Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags From the People's Republic of China: Affirmative Final Determination of Circumvention of the Antidumping Duty Order, 16292-16293 [2014-06567]

Download as PDF 16292 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 57 / Tuesday, March 25, 2014 / Notices 7226.92.8050, 7226.99.0180 of the HTSUS. Although HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope is dispositive. Appendix 2 List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum 1. Scope Comments 2. Scope of the Investigation 3. Injury Test 4. Subsidies Valuation 5. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences 6. Analysis of Programs 7. Calculation of the All Others Rate 8. Disclosure and Public Comment 9. Verification [FR Doc. 2014–06587 Filed 3–24–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–886] Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags From the People’s Republic of China: Affirmative Final Determination of Circumvention of the Antidumping Duty Order Enforcement and Compliance, formerly Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) determines that imports of unfinished polyethylene retail carrier bags (PRCBs) from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are circumventing the antidumping duty order on PRCBs from the PRC.1 DATES: Effective Date: March 25, 2014 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Schauer or Minoo Hatten, Office I, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC, 20230; telephone: (202) 482–0410, and (202)482–1690, respectively. AGENCY: emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Background We published the affirmative preliminary determination on December 17, 2013, finding that imports of unfinished PRCBs from the PRC are circumventing the Order, pursuant to section 781(a) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.225(g).2 In the Preliminary 1 See Antidumping Duty Order: Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags From the People’s Republic of China, 69 FR 48201 (August 9, 2004) (Order). 2 See Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags From the People’s Republic of China: Affirmative Preliminary VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:16 Mar 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 Determination, we relied on the facts available with respect to certain aspects of our determination in accordance with section 776 of the Act because, apart from the petitioners, no parties came forward or submitted argument or information.3 In addition, we stated in the Preliminary Determination that ‘‘{i}n the interest of affording every possible opportunity to interested parties to participate, the Department continues to invite all interested parties to identify themselves and to provide information and argument that may inform the Department’s determination’’ 4 as well as comment on the Preliminary Determination. However, no interested party such as a foreign exporter or producer or U.S. importer responded to these invitations to participate in this circumvention inquiry. We also invited interested parties to comment on the Preliminary Determination. We received no comments. Scope of the Order Imports of the subject merchandise are currently classifiable under statistical category 3923.21.0085 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). This subheading also covers products that are outside the scope of the order. Furthermore, although the HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and customs purposes, our written description of the scope of the order is dispositive. Scope of the Circumvention Inquiry This circumvention inquiry covers merchandise from the PRC that appears to be an unfinished PRCB which is sealed on all four sides, cut to length, and which appears ready to undergo the final step in the production process, i.e., to use a die press to stamp out the opening and create the handles of a PRCB. The unfinished PRCBs subject to this inquiry may or may not have printing and may be of different dimensions as long as they meet the description of the scope of the order. Final Determination The merchandise subject to the Order is PRCBs which may be referred to as tshirt sacks, merchandise bags, grocery bags, or checkout bags. The subject merchandise is defined as non-sealable sacks and bags with handles (including drawstrings), without zippers or integral extruded closures, with or without gussets, with or without printing, of polyethylene film having a thickness no greater than 0.035 inch (0.889 mm) and no less than 0.00035 inch (0.00889 mm), and with no length or width shorter than 6 inches (15.24 cm) or longer than 40 inches (101.6 cm). The depth of the bag may be shorter than 6 inches but not longer than 40 inches (101.6 cm). PRCBs are typically provided without any consumer packaging and free of charge by retail establishments, e.g., grocery, drug, convenience, department, specialty retail, discount stores, and restaurants, to their customers to package and carry their purchased products. The scope of the order excludes (1) polyethylene bags that are not printed with logos or store names and that are closeable with drawstrings made of polyethylene film and (2) polyethylene bags that are packed in consumer packaging with printing that refers to specific end-uses other than packaging and carrying merchandise from retail establishments, e.g., garbage bags, lawn bags, trash-can liners. In the Preliminary Determination, we determined that imports of unfinished PRCBs from the PRC are circumventing the Order. Specifically, we determined that imports of unfinished PRCBs from the PRC are being completed and sold in the United States pursuant to the statutory and regulatory criteria laid out in section 781(a) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.225(g). We based our Preliminary Determination upon evidence which the petitioners placed on the record of the proceeding, and, in addition, we relied on the facts available with respect to certain aspects of our determination in accordance with section 776 of the Act because, apart from the petitioners, no parties came forward or submitted argument or information. For a complete discussion of the evidence which led to our preliminary determination with respect to each of these factors, see the Preliminary Determination Memorandum.5 Because no party provided any additional information or comment contradicting our Preliminary Determination, our final determination remains unchanged from the Preliminary Determination. Accordingly, we determine, pursuant to section 781(a) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.225(g), that imports of unfinished Determination of Circumvention of the Antidumping Duty Order, 78 FR 76280 (December 17, 2013) (Preliminary Determination). 3 Id., 78 FR at 76281. 4 Id. 5 See Memorandum from Gary Taverman to Paul Piquado, ‘‘Preliminary Analysis Memorandum for the Circumvention Inquiry of the Antidumping Duty Order on Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the People’s Republic of China’’ (December 10, 2013) (Preliminary Determination Memorandum). PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 57 / Tuesday, March 25, 2014 / Notices PRCBs from the PRC are circumventing the Order. Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation As a result of this determination, and consistent with 19 CFR 351.225(l)(3), we are continuing to direct Customs and Border Protection to suspend liquidation and to require a cash deposit of estimated duties at the applicable rate on unliquidated entries of merchandise subject to this inquiry that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after May 14, 2013, the date of publication of the initiation of this inquiry.6 Notification to Interested Parties This notice serves as the only reminder to parties subject to the administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. Timely written notification of the return or 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 of circumvention is in accordance with section 781(a) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.225(g). Dated: March 19, 2014. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2014–06567 Filed 3–24–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–997] Non-Oriented Electrical Steel From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, Preliminary Affirmative Critical Circumstances Determination, and Alignment of Final Countervailing Duty Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination 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 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: 6 See Initiation Notice. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:16 Mar 24, 2014 Jkt 232001 producers/exporters of non-oriented electrical steel (NOES) from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Department also preliminarily determines critical circumstances exist for imports of the subject merchandise from the PRC. The period of investigation is January 1, 2012, through December 31, 2012. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Effective Date: March 25, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joshua Morris or Thomas Schauer, 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) 482–1779 and (202) 482–0410, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Alignment of Final Countervailing Duty (CVD) Determination With Final Antidumping Duty (AD) Determination On the same day the Department initiated this CVD investigation, the Department also initiated AD investigations of NOES from the PRC and several other countries.1 The CVD investigation and the AD investigations cover the same merchandise. On March 11, 2014, in accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), alignment of the final CVD determination with the final AD determination of NOES from the PRC was requested by AK Steel Corporation (Petitioner). Therefore, in accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4), we are aligning the final CVD determination with the final AD determination. Consequently, the final CVD determination will be issued on the same date as the final AD determination, which is currently scheduled to be issued no later than July 29, 2014, unless postponed. Scope of the Investigation The merchandise subject to this investigation consists of NOES, which includes cold-rolled, flat-rolled, alloy steel products, whether or not in coils, regardless of width, having an actual thickness of 0.20 mm or more, in which the core loss is substantially equal in any direction of magnetization in the plane of the material. For a complete description of the scope of the 1 See Non-Oriented Electrical Steel From the People’s Republic of China, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan: Initiation of Antidumping Duty Investigations, 78 FR 69041 (November 18, 2013). PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16293 investigation, see Appendix 1 to this notice. Critical Circumstances On February 25, 2014, Petitioner alleged that critical circumstances exist with respect to imports of NOES from the PRC. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.206(c)(2)(i), because Petitioner submitted a critical circumstances allegation more than 20 days before the scheduled date of the preliminary determination, the Department must issue a preliminary critical circumstances determination not later than the date of the preliminary determination.2 In accordance with section 703(e)(1) of the Act, we preliminarily find critical circumstances exist with respect to Baoshan Iron & Steel Co., Ltd. (Baoshan) and all other producers/exporters. For a full discussion of our preliminary critical circumstances determination, see the ‘‘Critical Circumstances’’ section of 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 http:// 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 http:// www.trade.gov/enforcement/. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Methodology The Department is conducting this countervailing duty investigation in accordance with section 701 of the Act. For a full description of the methodology underlying our preliminary conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. For this preliminary determination, we have relied on facts available for the 2 See, e.g., Change in Policy Regarding Timing of Issuance of Critical Circumstances Determinations, 63 FR 55364 (October 15, 1998). 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 Non-Oriented Electrical Steel from the People’s Republic of China’’ dated concurrently with this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). E:\FR\FM\25MRN1.SGM 25MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-886]


Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags From the People's Republic of 
China: Affirmative Final Determination of Circumvention of the 
Antidumping Duty Order

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) determines that 
imports of unfinished polyethylene retail carrier bags (PRCBs) from the 
People's Republic of China (PRC) are circumventing the antidumping duty 
order on PRCBs from the PRC.\1\
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    \1\ See Antidumping Duty Order: Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags 
From the People's Republic of China, 69 FR 48201 (August 9, 2004) 
(Order).

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DATES: Effective Date: March 25, 2014

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Schauer or Minoo Hatten, Office 
I, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC, 20230; telephone: (202) 482-0410, and (202)482-1690, 
respectively.

Background

    We published the affirmative preliminary determination on December 
17, 2013, finding that imports of unfinished PRCBs from the PRC are 
circumventing the Order, pursuant to section 781(a) of the Act and 19 
CFR 351.225(g).\2\ In the Preliminary Determination, we relied on the 
facts available with respect to certain aspects of our determination in 
accordance with section 776 of the Act because, apart from the 
petitioners, no parties came forward or submitted argument or 
information.\3\ In addition, we stated in the Preliminary Determination 
that ``{i{time} n the interest of affording every possible opportunity 
to interested parties to participate, the Department continues to 
invite all interested parties to identify themselves and to provide 
information and argument that may inform the Department's 
determination'' \4\ as well as comment on the Preliminary 
Determination. However, no interested party such as a foreign exporter 
or producer or U.S. importer responded to these invitations to 
participate in this circumvention inquiry.
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    \2\ See Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags From the People's 
Republic of China: Affirmative Preliminary Determination of 
Circumvention of the Antidumping Duty Order, 78 FR 76280 (December 
17, 2013) (Preliminary Determination).
    \3\ Id., 78 FR at 76281.
    \4\ Id.
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    We also invited interested parties to comment on the Preliminary 
Determination. We received no comments.

Scope of the Order

    The merchandise subject to the Order is PRCBs which may be referred 
to as t-shirt sacks, merchandise bags, grocery bags, or checkout bags. 
The subject merchandise is defined as non-sealable sacks and bags with 
handles (including drawstrings), without zippers or integral extruded 
closures, with or without gussets, with or without printing, of 
polyethylene film having a thickness no greater than 0.035 inch (0.889 
mm) and no less than 0.00035 inch (0.00889 mm), and with no length or 
width shorter than 6 inches (15.24 cm) or longer than 40 inches (101.6 
cm). The depth of the bag may be shorter than 6 inches but not longer 
than 40 inches (101.6 cm). PRCBs are typically provided without any 
consumer packaging and free of charge by retail establishments, e.g., 
grocery, drug, convenience, department, specialty retail, discount 
stores, and restaurants, to their customers to package and carry their 
purchased products. The scope of the order excludes (1) polyethylene 
bags that are not printed with logos or store names and that are 
closeable with drawstrings made of polyethylene film and (2) 
polyethylene bags that are packed in consumer packaging with printing 
that refers to specific end-uses other than packaging and carrying 
merchandise from retail establishments, e.g., garbage bags, lawn bags, 
trash-can liners. Imports of the subject merchandise are currently 
classifiable under statistical category 3923.21.0085 of the Harmonized 
Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). This subheading also 
covers products that are outside the scope of the order. Furthermore, 
although the HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and customs 
purposes, our written description of the scope of the order is 
dispositive.

Scope of the Circumvention Inquiry

    This circumvention inquiry covers merchandise from the PRC that 
appears to be an unfinished PRCB which is sealed on all four sides, cut 
to length, and which appears ready to undergo the final step in the 
production process, i.e., to use a die press to stamp out the opening 
and create the handles of a PRCB. The unfinished PRCBs subject to this 
inquiry may or may not have printing and may be of different dimensions 
as long as they meet the description of the scope of the order.

Final Determination

    In the Preliminary Determination, we determined that imports of 
unfinished PRCBs from the PRC are circumventing the Order. 
Specifically, we determined that imports of unfinished PRCBs from the 
PRC are being completed and sold in the United States pursuant to the 
statutory and regulatory criteria laid out in section 781(a) of the Act 
and 19 CFR 351.225(g). We based our Preliminary Determination upon 
evidence which the petitioners placed on the record of the proceeding, 
and, in addition, we relied on the facts available with respect to 
certain aspects of our determination in accordance with section 776 of 
the Act because, apart from the petitioners, no parties came forward or 
submitted argument or information. For a complete discussion of the 
evidence which led to our preliminary determination with respect to 
each of these factors, see the Preliminary Determination Memorandum.\5\
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    \5\ See Memorandum from Gary Taverman to Paul Piquado, 
``Preliminary Analysis Memorandum for the Circumvention Inquiry of 
the Antidumping Duty Order on Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from 
the People's Republic of China'' (December 10, 2013) (Preliminary 
Determination Memorandum).
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    Because no party provided any additional information or comment 
contradicting our Preliminary Determination, our final determination 
remains unchanged from the Preliminary Determination. Accordingly, we 
determine, pursuant to section 781(a) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.225(g), 
that imports of unfinished

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PRCBs from the PRC are circumventing the Order.

Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation

    As a result of this determination, and consistent with 19 CFR 
351.225(l)(3), we are continuing to direct Customs and Border 
Protection to suspend liquidation and to require a cash deposit of 
estimated duties at the applicable rate on unliquidated entries of 
merchandise subject to this inquiry that are entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption on or after May 14, 2013, the date of 
publication of the initiation of this inquiry.\6\
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    \6\ See Initiation Notice.
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Notification to Interested Parties

    This notice serves as the only reminder to parties subject to the 
administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility 
concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information 
disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. Timely written 
notification of the return or 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 of circumvention is in accordance with section 
781(a) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.225(g).

     Dated: March 19, 2014.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
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