Stainless Steel Bar From Brazil: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 12514-12518 [2010-5710]

Download as PDF 12514 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 16, 2010 / Notices Disclosure We will disclose the calculations performed within five days of the date of publication of this notice to parties in this proceeding in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES Suspension of Liquidation In accordance with section 733(d) of the Act, we will instruct CBP to suspend liquidation of all entries of merchandise subject to this investigation, entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. For the exporter/producer combinations listed in the chart above, the following cash deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of the preliminary determination for all shipments of merchandise under consideration entered or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after publication date: (1) The rate for the exporter/producer combinations listed in the chart above will be the rate we have determined in this preliminary determination; (2) for all PRC exporters of merchandise subject to this investigation that have not received their own rate, the cash-deposit rate will be the PRC-wide rate; (3) for all nonPRC exporters of merchandise subject to this investigation that have not received their own rate, the cash-deposit rate will be the rate applicable to the PRC exporter/producer combination that supplied that non-PRC exporter. These suspension-of-liquidation instructions will remain in effect until further notice. We will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit or the posting of a bond equal to the weighted-average amount by which the NV exceeds U.S. price, as indicated above. The suspension of liquidation will remain in effect until further notice. International Trade Commission Notification In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, we have notified the ITC of our preliminary affirmative determination of sales at less than fair value. Section 735(b)(2) of the Act requires the ITC to make its final determination as to whether the domestic industry in the United States is materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by reason of imports of phosphate salts, or sales (or the likelihood of sales) for importation, of the merchandise under investigation within 45 days of our final determination. for Import Administration no later than 30 days after the date of publication of this preliminary determination. See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(1)(i). Rebuttal briefs, the content of which is limited to the issues raised in the case briefs, must be filed within five days after the deadline for the submission of case briefs. See 19 CFR 351.309(d). A list of authorities used and an executive summary of issues should accompany any briefs submitted to the Department. This summary should be limited to five pages total, including footnotes. In accordance with section 774 of the Act, and if requested, we will hold a public hearing, to afford interested parties an opportunity to comment on arguments raised in case or rebuttal briefs. If a request for a hearing is made, we intend to hold the hearing shortly after the deadline of submission of rebuttal briefs at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Ave, NW., Washington, DC 20230, at a time and location to be determined. Parties should confirm by telephone the date, time, and location of the hearing two days before the scheduled date. 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, U.S. Department of Commerce, Room 1870, within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. See 19 CFR 351.310(c). Requests should contain the party’s name, address, and telephone number, the number of participants, and a list of the issues to be discussed. At the hearing, each party may make an affirmative presentation only on issues raised in that party’s case brief and may make rebuttal presentations only on arguments included in that party’s rebuttal brief. This determination is issued and published in accordance with sections 733(f) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: March 10, 2010. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. 2010–5715 Filed 3–15–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P Public Comment Case briefs or other written comments on the preliminary determination may be submitted to the Assistant Secretary VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:33 Mar 15, 2010 Jkt 220001 PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–351–825] Stainless Steel Bar From Brazil: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain stainless steel bar from Brazil. The review covers one producer/exporter of the subject merchandise, Villares Metals S.A. (VMSA). The period of review (POR) is February 1, 2008, through January 31, 2009. The Department has preliminarily determined that VMSA made U.S. sales at prices less than normal value. 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. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results of review. We intend to issue the final results of review no later than 120 days from the publication date of this notice. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 16, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Catherine Cartsos 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) 482–1757 or (202) 482– 1690, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On February 21, 1995, the Department published in the Federal Register an antidumping duty order on certain stainless steel bar from Brazil. See Antidumping Duty Orders: Stainless Steel Bar from Brazil, India and Japan, 60 FR 9661 (February 21, 1995). On February 4, 2009, the Department published in the Federal Register a notice of ‘‘Opportunity to Request Administrative Review’’ of the order. See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation; Opportunity To Request Administrative Review, 74 FR 6013 (February 4, 2009). In accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(b)(2), on March 2, 2009, VMSA requested that the Department conduct an administrative review of its sales and E:\FR\FM\16MRN1.SGM 16MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 16, 2010 / Notices sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES entries of subject merchandise into the United States during the POR; the Department initiated a review on March 24, 2009. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Requests for Revocation in Part, 74 FR 12310 (March 24, 2009). On October 29, 2009, we extended the time period for issuing the preliminary results of the review by 90 days until January 29, 2010. See Stainless Steel Bar From Brazil: Extension of Time Limit for Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 74 FR 55812 (October 29, 2009). On January 26, 2010, we extended the time period for issuing the preliminary results of the review by 30 additional days until March 1, 2010. See Stainless Steel Bar From Brazil: Extension of Time Limit for Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 75 FR 4044 (January 26, 2010). As explained in the February 12, 2010, memorandum from the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, the Department has exercised its discretion to toll Import Administration deadlines for the duration of the closure of the Federal Government from February 5 through February 12, 2010. Thus, all deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by seven days. The revised deadline for the preliminary results of this review is now March 8, 2010. See Memorandum to the Record from Ronald Lorentzen, DAS for Import Administration, regarding ‘‘Tolling of Administrative Deadlines As a Result of the Government Closure During the Recent Snowstorm,’’ dated February 12, 2010. The Department is conducting this administrative review in accordance with section 751 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Scope of the Order The scope of the order covers stainless steel bar (SSB). The term SSB with respect to the order means articles of stainless steel in straight lengths that have been either hot–rolled, forged, turned, cold–drawn, cold–rolled or otherwise cold–finished, or ground, having a uniform solid cross section along their whole length in the shape of circles, segments of circles, ovals, rectangles (including squares), triangles, hexagons, octagons or other convex polygons. SSB includes cold–finished SSBs that are turned or ground in straight lengths, whether produced from hot–rolled bar or from straightened and cut rod or wire, and reinforcing bars that have indentations, ribs, grooves, or other deformations produced during the rolling process. Except as specified VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:33 Mar 15, 2010 Jkt 220001 above, the term does not include stainless steel semi–finished products, cut–length flat–rolled products (i.e., cut–length rolled products which if less than 4.75 mm in thickness have a width measuring at least 10 times the thickness, or if 4.75 mm or more in thickness having a width which exceeds 150 mm and measures at least twice the thickness), wire (i.e., cold–formed products in coils, of any uniform solid cross section along their whole length, which do not conform to the definition of flat–rolled products), and angles, shapes and sections. The SSB subject to the order is currently classifiable under subheadings 7222.10.0005, 7222.10.0050, 7222.20.0005, 7222.20.0045, 7222.20.0075, and 7222.30.0000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of the order is dispositive. Fair–Value Comparison To determine whether VMSA’s sales of the subject merchandise from Brazil to the United States were at prices below normal value, we compared the export price (EP) or constructed export price (CEP) to the normal value as described in the ‘‘Export Price,’’ ‘‘Constructed Export Price,’’ and ‘‘Normal Value’’ sections of this notice. Therefore, pursuant to section 777A(d)(2) of the Act, we compared the EP or CEP of individual U.S. transactions to the monthly weighted– average normal value of the foreign like product where there were sales made in the ordinary course of trade as discussed in the ‘‘Cost–of-Production Analysis’’ section of this notice. Product Comparisons In accordance with section 771(16) of the Act, we considered all products covered by the ‘‘Scope of the Order’’ section, above, produced and sold by VMSA in the comparison market during the POR to be foreign like product for the purposes of determining appropriate products to use in comparison to U.S. sales of subject merchandise. Specifically, in making our comparisons, we used the following methodology. If an identical comparison–market model was reported, we made comparisons to weighted–average comparison–market prices that were based on all sales which passed the cost–of–production (COP) test of the identical product during the relevant or contemporary month. We calculated the weighted– average comparison–market prices on a level of trade–specific basis. If there PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12515 were no contemporaneous sales of an identical model, we identified the most similar comparison–market model. To determine the most similar model, we matched the foreign like product based on the physical characteristics reported by the respondent in the following order of importance: general type of finish, grade, remelting process, type of final finishing operation, shape, size. Export Price The Department based the price of certain U.S. sales of subject merchandise by VMSA on EP as defined in section 772(a) of the Act because the merchandise was sold before importation by the producer or exporter of the subject merchandise outside the United States to an unaffiliated purchaser in the United States. We calculated EP based on the packed F.O.B., C.I.F., or delivered price to unaffiliated purchasers in, or for exportation to, the United States, as appropriate. See section 772(c) of the Act. We made adjustments to price for billing adjustments and discounts, where applicable. We also made deductions for any movement expenses in accordance with section 772(c)(2)(A) of the Act. Constructed Export Price In addition to EP sales, the Department based the price of certain U.S. sales of subject merchandise by VMSA on CEP as defined in section 772(b) of the Act because the merchandise was sold, before importation, by a U.S.–based seller affiliated with the producer to unaffiliated purchasers in the United States. We calculated the CEP based on the packed F.O.B., C.I.F., or delivered price to unaffiliated purchasers in the United States, as appropriate. In accordance with section 772(d)(1) of the Act, we calculated the CEP by deducting direct selling expenses associated with economic activities occurring in the United States, indirect selling expenses associated with economic activities occurring in the United States, and the profit allocated to expenses deducted under section 772(d)(1) in accordance with sections 772(d)(3) and 772(f) of the Act. In accordance with section 772(f) of the Act, we computed profit based on the total revenues realized on sales in both the U.S. and comparison markets, less all expenses associated with those sales. We then allocated profit to expenses incurred with respect to U.S. economic activity based on the ratio of total U.S. expenses to total expenses for both the U.S. and comparison markets. E:\FR\FM\16MRN1.SGM 16MRN1 sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES 12516 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 16, 2010 / Notices Normal Value A. Home–Market Viability In accordance with section 773(a)(1)(C) of the Act, in order to determine whether there was a sufficient volume of sales of SSB in the home market to serve as a viable basis for calculating the normal value, we compared the volume of the respondent’s home–market sales of the foreign like product to its volume of the U.S. sales of the subject merchandise. VMSA’s quantity of sales in the home market was greater than five percent of its sales to the U.S. market. Based on this comparison of the aggregate quantities sold in Brazil and to the United States and absent any information that a particular market situation in the exporting country did not permit a proper comparison, we preliminarily determine that the quantity of the foreign like product sold by the respondent in the exporting country was sufficient to permit a proper comparison with the sales of the subject merchandise to the United States, pursuant to section 773(a)(1) of the Act. Thus, we determine that VMSA’s home market was viable during the POR. Id. Therefore, in accordance with section 773(a)(1)(B)(i) of the Act, we based normal value for the respondent on the prices at which the foreign like product was first sold for consumption in the exporting country in the usual commercial quantities and in the ordinary course of trade and, to the extent practicable, at the same level of trade as the U.S. sales. B. Cost–of–Production Analysis On September 9, 2009, the petitioners1 filed a timely below–cost allegation based on the revised home– market database that VMSA submitted with its September 1, 2009, response to our supplemental questionnaire. The petitioners based their cost allegation on VMSA’s own cost information, i.e., VMSA’s reported sales data and the total COP for models represented by specific control numbers. The petitioners defined the total COP as the sum of the total cost of manufacturing, general and administrative expenses, and interest expenses which they then compared to the net price. The petitioners incorporated all of the respondent’s claims regarding deductions from gross price as well as its reported cost data in their calculations. We adjusted the petitioners’ calculation of the total COP by using the lowest absolute fixed– 1 The petitioners are Carpenter Technology Corporation, Valbruna Slater, Inc., Electralloy Corporation, a Division of G.O. Carlson, Inc., and Universal Stainless. VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:33 Mar 15, 2010 Jkt 220001 overhead cost from VMSA’s U.S. sales database. We determined that the methodology employed by the petitioners, as we adjusted it, was reasonable. On October 28, 2009, we initiated a cost investigation because we had reasonable grounds to believe or suspect that VMSA’s sales of the foreign like product under consideration for the determination of normal value may have been made at prices below COP as provided by section 773(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the Act. Pursuant to section 773(b)(1) of the Act, we have conducted a COP investigation of VMSA’s sales in the home market. On January 12, 2010, and January 19, 2010, we requested supplemental cost information from VMSA. On February 2, 2010, VMSA supplied the supplemental cost information. The Department’s normal practice is to calculate an annual weighted–average cost for the entire POR. See, e.g., Certain Pasta From Italy: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 65 FR 77852 (December 13, 2000), and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comment 18, and Notice of Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Canada, 71 FR 3822 (January 24, 2006), and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comment 5 (explaining the Department’s practice of computing a single weighted–average cost for the entire period in order to even out slight fluctuations in production costs experienced by respondents during the POR). The Department recognizes, however, that distortions to the weighted–average cost may result if it uses its normal annual–average cost method for a POR in which significant cost changes occurred. Accordingly, the Department may elect to deviate from its normal methodology of calculating an annual weighted–average cost by using quarterly indexed weighted–average costs instead. See Stainless Steel Plate in Coils From Belgium: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 73 FR 75398, 75399 (December 11, 2008) (SSPC from Belgium), and Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in Coils from Mexico; Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 74 FR 6365 (February 9, 2009) (SSSC from Mexico). The Department determines whether to use this methodology by evaluating the case– specific record evidence using the following two primary factors: (1) the change in the cost of manufacturing (COM) recognized by the respondent during the POR must be deemed PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 significant; (2) the record evidence must indicate that sales during the shorter averaging periods could be reasonably linked with the COP or constructed value (CV) during the same shorter averaging periods. See SSPC from Belgium and SSSC from Mexico. In this case, we have determined that the record evidence suggests it was necessary to request additional cost information which would enable us to determine whether we should calculate COP on a shorter cost period (i.e., quarterly basis). We issued a supplemental questionnaire on February 24, 2010. The due date for the response to the supplemental questionnaire is March 10, 2010, which is later than the deadline for these preliminary results. Upon receipt of a response from VMSA, we will analyze this additional information. If we find that it is appropriate to use our alternative cost– calculation methodology (i.e., quarterly COPs), we will provide a memorandum discussing the results of our analysis to the respondent and the petitioners, and we will give the parties an opportunity to comment prior to the final results. See Notice of Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Glycine From India, 72 FR 62827, 62832 (November 7, 2007); see also SSPC from Belgium, 73 FR at 75398. For these preliminary results we have followed our normal practice and used an annual weighted–average cost for the entire POR. In accordance with section 773(b)(3) of the Act, we calculated the COP based on the sum of the costs of materials and labor employed in producing the foreign like product, the selling, general, and administrative expenses, and all costs and expenses incidental to packing the merchandise. In our COP analysis, we used the home– market sales and COP information provided by VMSA in its questionnaire responses. After calculating the COP and in accordance with section 773(b)(1) of the Act, we tested whether home–market sales of the foreign like product were made at prices below the COP within an extended period of time in substantial quantities and whether such prices permitted the recovery of all costs within a reasonable period of time. See section 773(b)(2) of the Act. We compared the COPs of the models represented by control numbers to the reported home–market prices less any applicable movement charges, discounts, and rebates. Pursuant to section 773(b)(2)(C) of the Act, when less than 20 percent of VMSA’s sales of a given product were at prices less than the COP, we did not disregard any below–cost sales of that E:\FR\FM\16MRN1.SGM 16MRN1 sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 16, 2010 / Notices product because the below–cost sales were not made in substantial quantities within an extended period of time. When 20 percent or more of VMSA’s sales of a given product during the POR were at prices less than the COP, we disregarded the below–cost sales because they were made in substantial quantities within an extended period of time pursuant to sections 773(b)(2)(B) and (C) of the Act and because, based on comparisons of prices to weighted– average COPs for the POR, we determined that these sales were at prices which would not permit recovery of all costs within a reasonable period of time in accordance with section 773(b)(2)(D) of the Act. D. Price–to–Price Comparisons We based normal value for VMSA on home–market sales to unaffiliated purchasers. VMSA’s home–market prices were based on the packed, ex– factory, or delivered prices. When applicable, we made adjustments for differences in packing and for movement expenses in accordance with sections 773(a)(6)(A) and (B) of the Act. We also made adjustments for differences in cost attributable to differences in physical characteristics of the merchandise pursuant to section 773(a)(6)(C)(ii) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.411 and for differences in circumstances of sale in accordance with section 773(a)(6)(C)(iii) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.410. For comparisons to EP sales, we made circumstance–of-sale adjustments by deducting home–market direct selling expenses from and adding U.S. direct selling expenses to normal value. We also made adjustments, if applicable, for home–market indirect selling expenses to offset U.S. commissions in EP calculations. For comparisons to CEP sales, we made circumstance–of-sale adjustments by deducting home–market direct selling expenses from normal value. We also made adjustments, when applicable, for home–market indirect selling expenses to offset U.S. commissions in EP and CEP calculations. In accordance with section 773(a)(1)(B)(i) of the Act, we based normal value, to the extent practicable, on sales at the same level of trade as the EP or CEP. If normal value was calculated at a different level of trade, we made an adjustment, if appropriate, in accordance with section 773(a)(7)(A) of the Act. See ‘‘Level of Trade’’ section below. Level of Trade To the extent practicable, we determine normal value for sales at the same level of trade as EP or CEP sales. VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:33 Mar 15, 2010 Jkt 220001 See section 773(a)(1)(B)(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.412. When there are no sales at the same level of trade, we compare EP and CEP sales to comparison–market sales at a different level of trade. The normal–value level of trade is that of the starting-price sales in the comparison market. To determine whether home–market sales were at a different level of trade than VMSA’s U.S. sales during the POR, we examined stages in the marketing process and selling functions along the chain of distribution between the producer and the unaffiliated customer. Based on our analysis, we have preliminarily determined that there is one level of trade in the United States and two levels of trade in the home market; we also find that the single U.S. level of trade is at the same level as one of the levels of trade in the home market and at a less advanced stage than the second home–market level of trade. Therefore, we have compared U.S. sales to home–market sales at the same level of trade and, where there was no home– market sale at the same level of trade, at a different level of trade. Because there are two levels of trade in the home market, we were able to calculate a level–of-trade adjustment based on VMSA’s home–market sales of the foreign like product. For a detailed description of our level–of–trade analysis for VMSA for these preliminary results, see VMSA Preliminary Results Analysis Memorandum, dated March 8, 2010. Currency Conversion Pursuant to section 773(a) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.415, we converted amounts expressed in foreign currencies into U.S. dollar amounts based on the exchange rates in effect on the dates of the relevant U.S. sales, as certified by the Federal Reserve Bank. Preliminary Results of Review As a result of our review, we preliminarily determine that the weighted–average dumping margin for merchandise produced and exported by Villares Metals S.A. is 0.00 percent for the period February 1, 2008, through January 31, 2009. Disclosure and Public Comment 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). Any interested party may request a hearing within 30 days of the publication of this notice in the Federal Register. See 19 CFR 351.310. If a hearing is requested, the PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12517 Department will notify interested parties of the hearing schedule. Interested parties are invited to comment on the preliminary results of this review. The Department will notify the interested parties on the time limit for filing case briefs. See 19 CFR 351.309(c). Interested parties may file rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in the case briefs. See 19 CFR 351.309(d). The Department will consider rebuttal briefs filed not later than five days after the time limit for filing case briefs. Parties who submit arguments are requested to submit with each argument a statement of the issue, a brief summary of the argument, and a table of authorities cited. Further, we request that parties submitting written comments provide the Department with a diskette containing an electronic copy of the public version of such comments. We intend to issue the final results of this administrative review, including the results of our analysis of issues raised in the written comments, within 120 days of publication of these preliminary results in the Federal Register. Assessment Rates The Department shall determine, and CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1), we have calculated importer/customer–specific assessment rates for these preliminary results of review. We divided the total dumping margins for the reviewed sales by the total entered value of those reviewed sales for each reported importer or customer. We will instruct CBP to assess the importer/customer– specific rate uniformly, as appropriate, on all entries of subject merchandise made by the relevant importer or customer during the POR. See 19 CFR 351.212(b). The Department intends to issue instructions to CBP 15 days after the publication of the final results of review. The Department clarified its ‘‘automatic assessment’’ regulation on May 6, 2003. See Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Assessment of Antidumping Duties, 68 FR 23954 (May 6, 2003) (Assessment of Antidumping Duties). This clarification will apply to entries of subject merchandise during the POR produced by VMSA for which VMSA did not know its merchandise was destined for the United States. In such instances, we will instruct CBP to liquidate unreviewed entries of VMSA–produced merchandise at the all–others rate if there is no rate for the intermediate company(ies) involved in the transaction. For a full discussion of this E:\FR\FM\16MRN1.SGM 16MRN1 12518 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 50 / Tuesday, March 16, 2010 / Notices clarification, see Assessment of Antidumping Duties. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary Cash–Deposit Requirements The following deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of the notice of final results of administrative review for all shipments of SSB from Brazil entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication, as provided by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) the cash-deposit rate for VMSA will be the rate established in the final results of this review; (2) for previously reviewed or investigated companies not listed above, 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 prior review, or the less–than–fair–value investigation but the manufacturer is, the cash– deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent period for the manufacturer of the merchandise; (4) if neither the exporter nor the manufacturer has its own rate, the cash– deposit rate will be the all–others rate for this proceeding, 19.43 percent. See Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Stainless Steel Bar From Brazil, 59 FR 66914 (December 28, 1994). These deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice. Notification to Importers sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES Dated: March 8, 2010. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. 2010–5710 Filed 3–15–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S 16:33 Mar 15, 2010 AGENCY: Office of the Under Secretary (Personnel and Readiness), DoD. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, as codified at 50 U.S.C. App. 531, prohibits a landlord from evicting a servicemember (or the servicemember’s family) from a residence during a period of military service except by court order. The law as originally passed by Congress applied to dwellings with monthly rents of $2,400 or less. The law requires the Department of Defense to adjust this amount annually to reflect inflation and to publish the new amount in the Federal Register. We have applied the inflation index required by the statute. The maximum monthly rental amount for 50 U.S.C. App. 531(a)(1)(A)(ii) as of January 1, 2010, will be $2,958.53. DATES: Effective January 1, 2010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lieutenant Colonel Thomas R. Williams II, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, (703) 697–3387. Dated: March 10, 2010. Mitchell S. Bryman, Alternate OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 2010–5672 Filed 3–15–10; 8:45 am] This notice also serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Department’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties. These preliminary results of administrative review are issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. VerDate Nov<24>2008 Publication of Housing Price Inflation Adjustment Under 50 U.S.C. App. 531 Jkt 220001 BILLING CODE 5001–06–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Defense Acquisition Regulations System [OMB Control Number 0704–0231] Information Collection Requirement; Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Part 237, Service Contracting AGENCY: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD). ACTION: Notice and request for comments regarding a proposed extension of an approved information collection requirement. SUMMARY: In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35), DoD announces the proposed extension of a public information collection requirement and seeks public comment on the provisions PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 thereof. DoD invites comments on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of DoD, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved this information collection requirement for use through October 31, 2010. DoD proposes that OMB extend its approval for these collections to expire three years after the approval date. DATES: DoD will consider all comments received by May 17, 2010. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by OMB Control Number 0704–0231, using any of the following methods: Æ Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Æ E-mail: dfars@acq.osd.mil. Include OMB Control Number 0704–0231 in the subject line of the message. Æ Fax: (703) 602–0350. Æ Mail: Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Attn: Ms. Meredith Murphy, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DARS), 3060 Defense Pentagon, Room 3B855, Washington, DC 20301–3060. Comments received generally will be posted without change to https:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Meredith Murphy, (703) 602–1302. The information collection requirements addressed in this notice are available electronically on the World Wide Web at: https://www.acq.osd.mil/dp/dars/ dfars.html. Paper copies are available from Ms. Meredith Murphy, OUSD(AT&L)DPAP(DARS), 3060 Defense Pentagon, Room 3B855, Washington, DC 20301–3060. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title, Associated Form, and OMB Number: Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) Part 237, Service Contracting, the associated clauses at DFARS 252.237–7000, Notice of Special Standards of Responsibility, and 252.237–7011, Preparation History, and DD Form 2063, Record of Preparation and Disposition of Remains (Within CONUS); OMB Control Number 0704–0231. E:\FR\FM\16MRN1.SGM 16MRN1

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International Trade Administration

[A-351-825]


Stainless Steel Bar From Brazil: Preliminary Results of 
Antidumping Duty Administrative Review

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an 
administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain 
stainless steel bar from Brazil. The review covers one producer/
exporter of the subject merchandise, Villares Metals S.A. (VMSA). The 
period of review (POR) is February 1, 2008, through January 31, 2009.
    The Department has preliminarily determined that VMSA made U.S. 
sales at prices less than normal value. 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. Interested parties are invited to 
comment on these preliminary results of review. We intend to issue the 
final results of review no later than 120 days from the publication 
date of this notice.

EFFECTIVE DATE: March 16, 2010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Catherine Cartsos 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-
1757 or (202) 482-1690, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On February 21, 1995, the Department published in the Federal 
Register an antidumping duty order on certain stainless steel bar from 
Brazil. See Antidumping Duty Orders: Stainless Steel Bar from Brazil, 
India and Japan, 60 FR 9661 (February 21, 1995). On February 4, 2009, 
the Department published in the Federal Register a notice of 
``Opportunity to Request Administrative Review'' of the order. See 
Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended 
Investigation; Opportunity To Request Administrative Review, 74 FR 6013 
(February 4, 2009).
    In accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(b)(2), on March 2, 2009, VMSA 
requested that the Department conduct an administrative review of its 
sales and

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entries of subject merchandise into the United States during the POR; 
the Department initiated a review on March 24, 2009. See Initiation of 
Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Requests 
for Revocation in Part, 74 FR 12310 (March 24, 2009). On October 29, 
2009, we extended the time period for issuing the preliminary results 
of the review by 90 days until January 29, 2010. See Stainless Steel 
Bar From Brazil: Extension of Time Limit for Preliminary Results of 
Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 74 FR 55812 (October 29, 2009). 
On January 26, 2010, we extended the time period for issuing the 
preliminary results of the review by 30 additional days until March 1, 
2010. See Stainless Steel Bar From Brazil: Extension of Time Limit for 
Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 75 FR 
4044 (January 26, 2010).
    As explained in the February 12, 2010, memorandum from the Deputy 
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, the Department has 
exercised its discretion to toll Import Administration deadlines for 
the duration of the closure of the Federal Government from February 5 
through February 12, 2010. Thus, all deadlines in this segment of the 
proceeding have been extended by seven days. The revised deadline for 
the preliminary results of this review is now March 8, 2010. See 
Memorandum to the Record from Ronald Lorentzen, DAS for Import 
Administration, regarding ``Tolling of Administrative Deadlines As a 
Result of the Government Closure During the Recent Snowstorm,'' dated 
February 12, 2010.
    The Department is conducting this administrative review in 
accordance with section 751 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the 
Act).

Scope of the Order

    The scope of the order covers stainless steel bar (SSB). The term 
SSB with respect to the order means articles of stainless steel in 
straight lengths that have been either hot-rolled, forged, turned, 
cold-drawn, cold-rolled or otherwise cold-finished, or ground, having a 
uniform solid cross section along their whole length in the shape of 
circles, segments of circles, ovals, rectangles (including squares), 
triangles, hexagons, octagons or other convex polygons. SSB includes 
cold-finished SSBs that are turned or ground in straight lengths, 
whether produced from hot-rolled bar or from straightened and cut rod 
or wire, and reinforcing bars that have indentations, ribs, grooves, or 
other deformations produced during the rolling process. Except as 
specified above, the term does not include stainless steel semi-
finished products, cut-length flat-rolled products (i.e., cut-length 
rolled products which if less than 4.75 mm in thickness have a width 
measuring at least 10 times the thickness, or if 4.75 mm or more in 
thickness having a width which exceeds 150 mm and measures at least 
twice the thickness), wire (i.e., cold-formed products in coils, of any 
uniform solid cross section along their whole length, which do not 
conform to the definition of flat-rolled products), and angles, shapes 
and sections. The SSB subject to the order is currently classifiable 
under subheadings 7222.10.0005, 7222.10.0050, 7222.20.0005, 
7222.20.0045, 7222.20.0075, and 7222.30.0000 of the Harmonized Tariff 
Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS subheadings 
are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written 
description of the scope of the order is dispositive.

Fair-Value Comparison

    To determine whether VMSA's sales of the subject merchandise from 
Brazil to the United States were at prices below normal value, we 
compared the export price (EP) or constructed export price (CEP) to the 
normal value as described in the ``Export Price,'' ``Constructed Export 
Price,'' and ``Normal Value'' sections of this notice. Therefore, 
pursuant to section 777A(d)(2) of the Act, we compared the EP or CEP of 
individual U.S. transactions to the monthly weighted-average normal 
value of the foreign like product where there were sales made in the 
ordinary course of trade as discussed in the ``Cost-of-Production 
Analysis'' section of this notice.

Product Comparisons

    In accordance with section 771(16) of the Act, we considered all 
products covered by the ``Scope of the Order'' section, above, produced 
and sold by VMSA in the comparison market during the POR to be foreign 
like product for the purposes of determining appropriate products to 
use in comparison to U.S. sales of subject merchandise. Specifically, 
in making our comparisons, we used the following methodology. If an 
identical comparison-market model was reported, we made comparisons to 
weighted-average comparison-market prices that were based on all sales 
which passed the cost-of-production (COP) test of the identical product 
during the relevant or contemporary month. We calculated the weighted-
average comparison-market prices on a level of trade-specific basis. If 
there were no contemporaneous sales of an identical model, we 
identified the most similar comparison-market model. To determine the 
most similar model, we matched the foreign like product based on the 
physical characteristics reported by the respondent in the following 
order of importance: general type of finish, grade, remelting process, 
type of final finishing operation, shape, size.

Export Price

    The Department based the price of certain U.S. sales of subject 
merchandise by VMSA on EP as defined in section 772(a) of the Act 
because the merchandise was sold before importation by the producer or 
exporter of the subject merchandise outside the United States to an 
unaffiliated purchaser in the United States. We calculated EP based on 
the packed F.O.B., C.I.F., or delivered price to unaffiliated 
purchasers in, or for exportation to, the United States, as 
appropriate. See section 772(c) of the Act. We made adjustments to 
price for billing adjustments and discounts, where applicable. We also 
made deductions for any movement expenses in accordance with section 
772(c)(2)(A) of the Act.

Constructed Export Price

    In addition to EP sales, the Department based the price of certain 
U.S. sales of subject merchandise by VMSA on CEP as defined in section 
772(b) of the Act because the merchandise was sold, before importation, 
by a U.S.-based seller affiliated with the producer to unaffiliated 
purchasers in the United States. We calculated the CEP based on the 
packed F.O.B., C.I.F., or delivered price to unaffiliated purchasers in 
the United States, as appropriate. In accordance with section 772(d)(1) 
of the Act, we calculated the CEP by deducting direct selling expenses 
associated with economic activities occurring in the United States, 
indirect selling expenses associated with economic activities occurring 
in the United States, and the profit allocated to expenses deducted 
under section 772(d)(1) in accordance with sections 772(d)(3) and 
772(f) of the Act. In accordance with section 772(f) of the Act, we 
computed profit based on the total revenues realized on sales in both 
the U.S. and comparison markets, less all expenses associated with 
those sales. We then allocated profit to expenses incurred with respect 
to U.S. economic activity based on the ratio of total U.S. expenses to 
total expenses for both the U.S. and comparison markets.

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Normal Value

A. Home-Market Viability
    In accordance with section 773(a)(1)(C) of the Act, in order to 
determine whether there was a sufficient volume of sales of SSB in the 
home market to serve as a viable basis for calculating the normal 
value, we compared the volume of the respondent's home-market sales of 
the foreign like product to its volume of the U.S. sales of the subject 
merchandise. VMSA's quantity of sales in the home market was greater 
than five percent of its sales to the U.S. market. Based on this 
comparison of the aggregate quantities sold in Brazil and to the United 
States and absent any information that a particular market situation in 
the exporting country did not permit a proper comparison, we 
preliminarily determine that the quantity of the foreign like product 
sold by the respondent in the exporting country was sufficient to 
permit a proper comparison with the sales of the subject merchandise to 
the United States, pursuant to section 773(a)(1) of the Act. Thus, we 
determine that VMSA's home market was viable during the POR. Id. 
Therefore, in accordance with section 773(a)(1)(B)(i) of the Act, we 
based normal value for the respondent on the prices at which the 
foreign like product was first sold for consumption in the exporting 
country in the usual commercial quantities and in the ordinary course 
of trade and, to the extent practicable, at the same level of trade as 
the U.S. sales.
B. Cost-of-Production Analysis
    On September 9, 2009, the petitioners\1\ filed a timely below-cost 
allegation based on the revised home-market database that VMSA 
submitted with its September 1, 2009, response to our supplemental 
questionnaire. The petitioners based their cost allegation on VMSA's 
own cost information, i.e., VMSA's reported sales data and the total 
COP for models represented by specific control numbers. The petitioners 
defined the total COP as the sum of the total cost of manufacturing, 
general and administrative expenses, and interest expenses which they 
then compared to the net price. The petitioners incorporated all of the 
respondent's claims regarding deductions from gross price as well as 
its reported cost data in their calculations. We adjusted the 
petitioners' calculation of the total COP by using the lowest absolute 
fixed-overhead cost from VMSA's U.S. sales database. We determined that 
the methodology employed by the petitioners, as we adjusted it, was 
reasonable.
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    \1\ The petitioners are Carpenter Technology Corporation, 
Valbruna Slater, Inc., Electralloy Corporation, a Division of G.O. 
Carlson, Inc., and Universal Stainless.
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    On October 28, 2009, we initiated a cost investigation because we 
had reasonable grounds to believe or suspect that VMSA's sales of the 
foreign like product under consideration for the determination of 
normal value may have been made at prices below COP as provided by 
section 773(b)(2)(A)(ii) of the Act. Pursuant to section 773(b)(1) of 
the Act, we have conducted a COP investigation of VMSA's sales in the 
home market. On January 12, 2010, and January 19, 2010, we requested 
supplemental cost information from VMSA. On February 2, 2010, VMSA 
supplied the supplemental cost information.
    The Department's normal practice is to calculate an annual 
weighted-average cost for the entire POR. See, e.g., Certain Pasta From 
Italy: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 65 FR 
77852 (December 13, 2000), and accompanying Issues and Decision 
Memorandum at Comment 18, and Notice of Final Results of Antidumping 
Duty Administrative Review: Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod 
from Canada, 71 FR 3822 (January 24, 2006), and accompanying Issues and 
Decision Memorandum at Comment 5 (explaining the Department's practice 
of computing a single weighted-average cost for the entire period in 
order to even out slight fluctuations in production costs experienced 
by respondents during the POR). The Department recognizes, however, 
that distortions to the weighted-average cost may result if it uses its 
normal annual-average cost method for a POR in which significant cost 
changes occurred. Accordingly, the Department may elect to deviate from 
its normal methodology of calculating an annual weighted-average cost 
by using quarterly indexed weighted-average costs instead. See 
Stainless Steel Plate in Coils From Belgium: Final Results of 
Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 73 FR 75398, 75399 (December 
11, 2008) (SSPC from Belgium), and Stainless Steel Sheet and Strip in 
Coils from Mexico; Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative 
Review, 74 FR 6365 (February 9, 2009) (SSSC from Mexico). The 
Department determines whether to use this methodology by evaluating the 
case-specific record evidence using the following two primary factors: 
(1) the change in the cost of manufacturing (COM) recognized by the 
respondent during the POR must be deemed significant; (2) the record 
evidence must indicate that sales during the shorter averaging periods 
could be reasonably linked with the COP or constructed value (CV) 
during the same shorter averaging periods. See SSPC from Belgium and 
SSSC from Mexico.
    In this case, we have determined that the record evidence suggests 
it was necessary to request additional cost information which would 
enable us to determine whether we should calculate COP on a shorter 
cost period (i.e., quarterly basis). We issued a supplemental 
questionnaire on February 24, 2010. The due date for the response to 
the supplemental questionnaire is March 10, 2010, which is later than 
the deadline for these preliminary results. Upon receipt of a response 
from VMSA, we will analyze this additional information. If we find that 
it is appropriate to use our alternative cost-calculation methodology 
(i.e., quarterly COPs), we will provide a memorandum discussing the 
results of our analysis to the respondent and the petitioners, and we 
will give the parties an opportunity to comment prior to the final 
results. See Notice of Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than 
Fair Value: Glycine From India, 72 FR 62827, 62832 (November 7, 2007); 
see also SSPC from Belgium, 73 FR at 75398.
    For these preliminary results we have followed our normal practice 
and used an annual weighted-average cost for the entire POR. In 
accordance with section 773(b)(3) of the Act, we calculated the COP 
based on the sum of the costs of materials and labor employed in 
producing the foreign like product, the selling, general, and 
administrative expenses, and all costs and expenses incidental to 
packing the merchandise. In our COP analysis, we used the home-market 
sales and COP information provided by VMSA in its questionnaire 
responses.
    After calculating the COP and in accordance with section 773(b)(1) 
of the Act, we tested whether home-market sales of the foreign like 
product were made at prices below the COP within an extended period of 
time in substantial quantities and whether such prices permitted the 
recovery of all costs within a reasonable period of time. See section 
773(b)(2) of the Act. We compared the COPs of the models represented by 
control numbers to the reported home-market prices less any applicable 
movement charges, discounts, and rebates.
    Pursuant to section 773(b)(2)(C) of the Act, when less than 20 
percent of VMSA's sales of a given product were at prices less than the 
COP, we did not disregard any below-cost sales of that

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product because the below-cost sales were not made in substantial 
quantities within an extended period of time. When 20 percent or more 
of VMSA's sales of a given product during the POR were at prices less 
than the COP, we disregarded the below-cost sales because they were 
made in substantial quantities within an extended period of time 
pursuant to sections 773(b)(2)(B) and (C) of the Act and because, based 
on comparisons of prices to weighted-average COPs for the POR, we 
determined that these sales were at prices which would not permit 
recovery of all costs within a reasonable period of time in accordance 
with section 773(b)(2)(D) of the Act.
D. Price-to-Price Comparisons
    We based normal value for VMSA on home-market sales to unaffiliated 
purchasers. VMSA's home-market prices were based on the packed, ex-
factory, or delivered prices. When applicable, we made adjustments for 
differences in packing and for movement expenses in accordance with 
sections 773(a)(6)(A) and (B) of the Act. We also made adjustments for 
differences in cost attributable to differences in physical 
characteristics of the merchandise pursuant to section 773(a)(6)(C)(ii) 
of the Act and 19 CFR 351.411 and for differences in circumstances of 
sale in accordance with section 773(a)(6)(C)(iii) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.410. For comparisons to EP sales, we made circumstance-of-sale 
adjustments by deducting home-market direct selling expenses from and 
adding U.S. direct selling expenses to normal value. We also made 
adjustments, if applicable, for home-market indirect selling expenses 
to offset U.S. commissions in EP calculations. For comparisons to CEP 
sales, we made circumstance-of-sale adjustments by deducting home-
market direct selling expenses from normal value.
    We also made adjustments, when applicable, for home-market indirect 
selling expenses to offset U.S. commissions in EP and CEP calculations.
    In accordance with section 773(a)(1)(B)(i) of the Act, we based 
normal value, to the extent practicable, on sales at the same level of 
trade as the EP or CEP. If normal value was calculated at a different 
level of trade, we made an adjustment, if appropriate, in accordance 
with section 773(a)(7)(A) of the Act. See ``Level of Trade'' section 
below.

Level of Trade

    To the extent practicable, we determine normal value for sales at 
the same level of trade as EP or CEP sales. See section 773(a)(1)(B)(i) 
of the Act and 19 CFR 351.412. When there are no sales at the same 
level of trade, we compare EP and CEP sales to comparison-market sales 
at a different level of trade. The normal-value level of trade is that 
of the starting-price sales in the comparison market.
    To determine whether home-market sales were at a different level of 
trade than VMSA's U.S. sales during the POR, we examined stages in the 
marketing process and selling functions along the chain of distribution 
between the producer and the unaffiliated customer. Based on our 
analysis, we have preliminarily determined that there is one level of 
trade in the United States and two levels of trade in the home market; 
we also find that the single U.S. level of trade is at the same level 
as one of the levels of trade in the home market and at a less advanced 
stage than the second home-market level of trade. Therefore, we have 
compared U.S. sales to home-market sales at the same level of trade 
and, where there was no home-market sale at the same level of trade, at 
a different level of trade.
    Because there are two levels of trade in the home market, we were 
able to calculate a level-of-trade adjustment based on VMSA's home-
market sales of the foreign like product. For a detailed description of 
our level-of-trade analysis for VMSA for these preliminary results, see 
VMSA Preliminary Results Analysis Memorandum, dated March 8, 2010.

Currency Conversion

    Pursuant to section 773(a) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.415, we 
converted amounts expressed in foreign currencies into U.S. dollar 
amounts based on the exchange rates in effect on the dates of the 
relevant U.S. sales, as certified by the Federal Reserve Bank.

Preliminary Results of Review

    As a result of our review, we preliminarily determine that the 
weighted-average dumping margin for merchandise produced and exported 
by Villares Metals S.A. is 0.00 percent for the period February 1, 
2008, through January 31, 2009.

Disclosure and Public Comment

    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). Any interested party may 
request a hearing within 30 days of the publication of this notice in 
the Federal Register. See 19 CFR 351.310. If a hearing is requested, 
the Department will notify interested parties of the hearing schedule.
    Interested parties are invited to comment on the preliminary 
results of this review. The Department will notify the interested 
parties on the time limit for filing case briefs. See 19 CFR 
351.309(c). Interested parties may file rebuttal briefs, limited to 
issues raised in the case briefs. See 19 CFR 351.309(d). The Department 
will consider rebuttal briefs filed not later than five days after the 
time limit for filing case briefs. Parties who submit arguments are 
requested to submit with each argument a statement of the issue, a 
brief summary of the argument, and a table of authorities cited. 
Further, we request that parties submitting written comments provide 
the Department with a diskette containing an electronic copy of the 
public version of such comments.
    We intend to issue the final results of this administrative review, 
including the results of our analysis of issues raised in the written 
comments, within 120 days of publication of these preliminary results 
in the Federal Register.

Assessment Rates

    The Department shall determine, and CBP shall assess, antidumping 
duties on all appropriate entries. In accordance with 19 CFR 
351.212(b)(1), we have calculated importer/customer-specific assessment 
rates for these preliminary results of review. We divided the total 
dumping margins for the reviewed sales by the total entered value of 
those reviewed sales for each reported importer or customer. We will 
instruct CBP to assess the importer/customer-specific rate uniformly, 
as appropriate, on all entries of subject merchandise made by the 
relevant importer or customer during the POR. See 19 CFR 351.212(b). 
The Department intends to issue instructions to CBP 15 days after the 
publication of the final results of review.
    The Department clarified its ``automatic assessment'' regulation on 
May 6, 2003. See Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: 
Assessment of Antidumping Duties, 68 FR 23954 (May 6, 2003) (Assessment 
of Antidumping Duties). This clarification will apply to entries of 
subject merchandise during the POR produced by VMSA for which VMSA did 
not know its merchandise was destined for the United States. In such 
instances, we will instruct CBP to liquidate unreviewed entries of 
VMSA-produced merchandise at the all-others rate if there is no rate 
for the intermediate company(ies) involved in the transaction. For a 
full discussion of this

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clarification, see Assessment of Antidumping Duties.

Cash-Deposit Requirements

    The following deposit requirements will be effective upon 
publication of the notice of final results of administrative review for 
all shipments of SSB from Brazil entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, 
for consumption on or after the date of publication, as provided by 
section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) the cash-deposit rate for VMSA 
will be the rate established in the final results of this review; (2) 
for previously reviewed or investigated companies not listed above, 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 prior review, or the less-than-fair-value 
investigation but the manufacturer is, the cash-deposit rate will be 
the rate established for the most recent period for the manufacturer of 
the merchandise; (4) if neither the exporter nor the manufacturer has 
its own rate, the cash-deposit rate will be the all-others rate for 
this proceeding, 19.43 percent. See Notice of Final Determination of 
Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Stainless Steel Bar From Brazil, 59 FR 
66914 (December 28, 1994). These deposit requirements, when 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) to file a certificate 
regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation 
of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply 
with this requirement could result in the Department's presumption that 
reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent 
assessment of doubled antidumping duties.
    These preliminary results of administrative review are issued and 
published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the 
Act.

    Dated: March 8, 2010.
Ronald K. Lorentzen,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
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