[Federal Register: December 10, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 237)]
[Page 68864-68865]
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International Trade Administration


Stainless Steel Wire Rod from Japan; Final Results of Expedited 
Sunset Review of Antidumping Duty Order

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

ACTION: Notice of Final Results of Expedited Sunset Review of 
Antidumping Duty Order on Stainless Steel Wire Rod from Japan.


SUMMARY: On August 1, 2003, the Department of Commerce (``the 
Department'') published the notice of initiation of a sunset review on 
stainless steel wire rod (``SSWR'') from Japan. On the basis of notice 
of intent to participate and adequate substantive comments filed on 
behalf of a domestic interested party and inadequate response (in this 
case, no response) from respondent interested parties, we have 
determined to conduct an expedited 120-day review. As a result of this 
review, we find that revocation of the antidumping duty order would be 
likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at the levels 
listed below in the section entitled ``Final Results of Review.''

EFFECTIVE DATE: December 10, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alessandra Cortez or Martha Douthit, 
Office of Policy for Import Administration, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and 
Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20230; telephone: (202) 482-
5925 or (202) 482-5050, respectively.



    On August 1, 2003, the Department published the notice of 
initiation of a sunset review of the antidumping order on SSWR from 
Japan pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended 
(the ``Act'').\1\ The Department received a Notice of Intent to 
Participate on behalf a domestic interested party, Carpenter Technology 
Corporation (``Carpenter Technology''), within the deadline specified 
in section 351.218(d)(1)(i) of the Sunset Regulations. The domestic 
interested parties claimed interested party status under Section 
771(9)(C) of the Act, as a U.S. producer of a domestic like product. We 
received a complete substantive response, in the sunset review, from 
the domestic interested parties, within the 30-day deadline specified 
in the Sunset Regulations under section 351.218(d)(3)(i). Carpenter 
Technology has been involved in this proceeding since its inception and 
are committed to full participation in this five-year review.

    \1\ Initiation of Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews, 68 FR 45219 
(August 1, 2003)

    We did not receive a substantive response from any respondent 
interested parties to this proceeding. As a result, pursuant to Section 
751(c)(3)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(C) of the 
Department's Regulations, the Department has an conducted an expedited, 
120-day review of this antidumping duty order.

Scope of Review

    SSWR comprises products that are hot-rolled or hot-rolled annealed 
and/or pickled and/or descaled rounds, squares, octagons, hexagons or 
other shapes, in coils, that may also be coated with a lubricant 
containing copper, lime or oxalate. SSWR is made of alloy steels 
containing, by weight, 1.2 percent or less of carbon and 10.5 percent 
or more of chromium, with or without other elements. These products are 
manufactured only by hot-rolling or hot-rolling, annealing, and/or 
pickling and/or descaling, are normally sold in coiled form, and are of 
solid cross-section. The majority of SSWR sold in the United States is 
round in cross-sectional shape, annealed and pickled, and later cold-
finished into stainless steel wire or small-diameter bar.
    The most common size for such products is 5.5 millimeters or 0.217 
inches in diameter, which represents the smallest size that normally is 
produced on a rolling mill and is the size that most wire-drawing 
machines are set up to draw. The range of SSWR sizes normally sold in 
the United States is between 0.20 inches and 1.312 inches diameter. Two 
stainless steel grades, SF20T and K-M35FL, are excluded from the scope 
of this review. The chemical makeup for the excluded grades is as 


Carbon--0.05 max
Manganese--2.00 max
Phosphorous--0.05 max
Sulfur--0.15 max
Silicon--1.00 max
Lead--added (0.10/0.30)
Tellurium--added (0.03 min)


Carbon--0.015 max

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Manganese--0.40 max
Phosphorous--0.04 max
Sulfur--0.03 max
Nickel--0.30 max
    The products subject to this order are currently classifiable under 
subheadings 7221.00.0005, 7221.00.0015, 7221.00.0030, 7221.00.0045, and 
7221.00.0075 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
(``HTSUS''). Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for 
convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the 
merchandise is dispositive.
    This review covers all imports from all manufacturers, producers, 
and exporters of SSWR from Japan, except for Hitachi who received a de 
minimis rate in the investigation and as a result was excluded from the 

Analysis of Comments Received

    All issues raised in this case by parties to this sunset review are 
addressed in the ``Issues and Decision Memorandum'' (``Decision Memo'') 
from Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Director, Office of Policy, Import 
Administration, to James J. Jochum, Assistant Secretary for Import 
Administration, dated December 1, 2003, which is hereby adopted by this 
notice. The issues discussed in the Decision Memo include the 
likelihood of continuation or recurrence of dumping and the magnitude 
of the margin likely to prevail were the order revoked. Parties can 
find a complete discussion of all issues raised in this review and the 
corresponding recommendations in this public memorandum, which is on 
file in room B-099 of the main Commerce Building.
    In addition, a complete version of the Decision Memo can be 
accessed directly on the Web at http://ia.ita.doc.gov/sunset, under the 

heading ``December 2003.'' The paper copy and electronic version of the 
Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

Final Results of Review

    We determine that revocation of the antidumping duty on SSWR from 
Japan would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping 
at the following percentage weighted-average margins:

            Manufacturer/producer/exporter                         Weighted-Average Margin Percentage
Daido Steel Co., Ltd..................................                                                     34.21
Nippon Steel Corp.....................................                                                     21.18
Sanyo Special Steel Co., Ltd..........................                                                     34.21
Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd.....................                                                     34.21
All Others............................................                                                     25.26

    This notice also serves as the only reminder to parties subject to 
administrative protective orders (``APO'') of their responsibility 
concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information 
disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305 of the 
Department's regulations. Timely notification of the return or 
destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order 
is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms 
of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction.
    We are issuing and publishing this results and notice in accordance 
with sections 751(c), 752, and 777(i)(1) of the Act.

    Dated: December 1, 2003.
James J. Jochum,
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
[FR Doc. 03-30628 Filed 12-9-03; 8:45 am]