May 19, 2011
News Release 11-055
Inv. Nos. 701-TA-384 and 731-TA-806-808 (Second Review)
Contact: Peg O'Laughlin, 202-205-1819
The U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) today determined that terminating the existing suspended antidumping duty investigation on imports of hot-rolled flat-rolled carbon-quality steel products ("hot-rolled steel") from Russia would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time. The Commission also determined that revoking the existing countervailing duty order on imports of hot-rolled steel from Brazil and the existing antidumping duty orders on imports of hot-rolled steel from Brazil and Japan would not be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time.
As a result of the Commission's affirmative determination, the existing suspended antidumping duty investigation on imports of these products from Russia will remain suspended. As a result of the Commission's negative determinations, the existing orders on imports of these products from Brazil and Japan will be terminated.
With regard to Russia, all six Commissioners voted in the affirmative.
With regard to Brazil and Japan, Chairman Deanna Tanner Okun, Vice Chairman Irving A. Williamson, and Commissioners Daniel R. Pearson and Shara L. Aranoff voted in the negative. Commissioners Charlotte R. Lane and Dean A. Pinkert voted in the affirmative.
Today's action comes under the five-year (sunset) review process required by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. See the attached page for background on these five-year (sunset) reviews.
The Commission's public report Hot-Rolled Flat-Rolled Carbon-Quality Steel Products from Brazil, Japan, and Russia (Inv. No. 701-TA-384 and 731-TA-806-808 (Second Review), USITC Publication 4237, May 2011) will contain the views of the Commission and information developed during the reviews.
Copies may be requested after June 23, 2011, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 202-205- 2000, or writing to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be made by fax at 202-205-2104.
The Uruguay Round Agreements Act requires the Department of Commerce to revoke an antidumping or countervailing duty order, or terminate a suspension agreement, after five years unless the Department of Commerce and the USITC determine that revoking the order or terminating the suspension agreement would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping or subsidies (Commerce) and of material injury (USITC) within a reasonably foreseeable time.
The Commission's institution notice in five-year reviews requests that interested parties file responses with the Commission concerning the likely effects of revoking the order under review as well as other information. Generally within 95 days from institution, the Commission will determine whether the responses it has received reflect an adequate or inadequate level of interest in a full review. If responses to the USITC's notice of institution are adequate, or if other circumstances warrant a full review, the Commission conducts a full review, which includes a public hearing and issuance of questionnaires.
The Commission generally does not hold a hearing or conduct further investigative activities in expedited reviews. Commissioners base their injury determination in expedited reviews on the facts available, including the Commission's prior injury and review determinations, responses received to its notice of institution, data collected by staff in connection with the review, and information provided by the Department of Commerce.
The five-year (sunset) reviews concerning Hot-Rolled Flat-Rolled Carbon-Quality Steel Products from Brazil, Japan, and Russia were instituted on April 1, 2010.
On July 6, 2010, the Commission voted to conduct full reviews. All six Commissioners found that both the domestic and the respondent group responses were adequate and voted for full reviews.
A record of the Commission's vote to conduct full reviews is available from the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Requests may be made by telephone by calling 202-205-1802.