[Federal Register: December 10, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 237)]
[Page 68863-68864]
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International Trade Administration


Stainless Steel Wire Rod From South Korea; Final Results of 
Expedited Sunset Review of Antidumping Duty Order

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

ACTION: Notice of final results of expedited sunset review of 
antidumping duty order on stainless steel wire rod from South Korea.


SUMMARY: On August 1, 2003, the Department of Commerce (``the 
Department'') published the notice of initiation of a sunset review on 
stainless steel wire rod (``SSWR'') from South Korea. On the basis of 
notice of intent to participate and adequate substantive comments filed 
on behalf of domestic interested parties and inadequate response (in 
this case, no response) from respondent interested parties, we 
determined to conduct an expedited (120-day) review. As a result of 
this review, we find that revocation of the antidumping duty order 
would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at the 
levels listed below in the section entitled ``Final Results of 

EFFECTIVE DATE: December 10, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ozlem Koray or Martha Douthit, Office 
of Policy for Import Administration, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and 
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-
3675 or (202) 482-5050.



    On August 1, 2003, the Department published the notice of 
initiation of a sunset review of the antidumping order on SSWR from 
South Korea pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as 
amended (the ``Act'').\1\ The Department received Notice of Intent to 
Participate on behalf of a domestic interested party, Carpenter 
Technology Corporation (``Carpenter Technology''), within the deadline 
specified in section 351.218(d)(1)(i) of the Sunset Regulations. The 
domestic interested parties claimed interested party status under 
section 771(9)(C) of the Act, as U.S. producers of a domestic like 
product. We received a complete substantive response, in the sunset 
review, from Carpenter Technology, within the 30-day deadline specified 
in the Sunset Regulations under section 351.218(d)(3)(i). Carpenter 
Technology has been involved in this proceeding since its inception and 
are committed to full participation in this five-year review.

    \1\ Initiation of Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews, 68 FR 45219 
(August 1, 2003).

    We did not receive a substantive response from any respondent 
interested parties to this proceeding. As a result, pursuant to section 
751(c)(3)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(C) of the 
Department's Regulations, the Department conducted an expedited, 120-
day, review of this antidumping duty order.

Scope of Review

    SSWR comprises 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 
review. The chemical makeup for the excluded grades is as follows:

    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 subject to this 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 
merchandise is dispositive. This review cover all imports from all 
manufacturers, producers, and exporters of SSWR from South Korea.

Analysis of Comments Received

    All issues raised in this case by parties to this sunset review are 
addressed in the ``Issues and Decision Memorandum'' (``Decision Memo'') 
from Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Director, Office of Policy, Import 
Administration, to James J. Jochum, Assistant Secretary for Import 
Administration, dated December 1, 2003, which is hereby adopted by this 
notice. The issues discussed in the Decision Memo include the 
likelihood of continuation or recurrence of

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dumping and the magnitude of the margin likely to prevail were the 
order 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 in room B-099 of the main Commerce 
    In addition, a complete version of the Decision Memo can be 
accessed directly on the Web at http://ia.ita.doc.gov/sunset, under the 

heading ``December 2003.'' The paper copy and electronic version of the 
Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

Final Results of Review

    We determine that revocation of the antidumping duty on SSWR from 
South Korea would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of 
dumping at the following percentage weighted-average margins:

               Manufacturer/producer/exporter                  average
Dongbang Special Steel Co., Ltd./Changwon Specialty Steel           5.77
 Co. Ltd./Pohang Iron and Steel Co., Ltd...................
Sammi Steel Co., Ltd.......................................        28.44
All Others.................................................         5.77

    This notice also serves as the only reminder to parties subject to 
administrative protective orders (``APO'') of their responsibility 
concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information 
disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305 of the 
Department's regulations. Timely notification of the return or 
destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order 
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 this results and notice in accordance 
with sections 751(c), 752, and 777(i)(1) of the Act.

    Dated: December 1, 2003.
James J. Jochum,
Assistant Secretary, Import Administration.
[FR Doc. 03-30627 Filed 12-9-03; 8:45 am]