Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination: Certain Circular Welded Carbon Quality Steel Line Pipe from the People's Republic of China

 
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Federal Register: November 6, 2008 (Volume 73, Number 216)

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

(A-570-935)

Certain Circular Welded Carbon Quality Steel Line Pipe from the

People's Republic of China: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less

Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration,

Department of Commerce.

EFFECTIVE DATE: November 6, 2008.

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (``Department'') preliminarily determines that certain circular welded carbon quality steel welded line pipe (``welded line pipe'') from the People's Republic of China

(``PRC'') is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (``LTFV''), as provided in section 733 of the

Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (``the Act''). The estimated dumping margins are shown in the ``Preliminary Determination'' section of this notice.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Pedersen or Rebecca Pandolph, AD/

CVD Operations, Office 4, Import Administration, International Trade

Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and

Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20230; telephone: (202) 482- 2769 or 482-3627, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On April 3, 2008, the Department received a petition concerning imports of welded line pipe from the PRC and the Republic of Korea

(``Korea'') filed in proper form by United States Steel Corporation

(``U.S. Steel''), Maverick Tube Corporation (``Maverick''), Tex-Tube

Company (``Tex-Tube''), and the United Steel, Paper and Forestry,

Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers

International Union, and AFL-CIO-CLC (``United Steelworkers'')

(collectively, ``Petitioners''). See Imposition of Antidumping and

Countervailing Duties: Certain Circular Welded Carbon Quality Steel

Line Pipe from the People's Republic of China and the Republic of

Korea, dated April 3, 2008 (in four volumes) (``Petition''). On April 23, 2008, the Department initiated antidumping duty investigations of welded line pipe from the above-mentioned countries. See Certain

Circular Welded Carbon Quality Steel Line Pipe From the Republic of

Korea and the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Antidumping

Duty Investigations, 73 FR 23188 (April 29, 2008) (``Initiation

Notice'').

Also, on April 23, 2008, the Department issued a quantity and value

(``Q&V'') questionnaire to each of the 65 companies identified by the

Petitioners as potential exporters or producers of welded line pipe from the PRC. See supplement to the petition at Exhibit II-Supp I, dated April 14, 2008. The Department received timely responses to its

Q&V questionnaire from the following nine companies: Benxi Northern

Steel Pipes Co., Ltd. (``Benxi''); Huludao Steel Pipe Industrial Co.,

Ltd.(``Huludao Pipe''); Pangang Group Behai Pipe Corporation

(``Pangang''); Shanghai Metals & Minerals Import & Export Corp. d/b/a

Shanghai Minmetals Materials & Products Corp. (``Shanghai

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Metals''); Tianjin Xingyuda Import and Export Company (``Tianjin'');

Nanjing HuaDong Steel Pipes Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (``Nanjing'');

Shashi Steel Pipe Works, SINOPEC (``Shashi''); Xuzhou Guanghuan Steel

Tube Co., Ltd. (``Xuzhou''); and Jiangsu Yulong Steel Pipe Co., Ltd.

(``Jiangsu Yulong''). On May 20, 2008, the Department rejected the Q&V responses submitted by Nanjing, Shashi, Xuzhou, and Jiangsu Yulong because they were improperly filed. The Department requested that

Nanjing, Shashi, Xuzhou, and Jiangsu Yulong correct certain filing deficiencies. See Letters to Nanjing, Shashi, Xuzhou, and Jiangsu

Yulong, dated May 20, 2008. The Department received information indicating that Nanjing, Shashi, and Xuzhou had received the

Department's May 20, 2008, letter, but Nanjing, Shashi, and Xuzhou did not refile their submissions. The Department did not have any information to whether Jiangsu Yulong had received the May 20, 2008, letter and on July 15, 2008, the Department sent a letter to Jiangsu

Yulong requesting that it explain why it had failed to respond to the

Department's May 20, 2008, letter, in which the Department requested that the company properly refile its Q&V response. See Letter to Ms.

Tang Wei-jun regarding, Circular Welded Carbon Quality Steel Line Pipe from the People's Republic of China, dated July 15, 2008. On July 28, 2008, Jiangsu Yulong resubmitted its Q&V response and explained that it had not responded to the Department's May 20, 2008, letter concerning its improperly filed Q&V response because it had not received the letter. See Letter to the Department from Jiangsu Yulong, dated July 28, 2008.

On May 13, 2008, the Department received product matching comments from one of the Petitioners, Maverick, and scope comments from

Wheatland Tube Company (``Wheatland''), a domestic producer. See the

``Scope Comments'' section of this notice for further details. On May 27, 2008, the Department received comments from Maverick on the record of this investigation rebutting model matching comments submitted in the Korean investigation of welded line pipe.

On May 16, 2008, the International Trade Commission (``ITC'') preliminarily determined that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury by reason of imports of welded line pipe from the PRC and Korea. See Certain Circular Welded Carbon Quality Steel Line Pipe from China and Korea, Investigation Nos. 701-TA-455 and 731-TA-1149- 1150 (Preliminary), 73 FR 31712 (June 3, 2008).

On May 27, 2008, the Department received comments from Maverick regarding respondent selection. No other party submitted comments regarding respondent selection.

The Department received separate rate applications from Huludao

Pipe on June 23, 2008, and from Benxi, Pangang, Shanghai Metals,

Tianjin, and Jiangsu Yulong on June 30, 2008.

On June 3, 2008, and July 9, 2008, the Department selected Huludao

Pipe and Shanghai Metals, respectively, as mandatory respondents. See

Memoranda to File: ``Respondent Selection in the Antidumping Duty

Investigation of Circular Welded Carbon Quality Steel Line Pipe (welded line pipe) from the People's Republic of China (PRC),'' from Rebecca

Pandolph through Howard Smith and Abdelali Elouradia, dated June 3, 2008, and ``Amendment to Respondent Selection in the Antidumping Duty

Investigation of Circular Welded Carbon Quality Steel Line Pipe from the People's Republic of China,'' from Jeffrey Pedersen and Rebecca

Pandolph through Howard Smith and Abdelali Elouradia, dated July 9, 2008.

The Department issued its antidumping questionnaire to Huludao Pipe and Shanghai Metals on June 4, 2008, and July 9, 2008, respectively.

The Department issued supplemental questionnaires to, and received responses from, the mandatory and separate rate respondents from July 2008 through October 2008. The Petitioners submitted comments to the

Department regarding the questionnaire and supplemental questionnaire responses of the mandatory and separate rate respondents from July 2008 through September 2008.

On July 29, 2008, the Department released to interested parties a memorandum which listed potential surrogate countries and invited interested parties to comment on surrogate country and factor value selection. See Letter to All Interested Parties from Howard Smith,

Program Manager, Office 4, concerning ``Antidumping Duty Investigation of Circular Welded Carbon Quality Steel Line Pipe from the People's

Republic of China,'' dated July 29, 2008.

On August 8, 2008, Maverick and U.S. Steel, two of the petitioning firms, submitted comments on surrogate country selection in which they both recommended selecting India as the surrogate country in this investigation. See Letter from Maverick, regarding Certain Circular

Welded Carbon Quality Steel Line Pipe from the People's Republic of

China: Comments on the Proper Surrogate Country, dated August 8, 2008, and Letter from U.S. Steel, regarding Circular Welded Carbon Quality

Steel Line Pipe from the People's Republic of China: Surrogate Country

Selection, dated August 8, 2008.

On August 12, 2008, Maverick and U.S. Steel requested postponement of the preliminary determination. On August 21, 2008, the Department extended this preliminary determination by fifty days. See Certain

Circular Welded Carbon Quality Steel Line Pipe from the Republic of

Korea and the People's Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary

Determination of Antidumping Duty Investigation, 73 FR 50941 (August 29, 2008).

On October 3, 2008, Shanghai Metals requested that the Department extend the final determination in this case. See the ``Postponement of

Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures'' section of this notice below.

On September 2 and September 9, 2008, the Petitioners and Huludao

Pipe submitted comments on, and calculations for, the surrogate values.

On September 15, 2008, Petitioners and Huludao Pipe submitted rebuttal comments regarding surrogate values. The submitted surrogate value data are from India.

On September 30, 2008, the Petitioners and Huludao Pipe submitted comments to be considered in the Department's preliminary determination.

Period of Investigation

The period of investigation (``POI'') is October 1, 2007, through

March 31, 2008. This period comprises the two most recently completed fiscal quarters as of the month preceding the month in which the petition was filed (i.e., April 2008). See 19 CFR 351.204(b)(1).

Scope of the Investigation

The merchandise covered by this investigation is circular welded carbon quality steel pipe of a kind used for oil and gas pipelines

(welded line pipe), not more than 406.4 mm (16 inches) in outside diameter, regardless of wall thickness, length, surface finish, end finish or stenciling.

The term ``carbon quality steel'' includes both carbon steel and carbon steel mixed with small amounts of alloying elements that may exceed the individual weight limits for nonalloy steels imposed in the

Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (``HTSUS'').

Specifically, the term

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``carbon quality'' includes products in which (1) iron predominates by weight over each of the other contained elements, (2) the carbon content is 2 percent or less by weight and (3) none of the elements listed below exceeds the quantity by weight respectively indicated:

(i) 2.00 percent of manganese,

(ii) 2.25 percent of silicon,

(iii) 1.00 percent of copper,

(iv) 0.50 percent of aluminum,

(v) 1.25 percent of chromium,

(vi) 0.30 percent of cobalt,

(vii) 0.40 percent of lead,

(viii) 1.25 percent of nickel,

(ix) 0.30 percent of tungsten,

(x) 0.012 percent of boron,

(xi) 0.50 percent of molybdenum,

(xii) 0.15 percent of niobium,

(xiii) 0.41 percent of titanium,

(xiv) 0.15 percent of vanadium, or

(xv) 0.15 percent of zirconium.

Welded line pipe is normally produced to specifications published by the American Petroleum Institute (``API'') (or comparable foreign specifications) including API A-25, 5LA, 5LB, and X grades from 42 and above, and/or any other proprietary grades or non-graded material.

Nevertheless, all pipe meeting the physical description set forth above that is of a kind used in oil and gas pipelines, including all multiple-stenciled pipe with an API welded line pipe stencil is covered by the scope of this investigation.

Excluded from this scope are pipes of a kind used for oil and gas pipelines that are multiple-stenciled to a standard and/or structural specification and have one or more of the following characteristics: is 32 feet in length or less; is less than 2.0 inches (50 mm) in outside diameter; has a galvanized and/or painted surface finish; or has a threaded and/or coupled end finish. (The term ``painted'' does not include coatings to inhibit rust in transit, such as varnish, but includes coatings such as polyester.)

The welded line pipe products that are the subject of these investigations are currently classifiable in the HTSUS under subheadings 7306.19.10.10, 7306.19.10.50, 7306.19.51.10, and 7306.19.51.50. While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of these investigations is dispositive.

Scope Comments

In the Initiation Notice, the Department stated that the scope of the welded line pipe investigations may cover certain merchandise potentially subject to the on-going antidumping duty and countervailing duty investigations of circular welded pipe (``CWP'') from the PRC. The

Department went on to note in the Initiation Notice that once certain scope issues in the CWP investigations have been resolved, it intended to reexamine the welded line pipe scope language to ensure that there was no overlap between the scope of the CWP and welded line pipe investigations. See Initiation Notice, 73 FR 23188, 23189. Moreover, in accordance with the preamble to the Department's regulations, the

Department stated in the Initiation Notice that it would set aside a period of time for parties to raise issues regarding product coverage, and encouraged all parties to submit comments within 20 calendar days of publication of that notice. See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing

Duties, 62 FR 27296, 27323, (May 19, 1997) and Initiation Notice. The

Department received scope comments from Wheatland, a domestic producer, requesting that the Department modify the welded line pipe scope to take into account the scope definition ultimately set out in the CWP investigations. See Letter from Wheatland, regarding Comments on Scope of Investigations, dated May 13, 2008.

Given that the scope issue in the CWP investigation has been resolved, we have modified the scope of the welded line pipe investigations to eliminate the overlap that existed between the CWP and welded line pipe investigations. Specifically, we added the following language to the scope description:\1\

\1\ See Memorandum to Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant

Secretary for Import Administration, from Abdelali Elouaradia,

Director, Office 4 Operations, regarding ``Antidumping and

Countervailing Duty Investigations of Circular Welded Carbon Quality

Steel Line Pipe from the People's Republic of China: Scope

Modification,'' dated August 29, 2008 (``Scope Modification

Memorandum'').

Excluded from this scope are pipes of a kind used for oil and gas pipelines that are multiple-stenciled to a standard and/or structural specification and have one or more of the following characteristics:\2\ is 32 feet in length or less; is less than 2.0 inches (50 mm) in outside diameter; has a galvanized and/or painted surface finish; or has a threaded and/or coupled end finish. (The term ``painted'' does not include coatings to inhibit rust in transit, such as varnish, but includes coatings such as polyester.)

\2\ This sentence differs from the language contained in the

Scope Modification Memorandum''. The language in the Scope

Modification Memorandum is as follows: ``Excluded from this scope are pipes that are multiple-stenciled to a standard and/or structural specification and to any other specification, such as the

API-5L specification, when it also has one or more of the following characteristics.''

Non-Market Economy Treatment

The Department considers the PRC to be a non-market economy

(``NME'') country. In accordance with section 771(18)(C)(i) of the Act, any determination that a country is an NME country shall remain in effect until revoked by the administering authority. See Tapered Roller

Bearings and Parts Thereof, Finished and Unfinished, From the People's

Republic of China: Preliminary Results of 2001-2002 Administrative

Review and Partial Rescission of Review, 68 FR 7500 (February 14, 2003), unchanged in Tapered Roller Bearings and Parts Thereof, Finished and Unfinished, from the People's Republic of China: Final Results of 2001-2002 Administrative Review and Partial Rescission of Review, 68 FR 70488 (December 18, 2003). The Department has not revoked the PRC's status as an NME country. Therefore, in this preliminary determination, we continued to treat the PRC as an NME country and apply our current

NME methodology.

Selection of a Surrogate Country

In an investigation involving imports from NME countries, section 773(c)(1) of the Act directs the Department to generally base normal value (``NV'') on the value of the NME producer's factors of production. In accordance with section 773(c)(4) of the Act, in valuing the factors of production, the Department shall utilize, to the extent possible, the prices or costs of factors of production in one or more market economy countries that are at a level of economic development comparable to that of the NME country and are significant producers of merchandise comparable to the subject merchandise.

The Department has determined that Colombia, India, Indonesia, the

Philippines, and Thailand are countries that are at a level of economic development comparable to that of the PRC. See Memorandum regarding

``Antidumping Duty Investigation of Circular Welded Carbon Quality

Steel Line Pipe from the People's Republic of China: Request for a List of Surrogate Countries,'' dated May 27, 2008 (``Policy Memorandum'').

From among these economically comparable countries, the Department has preliminarily selected India as the surrogate country for this investigation because it determined that: (1) India is a significant producer of merchandise comparable to the subject merchandise and (2) reliable Indian data for valuing the factors of production are

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readily available. See Memorandum to Abdelali Elouaradia, Office

Director, through Howard Smith, Program Manager, from Jeffrey Pedersen and Rebecca Pandolph, International Trade Compliance Specialists, concerning ``Antidumping Duty Investigation of Circular Welded Carbon

Quality Steel Line Pipe from the People's Republic of China: Selection of a Surrogate Country,'' dated September 22, 2008.

Separate Rates

In the Initiation Notice, the Department notified parties of the recent application process by which exporters and producers may obtain separate-rate status in NME investigations. See Initiation Notice, 73

FR 23188, 23193. The process requires exporters and producers to submit a separate-rate status application. See also Policy Bulletin 05.1:

Separate-Rates Practice and Application of Combination Rates in

Antidumping Investigations involving Non-Market Economy Countries,

(April 5, 2005), available at http://ia.ita.doc.gov (Policy Bulletin 05.1).\3\ However, the standard for eligibility for a separate rate, which is whether a firm can demonstrate an absence of both de jure and de facto governmental control over its export activities, has not changed.

\3\ Policy Bulletin 05.1 states: ``while continuing the practice of assigning separate rates only to exporters, all separate rates that the Department will now assign in its NME investigations will be specific to those producers that supplied the exporter during the period of investigation. Note, however, that one rate is calculated for the exporter and all of the producers which supplied subject merchandise to it during the period of investigation. This practice applied both to mandatory respondents receiving an individually calculated separate rate as well as the pool of non-investigated firms receiving the weighted-average of the individually calculated rates. This practice is referred to as the application of

``combination rates'' because such rates apply to specific combinations of exporters and one or more producers. The cash- deposit rate assigned to an exporter will apply only to merchandise both exported by the firm in question and produced by a firm that supplied the exporter during the period of investigation.'' See

Policy Bulletin 05.1 at 6.

In proceedings involving NME countries, the Department has a rebuttable presumption that all companies within the country are subject to government control and thus should be assessed a single antidumping duty rate. It is the Department's policy to assign all exporters of merchandise subject to investigation in an NME country this single rate unless an exporter can demonstrate that it is sufficiently independent so as to be entitled to a separate rate.

Exporters can demonstrate this independence through the absence of both de jure and de facto governmental control over export activities. The

Department analyzes each entity exporting the subject merchandise under a test arising from the Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less

Than Fair Value: Sparklers from the People's Republic of China, 56 FR 20588 (May 6, 1991) (``Sparklers''), as further developed in Notice of

Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Silicon Carbide from the People's Republic of China, 59 FR 22585 (May 2, 1994)

(``Silicon Carbide''). However, if the Department determines that a company is wholly foreign-owned or located in a market economy, then a separate rate analysis is not necessary to determine whether it is independent from government control.

  1. Separate Rate Applicants

    Joint Ventures Between Chinese and Foreign Companies or Wholly Chinese-

    Owned Companies

    All of the separate rate applicants in this investigation, including the mandatory respondents Huludao Pipe and Shanghai Metals, stated that they are either joint ventures between Chinese and foreign companies or are wholly Chinese-owned companies (collectively, ``PRC SR

    Applicants''). Therefore, the Department must analyze whether these respondents can demonstrate the absence of both de jure and de facto governmental control over export activities. a. Absence of De Jure Control

    The Department considers the following de jure criteria in determining whether an individual company may be granted a separate rate: (1) an absence of restrictive stipulations associated with an individual exporter's business and export licenses; (2) any legislative enactments decentralizing control of companies; and (3) other formal measures by the government decentralizing control of companies. See

    Sparklers, 56 FR at 20589 at Comment 1.

    The evidence provided by Benxi, Huludao Pipe, Pangang, Shanghai

    Metals, Tianjin, and Jiangsu Yulong supports a preliminary finding of de jure absence of governmental control based on the following: (1) an absence of restrictive stipulations associated with the individual exporters' business and export licenses; (2) there are applicable legislative enactments decentralizing control of the companies; and (3) and there are formal measures by the government decentralizing control of companies. See e.g. Huludao's June 23, 2008 Separate Rate

    Application (``Huludao SRA'') and Benxi's June 23, 2008 Separate Rate

    Application (``Benxi SRA''). b. Absence of De Facto Control

    Typically the Department considers four factors in evaluating whether each respondent is subject to de facto governmental control of its export functions: (1) whether the export prices are set by or are subject to the approval of a governmental agency; (2) whether the respondent has authority to negotiate and sign contracts and other agreements; (3) whether the respondent has autonomy from the government in making decisions regarding the selection of management; and (4) whether the respondent retains the proceeds of its export sales and makes independent decisions regarding disposition of profits or financing of losses. See Silicon Carbide, 59 FR at 22586-87; see also

    Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value:

    Furfuryl Alcohol From the People's Republic of China, 60 FR 22544, 22545 (May 8, 1995). The Department has determined that an analysis of de facto control is critical in determining whether respondents are, in fact, subject to a degree of governmental control which would preclude the Department from assigning separate rates.

    The Petitioners argue that Shanghai Metals, Benxi, and Pangang are directly or indirectly controlled by the PRC government and should, therefore, not be granted separate rates. For example, the Petitioners maintain that Shanghai Metals was a state-owned enterprise during the

    POI and that two of its employees were former employees of the PRC government. See Letter from U.S. Steel regarding ``Certain Circular

    Welded Carbon Quality Line Pipe From the People's Republic of China,'' dated August 15, 2008. Accordingly, the Petitioners argue that these three entities are ineligible for a separate rate. See Letters from

    Maverick and U.S. Steel, dated July 15, 2008, regarding Shanghai

    Metal's, Benxi's, and Pangang's separate rate applications. However, the Department has previously granted separate rate status to both wholly state-owned producers and producers whose stock was partially owned by a government state assets management company when evidence of actual government control was not present. See Lightweight Thermal

    Paper From the People's Republic of China: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 73 FR 57329 (October 2, 2008) and the accompanying Issues and Decisions Memorandum at Comment 7. Absent evidence of de facto control over export

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    activities, government ownership alone does not warrant denying a company a separate rate.\4\ The Petitioners have not provided any evidence of government participation in the export decisions of the directors and or managers of Shanghai Metals, Benxi, or Pangang.

    \4\ See Notice of Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination : Structural

    Steel Beams from the People's Republic of China, 66 FR 67197

    (December 28, 2008) (unchanged in Notice of Final Determination of

    Sales at Less than Fair Value : Structural Steel Beams from the

    People's Republic of China, 67 FR 35479 (May 20, 2002)), stating

    ``The petitioners in this case argue that, because Maanshan is 63 percent owned by a holding company which is, in turn, wholly owned by the Anhui provincial government, and because certain managers of the holding company also serve on the board of directors of

    Maanshan, the respondent is ineligible for a separate rate due to potential government control. However, the petitioners have not submitted any specific evidence indicating that the conditions for de facto control exist. As stated in the Silicon Carbide, 59 FR at 22587, ownership of the company by a state-owned enterprise does not require the application of a single rate. Therefore, based on the information provided, we preliminarily determine that there is an absence of de facto governmental control of Maanshan's export functions. Consequently, we preliminarily determine that the respondent has met the criteria for the application of a separate rate.''

    We preliminarily determine that the evidence placed on the record of this investigation by all of the PRC SR Applicants demonstrates an absence of de facto government control of exports of the merchandise under investigation, in accordance with the criteria identified in

    Sparklers and Silicon Carbide. Shanghai Metals, Benxi, and Pangang all certified that their export prices are not set by, subject to the approval of, or in any way controlled by a government entity at any level and that they have independent authority to negotiate and sign export contracts, providing price negotiation documents for their first

    U.S. sale. See, e.g., Shanghai Metals' June 30, 2008, Separate Rate

    Application (``Shanghai Metals SRA''), Benxi SRA, dated June 30, 2008, and Pangang's July 1, 2008, Separate Rate Application (``Pangang

    SRA''). Shanghai Metals also reported that according to its articles of association, the general assembly of employee representatives has the right to select the general manager and to decide how profits will be distributed. See Shanghai Metals SRA, dated June 30, 2008, at 14-16.

    Benxi reported that according to its articles of association, its board of directors has the right to appoint the general manager and to decide how profits will be distributed. See Benxi SRA, dated June 30, 2008, at 13-15. Pangang submitted a board resolution and an internal notice of a new appointment which demonstrates its independent selection of management. See Pangang SRA, dated July 1, 2008, at Exhibit 10.

    Moreover, Shanghai Metals reported that neither of the two employees named by the Petitioners worked for the PRC government and it provided the employment history for the two employees. See Letter from Shanghai

    Metals regarding ``Circular Welded Carbon Quality Line Pipe from China-

    Response to Petitioners' Allegations,'' dated August 25, 2008.

    Additionally, the other PRC SR applicants all submitted evidence that supports a preliminary finding of de facto absence of governmental control. See, e.g., Huludao Pipe SRA, dated June 23, 2008, Jiangsu

    Yulong's June 30, 2008, Separate Rate Application and Tianjin's June 30, 2008 Separate Rate Application. Thus, we preliminarily determine that there is an absence of both de jure and de facto government control with respect to each of the PRC SR Applicants.

    Therefore, the Department has preliminarily granted separate rate status to the following companies: Benxi, Huludao Pipe, Pangang,

    Shanghai Metals, Tianjin, and Jiangsu Yulong. The Department has calculated company-specific dumping margins for the two mandatory respondents, Huludao Pipe and Shanghai Metals, and assigned the other companies that have been granted a separate rate a dumping margin equal to a simple average of the dumping margins calculated for the two mandatory respondents.

  2. Companies Not Receiving a Separate Rate

    The Department has determined that all parties applying for a separate rate in this segment of the proceeding have demonstrated an absence of government control both in law and in fact (see discussion above), and is, therefore, granting separate rate status to all applicants.

    The PRC-Wide Entity

    Although PRC exporters of subject merchandise to the United States were given an opportunity to provide Q&V information to the Department, not all exporters responded to the Department's request for Q&V information.\5\ Based upon our knowledge of the volume of imports of subject merchandise from the PRC, we have concluded that the companies that responded to the Q&V questionnaire do not account for all U.S. imports of subject merchandise from the PRC made during the POI. We have treated the non-responsive PRC producers/exporters as part of the

    PRC-wide entity because they did not qualify for a separate rate.

    \5\ The Department received only 9 timely responses to the requests for Q&V information that it sent to 65 potential exporters identified in the petition.

    Section 776(a)(2) of the Act provides that the Department shall, subject to subsection 782(d) of the Act, use facts otherwise available in reaching the applicable determination if an interested party: (A) withholds information that has been requested by the Department; (B) fails to provide such information in a timely manner or in the form or manner requested, subject to subsections 782(c)(1) and (e) of the Act;

    (C) significantly impedes a proceeding under the antidumping statute; or (D) provides such information but the information cannot be verified.

    As noted above, the PRC-wide entity withheld information requested by the Department. As a result, pursuant to section 776(a)(2)(A) of the

    Act, we find it appropriate to base the PRC-wide dumping margin on facts available. See Notice of Preliminary Determination of Sales at

    Less Than Fair Value, Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Critical

    Circumstances and Postponement of Final Determination: Certain Frozen

    Fish Fillets From the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 68 FR 4986

    (January 31, 2003), unchanged in Notice of Final Antidumping Duty

    Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Affirmative Critical

    Circumstances: Certain Frozen Fish Fillets from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 68 FR 37116 (June 23, 2003).

    Section 776(b) of the Act provides that, in selecting from among the facts otherwise available, the Department may employ an adverse inference if an interested party fails to cooperate by not acting to the best of its ability to comply with requests for information. See

    Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Certain

    Cold-Rolled Flat-Rolled Carbon-Quality Steel Products From the Russian

    Federation, 65 FR 5510, 5518 (February 4, 2000); see also Statement of

    Administrative Action, accompanying the Uruguay Round Agreements Act ,

    H.R. Rep. No. 103-316, Vol. I at 843 (1994) (``SAA''), reprinted in 1994 U.S.C.C.A.N. 4040 at 870. Because the PRC-wide entity did not respond to the Department's request for information, the Department has concluded that the PRC-wide entity has failed to cooperate to the best of its ability. Therefore, the Department preliminarily finds that, in selecting from among the facts available, an adverse inference is appropriate.

    Section 776(b) of the Act authorizes the Department to use, as adverse facts available (``AFA''): (1) information derived from the petition; (2) the final determination from the LTFV

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    investigation; (3) a previous administrative review; or (4) any other information placed on the record. In selecting a rate for AFA, the

    Department selects one that is sufficiently adverse ``as to effectuate the purpose of the facts available rule to induce respondents to provide the Department with complete and accurate information in a timely manner.'' See Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less

    Than Fair Value: Static Random Access Memory Semiconductors From

    Taiwan, 63 FR 8909 (February 23, 1998). It is the Department's practice to select, as AFA, the higher of: (a) the highest margin alleged in the petition, or (b) the highest calculated rate for any respondent in the investigation. See Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair

    Value: Certain Cold-Rolled Flat-Rolled Carbon Quality Steel Products

    From the People's Republic of China, 65 FR 34660 (May 31, 2000) and accompanying Issues and Decisions Memorandum at Facts Available. Here, we assigned the PRC-wide entity the dumping margin calculated for

    Shanghai Metals, which exceeds the highest margin alleged in the petition and is the highest rate calculated in this investigation.

    Pursuant to section 776(c) of the Act, we do not need to corroborate this rate because it is based on information obtained during the course of this investigation rather than secondary information. See also SAA at 870. The PRC-wide dumping margin applies to all entries of the merchandise under investigation except for entries of subject merchandise from Benxi, Huludao Pipe, Pangang, Shanghai Metals,

    Tianjin, and Jiangsu Yulong.

    Fair Value Comparisons

    To determine whether Huludao Pipe or Shanghai Metals sold welded line pipe to the United States at LTFV, we compared the weighted- average export price (``EP'') of the welded line pipe to the NV of welded line pipe, as described in the ``U.S. Price'' and ``Normal

    Value'' sections of this notice.

    U.S. Price

    In accordance with section 772(a) of the Act, for both Huludao Pipe and Shanghai Metals, we based the U.S. price of sales on EP because the first sale to unaffiliated purchasers was made prior to importation and the use of constructed export price was not otherwise warranted. In accordance with section 772(c) of the Act, we calculated EP for Huludao

    Pipe by deducting the following expenses from the starting price (gross unit price) charged to the first unaffiliated customer in the United

    States: foreign movement expenses, international freight, foreign warehousing, and foreign brokerage and handling expenses. For Shanghai

    Metals, we calculated EP by deducting foreign movement expenses and foreign brokerage and handling expenses from the starting price charged to the first unaffiliated customer in the United States.

    We based these movement expenses on surrogate values where the service was purchased from a PRC company. For details regarding our EP calculation, see Analysis Memoranda for Huludao Pipe and Shanghai

    Metals, dated October 30, 2008.

    Normal Value

    In accordance with section 773(c) of the Act, we constructed NV from the factors of production employed by the respondents to manufacture subject merchandise during the POI. Specifically, we calculated NV by adding together the value of the factors of production, general expenses, profit, and packing costs. We valued the factors of production using prices and financial statements from the surrogate country, India. In selecting surrogate values, we followed, to the extent practicable, the Department's practice of choosing values which are non-export average values, contemporaneous with, or closest in time to, the POI, product-specific, and tax-exclusive. See, e.g.,

    Notice of Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value,

    Negative Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances and

    Postponement of Final Determination: Certain Frozen and Canned

    Warmwater Shrimp From the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 69 FR 42672, 42682 (July 16, 2004), unchanged in Final Determination of Sales at

    Less Than Fair Value: Certain Frozen and Canned Warmwater Shrimp from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 69 FR 71005 (December 8, 2004). We also considered the quality of the source of surrogate information in selecting surrogate values.

    We valued material inputs and packing by multiplying the amount of the factor consumed in producing subject merchandise by the average unit value of the factor. We derived the average unit value of the factor from Indian import statistics. In addition, we added freight costs to the surrogate costs that we calculated for material inputs. We calculated freight costs by multiplying surrogate freight rates by the shorter of the reported distance from the domestic supplier to the factory that produced the subject merchandise or the distance from the nearest seaport to the factory that produced the subject merchandise, as appropriate. This adjustment is in accordance with the Court of

    Appeals for the Federal Circuit's decision in Sigma Corp. v. United

    States, 117 F. 3d 1401, 1407-08 (Fed. Cir. 1997). Where we could only obtain surrogate values that were not contemporaneous with the POI, we inflated (or deflated) the surrogate values using the Indian Wholesale

    Price Index (``WPI'') as published in the International Financial

    Statistics of the International Monetary Fund.

    Further, in calculating surrogate values from Indian imports, we disregarded imports from Indonesia, South Korea, and Thailand because in other proceedings the Department found that these countries maintain broadly available, non-industry-specific export subsidies. Therefore, it is reasonable to infer that all exports to all markets from these countries may be subsidized. See, e.g., Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Negative Final Determination of

    Critical Circumstances: Certain Color Television Receivers From the

    People's Republic of China, 69 FR 20594 (April 16, 2004) and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comment 7.\6\ Thus, we have not used prices from these countries in calculating the Indian import-based surrogate values.

    \6\ In addition, we note that legislative history explains that the Department is not required to conduct a formal investigation to ensure that such prices are not subsidized. See H.R. Rep. 100-576 at 590 (1988). As such, it is the Department's practice to base its decision on information that is available to it at the time it makes its determination.

    We valued raw materials, scrap, and packing materials using Indian import statistics. See the memoranda to the File regarding

    ``Investigation of Circular Welded Carbon Quality Steel Line Pipe from the People's Republic of China: Surrogate Values Memorandum'' for

    Huludao Pipe and Shanghai Metals, dated concurrently with this notice

    (``Surrogate Values Memorandum''). Although the Petitioners requested that the Department value the steel input using data from the India

    Joint Plant Committee (``JPC'')\7\ the Department has not used these data. The footnotes to the JPC price sheets that were provided by the petitioners state that ``{a{time} ll prices are inclusive of Excise

    Duty & Sales/Vat Tax.''\8\ As noted above, the Department prefers to value factors of production using tax-exclusive prices. While

    Petitioners have provided tax rates used by the Department in other antidumping cases to adjust JPC prices for wire rod,

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    they have not provided information demonstrating that these rates apply to the steel products for which they submitted JPC prices. Moreover, the JPC data are not as detailed as the World Trade Atlas (``WTA'') data. The WTA data include steel prices for several width ranges that cover all of the widths of steel used by both respondents.\9\ On the other hand, there is no information in the JPC data regarding steel width. Thus, it is not clear whether the JPC prices cover all of the widths of steel used by the respondents. Also, the WTA data include steel prices for various thickness ranges that cover all of the steel thicknesses used by the respondents. JPC data, however, include prices for only a limited number of thicknesses of steel which do not include all of thicknesses of steel used by the respondents.\10\ Furthermore, the WTA data include separate prices for different types and forms of steel (e.g., stainless, clad, pickled, in coils, not in coils ), whereas it is not clear whether the hot-rolled steel coil and steel plate categories listed in JPC data exclude the types and forms of steel not used by the respondents. The additional details in the WTA data allow the Department to select surrogate values more specific to the steel input used by the respondents. Therefore, we valued the steel input using WTA data. For further detail, see Surrogate Values

    Memorandum.

    \7\ The JPC is a joint industry/government board that monitors

    Indian steel prices.

    \8\ See the submission from U.S. Steel and Maverick regarding surrogate values, dated September 2, 2008, at Exhibit 1.

    \9\ See Shanghai Metal's September 8, 2008, response at 12 and 33 and Huludao Pipe's August 27, 2008, response at 14 for the range of widths of the steel purchased. The WTA provides prices for steel of a width of 600mm or more and under 600 mm.

    \10\ See Shanghai Metal's October 27, 2008, response at 6 and

    Huludao Pipe's October 27, 2008, response at 5 for a list of the thicknesses of the steel used by the respondents.

    We valued electricity using price data for small, medium, and large industries, as published by the Central Electricity Authority of the

    Government of India in its publication titled Electricity Tariff & Duty and Average Rates of Electricity Supply in India, dated July 2006.

    These electricity rates represent actual country-wide, publicly- available information on tax-exclusive electricity rates charged to industries in India. Since the rates are not contemporaneous with the

    POI, we inflated the values using the WPI. See Surrogate Values

    Memorandum at Attachment IV.

    We valued water using data from the Maharashtra Industrial

    Development Corporation (www.midcindia.org) because it includes a wide range of industrial water tariffs. This source provides 386 industrial water rates within the Maharashtra province from June 2003, 193 for the

    ``inside industrial areas'' usage category, and 193 for the ``outside industrial areas'' usage category. We averaged the 386 industrial water rates and because this averaged rate was not contemporaneous with the

    POI, we inflated the averaged rate using the WPI. See Surrogate Values

    Memorandum.

    Consistent with 19 CFR 351.408(c)(3), we valued direct, indirect, and packing labor, using the most recently calculated regression-based wage rate, which relies on 2005 data. This wage rate can be found on the Department's website on Import Administration's home page. See

    Expected Wages of Selected NME Countries (revised May 2008) (available at http://ia.ita.doc.gov/wages/index.html). The source of these wage rate data is the International Labour Organization, Geneva, Labour

    Statistics Database Chapter 5B: Wages in Manufacturing. Since this regression-based wage rate does not separate the labor rates into different skill levels or types of labor, we have applied the same wage rate to all skill levels and types of labor reported by Huludao and

    Shanghai Metals. See Surrogate Values Memorandum.

    We valued truck freight expenses using a per-unit average rate calculated from data on the following web site: http:// www.infobanc.com/logistics/logtruck.htm. The logistics section of this website contains inland freight truck rates between many large Indian cities. Since this value is not contemporaneous with the POI, we deflated the rate using the WPI. See Surrogate Values Memorandum at

    Attachment VI.

    We valued brokerage and handling using a simple average of the brokerage and handling costs that were reported in public submissions that were filed in three antidumping duty cases. Specifically, we averaged the public brokerage and handling expenses reported by: (1)

    Agro Dutch Industries Ltd. in the antidumping duty administrative review of certain preserved mushrooms from India, (2) Kejirwal Paper

    Ltd. in the less than fair value investigation of certain lined paper products from India, and (3) Essar Steel in the antidumping duty administrative review of hot-rolled carbon steel flat products from

    India. See Certain Preserved Mushrooms From India: Final Results of

    Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 71 FR 10646 (March 2, 2006); see also, Notice of Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than

    Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination, and Affirmative

    Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances in Part: Certain

    Lined Paper Products From India, 71 FR 19706 (April 17, 2006), unchanged in Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair

    Value, and Negative Determination of Critical Circumstances: Certain

    Lined Paper Products from India, 71 FR 45012 (August 8, 2006), and

    Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products From India: Preliminary

    Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 71 FR 2018, 2021

    (January 12, 2006) (unchanged in Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat

    Products From India: Final Results of Antidumping Administrative

    Review, 71 FR 40694 (July 18, 2006). We inflated the brokerage and handling rate using the appropriate WPI inflator. See Surrogate Values

    Memorandum.

    We valued warehousing using rates obtained from the Board of

    Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust's website (http://www.jnport.gov.in/

    CMSPage.aspx?PageID=27), which is a source used in the antidumping duty investigation of pneumatic off-the-road tires from the PRC. See Certain

    New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires From the People's Republic of China:

    Notice of Amended Final Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than

    Fair Value and Antidumping Duty Order, 73 FR 51624 (Sept. 4, 2008) and accompanying issues and decision memorandum at Comment 26. See also

    Surrogate Values Memorandum.

    We valued international freight using rate quotes from Maersk

    Sealand (``Maersk''), a market-economy shipper. See Surrogate Values

    Memorandum.

    We valued factory overhead, selling, general, and administrative

    (``SG&A'') expenses, and profit, using the financial statements of

    Jindal Saw Ltd. (``Jindal SAW'') and Bihar Tubes Limited (``Bihar'').

    See Surrogate Values Memorandum. Huludao Pipe submitted the 2006-2007 financial statements of Zenith Birla (India) Limited (``Zenith'') and

    Bihar while the Petitioners submitted the 2006-2007 financial statements of Jindal SAW and the 2007-2008 financial statements TATA

    Steel Limited (``TATA'').

    The Department did not rely upon the financial statements for

    Zenith because the 2006-2007 statements identify receipt of subsidies under the Duty Entitlement Pass Book scheme, which has been found by the Department to provide a countervailable subsidy. See, e.g., Certain

    Iron-Metal Castings From India: Preliminary Results and Partial

    Rescission of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review, 64 FR 61592

    (November 12, 1999) (unchanged in final results).

    In Crawfish from the PRC, the Department discussed its practice with

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    respect to financial statements that contain evidence of subsidization:

    {T{time} he statute directs Commerce to base the valuation of the factors of production on ``the best available information regarding the values of such factors in a market economy country or countries considered to be appropriate . . . .'' Section 773(c)(1) of the Act.

    Moreover, in valuing such factors, Congress further directed Commerce to ``avoid using any prices which it has reason to believe or suspect may be dumped or subsidized prices.'' Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness

    Act of 1988, H.R. Rep. No. 576, 100 nth Cong., 2 nd Sess., at 590-91

    (1988). The Department calculates the financial ratios based on financial statements of companies producing comparable merchandise from the surrogate country, some of which may contain evidence of subsidization. However, where the Department has a reason to believe or suspect that the company may have received subsidies, the Department may consider that the financial ratios derived from that company's financial statements are less representative of the financial experience of that company or the relevant industry than the ratios derived from financial statements that do not contain evidence of subsidization. Consequently, {those statements that appear to reflect subsidies{time} do not constitute the best available information to value the surrogate financial ratios.\11\

    \11\ See Freshwater Crawfish Tail Meat from the People's

    Republic of China: Notice of Final Results and Rescission, In Part, of 2004/2005 Antidumping Duty Administrative and New Shipper

    Reviews, 72 FR 19174 (April 17, 2007) and the accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comment 1.

    Moreover, the Department did not rely upon the financial statements of TATA because TATA uses a production process different from those employed by the respondents. It is the Department's practice not to use financial statements of a company using a production process different from that employed by a respondent, when other financial statements are available for companies employing a production process similar to that employed by a respondent. See Fresh Garlic from the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 70

    FR 34082 (June 13, 2005) at Comment 5.

    Given the record information regarding Zenith's receipt of subsidies, and TATA's product process, as well as the fact that we have other acceptable financial statements to use as surrogates,\12\ we have not considered the financial data from these two companies in our financial ratio calculations. Moreover, given both the fact that we have not found either Bihar's or Jindal SAW's financial statements to be clearly preferable in this case, and the Department's preference to use multiple financial statements when they are not distortive or otherwise unreliable, we have determined that these financial statements represent the best information on the record with which to value financial ratios.\13\

    \12\ Although Jindal SAW Ltd.'s financial statement listed

    ``export benefits/government grants receivable,'' the Department has insufficient information to determine whether these items relate to programs that have been countervailed.

    \13\ See, e.g., Folding Metal Tables and Chairs from the

    People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty

    Administrative Review, 72 FR 71355 (December 17, 2007) and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comment 1c and Final

    Results of New Shipper Review: Certain Preserved Mushrooms From the

    People's Republic of China, 66 FR 45006 (August 27, 2001), and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comment 1.

    In accordance with 19 CFR 351.301(c)(3)(i), for the final determination in an antidumping duty investigation, interested parties may submit publicly available information with which to value factors of production within 40 days after the date of publication of the preliminary determination.

    Currency Conversion

    We made currency conversions into U.S. dollars, in accordance with section 773A(a) of the Act, based on the exchange rates in effect on the dates of the U.S. sales as certified by the Federal Reserve Bank.

    Verification

    As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Act, we intend to verify the information upon which we will rely in making our final determination.

    Combination Rates

    In the Initiation Notice, the Department stated that it would calculate combination rates for certain respondents that are eligible for a separate rate in this investigation. See Initiation Notice. This change in practice is described in Policy Bulletin 05.1:

    {w{time} hile continuing the practice of assigning separate rates only to exporters, all separate rates that the Department will now assign in its NME investigations will be specific to those producers that supplied the exporter during the period of investigation. Note, however, that one rate is calculated for the exporter and all of the producers which supplied subject merchandise to it during the period of investigation. This practice applies both to mandatory respondents receiving an individually calculated separate rate as well as the pool of non-investigated firms receiving the weighted-average of the individually calculated rates. This practice is referred to as the application of ``combination rates'' because such rates apply to specific combinations of exporters and one or more producers. The cash- deposit rate assigned to an exporter will apply only to merchandise both exported by the firm in question and produced by a firm that supplied the exporter during the period of investigation.See Policy

    Bulletin 05.1, ``Separate Rates Practice and Application of Combination

    Rates in Antidumping Investigations Involving Non-Market Economy

    Countries,'' available at http://ia.ita.doc.gov/.

    Preliminary Determination

    The weighted-average dumping margins are as follows:

    Exporter & Producer

    Weighted-Average Margin

    Huludao Steel Pipe Industrial Co., Ltd./..

    Huludao City Steel Pipe Industrial Co.,

    67.83%

    Ltd......................................

    Produced by: Huludao Steel Pipe

    Industrial Co., Ltd./ Huludao

    City Steel Pipe Industrial Co.,

    Ltd..............................

    Shanghai Metals & Minerals Import & Export

    81.52%

    Corp. d/b/a Shanghai Minmetals Materials

    & Products Corp..........................

    Produced by: Huludao Steel Pipe

    Industrial Co. Ltd.; Benxi

    Northern Pipes Co. Ltd...........

    Benxi Northern Pipes Co., Ltd.............

    74.68%

    Produced by: Benxi Northern Pipes

    Co., Ltd.; Tianjin Lianzhong

    Steel Pipe Co., Ltd..............

    Pangang Group Beihai Steel Pipe

    74.68%

    Corporation..............................

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    Produced by: Pangang Group Beihai

    Steel Pipe Corporation...........

    Jiangsu Yulong Steel Pipe Co., Ltd........

    74.68%

    Produced by: Jiangsu Yulong Steel

    Pipe Co., Ltd....................

    Tianjin Xingyuda Import and Export Co.,

    74.68%

    Ltd......................................

    Produced by: Tianjin Lifengyuanda

    Steel Pipe Group Co., Ltd........

    PRC-Wide Rate.............................

    81.52%

    Disclosure

    We will disclose the calculations performed within five days of the date of publication of this notice to parties in this proceeding in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).

    Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 733(d) of the Act, we will instruct U.S.

    Customs and Border protection (``CBP'') to suspend liquidation of all entries of welded line pipe from the PRC as described in the ``Scope of

    Investigation'' section, entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of this notice in the

    Federal Register. We will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit or the posting of a bond equal to the weighted-average amount by which the normal value exceeds U.S. price, as follows: (1) the rate for the exporter/producer combinations listed in the chart above will be the rate we have determined in this preliminary determination; (2) for all

    PRC exporters of subject merchandise which have not received their own rate, the cash-deposit rate will be the PRC-wide rate; and (3) for all non-PRC exporters of subject merchandise which have not received their own rate, the cash-deposit rate will be the rate applicable to the PRC exporter/producer combination that supplied that non-PRC exporter.

    These suspension-of-liquidation instructions will remain in effect until further notice.

    International Trade Commission Notification

    In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, we have notified the

    ITC of our preliminary affirmative determination of sales at LTFV.

    Section 735(b)(2) of the Act requires the ITC to make its final determination as to whether the domestic industry in the United States is materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by reason of imports of welded line pipe, or sales (or the likelihood of sales) for importation, of the subject merchandise within 45 days of our final determination.

    Public Comment

    Case briefs or other written comments may be submitted to the

    Assistant Secretary for Import Administration no later than seven days after the date the final verification report is issued in this proceeding and rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case briefs, no later than five days after the deadline for submitting case briefs. See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(1)(i) and 19 CFR 351.309(d)(1). A list of authorities used and an executive summary of issues should accompany any briefs submitted to the Department. This summary should be limited to five pages total, including footnotes.

    In accordance with section 774 of the Act, we will hold a public hearing, if requested, to afford interested parties an opportunity to comment on arguments raised in case or rebuttal briefs. If a request for a hearing is made, we intend to hold the hearing three days after the deadline of submission of rebuttal briefs at the U.S. Department of

    Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20230, at a time and location to be determined. Parties should confirm by telephone the date, time, and location of the hearing two days before the scheduled date.

    Interested parties who wish to request a hearing, or to participate if one is requested, must submit a written request to the Assistant

    Secretary for Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1870, within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. See 19 CFR 351.310(c). Requests should contain the party's name, address, and telephone number, the number of participants, and a list of the issues to be discussed. At the hearing, each party may make an affirmative presentation only on issues raised in that party's case brief and may make rebuttal presentations only on arguments included in that party's rebuttal brief.

    Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional

    Measures

    Pursuant to section 735(a)(2) of the Act, on October 3, 2008,

    Shanghai Metals requested that in the event of an affirmative preliminary determination in this investigation, the Department postpone its final determination by 60 days. At the same time, Shanghai

    Metals agreed that the Department may extend the application of the provisional measures prescribed under 19 CFR 351.210(e)(2) from a 4- month period to a 6-month period. In accordance with section 733(d) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b), we are granting the request and are postponing the final determination until no later than 135 days after the publication of this notice in the Federal Register because: (1) our preliminary determination is affirmative, (2) the requesting exporters account for a significant proportion of exports of the subject merchandise, and (3) no compelling reasons for denial exist. Suspension of liquidation will be extended accordingly.

    This determination is issued and published in accordance with sections 733(f) and 777(i)(1) of the Act.

    Dated: October 30, 2008.

    David M. Spooner,

    Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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