Non-Malleable Cast Iron Pipe Fittings From the People's Republic of China: Initiation and Preliminary Results of Changed Circumstances Review, and Intent To Revoke Order in Part, 22562-22563 [2012-9079]

Download as PDF 22562 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 73 / Monday, April 16, 2012 / Notices and rounded corners. Drawn Stainless Steel Sinks are available in various shapes and configurations and may be described in a number of ways including flush mount, top mount, or undermount (to indicate the attachment relative to the countertop). Stainless steel sinks with multiple drawn bowls that are joined through a welding operation to form one unit are covered by the scope of the investigation. Drawn Stainless Steel Sinks are covered by the scope of the investigation whether or not they are sold in conjunction with non-subject accessories such as faucets (whether attached or unattached), strainers, strainer sets, rinsing baskets, bottom grids, or other accessories. Excluded from the scope of the investigation are stainless steel sinks with fabricated bowls. Fabricated bowls do not have seamless corners, but rather are made by notching and bending the stainless steel, and then welding and finishing the vertical corners to form the bowls. Stainless steel sinks with fabricated bowls may sometimes be referred to as ‘‘zero radius’’ or ‘‘near zero radius’’ sinks. The products covered by this investigation are currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (‘‘HTSUS’’) under statistical reporting number 7324.10.0000. Although the HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the products under investigation is dispositive of its inclusion as subject merchandise. This notice is issued and published pursuant to section 777(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended. Dated: April 6, 2012. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. 2012–9049 Filed 4–13–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration emcdonald on DSK29S0YB1PROD with NOTICES [A–570–875] Non-Malleable Cast Iron Pipe Fittings From the People’s Republic of China: Initiation and Preliminary Results of Changed Circumstances Review, and Intent To Revoke Order in Part Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. AGENCY: DATES: Effective Date: April 16, 2012. SUMMARY: In accordance with section 751(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:39 Apr 13, 2012 Jkt 226001 amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.216(b), Ford Motor Company (Ford) filed a request for a changed circumstances review of the antidumping duty (AD) order on nonmalleable cast iron pipe fittings from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) so that the order can be revoked with respect to a particular brake fluid tube connector (connector). The domestic industry has affirmatively expressed a lack of interest in the continuation of the order with respect to this product. In response to the request, the Department is initiating a changed circumstances review and issuing a notice of preliminary intent to revoke, in part, this order. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Zev Primor or Robert Bolling, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington DC 20230; telephone (202) 482–4114 and (202) 482–3434, respectively. Background On April 7, 2003, the Department published an AD order on nonmalleable cast iron pipe fittings from the PRC.1 On March 6, 2012, Ford requested revocation in part of the AD order pursuant to sections 751(b)(1) and 782(h) of the Act, with respect to Ford’s connector. The connector is a ‘‘joint block’’ for brake fluid tubes and is made of non-malleable cast iron to Society of Automotive Engineers (SEA) automotive standard J431. The tubes have an inside diameter of 3.44 millimeters (0.1355 inches) and the inside diameters of the fluid flow channels of the connector are 3.2 millimeters (0.1260 inches) and 3.8 millimeters (0.1496 inches). The end of the tube is forced by pressure over the end of a flared opening in the connector also known as ‘‘flared joint.’’ The flared joint, once made fast, permits brake fluid to flow through channels that never exceed 3.8 millimeters (0.1496 inches) in diameter. Scope of the Order The products covered by the order are finished and unfinished non-malleable cast iron pipe fittings with an inside diameter ranging from 1⁄4 inch to 6 inches, whether threaded or unthreaded, regardless of industry or proprietary specifications. The subject fittings include elbows, ells, tees, crosses, and reducers as well as flanged fittings. These pipe fittings are also 1 See Notice of Antidumping Duty Order: NonMalleable Cast Iron Pipe Fittings From the People’s Republic of China, 68 FR 16765 (April 7, 2003). PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 known as ‘‘cast iron pipe fittings’’ or ‘‘gray iron pipe fittings.’’ These cast iron pipe fittings are normally produced to ASTM A–126 and ASME B.16.4 specifications and are threaded to ASME B1.20.1 specifications. Most building codes require that these products are Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certified. The scope does not include cast iron soil pipe fittings or grooved fittings or grooved couplings. Fittings that are made out of ductile iron that have the same physical characteristics as the gray or cast iron fittings subject to the scope above or which have the same physical characteristics and are produced to ASME B.16.3, ASME B.16.4, or ASTM A–395 specifications, threaded to ASME B1.20.1 specifications and UL certified, regardless of metallurgical differences between gray and ductile iron, are also included in the scope of the order. These ductile fittings do not include grooved fittings or grooved couplings. Ductile cast iron fittings with mechanical joint ends (MJ), or push on ends (PO), or flanged ends and produced to the American Water Works Association (AWWA) specifications AWWA C110 or AWWA C153 are not included. Imports of subject merchandise are currently classifiable in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under item numbers 7307.11.00.30, 7307.11.00.60, 7307.19.30.60, 7307.19.30.85. HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes. The written description of the scope of the order is dispositive.2 Initiation and Preliminary Results of Changed Circumstances Review, and Intent To Revoke Order in Part At the request of Ford, and in accordance with sections 751(d)(1) and 751(b)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.216, the Department is initiating a changed circumstances review of non-malleable cast iron pipe fittings from the PRC to determine whether partial revocation of 2 On April 21, 2009, in consultation with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Department added the following HTSUS classification to the AD/CVD module for pipe fittings: 7326.90.8588. See Memorandum from Abdelali Elouaradia, Office Director, Import Administration, Office 4 to Stephen Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Import Administration regarding the Final Scope Ruling on Black Cast Iron Cast, Green Ductile Flange and Twin Tee, antidumping duty order on non-malleable iron cast pipe fittings from the PRC, dated September 19, 2008. See also Memorandum to the file from Karine Gziryan, Financial Analyst, Office 4, regarding Module Update adding HTSUS number for twin tin fitting included in the scope of antidumping order on non-malleable iron cast pipe fittings from the PRC, dated April 22, 2009. E:\FR\FM\16APN1.SGM 16APN1 emcdonald on DSK29S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 73 / Monday, April 16, 2012 / Notices the AD order is warranted with respect to the connector, as described above. Section 782(h)(2) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.222(g)(1)(i) provide that the Department may revoke an order (in whole or in part) if it determines that producers accounting for substantially all of the production of the domestic like product have no further interest in the order, in whole or in part. In addition, in the event the Department determines that expedited action is warranted, 19 CFR 351.221(c)(3)(ii) permits the Department to combine the notices of initiation and preliminary results. On February 28, 2012, Anvil International and Ward Manufacturing, petitioners in the original investigation, submitted a statement indicating that they account for approximately 95 percent of the domestic production of the like product. Further, Petitioners stated that they have no interest in producing the auto part described in the Ford’s changed circumstances request and agree to the exclusion of the abovedescribed connector from the scope of the AD duty order.3 In accordance with section 751(b) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.222(g)(l)(i) and 351.221(c)(3), we are initiating this changed circumstances review and have determined that expedited action is warranted. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.222(g), we find that Petitioners’ affirmative statement of no interest constitutes good cause for the conduct of this review. Additionally, our decision to expedite this review stems from the domestic industry’s lack of interest in applying the AD order to the connector, described above, and covered by this request. Based on the expression of no interest by Petitioners and absent any objection by other domestic interested parties, we preliminarily determine that substantially all of the domestic producers of the like product have no interest in the continued application of the AD order on non-malleable cast iron pipe fittings from the PRC to the merchandise that is subject to this request. Therefore, we are notifying the public of our intent to revoke, in part, the AD order as it relates to imports of the connector, as described above, from the PRC. We intend to modify the scope of the AD order to read as follows: Specifically excluded from the scope of the order is a certain brake fluid tube connector. The brake fluid tube connector is a ‘‘joint block’’ for brake fluid tubes and is made of nonmalleable cast iron to SEA automotive 3 See Petitioners’ submission dated February 28, 2012. VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:39 Apr 13, 2012 Jkt 226001 standard J431. The inside diameters of the fluid flow channels of the connector are 3.2 millimeters (0.1260 inches) and 3.8 millimeters (0.1496 inches). Public Comment Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results. Written comments may be submitted no later than 14 days after the date of publication of these preliminary results. Rebuttals to written comments, limited to issues raised in such comments, may be filed no later than 21 days after the date of publication. The Department will issue the final results of this changed circumstances review, which will include the results of its analysis raised in any such written comments, no later than 270 days after the date on which this review was initiated, or within 45 days if all parties agree to our preliminary results.4 If final revocation occurs, we will instruct CBP to end the suspension of liquidation for the merchandise covered by the revocation on the effective date of the notice of revocation and to release any cash deposit or bond.5 The current requirement for a cash deposit of estimated AD duties on all subject merchandise will continue unless and until it is modified pursuant to the final results of this changed circumstances review. This initiation and preliminary results of review and notice are in accordance with section 751(b) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.216, 351.221, and 351.222. Dated: April 10, 2012. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. 2012–9079 Filed 4–13–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XB159 Marine Mammals; File No. 17217 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Saint Louis Zoo, 1 Government Drive, St. Louis, MO 63110, has applied in due form for a permit to import four SUMMARY: 4 See 5 See PO 00000 19 CFR 351.216(e). 19 CFR 351.222(g)(4). Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22563 harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) for the purposes of public display. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before May 16, 2012. ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available upon written request or by appointment in the following offices: Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427–8401; fax (301) 713–0376; and Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701; phone (727) 824–5312; fax (727) 824–5309. Written comments on this application should be submitted to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, at the address listed above. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713–0376, or by email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please include the File No. 17217 in the subject line of the email comment. Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division at the address listed above. The request should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this application would be appropriate. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Skidmore or Colette Cairns, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permit is requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), and the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216). The applicant requests authorization to import four female harbor seals from the Storybrook Gardens, 1958 Storybrook Lane, London, Ontario, N6K 4Y6, Canada for purposes of public display at the St. Louis Zoo. The receiving facility: (1) Is open to the public on regularly scheduled basis with access that is not limited or restricted other than by charging an admission fee; (2) offers an educational program based on professionally recognized standards; and (3) holds an Exhibitor’s License, number 43–C–0032, issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2131—59). The import would occur upon receipt of the permit and the permit would expire one year after the date of issuance. In addition to determining whether the applicant meets the three public display criteria, NMFS must determine E:\FR\FM\16APN1.SGM 16APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-875]


Non-Malleable Cast Iron Pipe Fittings From the People's Republic 
of China: Initiation and Preliminary Results of Changed Circumstances 
Review, and Intent To Revoke Order in Part

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


DATES: Effective Date: April 16, 2012.
SUMMARY: In accordance with section 751(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, 
as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.216(b), Ford Motor Company (Ford) 
filed a request for a changed circumstances review of the antidumping 
duty (AD) order on non-malleable cast iron pipe fittings from the 
People's Republic of China (PRC) so that the order can be revoked with 
respect to a particular brake fluid tube connector (connector). The 
domestic industry has affirmatively expressed a lack of interest in the 
continuation of the order with respect to this product. In response to 
the request, the Department is initiating a changed circumstances 
review and issuing a notice of preliminary intent to revoke, in part, 
this order. Interested parties are invited to comment on these 
preliminary results.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Zev Primor or Robert Bolling, Import 
Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington DC 20230; 
telephone (202) 482-4114 and (202) 482-3434, respectively.

Background

    On April 7, 2003, the Department published an AD order on non-
malleable cast iron pipe fittings from the PRC.\1\ On March 6, 2012, 
Ford requested revocation in part of the AD order pursuant to sections 
751(b)(1) and 782(h) of the Act, with respect to Ford's connector. The 
connector is a ``joint block'' for brake fluid tubes and is made of 
non-malleable cast iron to Society of Automotive Engineers (SEA) 
automotive standard J431. The tubes have an inside diameter of 3.44 
millimeters (0.1355 inches) and the inside diameters of the fluid flow 
channels of the connector are 3.2 millimeters (0.1260 inches) and 3.8 
millimeters (0.1496 inches). The end of the tube is forced by pressure 
over the end of a flared opening in the connector also known as 
``flared joint.'' The flared joint, once made fast, permits brake fluid 
to flow through channels that never exceed 3.8 millimeters (0.1496 
inches) in diameter.
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    \1\ See Notice of Antidumping Duty Order: Non-Malleable Cast 
Iron Pipe Fittings From the People's Republic of China, 68 FR 16765 
(April 7, 2003).
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Scope of the Order

    The products covered by the order are finished and unfinished non-
malleable cast iron pipe fittings with an inside diameter ranging from 
\1/4\ inch to 6 inches, whether threaded or unthreaded, regardless of 
industry or proprietary specifications. The subject fittings include 
elbows, ells, tees, crosses, and reducers as well as flanged fittings. 
These pipe fittings are also known as ``cast iron pipe fittings'' or 
``gray iron pipe fittings.'' These cast iron pipe fittings are normally 
produced to ASTM A-126 and ASME B.16.4 specifications and are threaded 
to ASME B1.20.1 specifications. Most building codes require that these 
products are Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certified. The scope does 
not include cast iron soil pipe fittings or grooved fittings or grooved 
couplings.
    Fittings that are made out of ductile iron that have the same 
physical characteristics as the gray or cast iron fittings subject to 
the scope above or which have the same physical characteristics and are 
produced to ASME B.16.3, ASME B.16.4, or ASTM A-395 specifications, 
threaded to ASME B1.20.1 specifications and UL certified, regardless of 
metallurgical differences between gray and ductile iron, are also 
included in the scope of the order. These ductile fittings do not 
include grooved fittings or grooved couplings. Ductile cast iron 
fittings with mechanical joint ends (MJ), or push on ends (PO), or 
flanged ends and produced to the American Water Works Association 
(AWWA) specifications AWWA C110 or AWWA C153 are not included.
    Imports of subject merchandise are currently classifiable in the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under item 
numbers 7307.11.00.30, 7307.11.00.60, 7307.19.30.60, 7307.19.30.85. 
HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes. 
The written description of the scope of the order is dispositive.\2\
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    \2\ On April 21, 2009, in consultation with the U.S. Customs and 
Border Protection (CBP), the Department added the following HTSUS 
classification to the AD/CVD module for pipe fittings: 7326.90.8588. 
See Memorandum from Abdelali Elouaradia, Office Director, Import 
Administration, Office 4 to Stephen Claeys, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary, Import Administration regarding the Final Scope Ruling on 
Black Cast Iron Cast, Green Ductile Flange and Twin Tee, antidumping 
duty order on non-malleable iron cast pipe fittings from the PRC, 
dated September 19, 2008. See also Memorandum to the file from 
Karine Gziryan, Financial Analyst, Office 4, regarding Module Update 
adding HTSUS number for twin tin fitting included in the scope of 
antidumping order on non-malleable iron cast pipe fittings from the 
PRC, dated April 22, 2009.
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Initiation and Preliminary Results of Changed Circumstances Review, and 
Intent To Revoke Order in Part

    At the request of Ford, and in accordance with sections 751(d)(1) 
and 751(b)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.216, the Department is 
initiating a changed circumstances review of non-malleable cast iron 
pipe fittings from the PRC to determine whether partial revocation of

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the AD order is warranted with respect to the connector, as described 
above. Section 782(h)(2) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.222(g)(1)(i) provide 
that the Department may revoke an order (in whole or in part) if it 
determines that producers accounting for substantially all of the 
production of the domestic like product have no further interest in the 
order, in whole or in part. In addition, in the event the Department 
determines that expedited action is warranted, 19 CFR 351.221(c)(3)(ii) 
permits the Department to combine the notices of initiation and 
preliminary results.
    On February 28, 2012, Anvil International and Ward Manufacturing, 
petitioners in the original investigation, submitted a statement 
indicating that they account for approximately 95 percent of the 
domestic production of the like product. Further, Petitioners stated 
that they have no interest in producing the auto part described in the 
Ford's changed circumstances request and agree to the exclusion of the 
above-described connector from the scope of the AD duty order.\3\
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    \3\ See Petitioners' submission dated February 28, 2012.
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    In accordance with section 751(b) of the Act, and 19 CFR 
351.222(g)(l)(i) and 351.221(c)(3), we are initiating this changed 
circumstances review and have determined that expedited action is 
warranted. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.222(g), we find that 
Petitioners' affirmative statement of no interest constitutes good 
cause for the conduct of this review. Additionally, our decision to 
expedite this review stems from the domestic industry's lack of 
interest in applying the AD order to the connector, described above, 
and covered by this request.
    Based on the expression of no interest by Petitioners and absent 
any objection by other domestic interested parties, we preliminarily 
determine that substantially all of the domestic producers of the like 
product have no interest in the continued application of the AD order 
on non-malleable cast iron pipe fittings from the PRC to the 
merchandise that is subject to this request. Therefore, we are 
notifying the public of our intent to revoke, in part, the AD order as 
it relates to imports of the connector, as described above, from the 
PRC. We intend to modify the scope of the AD order to read as follows:
    Specifically excluded from the scope of the order is a certain 
brake fluid tube connector. The brake fluid tube connector is a ``joint 
block'' for brake fluid tubes and is made of non-malleable cast iron to 
SEA automotive standard J431. The inside diameters of the fluid flow 
channels of the connector are 3.2 millimeters (0.1260 inches) and 3.8 
millimeters (0.1496 inches).

Public Comment

    Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary 
results. Written comments may be submitted no later than 14 days after 
the date of publication of these preliminary results. Rebuttals to 
written comments, limited to issues raised in such comments, may be 
filed no later than 21 days after the date of publication. The 
Department will issue the final results of this changed circumstances 
review, which will include the results of its analysis raised in any 
such written comments, no later than 270 days after the date on which 
this review was initiated, or within 45 days if all parties agree to 
our preliminary results.\4\
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    \4\ See 19 CFR 351.216(e).
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    If final revocation occurs, we will instruct CBP to end the 
suspension of liquidation for the merchandise covered by the revocation 
on the effective date of the notice of revocation and to release any 
cash deposit or bond.\5\ The current requirement for a cash deposit of 
estimated AD duties on all subject merchandise will continue unless and 
until it is modified pursuant to the final results of this changed 
circumstances review.
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    \5\ See 19 CFR 351.222(g)(4).
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    This initiation and preliminary results of review and notice are in 
accordance with section 751(b) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.216, 351.221, 
and 351.222.

    Dated: April 10, 2012.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
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