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Preliminary Determinations in the Antidumping Duty Investigations on Imports of
Durum Wheat and Hard Red Spring Wheat from Canada.

On May 2, the Department of Commerce (the Department) announced its affirmative preliminary determinations in the antidumping duty investigations of certain Durum wheat and Hard Red Spring wheat from Canada. The Department has preliminarily found that imports of certain Durum and Hard Red Spring wheat were sold at less than fair value, with dumping margins of 8.15 percent and 6.12 percent respectively. The Department is scheduled to issue its final determinations in the antidumping investigations, as well as the countervailing investigations on these imports on July 15.

Background: On October 23, 2002, the Department announced its decision to initiate antidumping and countervailing investigations on imports of certain Durum wheat and Hard Red Spring wheat from Canada. On November 25, 2002, the United States International Trade Commission determined that there is a reasonable indication that industries in the United States are being materially injured by reasons of imports from Canada of durum and hard red spring wheat. On March 4, the Department announced its preliminary determinations in the countervailing duty investigations on Durum wheat and Hard Red Spring Wheat from Canada, finding net subsidy rates of 3.94 percent.

Petitioners: The petitions requesting these investigations were filed on behalf of the North Dakota Wheat Commission (hard red spring wheat), the Durum Growers Trade Action Committee (durum wheat), and the U.S. Durum Growers Association (durum wheat).

Product Description:
The products covered by the Durum wheat investigations are all varieties of durum wheat from Canada. This includes, but is not limited to, a variety commonly referred to as Canada Western Amber Durum. The merchandise subject to these investigations is currently classifiable in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) at subheadings 1001.10.00.10, 1001.10.00.91, 1001.10.00.92, 1001.10.00.95, 1001.10.00.96, and 1001.10.00.99.

The products covered by the Hard Red Spring wheat investigations are all varieties of hard red spring wheat from Canada. This includes, but is not limited to, varieties commonly referred to as Canada Western Red Spring, Canada Western Extra Strong, and Canada Prairie Spring Red. The merchandise subject to these investigations is currently classifiable in the HTSUS at subheadings 1001.90.10.00, 1001.90.20.05, 1001.90.20.11, 1001.90.20.12, 1001.90.20.13, 1001.90.20.14, 1001.90.20.16, 1001.90.20.19, 1001.90.20.21, 1001.90.20.22, 1001.90.20.23, 1001.90.20.24, 1001.90.20.26, 1001.90.20.29, 1001.90.20.35, and 1001.90.20.96. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, our written description of the scope of these proceedings is dispositive.

Preliminary Antidumping Duties:

Durum Wheat
Investigation Preliminary Duty
Canadian Wheat Board 8.15%
All Others 8.15%

 

Hard Red Spring Wheat
Investigation Preliminary Duty
Canadian Wheat Board 6.12%
All Others 6.12%


Case Calendar
EVENT DATE
Petitions Filed September 13, 2002
Initiation Deadline October 23, 2002
ITC Preliminary Injury Determinations November 25, 2002
DOC’s Preliminary Determinations May 1, 2003
DOC Final Determinations* July 15, 2003
ITC Final Determinations* August 29, 2003
Orders** September 5, 2003
*These deadlines may be extended under the governing statute.
**This will take place only in the event of a final affirmative determination from the DOC and the ITC.


Import Statistics:

Duram Wheat
Canada July 1999 - June 2000 July 2000 - June 2001 July 2001 - June 2002
Duram Wheat
Quantity (metric tons) 384,843 347,202 566,905
Value (US$) $52,754,348 $52,137,287 $86,570,804

 

Hard Red Spring Wheat
Canada July 1999 - June 2000 July 2000 - June 2001 July 2001 - June 2002
Hard Red SpringWheat
Quantity (metric tons) 1,464,311 1,395,623 1,536,454
Value (US$) $174,480,682 $167,653,355 $203,630,157
Source: United State Bureau of the Census, Foreign Trade Division

 

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