Monosodium Glutamate From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination; and Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances, 13615-13617 [2014-05241]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 47 / Tuesday, March 11, 2014 / Notices Dated: March 4, 2014. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. the Following Programs During the POI and the Record Indicates Nothing to Contradict These Claims X. ITC Notification XI. Disclosure and Public Comment XII. Verification XIII. Conclusion Appendix 1 Scope of the Investigation The scope of this investigation covers monosodium glutamate (MSG), whether or not blended or in solution with other products. Specifically, MSG that has been blended or is in solution with other product(s) is included in this scope when the resulting mix contains 15% or more of MSG by dry weight. Products with which MSG may be blended include, but are not limited to, salts, sugars, starches, maltodextrins, and various seasonings. Further, MSG is included in this investigation regardless of physical form (including, but not limited to, substrates, solutions, dry powders of any particle size, or unfinished forms such as MSG slurry), end-use application, or packaging. MSG has a molecular formula of C5H8NO4Na, a Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) registry number of 6106– 04–3, and a Unique Ingredient Identifier (UNII) number of W81N5U6R6U. Merchandise covered by the scope of this investigation is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) of the United States at subheading 2922.42.10.00. Merchandise subject to this investigation may also enter under HTS subheadings 2922.42.50.00, 2103.90.72.00, 2103.90.74.00, 2103.90.78.00, 2103.90.80.00, and 2103.90.90.91. The tariff classifications, CAS registry number, and UNII number are provided for convenience and customs purposes; however, the written description of the scope is dispositive. Appendix 2 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background A. Initiation and Case History B. Period of Investigation III. Scope Comments IV. Scope of the Investigation V. Respondent Selection VI. Injury Test VII. Subsidies Valuation A. Allocation Period B. Attribution of Subsidies C. Denominators D. Benchmarks and Discount Rates VIII. Critical Circumstances IX. Analysis of Programs A. Program Preliminarily Determined to be Countervailable B. Respondent Reported Not Using VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:22 Mar 10, 2014 Jkt 232001 [FR Doc. 2014–05243 Filed 3–10–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–993] Monosodium Glutamate From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination; and Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances Enforcement and Compliance, formerly Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of monosodium glutamate (MSG) from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Department also preliminarily determines that critical circumstances exist for imports of MSG from the PRC. The period of investigation is January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012. The final determination will be issued 75 days after the date of this preliminary determination.1 Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Effective Date: March 11, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jun Jack Zhao or Justin Neuman, Office VII, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–1396 and (202) 482–0486, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Scope of the Investigation The product covered by this investigation is MSG, whether or not blended or in solution with other 1 Due to the closure of the Federal Government in Washington, DC on March 3, 2014, the Department reached this determination on the next business day (i.e., March 4, 2014). See Notice of Clarification: Application of ‘‘Next Business Day’’ Rule for Administrative Determination Deadlines Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930, As Amended, 70 FR 24533 (May 10, 2005). PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13615 products. Specifically, MSG that has been blended or is in solution with other product(s) is included in this scope when the resulting mix contains 15 percent or more of MSG by dry weight.2 Methodology The Department is conducting this countervailing duty investigation in accordance with section 701 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). For a full description of the methodology underlying our preliminary conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.3 The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (IA ACCESS). IA ACCESS is available to registered users at https://iaaccess.trade.gov, and is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, room 7046 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the Internet at https://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/ index.html. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Critical Circumstances In accordance with section 703(e)(1) of the Act, we preliminarily find that critical circumstances exist with respect to imports of MSG from the PRC. A discussion of our determination can be found in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Preliminary Determination and Suspension of Liquidation In accordance with section 703(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, we determine separate subsidy rates for Langfang Meihua Bio-Technology Co., Ltd. and Tongliao Meihua Biological Sci-Tech Co., Ltd. (collectively, the Meihua 2 For a complete description of the scope of the investigation, see Appendix 1 to this notice. 3 See Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance regarding ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Monosodium Glutamate from the People’s Republic of China,’’ dated concurrently with this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). A list of topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be found at Appendix 2 of this notice. E:\FR\FM\11MRN1.SGM 11MRN1 13616 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 47 / Tuesday, March 11, 2014 / Notices Group) 4 and Henan Lotus Flower Gourmet Powder Co., Ltd. (Henan Lotus), the individually-investigated producers/exporters of the subject merchandise. We also calculated an allothers rate. In accordance with sections 703(d) and 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act, for companies not individually investigated, we apply an ‘‘all-others’’ rate, which is normally calculated by weighting the subsidy rates of the individual companies selected as mandatory respondents by those companies’ exports of the subject merchandise to the United States. Under section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act, the allothers rate should exclude zero and de minimis rates calculated for the exporters and producers individually investigated as well as rates based entirely on facts otherwise available. Where the rates for the investigated companies are all zero or de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise available, section 705(c)(5)(A)(ii) of the Act instructs the Department to establish an all-others rate using ‘‘any reasonable method.’’ For Henan Lotus, which did not participate in this investigation, we determine a rate based solely on adverse facts available (AFA), in accordance with sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act. Therefore, the only rate in this investigation that is not de minimis or based entirely on facts otherwise available is the rate calculated for the Meihua Group. Consequently, the rate calculated for the Meihua Group is also assigned as the ‘‘all-others’’ rate. The overall preliminary subsidy rates are summarized in the table below: Subsidy rate (percent) Company Langfang Meihua Bio-Technology Co., Ltd. and Tongliao Meihua Biological Sci-Tech Co., Ltd. (collectively, the Meihua Group) .......................................................................................................................................................................................... Henan Lotus Flower Gourmet Powder Co., Ltd.5 ........................................................................................................................... All Others ......................................................................................................................................................................................... In accordance with sections 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, we are directing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of all entries of MSG from the PRC that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, and to require a cash deposit for such entries of merchandise in the amounts indicated above. Moreover, because we preliminarily find critical circumstances exist with respect to all exporters, in accordance with section 703(e)(2)(A) of the Act, we are directing CBP to apply the suspension of liquidation to any unliquidated entries entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the date 90 days prior to the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Verification As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Act, we intend to verify the information submitted by the respondents prior to making our final determination. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Disclosure and Public Comment briefs, and hearing requests, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. International Trade Commission Notification In accordance with section 703(f) of the Act, we will notify the International Trade Commission (ITC) of our determination. In addition, we are making available to the ITC all nonprivileged and non-proprietary information relating 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, without the written consent of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. In accordance with section 705(b)(2) of the Act, if our final determination is affirmative, the ITC will make its final determination within 45 days after the Department makes its final determination. This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 703(f) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c). The Department intends to disclose to interested parties the calculations performed in connection with this preliminary determination within five days of its public announcement.6 Interested parties may submit case and rebuttal briefs, as well as request a hearing.7 For a schedule of the deadlines for filing case briefs, rebuttal Dated: March 4, 2014. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. 4 We find these companies to be cross-owned in accordance with 19 CFR 351.525(b)(6)(vi). See the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. 5 The Department applied AFA to this company; see the Preliminary Determination Memorandum at ‘‘Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:22 Mar 10, 2014 Jkt 232001 Appendix 1 Scope of the Investigation The scope of this investigation covers monosodium glutamate (MSG), whether or PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13.41 404.03 13.41 not blended or in solution with other products. Specifically, MSG that has been blended or is in solution with other product(s) is included in this scope when the resulting mix contains 15% or more of MSG by dry weight. Products with which MSG may be blended include, but are not limited to, salts, sugars, starches, maltodextrins, and various seasonings. Further, MSG is included in this investigation regardless of physical form (including, but not limited to, substrates, solutions, dry powders of any particle size, or unfinished forms such as MSG slurry), end-use application, or packaging. MSG has a molecular formula of C5H8NO4Na, a Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) registry number of 6106–04–3, and a Unique Ingredient Identifier (UNII) number of W81N5U6R6U. Merchandise covered by the scope of this investigation is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) of the United States at subheading 2922.42.10.00. Merchandise subject to this investigation may also enter under HTS subheadings 2922.42.50.00, 2103.90.72.00, 2103.90.74.00, 2103.90.78.00, 2103.90.80.00, and 2103.90.90.91. The tariff classifications, CAS registry number, and UNII number are provided for convenience and customs purposes; however, the written description of the scope is dispositive. Appendix 2 List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Scope Comments IV. Scope of the Investigation V. Respondent Selection VI. Injury Test Inferences,’’ for a full description of our methodology. 6 See 19 CFR 351.224(b). 7 See 19 CFR 351.309(c)–(d), 19 CFR 351.310(c). E:\FR\FM\11MRN1.SGM 11MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 47 / Tuesday, March 11, 2014 / Notices VII. Application of the Countervailing Duty Law to Imports from the PRC VIII. Subsidies Valuation IX. Benchmarks and Discount Rates X. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences XI. Critical Circumstances XII. Analysis of Programs XIII. ITC Notification XIV. Disclosure and Public Comment XV. Verification XVI. Conclusion [FR Doc. 2014–05241 Filed 3–10–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–011] Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products From the People’s Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation Enforcement and Compliance, formerly Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Justin Neuman at (202) 482–0486 or Milton Koch at (202) 482–2584, AD/ CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background On January 22, 2014, the Department of Commerce (the Department) initiated the countervailing duty investigation of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products from the People’s Republic of China (PRC).1 Currently, the preliminary determination is due no later than March 28, 2014. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Postponement of Due Date for the Preliminary Determination Act allows the Department to postpone making the preliminary determination until no later than 130 days after the date on which the administering authority initiated the investigation. The Department determines that the parties involved in this proceeding are cooperating, and that the investigation is extraordinarily complicated.2 Specifically, the Department is investigating numerous alleged subsidy programs in the PRC; these programs include preferential loans and directed credit, debt forgiveness, grants, tax incentives, export incentive programs, and the provision of goods, services, and land for less than adequate remuneration. Due to the number and complexity of the alleged countervailable subsidy practices being investigated, we determine that this investigation is extraordinarily complicated. Therefore, in accordance with section 703(c)(1)(B) of the Act, we are postponing the due date for the preliminary determination to not later than 130 days after the day on which the investigation was initiated. Thus, the deadline for completion of the preliminary determinations is now June 1, 2014. Because the deadline falls on a non-business day, in accordance with the Department’s practice, the deadline will become the next business day, June 2, 2014.3 This notice is issued and published pursuant to section 703(c)(2) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(f)(1). Dated: March 5, 2014. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2014–05249 Filed 3–10–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–995] Section 703(b)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), requires the Department to issue the preliminary determination in a countervailing duty investigation within 65 days after the date on which the Department initiated the investigation. However, if the Department concludes that the parties concerned in the investigation are cooperating and determines that the investigation is extraordinarily complicated, section 703(c)(1)(B) of the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Grain-Oriented Electrical Steel From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Determination and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination Enforcement and Compliance, formerly Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. AGENCY: 2 See 1 See Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products From the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation, 79 FR 4667 (January 29, 2014). VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:22 Mar 10, 2014 Jkt 232001 section 703(c)(1)(B) of the Act. Notice of Clarification: Application of ‘‘Next Business Day’’ Rule for Administrative Determination Deadlines Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930, as Amended, 70 FR 24533 (May 10, 2005). 3 See PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13617 The Department of Commerce (the ‘‘Department’’) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of grainoriented electrical steel from the People’s Republic of China (the ‘‘PRC’’).1 We invite interested parties to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Effective Date: March 12, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yasmin Nair, David Cordell or Brian Davis, AD/CVD Operations, Office VI, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone 202.482.3813, 202.482.0408 or 202.482.7924, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Scope of the Investigation The scope of this investigation covers grain-oriented silicon electrical steel (‘‘GOES’’). GOES is a flat-rolled alloy steel product containing by weight at least 0.6 percent but not more than 6 percent of silicon, not more than 0.08 percent of carbon, not more than 1.0 percent of aluminum, and no other element in an amount that would give the steel the characteristics of another alloy steel, in coils or in straight lengths. The GOES that is subject to this investigation is currently classifiable under subheadings 7225.11.0000, 7226.11.1000, 7226.11.9030, and 7226.11.9060 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this investigation is dispositive. Methodology The Department is conducting this countervailing duty (‘‘CVD’’) investigation in accordance with section 701 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the ‘‘Act’’). For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, we preliminarily determine that there is a subsidy, i.e., a financial contribution by an ‘‘authority’’ that gives rise to a benefit to the recipient, and that the subsidy is specific.2 For a full description of the 1 Due to the closure of the Federal Government on March 3, 2014, Commerce reached this determination on the next business day (i.e., March 4, 2014). See Notice of Clarification: Application of ‘‘Next Business Day’’ Rule for Administrative Determination Deadlines Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930, As Amended, 70 FR 24533 (May 10, 2005). 2 See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) E:\FR\FM\11MRN1.SGM Continued 11MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-993]


Monosodium Glutamate From the People's Republic of China: 
Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination; and 
Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances

AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, formerly Import Administration, 
International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily 
determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to 
producers and exporters of monosodium glutamate (MSG) from the People's 
Republic of China (PRC). The Department also preliminarily determines 
that critical circumstances exist for imports of MSG from the PRC. The 
period of investigation is January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012. 
The final determination will be issued 75 days after the date of this 
preliminary determination.\1\ Interested parties are invited to comment 
on this preliminary determination.
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    \1\ Due to the closure of the Federal Government in Washington, 
DC on March 3, 2014, the Department reached this determination on 
the next business day (i.e., March 4, 2014). See Notice of 
Clarification: Application of ``Next Business Day'' Rule for 
Administrative Determination Deadlines Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 
1930, As Amended, 70 FR 24533 (May 10, 2005).

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DATES: Effective Date: March 11, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jun Jack Zhao or Justin Neuman, Office 
VII, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-
1396 and (202) 482-0486, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is MSG, whether or not 
blended or in solution with other products. Specifically, MSG that has 
been blended or is in solution with other product(s) is included in 
this scope when the resulting mix contains 15 percent or more of MSG by 
dry weight.\2\
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    \2\ For a complete description of the scope of the 
investigation, see Appendix 1 to this notice.
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Methodology

    The Department is conducting this countervailing duty investigation 
in accordance with section 701 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended 
(the Act). For a full description of the methodology underlying our 
preliminary conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.\3\ 
The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file 
electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and 
Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (IA ACCESS). 
IA ACCESS is available to registered users at https://iaaccess.trade.gov, and is available to all parties in the Central 
Records Unit, room 7046 of the main Department of Commerce building. In 
addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can 
be accessed directly on the Internet at https://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the 
electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are 
identical in content.
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    \3\ See Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to 
Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance 
regarding ``Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination in 
the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Monosodium Glutamate from 
the People's Republic of China,'' dated concurrently with this 
notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). A list of topics discussed 
in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be found at Appendix 2 of 
this notice.
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Critical Circumstances

    In accordance with section 703(e)(1) of the Act, we preliminarily 
find that critical circumstances exist with respect to imports of MSG 
from the PRC. A discussion of our determination can be found in the 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum.

Preliminary Determination and Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 703(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, we determine 
separate subsidy rates for Langfang Meihua Bio-Technology Co., Ltd. and 
Tongliao Meihua Biological Sci-Tech Co., Ltd. (collectively, the Meihua

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Group) \4\ and Henan Lotus Flower Gourmet Powder Co., Ltd. (Henan 
Lotus), the individually-investigated producers/exporters of the 
subject merchandise. We also calculated an all-others rate. In 
accordance with sections 703(d) and 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act, for 
companies not individually investigated, we apply an ``all-others'' 
rate, which is normally calculated by weighting the subsidy rates of 
the individual companies selected as mandatory respondents by those 
companies' exports of the subject merchandise to the United States. 
Under section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act, the all-others rate should 
exclude zero and de minimis rates calculated for the exporters and 
producers individually investigated as well as rates based entirely on 
facts otherwise available. Where the rates for the investigated 
companies are all zero or de minimis, or based entirely on facts 
otherwise available, section 705(c)(5)(A)(ii) of the Act instructs the 
Department to establish an all-others rate using ``any reasonable 
method.'' For Henan Lotus, which did not participate in this 
investigation, we determine a rate based solely on adverse facts 
available (AFA), in accordance with sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act. 
Therefore, the only rate in this investigation that is not de minimis 
or based entirely on facts otherwise available is the rate calculated 
for the Meihua Group. Consequently, the rate calculated for the Meihua 
Group is also assigned as the ``all-others'' rate. The overall 
preliminary subsidy rates are summarized in the table below:
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    \4\ We find these companies to be cross-owned in accordance with 
19 CFR 351.525(b)(6)(vi). See the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
    \5\ The Department applied AFA to this company; see the 
Preliminary Determination Memorandum at ``Use of Facts Otherwise 
Available and Adverse Inferences,'' for a full description of our 
methodology.

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                        Company                             (percent)
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Langfang Meihua Bio-Technology Co., Ltd. and Tongliao              13.41
 Meihua Biological Sci-Tech Co., Ltd. (collectively,
 the Meihua Group)....................................
Henan Lotus Flower Gourmet Powder Co., Ltd.\5\........            404.03
All Others............................................             13.41
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    In accordance with sections 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, we 
are directing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend 
liquidation of all entries of MSG from the PRC that are entered, or 
withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of the 
publication of this notice in the Federal Register, and to require a 
cash deposit for such entries of merchandise in the amounts indicated 
above. Moreover, because we preliminarily find critical circumstances 
exist with respect to all exporters, in accordance with section 
703(e)(2)(A) of the Act, we are directing CBP to apply the suspension 
of liquidation to any unliquidated entries entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse for consumption, on or after the date 90 days prior to the 
date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register.

Verification

    As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Act, we intend to verify 
the information submitted by the respondents prior to making our final 
determination.

Disclosure and Public Comment

    The Department intends to disclose to interested parties the 
calculations performed in connection with this preliminary 
determination within five days of its public announcement.\6\ 
Interested parties may submit case and rebuttal briefs, as well as 
request a hearing.\7\ For a schedule of the deadlines for filing case 
briefs, rebuttal briefs, and hearing requests, see the Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum.
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    \6\ See 19 CFR 351.224(b).
    \7\ See 19 CFR 351.309(c)-(d), 19 CFR 351.310(c).
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International Trade Commission Notification

    In accordance with section 703(f) of the Act, we will notify the 
International Trade Commission (ITC) of our determination. In addition, 
we are making available to the ITC all non-privileged and non-
proprietary information relating 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, without the written consent of the Assistant Secretary for 
Enforcement and Compliance.
    In accordance with section 705(b)(2) of the Act, if our final 
determination is affirmative, the ITC will make its final determination 
within 45 days after the Department makes its final determination.
    This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 
703(f) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c).

    Dated: March 4, 2014.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix 1

Scope of the Investigation

    The scope of this investigation covers monosodium glutamate 
(MSG), whether or not blended or in solution with other products. 
Specifically, MSG that has been blended or is in solution with other 
product(s) is included in this scope when the resulting mix contains 
15% or more of MSG by dry weight. Products with which MSG may be 
blended include, but are not limited to, salts, sugars, starches, 
maltodextrins, and various seasonings. Further, MSG is included in 
this investigation regardless of physical form (including, but not 
limited to, substrates, solutions, dry powders of any particle size, 
or unfinished forms such as MSG slurry), end-use application, or 
packaging.
    MSG has a molecular formula of 
C5H8NO4Na, a Chemical Abstract 
Service (CAS) registry number of 6106-04-3, and a Unique Ingredient 
Identifier (UNII) number of W81N5U6R6U.
    Merchandise covered by the scope of this investigation is 
currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) of the 
United States at subheading 2922.42.10.00. Merchandise subject to 
this investigation may also enter under HTS subheadings 
2922.42.50.00, 2103.90.72.00, 2103.90.74.00, 2103.90.78.00, 
2103.90.80.00, and 2103.90.90.91. The tariff classifications, CAS 
registry number, and UNII number are provided for convenience and 
customs purposes; however, the written description of the scope is 
dispositive.



Appendix 2

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Scope Comments
IV. Scope of the Investigation
V. Respondent Selection
VI. Injury Test

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VII. Application of the Countervailing Duty Law to Imports from the 
PRC
VIII. Subsidies Valuation
IX. Benchmarks and Discount Rates
X. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences
XI. Critical Circumstances
XII. Analysis of Programs
XIII. ITC Notification
XIV. Disclosure and Public Comment
XV. Verification
XVI. Conclusion

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