June 5, 2006
News Release 06-048
Inv. Nos. 731-TA-678, 679, 681, and 682 (Second Review)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819


The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC or Commission) today voted to conduct full five-year ("sunset") reviews concerning the antidumping duty orders on imports of stainless steel bar from Brazil, India, Japan, and Spain (Inv. Nos. 731-TA-678, 679, 681, and 682 (Second Review)).

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

All six Commissioners concluded that the domestic group response was adequate. All six concluded that the respondent group response regarding Brazil was adequate, but that the respondent group responses regarding India, Japan, and Spain were inadequate. All six Commissioners voted for full reviews.

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 http://info.usitc.gov/oinv/sunset.NSF (under "Stainless Steel Bar - Brazil (2nd Review)," "Stainless Steel Bar - India (2nd Review)," "Stainless Steel Bar - Japan (2nd Review)," and "Stainless Steel Bar - Spain (2nd Review)").

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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