[Federal Register: May 23, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 100)]
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[Investigations Nos. 701-TA-435 and 731-TA-1036-1038 (Preliminary)]

Certain 4,4'-Diamino-2,2'-Stilbenedisulfonic Acid Chemistry from 
China, India and Germany

AGENCY: International Trade Commission.

ACTION: Institution of countervailing duty and antidumping 
investigations and scheduling of preliminary phase investigations.


SUMMARY: The Commission hereby gives notice of the institution of 
investigations and commencement of preliminary phase countervailing 
duty investigation No. 701-TA-435 (Preliminary) and antidumping 
investigations Nos. 731-TA-1036-1038 (Preliminary) under sections 
703(a) and 733(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1671b(a) and 
1673b(a)) (the Act) to determine whether there is a reasonable 
indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured 
or threatened with material injury, or the establishment of an industry 
in the United States is materially retarded, by reason of imports from 
India of 4,4'-diamino-2,2'-stilbenedisulfonic acid and stilbenic 
fluorescent whitening agents, provided for in subheadings 2921.59.20 
and 3204.20.80, respectively of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the 
United States, that are alleged to be subsidized by the Government of 
India and by reason of such imports from China, Germany, and India that 
are alleged to be sold in the United States at less than fair value. 
Unless the Department of Commerce extends the time for initiation 
pursuant to sections 702(c)(1)(B) and 732(c)(1)(B) of the Act (19 
U.S.C. 1671a(c)(1)(B) and 1673a(c)(1)(B)), the Commission must reach 
preliminary determinations in countervailing duty and antidumping 
investigations in 45 days, or in this case by June 30, 2003. The 
Commission's views are due at Commerce within five business days 
thereafter, or by July 8, 2003.
    For further information concerning the conduct of these 
investigations and rules of general application, consult the 
Commission's rules of practice and procedure, part 201, subparts A 
through E (19 CFR part 201), and part 207, subparts A and B (19 CFR 
part 207).

EFFECTIVE DATE: May 14, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Trainor (202-205-3354), Office 
of Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street, 
SW., Washington, DC 20436. Hearing-impaired persons can obtain 
information on this matter by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal 
on 202-205-1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need 
special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact 
the Office of the Secretary at 202-205-2000. General information 
concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its 
Internet server (http://www.usitc.gov). The public record for these 
investigations may be viewed on the Commission's electronic docket 
(EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov.

    Background.--These investigations are being instituted in response 
to a petition filed on May 14, 2003, by Ciba Specialty Chemicals Corp., 
Tarrytown, NY.
    Participation in the investigations and public service list.--
Persons (other than petitioners) wishing to participate in the 
investigations as parties must file an entry of appearance with the 
Secretary to the Commission, as provided in sections 201.11 and 207.10 
of the Commission's rules, not later than seven days after publication 
of this notice in the Federal Register. Industrial users and (if the 
merchandise under investigation is sold at the retail level) 
representative consumer organizations have the right to appear as 
parties in Commission countervailing duty and antidumping 
investigations. The Secretary will prepare a public service list 
containing the names and addresses of all persons, or their 
representatives, who are parties to these investigations

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upon the expiration of the period for filing entries of appearance.
    Limited disclosure of business proprietary information (BPI) under 
an administrative protective order (APO) and BPI service list.--
Pursuant to section 207.7(a) of the Commission's rules, the Secretary 
will make BPI gathered in these investigations available to authorized 
applicants representing interested parties (as defined in 19 U.S.C. 
1677(9)) who are parties to the investigations under the APO issued in 
the investigations, provided that the application is made not later 
than seven days after the publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register. A separate service list will be maintained by the Secretary 
for those parties authorized to receive BPI under the APO.
    Conference.--The Commission's Director of Operations has scheduled 
a conference in connection with these investigations for 9:30 a.m. on 
June 4, 2003, at the U.S. International Trade Commission Building, 500 
E Street, SW., Washington, DC. Parties wishing to participate in the 
conference should contact Cynthia Trainor (202-205-3354) not later than 
June 2, 2003, to arrange for their appearance. Parties in support of 
the imposition of countervailing and antidumping duties in these 
investigations and parties in opposition to the imposition of such 
duties will each be collectively allocated one hour within which to 
make an oral presentation at the conference. A nonparty who has 
testimony that may aid the Commission's deliberations may request 
permission to present a short statement at the conference.
    Written submissions.--As provided in sections 201.8 and 207.15 of 
the Commission's rules, any person may submit to the Commission on or 
before June 9, 2003, a written brief containing information and 
arguments pertinent to the subject matter of the investigations. 
Parties may file written testimony in connection with their 
presentation at the conference no later than three days before the 
conference. If briefs or written testimony contain BPI, they must 
conform with the requirements of sections 201.6, 207.3, and 207.7 of 
the Commission's rules. The Commission's rules do not authorize filing 
of submissions with the Secretary by facsimile or electronic means, 
except to the extent permitted by section 201.8 of the Commission's 
rules, as amended, 67 FR 68036 (November 8, 2002).
    In accordance with sections 201.16(c) and 207.3 of the rules, each 
document filed by a party to the investigations must be served on all 
other parties to the investigations (as identified by either the public 
or BPI service list), and a certificate of service must be timely 
filed. The Secretary will not accept a document for filing without a 
certificate of service.

    Authority: These investigations are being conducted under 
authority of title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930; this notice is 
published pursuant to section 207.12 of the Commission's rules.

    By order of the Commission.

    Issued: May 19, 2003.
Marilyn R. Abbott,
Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. 03-12938 Filed 5-22-03; 8:45 am]