Frontseating Service Valves From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Sunset Review and Revocation of Antidumping Duty Order, 27573-27574 [2014-11136]

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 93 (Wednesday, May 14, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 27573-27574]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-11136]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-933]


Frontseating Service Valves From the People's Republic of China: 
Final Results of Sunset Review and Revocation of Antidumping Duty Order

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

SUMMARY: On March 3, 2014, the Department of Commerce (``the 
Department'') initiated the sunset review of the antidumping duty order 
on frontseating service valves from the People's Republic of China 
(``PRC'').\1\ Because no domestic interested party filed a notice of 
intent to participate in response to the Initiation Notice by the 
applicable deadline, the Department is revoking the antidumping duty 
order on frontseating service valves from the PRC.
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    \1\ See Initiation of Five-Year (``Sunset'') Review, 79 FR 11762 
(March 3, 2014) (``Initiation Notice'').

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DATES: Effective Date: April 28, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurel LaCivita at (202) 482-4243, AD/
CVD Operations, Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International 
Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On April 28, 2009, the Department published the antidumping duty 
order on frontseating service valves from the PRC in the Federal 
Register.\2\ On March 3, 2014, the Department initiated the sunset 
review of the antidumping duty Order pursuant to section 751(c) of the 
Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (``the Act'').\3\ We received no notice 
of intent to participate in response to the Initiation Notice from 
domestic interested parties by the applicable deadline.\4\ As a result, 
the Department concludes that no domestic party intends to participate 
in this sunset review.\5\ On March 24, 2014, we notified the 
International Trade Commission, in writing, that we intend to revoke 
the Order.\6\
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    \2\ See Antidumping Duty Order: Frontseating Service Valves From 
the People's Republic of China, 74 FR 19196 (April 28, 2009) 
(``Order'').
    \3\ See Initiation Notice.
    \4\ See 19 CFR 351.218(d)(1)(i).
    \5\ See 19 CFR 351.218(d)(1)(iii)(A).
    \6\ See 19 CFR 351.218(d)(1)(iii)(B)(2).
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Scope of the Order

    The merchandise covered by this Order is frontseating service 
valves, assembled or unassembled, complete or incomplete, and certain 
parts thereof. Frontseating service valves contain a sealing surface on 
the front side of the valve stem that allows the indoor unit or outdoor 
unit to be isolated from the refrigerant stream when the air 
conditioning or refrigeration unit is being serviced. Frontseating 
service valves rely on an elastomer seal when the stem cap is removed 
for servicing and the stem cap metal to metal seat to create this seal 
to the atmosphere during normal operation.\7\
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    \7\ The frontseating service valve differs from a backseating 
service valve in that a backseating service valve has two sealing 
surfaces on the valve stem. This difference typically incorporates a 
valve stem on a backseating service valve to be machined of steel, 
where a frontseating service valve has a brass stem. The backseating 
service valve dual stem seal (on the back side of the stem), creates 
a metal to metal seal when the valve is in the open position, thus, 
sealing the stem from the atmosphere.
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    For purposes of the scope, the term ``unassembled'' frontseating 
service valve means a brazed subassembly requiring any one or more of 
the following processes: the insertion of a valve core pin, the 
insertion of a valve stem and/or O ring, the application or 
installation of a stem cap, charge port cap or tube dust cap. The term 
``complete'' frontseating service valve means a product sold ready for 
installation into an air conditioning or refrigeration unit. The term 
``incomplete'' frontseating service valve means a product that when 
sold is in multiple pieces, sections, subassemblies or components and 
is incapable of being installed into an air conditioning or 
refrigeration unit as a single, unified valve without further assembly.
    The major parts or components of frontseating service valves 
intended to be covered by the scope under the term ``certain parts 
thereof'' are any brazed subassembly consisting of any two or more of 
the following components: a valve body, field connection tube, factory 
connection tube or valve charge port. The valve body is a rectangular

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block, or brass forging, machined to be hollow in the interior, with a 
generally square shaped seat (bottom of body). The field connection 
tube and factory connection tube consist of copper or other metallic 
tubing, cut to length, shaped and brazed to the valve body in order to 
create two ports, the factory connection tube and the field connection 
tube, each on opposite sides of the valve assembly body. The valve 
charge port is a service port via which a hose connection can be used 
to charge or evacuate the refrigerant medium or to monitor the system 
pressure for diagnostic purposes.
    The scope includes frontseating service valves of any size, 
configuration, material composition or connection type. Frontseating 
service valves are classified under subheading 8481.80.1095, and also 
have been classified under subheading 8415.90.80.85, of the Harmonized 
Tariff Schedule of the United States (``HTSUS''). It is possible for 
frontseating service valves to be manufactured out of primary materials 
other than copper and brass, in which case they would be classified 
under HTSUS subheadings 8481.80.3040, 8481.80.3090, or 8481.80.5090. In 
addition, if unassembled or incomplete frontseating service valves are 
imported, the various parts or components would be classified under 
HTSUS subheadings 8481.90.1000, 8481.90.3000, or 8481.90.5000. The 
HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, 
but the written description of the scope of this order is dispositive.

Revocation

    Pursuant to section 751(c)(3)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.218(d)(1)(iii)(B)(3), if no domestic interested party files a 
notice of intent to participate, the Department shall issue a final 
determination revoking the order within 90 days of the initiation of 
the review. Because no domestic interested party filed a timely notice 
of intent to participate in this sunset review, the Department finds 
that no domestic interested party is participating in this sunset 
review. Therefore, we are revoking the Order. The effective date of 
revocation is April 28, 2014, the fifth anniversary of the date of 
publication in the Federal Register of the Order.\8\
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    \8\ See 19 CFR 351.222(i)(2); see also Order, 74 FR 19196.
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    Pursuant to section 751(c)(3)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.222(i)(2)(i), the Department intends to issue instructions to U.S. 
Customs and Border Protection to terminate the suspension of 
liquidation of entries of the merchandise subject to the order which 
were entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after 
April 28, 2014. Entries of subject merchandise prior to April 28, 2014, 
will continue to be subject to the suspension of liquidation and 
requirements for deposits of estimated antidumping duties. The 
Department will conduct administrative reviews of the order with 
respect to subject merchandise entered prior to the effective date of 
revocation in response to appropriately filed requests for review.
    These final results of the five-year (sunset) review and notice are 
published in accordance with sections 751(c) and 777(i)(1) of the Act.

     Dated: April 30, 2014.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
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