December 3, 1999
News Release 99-162
Invs. Nos. AA1921-197 (Review); 701-TA-231, 319-320, 322, 325-328, 340, 342, and 348-350 (Review); and 731-TA-573-576, 578, 582-587, 604, 607-608, 612, and 614-618 (Review)

ITC WILL CONDUCT FULL "SUNSET" REVIEWS CONCERNING
CERTAIN CARBON STEEL PRODUCTS
FROM AUSTRALIA, BELGIUM, BRAZIL, CANADA, FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, JAPAN, KOREA, MEXICO, THE NETHERLANDS, POLAND, ROMANIA, SPAIN, SWEDEN, TAIWAN, AND THE UNITED KINGDOM

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today voted to conduct full five-year ("sunset") reviews concerning the antidumping duty finding on carbon steel plate from Taiwan (Inv. No. AA1921-197 (Review)); the countervailing duty and/or antidumping duty orders on cut-to-length carbon steel plate from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom (Invs. Nos. 701-TA-319-320, 322, and 325-328 (Review) and 731-TA-573-576, 578, and 582-587 (Review)); the countervailing duty and/or antidumping duty orders on cold-rolled carbon steel flat products from Sweden, Germany, Korea, and the Netherlands (Invs. Nos. 701-TA-231, 340, and 342 (Review) and 731-TA-604 and 607- 608 (Review)); and the countervailing duty and/or antidumping duty orders on corrosion-resistant carbon steel flat products from France, Germany, Korea, Australia, Canada, and Japan (Invs. Nos. 701-TA-348-350 (Review) and 731-TA-612 and 614-618 (Review)).

As a result of today's votes, the Commission will conduct full reviews to determine whether revocation of the finding and orders on these products 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. Reviews of outstanding antidumping and countervailing duty orders in existence as of January 1, 1995, began in July 1998.

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 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.

With regard to Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Korea, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, and the United Kingdom, Chairman Lynn M. Bragg, Vice Chairman Marcia E. Miller, and Commissioners Carol T. Crawford, Jennifer A. Hillman, Stephen Koplan, and Thelma J. Askey concluded that both the domestic and the respondent group responses were adequate and voted for full reviews.

With regard to Australia, Poland, Sweden, and Taiwan, all six Commissioners determined that the domestic group response was adequate and the respondent group responses were inadequate, but that circumstances warranted 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 www.usitc.gov (under "Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews"/"Five-Year Reviews Listing"/"Carbon Steel Plate from Taiwan," "Cold-rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from Germany (AD)," "Cold-rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from Germany (CVD)," "Cold-rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from Korea (AD)," "Cold-rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from Korea (CVD)," "Cold-rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from the Netherlands," "Cold-rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from Sweden," "Corrosion-resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Australia," "Corrosion-resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Canada," "Corrosion-resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from France (AD)," "Corrosion-resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from France (CVD)," "Corrosion-resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Germany (AD)," "Corrosion-resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Germany (CVD)," "Corrosion-resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Japan," "Corrosion-resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Korea (AD), "Corrosion-resistant Carbon Steel Flat Products from Korea (CVD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Belgium (AD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Belgium (CVD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Brazil (AD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Brazil (CVD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Canada," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Finland," "Cut-to- Length Carbon Steel Plate from Germany (AD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Germany (CVD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Mexico (AD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Mexico (CVD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Poland," "Cut- to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Romania," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Spain (AD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Spain (CVD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Sweden (AD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Sweden (CVD)," "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from the United Kingdom (AD)," and "Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from the United Kingdom (CVD)").

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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