Antidumping: Extruded rubber thread from— Malaysia,


[Federal Register: April 20, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 75)]


[Page 19337-19338]

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International Trade Administration


Extruded Rubber Thread From Malaysia; Amended Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

EFFECTIVE DATE: April 20, 1999.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shawn Thompson or Irina Itkin, AD/CVD Enforcement Group II, Office 5, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482-1776 or (202) 482-0656, respectively.

Applicable Statute and Regulations

Unless otherwise indicated, all citations to the Act are references to the provisions effective January 1, 1995, the effective date of the amendments made to the Act by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (URAA). In addition, unless otherwise indicated, all citations to the Department's regulations are to the regulations codified at 19 CFR Part 351 (1998).

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Amendment to Final Results

In accordance with section 751(a) of the Act, on March 16, 1999, the Department published the final results of the 1996-1997 administrative review on extruded rubber thread from Malaysia, in which we determined that sales of extruded rubber thread from Malaysia were made at less than normal value (64 FR 12967). Also on March 16, 1999, we received allegations, timely filedpursuant to 19 CFR 351.224(c)(2), from Filati Lastex Sdn. Bhd. (Filati) and Heveafil Sdn. Bhd./Filmax Sdn. Bhd. (Heveafil) that the Department made two ministerial errors in its final results. We did not receive comments from Rubberflex Sdn. Bhd. (Rubberflex), Rubfil Sdn. Bhd. (Rubfil), or the petitioner.

After analyzing the submissions, we have determined, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224, that a ministerial error was made in our final margin calculation for Heveafil. Specifically, we find that we failed to incorporate in our calculation a revision to U.S. insurance expenses for purposes of the final results. Regarding the other error alleged by Filati and Heveafil, however, we determined that the allegation actually questioned the Department's methodology underlying the calculation of uncollected duties. Consequently, we have determined that this allegation does not constitute a ministerial error as defined in 19 CFR 351.224(g). For a detailed discussion of the ministerial error allegations and the Department's analysis, see the memorandum to Louis Apple from the Team, dated April 12, 1999.

Therefore, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(e), we are amending the final results of the 1996-1997 antidumping duty administrative review on extruded rubber thread from Malaysia.

The revised weight-averaged dumping margins are as follows:

Original Revised final final Exporter/manufacturer

margin margin percentage percentage



2.07 Heveafil........................................


4.77 Rubberflex......................................


1.22 Rubfil.......................................... 54.31 54.31

Scope of the Review

The product covered by this review is extruded rubber thread. Extruded rubber thread is defined as vulcanized rubber thread obtained by extrusion of stable or concentrated natural rubber latex of any cross sectional shape, measuring from 0.18 mm, which is 0.007 inch or 140 gauge, to 1.42 mm, which is 0.056 inch or 18 gauge, in diameter. Extruded rubber thread is currently classifiable under subheading 4007.00.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). The HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes. The written description of the scope of this review is dispositive.

This administrative review and notice are in accordance with section 751(a)(1) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1675(a)(1)), section 777(i) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1677f(i)), and 19 CFR 351.210(c).

Dated: April 14, 1999. Richard W. Moreland, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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