[Federal Register: December 30, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 249)]
[Page 75211-75212]
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International Trade Administration


Notice of Antidumping Duty Order: High and Ultra-High Voltage 
Ceramic Station Post Insulators from Japan

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

ACTION: Notice of Antidumping Duty Order.


EFFECTIVE DATE: December 30, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Timothy Finn at (202) 482-0065 or 
Michele Mire at (202) 482-4711, AD/CVD Enforcement, Office 4, Group II, 
Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, 
Washington, DC 20230.


Scope of the Order

    The scope of this order covers station post insulators manufactured 
of porcelain, of standard strength, high strength,\1\ or extra-high 
strength, solid core or cavity core, single unit or stacked unit, 
assembled or unassembled, and with or without hardware attached, rated 
at 115 kilovolts (kV) voltage class and above (550 kV Basic Impulse 
Insulation Level and above), including, but not limited to, those 
manufactured to meet the following American National Standards 
Institute, Inc. standard class specifications: T.R.-286, T.R.-287, 
T.R.-288, T.R.-289, T.R.-291, T.R.-295, T.R.-304, T.R.-308, T.R.-312, 
T.R.-316, T.R.-362 and T.R.-391. Subject merchandise is classifiable 
under subheading 8546.20.0060 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the 
United States (HTSUS). While the HTSUS subheading is provided for 
convenience and customs purposes, the written description above remains 
dispositive as to the scope of this order.

    \1\ Station post insulators are manufactured in various styles 
and sizes, and are classified primarily according to the voltage 
they are designed to withstand. Under the governing industry 
standard issued by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic 
Engineers, the voltage spectrum is divided into three broad classes: 
``medium'' voltage (i.e., less than or equal to 69 kilovolts), 
``high'' voltage (i.e., from 115 to 230 kilovolts), and ``extra-
high'' or ``ultra-high'' voltage (i.e., greater than 230 kilovolts).

Antidumping Duty Order

    On November 5, 2003, in accordance with sections 735(d) and 
777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act),

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the Department of Commerce (the Department) published its final 
determination that high and ultra-high voltage ceramic station post 
insulators (HVSPs) from Japan are being, or are likely to be, sold in 
the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). See Notice of Final 
Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: High and Ultra-High 
Voltage Ceramic Station Post Insulators from Japan (68 FR 62560). On 
December 19, 2003, in accordance with section 735(d) of the Act, the 
U.S. International Trade Commission (the ITC) notified the Department 
of its final determination that an industry in the United States is 
materially injured by reason of LTFV imports of subject merchandise 
from Japan.
    Therefore, in accordance with section 736(a)(1) of the Act, the 
Department will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to 
assess, upon further advice by the Department, antidumping duties equal 
to the amount by which the normal value of the merchandise exceeds the 
U.S. price of the merchandise for all relevant entries of HVSPs from 
Japan. These antidumping duties will be assessed on all unliquidated 
entries of HVSPs that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for 
consumption on or after June 16, 2003, the date on which the Department 
published its notice of an affirmative preliminary determination in the 
Federal Register. See Notice of Preliminary Determination of Sales at 
Less Than Fair Value: High and Ultra-High Voltage Ceramic Station Post 
Insulators from Japan (68 FR 35627). CBP 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 listed below. The weighted-average percentage 
dumping margins are as follows:

                Manufacturer/Exporter                   Percent Margin
NGK Insulators Ltd..................................              105.80
All Others..........................................              105.80

    This notice constitutes the antidumping duty order with respect to 
HVSPs from Japan. Interested parties may contact the Department's 
Central Records Unit, room B-099 of the main Commerce building, for 
copies of an updated list of antidumping duty orders currently in 
    This order is issued and published in accordance with section 
736(a) of the Act and 19 C.F.R. Sec.  351.211.

    Dated: December 22, 2003.
Holly A. Kuga,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
[FR Doc. 03-32068 Filed 12-29-03; 8:45 am]