Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 52282-52288 [E8-20919]

Download as PDF 52282 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 175 / Tuesday, September 9, 2008 / Notices consumption on or after the publication date, as provided for by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) for the exporters listed above, the cash deposit rate will be established in the final results of this review (except, if the rate is zero or de minimis, i.e., less than 0.5 percent, no cash deposit will be required for that company); (2) for previously investigated or reviewed PRC and non-PRC exporters not listed above Preliminary Results of Review that have separate rates, the cash We preliminarily determine that the deposit rate will continue to be the following antidumping duty margins exporter-specific rate published for the exist: most recent period; (3) for all PRC exporters of subject merchandise which Exporter Margin (percent) have not been found to be entitled to a Forever Holdings .......... 0% separate rate, the cash deposit rate will be the PRC-wide rate of 157.68 percent Since Hardware (see Ironing Tables Order); and (4) for (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd. ............................ 1.53 % all non-PRC exporters of subject merchandise which have not received For details on the calculation of the their own rate, the cash deposit rate will antidumping duty weighted-average be the rate applicable to the PRC margin for Since Hardware and Forever exporters that supplied that non-PRC Holdings, see the respective Since exporter. These deposit requirements, Hardware Analysis Memorandum and when imposed, shall remain in effect the Forever Holdings Analysis until publication of the final results of Memorandum. Public versions of these the next administrative review. memoranda are on file in the Schedule for Final Results of Review Department’s Central Records Unit, The Department will disclose Room 1117 of the main commerce calculations performed in connection building (‘‘CRU’’). with the preliminary results of this Assessment Rates review within five days of the date of Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.212(b), the publication of this notice in accordance Department will determine, and CBP with 19 CFR 351.224(b). Any interested shall assess, antidumping duties on all party may request a hearing within 30 appropriate entries. The Department days of publication of this notice in will issue appropriate assessment accordance with 19 CFR 351.310(c). instructions directly to CBP 15 days Any hearing will be held 37 days after after the date of publication of the final the publication of this notice, or the first results of this review. For assessment workday thereafter unless the purposes, where possible, we calculated Department alters the date pursuant to importer-specific ad valorem 19 CFR 351.310(d). Individuals who assessment rates for ironing tables from wish to request a hearing must submit the PRC based on the ratio of the total a written request within 30 days of the publication of this notice in the Federal amount of the dumping duties Register to the Assistant Secretary for calculated for the examined sales to the Import Administration, U.S. Department total entered value of those same sales. of Commerce, Room 1870, 14th Street We will instruct CBP to assess and Constitution Avenue, NW, antidumping duties on all appropriate Washington, DC 20230. Requests for a entries covered by this review if any public hearing should contain: (1) the assessment rate calculated in the final party’s name, address, and telephone results of this review is above de minimis. The final results of this review number; (2) the number of participants; and (3) to the extent practicable, an shall be the basis for the assessment of identification of the arguments to be antidumping duties on entries of merchandise covered by the final results raised at the hearing. Unless otherwise notified by the of these reviews and for future deposits Department, interested parties may of estimated duties, where applicable. submit case briefs within 30 days of the Cash Deposit Requirements date of publication of this notice in The following cash deposit accordance with 19 CFR requirements will be effective upon 351.309(c)(1)(ii). As part of the case publication of the final results of this brief, parties are encouraged to provide administrative review for all shipments a summary of the arguments not to of the subject merchandise entered, or exceed five pages and a table of statutes, withdrawn from warehouse, for regulations, and cases cited in jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES memo at Comment 5. See also Factor Valuation Memorandum. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.301(c)(3)(ii), for the final results of this administrative review, interested parties may submit publicly available information to value the factors of production until 20 days following the date of publication of these preliminary results. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Sep 08, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 accordance with 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2). Rebuttal briefs, which must be limited to issues raised in the case briefs, must be filed within five days after the case brief is filed in accordance with 19 CFR 351.309(d). If a hearing is held, an interested party may make an affirmative presentation only on arguments included in that party’s case brief and may make a rebuttal presentation only on arguments included in that party’s rebuttal brief in accordance with 19 CFR 351.310(c). Parties should confirm by telephone the time, date, and place of the hearing within 48 hours before the scheduled time. The Department will issue the final results of this review, which will include the results of its analysis of issues raised in the briefs, not later than 120 days after the date of publication of this notice in accordance with section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213(h)(1). Notification to Importers 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 these review periods. 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. These preliminary results of administrative review are issued and 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. E8–20921 Filed 9–8–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–886] Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: In response to requests from interested parties, the Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative review of AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 175 / Tuesday, September 9, 2008 / Notices jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES the antidumping duty order on polyethylene retail carrier bags (PRCBs) from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The review covers various exporters. The period of review (POR) is August 1, 2006, through July 31, 2007. We have preliminarily determined that sales have been made at prices below normal value by companies subject to this review. If these preliminary results are adopted in our final results of administrative review, we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results. Parties who submit comments in this review are requested to submit with each argument (1) a statement of the issue and (2) a brief summary of the argument. EFFECTIVE DATE: September 9, 2008. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristin Case (Nozawa), George Callen (Rally), or Minoo Hatten, 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) 482–3174, (202) 482– 0180, or (202) 482–1690, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On August 9, 2004, the Department published the antidumping duty order on PRCBs from the PRC. See Antidumping Duty Order: Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags From the People’s Republic of China, 69 FR 48201 (August 9, 2004). In accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(b), the Department received requests for review for the following producers/exporters: Crown Polyethylene Products International Limited (Crown), Dongguan Qiatou Samson Plastic Manufactory Co. (Samson), Everfaith International (Shanghai) Ltd. (Everfaith), Sea Lake Polyethylene Enterprises, Ltd. (Sea Lake), Shanghai Glopack, Inc. (Glopack), Shanghai Hua Yue Packaging Products (Hua Yue), Shanghai Yafu Plastics Industry Co., Ltd. (Yafu), Dongguan Nozawa Plastics Products Co., Ltd., and United Power Packaging, Ltd. (collectively, Nozawa), and Rally Plastics Co., Ltd. (Rally). In accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(g) and 19 CFR 351.221(b) we published a notice of initiation of administrative review of these companies. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Requests for Revocation in Part, 72 FR 54428 (September 25, 2007) (Initiation Notice). VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Sep 08, 2008 Jkt 214001 On September 28, 2007, Crown withdrew its request for review. On October 22, 2007, Everfaith and Hua Yue withdrew their requests for review. On December 26, 2007, Sea Lake and Glopack withdrew their requests for review. Also, on January 17, 2008, Asia Dynamics, Inc., withdrew its request for review of Yafu. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), we rescinded this administrative review with respect to Crown, Everfaith, Hua Yue, Sea Lake, Glopack, and Yafu. See Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the People’s Republic of China: Notice of Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 73 FR 8031 (February 12, 2008). Since initiation of the review, we extended the due date for completion of these preliminary results from May 2, 2008, to September 2, 2008. See Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the People’s Republic of China; Notice of Extension of Time Limit for Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 73 FR 22337 (April 25, 2008). The POR is August 1, 2006, through July 31, 2007. We are conducting this review in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Scope of the Order The merchandise subject to this antidumping duty order is PRCBs, which may be referred to as t-shirt sacks, merchandise bags, grocery bags, or checkout bags. The subject merchandise is defined as non-sealable sacks and bags with handles (including drawstrings), without zippers or integral extruded closures, with or without gussets, with or without printing, of polyethylene film having a thickness no greater than 0.035 inch (0.889 mm) and no less than 0.00035 inch (0.00889 mm), and with no length or width shorter than 6 inches (15.24 cm) or longer than 40 inches (101.6 cm). The depth of the bag may be shorter than 6 inches but not longer than 40 inches (101.6 cm). PRCBs are typically provided without any consumer packaging and free of charge by retail establishments, e.g., grocery, drug, convenience, department, specialty retail, discount stores, and restaurants, to their customers to package and carry their purchased products. The scope of the order excludes (1) polyethylene bags that are not printed with logos or store names and that are closeable with drawstrings made of polyethylene film and (2) polyethylene bags that are packed in consumer packaging with printing that refers to specific end-uses other than packaging and carrying merchandise PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52283 from retail establishments, e.g., garbage bags, lawn bags, trash-can liners. As a result of changes to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), imports of the subject merchandise are currently classifiable under statistical category 3923.21.0085 of the HTSUS. Furthermore, although the HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this order is dispositive. Selection of Respondents Due to the large number of firms requested for this administrative review and the resulting administrative burden to review each company for which a request has been made, the Department is exercising its authority to limit the number of respondents selected for individual examination. Where it is not practicable to examine all known exporters/producers of subject merchandise because of the large number of such companies, section 777A(c)(2) of the Act, permits the Department to limit its examination to either a sample of exporters, producers, or types of products that is statistically valid based on the information available at the time of selection or exporters and producers accounting for the largest volume of subject merchandise from the exporting country that can be examined reasonably. Accordingly, on September 18, 2007, we requested information concerning the quantity and value of sales to the United States from the nine exporters/producers listed in the Initiation Notice. Based upon responses to the Q&V questionnaires, the Department selected Nozawa and Rally for individual examination in this administrative review on October 31, 2007. See Memorandum to Abdelali Elouradia entitled ‘‘Antidumping Duty Administrative Review of Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the People’s Republic of China: Selection of Mandatory Respondents’’ dated October 31, 2007. Verification As provided in section 782(i) of the Act, we have verified information provided by Nozawa using standard verification procedures, including onsite inspection of the manufacturer’s facilities, the examination of relevant sales and financial records, and the examination of records pertaining to further-manufacturing operations. Our verification results are outlined in the public versions of the verification reports, which are on file in the Central Records Unit, Room 1117 of the main Department building. E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1 52284 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 175 / Tuesday, September 9, 2008 / Notices NME Country Status In every case conducted by the Department involving the PRC, the PRC has been treated as a non-marketeconomy (NME) country. In accordance with section 771(18)(C)(i) of the Act, any determination that a foreign country is an NME country shall remain in effect until revoked by the administering authority. See Brake Rotors From the People’s Republic of China: Final Results and Partial Rescission of the 2004/2005 Administrative Review and Notice of Rescission of 2004/2005 New Shipper Review, 71 FR 66304 (November 14, 2006). None of the parties to this proceeding has contested such treatment. Accordingly, we have calculated normal value in accordance with section 773(c) of the Act, which applies to NME countries. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Separate Rates As explained above, a designation of a country as an NME remains in effect until it is revoked by the Department. See section 771(18)(C) of the Act. Accordingly, there is a rebuttable presumption that all companies within the PRC are subject to government control and, thus, should be assessed a single antidumping duty rate. It is the Department’s standard policy to assign all exporters of the merchandise subject to review in NME countries a single rate unless an exporter can affirmatively demonstrate an absence of government control, both in law (de jure) and in fact (de facto), with respect to exports. To establish whether a company is sufficiently independent to be entitled to a separate, company-specific rate, the Department analyzes each exporting entity in an NME country under the test established in the Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Sparklers from the People’s Republic of China, 56 FR 20588 (May 6, 1991), as amplified by the Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Silicon Carbide from the People’s Republic of China, 59 FR 22585 (May 2, 1994). The Department’s separate-rate test determines whether the exporters are independent from government control and does not consider, in general, macroeconomic or border-type controls, e.g., export licenses, quotas, and minimum export prices, particularly if these controls are imposed to prevent dumping. The test focuses, rather, on controls over the investment, pricing, and output decision-making process at the individual firm level. See, e.g., Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Certain Cut-toLength Carbon Steel Plate From VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Sep 08, 2008 Jkt 214001 Ukraine, 62 FR 61754, 61757 (November 19, 1997), and Tapered Roller Bearings and Parts Thereof, Finished and Unfinished, From the People’s Republic of China; Final Results of Antidumping Administrative Review, 62 FR 61276, 61279 (November 17, 1997). Firms that were assigned a separate rate in the most recent segment of this proceeding in which they participated can provide certification that they continue to meet the criteria for obtaining a separate rate. Nozawa and Rally participated in the 2005–2006 administrative review of the order on PRCBs from the PRC and received separate rates. For this review Nozawa and Rally provided certifications that they continue to meet the criteria for obtaining a separate rate. See Nozawa’s and Rally’s October 15, 2007, separaterate certifications. On September 18, 2007, the Department issued a separate-rate certification/application to Samson. See 2006–2007 Administrative Review of the Antidumping Duty Order on Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the People’s Republic of China, dated September 18, 2007 (separate-rate letter). On October 16, 2007, the Department received a separate-rate application from Samson. The Department issued a supplemental questionnaire to Samson concerning its separate-rate application on March 25, 2008. The due date for responding to the supplemental questionnaire was April 8, 2008. Samson did not respond to the supplemental questionnaire. In our September 18, 2007, letter, we notified applicants that incomplete applications may demonstrate that the applicant does not qualify for a separate rate. See separate-rate letter, Attachment 2, at 5. Because Samson did not respond to the supplemental questionnaire, we have preliminarily determined that Samson is not separate from the PRC-wide entity and thus will receive the PRC-wide rate. Surrogate Country When the Department analyzes imports from an NME country, section 773(c)(1) of the Act directs it to base normal value, in most circumstances, on the NME producer’s factors of production (FOP), valued in a surrogate market-economy country or countries considered to be appropriate by the Department. In accordance with section 773(c)(4) of the Act, in valuing the FOPs, the Department shall use, to the extent possible, the prices or costs of FOPs in one or more market-economy countries that are at a level of economic development comparable to that of the NME country and significant producers of comparable merchandise. On March PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18, 2008, the Department’s Office of Policy issued a memorandum identifying India as being at a level of economic development comparable to the PRC for the POR. See Memorandum entitled ‘‘Administrative Review of Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the People’s Republic of China: Request for a List of Surrogate Countries,’’ dated March 18, 2008. In the Department’s March 26, 2008, letter to interested parties requesting surrogate-country and surrogate-value comments, the Department indicated that India is among the countries comparable to the PRC in terms of overall economic development. In addition, based on publicly available information placed on the record (i.e., export data), India is a significant producer of the subject merchandise. See Memorandum entitled ‘‘Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the People’s Republic of China: Selection of a Surrogate Country,’’ dated August 28, 2008. Furthermore, India has been the primary surrogate country in determinations for past segments of this proceeding and both Nozawa and the Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bag Committee1 submitted surrogate values based on Indian data that are contemporaneous to the POR, giving further credence to the use of India as a surrogate country. See, e.g., Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Partial Rescission of Review, 72 FR 51588 (September 10, 2007). The sources of the surrogate factor values are discussed under the ‘‘Normal Value’’ section below and in the Memorandum entitled ‘‘Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the People’s Republic of China: Surrogate-Values Memorandum,’’ dated September 2, 2008 (Surrogate-Value Memorandum). U.S. Price A.Export Price In accordance with section 772(a) of the Act, we based U.S. price on the export price (EP) for sales to the United States by Rally and certain sales by Nozawa because the first sale to an unaffiliated party was made before the date of importation and the use of constructed EP (CEP) was not otherwise warranted. We calculated EP for Nozawa and Rally based on the prices to unaffiliated purchasers in the United States. 1 Consisting of Hilex Poly Company, LLC, and the Superbag Corporation (collectively, the petitioners). E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 175 / Tuesday, September 9, 2008 / Notices For Nozawa, in accordance with section 772(c) of the Act, we first added gross unit price adjustments and then deducted from the price to unaffiliated purchasers, where appropriate, foreign inland freight, brokerage and handling, international freight, and marine insurance. See Memorandum from Kristin Case to the File, ‘‘Administrative Review of Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Results Analysis Memorandum for Dongguan Nozawa Plastic Products Co., Ltd. and United Power Packaging Ltd.,’’ dated September 2, 2008 (Nozawa Preliminary Analysis Memorandum). For Rally, also in accordance with section 772(c) of the Act, we first added gross unit price adjustments and then deducted from the price to unaffiliated purchasers, where appropriate, foreign inland freight, brokerage and handling, international freight, and marine insurance. See Memorandum from George Callen to the File, ‘‘Administrative Review of Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Results Analysis Memorandum for Rally Plastics Co., Ltd.,’’ dated September 2, 2008. Consistent with Certain Orange Juice from Brazil: Final Results and Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 73 FR 46584 (August 11, 2008) (OJ Brazil Final), and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comment 7, we have incorporated freight-related revenues as offsets to movement expenses because they relate to the movement and transportation of subject merchandise. We also incorporated packing-related revenue as an offset to packing expenses because these items relate to the packing of subject merchandise (see OJ Brazil Final). B. Constructed Export Price In accordance with section 772(b) of the Act, CEP is the price at which the subject merchandise is first sold (or agreed to be sold) in the United States before or after the date of importation by or for the account of the producer or exporter of such merchandise or by a seller affiliated with the producer or exporter to a purchaser not affiliated with the producer or exporter, as adjusted under sections 772(c) and (d) of the Act. In accordance with section 772(b) of the Act, we used CEP for certain of Nozawa’s sales because Nozawa sold its subject merchandise to its affiliated companies in the United States, Kal Pac Corporation (Kal Pac) and Packaging Solutions, Inc. (PSI), which, in turn, made the first sales of subject merchandise to unaffiliated U.S. customers. In addition, Nozawa VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Sep 08, 2008 Jkt 214001 reported that PSI made sales of subject merchandise which it further manufactured in the United States. We added various revenue items to the gross unit price. See Nozawa Preliminary Analysis Memorandum at 2. Consistent with OJ Brazil Final, we have incorporated freight-related revenues as offsets to movement expenses because they relate to the movement and transportation of subject merchandise. In accordance with section 772(c)(2) of the Act, we made deductions from Nozawa’s starting price for early-payment discounts, rebates, foreign inland freight from the plant to the port of exportation, international freight, marine insurance, brokerage and handling, U.S. devanning expense, U.S. duty, inland freight from the warehouse to the unaffiliated U.S. customer, commissions, warranties, and return adjustments. Where foreign movement expenses or international movement expenses were provided by NME service providers or for which Nozawa paid in an NME currency, we valued these services using surrogate values. See Surrogate-Value Memorandum. For those expenses that were provided by a market-economy provider and for which Nozawa paid in market-economy currency, we deducted the actual expenses incurred. See Nozawa Preliminary Analysis Memorandum. In accordance with section 772(d)(1) of the Act, the Department deducted credit expenses, inventory carrying costs, and U.S. indirect selling expenses from the U.S. price, all of which relate to commercial activity in the United States. We calculated Nozawa’s credit expenses and inventory carrying costs based on the Federal Reserve short-term rate because Nozawa reported that neither Kal Pac nor PSI had short-term borrowings during the POR. We also deducted an amount for further-manufacturing costs, where applicable, in accordance with section 772(d)(2) of the Act. To calculate the cost of further manufacturing in the United States, we relied on PSI’s reported cost of materials, labor, overhead, general and administrative expenses, and financial expenses of the further-manufactured materials. In addition, we deducted CEP profit in accordance with sections 772(d)(3) and 772(f) of the Act. C. Surrogate Values for Expenses Incurred in the PRC for U.S. Sales Nozawa and Rally reported that, for certain U.S. sales, foreign inland freight was provided by an NME vendor or they paid for freight using an NME currency. In such instances, we based the deduction of these charges on surrogate values. We valued foreign inland freight PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52285 with the surrogate value for truck freight. For foreign brokerage and handling, marine insurance, and international freight, Nozawa and Rally reported using market-economy vendors and stated that they paid these expenses in a market-economy currency. Where movement services were provided by a market-economy vendor and the respondents paid in a market-economy currency, we deducted the actual cost per kilogram of the freight. See Surrogate-Value Memorandum. Normal Value A. Methodology Section 773(c)(1)(B) of the Act provides that the Department shall determine the normal value using an FOP methodology if the merchandise is exported from a NME country and the information does not permit the calculation of normal value using homemarket prices, third-country prices, or constructed value under section 773(a) of the Act. The Department bases normal value on the FOPs because the presence of government controls on various aspects of NME countries renders price comparisons and the calculation of production costs invalid under the Department’s normal methodologies. See Tapered Roller Bearings and Parts Thereof, Finished or Unfinished, From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Notice of Intent to Rescind in Part, 70 FR 39744 (July 11, 2005) (unchanged in Tapered Roller Bearings and Parts Thereof, Finished and Unfinished, from the People’s Republic of China: Final Results of 2003–2004 Administrative Review and Partial Rescission of Review, 71 FR 2517 (January 16, 2006)) (Tapered Roller Bearings). The FOPs for PRCBs include the following elements: (1) quantities of raw materials employed; (2) hours of labor required; (3) amounts of energy and other utilities consumed; (4) representative capital and selling costs; (5) packing materials. We used the FOPs reported by the respondents for materials, labor, energy, by-products, and packing. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.408(c)(1), when a producer sources an input from a market-economy country and pays for it in a marketeconomy currency, the Department will normally value the factor using the actual price paid for the input. See 19 CFR 351.408(c)(1); see also Lasko Metal Products v. United States, 43 F.3d 1442, 1445–1446 (Fed. Cir. 1994) (affirming the Department’s use of market-based prices to value certain FOPs). Where a E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1 jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES 52286 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 175 / Tuesday, September 9, 2008 / Notices portion of the input is purchased from a market-economy supplier and the remainder from an NME supplier, the Department will normally use the price paid for the inputs sourced from marketeconomy suppliers to value all of the input, provided the volume of the market-economy inputs as a share of total purchases from all sources is ‘‘meaningful.’’ See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties; Final Rule, 62 FR 27296, 27366 (May 19, 1997), and Shakeproof v. United States, 268 F.3d 1376, 1382 (Fed. Cir. 2001). See also 19 CFR 351.408(c)(1). B. Factor Methodology During the POR, Nozawa did not produce certain types of merchandise that it sold during the POR. Consequently, the original FOP database Nozawa submitted did not contain FOPs for those models sold but not produced by Nozawa during this POR. Because the vast majority of the models Nozawa sold were produced during this POR or the prior POR, Nozawa also submitted on the record of this review the FOP database from the prior review (i.e., the 2005/2006 review). In addition, Nozawa submitted an FOP database incorporating the FOPs for all models sold during the POR, using both production data from this and the prior POR. Therefore, for purposes of factor valuation, the Department has used the FOP database incorporating all models sold during the POR. Nozawa based certain FOP data on similar models where it did not produce the model in either this or the prior POR. The Department reviewed Nozawa’s identification of the most similar matches for the models it sold but did not produce during the previous or this POR. In doing so, we determined the product characteristics which have the most significant impact on the cost of materials and then compared all product characteristics of the actual models to the product characteristics of the proposed matching models. We found that Nozawa’s proposed matches were identical in the most significant product characteristics and had some insignificant differences in other characteristics. Therefore, we accepted Nozawa’s assignment of the most similar model designations for those products it sold but did not produce during the POR. See Nozawa Preliminary Analysis Memorandum. C. FOP Valuation In accordance with section 773(c) of the Act, we calculated normal value based on the FOPs reported by respondents for the POR. To calculate normal value, we multiplied the reported per-unit factor-consumption rates by publicly available surrogate VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Sep 08, 2008 Jkt 214001 values. In selecting the surrogate values, we considered the quality, specificity, and contemporaneity of the data. It is the Department’s practice to calculate price-index adjustors to inflate or deflate, as appropriate, surrogate values that are not contemporaneous with the POR using the wholesale price index for the subject country. See Certain Preserved Mushrooms from the People’s Republic of China: Final Results of the Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review, 71 FR 66910 (November 17, 2006). Therefore, where we could not obtain publicly available information contemporaneous with the POR, we adjusted surrogate values using the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) for India, as published in the International Financial Statistics of the International Monetary Fund. Except as indicated below, we valued raw material inputs using the weightedaverage unit import values derived from the Monthly Statistics of the Foreign Trade of India, as published by the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India in the World Trade Atlas (WTA), available at http:// www.gtis.com/wta.htm. For those surrogate values based upon Indian import statistics, we disregarded prices which we have reason to believe or suspect may be subsidized. We have reason to believe or suspect that prices of inputs from Indonesia, South Korea, and Thailand may have been subsidized. We have found in other proceedings that these countries maintain broadly available, nonindustry-specific export subsidies and, therefore, it is reasonable to infer that all exports to all markets from these countries may be subsidized. See Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Negative Final Determination of Critical Circumstances: Certain Color Television Receivers From the People’s Republic of China, 69 FR 20594 (April 16, 2004), and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comment 7; see also Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate from Romania: Notice of Final Results and Final Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 70 FR 12651 (March 15, 2005), and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comment 4. The legislative history reflects the Department’s practice that, in making its determination as to whether input values may be subsidized, the Department does not conduct a formal investigation; rather, the Department bases its decision on information that is available to it at the time it makes its PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 determination. See H.R. Rep. 100–576, at 590 (1988), reprinted in 1988 U.S.C.C.A.N. 1547, 1623–24. Therefore, based on the information currently available, we have not used prices from these countries in calculating the surrogate values based on Indian import data. We have also disregarded Indian import data concerning raw materials from countries that we have previously determined to be NME countries as well as imports originating from ‘‘unspecified’’ countries because we could not be certain that they were not from either an NME or a country with generally available export subsidies. See Notice of Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination: Chlorinated Isocyanurates From the People’s Republic of China, 69 FR 75294, 75300 (December 16, 2004), and Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Chlorinated Isocyanurates From the People’s Republic of China, 70 FR 24502 (May 10, 2005) (unchanged in the final results). For a comprehensive list of the sources and data we used to determine the surrogate vales for the FOPs, byproducts, and the surrogate financial ratios for factory overhead, selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A), and profit, see Surrogate-Value Memorandum. Where appropriate, we adjusted the Indian import prices by including freight costs to make them delivered prices. Specifically, we added to the Indian import prices a surrogate freight cost using the shorter of the reported distance from the domestic supplier to the factory of production or the distance from the nearest seaport to the factory of production where appropriate. This adjustment is in accordance with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s decision in Sigma Corp. v. United States, 117 F.3d 1401, 1407– 1408 (Fed. Cir. 1997). Where we did not use Indian import data as the basis of the surrogate value, we calculated inland freight based on the reported distance from the supplier to the factory. We valued truck freight expenses using a per-unit average rate calculated from data on the following Web site: http://www.infobanc.com/ logistics/logtruck.htm. See SurrogateValue Memorandum. The logistics section of this Web site contains inland-freight truck rates between many large Indian cities. Because this value is not contemporaneous with the POR, we deflated the rate using WPI. See Surrogate-Value Memorandum. E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 175 / Tuesday, September 9, 2008 / Notices We valued electricity using price data for small, medium, and large industries, as published by the Central Electricity Authority of the Government of India in its publication titled Electricity Tariff&Duty and Average Rates of Electricity Supply in India, dated July 2006. These electricity rates represent actual country-wide, publicly available information on tax-exclusive electricity rates charged to industries in India. Because the rates are not contemporaneous with the POR, we deflated the values using the WPI. See Surrogate-Value Memorandum. For direct labor, indirect labor, and packing labor, consistent with 19 CFR 351.408(c)(3), we used the PRC regression-based wage rate as reported on Import Administration’s web site. See Corrected 2007 Calculation of Expected Non-Market Economy Wages, 73 FR 27795, 27796 (May 14, 2008) (available at http://ia.ita.doc.gov/wages). The source of these wage-rate data on the Import Administration’s website is the Yearbook of Labour Statistics 2003, ILO (Geneva: 2003), Chapter 5B: Wages in Manufacturing. The years of the reported wage rates range from 2003 through 2004. Because this regressionbased wage rate does not separate the labor rates into different skill levels or types of labor, we have applied the same wage rate to all skill levels and types of labor reported by each respondent. See Surrogate-Value Memorandum. To value factory overhead, SG&A, and profit values, we used information from M/S Synthetic Packers Private Ltd. for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2007. From this information, we were able to determine factory overhead as a percentage of the total raw materials, labor and energy (ML&E) costs, SG&A as a percentage of ML&E plus overhead (i.e., cost of manufacture), and profit as a percentage of the cost of manufacture plus SG&A. See Surrogate-Value Memorandum. For packing materials, we used the per-kilogram values obtained from the WTA and made adjustments to account for freight costs incurred between the PRC suppliers and the respondents’ production facilities. See SurrogateValue Memorandum. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Preliminary Results of the Review As a result of our review, we preliminarily determine that the following percentage weighted-average dumping margins exist for the period August 1, 2006, through July 31, 2007: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Sep 08, 2008 Jkt 214001 Manufacturer/Exporter Percent Margin Dongguan Nozawa Plastics Products Co., Ltd., andUnited Power Packaging, Ltd. ............................ Rally Plastics Co., Ltd. PRC-wide Entity ........... 2 The 2.30 18.11 77.57 PRC-wide entity includes Samson. Comments We will disclose the calculations used in our analysis to parties in this review within five days of the date of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). Interested parties may submit publicly available information to value factors no later than 20 days after the date of publication of these preliminary results of review. See 19 CFR 351.301(c)(3)(ii). Any interested party may request a hearing within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice. See 19 CFR 351.310. 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; (3) a list of issues to be discussed. See 19 CFR 351.310(c). Issues raised in the hearing will be limited to those raised in the case and rebuttal briefs. See 19 CFR 351.310(c). 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. See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(1)(ii). 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. See 19 CFR 351.309(d)(1). If requested, any hearing will be held two days after the scheduled date for submission of rebuttal briefs. See 19 CFR 351.310(d). Parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this proceeding 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. See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2). 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. See section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act. PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52287 Assessment Rates The Department shall determine, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1), we have calculated importer-specific (or customer-specific) assessment rates for merchandise subject to this review. With respect to sales by Rally and certain sales by Nozawa, for these preliminary results, we divided the total dumping margins (calculated as the difference between normal value and EP) for each exporter’s importer or customer by the total number of units the exporter sold to that importer or customer. We will direct CBP to assess the resulting per-unit dollar amount against each unit of merchandise in each of that importer’s/customer’s entries during the review period. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1), for Nozawa’s CEP sales, we have calculated an importer-specific assessment rate by dividing the total dumping duties due by the entered value of CEP sales we analyzed. We will direct CBP to liquidate the appropriate entries at this rate. We will instruct CBP to liquidate entries containing merchandise from the PRC-wide entity at the PRC-wide rate we determine in the final results of review. We will issue assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the date of publication of the final results of review. Cash-Deposit Requirements The following cash deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of the notice of final results of the administrative review for all shipments of PRCBs from the PRC entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication, as provided by section 751(a)(1) of the Act: (1) for subject merchandise exported by Nozawa and Rally, the cash-deposit rate will be that established in the final results of review; (2) for previously reviewed or investigated companies not listed above that have separate rates, the cashdeposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate published for the most recent period; (3) for all other PRC exporters of subject merchandise, which have not been found to be entitled to a separate rate, the cash-deposit rate will be PRC-wide rate of 77.57 percent; (4) for all non–PRC exporters of subject merchandise, the cash-deposit rate will be the rate applicable to the PRC exporter that supplied that exporter. These deposit requirements, when E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1 52288 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 175 / Tuesday, September 9, 2008 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice. 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 administrative review and this notice are in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i) of the Act. Dated: September 2, 2008. David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E8–20919 Filed 9–8–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–549–821] Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from Thailand: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Intent to Rescind in Part Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: In response to requests from interested parties, the Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on polyethylene retail carrier bags (PRCBs) from Thailand. The review covers five exporters/producers. The period of review is August 1, 2006, through July 31, 2007. We have preliminarily determined that sales have been made at prices below normal value by various companies subject to this review. If these preliminary results are adopted in our final results of administrative review, we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results. Parties who submit comments in this review are requested to submit with each argument (1) a statement of the issue and (2) a brief summary of the argument. EFFECTIVE DATE: September 9, 2008. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Sep 08, 2008 Jkt 214001 Scope of the Order Edythe Artman or Richard Rimlinger, 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) 482–3931 or (202) 482– 4477, respectively. The merchandise subject to the antidumping duty order is PRCBs which may be referred to as t-shirt sacks, merchandise bags, grocery bags, or checkout bags. The subject merchandise is defined as non-sealable sacks and bags with handles (including drawstrings), without zippers or integral extruded closures, with or without gussets, with or without printing, of polyethylene film having a thickness no greater than 0.035 inch (0.889 mm) and no less than 0.00035 inch (0.00889 mm), and with no length or width shorter than 6 inches (15.24 cm) or longer than 40 inches (101.6 cm). The depth of the bag may be shorter than 6 inches but not longer than 40 inches (101.6 cm). PRCBs are typically provided without any consumer packaging and free of charge by retail establishments, e.g., grocery, drug, convenience, department, specialty retail, discount stores, and restaurants, to their customers to package and carry their purchased products. The scope of the order excludes (1) polyethylene bags that are not printed with logos or store names and that are closeable with drawstrings made of polyethylene film and (2) polyethylene bags that are packed in consumer packaging with printing that refers to specific end-uses other than packaging and carrying merchandise from retail establishments, e.g., garbage bags, lawn bags, trash-can liners. As a result of changes to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), imports of the subject merchandise are currently classifiable under statistical category 3923.21.0085 of the HTSUS. Furthermore, although the HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this order is dispositive. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On August 9, 2004, the Department published in the Federal Register the antidumping duty order on PRCBs from Thailand. See Antidumping Duty Order: Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags From Thailand, 69 FR 48204 (August 9, 2004). In accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(b), we received requests for an administrative review for five companies. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(g) and 19 CFR 351.221(b), we published a notice of initiation of an administrative review of these companies. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Requests for Revocation in Part, 72 FR 54428, 54429 (September 25, 2007) (Initiation Notice).1 Since initiation of the review, we extended the due date for completion of these preliminary results from May 2, 2008, to September 2, 2008. See Notice of Extension of Time Limit for Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from Thailand, 73 FR 15724 (March 25, 2008), and Notice of Extension of Time Limit for Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from Thailand, 73 FR 29738 (May 22, 2008). The period of review (POR) is August 1, 2006, through July 31, 2007. We are conducting this review in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). 1 We stated that the review covers the following companies: King Pac Industrial Co., Ltd., King Pak Ind. Co., Ltd., Kor Ratthanakit Co., Ltd., Master Packaging Co., Ltd., Naraipak Co., Ltd., and Poly Plast (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Id. Although we listed six companies in the Initiation Notice, we consider King Pac Industrial Co., Ltd., and King Pak Ind. Co., Ltd., to be alternative spellings of the name of one company. See the April 3, 2006, Memorandum from Catherine Cartsos to File entitled ‘‘Administrative Review of the Antidumping Duty Order on Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from Thailand (1/ 26/04-7/31/05) - Different Spellings for King Pac Industrial Co., Ltd.,’’ which is on file in the Central Records Unit, room 1117 of the main Commerce building. Accordingly, we effectively initiated an administrative review of five companies. PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Selection of Respondents Due to the large number of firms requested for this administrative review and the resulting administrative burden to review each company for which a request has been made, the Department is exercising its authority to limit the number of respondents selected for individual examination. Where it is not practicable to examine all known exporters/producers of subject merchandise because of the large number of such companies, section 777A(c)(2) of the Act permits the Department to limit its examination to either a sample of exporters, producers, or types of products that is statistically valid based on the information available at the time of selection or exporters and E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-886]


Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags From the People's Republic of 
China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: In response to requests from interested parties, the 
Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative 
review of

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the antidumping duty order on polyethylene retail carrier bags (PRCBs) 
from the People's Republic of China (PRC). The review covers various 
exporters. The period of review (POR) is August 1, 2006, through July 
31, 2007.
    We have preliminarily determined that sales have been made at 
prices below normal value by companies subject to this review. If these 
preliminary results are adopted in our final results of administrative 
review, we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assess 
antidumping duties on all appropriate entries.
    We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary 
results. Parties who submit comments in this review are requested to 
submit with each argument (1) a statement of the issue and (2) a brief 
summary of the argument.

EFFECTIVE DATE: September 9, 2008.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristin Case (Nozawa), George Callen 
(Rally), or Minoo Hatten, 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) 482-3174, (202) 482-0180, or (202) 482-1690, 
respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On August 9, 2004, the Department published the antidumping duty 
order on PRCBs from the PRC. See Antidumping Duty Order: Polyethylene 
Retail Carrier Bags From the People's Republic of China, 69 FR 48201 
(August 9, 2004). In accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(b), the Department 
received requests for review for the following producers/exporters: 
Crown Polyethylene Products International Limited (Crown), Dongguan 
Qiatou Samson Plastic Manufactory Co. (Samson), Everfaith International 
(Shanghai) Ltd. (Everfaith), Sea Lake Polyethylene Enterprises, Ltd. 
(Sea Lake), Shanghai Glopack, Inc. (Glopack), Shanghai Hua Yue 
Packaging Products (Hua Yue), Shanghai Yafu Plastics Industry Co., Ltd. 
(Yafu), Dongguan Nozawa Plastics Products Co., Ltd., and United Power 
Packaging, Ltd. (collectively, Nozawa), and Rally Plastics Co., Ltd. 
(Rally). In accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(g) and 19 CFR 351.221(b) we 
published a notice of initiation of administrative review of these 
companies. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Administrative Reviews and Requests for Revocation in Part, 72 FR 54428 
(September 25, 2007) (Initiation Notice).
    On September 28, 2007, Crown withdrew its request for review. On 
October 22, 2007, Everfaith and Hua Yue withdrew their requests for 
review. On December 26, 2007, Sea Lake and Glopack withdrew their 
requests for review. Also, on January 17, 2008, Asia Dynamics, Inc., 
withdrew its request for review of Yafu. In accordance with 19 CFR 
351.213(d)(1), we rescinded this administrative review with respect to 
Crown, Everfaith, Hua Yue, Sea Lake, Glopack, and Yafu. See 
Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the People's Republic of China: 
Notice of Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 
73 FR 8031 (February 12, 2008).
    Since initiation of the review, we extended the due date for 
completion of these preliminary results from May 2, 2008, to September 
2, 2008. See Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the People's 
Republic of China; Notice of Extension of Time Limit for Preliminary 
Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 73 FR 22337 (April 
25, 2008).
    The POR is August 1, 2006, through July 31, 2007. We are conducting 
this review in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 
1930, as amended (the Act).

Scope of the Order

    The merchandise subject to this antidumping duty order is PRCBs, 
which may be referred to as t-shirt sacks, merchandise bags, grocery 
bags, or checkout bags. The subject merchandise is defined as non-
sealable sacks and bags with handles (including drawstrings), without 
zippers or integral extruded closures, with or without gussets, with or 
without printing, of polyethylene film having a thickness no greater 
than 0.035 inch (0.889 mm) and no less than 0.00035 inch (0.00889 mm), 
and with no length or width shorter than 6 inches (15.24 cm) or longer 
than 40 inches (101.6 cm). The depth of the bag may be shorter than 6 
inches but not longer than 40 inches (101.6 cm).
    PRCBs are typically provided without any consumer packaging and 
free of charge by retail establishments, e.g., grocery, drug, 
convenience, department, specialty retail, discount stores, and 
restaurants, to their customers to package and carry their purchased 
products. The scope of the order excludes (1) polyethylene bags that 
are not printed with logos or store names and that are closeable with 
drawstrings made of polyethylene film and (2) polyethylene bags that 
are packed in consumer packaging with printing that refers to specific 
end-uses other than packaging and carrying merchandise from retail 
establishments, e.g., garbage bags, lawn bags, trash-can liners.
    As a result of changes to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the 
United States (HTSUS), imports of the subject merchandise are currently 
classifiable under statistical category 3923.21.0085 of the HTSUS. 
Furthermore, although the HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience 
and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this 
order is dispositive.

Selection of Respondents

    Due to the large number of firms requested for this administrative 
review and the resulting administrative burden to review each company 
for which a request has been made, the Department is exercising its 
authority to limit the number of respondents selected for individual 
examination. Where it is not practicable to examine all known 
exporters/producers of subject merchandise because of the large number 
of such companies, section 777A(c)(2) of the Act, permits the 
Department to limit its examination to either a sample of exporters, 
producers, or types of products that is statistically valid based on 
the information available at the time of selection or exporters and 
producers accounting for the largest volume of subject merchandise from 
the exporting country that can be examined reasonably. Accordingly, on 
September 18, 2007, we requested information concerning the quantity 
and value of sales to the United States from the nine exporters/
producers listed in the Initiation Notice. Based upon responses to the 
Q&V questionnaires, the Department selected Nozawa and Rally for 
individual examination in this administrative review on October 31, 
2007. See Memorandum to Abdelali Elouradia entitled ``Antidumping Duty 
Administrative Review of Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the 
People's Republic of China: Selection of Mandatory Respondents'' dated 
October 31, 2007.

Verification

    As provided in section 782(i) of the Act, we have verified 
information provided by Nozawa using standard verification procedures, 
including on-site inspection of the manufacturer's facilities, the 
examination of relevant sales and financial records, and the 
examination of records pertaining to further-manufacturing operations. 
Our verification results are outlined in the public versions of the 
verification reports, which are on file in the Central Records Unit, 
Room 1117 of the main Department building.

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NME Country Status

    In every case conducted by the Department involving the PRC, the 
PRC has been treated as a non-market-economy (NME) country. In 
accordance with section 771(18)(C)(i) of the Act, any determination 
that a foreign country is an NME country shall remain in effect until 
revoked by the administering authority. See Brake Rotors From the 
People's Republic of China: Final Results and Partial Rescission of the 
2004/2005 Administrative Review and Notice of Rescission of 2004/2005 
New Shipper Review, 71 FR 66304 (November 14, 2006). None of the 
parties to this proceeding has contested such treatment. Accordingly, 
we have calculated normal value in accordance with section 773(c) of 
the Act, which applies to NME countries.

Separate Rates

    As explained above, a designation of a country as an NME remains in 
effect until it is revoked by the Department. See section 771(18)(C) of 
the Act. Accordingly, there is a rebuttable presumption that all 
companies within the PRC are subject to government control and, thus, 
should be assessed a single antidumping duty rate. It is the 
Department's standard policy to assign all exporters of the merchandise 
subject to review in NME countries a single rate unless an exporter can 
affirmatively demonstrate an absence of government control, both in law 
(de jure) and in fact (de facto), with respect to exports. To establish 
whether a company is sufficiently independent to be entitled to a 
separate, company-specific rate, the Department analyzes each exporting 
entity in an NME country under the test established in the Final 
Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Sparklers from the 
People's Republic of China, 56 FR 20588 (May 6, 1991), as amplified by 
the Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: 
Silicon Carbide from the People's Republic of China, 59 FR 22585 (May 
2, 1994).
    The Department's separate-rate test determines whether the 
exporters are independent from government control and does not 
consider, in general, macroeconomic or border-type controls, e.g., 
export licenses, quotas, and minimum export prices, particularly if 
these controls are imposed to prevent dumping. The test focuses, 
rather, on controls over the investment, pricing, and output decision-
making process at the individual firm level. See, e.g., Notice of Final 
Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Certain Cut-to-Length 
Carbon Steel Plate From Ukraine, 62 FR 61754, 61757 (November 19, 
1997), and Tapered Roller Bearings and Parts Thereof, Finished and 
Unfinished, From the People's Republic of China; Final Results of 
Antidumping Administrative Review, 62 FR 61276, 61279 (November 17, 
1997).
    Firms that were assigned a separate rate in the most recent segment 
of this proceeding in which they participated can provide certification 
that they continue to meet the criteria for obtaining a separate rate. 
Nozawa and Rally participated in the 2005-2006 administrative review of 
the order on PRCBs from the PRC and received separate rates. For this 
review Nozawa and Rally provided certifications that they continue to 
meet the criteria for obtaining a separate rate. See Nozawa's and 
Rally's October 15, 2007, separate-rate certifications.
    On September 18, 2007, the Department issued a separate-rate 
certification/application to Samson. See 2006-2007 Administrative 
Review of the Antidumping Duty Order on Polyethylene Retail Carrier 
Bags from the People's Republic of China, dated September 18, 2007 
(separate-rate letter). On October 16, 2007, the Department received a 
separate-rate application from Samson. The Department issued a 
supplemental questionnaire to Samson concerning its separate-rate 
application on March 25, 2008. The due date for responding to the 
supplemental questionnaire was April 8, 2008. Samson did not respond to 
the supplemental questionnaire. In our September 18, 2007, letter, we 
notified applicants that incomplete applications may demonstrate that 
the applicant does not qualify for a separate rate. See separate-rate 
letter, Attachment 2, at 5. Because Samson did not respond to the 
supplemental questionnaire, we have preliminarily determined that 
Samson is not separate from the PRC-wide entity and thus will receive 
the PRC-wide rate.

Surrogate Country

    When the Department analyzes imports from an NME country, section 
773(c)(1) of the Act directs it to base normal value, in most 
circumstances, on the NME producer's factors of production (FOP), 
valued in a surrogate market-economy country or countries considered to 
be appropriate by the Department. In accordance with section 773(c)(4) 
of the Act, in valuing the FOPs, the Department shall use, to the 
extent possible, the prices or costs of FOPs in one or more market-
economy countries that are at a level of economic development 
comparable to that of the NME country and significant producers of 
comparable merchandise. On March 18, 2008, the Department's Office of 
Policy issued a memorandum identifying India as being at a level of 
economic development comparable to the PRC for the POR. See Memorandum 
entitled ``Administrative Review of Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags 
from the People's Republic of China: Request for a List of Surrogate 
Countries,'' dated March 18, 2008.
    In the Department's March 26, 2008, letter to interested parties 
requesting surrogate-country and surrogate-value comments, the 
Department indicated that India is among the countries comparable to 
the PRC in terms of overall economic development. In addition, based on 
publicly available information placed on the record (i.e., export 
data), India is a significant producer of the subject merchandise. See 
Memorandum entitled ``Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the 
People's Republic of China: Selection of a Surrogate Country,'' dated 
August 28, 2008.
    Furthermore, India has been the primary surrogate country in 
determinations for past segments of this proceeding and both Nozawa and 
the Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bag Committee\1\ submitted surrogate 
values based on Indian data that are contemporaneous to the POR, giving 
further credence to the use of India as a surrogate country. See, e.g., 
Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the People's Republic of China: 
Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and 
Partial Rescission of Review, 72 FR 51588 (September 10, 2007). The 
sources of the surrogate factor values are discussed under the ``Normal 
Value'' section below and in the Memorandum entitled ``Polyethylene 
Retail Carrier Bags from the People's Republic of China: Surrogate-
Values Memorandum,'' dated September 2, 2008 (Surrogate-Value 
Memorandum).

U.S. Price

A.Export Price
    In accordance with section 772(a) of the Act, we based U.S. price 
on the export price (EP) for sales to the United States by Rally and 
certain sales by Nozawa because the first sale to an unaffiliated party 
was made before the date of importation and the use of constructed EP 
(CEP) was not otherwise warranted. We calculated EP for Nozawa and 
Rally based on the prices to unaffiliated purchasers in the United 
States.

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    For Nozawa, in accordance with section 772(c) of the Act, we first 
added gross unit price adjustments and then deducted from the price to 
unaffiliated purchasers, where appropriate, foreign inland freight, 
brokerage and handling, international freight, and marine insurance. 
See Memorandum from Kristin Case to the File, ``Administrative Review 
of Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the People's Republic of 
China: Preliminary Results Analysis Memorandum for Dongguan Nozawa 
Plastic Products Co., Ltd. and United Power Packaging Ltd.,'' dated 
September 2, 2008 (Nozawa Preliminary Analysis Memorandum).
    For Rally, also in accordance with section 772(c) of the Act, we 
first added gross unit price adjustments and then deducted from the 
price to unaffiliated purchasers, where appropriate, foreign inland 
freight, brokerage and handling, international freight, and marine 
insurance. See Memorandum from George Callen to the File, 
``Administrative Review of Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the 
People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results Analysis Memorandum for 
Rally Plastics Co., Ltd.,'' dated September 2, 2008. Consistent with 
Certain Orange Juice from Brazil: Final Results and Partial Rescission 
of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 73 FR 46584 (August 11, 
2008) (OJ Brazil Final), and accompanying Issues and Decision 
Memorandum at Comment 7, we have incorporated freight-related revenues 
as offsets to movement expenses because they relate to the movement and 
transportation of subject merchandise. We also incorporated packing-
related revenue as an offset to packing expenses because these items 
relate to the packing of subject merchandise (see OJ Brazil Final).
B. Constructed Export Price
    In accordance with section 772(b) of the Act, CEP is the price at 
which the subject merchandise is first sold (or agreed to be sold) in 
the United States before or after the date of importation by or for the 
account of the producer or exporter of such merchandise or by a seller 
affiliated with the producer or exporter to a purchaser not affiliated 
with the producer or exporter, as adjusted under sections 772(c) and 
(d) of the Act. In accordance with section 772(b) of the Act, we used 
CEP for certain of Nozawa's sales because Nozawa sold its subject 
merchandise to its affiliated companies in the United States, Kal Pac 
Corporation (Kal Pac) and Packaging Solutions, Inc. (PSI), which, in 
turn, made the first sales of subject merchandise to unaffiliated U.S. 
customers. In addition, Nozawa reported that PSI made sales of subject 
merchandise which it further manufactured in the United States.
    We added various revenue items to the gross unit price. See Nozawa 
Preliminary Analysis Memorandum at 2. Consistent with OJ Brazil Final, 
we have incorporated freight-related revenues as offsets to movement 
expenses because they relate to the movement and transportation of 
subject merchandise. In accordance with section 772(c)(2) of the Act, 
we made deductions from Nozawa's starting price for early-payment 
discounts, rebates, foreign inland freight from the plant to the port 
of exportation, international freight, marine insurance, brokerage and 
handling, U.S. devanning expense, U.S. duty, inland freight from the 
warehouse to the unaffiliated U.S. customer, commissions, warranties, 
and return adjustments. Where foreign movement expenses or 
international movement expenses were provided by NME service providers 
or for which Nozawa paid in an NME currency, we valued these services 
using surrogate values. See Surrogate-Value Memorandum. For those 
expenses that were provided by a market-economy provider and for which 
Nozawa paid in market-economy currency, we deducted the actual expenses 
incurred. See Nozawa Preliminary Analysis Memorandum. In accordance 
with section 772(d)(1) of the Act, the Department deducted credit 
expenses, inventory carrying costs, and U.S. indirect selling expenses 
from the U.S. price, all of which relate to commercial activity in the 
United States. We calculated Nozawa's credit expenses and inventory 
carrying costs based on the Federal Reserve short-term rate because 
Nozawa reported that neither Kal Pac nor PSI had short-term borrowings 
during the POR.
    We also deducted an amount for further-manufacturing costs, where 
applicable, in accordance with section 772(d)(2) of the Act. To 
calculate the cost of further manufacturing in the United States, we 
relied on PSI's reported cost of materials, labor, overhead, general 
and administrative expenses, and financial expenses of the further-
manufactured materials. In addition, we deducted CEP profit in 
accordance with sections 772(d)(3) and 772(f) of the Act.
C. Surrogate Values for Expenses Incurred in the PRC for U.S. Sales
Nozawa and Rally reported that, for certain U.S. sales, foreign inland 
freight was provided by an NME vendor or they paid for freight using an 
NME currency. In such instances, we based the deduction of these 
charges on surrogate values. We valued foreign inland freight with the 
surrogate value for truck freight. For foreign brokerage and handling, 
marine insurance, and international freight, Nozawa and Rally reported 
using market-economy vendors and stated that they paid these expenses 
in a market-economy currency. Where movement services were provided by 
a market-economy vendor and the respondents paid in a market-economy 
currency, we deducted the actual cost per kilogram of the freight. See 
Surrogate-Value Memorandum.

Normal Value

A. Methodology
    Section 773(c)(1)(B) of the Act provides that the Department shall 
determine the normal value using an FOP methodology if the merchandise 
is exported from a NME country and the information does not permit the 
calculation of normal value using home-market prices, third-country 
prices, or constructed value under section 773(a) of the Act. The 
Department bases normal value on the FOPs because the presence of 
government controls on various aspects of NME countries renders price 
comparisons and the calculation of production costs invalid under the 
Department's normal methodologies. See Tapered Roller Bearings and 
Parts Thereof, Finished or Unfinished, From the People's Republic of 
China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review 
and Notice of Intent to Rescind in Part, 70 FR 39744 (July 11, 2005) 
(unchanged in Tapered Roller Bearings and Parts Thereof, Finished and 
Unfinished, from the People's Republic of China: Final Results of 2003-
2004 Administrative Review and Partial Rescission of Review, 71 FR 2517 
(January 16, 2006)) (Tapered Roller Bearings).
    The FOPs for PRCBs include the following elements: (1) quantities 
of raw materials employed; (2) hours of labor required; (3) amounts of 
energy and other utilities consumed; (4) representative capital and 
selling costs; (5) packing materials. We used the FOPs reported by the 
respondents for materials, labor, energy, by-products, and packing.
    In accordance with 19 CFR 351.408(c)(1), when a producer sources an 
input from a market-economy country and pays for it in a market-economy 
currency, the Department will normally value the factor using the 
actual price paid for the input. See 19 CFR 351.408(c)(1); see also 
Lasko Metal Products v. United States, 43 F.3d 1442, 1445-1446 (Fed. 
Cir. 1994) (affirming the Department's use of market-based prices to 
value certain FOPs). Where a

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portion of the input is purchased from a market-economy supplier and 
the remainder from an NME supplier, the Department will normally use 
the price paid for the inputs sourced from market-economy suppliers to 
value all of the input, provided the volume of the market-economy 
inputs as a share of total purchases from all sources is 
``meaningful.'' See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties; Final 
Rule, 62 FR 27296, 27366 (May 19, 1997), and Shakeproof v. United 
States, 268 F.3d 1376, 1382 (Fed. Cir. 2001). See also 19 CFR 
351.408(c)(1).
B. Factor Methodology
    During the POR, Nozawa did not produce certain types of merchandise 
that it sold during the POR. Consequently, the original FOP database 
Nozawa submitted did not contain FOPs for those models sold but not 
produced by Nozawa during this POR. Because the vast majority of the 
models Nozawa sold were produced during this POR or the prior POR, 
Nozawa also submitted on the record of this review the FOP database 
from the prior review (i.e., the 2005/2006 review). In addition, Nozawa 
submitted an FOP database incorporating the FOPs for all models sold 
during the POR, using both production data from this and the prior POR. 
Therefore, for purposes of factor valuation, the Department has used 
the FOP database incorporating all models sold during the POR. Nozawa 
based certain FOP data on similar models where it did not produce the 
model in either this or the prior POR.
    The Department reviewed Nozawa's identification of the most similar 
matches for the models it sold but did not produce during the previous 
or this POR. In doing so, we determined the product characteristics 
which have the most significant impact on the cost of materials and 
then compared all product characteristics of the actual models to the 
product characteristics of the proposed matching models. We found that 
Nozawa's proposed matches were identical in the most significant 
product characteristics and had some insignificant differences in other 
characteristics. Therefore, we accepted Nozawa's assignment of the most 
similar model designations for those products it sold but did not 
produce during the POR. See Nozawa Preliminary Analysis Memorandum.
C. FOP Valuation
    In accordance with section 773(c) of the Act, we calculated normal 
value based on the FOPs reported by respondents for the POR. To 
calculate normal value, we multiplied the reported per-unit factor-
consumption rates by publicly available surrogate values. In selecting 
the surrogate values, we considered the quality, specificity, and 
contemporaneity of the data.
    It is the Department's practice to calculate price-index adjustors 
to inflate or deflate, as appropriate, surrogate values that are not 
contemporaneous with the POR using the wholesale price index for the 
subject country. See Certain Preserved Mushrooms from the People's 
Republic of China: Final Results of the Antidumping Duty New Shipper 
Review, 71 FR 66910 (November 17, 2006). Therefore, where we could not 
obtain publicly available information contemporaneous with the POR, we 
adjusted surrogate values using the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) for 
India, as published in the International Financial Statistics of the 
International Monetary Fund.
    Except as indicated below, we valued raw material inputs using the 
weighted-average unit import values derived from the Monthly Statistics 
of the Foreign Trade of India, as published by the Directorate General 
of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics of the Ministry of Commerce 
and Industry, Government of India in the World Trade Atlas (WTA), 
available at http://www.gtis.com/wta.htm. For those surrogate values 
based upon Indian import statistics, we disregarded prices which we 
have reason to believe or suspect may be subsidized. We have reason to 
believe or suspect that prices of inputs from Indonesia, South Korea, 
and Thailand may have been subsidized. We have found in other 
proceedings that these countries maintain broadly available, non-
industry-specific export subsidies and, therefore, it is reasonable to 
infer that all exports to all markets from these countries may be 
subsidized. See Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than 
Fair Value and Negative Final Determination of Critical Circumstances: 
Certain Color Television Receivers From the People's Republic of China, 
69 FR 20594 (April 16, 2004), and accompanying Issues and Decision 
Memorandum at Comment 7; see also Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel 
Plate from Romania: Notice of Final Results and Final Partial 
Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 70 FR 12651 
(March 15, 2005), and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at 
Comment 4. The legislative history reflects the Department's practice 
that, in making its determination as to whether input values may be 
subsidized, the Department does not conduct a formal investigation; 
rather, the Department bases its decision on information that is 
available to it at the time it makes its determination. See H.R. Rep. 
100-576, at 590 (1988), reprinted in 1988 U.S.C.C.A.N. 1547, 1623-24. 
Therefore, based on the information currently available, we have not 
used prices from these countries in calculating the surrogate values 
based on Indian import data.
    We have also disregarded Indian import data concerning raw 
materials from countries that we have previously determined to be NME 
countries as well as imports originating from ``unspecified'' countries 
because we could not be certain that they were not from either an NME 
or a country with generally available export subsidies. See Notice of 
Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and 
Postponement of Final Determination: Chlorinated Isocyanurates From the 
People's Republic of China, 69 FR 75294, 75300 (December 16, 2004), and 
Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: 
Chlorinated Isocyanurates From the People's Republic of China, 70 FR 
24502 (May 10, 2005) (unchanged in the final results). For a 
comprehensive list of the sources and data we used to determine the 
surrogate vales for the FOPs, by-products, and the surrogate financial 
ratios for factory overhead, selling, general and administrative 
expenses (SG&A), and profit, see Surrogate-Value Memorandum.
    Where appropriate, we adjusted the Indian import prices by 
including freight costs to make them delivered prices. Specifically, we 
added to the Indian import prices a surrogate freight cost using the 
shorter of the reported distance from the domestic supplier to the 
factory of production or the distance from the nearest seaport to the 
factory of production where appropriate. This adjustment is in 
accordance with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's decision 
in Sigma Corp. v. United States, 117 F.3d 1401, 1407-1408 (Fed. Cir. 
1997). Where we did not use Indian import data as the basis of the 
surrogate value, we calculated inland freight based on the reported 
distance from the supplier to the factory. We valued truck freight 
expenses using a per-unit average rate calculated from data on the 
following Web site: http://www.infobanc.com/logistics/logtruck.htm. See 
Surrogate-Value Memorandum.
    The logistics section of this Web site contains inland-freight 
truck rates between many large Indian cities. Because this value is not 
contemporaneous with the POR, we deflated the rate using WPI. See 
Surrogate-Value Memorandum.

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    We valued electricity using price data for small, medium, and large 
industries, as published by the Central Electricity Authority of the 
Government of India in its publication titled Electricity Tariff&Duty 
and Average Rates of Electricity Supply in India, dated July 2006. 
These electricity rates represent actual country-wide, publicly 
available information on tax-exclusive electricity rates charged to 
industries in India. Because the rates are not contemporaneous with the 
POR, we deflated the values using the WPI. See Surrogate-Value 
Memorandum.
    For direct labor, indirect labor, and packing labor, consistent 
with 19 CFR 351.408(c)(3), we used the PRC regression-based wage rate 
as reported on Import Administration's web site. See Corrected 2007 
Calculation of Expected Non-Market Economy Wages, 73 FR 27795, 27796 
(May 14, 2008) (available at http://ia.ita.doc.gov/wages). The source 
of these wage-rate data on the Import Administration's website is the 
Yearbook of Labour Statistics 2003, ILO (Geneva: 2003), Chapter 5B: 
Wages in Manufacturing. The years of the reported wage rates range from 
2003 through 2004. Because this regression-based wage rate does not 
separate the labor rates into different skill levels or types of labor, 
we have applied the same wage rate to all skill levels and types of 
labor reported by each respondent. See Surrogate-Value Memorandum.
    To value factory overhead, SG&A, and profit values, we used 
information from M/S Synthetic Packers Private Ltd. for the fiscal year 
ending March 31, 2007. From this information, we were able to determine 
factory overhead as a percentage of the total raw materials, labor and 
energy (ML&E) costs, SG&A as a percentage of ML&E plus overhead (i.e., 
cost of manufacture), and profit as a percentage of the cost of 
manufacture plus SG&A. See Surrogate-Value Memorandum.
    For packing materials, we used the per-kilogram values obtained 
from the WTA and made adjustments to account for freight costs incurred 
between the PRC suppliers and the respondents' production facilities. 
See Surrogate-Value Memorandum.

Preliminary Results of the Review

    As a result of our review, we preliminarily determine that the 
following percentage weighted-average dumping margins exist for the 
period August 1, 2006, through July 31, 2007:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                Manufacturer/Exporter                   Percent Margin
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Dongguan Nozawa Plastics Products Co., Ltd.,                        2.30
 andUnited Power Packaging, Ltd.....................
Rally Plastics Co., Ltd.............................               18.11
PRC-wide Entity.....................................               77.57
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\2\ The PRC-wide entity includes Samson.

Comments

    We will disclose the calculations used in our analysis to parties 
in this review within five days of the date of publication of this 
notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). Interested parties may 
submit publicly available information to value factors no later than 20 
days after the date of publication of these preliminary results of 
review. See 19 CFR 351.301(c)(3)(ii). Any interested party may request 
a hearing within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice. See 
19 CFR 351.310. 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; (3) a list of issues 
to be discussed. See 19 CFR 351.310(c).
    Issues raised in the hearing will be limited to those raised in the 
case and rebuttal briefs. See 19 CFR 351.310(c). 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. 
See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(1)(ii). 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. See 19 CFR 351.309(d)(1). If requested, any hearing will be 
held two days after the scheduled date for submission of rebuttal 
briefs. See 19 CFR 351.310(d). Parties who submit case briefs or 
rebuttal briefs in this proceeding 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. See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2).
    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. See section 751(a)(3)(A) 
of the Act.

Assessment Rates

    The Department shall determine, and U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP) shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate 
entries. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1), we have calculated 
importer-specific (or customer-specific) assessment rates for 
merchandise subject to this review.
    With respect to sales by Rally and certain sales by Nozawa, for 
these preliminary results, we divided the total dumping margins 
(calculated as the difference between normal value and EP) for each 
exporter's importer or customer by the total number of units the 
exporter sold to that importer or customer. We will direct CBP to 
assess the resulting per-unit dollar amount against each unit of 
merchandise in each of that importer's/customer's entries during the 
review period.
    In accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1), for Nozawa's CEP sales, we 
have calculated an importer-specific assessment rate by dividing the 
total dumping duties due by the entered value of CEP sales we analyzed. 
We will direct CBP to liquidate the appropriate entries at this rate.
    We will instruct CBP to liquidate entries containing merchandise 
from the PRC-wide entity at the PRC-wide rate we determine in the final 
results of review.
    We will issue assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the date 
of publication of the final results of review.

Cash-Deposit Requirements

    The following cash deposit requirements will be effective upon 
publication of the notice of final results of the administrative review 
for all shipments of PRCBs from the PRC entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication, as 
provided by section 751(a)(1) of the Act: (1) for subject merchandise 
exported by Nozawa and Rally, the cash-deposit rate will be that 
established in the final results of review; (2) for previously reviewed 
or investigated companies not listed above that have separate rates, 
the cash-deposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate 
published for the most recent period; (3) for all other PRC exporters 
of subject merchandise, which have not been found to be entitled to a 
separate rate, the cash-deposit rate will be PRC-wide rate of 77.57 
percent; (4) for all non-PRC exporters of subject merchandise, the 
cash-deposit rate will be the rate applicable to the PRC exporter that 
supplied that exporter. These deposit requirements, when

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imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.

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 administrative review and this notice are in accordance with 
sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i) of the Act.

    Dated: September 2, 2008.
David M. Spooner,
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
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    \1\ Consisting of Hilex Poly Company, LLC, and the Superbag 
Corporation (collectively, the petitioners).
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