[Federal Register Volume 63, Number 178 (Tuesday, September 15, 1998)]
[Pages 49328-49329]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 98-24770]



International Trade Administration

Notice of Antidumping Duty Order: Stainless Steel Wire Rod From 

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

EFFECTIVE DATE: September 15, 1998.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sunkyu Kim or John Maloney, Import 
Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. 
20230; telephone: (202) 482-2613 or (202) 482-1503, respectively.

The Applicable Statute

    Unless otherwise indicated, all citations to the Tariff Act of 
1930, as amended (the Act), are references to the provisions effective 
January 1, 1995, the effective date of the amendments made to the Act 
by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA). In addition, unless 
otherwise indicated, all citations to the Department of Commerce's (the 
Department's) regulations are references to 19 CFR Part 351 (62 FR 
27296 (May 19, 1997)).

Scope of Order

    The scope of this order consists of stainless steel wire rod (SSWR) 
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 order. 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
Manganese--0.40 max
Phosphorous--0.04 max
Sulfur--0.03 max
Nickel--0.30 max

    The products covered by the 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 scope of this 
order is dispositive.

Antidumping Duty Order

    In accordance with section 735(a) of the Act, on July 20, 1998, the 
Department made its final determination that SSWR from Japan, is being, 
or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value 
(63 FR 40434 (July 29, 1998)). On September 8, 1998, the International 
Trade Commission (ITC) notified the Department of its final 
determination, pursuant to section 735(b)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, that an 
industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of 
imports of the subject merchandise from Japan.
    In accordance with section 736(a)(1) of the Act, the Department 
will direct Customs officers to assess, upon further advice by the 
administering authority, antidumping duties equal to the amount by 
which the normal value of the merchandise exceeds the export price or 
constructed export price of the merchandise for all entries of SSWR 
from Japan, except for merchandise produced and sold by Hitachi Metals 
Ltd., which received a zero margin. These antidumping duties will be 
assessed on all unliquidated entries of SSWR from Japan entered, or 
withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after March 5, 1998, 
the date on which the Department published its preliminary 
determination in the Federal Register (63 FR 10854). On or after the 
date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register, Customs 
officers must require, at the same time as importers would normally 
deposit estimated duties on this merchandise, a cash deposit equal to 
the estimated weighted-average antidumping duty margins as noted below. 
The ``All Others'' rate applies to all exporters of SSWR not 
specifically listed below.
    The weighted-average dumping margins are as follows:

                   Exporter/manufacturer                        margin  
Hitachi Metals Ltd.........................................         0.00
Daido Steel Co. Ltd........................................        34.21
Nippon Steel Corporation...................................        21.18
Sanyo Special Steel Co., Ltd...............................        34.21
Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd..........................        34.21
All Others.................................................        25.26

    This notice constitutes the antidumping duty order with respect to 
SSWR from Japan, pursuant to section 736(a) of the Act. Interested 
parties may contact the Central Records Unit, Room B-099 of the Main 
Commerce Building, for copies of an updated list of antidumping duty 
orders currently in effect.
    This order is published pursuant to section 736(a) of the Act and 
19 CFR 351.211.

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    Dated: September 10, 1998.
Richard W. Moreland,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
[FR Doc. 98-24770 Filed 9-14-98; 8:45 am]