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Final Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Determinations
Certain Cut-To-Length Carbon-Quality Steel Plate Products from 
France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan and the Republic of Korea

Case Calendar

Petitions filed: February 16, 1999

Investigations initiated: March 16, 1999

ITC Preliminary Injury Determinations: April 9, 1999

ITA Preliminary Countervailing Duty Determinations: July 26, 1999

ITA Preliminary Antidumping Determinations: July 29, 1999

ITA Final Dumping Determinations: December 13, 1999

The International Trade Commission must make its final injury determination within 45 days of our final determination. If that final determination is affirmative, we will issue dumping and countervailing duty orders seven days later. 

Petitioners: Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Gulf States Steel, Inc., IPSCO Steel Inc., Tuscaloosa Steel Corporation1, the United Steelworkers of America, and the U.S. Steel Group (a unit of USX Corporation).

Scope: The notice of preliminary determinations in these investigations provides the precise scope definition of the subject products. 

In general terms, the products covered are certain hot-rolled carbon-quality steel: (1) Universal mill plates (i.e., flat-rolled products rolled on four faces or in a closed box pass, of a width exceeding 150 mm but not exceeding 1250 mm, and of a nominal or actual thickness of not less than 4 mm, which are cut-to-length (not in coils) and without patterns in relief), of iron or non-alloy-quality steel; and (2) flat-rolled products, hot-rolled, of a nominal or actual thickness of 4.75 mm or more and of a width which exceeds 150 mm and measures at least twice the thickness, and which are cut-to-length (not in coils). Also, specifically included in this scope are high strength, low alloy (HSLA) steels. HSLA steels are recognized as steels with micro-alloying levels of elements such as chromium, copper, niobium, titanium, vanadium, and molybdenum. The following products are specifically excluded from these investigations: (1) Products clad, plated, or coated with metal, whether or not painted, varnished or coated with plastic or other non-metallic substances; (2) SAE grades (formerly AISI grades) of series 2300 and above; (3) products made to ASTM A710 and A736 or their proprietary equivalents; (4) abrasion-resistant steels (i.e., USS AR 400, USS AR 500); (5) products made to ASTM A202, A225, A514 grade S, A517 grade S, or their proprietary equivalents; (6) ball bearing steels; (7) tool steels; and (8) silicon manganese steel or silicon electric steel.

Final Antidumping Determination Margins (percentages): 

France:
Usinor ...............................................................................10.43
All Others ..........................................................................10.43 

India:
Steel Authority of India (SAIL) ...........................................72.49*
All Others.......................................................................... 72.49* 

Indonesia:**
Gunawan Dianjaya Steel/PT Jaya Pari Steel Corporation.......42.36
PT Krakatau Steel................................................................52.42*
All Others.............................................................................42.36 

Italy:
Palini and Bertoli S.p.A..........................................................8.97
Ilvalamiere E. Tubi S.p.A. ............................................... de minimis 
All Others..............................................................................8.97 

Japan:***
Nippon Steel Corporation.....................................................59.12*
NKK Corporation................................................................59.12* 
Kawasaki Steel Corporation.................................................10.78
Kobe Steel Ltd.....................................................................59.12*
Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd.............................................59.12* 
All Others.............................................................................10.78 

Korea:
Dongkuk Steel Mill Co. Ltd....................................................2.98 
Pohang Iron and Steel Co., Ltd. (POSCO).......................de minimis 
All Others...............................................................................2.98 

*Margin based on facts available.
**The Department made a negative critical circumstances finding in the final determination of the Indonesia investigation for all companies. 
***The Department made affirmative critical circumstances findings in the Japan investigation for Nippon Steel Corporation, Kobe Steel Ltd., NKK Corporation, and Sumitomo Metal Industries, Ltd. 

Final Countervailing Duty Determination Subsidy Rates (percentages): 

France: 
Usinor ..................................................................................5.56 
GTS .....................................................................................6.86 
All Others............................................................................. 6.80 

India:
Steel Authority of India (SAIL)............................................11.25
All Others............................................................................11.25 

Indonesia: 
Gunawan Dianjaya Steel .......................................................0.00
PT Jaya Pari Steel Corporation..............................................0.00 
PT Krakatau Steel...............................................................47.71* 
All Others............................................................................15.90 

Italy:
ILVA S.p.A. and ILVA Lamiere e. Tubi S.p.A....................26.12 
Palini and Bertoli S.p.A.............................................0.12 de minimis
All Others............................................................................26.12 

Korea:
Dongkuk Steel Mill Co. Ltd...................................................2.21 
Pohang Iron and Steel Co., Ltd..................................0.95 de minimis
All Others..............................................................................1.73 

*Subsidy rate based on facts available.

VOLUME AND VALUE OF IMPORTS 
(Annual + Year-to-Date (YTD) Data from January - September) 

VALUE (US$):
Countries 1998 YTD 1998 YTD 1999
France 53,812,059  38,247,703  24,811,306 
India 44,370,779  39,569,811 1,792,027 
Indonesia 50,223,245  36,945,042  9,571,582 
Italy 32,612,818  23,996,288  3,775,625 
Japan 159,778,847  82,626,109  40,274,110 
Korea 119,111,852  101,415,241  45,971,401 
Totals 459,909,600  322,800,194 126,196,051 

 

VOLUME (kg):
Countries 1998 YTD 1998 YTD 1999
France 72,068,144  50,253,421  31,583,649 
India 124,950,988  110,109,271  5,852,410 
Indonesia 150,121,717  109,592,731  35,882,106
Italy 80,388,551  60,608,824  10,315,882 
Japan 204,388,531  90,786,203  69,782,571 
Korea 314,908,083  262,334,600  154,904,508 
Totals 946,826,014  683,685,050  308,321,126 

(Source: U.S. Department of Commerce, IM-145, December 1999)

* Tuscaloosa Steel Corporation is not a petitioner in the investigations involving France and Italy. 


 

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