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Scope of the Investigation

  The “scope of the investigation” is the detailed description of the imported merchandise that is being unfairly dumped or subsidized and injuring the U.S. industry. This description should include the technical physical characteristics of the merchandise and the current U.S. tariff classification number(s). The scope description should be an accurate reflection of the product for which the domestic industry is seeking relief, but should not be defined so narrowly that obvious circumvention issues could arise in the future should an antidumping or countervailing duty order be imposed.

  The scope determines the price and cost information the Department of Commerce collects in its dumping analysis. In addition, the scope defines the exact products to which any antidumping or countervailing duties may be applied.

  Following the initiation of an investigation, the Department of Commerce designates a period for interested parties to raise issues regarding the scope. Usually, this comment period is the twenty day period following publication of the Notice of Initiation in the Federal Register.

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