[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 104 (Wednesday, May 30, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 31834-31835]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-13103]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-588-838]


Clad Steel Plate from Japan: Final Results of the Expedited Third 
Sunset Review of the Antidumping Duty Order

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: On February 1, 2012, the Department of Commerce (the 
Department) initiated the third sunset review of the antidumping duty 
order on clad steel plate from Japan, pursuant to section 751(c) of the 
Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). On the basis of a notice of 
intent to participate on behalf of the domestic interested party, and 
no response from respondent interested parties, the Department 
conducted an expedited (120-day) sunset review for this order pursuant 
to 19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(C)(2). As a result of this sunset review, 
the Department finds that revocation of the antidumping duty order 
would be likely to lead to the continuation or recurrence of dumping.

DATES: Effective Date: May 30, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Crespo, AD/CVD Operations, 
Office 2, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3693.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On February 1, 2012, the Department published the notice of 
initiation of the third sunset review of the antidumping duty order on 
clad steel plate from Japan pursuant to section 751(c) of the Act. See 
Initiation of Five-Year (Sunset) Review, 77 FR 4995 (Feb. 1, 2012) 
(Notice of Initiation).
    On February 15, 2012, the Department received a notice of intent to 
participate from ArcelorMittal USA, LLC (AMUSA), a domestic interested 
party, within the deadline specified in 19 CFR 351.218(d)(1)(i). The 
company claimed interested party status under section 771(9)(C) of the 
Act as a U.S. producer of clad steel plate in the United States.
    The Department received an adequate substantive response to the 
notice of initiation from AMUSA within the 30-day deadline specified in 
19 CFR 351.218(d)(3)(i). We received no substantive responses from 
respondent interested parties with respect to the order covered by this 
sunset review. As a result, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(C)(2), 
the Department conducted an expedited (120-day) sunset review of the 
antidumping duty order on clad steel plate from Japan.

Scope of the Order

    The scope of the order is all clad \1\ steel plate of a width of 
600 millimeters (mm) or more and a composite thickness of 4.5 mm or 
more. Clad steel plate is a rectangular finished steel mill product 
consisting of a layer of cladding material (usually stainless steel or 
nickel) which is metallurgically bonded to a base or backing of ferrous 
metal (usually carbon or low alloy steel) where the latter predominates 
by weight.
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    \1\ Cladding is the association of layers of metals of different 
colors or natures by molecular interpenetration of the surfaces in 
contact. This limited diffusion is characteristic of clad products 
and differentiates them from products metalized in other manners 
(e.g., by normal electroplating). The various cladding processes 
include pouring molten cladding metal onto the basic metal followed 
by rolling; simple hot-rolling of the cladding metal to ensure 
efficient welding to the basic metal; any other method of deposition 
of superimposing of the cladding metal followed by any mechanical or 
thermal process to ensure welding (e.g., electrocladding), in which 
the cladding metal (nickel, chromium, etc.) is applied to the basic 
metal by electroplating, molecular interpenetration of the surfaces 
in contact then being obtained by heat treatment at the appropriate 
temperature with subsequent cold rolling. See Harmonized Commodity 
Description and Coding System Explanatory Notes, Chapter 72, General 
Note (IV)(C)(2)(e).
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    Stainless clad steel plate is manufactured to American Society for 
Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications A263 (400 series stainless 
types) and A264 (300 series stainless types). Nickel and nickel-base 
alloy clad steel plate is manufactured to ASTM specification A265. 
These specifications are illustrative but not necessarily all-
inclusive.
    Clad steel plate within the scope of the order is classifiable 
under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) 
7210.90.10.00. Although the HTSUS subheading is provided for 
convenience and customs purposes, our written description of the scope 
of the order is dispositive.

Analysis of Comments Received

    All issues raised in this review are addressed in the Memorandum 
from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and 
Countervailing Duty Operations, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary 
for Import Administration, entitled, ``Issues and Decision Memorandum 
for the Expedited Third Sunset Review of the Antidumping Duty Order on 
Clad Steel Plate from Japan,'' dated May 31, 2012 (Decision Memo), 
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 dumping margin likely to prevail if 
the order were 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 electronically via IA ACCESS in 
the Central Records Unit, Room 7046, of the main Department of Commerce 
building.
    In addition, a complete version of the Decision Memo can be 
accessed directly on the Web at http://ia.ita.doc.gov/frn. The paper 
copy and electronic versions of the Decision Memo are identical in 
content.

Final Results of Review

    We determine that revocation of the antidumping duty order on clad 
steel plate from Japan would be likely to lead to the continuation or 
recurrence of dumping at the following weighted-average dumping 
margins: \2\
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    \2\ The Department assigned this margin of 118.53 percent in the 
less than fair value investigation on the basis of total adverse 
facts available using the rate contained in the petition. See Notice 
of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Clad Steel 
Plate From Japan, 61 FR 21158, 21159 (May 9, 1996).

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                                                             Weighted-
                                                              average
            Manufacturers/Exporters/Producers             dumping margin
                                                             (percent)
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The Japan Steel Company.................................          118.53
All Others..............................................          118.53
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    This notice also serves as the only reminder to parties subject to 
administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility 
concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information 
disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. Timely 
notification of the return or destruction of APO materials or 
conversion to judicial protective orders 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 the results and notice in accordance 
with sections 751(c), 752(c), and 777(i)(1) of the Act.

    Dated: May 22, 2012.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
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