Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2003-002
20 June 2003
Preliminary Injury Inquiry No. PI-2003-002: Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Plate and High-Strength Low-Alloy Steel Plate, Supplementary Instructions
The dumping investigation that the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency (CCRA) has initiated covers imports of carbon steel plate in thicknesses up to and including 5.25 inches. According to documentation provided by the CCRA with the file that it transmitted to the Tribunal, the domestic industry's current production of carbon steel plate is limited to thicknesses of up to 3.00 inches. Under paragraph 35(1)(b) of the Special Import Measures Act, the Tribunal may conclude that the evidence does not disclose a reasonable indication that some of the subject goods have caused injury or retardation or threaten to cause injury.
Consequently, the Tribunal is issuing a short questionnaire to domestic producers and importers requesting data on sales of carbon steel plate during the CCRA's period of investigation, broken down by range of thickness. Producers will also be requested to respond to a question on their technical capability of producing plate of different thicknesses. Questionnaire responses must be returned to the Tribunal no later than July 2, 2003, and they will be included in the Tribunal's distribution of exhibits on July 4, 2003.
The Tribunal invites parties that file notices of participation to make written submissions addressing the following issues:
· The current status and prospective plans by domestic producers for the production and sale of carbon steel plate in thicknesses greater than 3.00 inches
· Evidence and argument on the physical and economic substitutability between carbon steel plate in thicknesses greater than 3.00 inches and other plate subject to the inquiry
Domestic producers are to make their submissions on the above issues no later than July 10, 2003. Opposing parties are to make their reply submissions no later than July 17, 2003, when they are also to make submissions on injury and other matters. Domestic producers may reply to the submissions by opposing parties no later than July 24, 2003, when they may also respond to submissions by opposing parties.
The Tribunal will inform parties on July 18, 2003, of its decision on the need for a public hearing and, if a hearing is required, of how the Tribunal intends to proceed. Such a hearing would be devoted exclusively to the issues identified above, on which submissions have been requested from parties.
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