil and Japan, all six Commissioners concluded that the domestic group responses were adequate and the respondent group responses were inadequate, but that circumstances warranted full reviews.

With regard to Russia, all six Commissioners concluded that both the domestic and respondent group responses were adequate and voted for a full 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"/"Hot-Rolled Flat-Rolled Carbon-Quality Steel Products - Brazil (CVD)," "Hot-Rolled Flat-Rolled Carbon-Quality Steel Products - Brazil (AD)," "Hot-Rolled Flat-Rolled Carbon-Quality Steel Products - Japan (AD)," and "Hot-Rolled Flat-Rolled Carbon-Quality Steel Products - Russia (AD)").

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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