[Federal Register: December 10, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 237)]
[Page 68860-68862]
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International Trade Administration


Stainless Steel Wire Rod From Sweden; 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 Sweden.


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 Sweden. On the basis of notice 
of intent to participate and adequate substantive comments filed on 
behalf of domestic

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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 Review.''

EFFECTIVE DATE: December 10, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julie Al-Saadawi 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-
1930 or (202) 482-5050, respectively.



    On August 1, 2003, the Department published the notice of 
initiation of a sunset review of the antidumping order on SSWR from 
Sweden 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 Carpenter Technology Corporation (``domestic 
interest parties''), 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 a U.S. producer of SSWR. We received a complete substantive 
response, in the sunset review, from the domestic interested parties, 
within the 30-day deadline specified in the Sunset Regulations under 
section 351.218(d)(3)(i). The domestic interested parties have 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

    Stainless steel wire rod (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 following proprietary grades of Kanthal 
AB are also excluded: Kanthal A-1, Kanthal AF, Kanthal A, Kanthal D, 
Kanthal DT, Alkrothal 720, and Nikrothal 40. 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 Sweden.

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 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 Building.
    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 
Sweden would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping 
at the following percentage weighted-average margins:

      Swedish producers/  manufacturers/exporters        average-margin
Fagersta Stainless AB.................................              5.71
All Others............................................              5.71

    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.

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    Dated: December 1, 2003.
James J. Jochum,
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
[FR Doc. 03-30624 Filed 12-9-03; 8:45 am]