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USITC Makes Determinations in Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews Concerning Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Moldova, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ukraine

May 30, 2014
News Release 14-053
Inv. No. 701-TA-417 and 731-TA-953, 957-959, and 961-962 (Second Review)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
USITC Makes Determinations in Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews Concerning Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Moldova, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ukraine

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today made its determinations in its five-year (sunset) reviews concerning Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Moldova, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ukraine.

With respect to the existing countervailing duty order on carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from Brazil and the existing antidumping duty orders on this product from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Moldova, and Trinidad and Tobago, the Commission made affirmative determinations, finding that revoking the orders 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, the existing orders on imports of this product from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Moldova, and Trinidad and Tobago will remain in place.

With respect to the existing antidumping duty order on this product from Ukraine, the Commission made a negative determination, finding that revoking the order 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 determination, the existing order on imports of this product from Ukraine will be revoked.

Chairman Irving A. Williamson made affirmative determinations with respect to all countries. Commissioners Dean A. Pinkert, Meredith M. Broadbent, and F. Scott Kieff made affirmative determinations with respect to Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Moldova, and Trinidad and Tobago; they made negative determinations with respect to Ukraine. Commissioner David S. Johanson made affirmative determinations with respect to Brazil, Indonesia, Moldova, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ukraine; he made a negative determination with respect to Mexico. Commissioner Rhonda K. Schmidtlein did not participate in these reviews.

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

The Commission's public report Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Moldova, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ukraine (Inv. Nos.701-TA-417 and 731-TA-953, 957- 959, and 961-962 (Second Review), USITC Publication 4472, June 2014) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the reviews.

The report will be available after July 1, 2014. After that date, it may be accessed on the USITC website at: http://pubapps.usitc.gov/applications/publogs/qry_publication_loglist.asp. Copies also may be requested after that date by emailing pubrequest@usitc.gov, calling 202-205-2000, or writing to 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 USITC 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 (USITC) 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 USITC'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 and review determinations, 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 Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Moldova, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ukraine were instituted on June 1, 2013.

On September 6, 2013, the Commission voted to conduct full reviews. With regard to Mexico, all six Commissioners concluded that both the domestic group response and the respondent group response for this review were adequate and voted for a full review. With regard to Brazil, Indonesia, Moldova, Trinidad and Tobago, and Ukraine, all six Commissioners concluded that the domestic group response for these reviews was adequate and that the respondent group responses were inadequate, but that circumstances warranted full reviews.

A record of the Commission's vote 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.

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