Carbazole Violet Pigment 23 from India: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 52012-52015 [E8-20752]

Download as PDF 52012 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 174 / Monday, September 8, 2008 / Notices and may reasonably be applied to the PRC–wide entity, which includes Aesthetic Colortech, Anhui Worldbest, Cidic, Ganguink, Goldlink, Hunan Sunlogistics, Hygeia–Chem, Pudong Prime, Shanghai Rainbow, Sinocol, and Yangcheng Chemical. Because these are the preliminary results of review, the Department will consider all margins on the record at the time of the final results of review for the purpose of determining the most appropriate final margin for Aesthetic Colortech, Anhui Worldbest, Cidic, Ganguink, Goldlink, Hunan Sunlogistics, Hygeia–Chem, Pudong Prime, Shanghai Rainbow, Sinocol, and Yangcheng Chemical. See Notice of Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Solid Fertilizer Grade Ammonium Nitrate From the Russian Federation, 65 FR 1139 (January 7, 2000), unchanged in Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value; Solid Fertilizer Grade Ammonium Nitrate from the Russian Federation, 65 FR 42669 (July 11, 2000). Preliminary Results of Review We preliminarily determine that the following antidumping duty margins exist for the period December 1, 2006, through November 30, 2007: mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Exporter/Manufacturer Margin (percent) contain the following information: (1) the party’s name, address, and telephone number; (2) the number of participants; and (3) a list of the issues to be discussed. Issues raised in the hearing will be limited to those raised in the case and rebuttal briefs. Any hearing, if requested, will be held 37 days after the date of publication, or the first business day thereafter, unless the Department alters the date pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(d)(1). The Department intends to issue the final results of this administrative review, which will include the results of its analysis of issues raised in any such comments, within 120 days of publication of these preliminary results, pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act. Assessment Rates Upon issuance of the final results, the Department will determine, and CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. The Department intends to issue assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the date of publication of the final results of review. If these preliminary results are adopted in our final results of review, the Department shall determine, and CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. Cash Deposit Requirements The following cash–deposit PRC–Wide Rate (including Aesthetic Colortech, Anhui requirements will be effective upon Worldbest, Cidic, Ganguink, publication of the final results for Goldlink, Hunan Sunlogistics, shipments of the subject merchandise Hygeia–Chem, Pudong Prime, entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, Shanghai Rainbow, Sinocol, for consumption on or after the and Yangcheng Chemical) ..... 241.32 publication date of the final results, as provided by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Schedule for Final Results of Review Act: (1) the cash deposit rate for PRC Interested parties may submit case exporters who received a separate rate briefs no later than 30 days after the in a prior segment of the proceeding date of publication of these preliminary (i.e., Nantong Chemical, Tianjin results of review. See 19 CFR Hanchem, and Trust Chem) will 351.309(c)(1)(ii). Rebuttal briefs, limited continue to be the rate assigned in that to issues raised in the case briefs, may segment of the proceeding; (2) for all be filed no later than five days after the other PRC exporters of subject time limit for filing the case briefs. See merchandise which have not been 19 CFR 351.309(d). Parties who submit found to be entitled to a separate rate case or rebuttal briefs in this proceeding (including Aesthetic Colortech, Anhui are requested to submit with each Worldbest, Cidic, Ganguink, Goldlink, argument (1) a statement of the issue Hunan Sunlogistics, Hygeia–Chem, and (2) a brief summary of the Pudong Prime, Shanghai Rainbow, argument. Parties are also encouraged to Sinocol, and Yangcheng Chemical), the provide a summary of the arguments not cash–deposit rate will be the PRC–wide to exceed five pages and a table of rate of 241.32 percent; (3) for all non– statutes, regulations, and cases cited. PRC exporters of subject merchandise, Interested parties who wish to request the cash–deposit rate will be the rate a hearing or to participate if one is applicable to the PRC supplier of that requested must submit a written request exporter. to the Assistant Secretary for Import These deposit requirements shall Administration within 30 days of remain in effect until publication of the publication of these preliminary results. final results of the next administrative See 19 CFR 351.310(c). Requests should review. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:59 Sep 05, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Notification to Importers This notice also serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties. This notice is published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: September 2, 2008. David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E8–20750 Filed 9–5–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration A–533–838 Carbazole Violet Pigment 23 from India: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: In response to a request from an interested party, the Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on carbazole violet pigment 23 from India. The review covers two manufacturers/ exporters, Alpanil Industries and Pidilite Industries Limited. The period of review is December 1, 2006, through November 30, 2007. We have preliminarily determined that Alpanil Industries and Pidilite Industries Limited made sales below normal value. We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results. Parties who submit comments in this review are requested to submit with each argument a statement of each issue and a brief summary of the argument. EFFECTIVE DATE: September 8, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yang Jin Chun or Hermes Pinilla, AD/ CVD Operations, Office 5, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–5760 or (202) 482– 3477, respectively. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 174 / Monday, September 8, 2008 / Notices SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Background On December 29, 2004, we published in the Federal Register the antidumping duty order on carbazole violet pigment 23 (CVP 23) from India. See Notice of Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Antidumping Duty Order: Carbazole Violet Pigment 23 From India, 69 FR 77988 (December 29, 2004) (Antidumping Duty Order). On December 3, 2007, we published in the Federal Register a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on CVP 23 from India. See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation; Opportunity To Request Administrative Review, 72 FR 67889 (December 3, 2007). On December 31, 2007, pursuant to section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.213(b), Nation Ford Chemical Company and Sun Chemical Corporation, the petitioners in this proceeding, requested an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on CVP 23 from India produced and/or exported by Alpanil Industries (Alpanil) and Pidilite Industries Limited (Pidilite). On January 28, 2008, in accordance with section 751(a) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.221(c)(1)(i), we published a notice of initiation of administrative review of this order. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part, 73 FR 4829 (January 28, 2008). The administrative review covers the period December 1, 2006, through November 30, 2007. We are conducting this administrative review in accordance with section 751 of the Act. Scope of the Order The merchandise subject to the order is CVP 23 identified as Color Index No. 51319 and Chemical Abstract No. 6358– 30–1, with the chemical name of diindolo [3,2–b:3 ,2 -m]1 triphenodioxazine, 8,18–dichloro–5, 15–diethyl–5, 15–dihydro-, and molecular formula of C34H22Cl2N4O2. The subject merchandise includes the crude pigment in any form (e.g., dry powder, paste, wet cake) and finished pigment in the form of presscake and dry color. Pigment dispersions in any form (e.g., pigment dispersed in oleoresins, flammable solvents, water) 1 The bracketed section of the product description, [3,2-b:3 ,2 -m], is not businessproprietary information. In this case, the brackets are simply part of the chemical nomenclature. See Antidumping Duty Order. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:59 Sep 05, 2008 Jkt 214001 are not included within the scope of the order. The merchandise subject to the order is classifiable under subheading 3204.17.90.40 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of the order is dispositive. Use of Adverse Facts Available For the reasons discussed below, we determine that the use of adverse facts available is appropriate for the preliminary results with respect to Alpanil and Pidilite. A. Use of Facts Available Section 776(a)(2) of the Act provides that, if an interested party withholds information requested by the administering authority, fails to provide such information by the deadlines for submission of the information and in the form or manner requested, significantly impedes a proceeding under this title, or provides such information but the information cannot be verified as provided in section 782(i) of the Act, the administering authority shall use facts otherwise available in reaching the applicable determination. On February 21, 2008, the Department transmitted its questionnaire to Alpanil and Pidilite via Federal Express. We confirmed that Alpanil and Pidilite signed for and received the questionnaire on February 25, 2008. The due date for the questionnaire response was March 31, 2008, for both respondents. On March 27, 2008, we received a request from Pidilite for an extension of the due date for the questionnaire response. We granted Pidilite’s extension request in part and extended the due date for the questionnaire response to April 21, 2008. Although Pidilite received the letter granting the extension on April 4, 2008, it did not file its response by the due date. On April 4, 2008, we received a request from Alpanil for an extension of the due date for the questionnaire response. Because Alpanil filed an extension request in an untimely manner, we did not grant Alpanil’s request for the extension of the due date for the questionnaire response. Because Alpanil and Pidilite did not provide their responses to the Department’s questionnaire, Alpanil and Pidilite failed to provide any information to the Department within the meaning of section 776(a)(2) of the Act. As a result, the Department is unable to calculate the margins for Alpanil and Pidilite and, therefore, must rely entirely on facts available. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52013 B. Application of Adverse Inferences for Facts Available Section 776(b) of the Act provides that, if the Department finds that an interested party has failed to cooperate by not acting to the best of its ability to comply with a request for information, the Department may use an inference adverse to the interests of that party in selecting the facts otherwise available. In addition, the Statement of Administrative Action accompanying the Uruguay Round Agreements Act, H.R. Rep. 103–316, Vol. 1, 103d Cong. (1994) (SAA), establishes that the Department may employ an adverse inference ‘‘to ensure that the party does not obtain a more favorable result by failing to cooperate than if it had cooperated fully.’’ See SAA at 870. It also instructs the Department to consider, in employing adverse inferences, ‘‘the extent to which a party may benefit from its own lack of cooperation.’’ Id. Furthermore, ‘‘affirmative evidence of bad faith on the part of a respondent is not required before the Department may make an adverse inference.’’ See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, Final Rule, 62 FR 27296, 27340 (May 19, 1997). We find that, by failing completely to respond to our questionnaire, i.e., withholding requested information, Alpanil and Pidilite failed to cooperate to the best of their abilities. Therefore, we find it appropriate to use an inference that is adverse to these companies’ interests in selecting from among the facts otherwise available. By doing so, we ensure that these companies will not obtain a more favorable rate by failing to cooperate than had they cooperated fully. C. Selection of Information Used as Facts Available Where the Department applies an adverse facts–available rate because a respondent failed to cooperate by not acting to the best of its ability to comply with a request for information, section 776(b) of the Act authorizes the Department to rely on information derived from the petition, a final determination, a previous administrative review, or other information placed on the record. See also 19 CFR 351.308(c) and the SAA at 870. The petition rate is 147.59 percent. See the November 21, 2003, petition for initiation of an antidumping duty investigation on CVP 23 from India, et al., at 21, unchanged in the December 3, 2003, amendment to the petition. Because we were not able to corroborate the petition rate based on the results of E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1 52014 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 174 / Monday, September 8, 2008 / Notices examination in previous segments of the proceeding, we have selected 66.59 percent as the adverse facts–available dumping margin. This is the highest calculated margin for a company in this proceeding; we calculated this margin for Pidilite in the investigation. See Antidumping Duty Order, 69 FR at 77989. This rate is sufficiently high as to reasonably ensure that Alpanil and Pidilite do not obtain a more favorable result by failing to cooperate. Section 776(c) of the Act provides that, when the Department relies on secondary information as facts available, it must corroborate, to the extent practicable, that information from independent sources that are reasonably at its disposal. The SAA clarifies that ‘‘corroborate’’ means that the Department will satisfy itself that the secondary information to be used has probative value. See SAA at 870. The SAA also states that independent sources used to corroborate may include, for example, published price lists, official import statistics, and customs data as well as information obtained from interested parties during the particular proceeding. Id. To corroborate secondary information, to the extent practicable, the Department normally examines the reliability and relevance of the information to be used. Unlike other types of information such as input costs or selling expenses, however, there are no independent sources for calculated dumping margins. The only source for margins is administrative determinations. Thus, with respect to an administrative review, if the Department chooses as facts available a calculated dumping margin from a prior segment of the proceeding, it is not necessary to question the reliability of the margin for that time period. See Antifriction Bearings and Parts Thereof from France, et al.: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Reviews, Partial Rescission of Administrative Reviews, Notice of Intent to Rescind Administrative Reviews, and Notice of Intent to Revoke Order in Part, 69 FR 5949, 5953 (February 9, 2004), unchanged in Antifriction Bearings and Parts Thereof from France, et al.: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Reviews, Rescission of Administrative Reviews in Part, and Determination To Revoke Order in Part, 69 FR 55574, 55576–77 (September 15, 2004). With respect to the relevance aspect of corroboration, however, the Department will consider information reasonably at its disposal to determine whether a margin continues to have relevance. Where circumstances indicate that the selected margin is not appropriate as adverse facts available, the Department will disregard the margin and determine an appropriate margin. For example, in Fresh Cut Flowers from Mexico; Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 61 FR 6812, 6814 (Feb. 22, 1996), the Department disregarded the highest margin in that case as adverse best information available (the predecessor to facts available) because the margin was based on another company’s uncharacteristic business expense resulting in an unusually high margin. Similarly, the Department does not apply a margin that has been discredited or judicially invalidated. See D & L Supply Co. v. United States, 113 F.3d 1220, 1221 (CAFC 1997). None of these unusual circumstances is present here. Moreover, there is no information on the record of this review that demonstrates that 66.59 percent is not an appropriate adverse facts– available rate for Alpanil and Pidilite. Therefore, we consider the dumping margin of 66.59 percent, which is a margin percentage we determined in the less–than-fair–value investigation, relevant for use as adverse facts available for this review. Because we are making an adverse inference with regard to Alpanil and Pidilite, we find that the rate of 66.59 percent is a reasonable indication of the margins that Alpanil and Pidilite would have received on their U.S. transactions had they responded to our request for information. We find that use of the rate of 66.59 percent as adverse facts available is sufficiently high to ensure that Alpanil and Pidilite do not benefit Company mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Comments We will disclose the draft liquidation instructions to parties to this review within five days of the date of publication of this notice. Case briefs 17:59 Sep 05, 2008 Jkt 214001 Adjustment for Export Subsidies For Pidilite in the original investigation, we subtracted the portion of the countervailing duty rate attributable to export subsidies (17.02 percent) from the final dumping margin of 66.59 percent in order to calculate the cash–deposit rate of 49.57 percent. See Antidumping Duty Order. Since the publication of the Antidumping Duty Order we have not conducted an administrative review of the countervailing duty order on CVP 23 from India. See Carbazole Violet Pigment 23 from India: Notice of Rescission of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review, 72 FR 15113 (March 30, 2007), and Carbazole Violet Pigment 23 from India: Rescission of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review, 73 FR 44704 (July 31, 2008). Therefore, the portion of the countervailing duty rate attributable to export subsidies currently in effect for Pidilite is 17.02 percent. Further, imports from both Alpanil and Pidilite during the review period were subject to countervailing duties to offset export subsidies of 17.02 percent or more. Because the adverse facts–available rate we selected for this review is the margin we calculated for Pidilite in the investigation, we have adjusted the dumping margin to ensure that, in accordance with section 772(c)(1)(C) of the Act, we do not collect duties attributable to export subsidies twice. Preliminary Results of the Review As a result of our review, we preliminarily determine that the weighted–average dumping margins for CVP 23 from India for the period December 1, 2006, through November 30, 2007, are as follows: Margin (percent) Alpanil .......................................................................................... Pidilite .......................................................................................... VerDate Aug<31>2005 from failing to cooperate in our review by refusing to respond to our questionnaire. See Certain Cut–toLength Carbon–Quality Steel Plate Products from the Republic of Korea: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Rescission of Administrative Review in Part, 73 FR 15132, 15133 (March 21, 2008). 66.59 66.59 from interested parties may be submitted not later than 30 days after the date of publication of this notice of preliminary results of review. Rebuttal briefs from interested parties, limited to PO 00000 Frm 00014 Rate Adjusted for Export Subsidies Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 49.57 49.57 the issues raised in the case briefs, may be submitted not later than five days after the time limit for filing the case briefs or comments. E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 174 / Monday, September 8, 2008 / Notices Any interested party may request a hearing within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice. Interested parties who wish to request a hearing, or to participate in a hearing if a hearing is requested, must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Import Administration within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice. Requests should contain the following: (1) the party’s name, address, and telephone number; (2) the number of participants; and (3) a list of issues to be discussed. Issues raised in the hearing will be limited to those raised in the case and rebuttal briefs. Any hearing, if requested, will be held two days after the scheduled date for submission of rebuttal briefs. Parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this review are requested to submit with each argument a statement of the issue, a summary of the arguments not exceeding five pages, and a table of statutes, regulations, and cases cited. The Department will issue the final results of this administrative review, including the results of its analysis of issues raised in any such written briefs or at the hearing, if held, not later than 120 days after the date of publication of this notice. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Assessment Rates The Department will determine, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. We intend to issue appropriate assessment instructions directly to CBP 15 days after publication of the final results of review. We will instruct CBP to assess the antidumping liability for all shipments of CVP 23 from India produced and/or exported by Alpanil or Pidilite and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption during the period of review. We will instruct CBP to assess antidumping duties at the adjusted rate of 49.57 percent if CBP has collected the appropriate countervailing duties on the same entry. We will instruct CBP to assess antidumping duties at the unadjusted rate of 66.59 percent if the appropriate countervailing duties are not collected by CBP. Cash–Deposit Requirements The following deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of the notice of final results of administrative review for all shipments of CVP 23 from India entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication, as provided by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) The cash–deposit rates for Alpanil and Pidilite will be the rates established in VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:59 Sep 05, 2008 Jkt 214001 the final results of this review; (2) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a previous 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; (3) 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, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice. Notification to Importer This notice also serves as a preliminary 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 review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Department’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties. These preliminary results of administrative review are issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: September 2, 2008. David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E8–20752 Filed 9–5–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration (A–570–827) Certain Cased Pencils from the People’s Republic of China: Notice of Correction of Extension of Time Limit for Preliminary Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. EFFECTIVE DATE: September 8, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alexander Montoro at (202) 482–0238 or Shane Subler at (202) 482–0189; AD/ CVD Operations, Office 1, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52015 Background On August 25, 2008, the Department published a notice of extension of the time limit for the preliminary results of the antidumping duty review on certain cased pencils from the People’s Republic of China. See Certain Cased Pencils from the People’s Republic of China: Extension of Time Limits for Preliminary Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 73 FR 49993 (August 25, 2008) (Extension Notice). We identified an error in the published version of the notice. Specifically, in the Extension Notice, the case number was incorrectly listed as C-570-827. The correct case number is A-570-827. This notice serves to correct the case number listed in the Extension Notice. We are issuing and publishing this notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: September 2, 2008. Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E8–20749 Filed 9–5–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–552–801] Certain Frozen Fish Fillets From the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Notice of Preliminary Results of the New Shipper Review and Fourth Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Partial Rescission of the Fourth Administrative Review Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (‘‘Department’’) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen fish fillets from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (‘‘Vietnam’’). See Notice of Antidumping Duty Order: Certain Frozen Fish Fillets From the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 68 FR 47909 (August 12, 2003) (‘‘Order’’). We preliminarily find that QVD Food Company Ltd. (‘‘QVD’’) and Binh An Seafood Joint Stock Co. (‘‘Binh An’’) did not sell subject merchandise at less than normal value (‘‘NV’’) during the period of review (‘‘POR’’), August 1, 2006, through July 31, 2007. DATES: Effective Date: September 8, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alan Ray (QVD) and Matthew Renkey AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\08SEN1.SGM 08SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

A-533-838


Carbazole Violet Pigment 23 from India: Preliminary Results of 
Antidumping Duty Administrative Review

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: In response to a request from an interested party, the 
Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative 
review of the antidumping duty order on carbazole violet pigment 23 
from India. The review covers two manufacturers/exporters, Alpanil 
Industries and Pidilite Industries Limited. The period of review is 
December 1, 2006, through November 30, 2007. We have preliminarily 
determined that Alpanil Industries and Pidilite Industries Limited made 
sales below normal value. We invite interested parties to comment on 
these preliminary results. Parties who submit comments in this review 
are requested to submit with each argument a statement of each issue 
and a brief summary of the argument.

EFFECTIVE DATE: September 8, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yang Jin Chun or Hermes Pinilla, AD/
CVD Operations, Office 5, Import Administration, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14\th\ Street and 
Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-
5760 or (202) 482-3477, respectively.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On December 29, 2004, we published in the Federal Register the 
antidumping duty order on carbazole violet pigment 23 (CVP 23) from 
India. See Notice of Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than 
Fair Value and Antidumping Duty Order: Carbazole Violet Pigment 23 From 
India, 69 FR 77988 (December 29, 2004) (Antidumping Duty Order). On 
December 3, 2007, we published in the Federal Register a notice of 
opportunity to request an administrative review of the antidumping duty 
order on CVP 23 from India. See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty 
Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation; Opportunity To Request 
Administrative Review, 72 FR 67889 (December 3, 2007). On December 31, 
2007, pursuant to section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended 
(the Act), and 19 CFR 351.213(b), Nation Ford Chemical Company and Sun 
Chemical Corporation, the petitioners in this proceeding, requested an 
administrative review of the antidumping duty order on CVP 23 from 
India produced and/or exported by Alpanil Industries (Alpanil) and 
Pidilite Industries Limited (Pidilite). On January 28, 2008, in 
accordance with section 751(a) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.221(c)(1)(i), 
we published a notice of initiation of administrative review of this 
order. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part, 73 FR 4829 
(January 28, 2008). The administrative review covers the period 
December 1, 2006, through November 30, 2007. We are conducting this 
administrative review in accordance with section 751 of the Act.

Scope of the Order

    The merchandise subject to the order is CVP 23 identified as Color 
Index No. 51319 and Chemical Abstract No. 6358-30-1, with the chemical 
name of diindolo [lsqb]3,2-b:3 ,2 -m[rsqb]\1\ triphenodioxazine, 8,18-
dichloro-5, 15-diethyl-5, 15-dihydro-, and molecular formula of 
C34H22Cl2N4O2. 
The subject merchandise includes the crude pigment in any form (e.g., 
dry powder, paste, wet cake) and finished pigment in the form of 
presscake and dry color. Pigment dispersions in any form (e.g., pigment 
dispersed in oleoresins, flammable solvents, water) are not included 
within the scope of the order. The merchandise subject to the order is 
classifiable under subheading 3204.17.90.40 of the Harmonized Tariff 
Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS subheading is 
provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description 
of the scope of the order is dispositive.
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    \1\ The bracketed section of the product description, [lsqb]3,2-
b:3 ,2 -m[rsqb], is not business-proprietary information. In this 
case, the brackets are simply part of the chemical nomenclature. See 
Antidumping Duty Order.
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Use of Adverse Facts Available

    For the reasons discussed below, we determine that the use of 
adverse facts available is appropriate for the preliminary results with 
respect to Alpanil and Pidilite.

A. Use of Facts Available

    Section 776(a)(2) of the Act provides that, if an interested party 
withholds information requested by the administering authority, fails 
to provide such information by the deadlines for submission of the 
information and in the form or manner requested, significantly impedes 
a proceeding under this title, or provides such information but the 
information cannot be verified as provided in section 782(i) of the 
Act, the administering authority shall use facts otherwise available in 
reaching the applicable determination.
    On February 21, 2008, the Department transmitted its questionnaire 
to Alpanil and Pidilite via Federal Express. We confirmed that Alpanil 
and Pidilite signed for and received the questionnaire on February 25, 
2008. The due date for the questionnaire response was March 31, 2008, 
for both respondents. On March 27, 2008, we received a request from 
Pidilite for an extension of the due date for the questionnaire 
response. We granted Pidilite's extension request in part and extended 
the due date for the questionnaire response to April 21, 2008. Although 
Pidilite received the letter granting the extension on April 4, 2008, 
it did not file its response by the due date.
    On April 4, 2008, we received a request from Alpanil for an 
extension of the due date for the questionnaire response. Because 
Alpanil filed an extension request in an untimely manner, we did not 
grant Alpanil's request for the extension of the due date for the 
questionnaire response.
    Because Alpanil and Pidilite did not provide their responses to the 
Department's questionnaire, Alpanil and Pidilite failed to provide any 
information to the Department within the meaning of section 776(a)(2) 
of the Act. As a result, the Department is unable to calculate the 
margins for Alpanil and Pidilite and, therefore, must rely entirely on 
facts available.

B. Application of Adverse Inferences for Facts Available

    Section 776(b) of the Act provides that, if the Department finds 
that an interested party has failed to cooperate by not acting to the 
best of its ability to comply with a request for information, the 
Department may use an inference adverse to the interests of that party 
in selecting the facts otherwise available. In addition, the Statement 
of Administrative Action accompanying the Uruguay Round Agreements Act, 
H.R. Rep. 103-316, Vol. 1, 103d Cong. (1994) (SAA), establishes that 
the Department may employ an adverse inference ``to ensure that the 
party does not obtain a more favorable result by failing to cooperate 
than if it had cooperated fully.'' See SAA at 870. It also instructs 
the Department to consider, in employing adverse inferences, ``the 
extent to which a party may benefit from its own lack of cooperation.'' 
Id.
    Furthermore, ``affirmative evidence of bad faith on the part of a 
respondent is not required before the Department may make an adverse 
inference.'' See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, Final Rule, 
62 FR 27296, 27340 (May 19, 1997). We find that, by failing completely 
to respond to our questionnaire, i.e., withholding requested 
information, Alpanil and Pidilite failed to cooperate to the best of 
their abilities. Therefore, we find it appropriate to use an inference 
that is adverse to these companies' interests in selecting from among 
the facts otherwise available. By doing so, we ensure that these 
companies will not obtain a more favorable rate by failing to cooperate 
than had they cooperated fully.

C. Selection of Information Used as Facts Available

    Where the Department applies an adverse facts-available rate 
because a respondent failed to cooperate by not acting to the best of 
its ability to comply with a request for information, section 776(b) of 
the Act authorizes the Department to rely on information derived from 
the petition, a final determination, a previous administrative review, 
or other information placed on the record. See also 19 CFR 351.308(c) 
and the SAA at 870. The petition rate is 147.59 percent. See the 
November 21, 2003, petition for initiation of an antidumping duty 
investigation on CVP 23 from India, et al., at 21, unchanged in the 
December 3, 2003, amendment to the petition. Because we were not able 
to corroborate the petition rate based on the results of

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examination in previous segments of the proceeding, we have selected 
66.59 percent as the adverse facts-available dumping margin. This is 
the highest calculated margin for a company in this proceeding; we 
calculated this margin for Pidilite in the investigation. See 
Antidumping Duty Order, 69 FR at 77989. This rate is sufficiently high 
as to reasonably ensure that Alpanil and Pidilite do not obtain a more 
favorable result by failing to cooperate.
    Section 776(c) of the Act provides that, when the Department relies 
on secondary information as facts available, it must corroborate, to 
the extent practicable, that information from independent sources that 
are reasonably at its disposal. The SAA clarifies that ``corroborate'' 
means that the Department will satisfy itself that the secondary 
information to be used has probative value. See SAA at 870. The SAA 
also states that independent sources used to corroborate may include, 
for example, published price lists, official import statistics, and 
customs data as well as information obtained from interested parties 
during the particular proceeding. Id.
    To corroborate secondary information, to the extent practicable, 
the Department normally examines the reliability and relevance of the 
information to be used. Unlike other types of information such as input 
costs or selling expenses, however, there are no independent sources 
for calculated dumping margins. The only source for margins is 
administrative determinations. Thus, with respect to an administrative 
review, if the Department chooses as facts available a calculated 
dumping margin from a prior segment of the proceeding, it is not 
necessary to question the reliability of the margin for that time 
period. See Antifriction Bearings and Parts Thereof from France, et 
al.: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Reviews, 
Partial Rescission of Administrative Reviews, Notice of Intent to 
Rescind Administrative Reviews, and Notice of Intent to Revoke Order in 
Part, 69 FR 5949, 5953 (February 9, 2004), unchanged in Antifriction 
Bearings and Parts Thereof from France, et al.: Final Results of 
Antidumping Duty Administrative Reviews, Rescission of Administrative 
Reviews in Part, and Determination To Revoke Order in Part, 69 FR 
55574, 55576-77 (September 15, 2004).
    With respect to the relevance aspect of corroboration, however, the 
Department will consider information reasonably at its disposal to 
determine whether a margin continues to have relevance. Where 
circumstances indicate that the selected margin is not appropriate as 
adverse facts available, the Department will disregard the margin and 
determine an appropriate margin. For example, in Fresh Cut Flowers from 
Mexico; Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 61 FR 
6812, 6814 (Feb. 22, 1996), the Department disregarded the highest 
margin in that case as adverse best information available (the 
predecessor to facts available) because the margin was based on another 
company's uncharacteristic business expense resulting in an unusually 
high margin. Similarly, the Department does not apply a margin that has 
been discredited or judicially invalidated. See D & L Supply Co. v. 
United States, 113 F.3d 1220, 1221 (CAFC 1997).
    None of these unusual circumstances is present here. Moreover, 
there is no information on the record of this review that demonstrates 
that 66.59 percent is not an appropriate adverse facts-available rate 
for Alpanil and Pidilite. Therefore, we consider the dumping margin of 
66.59 percent, which is a margin percentage we determined in the less-
than-fair-value investigation, relevant for use as adverse facts 
available for this review. Because we are making an adverse inference 
with regard to Alpanil and Pidilite, we find that the rate of 66.59 
percent is a reasonable indication of the margins that Alpanil and 
Pidilite would have received on their U.S. transactions had they 
responded to our request for information. We find that use of the rate 
of 66.59 percent as adverse facts available is sufficiently high to 
ensure that Alpanil and Pidilite do not benefit from failing to 
cooperate in our review by refusing to respond to our questionnaire. 
See Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon-Quality Steel Plate Products from the 
Republic of Korea: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative 
Review and Rescission of Administrative Review in Part, 73 FR 15132, 
15133 (March 21, 2008).

Adjustment for Export Subsidies

    For Pidilite in the original investigation, we subtracted the 
portion of the countervailing duty rate attributable to export 
subsidies (17.02 percent) from the final dumping margin of 66.59 
percent in order to calculate the cash-deposit rate of 49.57 percent. 
See Antidumping Duty Order. Since the publication of the Antidumping 
Duty Order we have not conducted an administrative review of the 
countervailing duty order on CVP 23 from India. See Carbazole Violet 
Pigment 23 from India: Notice of Rescission of Countervailing Duty 
Administrative Review, 72 FR 15113 (March 30, 2007), and Carbazole 
Violet Pigment 23 from India: Rescission of Countervailing Duty 
Administrative Review, 73 FR 44704 (July 31, 2008). Therefore, the 
portion of the countervailing duty rate attributable to export 
subsidies currently in effect for Pidilite is 17.02 percent. Further, 
imports from both Alpanil and Pidilite during the review period were 
subject to countervailing duties to offset export subsidies of 17.02 
percent or more. Because the adverse facts-available rate we selected 
for this review is the margin we calculated for Pidilite in the 
investigation, we have adjusted the dumping margin to ensure that, in 
accordance with section 772(c)(1)(C) of the Act, we do not collect 
duties attributable to export subsidies twice.

Preliminary Results of the Review

    As a result of our review, we preliminarily determine that the 
weighted-average dumping margins for CVP 23 from India for the period 
December 1, 2006, through November 30, 2007, are as follows:

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                Company                           Margin (percent)            Rate Adjusted for Export Subsidies
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Alpanil...............................                                66.59                                49.57
Pidilite..............................                                66.59                                49.57
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Comments

    We will disclose the draft liquidation instructions to parties to 
this review within five days of the date of publication of this notice. 
Case briefs from interested parties may be submitted not later than 30 
days after the date of publication of this notice of preliminary 
results of review. Rebuttal briefs from interested parties, limited to 
the issues raised in the case briefs, may be submitted not later than 
five days after the time limit for filing the case briefs or comments.

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    Any interested party may request a hearing within 30 days of the 
date of publication of this notice. Interested parties who wish to 
request a hearing, or to participate in a hearing if a hearing is 
requested, must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for 
Import Administration within 30 days of the date of publication of this 
notice. Requests should contain the following: (1) the party's name, 
address, and telephone number; (2) the number of participants; and (3) 
a list of issues to be discussed.
    Issues raised in the hearing will be limited to those raised in the 
case and rebuttal briefs. Any hearing, if requested, will be held two 
days after the scheduled date for submission of rebuttal briefs. 
Parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this review are 
requested to submit with each argument a statement of the issue, a 
summary of the arguments not exceeding five pages, and a table of 
statutes, regulations, and cases cited.
    The Department will issue the final results of this administrative 
review, including the results of its analysis of issues raised in any 
such written briefs or at the hearing, if held, not later than 120 days 
after the date of publication of this notice.

Assessment Rates

    The Department will determine, and U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP) shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate 
entries. We intend to issue appropriate assessment instructions 
directly to CBP 15 days after publication of the final results of 
review. We will instruct CBP to assess the antidumping liability for 
all shipments of CVP 23 from India produced and/or exported by Alpanil 
or Pidilite and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption 
during the period of review. We will instruct CBP to assess antidumping 
duties at the adjusted rate of 49.57 percent if CBP has collected the 
appropriate countervailing duties on the same entry. We will instruct 
CBP to assess antidumping duties at the unadjusted rate of 66.59 
percent if the appropriate countervailing duties are not collected by 
CBP.

Cash-Deposit Requirements

    The following deposit requirements will be effective upon 
publication of the notice of final results of administrative review for 
all shipments of CVP 23 from India entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication, as 
provided by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) The cash-deposit rates 
for Alpanil and Pidilite will be the rates established in the final 
results of this review; (2) if the exporter is not a firm covered in 
this review, a previous 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; (3) 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, when imposed, shall remain in effect until 
further notice.

Notification to Importer

    This notice also serves as a preliminary 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 review period. Failure to comply 
with this requirement could result in the Department's presumption that 
reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent 
assessment of doubled antidumping duties.
    These preliminary results of administrative review are issued and 
published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the 
Act.

    Dated: September 2, 2008.
David M. Spooner,
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
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