Import Administration
Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from Taiwan (A-583-835)

Scope Description:

The products covered by this order are certain hot-rolled carbon
steel flat products of a rectangular shape, of a width of 0.5 inch or
greater, neither clad, plated, nor coated with metal and whether or not
painted, varnished, or coated with plastics or other non-metallic
substances, in coils (whether or not in successively superimposed
layers), regardless of thickness, and in straight lengths of a
thickness of less than 4.75 mm and of a width measuring at least 10
times the thickness. Universal mill plate (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 thickness of not less than 4.0
mm, not in coils and without patterns in relief) of a thickness not
less than 4.0 mm is not included within the scope of these
Specifically included within the scope of these investigations are
vacuum degassed, fully stabilized (commonly referred to as
interstitial-free (IF)) steels, high strength low alloy (HSLA) steels,
and the substrate for motor lamination steels. IF steels are recognized
as low carbon steels with micro-alloying levels of elements such as
titanium or niobium (also commonly referred to as columbium), or both,
added to stabilize carbon and nitrogen elements. HSLA steels are
recognized as steels with micro-alloying levels of elements such as
chromium, copper, niobium, vanadium, and molybdenum. The substrate for
motor lamination steels contains micro-alloying levels of elements such
as silicon and aluminum.
Steel products to be included in the scope of these investigations,
regardless of definitions in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the
United States (HTSUS), are products in which: (i) Iron predominates, by
weight, over each of the other contained elements; (ii) the carbon
content is 2 percent or less, by weight; and (iii) none of the elements
listed below exceeds the quantity, by weight, respectively indicated:
1.80 percent of manganese, or
2.25 percent of silicon, or
1.00 percent of copper, or
0.50 percent of aluminum, or
1.25 percent of chromium, or
0.30 percent of cobalt, or
0.40 percent of lead, or
1.25 percent of nickel, or
0.30 percent of tungsten, or
0.10 percent of molybdenum, or
0.10 percent of niobium, or
0.15 percent of vanadium, or
0.15 percent of zirconium.
All products that meet the physical and chemical description
provided above are within the scope of these investigations unless
otherwise excluded. The following products, by way of example, are
outside or specifically excluded from the scope of these
Alloy hot-rolled steel products in which at least one of
the chemical elements exceeds those listed above (including, e.g.,
American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications A543,
A387, A514, A517, A506).
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)/American Iron &
Steel Institute (AISI) grades of series 2300 and higher.
Ball bearing steels, as defined in the HTSUS.
Tool steels, as defined in the HTSUS.
Silico-manganese (as defined in the HTSUS) or silicon
electrical steel with a silicon level exceeding 2.25 percent.
ASTM specifications A710 and A736.
USS abrasion-resistant steels (USS AR 400, USS AR 500).
All products (proprietary or otherwise) based on an alloy
ASTM specification (sample specifications: ASTM A506, A507).
Non-rectangular shapes, not in coils, which are the result
of having been processed by cutting or stamping and which have assumed
the character of articles or products classified outside chapter 72 of
the HTSUS.
The merchandise subject to these investigations is classified in
the HTSUS at subheadings: 7208.10.15.00, 7208.10.30.00, 7208.10.60.00,
7208.25.30.00, 7208.25.60.00, 7208.26.00.30, 7208.26.00.60,
7208.27.00.30, 7208.27.00.60, 7208.36.00.30, 7208.36.00.60,
7208.37.00.30, 7208.37.00.60, 7208.38.00.15, 7208.38.00.30,
7208.38.00.90, 7208.39.00.15, 7208.39.00.30, 7208.39.00.90,
7208.40.60.30, 7208.40.60.60, 7208.53.00.00, 7208.54.00.00,
7208.90.00.00, 7211.14.00.90, 7211.19.15.00, 7211.19.20.00,
7211.19.30.00, 7211.19.45.00, 7211.19.60.00, 7211.19.75.30,
7211.19.75.60, and 7211.19.75.90. Certain hot-rolled carbon steel flat
products covered by these investigations, including: Vacuum degassed
fully stabilized; high strength low alloy; and the substrate for motor
lamination steel may also enter under the following tariff numbers:
7225.11.00.00, 7225.19.00.00, 7225.30.30.50, 7225.30.70.00,
7225.40.70.00, 7225.99.00.90, 7226.11.10.00, 7226.11.90.30,
7226.11.90.60, 7226.19.10.00, 7226.19.90.00, 7226.91.50.00,
7226.91.70.00, 7226.91.80.00, and 7226.99.01.80. Subject merchandise
may also enter under 7210.70.30.00, 7210.90.90.00, 7211.14.00.30,
7212.40.10.00, 7212.40.50.00, and 7212.50.00.00. Although the HTSUS
subheadings are provided for convenience and U.S. Customs purposes, the
written description of the merchandise under investigation is

Source: 66 FR 59563 (November 29, 2001).
Note that HTSUS numbers changed since the order went into effect.
Note that HTSUS numbers are subject to change.