Circular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from Thailand: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review, 44825-44828 [E9-20978]

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting a semiannual new shipper review of the antidumping duty order on circular welded carbon steel pipes and tubes (Pipes and Tubes) from Thailand in response to a request from Pacific Pipe Public Company, Limited (Pacific Pipe). The period of review (POR) is March 1, 2008 through September 30, 2008. The domestic interested parties for this proceeding are Allied Tube & Conduit VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:57 Aug 28, 2009 Jkt 217001 Corporation and Wheatland Tube Company (petitioners). We preliminarily determine that the U.S. sale of subject merchandise made by Pacific Pipe is below normal value (NV). If these preliminary results are adopted in our final results, we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assess antidumping duties based on the difference between the export price (EP) and the NV. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results. See the ‘‘Preliminary Results of Review’’ section of this notice. The final results will be issued 90 days after the date of issuance of these preliminary results, unless extended. EFFECTIVE DATE: August 31, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Myrna Lobo, AD/CVD Operations, Office 6, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–2371. Background The Department published the antidumping duty order on Pipes and Tubes from Thailand on March 11, 1986. See Notice of Antidumping Duty Order: Circular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from Thailand, 51 FR 8341 (March 11, 1986) (Antidumping Duty Order). On September 30, 2008, the Department received a timely request from Pacific Pipe, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(c), to conduct a semiannual new shipper review of the antidumping duty order on Pipes and Tubes from Thailand. The Department found the request for review met all of the requirements set forth in 19 CFR 351.214(b) and initiated the review on October 28, 2008. See Circular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from Thailand: Initiation of New Shipper Antidumping Duty Review, 73 FR 65290 (November 3, 2008) (NSR Initiation).1 On November 7, 2008, the Department issued the initial questionnaire to Pacific Pipe.2 On December 9, 2008, the 1 Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(f)(2)(ii), we extended the POR of this new shipper review through September 30, 2008 to include Pacific Pipe’s entry. (See NSR Initiation). 2 Section A of the questionnaire requests general information concerning a company’s corporate structure and business practices, the merchandise under investigation that it sells, and the manner in which it sells that merchandise in all of its markets. Section B requests a complete listing of all home market sales, or, if the home market is not viable, of sales in the most appropriate third-country market (this section is not applicable to respondents in non-market economy cases). Section C requests a complete listing of U.S. sales. Section D requests information on the cost of production of the foreign PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44825 Department received Pacific Pipe’s section A response, the public version of which was revised due to bracketing deficiencies and resubmitted on December 15, 2008. On December 15, 2008, the Department also preliminarily granted Pacific Pipe’s request to limit its reporting of home market sales data to the specific grades sold in the United States. See Letter to Pacific Pipe from Barbara E. Tillman, Director, AD/CVD Operations, Office 6, Import Administration, dated December 15, 2008. On January 6, 2009, the Department received Pacific Pipe’s sections B and C questionnaire response. On March 10 and July 24, 2009, the Department issued supplemental questionnaires, and Pacific Pipe responded to the questionnaires on April 14 and August 3, 2009, respectively. On May 8, 2009, petitioners urged the Department to rescind the new shipper review in favor of examining Pacific Pipe’s sale in the concurrent administrative review, because the entry occurred outside the normal six–month new shipper review period (March 1, 2008 through August 31, 2008). Petitioners also questioned the bona fide nature of Pacific Pipe’s sale. We note that at the time of initiation, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(f)(2)(ii), the Department extended the POR through September 30, 2008, to cover Pacific Pipe’s entry. We have also analyzed all aspects of Pacific Pipe’s U.S. sale and preliminarily found it to be bona fide. See ‘‘Bona Fides Analysis of U.S. Sale’’ section below. On March 27, 2009, the Department published a notice extending the deadline for the preliminary results to August 24, 2009. See Circular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from Thailand: Extension of Time Limit for Preliminary Results of New Shipper Antidumping Duty Review, 74 FR 13414 (March 27, 2009). Verification The Department intends to conduct a sales verification of Pacific Pipe’s responses following the preliminary results of this review. Scope of the Order The products covered by this antidumping order are certain welded carbon steel pipes and tubes from Thailand. The subject merchandise has an outside diameter of 0.375 inches or more, but not exceeding 16 inches. like product and the constructed value of the merchandise under investigation. Section E requests information on further manufacturing. E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 44826 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 167 / Monday, August 31, 2009 / Notices These products, which are commonly referred to in the industry as ‘‘standard pipe’’ or ‘‘structural tubing,’’ are hereinafter designated as ‘‘pipes and tubes.’’ The merchandise is classifiable under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) item numbers 7306.30.1000, 7306.30.5025, 7306.30.5032, 7306.30.5040, 7306.30.5055, 7306.30.5085, and 7306.30.5090. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and purposes of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), our written description of the scope of the order is dispositive. Bona Fides Analysis of U.S. Sale On January 22, 2009, the petitioners submitted comments calling into question the bona fide nature of Pacific Pipe’s U.S. sale. Pacific Pipe responded to the comments on January 29, 2009. We have analyzed the information on the record, and preliminarily determine that Pacific Pipe’s U.S. sale is a bona fide transaction. Our analysis of Pacific Pipe’s sale and of the parties’ comments on the bona fides of Pacific Pipe’s U.S. sale are detailed in the Memorandum to Dana Mermelstein, Program Manager, from Myrna Lobo, Case Analyst, regarding Bona Fide Nature of the Sale in the Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review of Circular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from Thailand: Pacific Pipe Public Company, Limited, dated concurrently with this notice (Bona Fides Memorandum) and on file in the Central Records Unit, room 1117 of the main Department of Commerce building (CRU). Therefore, we are preliminarily treating Pacific Pipe’s sale to the United States as an appropriate transaction for review. See Am. Silicon Techs. V. United States, 110 F. Supp.2d 992,995 (Ct. Int’l Trade 2000) cprice-sewell on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES Fair Value Comparisons To determine whether Pacific Pipe’s sale of subject merchandise from Thailand was made in the United States at less than NV, we compared the EP to the NV, as described in the ‘‘U.S. Price’’ and ‘‘Normal Value’’ section of this notice in accordance with section 777A(d)(2) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (‘‘the Act’’). Product Comparisons Pursuant to section 771(16)(A) of the Act, for purposes of determining appropriate product comparisons to the U.S. sales, the Department considers all products sold in the comparison market as described in the ‘‘Scope of the Order’’ section of this notice, above, that were in the ordinary course of trade. In accordance with sections 771(16)(B) and VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:57 Aug 28, 2009 Jkt 217001 (C) of the Act, where there are no sales of identical merchandise in the comparison market made in the ordinary course of trade, we compare U.S. sales to sales of the most similar foreign like product based on the characteristics listed in sections B and C of our antidumping questionnaire: grade, nominal pipe size, wall thickness, schedule of pipe, surface finish and end finish. We found that Pacific Pipe had sales of foreign like product that were identical in these respects to the merchandise sold in the United States, and therefore compared U.S. products with the identical merchandise sold in the comparison market based on the characteristics listed above, in that order of priority. Date of Sale Regarding date of sale, 19 CFR 351.401(i) states that the Department will normally use the date of invoice as the date of sale, unless a different date better reflects the date on which the material terms of sale are established. Pacific Pipe reported invoice date as the date of sale for its home market sales and the proforma invoice date as the date of sale for its U.S. sale. We have analyzed the data on the record and preliminarily determine that the dates reported are the appropriate dates of sale for the U.S. and comparison market sales under review. U.S. Price We used EP methodology for Pacific Pipe’s U.S. sale, in accordance with section 772(a) of the Act, because the subject merchandise was sold directly to the first unaffiliated purchaser in the United States prior to importation, and constructed export price methodology was not otherwise warranted based on the facts of record. In accordance with sections 772(a) and (c) of the Act, we calculated EP using the price Pacific Pipe charged for packed subject merchandise shipped on a free on board (FOB) basis. We made deductions for movement expenses and brokerage expenses incurred in Thailand, including charges for service fees, document verification expenses, port passing charges, Customs formality expenses, Customs clearance charges, terminal handling charges and inland insurance. In addition, in accordance with section 772(c)(1)(B) of the Act, we made an upward adjustment to export price for duty drawback Pacific Pipe received. See Analysis Memorandum for Pacific Pipe Public Company, Limited (Preliminary Analysis Memo) dated concurrently with this notice. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Normal Value In accordance with section 773(a)(1)(B)(i) of the Act, we have based NV on the price at which the foreign like product was first sold for consumption in the comparison market, in the usual commercial quantities, in the ordinary course of trade, and, to the extent practicable, at the same level of trade (LOT) as the EP sale. See ‘‘Level of Trade’’ section below. After testing comparison market viability, we calculated NV for Pacific Pipe as discussed below. Home Market Viability In order to determine whether there is a sufficient volume of sales in the home market to serve as a viable basis for calculating NV (i.e., the aggregate volume of home market sales of the foreign like product is five percent or more of the aggregate volume of U.S. sales), we compared the volume of Pacific Pipe’s home market sales of the foreign like product to the volume of its U.S. sales of subject merchandise, in accordance with section 773(a)(1)(B)(ii)(II) of the Act. Based on this comparison, we determined that Pacific Pipe’s home market was viable during the POR. Level of Trade In accordance with section 773(a)(1)(B) of the Act, to the extent practicable, we determine NV based on sales in the comparison market at the same LOT as EP. The NV LOT is that of the starting–price sales in the comparison market or, when NV is based on constructed value, that of the sales from which we derive selling expenses, G&A expenses, and profit. For EP, the U.S. LOT is also the level of the starting–price sale, which is usually from the exporter to the unaffiliated U.S. customer. To determine whether NV sales are at a different LOT than EP sales, we examine stages in the marketing process and selling functions along the chain of distribution between the producer and the unaffiliated customer. If the comparison market sales are at a different LOT and the difference affects price comparability, as manifested in a pattern of consistent price differences between the sales on which NV is based and comparison market sales at the LOT of the export transaction, we make an LOT adjustment under section 773(a)(7)(A) of the Act. In the home market, Pacific Pipe reported it sells to several customer categories through two channels of distribution: ex–factory, and direct shipments from Pacific Pipe to the E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 167 / Monday, August 31, 2009 / Notices customer. Further, Pacific Pipe reported that the selling functions in the home market do not differ between customer categories or channels of distribution. See Pacific Pipe’s supplemental response dated April 14, 2009 at page 8. After analyzing the information on the record with respect to these selling functions, we find that in the home market there were not sufficient differences in the selling functions performed for the different channels of trade to conclude that there is more than one level of trade in the home market. We therefore find a single level of trade exists for all of Pacific Pipe’s sales to the home market. Since there is only one LOT in the home market we find there is no basis for an LOT adjustment. See Preliminary Analysis Memorandum. Calculation of Normal Value cprice-sewell on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES We based NV on the starting prices of Pacific Pipe’s sales to the home market adjusting for billing adjustments where applicable, pursuant to section 773(a)(1)(A) of the Act. Pursuant to section 773(a)(6)(B)(ii) of the Act, we made deductions for discounts and movement expenses (i.e., inland freight and warehousing expenses) where appropriate. In accordance with sections 773(a)(6)(A) and (B) of the Act, we deducted comparison market packing costs and added U.S. packing costs. In accordance with section 773(a)(6)(C)(iii) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.410(c), we deducted comparison market direct selling expenses (i.e., credit expenses) and added U.S. direct selling expenses. We made the appropriate adjustment for commissions paid in the home market pursuant to 773(a)(6)(C)(iii) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.410(c). We made adjustments, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.410(e), for indirect selling expenses incurred on comparison market or U.S. sales where commissions were granted on sales in one market but not in the other, i.e., the ‘‘commission offset.’’ Specifically, where commissions are incurred in one market, but not in the other, we limit the amount of such allowance to the amount of either the selling expenses incurred in the one market or the commissions allowed in the other market, whichever is less. See Preliminary Analysis Memo. Currency Conversion In accordance with sections 773A(a) of the Act, we made currency conversions based on the official exchange rates in effect on the dates of the U.S. sales as certified by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. See also 19 CFR 351.415. VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:57 Aug 28, 2009 Jkt 217001 Preliminary Results of New Shipper Review As a result of our review, we preliminarily determine in accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(i)(1) that the following percentage margin exists for Pacific Pipe for the period March 1, 2008, through September 30, 2008: 44827 and the total entered value of the examined sales. We will instruct CBP to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review if the importer–specific assessment rate calculated in the final results of this review is above de minimis (i.e., at or above 0.50 percent). Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.106(c)(2), we will instruct CBP to liquidate without Manufacturer/Exporter Margin regard to antidumping duties any Pacific Pipe Public Co., Ltd. ....... 4.79 % entries for which the assessment rate is zero or de minimis (i.e., less than 0.50 percent). See 19 CFR 351.106(c)(1). Cash Deposit Requirements The final results of this review shall The following cash deposit be the basis for the assessment of requirements will be effective for all antidumping duties on entries of shipments of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, merchandise covered by the final results of this review. for consumption on or after the publication date of the final results of Disclosure and Public Hearing this new shipper review, as provided by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) the The Department will disclose to cash deposit rate for subject parties the calculations performed in merchandise manufactured and connection with these preliminary exported by Pacific Pipe will be the rate results within five days of the date of established in the final results of this publication of this notice. See 19 CFR new shipper review, except no cash 351.224(b). Unless notified by the deposit will be required if its weighted– Department, pursuant to 19 CFR average margin is de minimis (i.e., less 351.309(c), interested parties may than 0.5 percent); (2) if the exporter is submit cases briefs not later than 30 not a firm covered in this review, but days after the date of publication of this was covered in a previous review or the notice. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues original less–than-fair–value (LTFV) raised in the case briefs, may be filed investigation, the cash deposit rate will not later than five days after the continue to be the company–specific deadline for filing the case briefs. See 19 rate published for the most recent CFR 351.309(d). Parties who submit period; (3) if the exporter is not a firm case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this covered in this review, a previous proceeding are requested to submit with review, or the original LTFV each argument: 1) a statement of the investigation, but the manufacturer is, issue; 2) a brief summary of the the cash deposit rate will be the rate argument; and 3) a table of authorities. established for the most recent period Additionally, parties are requested to for the manufacturer of the provide their case briefs and rebuttal merchandise; and (4) the cash deposit briefs in electronic format (e.g., rate for all other manufacturers and/or WordPerfect, Microsoft Word, Adobe exporters of this merchandise, shall be Acrobat, etc.). 15.67 percent, the all–others rate Interested parties who wish to request established in the LTFV investigation. a hearing or to participate if one is These requirements, when imposed, requested must submit a written request shall remain in effect until further to the Assistant Secretary for Import notice. Administration, Room B–099, within 30 Assessment Rate days of the date of publication of this notice. Requests should contain: 1) the Upon completion of the new shipper review, the Department shall determine, party’s name, address and telephone number; 2) the number of participants; and CBP shall assess, antidumping and 3) a list of issues to be discussed. duties on all appropriate entries, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b). The See 19 CFR 351.310(c). Issues raised in Department intends to issue assessment the hearing will be limited to those raised in the case and rebuttal briefs. instructions for Pacific Pipe directly to The Department will issue the final CBP 15 days after the date of results of this review, including the publication of the final results of this results of its analysis of issues raised in new shipper review. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1), we any written briefs, within 90 days of will calculate an importer–specific publication of these preliminary results, assessment rate on the basis of the ratio unless the final results are extended. of the total amount of antidumping See section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act and duties calculated for the examined sales 19 CFR 351.214(i)(2). PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 44828 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 167 / Monday, August 31, 2009 / Notices Notification to Importers This notice 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 new shipper review is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(2)(B)(iv) and 777(i)(1) of the Act, as well as 19 CFR 351.214(i). Dated: August 24, 2009. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E9–20978 Filed 8–28–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers Intent To Prepare a Second Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement to the Final EIS on Herbert Hoover Dike Major Rehabilitation and Evaluation Report, Reaches 2 and 3 (Belle Glade to Moore Haven), in Palm Beach, Hendry, and Glades Counties, FL cprice-sewell on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Department of the Army, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. ACTION: Notice of intent. SUMMARY: Herbert Hoover Dike is the levee and water control system that provides flood protection to communities surrounding Lake Okeechobee. The purpose of this project is to evaluate rehabilitation solutions for Reaches 2 and 3 of the dike so that the authorized level of flood protection can be provided to reduce the risk of a catastrophic failure or breach of the embankment. Reaches 2 and 3 of the HHD extend for approximately 27 miles between an area west of Belle Glade, Palm Beach County to east of Moore Haven, Glades County, FL. On July 8 2005, the Jacksonville District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) issued a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for the Major Rehabilitation actions proposed for Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD), Reach 1. On September 23, 2005, a Record of Decision was signed adopting the preferred alternative as the Selected Plan for Reach 1. VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:57 Aug 28, 2009 Jkt 217001 The preferred plan described in the draft SEIS for the MRR Reaches 2 and 3 was based on the Reach 1 preferred plan. However, as designs were optimized during development of the plans and specifications for Reach 1, it became apparent that a cutoff wall in combination with a seepage berm would not work for all of Herbert Hoover Dike. The alternative for Reaches 2 and 3 will be a combination of a cutoff wall with a seepage berm and a relief feature such as a Relief Trench, Soil Replacement Wedge, Relief Wells, Drainage Feature, or Sand Columns. The specific features selected and dimension of the features will be site specific, dependent on the local geology and site conditions along Reaches 2 and 3. This study is a cooperative effort between the Corps and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD). ADDRESSES: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Planning Division, Environmental Branch, P.O. Box 4970, Jacksonville, FL 32232–0019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Angela Dunn at (904) 232–2108 or e-mail at Angela.E.Dunn@usace.army.mil. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: a. The proposed action will be the selected plan described in the July 2005 Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) with the additional actions of: Extending construction along Reaches 2 and 3 of the levee and implementing the landside rehabilitation features as needed based on geology and adjacent land factors. The proposed action will not affect the Regulation Schedule for Lake Okeechobee. Land may have to be acquired outside of the existing right-ofway (ROW) and this SEIS will account for any impacts that result due to acquisition of additional real estate. b. The preferred plan design will be optimized according to the local geology and site conditions along Reaches 2 and 3. The features that may be part of the preferred plan include: Cutoff Wall, Seepage Berm, Relief Trench, Soil Replacement Wedge, Relief Wells, Sand Column and Drainage Feature. c. A scoping letter will be used to invite comments on alternatives and issues from Federal, State, and local agencies, affected Indian tribes, and other interested private organizations and individuals. A Scoping Letter describing the proposed project and soliciting comments was sent to government agencies, non-governmental agencies, Indian Tribes and the interested public on August 10, 2006. A scoping meeting is not anticipated. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 d. A public meeting will be held after release of the Draft SEIS; the exact location, date, and times will be announced in a public notice and local newspapers. e. A Major Rehabilitation Evaluation Report (MRR) was approved by Congress in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2000 that addressed the need to repair the aging dike. f. Draft SEIS Preparation: The 2nd DSEIS is expected to be available for public review in the first quarter of CY 2010. Dated: August 19, 2009. Kenneth R. Dugger, Acting Chief, Environmental Branch. [FR Doc. E9–20912 Filed 8–28–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3720–58–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Army Army Science Board Plenary Meeting AGENCY: ACTION: Department of the Army, DoD. Notice of open meeting. SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Federal Advisory Committee Act of 1972 (5 U.S.C., Appendix, as amended), the Sunshine in the Government Act of 1976 (U.S.C. § 552b, as amended) and 41 Code of the Federal Regulations (CFR 102–3. 140 through 160, the Department of the Army announces the following committee meeting: Name of Committee: Army Science Board (ASB). Date(s) of Meeting: Sept 15, 2009. Time(s) of Meeting: 1230–1430. Location: Institute for Defense Analysis, 4850 Mark Center Drive, Alexandria VA 22311. Purpose: The purpose of this meeting is to adopt a subcommittee’s finding and recommendations on survivability and deployability of ground platforms and hear opinions by the Army Science Board. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-549-502]


Circular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from Thailand: 
Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting a 
semiannual new shipper review of the antidumping duty order on circular 
welded carbon steel pipes and tubes (Pipes and Tubes) from Thailand in 
response to a request from Pacific Pipe Public Company, Limited 
(Pacific Pipe). The period of review (POR) is March 1, 2008 through 
September 30, 2008. The domestic interested parties for this proceeding 
are Allied Tube & Conduit Corporation and Wheatland Tube Company 
(petitioners).
    We preliminarily determine that the U.S. sale of subject 
merchandise made by Pacific Pipe is below normal value (NV). If these 
preliminary results are adopted in our final results, we will instruct 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assess antidumping duties 
based on the difference between the export price (EP) and the NV. 
Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results. 
See the ``Preliminary Results of Review'' section of this notice. The 
final results will be issued 90 days after the date of issuance of 
these preliminary results, unless extended.

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 31, 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Myrna Lobo, AD/CVD Operations, Office 
6, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, 
Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-2371.

Background

    The Department published the antidumping duty order on Pipes and 
Tubes from Thailand on March 11, 1986. See Notice of Antidumping Duty 
Order: Circular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from Thailand, 51 
FR 8341 (March 11, 1986) (Antidumping Duty Order). On September 30, 
2008, the Department received a timely request from Pacific Pipe, in 
accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(c), to conduct a semiannual new shipper 
review of the antidumping duty order on Pipes and Tubes from Thailand. 
The Department found the request for review met all of the requirements 
set forth in 19 CFR 351.214(b) and initiated the review on October 28, 
2008. See Circular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from Thailand: 
Initiation of New Shipper Antidumping Duty Review, 73 FR 65290 
(November 3, 2008) (NSR Initiation).\1\
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    \1\ Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(f)(2)(ii), we extended the POR of 
this new shipper review through September 30, 2008 to include 
Pacific Pipe's entry. (See NSR Initiation).
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    On November 7, 2008, the Department issued the initial 
questionnaire to Pacific Pipe.\2\ On December 9, 2008, the Department 
received Pacific Pipe's section A response, the public version of which 
was revised due to bracketing deficiencies and resubmitted on December 
15, 2008. On December 15, 2008, the Department also preliminarily 
granted Pacific Pipe's request to limit its reporting of home market 
sales data to the specific grades sold in the United States. See Letter 
to Pacific Pipe from Barbara E. Tillman, Director, AD/CVD Operations, 
Office 6, Import Administration, dated December 15, 2008. On January 6, 
2009, the Department received Pacific Pipe's sections B and C 
questionnaire response. On March 10 and July 24, 2009, the Department 
issued supplemental questionnaires, and Pacific Pipe responded to the 
questionnaires on April 14 and August 3, 2009, respectively.
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    \2\ Section A of the questionnaire requests general information 
concerning a company's corporate structure and business practices, 
the merchandise under investigation that it sells, and the manner in 
which it sells that merchandise in all of its markets. Section B 
requests a complete listing of all home market sales, or, if the 
home market is not viable, of sales in the most appropriate third-
country market (this section is not applicable to respondents in 
non-market economy cases). Section C requests a complete listing of 
U.S. sales. Section D requests information on the cost of production 
of the foreign like product and the constructed value of the 
merchandise under investigation. Section E requests information on 
further manufacturing.
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    On May 8, 2009, petitioners urged the Department to rescind the new 
shipper review in favor of examining Pacific Pipe's sale in the 
concurrent administrative review, because the entry occurred outside 
the normal six-month new shipper review period (March 1, 2008 through 
August 31, 2008). Petitioners also questioned the bona fide nature of 
Pacific Pipe's sale. We note that at the time of initiation, in 
accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(f)(2)(ii), the Department extended the 
POR through September 30, 2008, to cover Pacific Pipe's entry. We have 
also analyzed all aspects of Pacific Pipe's U.S. sale and preliminarily 
found it to be bona fide. See ``Bona Fides Analysis of U.S. Sale'' 
section below.
    On March 27, 2009, the Department published a notice extending the 
deadline for the preliminary results to August 24, 2009. See Circular 
Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from Thailand: Extension of Time 
Limit for Preliminary Results of New Shipper Antidumping Duty Review, 
74 FR 13414 (March 27, 2009).

Verification

    The Department intends to conduct a sales verification of Pacific 
Pipe's responses following the preliminary results of this review.

Scope of the Order

    The products covered by this antidumping order are certain welded 
carbon steel pipes and tubes from Thailand. The subject merchandise has 
an outside diameter of 0.375 inches or more, but not exceeding 16 
inches.

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These products, which are commonly referred to in the industry as 
``standard pipe'' or ``structural tubing,'' are hereinafter designated 
as ``pipes and tubes.'' The merchandise is classifiable under the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) item numbers 
7306.30.1000, 7306.30.5025, 7306.30.5032, 7306.30.5040, 7306.30.5055, 
7306.30.5085, and 7306.30.5090. Although the HTSUS subheadings are 
provided for convenience and purposes of U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP), our written description of the scope of the order is 
dispositive.

Bona Fides Analysis of U.S. Sale

    On January 22, 2009, the petitioners submitted comments calling 
into question the bona fide nature of Pacific Pipe's U.S. sale. Pacific 
Pipe responded to the comments on January 29, 2009. We have analyzed 
the information on the record, and preliminarily determine that Pacific 
Pipe's U.S. sale is a bona fide transaction. Our analysis of Pacific 
Pipe's sale and of the parties' comments on the bona fides of Pacific 
Pipe's U.S. sale are detailed in the Memorandum to Dana Mermelstein, 
Program Manager, from Myrna Lobo, Case Analyst, regarding Bona Fide 
Nature of the Sale in the Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review of 
Circular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from Thailand: Pacific 
Pipe Public Company, Limited, dated concurrently with this notice (Bona 
Fides Memorandum) and on file in the Central Records Unit, room 1117 of 
the main Department of Commerce building (CRU). Therefore, we are 
preliminarily treating Pacific Pipe's sale to the United States as an 
appropriate transaction for review. See Am. Silicon Techs. V. United 
States, 110 F. Supp.2d 992,995 (Ct. Int'l Trade 2000)

Fair Value Comparisons

    To determine whether Pacific Pipe's sale of subject merchandise 
from Thailand was made in the United States at less than NV, we 
compared the EP to the NV, as described in the ``U.S. Price'' and 
``Normal Value'' section of this notice in accordance with section 
777A(d)(2) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (``the Act'').

Product Comparisons

    Pursuant to section 771(16)(A) of the Act, for purposes of 
determining appropriate product comparisons to the U.S. sales, the 
Department considers all products sold in the comparison market as 
described in the ``Scope of the Order'' section of this notice, above, 
that were in the ordinary course of trade. In accordance with sections 
771(16)(B) and (C) of the Act, where there are no sales of identical 
merchandise in the comparison market made in the ordinary course of 
trade, we compare U.S. sales to sales of the most similar foreign like 
product based on the characteristics listed in sections B and C of our 
antidumping questionnaire: grade, nominal pipe size, wall thickness, 
schedule of pipe, surface finish and end finish. We found that Pacific 
Pipe had sales of foreign like product that were identical in these 
respects to the merchandise sold in the United States, and therefore 
compared U.S. products with the identical merchandise sold in the 
comparison market based on the characteristics listed above, in that 
order of priority.

Date of Sale

    Regarding date of sale, 19 CFR 351.401(i) states that the 
Department will normally use the date of invoice as the date of sale, 
unless a different date better reflects the date on which the material 
terms of sale are established. Pacific Pipe reported invoice date as 
the date of sale for its home market sales and the proforma invoice 
date as the date of sale for its U.S. sale. We have analyzed the data 
on the record and preliminarily determine that the dates reported are 
the appropriate dates of sale for the U.S. and comparison market sales 
under review.

U.S. Price

    We used EP methodology for Pacific Pipe's U.S. sale, in accordance 
with section 772(a) of the Act, because the subject merchandise was 
sold directly to the first unaffiliated purchaser in the United States 
prior to importation, and constructed export price methodology was not 
otherwise warranted based on the facts of record. In accordance with 
sections 772(a) and (c) of the Act, we calculated EP using the price 
Pacific Pipe charged for packed subject merchandise shipped on a free 
on board (FOB) basis. We made deductions for movement expenses and 
brokerage expenses incurred in Thailand, including charges for service 
fees, document verification expenses, port passing charges, Customs 
formality expenses, Customs clearance charges, terminal handling 
charges and inland insurance.
    In addition, in accordance with section 772(c)(1)(B) of the Act, we 
made an upward adjustment to export price for duty drawback Pacific 
Pipe received. See Analysis Memorandum for Pacific Pipe Public Company, 
Limited (Preliminary Analysis Memo) dated concurrently with this 
notice.

Normal Value

    In accordance with section 773(a)(1)(B)(i) of the Act, we have 
based NV on the price at which the foreign like product was first sold 
for consumption in the comparison market, in the usual commercial 
quantities, in the ordinary course of trade, and, to the extent 
practicable, at the same level of trade (LOT) as the EP sale. See 
``Level of Trade'' section below. After testing comparison market 
viability, we calculated NV for Pacific Pipe as discussed below.

Home Market Viability

    In order to determine whether there is a sufficient volume of sales 
in the home market to serve as a viable basis for calculating NV (i.e., 
the aggregate volume of home market sales of the foreign like product 
is five percent or more of the aggregate volume of U.S. sales), we 
compared the volume of Pacific Pipe's home market sales of the foreign 
like product to the volume of its U.S. sales of subject merchandise, in 
accordance with section 773(a)(1)(B)(ii)(II) of the Act. Based on this 
comparison, we determined that Pacific Pipe's home market was viable 
during the POR.

Level of Trade

    In accordance with section 773(a)(1)(B) of the Act, to the extent 
practicable, we determine NV based on sales in the comparison market at 
the same LOT as EP. The NV LOT is that of the starting-price sales in 
the comparison market or, when NV is based on constructed value, that 
of the sales from which we derive selling expenses, G&A expenses, and 
profit. For EP, the U.S. LOT is also the level of the starting-price 
sale, which is usually from the exporter to the unaffiliated U.S. 
customer.
    To determine whether NV sales are at a different LOT than EP sales, 
we examine stages in the marketing process and selling functions along 
the chain of distribution between the producer and the unaffiliated 
customer. If the comparison market sales are at a different LOT and the 
difference affects price comparability, as manifested in a pattern of 
consistent price differences between the sales on which NV is based and 
comparison market sales at the LOT of the export transaction, we make 
an LOT adjustment under section 773(a)(7)(A) of the Act.
    In the home market, Pacific Pipe reported it sells to several 
customer categories through two channels of distribution: ex-factory, 
and direct shipments from Pacific Pipe to the

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customer. Further, Pacific Pipe reported that the selling functions in 
the home market do not differ between customer categories or channels 
of distribution. See Pacific Pipe's supplemental response dated April 
14, 2009 at page 8.
    After analyzing the information on the record with respect to these 
selling functions, we find that in the home market there were not 
sufficient differences in the selling functions performed for the 
different channels of trade to conclude that there is more than one 
level of trade in the home market. We therefore find a single level of 
trade exists for all of Pacific Pipe's sales to the home market. Since 
there is only one LOT in the home market we find there is no basis for 
an LOT adjustment. See Preliminary Analysis Memorandum.

Calculation of Normal Value

    We based NV on the starting prices of Pacific Pipe's sales to the 
home market adjusting for billing adjustments where applicable, 
pursuant to section 773(a)(1)(A) of the Act. Pursuant to section 
773(a)(6)(B)(ii) of the Act, we made deductions for discounts and 
movement expenses (i.e., inland freight and warehousing expenses) where 
appropriate. In accordance with sections 773(a)(6)(A) and (B) of the 
Act, we deducted comparison market packing costs and added U.S. packing 
costs. In accordance with section 773(a)(6)(C)(iii) of the Act and 19 
CFR 351.410(c), we deducted comparison market direct selling expenses 
(i.e., credit expenses) and added U.S. direct selling expenses. We made 
the appropriate adjustment for commissions paid in the home market 
pursuant to 773(a)(6)(C)(iii) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.410(c). We made 
adjustments, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.410(e), for indirect selling 
expenses incurred on comparison market or U.S. sales where commissions 
were granted on sales in one market but not in the other, i.e., the 
``commission offset.'' Specifically, where commissions are incurred in 
one market, but not in the other, we limit the amount of such allowance 
to the amount of either the selling expenses incurred in the one market 
or the commissions allowed in the other market, whichever is less. See 
Preliminary Analysis Memo.

Currency Conversion

    In accordance with sections 773A(a) of the Act, we made currency 
conversions based on the official exchange rates in effect on the dates 
of the U.S. sales as certified by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. 
See also 19 CFR 351.415.

Preliminary Results of New Shipper Review

    As a result of our review, we preliminarily determine in accordance 
with 19 CFR 351.214(i)(1) that the following percentage margin exists 
for Pacific Pipe for the period March 1, 2008, through September 30, 
2008:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                    Manufacturer/Exporter                       Margin
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Pacific Pipe Public Co., Ltd................................        4.79
                                                                [percnt]
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Cash Deposit Requirements

    The following cash deposit requirements will be effective for all 
shipments of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date of the 
final results of this new shipper review, as provided by section 
751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) the cash deposit rate for subject 
merchandise manufactured and exported by Pacific Pipe will be the rate 
established in the final results of this new shipper review, except no 
cash deposit will be required if its weighted-average margin is de 
minimis (i.e., less than 0.5 percent); (2) if the exporter is not a 
firm covered in this review, but was covered in a previous review or 
the original less-than-fair-value (LTFV) investigation, the cash 
deposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate published 
for the most recent period; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered 
in this review, a previous review, or the original LTFV 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; and (4) the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers 
and/or exporters of this merchandise, shall be 15.67 percent, the all-
others rate established in the LTFV investigation. These requirements, 
when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.

Assessment Rate

    Upon completion of the new shipper review, the Department shall 
determine, and CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate 
entries, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b). The Department intends 
to issue assessment instructions for Pacific Pipe directly to CBP 15 
days after the date of publication of the final results of this new 
shipper review.
    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1), we will calculate an importer-
specific assessment rate on the basis of the ratio of the total amount 
of antidumping duties calculated for the examined sales and the total 
entered value of the examined sales. We will instruct CBP to assess 
antidumping duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review if 
the importer-specific assessment rate calculated in the final results 
of this review is above de minimis (i.e., at or above 0.50 percent). 
Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.106(c)(2), we will instruct CBP to liquidate 
without regard to antidumping duties any entries for which the 
assessment rate is zero or de minimis (i.e., less than 0.50 percent). 
See 19 CFR 351.106(c)(1).
    The final results of this review shall be the basis for the 
assessment of antidumping duties on entries of merchandise covered by 
the final results of this review.

Disclosure and Public Hearing

    The Department will disclose to parties the calculations performed 
in connection with these preliminary results within five days of the 
date of publication of this notice. See 19 CFR 351.224(b). Unless 
notified by the Department, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c), interested 
parties may submit cases briefs not later than 30 days after the date 
of publication of this notice. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues 
raised in the case briefs, may be filed not later than five days after 
the deadline for filing the case briefs. See 19 CFR 351.309(d). Parties 
who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this proceeding are 
requested to submit with each argument: 1) a statement of the issue; 2) 
a brief summary of the argument; and 3) a table of authorities. 
Additionally, parties are requested to provide their case briefs and 
rebuttal briefs in electronic format (e.g., WordPerfect, Microsoft 
Word, Adobe Acrobat, etc.).
    Interested parties who wish to request a hearing or to participate 
if one is requested must submit a written request to the Assistant 
Secretary for Import Administration, Room B-099, within 30 days of the 
date of publication of this notice. Requests should contain: 1) the 
party's name, address and telephone number; 2) the number of 
participants; and 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.
    The Department will issue the final results of this review, 
including the results of its analysis of issues raised in any written 
briefs, within 90 days of publication of these preliminary results, 
unless the final results are extended. See section 751(a)(3)(A) of the 
Act and 19 CFR 351.214(i)(2).

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Notification to Importers

    This notice 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 new shipper review is issued and published in accordance with 
sections 751(a)(2)(B)(iv) and 777(i)(1) of the Act, as well as 19 CFR 
351.214(i).

    Dated: August 24, 2009.
Ronald K. Lorentzen,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
[FR Doc. E9-20978 Filed 8-28-09; 8:45 am]
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