[Federal Register: April 4, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 63)]
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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION
[Investigation No. TA-204-12]
Steel: \1\ Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Import Relief
\1\ Subheadings 9903.72.30 through 9903.74.24 of the Harmonized
Tariff Schedule of the United States set forth safeguard measures
applicable to covered steel products and specified products and
sources excluded from the safeguard measures. In the 2003 HTS,
subheadings 9903.72.30 through 9903.72.48 covered carbon and alloy
steel slabs; subheadings 9903.72.50 through 9903.73.39 covered
carbon and alloy steel flat-rolled products (including plates and
other hot-rolled steel, cold-rolled steel other than grain-oriented
steel, and clad, coated, and plated steel); subheadings 9903.73.42
through 9903.73.62 covered certain carbon and alloy steel bars,
rods, and light shapes; subheadings 9903.73.65 through 9903.73.71
covered carbon steel concrete reinforcing bars (rebars); subheadings
9903.73.74 through 9903.73.86 covered certain carbon and alloy steel
non-seamless pipes and tubes; subheadings 9903.73.88 through
9903.73.95 covered certain tube and pipe fittings; subheadings
9903.73.97 through 9903.74.16 covered stainless steel bars, rods,
angles, shapes, and sections; and subheadings 9903.74.18 through
9903.74.24 covered stainless steel wire.
AGENCY: United States International Trade Commission.
ACTION: Institution of an investigation and scheduling of hearings.
SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 204(d) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C.
2254(d)) (the Act), the Commission has instituted investigation No. TA-
204-12, Steel: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Import Relief, for
the purpose of evaluating the effectiveness of the relief action
imposed by the President on imports of certain steel products under
section 203 of the Act. The remaining portion of the action terminated
on March 21, 2005.
Effective Date: March 21, 2005.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Haines (202-205-3200) or
Douglas Corkran (202-205-3057), 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).
Background: The President announced the relief action on March 5,
2002. In a proclamation of that date (Proclamation 7529, published in
the Federal Register of March 7, 2002, at 67 FR 10553), the President
announced that he would impose safeguard measures on imports of certain
steel products in the form of a tariff-rate quota and increased import
duties effective March 20, 2002, for a period of 3 years and 1 day (to
March 21, 2005). In a memorandum of that same date relating to these
measures, the President instructed the Secretary of the Treasury and
the Secretary of Commerce to establish a system of import licensing to
facilitate the monitoring of imports of certain steel products (67 FR
10953). The Department of Commerce published regulations establishing
such a system in the Federal Register on December 31, 2002 (67 FR
79845). On December 4, 2003, the President issued a proclamation that
terminated the tariff-rate quota and the increased import duties on
certain steel products, but directed the Secretary of Commerce to
continue the monitoring system until the earlier of March 21, 2005, or
such time as the Secretary establishes a replacement program
(Proclamation 7741, published in the Federal Register of December 8,
2003, at 68 FR 68483). Proclamation 7741 also authorized the United
States Trade Representative, upon his determination that the Secretary
of Commerce has established a replacement program, to terminate the
action under section 203(a)(3)(I) of the Trade Act and the licensing
system, and to publish notice of this determination and action in the
Federal Register. On December 9, 2003, the Department of Commerce
published a notice stating that the system would continue in effect as
described in the Proclamation until March 21, 2005 (68 FR 68594). On
March 11, 2005, the Department of Commerce published an interim final
rule to implement a replacement program for the period beyond March 21,
2005 (70 FR 12133).
Section 204(d) of the Act requires the Commission, following
termination of a relief action, to evaluate the effectiveness of the
action in facilitating positive adjustment by the domestic industry to
import competition, consistent with the reasons set out by the
President in the report submitted to the Congress under section 203(b)
of the Act. The Commission is required to submit a report on the
evaluation to the President and the Congress no later than 180 days
after the day on which the relief action was terminated.
For further information concerning the conduct of this
investigation, hearing procedures, and rules of general application,
consult the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, part 201,
subparts A through E (19 CFR part 201, subparts A through and E), and
part 206, subparts A and F (19 CFR part 206, subparts A and F).
Participation in the investigation and service list.--Persons
wishing to participate in the investigation as parties must file an
entry of appearance with the Secretary to the Commission, as provided
in section 201.11 of the Commission's rules, not later than 14 days
after publication of this notice in the Federal Register. The Secretary
will prepare a service list containing the names and addresses of all
persons, or their representatives, who are parties to this
investigation upon the expiration of the period for filing entries of
Public hearing.--The Commission has scheduled hearings in
connection with this investigation. The hearings will be held beginning
at 9:30 a.m. on July 19, 2005 (carbon and alloy flat products), July
21, 2005 (carbon and alloy long products), July 26, 2005 (carbon and
alloy tubular products), and July 28, 2005 (stainless steel products),
at the U.S. International Trade Commission Building. Requests to appear
at a specific hearing should be filed in writing with the Secretary to
the Commission on or before June 20, 2005, so that the Commission may
determine the level of interest in the hearings. All persons desiring
to appear at a hearing and make oral presentations should attend a
prehearing conference to be held at 9:30 a.m. on July 15, 2005, at the
U.S. International Trade Commission Building. Oral testimony and
written materials to be submitted at the hearing are governed by
sections 201.6(b)(2) and 201.13(f) of the Commission's rules.
Written submissions.--Each party is encouraged to submit a
prehearing brief to the Commission. The deadline for filing prehearing
briefs is July 12, 2005. Parties may also file posthearing briefs. The
deadlines for filing posthearing briefs are July 27, 2005 (for material
covered at the hearing on July 19, 2005), July 29, 2005 (for material
covered at the hearing on July 21, 2005), August 3, 2005 (for material
covered at the hearing on July 26, 2005) and August 5, 2005 (for
material covered at the hearing on July 28, 2005). In addition, any
person who has not entered an appearance as a party to the
investigation may submit a written statement concerning the matters to
be addressed in the report on or before August 5, 2005. All written
submissions must conform with the provisions of section 201.8 of the
Commission's rules; any submissions that contain confidential business
information must also conform with the requirements of section 201.6 of
the Commission's rules. The report that the Commission sends to the
President may include confidential business information. 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 section 201.16(c) of the Commission's rules,
each document filed by a party to the investigation must be served on
all other parties to the investigation (as identified by the 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: This investigation is being conducted under the
authority of section 204(d) of the Trade Act of 1974; this notice is
published pursuant to section 206.3 of the Commission's rules.
By order of the Commission.
Issued: March 30, 2005.
Marilyn R. Abbott,
Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. E5-1483 Filed 4-1-05; 8:45 am]
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