Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, 64313-64318 [2011-26892]

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[FR Doc. 2011–26937 Filed 10–17–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–971] Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (‘‘Department’’) has determined that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of multilayered wood flooring (‘‘wood flooring’’) from the People’s Republic of China (‘‘PRC’’). For information on the subsidy rates, see the ‘‘Suspension of Liquidation’’ section of this notice. DATES: Effective Date: October 18, 2011. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shane Subler or Joshua Morris, AD/CVD Operations, Office 1, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–0189 and (202) 482–1779, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:46 Oct 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 Period of Investigation The period for which we are measuring subsidies, or period of investigation (‘‘POI’’), is January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2009. Case History The following events have occurred since our Preliminary Determination. See Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, 76 FR 19034 (April 6, 2011) (‘‘Preliminary Determination’’). From March 24, 2011, through April 15, 2011, the Department received ministerial error allegations regarding certain companies that received adverse-facts available (‘‘AFA’’) in the Preliminary Determination: (1) Guangzhou Pan Yu Kang Da Board Co., Ltd. and Kornbest Enterprises Ltd.; (2) Baroque Timber Industries (Zhongshan) Co., Ltd., Riverside Plywood Corporation, Samling Elegant Living Trading (Labuan) Ltd., Samling Global USA, Ind., Samling Riverside Co., Ltd., and Suzhou Times Flooring Co., Ltd. (collectively, the ‘‘Samling Group’’); (3) Shanghai Eswell Timber Co., Ltd. (‘‘Eswell Timber’’); (4) UA Wood Floors, Inc.; and (5) Shenzhenshi Huanwei Woods Co., Ltd. On April 21, 2011, the Department released a memorandum addressing these allegations. See Memorandum to Gary Taverman, ‘‘Ministerial Error Allegations Regarding the AFA Company List,’’ (April 21, 2011) (‘‘Prelim Ministerial Error Memo’’), available in the Department’s Central Records Unit (‘‘CRU’’) in Room 7046 of the main Department building. In the Prelim Ministerial Error Memo, the Department stated that the allegations did not constitute ministerial errors under 19 CFR 351.224(f) and (g), but in order to confirm the claims of the interested parties, we would request additional information from the parties and address this information in the final determination. On June 24, 2011, we issued questionnaires to the parties addressed in the Prelim Ministerial Error Memo. On June 30, 2011, and July 1, 2011, we received responses from these parties, with one party withdrawing its request to amend the Preliminary Determination. For a complete PO 00000 Frm 00016 64313 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5.51 40.97 40.97 29.15 discussion of the parties’ submissions and the Department’s position, see Memorandum from Christian Marsh, ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People’s Republic of China’’ (October 11, 2011) (hereafter, ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum’’), which is hereby adopted by this notice. On March 28, 2011, the Government of the PRC (‘‘GOC’’) submitted a response to the supplemental questionnaire issued to it on March 14, 2011, shortly before the Preliminary Determination. On May 3, 2011, the GOC placed additional factual information on the record. The Department issued supplemental questionnaires to Fine Furniture (Shanghai) Ltd., Great Wood (Tonghua) Ltd., and Fine Furniture Plantation (Shishou) Ltd. (collectively, ‘‘Fine Furniture’’), Zhejiang Layo Wood Industry Co., Ltd. and Jiaxing Brilliant Import & Export Co., Ltd. (collectively, ‘‘Layo’’), and Zhejiang Yuhua Timber Co., Ltd. (‘‘Yuhua’’) on May 4, 2011, and received responses on May 13, 2011. On May 4, 2011, the Department also issued a supplemental questionnaire to the GOC. On May 9, 2011, the Department issued a letter to the GOC regarding the May 4, 2011, supplemental questionnaire, to which the GOC declined to respond, as stated in the GOC’s letter of May 20, 2011. On May 9, 2011, the Department aligned the final determination in this countervailing duty (‘‘CVD’’) investigation of wood flooring from the PRC with the final determination in the companion antidumping duty (‘‘AD’’) investigation. See Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People’s Republic of China: Alignment of Final Countervailing Duty Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 76 FR 26685 (May 9, 2011). From June 3, 2011, through June 14, 2011, the Department conducted verifications of the questionnaire responses submitted by Fine Furniture, Layo, and Yuhua. See Memorandum to Susan H. Kuhbach, ‘‘Verification Report: Fine Furniture (Shanghai) Ltd. (‘‘FF Shanghai’’), Great Wood (Tonghua) Ltd. (‘‘Great Wood’’), and FF Plantation (Shishou) Limited (‘‘FFPS’’) E:\FR\FM\18OCN1.SGM 18OCN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 64314 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 201 / Tuesday, October 18, 2011 / Notices (collectively, ‘‘Fine Furniture’’),’’ (July 6, 2011); see also Memorandum to Susan H. Kuhbach, ‘‘Verification Report: Zhejiang Layo Wood Industry Co., Ltd. (‘‘Layo Wood’’) and Jiaxing Brilliant Import & Export Co., Ltd. (‘‘Brilliant’’) (collectively, ‘‘Layo’’),’’ (July 6, 2011); and Memorandum to Susan H. Kuhbach, ‘‘Verification Report: Zhejiang Yuhua Timber Co., Ltd. (‘‘Yuhua’’),’’ (July 13, 2011), available in the CRU. On July 27, 2011, the Department released its post-preliminary analyses for Fine Furniture, Layo, and Yuhua. See Memorandum to Ronald K. Lorentzen, ‘‘Countervailing Duty Investigation of Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People’s Republic of China: Post-Preliminary Analysis Memorandum for Fine Furniture (Shanghai) Ltd., Great Wood (Tonghua) Ltd., and Fine Furniture Plantation (Shishou) Ltd. (collectively, ‘‘Fine Furniture’’),’’ dated July 22, 2011; Memorandum to Ronald K. Lorentzen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, through Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, from Susan H. Kuhbach, Office Director AD/CVD Operations, Office 1, ‘‘Countervailing Duty Investigation of Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People’s Republic of China: Post-Preliminary Analysis Memorandum for Zhejiang Layo Wood Industry Co., Ltd. and Jiaxing Brilliant Import & Export Co., Ltd. (collectively, ‘‘Layo’’),’’ (July 22, 2011); and Memorandum to Ronald K. Lorentzen, ‘‘Countervailing Duty Investigation of Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People’s Republic of China: PostPreliminary Analysis Memorandum for Zhejiang Yuhua Timber Co., Ltd. (‘‘Yuhua’’),’’ (July 22, 2011), available in the CRU. We received case briefs from the GOC; Fine Furniture; Yuhua; Shanghai Lizhong Wood Products Co., Ltd./The Lizhong Wood Industry Limited Company of Shanghai; Chinafloors Timber (China) Co., Ltd. (‘‘Chinafloors’’); Samling Group; Eswell Timber and Vicwood Industry (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.; Style Limited; and the Coalition for American Hardwood Parity (‘‘Petitioner’’) on August 3, 2011. The GOC, Fine Furniture, Chinafloors, Style Limited, and Petitioner submitted rebuttal briefs on August 8, 2011. We conducted a public hearing on September 8, 2011, at the request of the GOC, Fine Furniture, and Layo. more layers or plies of wood veneer(s) 1 in combination with a core. The several layers, along with the core, are glued or otherwise bonded together to form a final assembled product. Multilayered wood flooring is often referred to by other terms, e.g., ‘‘engineered wood flooring’’ or ‘‘plywood flooring.’’ Regardless of the particular terminology, all products that meet the description set forth herein are intended for inclusion within the definition of subject merchandise. All multilayered wood flooring is included within the definition of subject merchandise, without regard to: dimension (overall thickness, thickness of face ply, thickness of back ply, thickness of core, and thickness of inner plies; width; and length); wood species used for the face, back and inner veneers; core composition; and face grade. Multilayered wood flooring included within the definition of subject merchandise may be unfinished (i.e., without a finally finished surface to protect the face veneer from wear and tear) or ‘‘prefinished’’ (i.e., a coating applied to the face veneer, including, but not exclusively, oil or oil-modified or water-based polyurethanes, ultraviolet light cured polyurethanes, wax, epoxy-ester finishes, moisture-cured urethanes and acid-curing formaldehyde finishes.) The veneers may be also soaked in an acrylic-impregnated finish. All multilayered wood flooring is included within the definition of subject merchandise regardless of whether the face (or back) of the product is smooth, wire brushed, distressed by any method or multiple methods, or hand-scraped. In addition, all multilayered wood flooring is included within the definition of subject merchandise regardless of whether or not it is manufactured with any interlocking or connecting mechanism (for example, tongue-and-groove construction or locking joints). All multilayered wood flooring is included within the definition of the subject merchandise regardless of whether the product meets a particular industry or similar standard. The core of multilayered wood flooring may be composed of a range of materials, including but not limited to hardwood or softwood veneer, particleboard, medium-density fiberboard, high-density fiberboard (‘‘HDF’’), stone and/or plastic composite, or strips of lumber placed edge-to-edge. Scope of the Investigation Multilayered wood flooring is composed of an assembly of two or VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:46 Oct 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 1 A ‘‘veneer’’ is a thin slice of wood, rotary cut, sliced or sawed from a log, bolt or flitch. Veneer is referred to as a ply when assembled. PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Multilayered wood flooring products generally, but not exclusively, may be in the form of a strip, plank, or other geometrical patterns (e.g., circular, hexagonal). All multilayered wood flooring products are included within this definition regardless of the actual or nominal dimensions or form of the product. Specifically excluded from the scope are cork flooring and bamboo flooring, regardless of whether any of the subsurface layers of either flooring are made from wood. Also excluded is laminate flooring. Laminate flooring consists of a top wear layer sheet not made of wood, a decorative paper layer, a core-layer of HDF, and a stabilizing bottom layer. Imports of the subject merchandise are provided for under the following subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (‘‘HTSUS’’): 4412.31.0520; 4412.31.0540; 4412.31.0560; 4412.31.2510; 4412.31.2520; 4412.31.4040; 4412.31.4050; 4412.31.4060; 4412.31.4070; 4412.31.5125; 4412.31.5135; 4412.31.5155; 4412.31.5165; 4412.31.3175; 4412.31.6000; 4412.31.9100; 4412.32.0520; 4412.32.0540; 4412.32.0560; 4412.32.2510; 4412.32.2520; 4412.32.3125; 4412.32.3135; 4412.32.3155; 4412.32.3165; 4412.32.3175; 4412.32.3185; 4412.32.5600; 4412.39.1000; 4412.39.3000; 4412.39.4011; 4412.39.4012; 4412.39.4019; 4412.39.4031; 4412.39.4032; 4412.39.4039; 4412.39.4051; 4412.39.4052; 4412.39.4059; 4412.39.4061; 4412.39.4062; 4412.39.4069; 4412.39.5010; 4412.39.5030; 4412.39.5050; 4412.94.1030; 4412.94.1050; 4412.94.3105; 4412.94.3111; 4412.94.3121; 4412.94.3131; 4412.94.3141; 4412.94.3160; 4412.94.3171; 4412.94.4100; 4412.94.5100; 4412.94.6000; 4412.94.7000; 4412.94.8000; 4412.94.9000; 4412.94.9500; 4412.99.0600; 4412.99.1020; 4412.99.1030; 4412.99.1040; 4412.99.3110; 4412.99.3120; 4412.99.3130; 4412.99.3140; 4412.99.3150; 4412.99.3160; 4412.99.3170; 4412.99.4100; 4412.99.5100; 4412.99.5710; 4412.99.6000; 4412.99.7000; 4412.99.8000; 4412.99.9000; 4412.99.9500; 4418.71.2000; 4418.71.9000; 4418.72.2000; and 4418.72.9500. While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs E:\FR\FM\18OCN1.SGM 18OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 201 / Tuesday, October 18, 2011 / Notices purposes, the written description of the subject merchandise is dispositive. Scope Comments Following the Preliminary Determination, on May 19, 2011, the Department issued a decision memorandum addressing multiple scope issues in this and the concurrent AD investigation of wood flooring from the PRC. See Memorandum to Christian Marsh, ‘‘Scope’’ (May 19, 2011) (‘‘Scope Memo’’); see also Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value 76 FR 30656 (May 26, 2011). We sought comments on the scope in both the AD and CVD cases. See Letter to All Interested Parties from Nancy Decker, Program Manager, Office 1, AD/CVD Operations, Import Administration, ‘‘RE: Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations: Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People’s Republic of China,’’ (May 25, 2011). In response, interested parties filed scope-related comments in submissions on June 6, 2011, June 14, 2011, and June 15, 2011, as well as in case briefs on August 3, 2011, and rebuttal briefs on August 8, 2011, and August 9, 2011. Additionally, a scope-related submission was received the same day the Scope Memo was released and, therefore, was not analyzed in the Scope Memo, but is addressed in this final determination. Based on our analysis of all the comments, we have changed the scope to eliminate references to certain HTSUS numbers. For a complete discussion of this change, as well as a summary of the parties’ comments and the Department’s positions, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum. Injury Test On December 17, 2010, the U.S. International Trade Commission (‘‘ITC’’) published its affirmative preliminary determination that there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of allegedly subsidized imports of wood flooring from the PRC. See Multilayered Wood Flooring From China, 75 FR 79019 (December 17, 2010). non-cooperative companies that did not respond to the Department’s quantity and value (‘‘Q&V’’) questionnaire. In a departure from the Preliminary Determination, we are now applying AFA to 124 companies instead of 127 companies. A full discussion of this change and our decision to apply AFA is presented in the Issues and Decision Memorandum under the section ‘‘Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences.’’ Analysis of Comments Received All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties to this investigation are addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum. A list of the issues raised is attached to this notice as Appendix I. The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Import Administration’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (‘‘IA ACCESS’’). Access to IA ACCESS is available in the CRU. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the internet at http:// www.trade.gov/ia/. The signed Issues and Decision Memorandum and the electronic versions of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Suspension of Liquidation Use of Adverse Facts Available For purposes of this final determination, we have continued to rely on facts available and have continued to use adverse inferences in accordance with sections 776(a) and (b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (‘‘Act’’) with regard to 1) the GOC’s provision of electricity for less than adequate remuneration, and 2) the countervailable subsidy rates for the In accordance with section 703(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, we have calculated a rate for each individually investigated producer/exporter of the subject merchandise. Section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act states that for companies not investigated, we will determine an ‘‘all-others’’ rate equal to the weighted average countervailable subsidy rates established for exporters and producers individually investigated, excluding any zero and de minimis countervailable subsidy rates, and any rates determined entirely under section 776 of the Act. In this investigation, two of the individually examined companies received rates of de minimis. Fine Furniture received an above-de minimis rate. Therefore, we have assigned the rate calculated for Fine Furniture to ‘‘all-others.’’ Finally, for the noncooperative companies that did not respond to our Q&V questionnaire, we have calculated rates based solely on facts available with an adverse inference, in accordance with sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act. See ‘‘NonCooperative Companies’’ section of the Issues and Decision Memorandum. We determine the total net countervailable subsidy rates to be: Net subsidy rate mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Exporter/Manufacturer Fine Furniture (Shanghai) Ltd.; Great Wood (Tonghua) Ltd.; Fine Furniture Plantation (Shishou) Ltd ............................................. Zhejiang Layo Wood Industry Co., Ltd.; Jiaxing Brilliant Import & Export Co., Ltd ............................................................................ Zhejiang Yuhua Timber Co., Ltd ......................................................................................................................................................... 9 Miles Oak Flooring (China) * ............................................................................................................................................................ Anhui HUPO Wood Industry Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................................... Anji Tianpeng Bamboo & Wooden Floor Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................ Anlian Wood Co., Ltd. * ....................................................................................................................................................................... Beijing Forever Strong Construction & Decoration Material Co., Ltd. * .............................................................................................. Beijing New Building Material (Group) Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................... Beijing W.A Wood Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................................................... Cairun Floor Building Material Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................................ Changchun Zhongyi Wood Co., Ltd. * ................................................................................................................................................. Changzhou Credit International Trade Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................... Changzhou Green Spot Wood Industry Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................. Changzhou Jiahao Wood Trade Co., Ltd. * ......................................................................................................................................... Changzhou Leili Wood Industry Co., Ltd. * ......................................................................................................................................... Changzhou OPLS Decoration Materials Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................ Chaohu Great Mainland Flooring Co., Ltd. * ....................................................................................................................................... Chaohu Vgreen Timber Co., Ltd. * ...................................................................................................................................................... China Xuzhou Tengmao Wood Co., Ltd. * .......................................................................................................................................... VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:46 Oct 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 64315 PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\18OCN1.SGM 18OCN1 1.50 ** 0.33 ** 0.47 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 64316 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 201 / Tuesday, October 18, 2011 / Notices Net subsidy rate mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Exporter/Manufacturer Chuangfu Wood Flooring Cld., Co. * ................................................................................................................................................... Complete Flooring Supply Corporation* .............................................................................................................................................. Dalian Brilliant Future International Trade Co., Ltd. * .......................................................................................................................... Dalian Hongjia Imp. & Exp. Co., Ltd. * ................................................................................................................................................ Dalian Luming Group* ......................................................................................................................................................................... Dalian Maruni Wood Works Co., Ltd. * ................................................................................................................................................ Dalian Ontime International Trade Co. * .............................................................................................................................................. Dalian Taiyangshi International Trading Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................. Dalian Turuss Wood Industry Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................................. Dongguan Forest Century Wooden Co., Ltd. * .................................................................................................................................... Elegant Living Corporation* ................................................................................................................................................................. Foshan Linguan Wood Products Co., Ltd. * ........................................................................................................................................ Foshan Pengbang Wood Manufacturer Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................. Foshan Shunde Hechengchuangzhan Wood Co., Ltd. * ..................................................................................................................... Foshan Tocho Timber Co., Ltd. * ........................................................................................................................................................ Fujian Jianou Huayu Bamboo Industry Co., Ltd. * .............................................................................................................................. Fuzhou Floors China Co., Ltd. * .......................................................................................................................................................... Gao’an City Kangli Bamboo And Wooden Products Co., Ltd. * .......................................................................................................... Giant Flooring* ..................................................................................................................................................................................... Glassical Industrial Limited* ................................................................................................................................................................ Great Forest Wood Limited* ................................................................................................................................................................ Green Elf Flooring (also dba Hong Ding Lumber Co.)* ...................................................................................................................... Guangdong Guangyang Hi-Tech Industry Co., Ltd. * .......................................................................................................................... Guangdong Yingran Wood Industry* ................................................................................................................................................... Guangzhou Fnen Wood Flooring* ....................................................................................................................................................... Guangzhou Homewell Trade Co., Ltd. * .............................................................................................................................................. Guangzhou Quanfeng Wood Industry Co., Ltd. * ................................................................................................................................ Handan Global Wood Limited* ............................................................................................................................................................ Hangzhou Dazhuang Floor Co. * ......................................................................................................................................................... Hangzhou Fuyang Zhongjian Wood Industry Co., Ltd. * ..................................................................................................................... Hangzhou Kingdom Imp & Exp Trading Corp., Ltd. * ......................................................................................................................... Hangzhou Singular Group Co., Ltd. * .................................................................................................................................................. Hangzhou Tianlin Industrial Co., Ltd. * ................................................................................................................................................ Heze Lv Sen Wood Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................................................ Homewell (Xiamen) Industry Co., Ltd. * .............................................................................................................................................. Huidong Weikang Rubber & Plastic Products Co., Ltd. * .................................................................................................................... HU’Made Group* ................................................................................................................................................................................. Huzhou Boge Import And Export Co., Ltd. * ....................................................................................................................................... Huzhou Jinjie Industrial Co., Ltd. * ...................................................................................................................................................... Huzhou Natural Forest Flooring Co., Ltd. * ......................................................................................................................................... Huzhou Tianlong Wood Co., Ltd. * ...................................................................................................................................................... Huzhou Top Wood Co., Ltd. * .............................................................................................................................................................. Huzhou Yaxin Arts & Crafts Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................................... Jiangmen Xinhui Yinhu Woodwork Co., Ltd. * ..................................................................................................................................... Jiangsu Happy Wood Industrial Group Co., Ltd. * .............................................................................................................................. Jiangsu Horizon Trade Co., Ltd. * ....................................................................................................................................................... Jiangsu Kentier Wood Co., Ltd. * ........................................................................................................................................................ Jiangsu Nanyang Wood Co., Ltd. * ..................................................................................................................................................... Jiangsu Wanli Wooden Co., Ltd. * ....................................................................................................................................................... Jiangxi Kangtilong Bamboo Products Co., Ltd. * ................................................................................................................................. Jiashan Greenland International Trading Co., Ltd. * ........................................................................................................................... Jiashan Huayu Lumber Co., Ltd. * ....................................................................................................................................................... Jiashan Longsen Lumbering Co., Ltd. * .............................................................................................................................................. Jiashan On-Line Lumber Co., Ltd. * .................................................................................................................................................... Jiaxing Hengtong Wood Co., Ltd. * ..................................................................................................................................................... Jilin Newco Wood Industries Co., Ltd. * .............................................................................................................................................. Jining Sensen Wood Industry Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................................. Jining Sunny Wood Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................................................. Kingswood Timber* .............................................................................................................................................................................. Kornbest Enterprises Ltd. * .................................................................................................................................................................. Lianyungang Shuntian Timber Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................................ Longeron I&E Co., Ltd. * ...................................................................................................................................................................... Lord Parquet Industry Co., Limited. * .................................................................................................................................................. Lyowood Industrial Co., Ltd. * .............................................................................................................................................................. MacDouglas Wood Flooring (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................... Nanjing Dimac Wood Industry Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................................ Qiaosen Wood Flooring Industry Company* ....................................................................................................................................... Qichuang Wood Industrial Co., Ltd. * .................................................................................................................................................. Qingdao Fuguichao Wood Co., Ltd. * .................................................................................................................................................. Quanfa Woodwork (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. * .......................................................................................................................................... Shandong Fuma Commerce & Trade Co., Ltd. * ................................................................................................................................ Shandong Yuncheng Jinyang Wood Industry Co., Ltd. * .................................................................................................................... Shanghai Chunna Industrial Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................................... VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:46 Oct 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\18OCN1.SGM 18OCN1 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 64317 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 201 / Tuesday, October 18, 2011 / Notices Net subsidy rate Exporter/Manufacturer Shanghai Eswell Enterprise Co., Ltd. * ................................................................................................................................................ Shanghai Feihong Wood Products Co. * ............................................................................................................................................. Shanghai Guangri Flooring Co., Ltd. * ................................................................................................................................................. Shanghai Pinsheng Wood Industry Co., Ltd. * .................................................................................................................................... Shanghai Pujiang United Wood Co., Ltd. * ......................................................................................................................................... Shanghai Yiming Wooden Industry Co., Ltd. * .................................................................................................................................... Shenyang Bask Industry Co., Ltd. * ..................................................................................................................................................... Shenzhen JianYuanXin Trade Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................................ Shuanghai Shuai Yuan Wood Industry Co., Ltd. * .............................................................................................................................. Sterling Pacific Wood Products Co., Ltd. * .......................................................................................................................................... Suifenhe Sanmulin Economic and Trade Co., Ltd. * ........................................................................................................................... Suzhou Duolun Wood Industry Co., Ltd. * ........................................................................................................................................... Tengmao Wood Co., Ltd. * .................................................................................................................................................................. Tianjin Zeyuan Wood Industry Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................................ Twowins Bamboo & Wood Products Co., Ltd. * .................................................................................................................................. Weifang Jiayuan Imp & Exp Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................................... Wenzhou Timber Group Company* .................................................................................................................................................... Wuhan Nanhong Materials & Goods Fitting Co., Ltd. * ....................................................................................................................... Wuxi Haisen Decorates Material Co., Ltd. * ........................................................................................................................................ Xiamen Homeshining Industry Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................................ Xuzhou Fuxiang Wood Co., Ltd. * ....................................................................................................................................................... Xuzhou Huanqiu Import & Export Trade Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................ Xuzhou Tengmao Wood Co., Ltd. * ..................................................................................................................................................... Xuzhou Yijia Manufacture Co., Ltd. * ................................................................................................................................................... Xuzhou Yijia Wood Manufacture Co., Ltd. * ........................................................................................................................................ Yinlong Wood Products Co., Ltd. * ...................................................................................................................................................... Ys Nature International Trading Co., Ltd. * ......................................................................................................................................... Zhejiang Assun Wood Co., Ltd. * ........................................................................................................................................................ Zhejiang Gaopai Wood Co., Ltd. * ....................................................................................................................................................... Zhejiang Huayue Wooden Products Co., Ltd. * ................................................................................................................................... Zhejiang Yongji Wooden Co., Ltd. * .................................................................................................................................................... Zhejiang Yongyu Bamboo Development* ........................................................................................................................................... Zhongshan New Oasis Wood Industry Co., Ltd. * ............................................................................................................................... Zhongyi Bamboo Industrial Co., Ltd. Fujian* ...................................................................................................................................... All-Others ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 26.73 1.50 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES * Non-cooperative company receiving the AFA rate. ** (de minimis). Also, in accordance with section 703(d) of the Act, we instructed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (‘‘CBP’’) to discontinue the suspension of liquidation for CVD purposes for subject merchandise entered on or after August 4, 2011, but to continue the suspension of liquidation as previously ordered for entries made from April 6, 2011, through August 3, 2011. If the ITC issues a final affirmative injury determination we will issue a CVD order, and we will require a cash deposit of estimated countervailing duties for such entries of merchandise in the amounts indicated above. Because Layo and Yuhua were found to receive de minimis subsidies, they would be excluded from the CVD order. If the ITC determines that material injury, or threat of material injury, does not exist, this proceeding will be terminated and all estimated deposits or securities posted as a result of the suspension of liquidation will be refunded or canceled. ITC Notification In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the ITC of our VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:46 Oct 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 determination. In addition, we are making available to the ITC all nonprivileged and non-proprietary information related to this investigation. We will allow the ITC access to all privileged and business proprietary information in our files, provided the ITC confirms that it will not disclose such information, either publicly or under an administrative protective order (‘‘APO’’), without the written consent of the Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. Return or Destruction of Proprietary Information In the event that the ITC issues a final negative injury determination, this notice will serve as the only reminder to parties subject to an APO of their responsibility concerning the destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of the return/ destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 APO is a violation which is subject to sanction. This determination is issued pursuant to sections 705(d) and 777(i) of the Act. Dated: October 11, 2011. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. Appendix I List of Comments and in the Issues and Decision Memorandum General Issues Comment 1 Application of the CVD Law to the PRC and Double Counting Comment 2 Whether Application of the CVD Law to NMEs Violates the APA Comment 3 Requests for Information Regarding Other Programs Comment 4 Provision of Electricity for Less Than Adequate Remuneration Comment 5 Application of AFA to Non-Cooperative Respondents Comment 6 Removal of Companies in the List of AFA Companies Comment 7 ‘‘All-Others’’ Rate Calculation E:\FR\FM\18OCN1.SGM 18OCN1 64318 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 201 / Tuesday, October 18, 2011 / Notices Scope-Related Issues Comment 8 Exclusion Requests for Plywood Panels or Veneer Comment 9 Strand-Woven Lignocellulosic Flooring Comment 10 Scope Language Regarding HTSUS Subheadings Comment 11 Continued Requests for Certain Exclusions [FR Doc. 2011–26892 Filed 10–17–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–970] Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People’s Republic of China: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Effective Date: October 18, 2011. SUMMARY: On May 26, 2011, the Department of Commerce (‘‘Department’’) published its preliminary determination of sales at less than fair value (‘‘LTFV’’) in the antidumping investigation of multilayered wood flooring from the People’s Republic of China (‘‘PRC’’).1 On June 27, 2011, the Department published its amended preliminary determination of sales at LTFV in the antidumping investigation of multilayered wood flooring from the PRC.2 The Department invited interested parties to comment on the Preliminary Determination. Based on the Department’s analysis of the comments received, the Department has made changes from the Preliminary Determination. The Department determines that multilayered wood flooring from the PRC is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at LTFV, as provided in section 735 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the ‘‘Act’’). The final dumping margins for this investigation are listed in the ‘‘Final Determination’’ section below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles Riggle, John Hollwitz, Brandon Petelin or Erin Kearney, AD/CVD Operations, Office 4, Import mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: 1 See Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 76 FR 30656 (May 26, 2011) (‘‘Preliminary Determination’’). 2 See Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People’s Republic of China: Amended Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 76 FR 37316 (June 27, 2011) (‘‘Amended Preliminary Determination’’). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:46 Oct 17, 2011 Jkt 226001 Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–0650, (202) 482– 2336, (202) 482–8173 or (202) 482–0167, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The Department published its Preliminary Determination of sales at LTFV and postponement of the final determination on May 26, 2011. On May 31, 2011, Riverside Plywood Corporation, Samling Elegant Living Trading (Labuan) Limited, Baroque Timber Industries (Zhongshan) Co. Ltd., Samling Global USA, Inc., Samling Riverside Co., Ltd. and Suzhou Times Flooring Co., Ltd.(collectively, the ‘‘Samling Group’’) and Vicwood Industry (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. (‘‘Vicwood’’) submitted timely ministerial error allegations. The Department published its Amended Preliminary Determination of sales at LTFV on June 27, 2011. Following the release of Amended Preliminary Determination, on June 23, 2011, Shanghai Lizhong Wood Products Co., Ltd. (‘‘Lizhong’’) filed a submission requesting to correct Shanghai Lizhong Wood Products Co., Ltd.’s name as specified in its Separate Rate Application, or at minimum to instruct U.S Customs and Border Protection (‘‘CBP’’) of the correct name for Lizhong. See Separate Rate section below. Between June 2, 2011 and July 1, 2011, the Department conducted verification of mandatory respondents Zhejiang Yuhua Timber Co., Ltd. (‘‘Yuhua’’), Zhejiang Layo Wood Industry Co., Ltd. (‘‘Layo Wood’’), and the Samling Group.3 On July 6, 2011, the Department received a supplemental questionnaire response from Vicwood. The Coalition for American Hardwood Parity (‘‘Petitioner’’), Style Limited, Shanghai Lizhong Wood Products Co., Ltd/The Lizhong Wood Industry Limited Company of Shanghai (‘‘Lizhong’’), Lumber Liquidators Services, LLC (‘‘Lumber Liquidators’’), Home Legend LLC (‘‘Home Legend’’), Armstrong Wood Products (Kunshan) Co., Ltd. (‘‘Armstrong Kunshan’’), Fine Furniture (Shanghai) Limited (‘‘Fine Furniture’’), Chinafloors Timber (China) Co., Ltd. (‘‘Chinafloors’’), the Government of the People’s Republic of China (‘‘GOC’’), Yuhua, Samling Group, and Layo Wood submitted case briefs on August 4, 2011. On August 9, 2011, Petitioner, Style Limited, Lumber Liquidators, Home Legend, Armstrong Kunshan, Fine Furniture, Yuhua, 3 See PO 00000 the ‘‘Verification’’ section below. Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Samling Group, and Layo Wood filed rebuttal briefs. In addition, on August 15, 2011, respondent Layo Wood resubmitted its August 4, 2011 case brief.4 The Department conducted a public hearing on August 24, 2011. Period of Investigation The period of investigation (‘‘POI’’) is April 1, 2010, through September 30, 2010. This period corresponds to the two most recent fiscal quarters prior to the month of the filing of the petition, which was October 2010.5 Analysis of Comments Received All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties to this investigation, as well as comments received pursuant to the Department’s requests are addressed in the Issues and Decisions Memorandum.6 A list of the issues which the parties raised and to which the Department responds in the Issues and Decision Memorandum is attached to this notice as Appendix I. The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Import Administration’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (IA ACCESS). Access to IA ACCESS is available in the Central Records Unit (CRU), room 7046 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the Internet at http://www.trade.gov/ ia/. The signed Issues and Decision Memorandum and the electronic versions of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Changes Since the Preliminary Determination Changes Applicable to Multiple Companies 1. The Department changed the surrogate value (‘‘SV’’) of nonconiferous, non-tropical core veneer inputs from Philippine Harmonized Tariff Schedule (‘‘HTS’’) 4408.90.10 to Philippine HTS 4408.90.90.7 4 Letter from Zhejiang Layo Wood Industry Co., Ltd. to Secretary of Commerce, ‘‘Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People’s Republic of China: Resubmission of August 5, 2011 Case Brief’’ (Aug. 15, 2011). 5 See 19 CFR 351.204(b)(1). 6 See Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to Ronald K. Lorentzen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Determination in the Antidumping Duty Investigation of Wood Flooring from the People’s Republic of China’’ (October 11, 2011) (‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum’’). 7 See Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comment 16; see also Memorandum regarding: E:\FR\FM\18OCN1.SGM 18OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-971]


Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People's Republic of China: 
Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (``Department'') has determined 
that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and 
exporters of multilayered wood flooring (``wood flooring'') from the 
People's Republic of China (``PRC''). For information on the subsidy 
rates, see the ``Suspension of Liquidation'' section of this notice.

DATES: Effective Date: October 18, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shane Subler or Joshua Morris, AD/CVD 
Operations, Office 1, Import Administration, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and 
Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-
0189 and (202) 482-1779, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Period of Investigation

    The period for which we are measuring subsidies, or period of 
investigation (``POI''), is January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2009.

Case History

    The following events have occurred since our Preliminary 
Determination. See Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People's 
Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty 
Determination, 76 FR 19034 (April 6, 2011) (``Preliminary 
Determination'').
    From March 24, 2011, through April 15, 2011, the Department 
received ministerial error allegations regarding certain companies that 
received adverse-facts available (``AFA'') in the Preliminary 
Determination: (1) Guangzhou Pan Yu Kang Da Board Co., Ltd. and 
Kornbest Enterprises Ltd.; (2) Baroque Timber Industries (Zhongshan) 
Co., Ltd., Riverside Plywood Corporation, Samling Elegant Living 
Trading (Labuan) Ltd., Samling Global USA, Ind., Samling Riverside Co., 
Ltd., and Suzhou Times Flooring Co., Ltd. (collectively, the ``Samling 
Group''); (3) Shanghai Eswell Timber Co., Ltd. (``Eswell Timber''); (4) 
UA Wood Floors, Inc.; and (5) Shenzhenshi Huanwei Woods Co., Ltd.
    On April 21, 2011, the Department released a memorandum addressing 
these allegations. See Memorandum to Gary Taverman, ``Ministerial Error 
Allegations Regarding the AFA Company List,'' (April 21, 2011) 
(``Prelim Ministerial Error Memo''), available in the Department's 
Central Records Unit (``CRU'') in Room 7046 of the main Department 
building. In the Prelim Ministerial Error Memo, the Department stated 
that the allegations did not constitute ministerial errors under 19 CFR 
351.224(f) and (g), but in order to confirm the claims of the 
interested parties, we would request additional information from the 
parties and address this information in the final determination.
    On June 24, 2011, we issued questionnaires to the parties addressed 
in the Prelim Ministerial Error Memo. On June 30, 2011, and July 1, 
2011, we received responses from these parties, with one party 
withdrawing its request to amend the Preliminary Determination. For a 
complete discussion of the parties' submissions and the Department's 
position, see Memorandum from Christian Marsh, ``Issues and Decision 
Memorandum for the Final Determination in the Countervailing Duty 
Investigation of Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People's Republic 
of China'' (October 11, 2011) (hereafter, ``Issues and Decision 
Memorandum''), which is hereby adopted by this notice.
    On March 28, 2011, the Government of the PRC (``GOC'') submitted a 
response to the supplemental questionnaire issued to it on March 14, 
2011, shortly before the Preliminary Determination. On May 3, 2011, the 
GOC placed additional factual information on the record.
    The Department issued supplemental questionnaires to Fine Furniture 
(Shanghai) Ltd., Great Wood (Tonghua) Ltd., and Fine Furniture 
Plantation (Shishou) Ltd. (collectively, ``Fine Furniture''), Zhejiang 
Layo Wood Industry Co., Ltd. and Jiaxing Brilliant Import & Export Co., 
Ltd. (collectively, ``Layo''), and Zhejiang Yuhua Timber Co., Ltd. 
(``Yuhua'') on May 4, 2011, and received responses on May 13, 2011. On 
May 4, 2011, the Department also issued a supplemental questionnaire to 
the GOC. On May 9, 2011, the Department issued a letter to the GOC 
regarding the May 4, 2011, supplemental questionnaire, to which the GOC 
declined to respond, as stated in the GOC's letter of May 20, 2011.
    On May 9, 2011, the Department aligned the final determination in 
this countervailing duty (``CVD'') investigation of wood flooring from 
the PRC with the final determination in the companion antidumping duty 
(``AD'') investigation. See Multilayered Wood Flooring From the 
People's Republic of China: Alignment of Final Countervailing Duty 
Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 76 FR 26685 
(May 9, 2011).
    From June 3, 2011, through June 14, 2011, the Department conducted 
verifications of the questionnaire responses submitted by Fine 
Furniture, Layo, and Yuhua. See Memorandum to Susan H. Kuhbach, 
``Verification Report: Fine Furniture (Shanghai) Ltd. (``FF 
Shanghai''), Great Wood (Tonghua) Ltd. (``Great Wood''), and FF 
Plantation (Shishou) Limited (``FFPS'')

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(collectively, ``Fine Furniture''),'' (July 6, 2011); see also 
Memorandum to Susan H. Kuhbach, ``Verification Report: Zhejiang Layo 
Wood Industry Co., Ltd. (``Layo Wood'') and Jiaxing Brilliant Import & 
Export Co., Ltd. (``Brilliant'') (collectively, ``Layo''),'' (July 6, 
2011); and Memorandum to Susan H. Kuhbach, ``Verification Report: 
Zhejiang Yuhua Timber Co., Ltd. (``Yuhua''),'' (July 13, 2011), 
available in the CRU.
    On July 27, 2011, the Department released its post-preliminary 
analyses for Fine Furniture, Layo, and Yuhua. See Memorandum to Ronald 
K. Lorentzen, ``Countervailing Duty Investigation of Multilayered Wood 
Flooring from the People's Republic of China: Post-Preliminary Analysis 
Memorandum for Fine Furniture (Shanghai) Ltd., Great Wood (Tonghua) 
Ltd., and Fine Furniture Plantation (Shishou) Ltd. (collectively, 
``Fine Furniture''),'' dated July 22, 2011; Memorandum to Ronald K. 
Lorentzen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, 
through Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and 
Countervailing Duty Operations, from Susan H. Kuhbach, Office Director 
AD/CVD Operations, Office 1, ``Countervailing Duty Investigation of 
Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People's Republic of China: Post-
Preliminary Analysis Memorandum for Zhejiang Layo Wood Industry Co., 
Ltd. and Jiaxing Brilliant Import & Export Co., Ltd. (collectively, 
``Layo''),'' (July 22, 2011); and Memorandum to Ronald K. Lorentzen, 
``Countervailing Duty Investigation of Multilayered Wood Flooring from 
the People's Republic of China: Post-Preliminary Analysis Memorandum 
for Zhejiang Yuhua Timber Co., Ltd. (``Yuhua''),'' (July 22, 2011), 
available in the CRU.
    We received case briefs from the GOC; Fine Furniture; Yuhua; 
Shanghai Lizhong Wood Products Co., Ltd./The Lizhong Wood Industry 
Limited Company of Shanghai; Chinafloors Timber (China) Co., Ltd. 
(``Chinafloors''); Samling Group; Eswell Timber and Vicwood Industry 
(Suzhou) Co., Ltd.; Style Limited; and the Coalition for American 
Hardwood Parity (``Petitioner'') on August 3, 2011. The GOC, Fine 
Furniture, Chinafloors, Style Limited, and Petitioner submitted 
rebuttal briefs on August 8, 2011.
    We conducted a public hearing on September 8, 2011, at the request 
of the GOC, Fine Furniture, and Layo.

Scope of the Investigation

    Multilayered wood flooring is composed of an assembly of two or 
more layers or plies of wood veneer(s) \1\ in combination with a core. 
The several layers, along with the core, are glued or otherwise bonded 
together to form a final assembled product. Multilayered wood flooring 
is often referred to by other terms, e.g., ``engineered wood flooring'' 
or ``plywood flooring.'' Regardless of the particular terminology, all 
products that meet the description set forth herein are intended for 
inclusion within the definition of subject merchandise.
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    \1\ A ``veneer'' is a thin slice of wood, rotary cut, sliced or 
sawed from a log, bolt or flitch. Veneer is referred to as a ply 
when assembled.
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    All multilayered wood flooring is included within the definition of 
subject merchandise, without regard to: dimension (overall thickness, 
thickness of face ply, thickness of back ply, thickness of core, and 
thickness of inner plies; width; and length); wood species used for the 
face, back and inner veneers; core composition; and face grade. 
Multilayered wood flooring included within the definition of subject 
merchandise may be unfinished (i.e., without a finally finished surface 
to protect the face veneer from wear and tear) or ``prefinished'' 
(i.e., a coating applied to the face veneer, including, but not 
exclusively, oil or oil-modified or water-based polyurethanes, ultra-
violet light cured polyurethanes, wax, epoxy-ester finishes, moisture-
cured urethanes and acid-curing formaldehyde finishes.) The veneers may 
be also soaked in an acrylic-impregnated finish. All multilayered wood 
flooring is included within the definition of subject merchandise 
regardless of whether the face (or back) of the product is smooth, wire 
brushed, distressed by any method or multiple methods, or hand-scraped. 
In addition, all multilayered wood flooring is included within the 
definition of subject merchandise regardless of whether or not it is 
manufactured with any interlocking or connecting mechanism (for 
example, tongue-and-groove construction or locking joints). All 
multilayered wood flooring is included within the definition of the 
subject merchandise regardless of whether the product meets a 
particular industry or similar standard.
    The core of multilayered wood flooring may be composed of a range 
of materials, including but not limited to hardwood or softwood veneer, 
particleboard, medium-density fiberboard, high-density fiberboard 
(``HDF''), stone and/or plastic composite, or strips of lumber placed 
edge-to-edge.
    Multilayered wood flooring products generally, but not exclusively, 
may be in the form of a strip, plank, or other geometrical patterns 
(e.g., circular, hexagonal). All multilayered wood flooring products 
are included within this definition regardless of the actual or nominal 
dimensions or form of the product.
    Specifically excluded from the scope are cork flooring and bamboo 
flooring, regardless of whether any of the sub-surface layers of either 
flooring are made from wood. Also excluded is laminate flooring. 
Laminate flooring consists of a top wear layer sheet not made of wood, 
a decorative paper layer, a core-layer of HDF, and a stabilizing bottom 
layer.
    Imports of the subject merchandise are provided for under the 
following subheadings of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United 
States (``HTSUS''): 4412.31.0520; 4412.31.0540; 4412.31.0560; 
4412.31.2510; 4412.31.2520; 4412.31.4040; 4412.31.4050; 4412.31.4060; 
4412.31.4070; 4412.31.5125; 4412.31.5135; 4412.31.5155; 4412.31.5165; 
4412.31.3175; 4412.31.6000; 4412.31.9100; 4412.32.0520; 4412.32.0540; 
4412.32.0560; 4412.32.2510; 4412.32.2520; 4412.32.3125; 4412.32.3135; 
4412.32.3155; 4412.32.3165; 4412.32.3175; 4412.32.3185; 4412.32.5600; 
4412.39.1000; 4412.39.3000; 4412.39.4011; 4412.39.4012; 4412.39.4019; 
4412.39.4031; 4412.39.4032; 4412.39.4039; 4412.39.4051; 4412.39.4052; 
4412.39.4059; 4412.39.4061; 4412.39.4062; 4412.39.4069; 4412.39.5010; 
4412.39.5030; 4412.39.5050; 4412.94.1030; 4412.94.1050; 4412.94.3105; 
4412.94.3111; 4412.94.3121; 4412.94.3131; 4412.94.3141; 4412.94.3160; 
4412.94.3171; 4412.94.4100; 4412.94.5100; 4412.94.6000; 4412.94.7000; 
4412.94.8000; 4412.94.9000; 4412.94.9500; 4412.99.0600; 4412.99.1020; 
4412.99.1030; 4412.99.1040; 4412.99.3110; 4412.99.3120; 4412.99.3130; 
4412.99.3140; 4412.99.3150; 4412.99.3160; 4412.99.3170; 4412.99.4100; 
4412.99.5100; 4412.99.5710; 4412.99.6000; 4412.99.7000; 4412.99.8000; 
4412.99.9000; 4412.99.9500; 4418.71.2000; 4418.71.9000; 4418.72.2000; 
and 4418.72.9500.
    While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs

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purposes, the written description of the subject merchandise is 
dispositive.

Scope Comments

    Following the Preliminary Determination, on May 19, 2011, the 
Department issued a decision memorandum addressing multiple scope 
issues in this and the concurrent AD investigation of wood flooring 
from the PRC. See Memorandum to Christian Marsh, ``Scope'' (May 19, 
2011) (``Scope Memo''); see also Multilayered Wood Flooring From the 
People's Republic of China: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less 
Than Fair Value 76 FR 30656 (May 26, 2011). We sought comments on the 
scope in both the AD and CVD cases. See Letter to All Interested 
Parties from Nancy Decker, Program Manager, Office 1, AD/CVD 
Operations, Import Administration, ``RE: Antidumping and Countervailing 
Duty Investigations: Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People's 
Republic of China,'' (May 25, 2011).
    In response, interested parties filed scope-related comments in 
submissions on June 6, 2011, June 14, 2011, and June 15, 2011, as well 
as in case briefs on August 3, 2011, and rebuttal briefs on August 8, 
2011, and August 9, 2011. Additionally, a scope-related submission was 
received the same day the Scope Memo was released and, therefore, was 
not analyzed in the Scope Memo, but is addressed in this final 
determination. Based on our analysis of all the comments, we have 
changed the scope to eliminate references to certain HTSUS numbers. For 
a complete discussion of this change, as well as a summary of the 
parties' comments and the Department's positions, see the Issues and 
Decision Memorandum.

Injury Test

    On December 17, 2010, the U.S. International Trade Commission 
(``ITC'') published its affirmative preliminary determination that 
there is a reasonable indication that an industry in the United States 
is materially injured by reason of allegedly subsidized imports of wood 
flooring from the PRC. See Multilayered Wood Flooring From China, 75 FR 
79019 (December 17, 2010).

Analysis of Comments Received

    All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties to 
this investigation are addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum. 
A list of the issues raised is attached to this notice as Appendix I. 
The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file 
electronically via Import Administration's Antidumping and 
Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (``IA 
ACCESS''). Access to IA ACCESS is available in the CRU. In addition, a 
complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed 
directly on the internet at http://www.trade.gov/ia/. The signed Issues 
and Decision Memorandum and the electronic versions of the Issues and 
Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

Use of Adverse Facts Available

    For purposes of this final determination, we have continued to rely 
on facts available and have continued to use adverse inferences in 
accordance with sections 776(a) and (b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as 
amended (``Act'') with regard to 1) the GOC's provision of electricity 
for less than adequate remuneration, and 2) the countervailable subsidy 
rates for the non-cooperative companies that did not respond to the 
Department's quantity and value (``Q&V'') questionnaire. In a departure 
from the Preliminary Determination, we are now applying AFA to 124 
companies instead of 127 companies. A full discussion of this change 
and our decision to apply AFA is presented in the Issues and Decision 
Memorandum under the section ``Use of Facts Otherwise Available and 
Adverse Inferences.''

Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 703(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, we have 
calculated a rate for each individually investigated producer/exporter 
of the subject merchandise. Section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act states 
that for companies not investigated, we will determine an ``all-
others'' rate equal to the weighted average countervailable subsidy 
rates established for exporters and producers individually 
investigated, excluding any zero and de minimis countervailable subsidy 
rates, and any rates determined entirely under section 776 of the Act.
    In this investigation, two of the individually examined companies 
received rates of de minimis. Fine Furniture received an above-de 
minimis rate. Therefore, we have assigned the rate calculated for Fine 
Furniture to ``all-others.'' Finally, for the non-cooperative companies 
that did not respond to our Q&V questionnaire, we have calculated rates 
based solely on facts available with an adverse inference, in 
accordance with sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act. See ``Non-
Cooperative Companies'' section of the Issues and Decision Memorandum.
    We determine the total net countervailable subsidy rates to be:

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                                                            Net subsidy
                  Exporter/Manufacturer                        rate
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Fine Furniture (Shanghai) Ltd.; Great Wood (Tonghua)                1.50
 Ltd.; Fine Furniture Plantation (Shishou) Ltd..........
Zhejiang Layo Wood Industry Co., Ltd.; Jiaxing Brilliant         ** 0.33
 Import & Export Co., Ltd...............................
Zhejiang Yuhua Timber Co., Ltd..........................         ** 0.47
9 Miles Oak Flooring (China) *..........................           26.73
Anhui HUPO Wood Industry Co., Ltd. *....................           26.73
Anji Tianpeng Bamboo & Wooden Floor Co., Ltd. *.........           26.73
Anlian Wood Co., Ltd. *.................................           26.73
Beijing Forever Strong Construction & Decoration                   26.73
 Material Co., Ltd. *...................................
Beijing New Building Material (Group) Co., Ltd. *.......           26.73
Beijing W.A Wood Co., Ltd. *............................           26.73
Cairun Floor Building Material Co., Ltd. *..............           26.73
Changchun Zhongyi Wood Co., Ltd. *......................           26.73
Changzhou Credit International Trade Co., Ltd. *........           26.73
Changzhou Green Spot Wood Industry Co., Ltd. *..........           26.73
Changzhou Jiahao Wood Trade Co., Ltd. *.................           26.73
Changzhou Leili Wood Industry Co., Ltd. *...............           26.73
Changzhou OPLS Decoration Materials Co., Ltd. *.........           26.73
Chaohu Great Mainland Flooring Co., Ltd. *..............           26.73
Chaohu Vgreen Timber Co., Ltd. *........................           26.73
China Xuzhou Tengmao Wood Co., Ltd. *...................           26.73

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Chuangfu Wood Flooring Cld., Co. *......................           26.73
Complete Flooring Supply Corporation*...................           26.73
Dalian Brilliant Future International Trade Co., Ltd. *.           26.73
Dalian Hongjia Imp. & Exp. Co., Ltd. *..................           26.73
Dalian Luming Group*....................................           26.73
Dalian Maruni Wood Works Co., Ltd. *....................           26.73
Dalian Ontime International Trade Co. *.................           26.73
Dalian Taiyangshi International Trading Co., Ltd. *.....           26.73
Dalian Turuss Wood Industry Co., Ltd. *.................           26.73
Dongguan Forest Century Wooden Co., Ltd. *..............           26.73
Elegant Living Corporation*.............................           26.73
Foshan Linguan Wood Products Co., Ltd. *................           26.73
Foshan Pengbang Wood Manufacturer Co., Ltd. *...........           26.73
Foshan Shunde Hechengchuangzhan Wood Co., Ltd. *........           26.73
Foshan Tocho Timber Co., Ltd. *.........................           26.73
Fujian Jianou Huayu Bamboo Industry Co., Ltd. *.........           26.73
Fuzhou Floors China Co., Ltd. *.........................           26.73
Gao'an City Kangli Bamboo And Wooden Products Co., Ltd.            26.73
 *......................................................
Giant Flooring*.........................................           26.73
Glassical Industrial Limited*...........................           26.73
Great Forest Wood Limited*..............................           26.73
Green Elf Flooring (also dba Hong Ding Lumber Co.)*.....           26.73
Guangdong Guangyang Hi-Tech Industry Co., Ltd. *........           26.73
Guangdong Yingran Wood Industry*........................           26.73
Guangzhou Fnen Wood Flooring*...........................           26.73
Guangzhou Homewell Trade Co., Ltd. *....................           26.73
Guangzhou Quanfeng Wood Industry Co., Ltd. *............           26.73
Handan Global Wood Limited*.............................           26.73
Hangzhou Dazhuang Floor Co. *...........................           26.73
Hangzhou Fuyang Zhongjian Wood Industry Co., Ltd. *.....           26.73
Hangzhou Kingdom Imp & Exp Trading Corp., Ltd. *........           26.73
Hangzhou Singular Group Co., Ltd. *.....................           26.73
Hangzhou Tianlin Industrial Co., Ltd. *.................           26.73
Heze Lv Sen Wood Co., Ltd. *............................           26.73
Homewell (Xiamen) Industry Co., Ltd. *..................           26.73
Huidong Weikang Rubber & Plastic Products Co., Ltd. *...           26.73
HU'Made Group*..........................................           26.73
Huzhou Boge Import And Export Co., Ltd. *...............           26.73
Huzhou Jinjie Industrial Co., Ltd. *....................           26.73
Huzhou Natural Forest Flooring Co., Ltd. *..............           26.73
Huzhou Tianlong Wood Co., Ltd. *........................           26.73
Huzhou Top Wood Co., Ltd. *.............................           26.73
Huzhou Yaxin Arts & Crafts Co., Ltd. *..................           26.73
Jiangmen Xinhui Yinhu Woodwork Co., Ltd. *..............           26.73
Jiangsu Happy Wood Industrial Group Co., Ltd. *.........           26.73
Jiangsu Horizon Trade Co., Ltd. *.......................           26.73
Jiangsu Kentier Wood Co., Ltd. *........................           26.73
Jiangsu Nanyang Wood Co., Ltd. *........................           26.73
Jiangsu Wanli Wooden Co., Ltd. *........................           26.73
Jiangxi Kangtilong Bamboo Products Co., Ltd. *..........           26.73
Jiashan Greenland International Trading Co., Ltd. *.....           26.73
Jiashan Huayu Lumber Co., Ltd. *........................           26.73
Jiashan Longsen Lumbering Co., Ltd. *...................           26.73
Jiashan On-Line Lumber Co., Ltd. *......................           26.73
Jiaxing Hengtong Wood Co., Ltd. *.......................           26.73
Jilin Newco Wood Industries Co., Ltd. *.................           26.73
Jining Sensen Wood Industry Co., Ltd. *.................           26.73
Jining Sunny Wood Co., Ltd. *...........................           26.73
Kingswood Timber*.......................................           26.73
Kornbest Enterprises Ltd. *.............................           26.73
Lianyungang Shuntian Timber Co., Ltd. *.................           26.73
Longeron I&E Co., Ltd. *................................           26.73
Lord Parquet Industry Co., Limited. *...................           26.73
Lyowood Industrial Co., Ltd. *..........................           26.73
MacDouglas Wood Flooring (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. *...........           26.73
Nanjing Dimac Wood Industry Co., Ltd. *.................           26.73
Qiaosen Wood Flooring Industry Company*.................           26.73
Qichuang Wood Industrial Co., Ltd. *....................           26.73
Qingdao Fuguichao Wood Co., Ltd. *......................           26.73
Quanfa Woodwork (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. *..................           26.73
Shandong Fuma Commerce & Trade Co., Ltd. *..............           26.73
Shandong Yuncheng Jinyang Wood Industry Co., Ltd. *.....           26.73
Shanghai Chunna Industrial Co., Ltd. *..................           26.73

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Shanghai Eswell Enterprise Co., Ltd. *..................           26.73
Shanghai Feihong Wood Products Co. *....................           26.73
Shanghai Guangri Flooring Co., Ltd. *...................           26.73
Shanghai Pinsheng Wood Industry Co., Ltd. *.............           26.73
Shanghai Pujiang United Wood Co., Ltd. *................           26.73
Shanghai Yiming Wooden Industry Co., Ltd. *.............           26.73
Shenyang Bask Industry Co., Ltd. *......................           26.73
Shenzhen JianYuanXin Trade Co., Ltd. *..................           26.73
Shuanghai Shuai Yuan Wood Industry Co., Ltd. *..........           26.73
Sterling Pacific Wood Products Co., Ltd. *..............           26.73
Suifenhe Sanmulin Economic and Trade Co., Ltd. *........           26.73
Suzhou Duolun Wood Industry Co., Ltd. *.................           26.73
Tengmao Wood Co., Ltd. *................................           26.73
Tianjin Zeyuan Wood Industry Co., Ltd. *................           26.73
Twowins Bamboo & Wood Products Co., Ltd. *..............           26.73
Weifang Jiayuan Imp & Exp Co., Ltd. *...................           26.73
Wenzhou Timber Group Company*...........................           26.73
Wuhan Nanhong Materials & Goods Fitting Co., Ltd. *.....           26.73
Wuxi Haisen Decorates Material Co., Ltd. *..............           26.73
Xiamen Homeshining Industry Co., Ltd. *.................           26.73
Xuzhou Fuxiang Wood Co., Ltd. *.........................           26.73
Xuzhou Huanqiu Import & Export Trade Co., Ltd. *........           26.73
Xuzhou Tengmao Wood Co., Ltd. *.........................           26.73
Xuzhou Yijia Manufacture Co., Ltd. *....................           26.73
Xuzhou Yijia Wood Manufacture Co., Ltd. *...............           26.73
Yinlong Wood Products Co., Ltd. *.......................           26.73
Ys Nature International Trading Co., Ltd. *.............           26.73
Zhejiang Assun Wood Co., Ltd. *.........................           26.73
Zhejiang Gaopai Wood Co., Ltd. *........................           26.73
Zhejiang Huayue Wooden Products Co., Ltd. *.............           26.73
Zhejiang Yongji Wooden Co., Ltd. *......................           26.73
Zhejiang Yongyu Bamboo Development*.....................           26.73
Zhongshan New Oasis Wood Industry Co., Ltd. *...........           26.73
Zhongyi Bamboo Industrial Co., Ltd. Fujian*.............           26.73
All-Others..............................................            1.50
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* Non-cooperative company receiving the AFA rate.
** (de minimis).

    Also, in accordance with section 703(d) of the Act, we instructed 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') to discontinue the 
suspension of liquidation for CVD purposes for subject merchandise 
entered on or after August 4, 2011, but to continue the suspension of 
liquidation as previously ordered for entries made from April 6, 2011, 
through August 3, 2011.
    If the ITC issues a final affirmative injury determination we will 
issue a CVD order, and we will require a cash deposit of estimated 
countervailing duties for such entries of merchandise in the amounts 
indicated above. Because Layo and Yuhua were found to receive de 
minimis subsidies, they would be excluded from the CVD order. If the 
ITC determines that material injury, or threat of material injury, does 
not exist, this proceeding will be terminated and all estimated 
deposits or securities posted as a result of the suspension of 
liquidation will be refunded or canceled.

ITC Notification

    In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the 
ITC of our determination. In addition, we are making available to the 
ITC all non-privileged and non-proprietary information related to this 
investigation. We will allow the ITC access to all privileged and 
business proprietary information in our files, provided the ITC 
confirms that it will not disclose such information, either publicly or 
under an administrative protective order (``APO''), without the written 
consent of the Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

Return or Destruction of Proprietary Information

    In the event that the ITC issues a final negative injury 
determination, this notice will serve as the only reminder to parties 
subject to an APO of their responsibility concerning the destruction of 
proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 
351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of the return/destruction of 
APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby 
requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO 
is a violation which is subject to sanction.
    This determination is issued pursuant to sections 705(d) and 777(i) 
of the Act.

    Dated: October 11, 2011.
Ronald K. Lorentzen,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

Appendix I

List of Comments and in the Issues and Decision Memorandum

General Issues
Comment 1 Application of the CVD Law to the PRC and Double Counting
Comment 2 Whether Application of the CVD Law to NMEs Violates the APA
Comment 3 Requests for Information Regarding Other Programs
Comment 4 Provision of Electricity for Less Than Adequate Remuneration
Comment 5 Application of AFA to Non-Cooperative Respondents
Comment 6 Removal of Companies in the List of AFA Companies
Comment 7 ``All-Others'' Rate Calculation

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Scope-Related Issues
Comment 8 Exclusion Requests for Plywood Panels or Veneer
Comment 9 Strand-Woven Lignocellulosic Flooring
Comment 10 Scope Language Regarding HTSUS Subheadings
Comment 11 Continued Requests for Certain Exclusions

[FR Doc. 2011-26892 Filed 10-17-11; 8:45 am]
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