Expected Non-Market Economy Wages: Request for Comments on 2007 Calculation, 19812-19814 [E8-7805]

Download as PDF 19812 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 71 / Friday, April 11, 2008 / Notices but liquidation of these sales was not suspended. Therefore, pursuant to section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), we have calculated the weighted–average margin using the sales of CVP 23 that are related to these entries during the period of review. Where possible, for those entries of subject merchandise for which there was no suspension of liquidation and which have been liquidated, we adjusted the importer– specific assessment rates to take into account the antidumping duty liability for subject merchandise that entered and was liquidated without regard to antidumping duties. See the Decision Memo for more details. Inland Freight from the Plant to the Port of Exportation For a certain number of sales, Alpanil reported in its U.S. sales database erroneous amounts of inland–freight expenses it incurred to transport subject merchandise from its plant to the port of exportation. We revised these expenses based on the freight–expense documents Alpanil provided. See Alpanil Final Analysis Memorandum dated April 7, 2008 (Final Analysis Memo), for more details that rely on Alpanil’s business–proprietary information. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Constructed Value and Associated Expenses For certain reported U.S. sales that did not have matching home–market sales, we used constructed value as the basis for normal value. Because Alpanil did not report general and administrative (G&A) expenses in its constructed–value database, we calculated Alpanil’s G&A expenses using Alpanil’s profit–and-loss statement and reported total cost of manufacturing and packing expenses. In order to calculate correct amounts of indirect selling expenses for constructed value, we revised Alpanil’s home– market indirect selling expense by excluding transportation expenses from the recalculation of its home–market indirect–selling-expense rate. See Alpanil Final Analysis Memo for more details that rely on Alpanil’s business– proprietary information. Final Results of Review As a result of our review, we determine that the weighted–average margin for Alpanil for the period of review December 1, 2005, through November 30, 2006, is 11.25 percent. Assessment Rates The Department shall determine, and CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:21 Apr 10, 2008 Jkt 214001 all appropriate entries. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1), we will issue importer–specific assessment instructions for entries of subject merchandise during the period of review. The Department will issue appropriate assessment instructions directly to CBP 15 days after publication of the final results of review. The Department clarified its ‘‘automatic assessment’’ regulation on May 6, 2003 (68 FR 23954). This clarification will apply to entries of subject merchandise during the period of review produced by Alpanil for which it did not know its merchandise was destined for the United States. In such instances, we will instruct CBP to liquidate any unreviewed entries at the all–others rate if there is no rate for the intermediate company(ies) involved in the transaction. For a full discussion of this clarification, see Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Assessment of Antidumping Duties, 68 FR 23954 (May 6, 2003). Cash–Deposit Requirements The following deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of this notice of final results of administrative review for all shipments of CVP 23 entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date of the final results, as provided by section 751(a)(1) and (a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) the cash–deposit rate for Alpanil will be 11.25 percent; (2) for a previously investigated company, the cash–deposit rate will continue to be the company–specific rate published in Antidumping Duty Order, 69 FR at 77989; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review or the less–than-fair–value investigation but the manufacturer is, the cash– deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent period for the manufacturer of the merchandise; (4) if neither the exporter nor the manufacturer has its own rate, the cash– deposit rate will be 27.48 percent, the all–others rate published in Antidumping Duty Order, 69 FR at 77989. These deposit requirements shall remain in effect until further notice. Notification to Importers This notice serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this period of review. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Department’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 assessment of doubled antidumping duties. Notification Regarding APOs This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective orders (APO) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO as explained in the APO itself. See 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of the return/destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation. We are publishing these final results of administrative review and notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: April 7, 2008. David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. Appendix 1. Reported U.S. Sales and Sales That Entered the United States 2. Countervailing Duty Offset [FR Doc. E8–7794 Filed 4–10–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Expected Non-Market Economy Wages: Request for Comments on 2007 Calculation Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Request for comment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (‘‘Department’’) has a longstanding practice of calculating expected nonmarket economy (‘‘NME’’) wages for use as the surrogate value for direct labor in antidumping proceedings involving NME countries. These expected NME wages are calculated annually in accordance with the Department’s regulations, See 19 CFR 351.408 (c)(3). This notice constitutes the Department’s 2007 expected NME wages, which were calculated from 2005 data made available in 2007 according to the Department’s revised methodology described in the Federal Register notice entitled Antidumping Methodologies: Market Economy Inputs, Expected NonMarket Economy Wages, Duty Drawback; and Request for Comments, 71 FR 61716, Oct. 19, 2006 (hereafter, E:\FR\FM\11APN1.SGM 11APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 71 / Friday, April 11, 2008 / Notices mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES the ‘‘Antidumping Methodologies notice’’), and provides the public with an opportunity to comment on potential clerical errors in the calculation. DATES: Any comments must be submitted no later than 10 days after publication of this notice. ADDRESSES: Written comments (original and six copies) should be sent to David Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Central Records Unit, Room 1870, 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anthony Hill, Economist, Office of Policy, or Juanita Chen, Special Assistant to the Senior Enforcement Coordinator, China/ NME Group, Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230, (202) 482–1843 and (202) 482–1904, respectively. Background The Department’s regulations generally describe the methodology by which the Department calculates expected NME wages: For labor, the Secretary will use regression-based wage rates reflective of the observed relationship between wages and national income in market economy countries. The Secretary will calculate the wage rate to be applied in nonmarket economy proceedings each year. The calculation will be based on current data, and will be made available to the public, See 19 CFR 351.408 (c)(3). The Department’s expected NME wages are calculated each year in two steps. First, the relationship between hourly wage rates (obtained from the International Labour Organization’s (‘‘ILO’’) Yearbook of Labour Statistics) and per-capita gross national income (‘‘GNI’’) (obtained from the World Bank) is estimated using ordinary least squares (OLS) regression analysis. Second, the GNI of each of the countries designated by the Department to be an NME are applied to the regression, which yields an expected hourly wage rate for each NME. The Department published a notice in the Federal Register on October 19, 2006, which detailed its revised methodology for calculating expected NME wages in antidumping proceedings involving NME countries. See the Antidumping Methodologies notice. In that notice, the Department stated that ‘‘ [e]ach year, the Department’s annual calculation will be subject to public notice prior to the adoption of the resulting expected NME wage rates for use in antidumping proceedings. VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:21 Apr 10, 2008 Jkt 214001 Comment will be requested only with regard to potential clerical errors in the Department’s calculation.’’ Antidumping Methodology Notice, 71 FR 61722. This notice constitutes the Department’s 2007 calculation of expected NME wages in Attachment 1, which were calculated from 2005 data made available in 2007 according to the Department’s revised methodology described in the Antidumping Methodologies notice. The Department is requesting public comment only on the potential clerical errors in the calculation. Comments with regard to the methodology were addressed in the Antidumping Methodologies notice and will not be considered. In order to facilitate a full opportunity for comment, and because the underlying data is voluminous, the preliminary results and underlying data for the preliminary 2007 expected NME wages calculation have been posted on the Import Administration Web site (https://www.ia.ita.doc.gov). This preliminary calculation will not be used for antidumping purposes until it has been finalized by the Department following the public comment period. Submission of Comments Persons wishing to comment on clerical errors in the Department’s 2007 calculation of expected NME wages presented in Attachment 1 should file one signed original and six copies of each set of comments by the date specified above. The Department will consider all comments regarding clerical errors received before the close of the comment period. Comments received after the end of the comment period will be considered, if possible, but their consideration cannot be assured. The Department will not accept comments accompanied by a request that a part or all of the material be treated confidentially because of its business proprietary nature or for any other reason. The Department will return such comments and materials to the persons submitting the comments and will not consider them. All comments responding to this notice will be a matter of public record and will be available for inspection and copying at Import Administration’s Central Records Unit, Room 1117. The Department requires that comments be submitted in written form. The Department recommends submission of comments in electronic form to accompany the required paper copies. Comments filed in electronic form should be submitted either by e-mail to the Webmaster below, or on CD–ROM, as comments submitted on diskettes are PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19813 likely to be damaged by postal radiation treatment. Comments received in electronic form will be made available to the public in Portable Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the Import Administration Web site at the following address: https:// www.ia.ita.doc.gov. Any questions concerning file formatting, document conversion, access on the Internet, or other electronic filing issues should be addressed to Andrew Lee Beller, Import Administration Webmaster, at (202) 482–0866, e-mail address: webmastersupport@ita.doc.gov. Dated: April 1, 2008. Stephen J. Claeys, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. Attachment 1–2007 Calculation of Expected NME Wages Following the criteria and methodology described in the Antidumping Methodologies notice, and using the data available to the Department as of December 27, 2007, the Department has calculated preliminary 2007 expected NME wages. 2004 and 2005 data in Chapter 5B of the ILO International Labour Statistics were available for 87 entities: Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belgium, Bermuda, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Madagascar, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia and Montenegro, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands, West Bank and Gaza strip. Within this data set, for 2004 and 2005, there were no ‘‘earnings’’ data for Italy, Myanmar, Peru, Philippines, and Qatar. There were no further entities eliminated as 2004 and 2005 data was present for ‘‘men and women’’ and represented all industries (‘‘Total’’) for the remaining 82 entities. E:\FR\FM\11APN1.SGM 11APN1 19814 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 71 / Friday, April 11, 2008 / Notices Of these 82 entities, a consumer price index was unavailable for the following 13: Azerbaijan, Bermuda, China, Cuba, Gibraltar, Guam, Isle of Man, Jersey, Puerto Rico, San Marino, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the Virgin Islands. Of the remaining 69 entities, there was no exchange rate available for Serbia and Montenegro. Of the remaining 68 entities, there was no GNI data available for: Bahrain, Cyprus, and Macau. Of the remaining 65 entities, the following four are currently or were NMEs designated by the Department in 2004 or 2005: Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Moldova. Accordingly, the Department ran its preliminary 2007 expected NME wage regression on the following 61 countries: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia the former Yugoslav Republic of, Madagascar, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, and West Bank and Gaza Strip. Following the data compilation and regression methodology described in the Antidumping Methodologies notice, and using GNI and wage data for Base Year 2005, the regression results are: Wage = 0.284456 + 0.000447* GNI. Expected NME 2005 GNI (USD per annum) Country Armenia .................................................................................................................................................................... Azerbaijan ................................................................................................................................................................ Belarus ..................................................................................................................................................................... China ........................................................................................................................................................................ Georgia .................................................................................................................................................................... Kyrgyz Republic ....................................................................................................................................................... Moldova ................................................................................................................................................................... Tajikistan .................................................................................................................................................................. Uzbekistan ............................................................................................................................................................... Vietnam .................................................................................................................................................................... The World Bank did not publish a GNI for Turkmenistan. As stated above, the full preliminary results and underlying data for the 2007 expected NME wages calculation have been posted on the Import Administration Web site (https:// ia.ita.doc.gov). [FR Doc. E8–7805 Filed 4–10–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration A–489–815 Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Light–Walled Rectangular Pipe and Tube from Turkey Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. EFFECTIVE DATE: April 11, 2008. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) determines that imports of light–walled rectangular pipe and tube from Turkey are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value, as provided in section 735 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). The final dumping margins are listed below in the section mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:21 Apr 10, 2008 Jkt 214001 entitled ‘‘Final Determination of Investigation.’’ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tyler Weinhold, Fred Baker, or Robert James, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–1121, (202) 482–2924, or (202) 482– 0649, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On January 30, 2008, the Department published the preliminary determination of sales at less than fair value (LTFV) in the antidumping investigation of light–walled rectangular pipe and tube from Turkey. See Notice of Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Light–Walled Rectangular Pipe and Tube from Turkey, 73 FR 5508 (January 30, 2008) (Preliminary Determination). We invited parties to comment on the Preliminary Determination. On March 10, 2008, we received a letter from Goktas Tube, a producer/exporter of light–walled rectangular pipe and tube from Turkey. We did not receive any case or rebuttal briefs from any other interested parties. Period of Investigation The period of investigation is April 1, 2006, through March 31, 2007. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1,470 1,270 2,760 1,740 1,300 450 960 330 530 620 Wage rate (USD per hour) 0.94 0.85 1.52 1.06 0.87 0.49 0.71 0.43 0.52 0.56 Scope of Investigation The merchandise subject to this investigation is certain welded carbon quality light–walled steel pipe and tube, of rectangular (including square) cross section, having a wall thickness of less than 4 mm. The term carbon–quality steel includes both carbon steel and alloy steel which contains only small amounts of alloying elements. Specifically, the term carbon– quality includes products in which 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 vanadium, or 0.15 percent of zirconium. The description of carbon–quality is intended to identify carbon–quality products within the scope. The welded carbon–quality rectangular pipe and tube subject to this investigation is currently classified under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings 7306.61.50.00 and 7306.61.70.60. While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and Customs purposes, our E:\FR\FM\11APN1.SGM 11APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 71 (Friday, April 11, 2008)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Expected Non-Market Economy Wages: Request for Comments on 2007 
Calculation

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Request for comment.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (``Department'') has a longstanding 
practice of calculating expected non-market economy (``NME'') wages for 
use as the surrogate value for direct labor in antidumping proceedings 
involving NME countries. These expected NME wages are calculated 
annually in accordance with the Department's regulations, See 19 CFR 
351.408 (c)(3). This notice constitutes the Department's 2007 expected 
NME wages, which were calculated from 2005 data made available in 2007 
according to the Department's revised methodology described in the 
Federal Register notice entitled Antidumping Methodologies: Market 
Economy Inputs, Expected Non-Market Economy Wages, Duty Drawback; and 
Request for Comments, 71 FR 61716, Oct. 19, 2006 (hereafter,

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the ``Antidumping Methodologies notice''), and provides the public with 
an opportunity to comment on potential clerical errors in the 
calculation.

DATES: Any comments must be submitted no later than 10 days after 
publication of this notice.

ADDRESSES: Written comments (original and six copies) should be sent to 
David Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, Central Records Unit, Room 1870, 14th Street 
and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anthony Hill, Economist, Office of 
Policy, or Juanita Chen, Special Assistant to the Senior Enforcement 
Coordinator, China/ NME Group, Import Administration, U.S. Department 
of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 
20230, (202) 482-1843 and (202) 482-1904, respectively.

Background

    The Department's regulations generally describe the methodology by 
which the Department calculates expected NME wages: For labor, the 
Secretary will use regression-based wage rates reflective of the 
observed relationship between wages and national income in market 
economy countries. The Secretary will calculate the wage rate to be 
applied in non-market economy proceedings each year. The calculation 
will be based on current data, and will be made available to the 
public, See 19 CFR 351.408 (c)(3).
    The Department's expected NME wages are calculated each year in two 
steps. First, the relationship between hourly wage rates (obtained from 
the International Labour Organization's (``ILO'') Yearbook of Labour 
Statistics) and per-capita gross national income (``GNI'') (obtained 
from the World Bank) is estimated using ordinary least squares (OLS) 
regression analysis. Second, the GNI of each of the countries 
designated by the Department to be an NME are applied to the 
regression, which yields an expected hourly wage rate for each NME.
    The Department published a notice in the Federal Register on 
October 19, 2006, which detailed its revised methodology for 
calculating expected NME wages in antidumping proceedings involving NME 
countries. See the Antidumping Methodologies notice. In that notice, 
the Department stated that `` [e]ach year, the Department's annual 
calculation will be subject to public notice prior to the adoption of 
the resulting expected NME wage rates for use in antidumping 
proceedings. Comment will be requested only with regard to potential 
clerical errors in the Department's calculation.'' Antidumping 
Methodology Notice, 71 FR 61722.
    This notice constitutes the Department's 2007 calculation of 
expected NME wages in Attachment 1, which were calculated from 2005 
data made available in 2007 according to the Department's revised 
methodology described in the Antidumping Methodologies notice. The 
Department is requesting public comment only on the potential clerical 
errors in the calculation. Comments with regard to the methodology were 
addressed in the Antidumping Methodologies notice and will not be 
considered.
    In order to facilitate a full opportunity for comment, and because 
the underlying data is voluminous, the preliminary results and 
underlying data for the preliminary 2007 expected NME wages calculation 
have been posted on the Import Administration Web site (https://
www.ia.ita.doc.gov). This preliminary calculation will not be used for 
antidumping purposes until it has been finalized by the Department 
following the public comment period.

Submission of Comments

    Persons wishing to comment on clerical errors in the Department's 
2007 calculation of expected NME wages presented in Attachment 1 should 
file one signed original and six copies of each set of comments by the 
date specified above. The Department will consider all comments 
regarding clerical errors received before the close of the comment 
period. Comments received after the end of the comment period will be 
considered, if possible, but their consideration cannot be assured. The 
Department will not accept comments accompanied by a request that a 
part or all of the material be treated confidentially because of its 
business proprietary nature or for any other reason. The Department 
will return such comments and materials to the persons submitting the 
comments and will not consider them. All comments responding to this 
notice will be a matter of public record and will be available for 
inspection and copying at Import Administration's Central Records Unit, 
Room 1117. The Department requires that comments be submitted in 
written form. The Department recommends submission of comments in 
electronic form to accompany the required paper copies. Comments filed 
in electronic form should be submitted either by e-mail to the 
Webmaster below, or on CD-ROM, as comments submitted on diskettes are 
likely to be damaged by postal radiation treatment. Comments received 
in electronic form will be made available to the public in Portable 
Document Format (PDF) on the Internet at the Import Administration Web 
site at the following address: https://www.ia.ita.doc.gov. Any questions 
concerning file formatting, document conversion, access on the 
Internet, or other electronic filing issues should be addressed to 
Andrew Lee Beller, Import Administration Webmaster, at (202) 482-0866, 
e-mail address: webmaster-support@ita.doc.gov.

    Dated: April 1, 2008.
Stephen J. Claeys,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

Attachment 1-2007 Calculation of Expected NME Wages

    Following the criteria and methodology described in the Antidumping 
Methodologies notice, and using the data available to the Department as 
of December 27, 2007, the Department has calculated preliminary 2007 
expected NME wages. 2004 and 2005 data in Chapter 5B of the ILO 
International Labour Statistics were available for 87 entities: 
Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, 
Belgium, Bermuda, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, 
Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican 
Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, 
Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, 
Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, 
Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, the former 
Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Madagascar, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, 
Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, 
Norway, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, 
Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Serbia and Montenegro, 
Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, 
Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin 
Islands, West Bank and Gaza strip.
    Within this data set, for 2004 and 2005, there were no ``earnings'' 
data for Italy, Myanmar, Peru, Philippines, and Qatar.
    There were no further entities eliminated as 2004 and 2005 data was 
present for ``men and women'' and represented all industries 
(``Total'') for the remaining 82 entities.

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    Of these 82 entities, a consumer price index was unavailable for 
the following 13: Azerbaijan, Bermuda, China, Cuba, Gibraltar, Guam, 
Isle of Man, Jersey, Puerto Rico, San Marino, Taiwan, Ukraine, and the 
Virgin Islands.
    Of the remaining 69 entities, there was no exchange rate available 
for Serbia and Montenegro.
    Of the remaining 68 entities, there was no GNI data available for: 
Bahrain, Cyprus, and Macau.
    Of the remaining 65 entities, the following four are currently or 
were NMEs designated by the Department in 2004 or 2005: Armenia, 
Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and Moldova.
    Accordingly, the Department ran its preliminary 2007 expected NME 
wage regression on the following 61 countries: Albania, Argentina, 
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, 
Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican 
Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, 
Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, 
Jordan, Kazakhstan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia the 
former Yugoslav Republic of, Madagascar, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, 
Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Poland, 
Portugal, Romania, Russian Federation, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovakia, 
Slovenia, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United 
States, and West Bank and Gaza Strip.
    Following the data compilation and regression methodology described 
in the Antidumping Methodologies notice, and using GNI and wage data 
for Base Year 2005, the regression results are: Wage = 0.284456 + 
0.000447* GNI.

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                                                   Expected NME
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                                           2005 GNI (USD  Wage rate (USD
                 Country                    per annum)       per hour)
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Armenia.................................           1,470            0.94
Azerbaijan..............................           1,270            0.85
Belarus.................................           2,760            1.52
China...................................           1,740            1.06
Georgia.................................           1,300            0.87
Kyrgyz Republic.........................             450            0.49
Moldova.................................             960            0.71
Tajikistan..............................             330            0.43
Uzbekistan..............................             530            0.52
Vietnam.................................             620            0.56
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    The World Bank did not publish a GNI for Turkmenistan.
    As stated above, the full preliminary results and underlying data 
for the 2007 expected NME wages calculation have been posted on the 
Import Administration Web site (https://ia.ita.doc.gov).

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