Import Administration
Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products from People's Republic Of China (A-570-029)

Scope Description:

The products covered by this order are certain cold-rolled (cold-
reduced), flat-rolled steel products, whether or not annealed, painted,
varnished, or coated with plastics or other non-metallic substances.
The products covered do not include those that are clad, plated, or
coated with metal. The products covered include coils that have a width
or other lateral measurement (``width'') of 12.7 mm or greater,
regardless of form of coil (e.g., in successively superimposed layers,
spirally oscillating, etc.). The products covered also include products
not in coils (e.g., in straight lengths) of a thickness less than 4.75 mm and a width that
is 12.7 mm or greater and that measures at least 10 times the
thickness. The products covered also include products not in coils
(e.g., in straight lengths) of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more and a
width exceeding 150 mm and measuring at least twice the thickness. The
products described above may be rectangular, square, circular, or other
shape and include products of either rectangular or non-rectangular
cross-section where such cross-section is achieved subsequent to the
rolling process, i.e., products which have been ``worked after
rolling'' (e.g., products which have been beveled or rounded at the
edges). For purposes of the width and thickness requirements referenced
above:
(1) Where the nominal and actual measurements vary, a product is
within the scope if application of either the nominal or actual
measurement would place it within the scope based on the definitions
set forth above, and
(2) where the width and thickness vary for a specific product
(e.g., the thickness of certain products with non-rectangular cross-
section, the width of certain products with non-rectangular shape,
etc.), the measurement at its greatest width or thickness applies.
Steel products included in the scope of this order are 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:
2.50 percent of manganese, or
3.30 percent of silicon, or
1.50 percent of copper, or
1.50 percent of aluminum, or
1.25 percent of chromium, or
0.30 percent of cobalt, or
0.40 percent of lead, or
2.00 percent of nickel, or
0.30 percent of tungsten (also called wolfram), or
0.80 percent of molybdenum, or
0.10 percent of niobium (also called columbium), or
0.30 percent of vanadium, or
0.30 percent of zirconium.
Unless specifically excluded, products are included in this scope
regardless of levels of boron and titanium.
For example, specifically included in this scope are vacuum
degassed, fully stabilized (commonly referred to as interstitial-free
(IF)) steels, high strength low alloy (HSLA) steels, motor lamination
steels, Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS), and Ultra High Strength
Steels (UHSS). IF steels are recognized as low carbon steels with
micro-alloying levels of elements such as titanium and/or niobium added
to stabilize carbon and nitrogen elements. HSLA steels are recognized
as steels with micro-alloying levels of elements such as chromium,
copper, niobium, titanium, vanadium, and molybdenum. Motor lamination
steels contain micro-alloying levels of elements such as silicon and
aluminum. AHSS and UHSS are considered high tensile strength and high
elongation steels, although AHSS and UHSS are covered whether or not
they are high tensile strength or high elongation steels.
Subject merchandise includes cold-rolled steel that has been
further processed in a third country, including but not limited to
annealing, tempering, painting, varnishing, trimming, cutting,
punching, and/or slitting, or any other processing that would not
otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the order if
performed in the country of manufacture of the cold-rolled steel.
All products that meet the written physical description, and in
which the chemistry quantities do not exceed any one of the noted
element levels listed above, are within the scope of this order unless
specifically excluded. The following products are outside of and/or
specifically excluded from the scope of this order:
Ball bearing steels; \9\
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\9\ Ball bearing steels are defined as steels which contain, in
addition to iron, each of the following elements by weight in the
amount specified: (i) Not less than 0.95 nor more than 1.13 percent
of carbon; (ii) not less than 0.22 nor more than 0.48 percent of
manganese; (iii) none, or not more than 0.03 percent of sulfur; (iv)
none, or not more than 0.03 percent of phosphorus; (v) not less than
0.18 nor more than 0.37 percent of silicon; (vi) not less than 1.25
nor more than 1.65 percent of chromium; (vii) none, or not more than
0.28 percent of nickel; (viii) none, or not more than 0.38 percent
of copper; and (ix) none, or not more than 0.09 percent of
molybdenum.
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Tool steels; \10\
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\10\ Tool steels are defined as steels which contain the
following combinations of elements in the quantity by weight
respectively indicated: (i) More than 1.2 percent carbon and more
than 10.5 percent chromium; or (ii) not less than 0.3 percent carbon
and 1.25 percent or more but less than 10.5 percent chromium; or
(iii) not less than 0.85 percent carbon and 1 percent to 1.8
percent, inclusive, manganese; or (iv) 0.9 percent to 1.2 percent,
inclusive, chromium and 0.9 percent to 1.4 percent, inclusive,
molybdenum; or (v) not less than 0.5 percent carbon and not less
than 3.5 percent molybdenum; or (vi) not less than 0.5 percent
carbon and not less than 5.5 percent tungsten.
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Silico-manganese steel; \11\
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\11\ Silico-manganese steel is defined as steels containing by
weight: (i) Not more than 0.7 percent of carbon; (ii) 0.5 percent or
more but not more than 1.9 percent of manganese, and (iii) 0.6
percent or more but not more than 2.3 percent of silicon.
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Grain-oriented electrical steels (GOES) as defined in the
final determination of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Grain-
Oriented Electrical Steel From Germany, Japan, and Poland.\12\
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\12\ See Grain-Oriented Electrical Steel From Germany, Japan,
and Poland: Final Determinations of Sales at Less Than Fair Value
and Certain Final Affirmative Determination of Critical
Circumstances, 79 FR 42501, 42503 (Dep't of Commerce, July 22,
2014). This determination defines grain-oriented electrical steel as
``a flat-rolled alloy steel product containing by weight at least
0.6 percent but not more than 6 percent of silicon, not more than
0.08 percent of carbon, not more than 1.0 percent of aluminum, and
no other element in an amount that would give the steel the
characteristics of another alloy steel, in coils or in straight
lengths.''
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Non-Oriented Electrical Steels (NOES), as defined in the
antidumping orders issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce in Non-
Oriented Electrical Steel From the People's Republic of China, Germany,
Japan, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan.\13\
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\13\ See Non-Oriented Electrical Steel From the People's
Republic of China, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Sweden,
and Taiwan: Antidumping Duty Orders, 79 FR 71741, 71741-42 (Dep't of
Commerce, December 3, 2014). The orders define NOES as ``cold-
rolled, flat-rolled, alloy steel products, whether or not in coils,
regardless of width, having an actual thickness of 0.20 mm or more,
in which the core loss is substantially equal in any direction of
magnetization in the plane of the material. The term `substantially
equal' means that the cross grain direction of core loss is no more
than 1.5 times the straight grain direction (i.e., the rolling
direction) of core loss. NOES has a magnetic permeability that does
not exceed 1.65 Tesla when tested at a field of 800 A/m (equivalent
to 10 Oersteds) along (i.e., parallel to) the rolling direction of
the sheet (i.e., B800 value). NOES contains by weight more than 1.00
percent of silicon but less than 3.5 percent of silicon, not more
than 0.08 percent of carbon, and not more than 1.5 percent of
aluminum. NOES has a surface oxide coating, to which an insulation
coating may be applied.''
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The products subject to this order are currently classified in the
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under item
numbers: 7209.15.0000, 7209.16.0030, 7209.16.0060, 7209.16.0070,
7209.16.0091, 7209.17.0030, 7209.17.0060, 7209.17.0070, 7209.17.0091,
7209.18.1530, 7209.18.1560, 7209.18.2510, 7209.18.2520, 7209.18.2580,
7209.18.6020, 7209.18.6090, 7209.25.0000, 7209.26.0000, 7209.27.0000,
7209.28.0000, 7209.90.0000, 7210.70.3000, 7211.23.1500, 7211.23.2000,
7211.23.3000, 7211.23.4500, 7211.23.6030, 7211.23.6060, 7211.23.6090,
7211.29.2030, 7211.29.2090, 7211.29.4500, 7211.29.6030, 7211.29.6080,
7211.90.0000, 7212.40.1000, 7212.40.5000, 7225.50.6000, 7225.50.8080,
7225.99.0090, 7226.92.5000, 7226.92.7050, and 7226.92.8050. The
products subject to the order may also enter under thefollowing
HTSUS numbers: 7210.90.9000, 7212.50.0000, 7215.10.0010,
7215.10.0080, 7215.50.0016, 7215.50.0018, 7215.50.0020, 7215.50.0061,
7215.50.0063, 7215.50.0065, 7215.50.0090, 7215.90.5000, 7217.10.1000,
7217.10.2000, 7217.10.3000, 7217.10.7000, 7217.90.1000, 7217.90.5030,
7217.90.5060, 7217.90.5090, 7225.19.0000, 7226.19.1000, 7226.19.9000,
7226.99.0180, 7228.50.5015, 7228.50.5040, 7228.50.5070, 7228.60.8000,
and 7229.90.1000.
The HTSUS subheadings above are provided for convenience and U.S.
Customs purposes only. The written description of the scope of the
order is dispositive.