Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Final Negative Critical Circumstances Determination: Certain Lined Paper Products from Indonesia, 47174-47177 [E6-13472]

Download as PDF 47174 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 16, 2006 / Notices International Trade Commission Notification In accordance with section 735(d) of the Act, we have notified the International Trade Commission (‘‘ITC’’) of our determination. The ITC will determine, within 45 days, whether imports of subject merchandise from Indonesia are causing material injury, or threaten material injury, to an industry in the United States. If the ITC determines that material injury or threat of injury does not exist, this proceeding will be terminated and all securities posted will be refunded or canceled. If the ITC determines that such injury does exist, the Department will issue an antidumping duty order directing CBP officials to assess antidumping duties on all imports of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after the effective date of the suspension of liquidation. This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to APO of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. Timely notification of return/destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and the terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation. This determination is issued and published in accordance with sections 735(d) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: August 9, 2006. Joseph A Spetrini, Acting Assistant Secretaryfor Import Administration. [FR Doc. E6–13470 Filed 8–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration (C–560–819) Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Final Negative Critical Circumstances Determination: Certain Lined Paper Products from Indonesia Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) has made a final determination that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of certain lined paper products (CLPP) from Indonesia. For information on the estimated countervailing duty rates, please see the jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:24 Aug 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 ‘‘Suspension of Liquidation’’ section, below. EFFECTIVE DATE: August 16, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Layton or David Neubacher, AD/ CVD Operations, Office 1, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–0371 or (202) 482– 5823, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Petitioner The petitioner in this investigation is the Association of American School Paper Suppliers and its individual members (MeadWestvaco Corporation; Norcom, Inc.; and Top Flight, Inc.) (petitioner). Period of Investigation The period for which we are measuring subsidies, or period of investigation, is January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004. Case History The following events have occurred since the announcement of the preliminary determination on February 7, 2006, and subsequent publication in the Federal Register on February 13, 2006. See Notice of Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination: Certain Lined Paper Products from Indonesia, 71 FR 7524 (February 13, 2006) (Preliminary Determination). Prior to the Preliminary Determination, the petitioner submitted comments alleging that the Government of Indonesia (GOI) provided partial forgiveness of the debt owed by the Sinar Mas Group (SMG)/Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) to the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA) and entrusted and directed creditors of APP to agree to a Master Restructuring Agreement (MRA), which resulted in preferential repayment terms and possible debt forgiveness. The Department did not include these alleged subsidies in its investigation. See Memorandum to Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, entitled New Subsidy Allegation, dated February 10, 2006, which is on file in the Department’s Central Records Unit in Room B–099 of the main Department building (CRU). Also on February 10, 2006,1 PT. Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi Kimia Tbk (TK) submitted comments on the 1 Per the Department’s request, the submission was refiled on March 22, 2006. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Department’s release of proprietary information to the counsel of an ineligible interested party and TK withdrew from the investigation as an active participant, but reserved its right as an interested party2 to participate in briefings or hearings. The Department spoke with TK’s counsel and confirmed the company would not answer further questionnaires and did not expect verification of its information on the record.3 Following TK’s withdrawal from the investigation, TK and the GOI submitted further comments on the record concerning the Department’s APO procedures. The petitioner submitted comments on TK’s and the GOI’s filings on April 21, 2006. We addressed TK’s and the GOI’s concerns in a letter to the parties on April 26, 2006.4 On February 15, 2006, TK submitted ministerial error allegations relating to the Preliminary Determination. We addressed these ministerial error allegations in an March 8, 2006 memorandum to Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, entitled Ministerial Error Allegations, which is on file in the CRU. We issued a supplemental questionnaire to the GOI on February 16, 2006. On February 24, 2006,5 the GOI submitted a letter to the Department in which it stated that it would not provide a response to the Department’s questionnaire. The GOI reiterated TK’s concerns over the Department’s APO procedures (see above) and stated that the GOI would not respond to any request from the Department that would involve the release of proprietary information. However, the GOI did state that it would respond to any requests by the Department for ‘‘understanding Indonesian government laws and regulations and policies on the broader 2 Upon learning of this possibility, we immediately contacted counsel for the company to determine its status on the case. The law firm promptly withdrew its application under the Administrative Protective Order (APO) in the cases involving Indonesia and certified destruction of all APO material it had received related to the Indonesia cases. This was done before February 10, 2006. The respondents did not express concern about any other party with APO access. 3 See Memorandum from Susan Kuhbach, Director, to the File regarding Conversation with Counsel for PT. Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi Kimia Tbk.: Respondent’s Withdrawal from Active Participation (March 17, 2006, replacing memo placed on the record on February 17, 2006). 4 See Letter from Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration to Claire Reade, Arnold & Porter LLP regarding Countervailing Duty Investigation: Certain Lined Paper Products from Indonesia (April 26, 2006). 5 Per the Department’s request, the submission was refiled on March 27, 2006. E:\FR\FM\16AUN1.SGM 16AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 16, 2006 / Notices level.’’6 On March 28, 2006, we sent a letter to the GOI requesting that it clarify statements in its March 27, 2006 letter and also reissued the February 16, 2006 supplemental questionnaire to the government. We received a response to our clarification letter and partial response to our February 16, 2006 supplemental questionnaire on April 7, 2006. As the GOI refused to provide a complete response to our questionnaire and refused to allow the Department to conduct a comprehensive verification of its information on the record, we did not conduct verification.7 On March 7, 2006, the Department published notification of alignment of the final determinations in the antidumping and countervailing duty investigations of CLPP from Indonesia. See Certain Lined Paper Products From India and Indonesia: Alignment of First Countervailing Duty Determination With Antidumping Duty Determination, 71 FR 11379 (March 7, 2006). The Department subsequently postponed the final determinations for the antidumping and countervailing investigations of CLPP from Indonesia. See Notice of Postponement of Final Determination of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations and Extension of Provisional Measures: Certain Lined Paper Products from Indonesia, 71 FR 26925 (May 9, 2006). On March 30, 2006, the GOI requested that the Department provide clarification on its possible use of adverse facts available. We addressed the GOI’s concerns in a letter to the GOI on April 5, 2006.8 On April 19, 2006, we issued a deadline for the receipt of factual information. The GOI, TK and the petitioner submitted factual information on April 24, 2006. The GOI and TK filed responses to the petitioner’s factual information on April 26 and 28, 2006, respectively. We received case briefs from the GOI, TK, and the petitioner on May 1, 2006. The same parties submitted rebuttal briefs on May 8, 2006. No public hearing was held. On August 4, 2006, we placed publicly available data on the record of the investigation and requested comments from parties on the information. The petitioner, TK and the 6 See id. at 6. Memorandum from Constance Handley, Program Manager, to Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, regarding Verification of Government of Indonesia Information (April 19, 2006). 8 See Letter from Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration to Claire Reade, Arnold & Porter LLP regarding Countervailing Duty Investigation: Certain Lined Paper Products from Indonesia (April 5, 2006). jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 7 See VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:24 Aug 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 GOI provided comments and rebuttal comments to the information on August 7 and 8, 2006, respectively. Scope of the Investigation The scope of this investigation includes certain lined paper products, typically school supplies,9 composed of or including paper that incorporates straight horizontal and/or vertical lines on ten or more paper sheets,10 including but not limited to such products as single- and multi–subject notebooks, composition books, wireless notebooks, looseleaf or glued filler paper, graph paper, and laboratory notebooks, and with the smaller dimension of the paper measuring 6 inches to 15 inches (inclusive) and the larger dimension of the paper measuring 8–3/4 inches to 15 inches (inclusive). Page dimensions are measured size (not advertised, stated, or ‘‘tear–out’’ size), and are measured as they appear in the product (i.e., stitched and folded pages in a notebook are measured by the size of the page as it appears in the notebook page, not the size of the unfolded paper). However, for measurement purposes, pages with tapered or rounded edges shall be measured at their longest and widest points. Subject lined paper products may be loose, packaged or bound using any binding method (other than case bound through the inclusion of binders board, a spine strip, and cover wrap). Subject merchandise may or may not contain any combination of a front cover, a rear cover, and/or backing of any composition, regardless of the inclusion of images or graphics on the cover, backing, or paper. Subject merchandise is within the scope of this petition whether or not the lined paper and/or cover are hole punched, drilled, perforated, and/or reinforced. Subject merchandise may contain accessory or informational items including but not limited to pockets, tabs, dividers, closure devices, index cards, stencils, protractors, writing implements, reference materials such as mathematical tables, or printed items such as sticker sheets or miniature calendars, if such items are physically incorporated , included with, or attached to the product, cover and/or backing thereto. Specifically excluded from the scope of this petition are: • unlined copy machine paper; • writing pads with a backing (including but not limited to products commonly 9 For purposes of this scope definition, the actual use of or labeling these products as school supplies or non-school supplies is not a defining characteristic. 10 There shall be no minimum page requirement for looseleaf filler paper. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 47175 known as ‘‘tablets,’’ ‘‘note pads,’’ ‘‘legal pads,’’ and ‘‘quadrille pads’’), provided that they do not have a front cover (whether permanent or removable). This exclusion does not apply to such writing pads if they consist of hole– punched or drilled filler paper; • three–ring or multiple–ring binders, or notebook organizers incorporating such a ring binder provided that they do not include subject paper; • index cards; • printed books and other books that are case bound through the inclusion of binders board, a spine strip, and cover wrap; • newspapers; • pictures and photographs; • desk and wall calendars and organizers (including but not limited to such products generally known as ‘‘office planners,’’ ‘‘time books,’’ and ‘‘appointment books’’); • telephone logs; • address books; • columnar pads & tablets, with or without covers, primarily suited for the recording of written numerical business data; • lined business or office forms, including but not limited to: preprinted business forms, lined invoice pads and paper, mailing and address labels, manifests, and shipping log books; • lined continuous computer paper; • boxed or packaged writing stationary (including but not limited to products commonly known as ‘‘fine business paper,’’ ‘‘parchment paper, ‘‘ and ‘‘letterhead’’), whether or not containing a lined header or decorative lines; • Stenographic pads (‘‘steno pads’’), Gregg ruled,11 measuring 6 inches by 9 inches; Also excluded from the scope of these investigations are the following trademarked products: • FlyTM lined paper products: A notebook, notebook organizer, loose or glued note paper, with papers that are printed with infrared reflective inks and readable only by a FlyTM pen–top computer. The product must bear the valid trademark FlyTM.12 • ZwipesTM: A notebook or notebook organizer made with a blended polyolefin writing surface as the cover and pocket surfaces of the notebook, suitable for writing using a specially– developed permanent marker and erase system (known as a ZwipesTM pen). 11 ‘‘Gregg ruling‘‘ consists of a single- or doublemargin vertical ruling line down the center of the page. For a six-inch by nine-inch stenographic pad, the ruling would be located approximately three inches from the left of the book. 12 Products found to be bearing an invalidly licensed or used trademark are not excluded from the scope. E:\FR\FM\16AUN1.SGM 16AUN1 47176 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 16, 2006 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES This system allows the marker portion to mark the writing surface with a permanent ink. The eraser portion of the marker dispenses a solvent capable of solubilizing the permanent ink allowing the ink to be removed. The product must bear the valid trademark ZwipesTM.13 • FiveStarAdvanceTM: A notebook or notebook organizer bound by a continuous spiral, or helical, wire and with plastic front and rear covers made of a blended polyolefin plastic material joined by 300 denier polyester, coated on the backside with PVC (poly vinyl chloride) coating, and extending the entire length of the spiral or helical wire. The polyolefin plastic covers are of specific thickness; front cover is .019 inches (within normal manufacturing tolerances) and rear cover is .028 inches (within normal manufacturing tolerances). Integral with the stitching that attaches the polyester spine covering, is captured both ends of a 1’’ wide elastic fabric band. This band is located 2–3/8’’ from the top of the front plastic cover and provides pen or pencil storage. Both ends of the spiral wire are cut and then bent backwards to overlap with the previous coil but specifically outside the coil diameter but inside the polyester covering. During construction, the polyester covering is sewn to the front and rear covers face to face (outside to outside) so that when the book is closed, the stitching is concealed from the outside. Both free ends (the ends not sewn to the cover and back) are stitched with a turned edge construction. The flexible polyester material forms a covering over the spiral wire to protect it and provide a comfortable grip on the product. The product must bear the valid trademarks FiveStarAdvanceTM.14 • FiveStar FlexTM: A notebook, a notebook organizer, or binder with plastic polyolefin front and rear covers joined by 300 denier polyester spine cover extending the entire length of the spine and bound by a 3–ring plastic fixture. The polyolefin plastic covers are of a specific thickness; front cover is .019 inches (within normal manufacturing tolerances) and rear cover is .028 inches (within normal manufacturing tolerances). During construction, the polyester covering is sewn to the front cover face to face (outside to outside) so that when the book is closed, the stitching is concealed from the outside. During 13 Products found to be bearing an invalidly licensed or used trademark are not excluded from the scope. 14 Products found to be bearing an invalidly licensed or used trademark are not excluded from the scope. VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:24 Aug 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 construction, the polyester cover is sewn to the back cover with the outside of the polyester spine cover to the inside back cover. Both free ends (the ends not sewn to the cover and back) are stitched with a turned edge construction. Each ring within the fixture is comprised of a flexible strap portion that snaps into a stationary post which forms a closed binding ring. The ring fixture is riveted with six metal rivets and sewn to the back plastic cover and is specifically positioned on the outside back cover. The product must bear the valid trademark FiveStar FlexTM.15 Merchandise subject to this investigation is typically imported under headings 4820.10.2010, 4820.102020, 4820.10.2050, 4810.22.5044, 4811.90.9090 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). The tariff classifications are provided for convenience and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) purposes; however, the written description of the scope of the investigation is dispositive. Scope Comments On October 25, 2005, Continental Accessory Corporation (Continental) filed a request to exclude its fashion notebooks from the scope of the investigation of CLPP from India, Indonesia and the People’s Republic of China. The petitioner submitted comments on Continental’s request on November 16, 2005. The Department has analyzed both parties’ comments and denied Continental’s request to have its fashion notebooks excluded from the scope of the investigation. See Memorandum from Damian Felton, International Trade Compliance Analyst, to Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, regarding Scope Exclusion/Clarification Request: Continental Accessory Corporation, dated March 20, 2006, which is on file in the CRU. Injury Test Because Indonesia is a ‘‘Subsidies Agreement Country’’ within the meaning of section 701(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, (the Act), section 701(a)(2) of the Act applies to this investigation. Accordingly, the ITC must determine whether imports of the subject merchandise from Indonesia materially injure, or threaten material injury to, a U.S. industry. On October 31, 2005, the ITC published its preliminary determination that there is 15 Products found to be bearing an invalidly licensed or used trademark are not excluded from the scope. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports from China, India, and Indonesia. See Certain Lined Paper School Supplies From China, India and Indonesia, 70 FR 62329 (October 31, 2005). Critical Circumstances In the Preliminary Determination, the Department preliminary determined that critical circumstances did not exist with respect to imports of CLPP from Indonesia, in accordance with 703(e)(1) of the Act, because there was no indication that the respondent in this investigation received subsidies inconsistent with the WTO Subsidies Agreement, i.e., export subsidies. Since the Preliminary Determination, the Department has not received or found additional information on the record that would contradict our preliminary decision that TK does not receive subsidies inconsistent with the WTO Subsidies Agreement. Therefore, in accordance with 705(a)(2) of the Act, we continue to find that critical circumstances do not exist with respect to imports of subject merchandise from Indonesia. Analysis of Comments Received All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties to this investigation are addressed in the ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum’’ from Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, to Joseph A. Spetrini, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, dated August 9, 2006 (Decision Memorandum), which is hereby adopted by this notice. Attached to this notice as an Appendix is a list of the issues which parties have raised and to which we have responded in the Decision Memorandum. Parties can find a complete discussion of all issues raised in this investigation and the corresponding recommendations in this public memorandum which is on file in the CRU. In addition, a complete version of the Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the Internet at http://ia.ita.doc.gov/frn/index.html. The paper copy and electronic version of the Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Suspension of Liquidation In accordance with section 705(c)(1)(B)(i)(I) of the Act, we have calculated an individual rate for the company under investigation, TK. With respect to the ‘‘all others’’ rate, section 705(c)(5)(A)(ii) of the Act provides that if the countervailable subsidy rates established for all exporters and E:\FR\FM\16AUN1.SGM 16AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 158 / Wednesday, August 16, 2006 / Notices producers individually investigated are determined entirely under section 776 of the Act, the Department may use any reasonable method to establish an ‘‘all others’’ rate for exporters and producers not individually investigated. In this case, although the rate for the only investigated company is based entirely on facts available under section 776 of the Act, there is no other information on the record upon which we could determine an ‘‘all others’’ rate. As a result, we have used the rate for TK as the ‘‘all others’’ rate. Exporter/Manufacturer Net Subsidy Rate PT. Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi Kimia Tbk .................. All Others ...................... 40.55 percent 40.55 percent As a result of our Preliminary Determination and pursuant to section 703(d) of the Act, we instructed the CBP to suspend liquidation of all entries of certain lined paper products from Indonesia which were entered or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after February 13, 2006, the date of the publication of the Preliminary Determination in the Federal Register. In accordance with section 703(d) of the Act, we instructed CBP to discontinue the suspension of liquidation for subject merchandise for countervailing duty purposes entered on or after June 13, 2006, but to continue the suspension of liquidation of entries made from February 13, 2006, through June 12, 2006. We will issue a countervailing duty order and reinstate the suspension of liquidation under section 706(a) of the Act if the ITC issues a final affirmative injury determination, and will require a cash deposit of estimated countervailing duties for such entries of merchandise in the amounts indicated above. If the ITC determines that material injury, or threat of material injury, does not exist, this proceeding will be terminated and all estimated duties deposited or securities posted as a result of the suspension of liquidation will be refunded or canceled. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES ITC Notification In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the ITC of our determination. In addition, we are making available to the ITC all non– privileged and non–proprietary information related to this investigation. We will allow the ITC access to all privileged and business proprietary information in our files, provided the ITC confirms that it will not disclose such information, either publicly or under an Administrative Protective VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:24 Aug 15, 2006 Jkt 208001 Order (APO), without the written consent of the Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. Return or Destruction of Proprietary Information In the event that the ITC issues a final negative injury determination, this notice will serve as the only reminder to parties subject to an APO of their responsibility concerning the destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Failure to comply is a violation of the APO. This determination is published pursuant to sections 703(f) and 777(i) of the Act. Dated: August 9, 2006. Joseph A. Spetrini, Acting Assistant Secretaryfor Import Administration. APPENDIX List of Comments and Issues in the Decision Memorandum Comment 1: Application of Adverse Facts Available Comment 2: Attribution of Subsidies Received by Cross–owned Companies on Input Products Comment 3: Are Subsidized Logs ‘‘Primarily Dedicated’’ to Certain Lined Paper Products? Comment 4: Provision of Standing Timber at Preferential Rates Comment 5: Government Ban on Log Exports Comment 6: Subsidized Funding of Reforestation (Hutan Tanaman Industria (HTI) Program) Comment 7: Loan Guarantee Comment 8: Calculation of Subsidy Denominator [FR Doc. E6–13472 Filed 8–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA) and its U.S. Commercial Service posts in India will host a U.S. delegation to the India Business Summit to be led by Under Secretary for International Trade Franklin L. Lavin, November 29– 30, 2006, followed by spin-off missions in six Indian cities, December 4–5, 2006. Leaders of U.S. business, industry, education, and state and local PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 47177 government are among those encouraged to take part in the Summit, which will provide access to India’s high-level business, industry, and government representatives and insights into the country’s trade and investment climate. The spin-off missions in Bangalore, Calcutta, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, and New Delhi are open to qualified U.S. exporters in a range of sectors; they will include market briefings, networking events, and one-on-one business appointments with prospective agents, distributors, partners, and end-users. Recruitment Update: Applications for the Summit and/or the spin-off missions will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Recruitment will close October 2, 2006, or earlier, if all available spaces are filled prior to that date. More information is available at http:// export.gov/Indiamission. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Hesser at the Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. Telephone: (202) 482–4663. Fax: (202) 482–2718. Dated: August 10, 2006. Nancy Hesser, Manager, Commercial Service Trade Missions Program. [FR Doc. E6–13471 Filed 8–15–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Steller Sea Lion Protection Economic Survey National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA); Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before October 16, 2006. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). E:\FR\FM\16AUN1.SGM 16AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

(C-560-819)


Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Final 
Negative Critical Circumstances Determination: Certain Lined Paper 
Products from Indonesia

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) has made a final 
determination that countervailable subsidies are being provided to 
producers and exporters of certain lined paper products (CLPP) from 
Indonesia. For information on the estimated countervailing duty rates, 
please see the ``Suspension of Liquidation'' section, below.

EFFECTIVE DATE:  August 16, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Layton or David Neubacher, AD/
CVD Operations, Office 1, Import Administration, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and 
Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-
0371 or (202) 482-5823, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Petitioner

    The petitioner in this investigation is the Association of American 
School Paper Suppliers and its individual members (MeadWestvaco 
Corporation; Norcom, Inc.; and Top Flight, Inc.) (petitioner).

Period of Investigation

    The period for which we are measuring subsidies, or period of 
investigation, is January 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004.

Case History

    The following events have occurred since the announcement of the 
preliminary
    determination on February 7, 2006, and subsequent publication in 
the Federal Register on February 13, 2006. See Notice of Preliminary 
Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination: Certain Lined Paper 
Products from Indonesia, 71 FR 7524 (February 13, 2006) (Preliminary 
Determination).
    Prior to the Preliminary Determination, the petitioner submitted 
comments alleging that the Government of Indonesia (GOI) provided 
partial forgiveness of the debt owed by the Sinar Mas Group (SMG)/Asia 
Pulp & Paper (APP) to the Indonesian Bank Restructuring Agency (IBRA) 
and entrusted and directed creditors of APP to agree to a Master 
Restructuring Agreement (MRA), which resulted in preferential repayment 
terms and possible debt forgiveness. The Department did not include 
these alleged subsidies in its investigation. See Memorandum to Stephen 
J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, 
entitled New Subsidy Allegation, dated February 10, 2006, which is on 
file in the Department's Central Records Unit in Room B-099 of the main 
Department building (CRU).
    Also on February 10, 2006,\1\ PT. Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi Kimia Tbk 
(TK) submitted comments on the Department's release of proprietary 
information to the counsel of an ineligible interested party and TK 
withdrew from the investigation as an active participant, but reserved 
its right as an interested party\2\ to participate in briefings or 
hearings. The Department spoke with TK's counsel and confirmed the 
company would not answer further questionnaires and did not expect 
verification of its information on the record.\3\ Following TK's 
withdrawal from the investigation, TK and the GOI submitted further 
comments on the record concerning the Department's APO procedures. The 
petitioner submitted comments on TK's and the GOI's filings on April 
21, 2006. We addressed TK's and the GOI's concerns in a letter to the 
parties on April 26, 2006.\4\
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    \1\ Per the Department's request, the submission was refiled on 
March 22, 2006.
    \2\ Upon learning of this possibility, we immediately contacted 
counsel for the company to determine its status on the case. The law 
firm promptly withdrew its application under the Administrative 
Protective Order (APO) in the cases involving Indonesia and 
certified destruction of all APO material it had received related to 
the Indonesia cases. This was done before February 10, 2006. The 
respondents did not express concern about any other party with APO 
access.
    \3\ See Memorandum from Susan Kuhbach, Director, to the File 
regarding Conversation with Counsel for PT. Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi 
Kimia Tbk.: Respondent's Withdrawal from Active Participation (March 
17, 2006, replacing memo placed on the record on February 17, 2006).
    \4\ See Letter from Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Import Administration to Claire Reade, Arnold & Porter 
LLP regarding Countervailing Duty Investigation: Certain Lined Paper 
Products from Indonesia (April 26, 2006).
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    On February 15, 2006, TK submitted ministerial error allegations 
relating to the Preliminary Determination. We addressed these 
ministerial error allegations in an March 8, 2006 memorandum to Stephen 
J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, 
entitled Ministerial Error Allegations, which is on file in the CRU.
    We issued a supplemental questionnaire to the GOI on February 16, 
2006. On February 24, 2006,\5\ the GOI submitted a letter to the 
Department in which it stated that it would not provide a response to 
the Department's questionnaire. The GOI reiterated TK's concerns over 
the Department's APO procedures (see above) and stated that the GOI 
would not respond to any request from the Department that would involve 
the release of proprietary information. However, the GOI did state that 
it would respond to any requests by the Department for ``understanding 
Indonesian government laws and regulations and policies on the broader

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level.''\6\ On March 28, 2006, we sent a letter to the GOI requesting 
that it clarify statements in its March 27, 2006 letter and also 
reissued the February 16, 2006 supplemental questionnaire to the 
government. We received a response to our clarification letter and 
partial response to our February 16, 2006 supplemental questionnaire on 
April 7, 2006. As the GOI refused to provide a complete response to our 
questionnaire and refused to allow the Department to conduct a 
comprehensive verification of its information on the record, we did not 
conduct verification.\7\
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    \5\ Per the Department's request, the submission was refiled on 
March 27, 2006.
    \6\ See id. at 6.
    \7\ See Memorandum from Constance Handley, Program Manager, to 
Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import 
Administration, regarding Verification of Government of Indonesia 
Information (April 19, 2006).
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    On March 7, 2006, the Department published notification of 
alignment of the final determinations in the antidumping and 
countervailing duty investigations of CLPP from Indonesia. See Certain 
Lined Paper Products From India and Indonesia: Alignment of First 
Countervailing Duty Determination With Antidumping Duty Determination, 
71 FR 11379 (March 7, 2006). The Department subsequently postponed the 
final determinations for the antidumping and countervailing 
investigations of CLPP from Indonesia. See Notice of Postponement of 
Final Determination of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Investigations and Extension of Provisional Measures: Certain Lined 
Paper Products from Indonesia, 71 FR 26925 (May 9, 2006).
    On March 30, 2006, the GOI requested that the Department provide 
clarification on its possible use of adverse facts available. We 
addressed the GOI's concerns in a letter to the GOI on April 5, 
2006.\8\
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    \8\ See Letter from Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Import Administration to Claire Reade, Arnold & Porter 
LLP regarding Countervailing Duty Investigation: Certain Lined Paper 
Products from Indonesia (April 5, 2006).
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    On April 19, 2006, we issued a deadline for the receipt of factual 
information. The GOI, TK and the petitioner submitted factual 
information on April 24, 2006. The GOI and TK filed responses to the 
petitioner's factual information on April 26 and 28, 2006, 
respectively.
    We received case briefs from the GOI, TK, and the petitioner on May 
1, 2006. The same parties submitted rebuttal briefs on May 8, 2006. No 
public hearing was held.
    On August 4, 2006, we placed publicly available data on the record 
of the investigation and requested comments from parties on the 
information. The petitioner, TK and the GOI provided comments and 
rebuttal comments to the information on August 7 and 8, 2006, 
respectively.

Scope of the Investigation

    The scope of this investigation includes certain lined paper 
products, typically school supplies,\9\ composed of or including paper 
that incorporates straight horizontal and/or vertical lines on ten or 
more paper sheets,\10\ including but not limited to such products as 
single- and multi-subject notebooks, composition books, wireless 
notebooks, looseleaf or glued filler paper, graph paper, and laboratory 
notebooks, and with the smaller dimension of the paper measuring 6 
inches to 15 inches (inclusive) and the larger dimension of the paper 
measuring 8-3/4 inches to 15 inches (inclusive). Page dimensions are 
measured size (not advertised, stated, or ``tear-out'' size), and are 
measured as they appear in the product (i.e., stitched and folded pages 
in a notebook are measured by the size of the page as it appears in the 
notebook page, not the size of the unfolded paper). However, for 
measurement purposes, pages with tapered or rounded edges shall be 
measured at their longest and widest points. Subject lined paper 
products may be loose, packaged or bound using any binding method 
(other than case bound through the inclusion of binders board, a spine 
strip, and cover wrap). Subject merchandise may or may not contain any 
combination of a front cover, a rear cover, and/or backing of any 
composition, regardless of the inclusion of images or graphics on the 
cover, backing, or paper. Subject merchandise is within the scope of 
this petition whether or not the lined paper and/or cover are hole 
punched, drilled, perforated, and/or reinforced. Subject merchandise 
may contain accessory or informational items including but not limited 
to pockets, tabs, dividers, closure devices, index cards, stencils, 
protractors, writing implements, reference materials such as 
mathematical tables, or printed items such as sticker sheets or 
miniature calendars, if such items are physically incorporated , 
included with, or attached to the product, cover and/or backing 
thereto.
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    \9\ For purposes of this scope definition, the actual use of or 
labeling these products as school supplies or non-school supplies is 
not a defining characteristic.
    \10\ There shall be no minimum page requirement for looseleaf 
filler paper.
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    Specifically excluded from the scope of this petition are:
 unlined copy machine paper;
 writing pads with a backing (including but not limited to 
products commonly known as ``tablets,'' ``note pads,'' ``legal pads,'' 
and ``quadrille pads''), provided that they do not have a front cover 
(whether permanent or removable). This exclusion does not apply to such 
writing pads if they consist of hole-punched or drilled filler paper;
 three-ring or multiple-ring binders, or notebook organizers 
incorporating such a ring binder provided that they do not include 
subject paper;
 index cards;
 printed books and other books that are case bound through the 
inclusion of binders board, a spine strip, and cover wrap;
 newspapers;
 pictures and photographs;
 desk and wall calendars and organizers (including but not 
limited to such products generally known as ``office planners,'' ``time 
books,'' and ``appointment books'');
 telephone logs;
 address books;
 columnar pads & tablets, with or without covers, primarily 
suited for the recording of written numerical business data;
 lined business or office forms, including but not limited to: 
preprinted business forms, lined invoice pads and paper, mailing and 
address labels, manifests, and shipping log books;
 lined continuous computer paper;
 boxed or packaged writing stationary (including but not 
limited to products commonly known as ``fine business paper,'' 
``parchment paper, `` and ``letterhead''), whether or not containing a 
lined header or decorative lines;
 Stenographic pads (``steno pads''), Gregg ruled,\11\ measuring 
6 inches by 9 inches;
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    \11\ ``Gregg ruling`` consists of a single- or double-margin 
vertical ruling line down the center of the page. For a six-inch by 
nine-inch stenographic pad, the ruling would be located 
approximately three inches from the left of the book.
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    Also excluded from the scope of these investigations are the 
following trademarked products:
 FlyTM lined paper products: A notebook, notebook 
organizer, loose or glued note paper, with papers that are printed with 
infrared reflective inks and readable only by a FlyTM pen-
top computer. The product must bear the valid trademark 
FlyTM.\12\
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    \12\ Products found to be bearing an invalidly licensed or used 
trademark are not excluded from the scope.
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 ZwipesTM: A notebook or notebook organizer made 
with a blended polyolefin writing surface as the cover and pocket 
surfaces of the notebook, suitable for writing using a specially-
developed permanent marker and erase system (known as a 
ZwipesTM pen).

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This system allows the marker portion to mark the writing surface with 
a permanent ink. The eraser portion of the marker dispenses a solvent 
capable of solubilizing the permanent ink allowing the ink to be 
removed. The product must bear the valid trademark 
ZwipesTM.\13\
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 FiveStar[reg]AdvanceTM: A notebook or notebook 
organizer bound by a continuous spiral, or helical, wire and with 
plastic front and rear covers made of a blended polyolefin plastic 
material joined by 300 denier polyester, coated on the backside with 
PVC (poly vinyl chloride) coating, and extending the entire length of 
the spiral or helical wire. The polyolefin plastic covers are of 
specific thickness; front cover is .019 inches (within normal 
manufacturing tolerances) and rear cover is .028 inches (within normal 
manufacturing tolerances). Integral with the stitching that attaches 
the polyester spine covering, is captured both ends of a 1'' wide 
elastic fabric band. This band is located 2-3/8'' from the top of the 
front plastic cover and provides pen or pencil storage. Both ends of 
the spiral wire are cut and then bent backwards to overlap with the 
previous coil but specifically outside the coil diameter but inside the 
polyester covering. During construction, the polyester covering is sewn 
to the front and rear covers face to face (outside to outside) so that 
when the book is closed, the stitching is concealed from the outside. 
Both free ends (the ends not sewn to the cover and back) are stitched 
with a turned edge construction. The flexible polyester material forms 
a covering over the spiral wire to protect it and provide a comfortable 
grip on the product. The product must bear the valid trademarks 
FiveStar[reg]AdvanceTM.\14\
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 FiveStar FlexTM: A notebook, a notebook organizer, 
or binder with plastic polyolefin front and rear covers joined by 300 
denier polyester spine cover extending the entire length of the spine 
and bound by a 3-ring plastic fixture. The polyolefin plastic covers 
are of a specific thickness; front cover is .019 inches (within normal 
manufacturing tolerances) and rear cover is .028 inches (within normal 
manufacturing tolerances). During construction, the polyester covering 
is sewn to the front cover face to face (outside to outside) so that 
when the book is closed, the stitching is concealed from the outside. 
During construction, the polyester cover is sewn to the back cover with 
the outside of the polyester spine cover to the inside back cover. Both 
free ends (the ends not sewn to the cover and back) are stitched with a 
turned edge construction. Each ring within the fixture is comprised of 
a flexible strap portion that snaps into a stationary post which forms 
a closed binding ring. The ring fixture is riveted with six metal 
rivets and sewn to the back plastic cover and is specifically 
positioned on the outside back cover. The product must bear the valid 
trademark FiveStar FlexTM.\15\
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    \15\ Products found to be bearing an invalidly licensed or used 
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    Merchandise subject to this investigation is typically imported 
under headings 4820.10.2010, 4820.102020, 4820.10.2050, 4810.22.5044, 
4811.90.9090 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
(HTSUS). The tariff classifications are provided for convenience and 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) purposes; however, the written 
description of the scope of the investigation is dispositive.

Scope Comments

    On October 25, 2005, Continental Accessory Corporation 
(Continental) filed a request to exclude its fashion notebooks from the 
scope of the investigation of CLPP from India, Indonesia and the 
People's Republic of China. The petitioner submitted comments on 
Continental's request on November 16, 2005.
    The Department has analyzed both parties' comments and denied 
Continental's request to have its fashion notebooks excluded from the 
scope of the investigation. See Memorandum from Damian Felton, 
International Trade Compliance Analyst, to Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy 
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, regarding Scope 
Exclusion/Clarification Request: Continental Accessory Corporation, 
dated March 20, 2006, which is on file in the CRU.

Injury Test

    Because Indonesia is a ``Subsidies Agreement Country'' within the 
meaning of section 701(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, (the 
Act), section 701(a)(2) of the Act applies to this investigation. 
Accordingly, the ITC must determine whether imports of the subject 
merchandise from Indonesia materially injure, or threaten material 
injury to, a U.S. industry. On October 31, 2005, the ITC published its 
preliminary determination that there is a reasonable indication that an 
industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of 
imports from China, India, and Indonesia. See Certain Lined Paper 
School Supplies From China, India and Indonesia, 70 FR 62329 (October 
31, 2005).

Critical Circumstances

    In the Preliminary Determination, the Department preliminary 
determined that critical circumstances did not exist with respect to 
imports of CLPP from Indonesia, in accordance with 703(e)(1) of the 
Act, because there was no indication that the respondent in this 
investigation received subsidies inconsistent with the WTO Subsidies 
Agreement, i.e., export subsidies.
    Since the Preliminary Determination, the Department has not 
received or found additional information on the record that would 
contradict our preliminary decision that TK does not receive subsidies 
inconsistent with the WTO Subsidies Agreement. Therefore, in accordance 
with 705(a)(2) of the Act, we continue to find that critical 
circumstances do not exist with respect to imports of subject 
merchandise from Indonesia.

Analysis of Comments Received

    All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties to 
this investigation are addressed in the ``Issues and Decision 
Memorandum'' from Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for 
Import Administration, to Joseph A. Spetrini, Acting Assistant 
Secretary for Import Administration, dated August 9, 2006 (Decision 
Memorandum), which is hereby adopted by this notice. Attached to this 
notice as an Appendix is a list of the issues which parties have raised 
and to which we have responded in the Decision Memorandum. Parties can 
find a complete discussion of all issues raised in this investigation 
and the corresponding recommendations in this public memorandum which 
is on file in the CRU. In addition, a complete version of the Decision 
Memorandum can be accessed directly on the Internet at http://
ia.ita.doc.gov/frn/index.html. The paper copy and electronic version of 
the Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 705(c)(1)(B)(i)(I) of the Act, we have 
calculated an individual rate for the company under investigation, TK. 
With respect to the ``all others'' rate, section 705(c)(5)(A)(ii) of 
the Act provides that if the countervailable subsidy rates established 
for all exporters and

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producers individually investigated are determined entirely under 
section 776 of the Act, the Department may use any reasonable method to 
establish an ``all others'' rate for exporters and producers not 
individually investigated. In this case, although the rate for the only 
investigated company is based entirely on facts available under section 
776 of the Act, there is no other information on the record upon which 
we could determine an ``all others'' rate. As a result, we have used 
the rate for TK as the ``all others'' rate.

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                Exporter/Manufacturer                  Net Subsidy Rate
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PT. Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi Kimia Tbk...................       40.55 percent
All Others..........................................       40.55 percent
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    As a result of our Preliminary Determination and pursuant to 
section 703(d) of the Act, we instructed the CBP to suspend liquidation 
of all entries of certain lined paper products from Indonesia which 
were entered or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after 
February 13, 2006, the date of the publication of the Preliminary 
Determination in the Federal Register. In accordance with section 
703(d) of the Act, we instructed CBP to discontinue the suspension of 
liquidation for subject merchandise for countervailing duty purposes 
entered on or after June 13, 2006, but to continue the suspension of 
liquidation of entries made from February 13, 2006, through June 12, 
2006.
    We will issue a countervailing duty order and reinstate the 
suspension of liquidation under section 706(a) of the Act if the ITC 
issues a final affirmative injury determination, and will require a 
cash deposit of estimated countervailing duties for such entries of 
merchandise in the amounts indicated above. If the ITC determines that 
material injury, or threat of material injury, does not exist, this 
proceeding will be terminated and all estimated duties deposited or 
securities posted as a result of the suspension of liquidation will be 
refunded or canceled.

ITC Notification

    In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the 
ITC of our determination. In addition, we are making available to the 
ITC all non-privileged and non-proprietary information related to this 
investigation. We will allow the ITC access to all privileged and 
business proprietary information in our files, provided the ITC 
confirms that it will not disclose such information, either publicly or 
under an Administrative Protective Order (APO), without the written 
consent of the Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

Return or Destruction of Proprietary Information

    In the event that the ITC issues a final negative injury 
determination, this notice will serve as the only reminder to parties 
subject to an APO of their responsibility concerning the destruction of 
proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 
351.305(a)(3). Failure to comply is a violation of the APO.
    This determination is published pursuant to sections 703(f) and 
777(i) of the Act.

    Dated: August 9, 2006.
Joseph A. Spetrini,
Acting Assistant Secretaryfor Import Administration.

APPENDIX

List of Comments and Issues in the Decision Memorandum

Comment 1: Application of Adverse Facts Available
Comment 2: Attribution of Subsidies Received by Cross-owned Companies 
on Input Products
Comment 3: Are Subsidized Logs ``Primarily Dedicated'' to Certain Lined 
Paper Products?
Comment 4: Provision of Standing Timber at Preferential Rates
Comment 5: Government Ban on Log Exports
Comment 6: Subsidized Funding of Reforestation (Hutan Tanaman Industria 
(HTI) Program)
Comment 7: Loan Guarantee
Comment 8: Calculation of Subsidy Denominator
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