Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod 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, 38490-38492 [2014-15949]

Download as PDF 38490 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 130 / Tuesday, July 8, 2014 / Notices charges is significant, deliberate, covert and/or likely to occur again, rather than technical or negligent [.]’’ Id. A ‘‘lack of information establishing the precise time a violation may occur does not preclude a finding that a violation is imminent, so long as there is sufficient reason to believe the likelihood of a violation.’’ Id. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES B. Request for Renewal OEE’s request for renewal is based upon the facts underlying the issuance of the initial TDO and modification and the evidence developed over the course of this investigation, including the evidence summarized in Section I., supra. The two aircraft engines remain in the possession and/or control of 3K Aviation in Turkey. In addition to the evidence discussed or summarized above, OEE’s investigation also has revealed that 3K Aviation has more recently been instructed by a party, whose identity it will not disclose, to prepare the engines (MSNs 695244 and 705112) for shipment from Turkey. This evidence further supports OEE’s reasonable belief of a continued risk that further attempts likely will be made to reexport the items from Turkey without U.S. Government authorization, in violation of the TDO and the Regulations. C. Findings I find that the evidence presented by OEE demonstrates that a violation of the Regulations is imminent in both time and degree of likelihood. Renewal of the TDO is needed to give notice to persons and companies in the United States and abroad that they should cease dealing with the Respondents in export and reexport transactions involving items subject to the EAR or other activities prohibited by the TDO. Doing so is consistent with the public interest to preclude future violations of the EAR. It is therefore ordered: First, that 3K AVIATION CONSULTING & LOGISTICS, a/k/a 3K HAVACILIK VE DANISMANLIK SAN. TIC. LTD. ST., Biniciler Apt. Savas Cad. No. 18/5, Sirinyali Mah. 07160, Antalya, Turkey, and Sonmez Apt. No. 4/5 1523 Sokak, Sirinyali Mah. 07160, Antalya, Turkey; HUSEYIN ENGIN BORLUCA, Biniciler Apt. Savas Cad. No. 18/5, Sirinyali Mah. 07160, Antalya, Turkey, and Sonmez Apt. No. 4/5 1523 Sokak, Sirinyali Mah. 07160, Antalya, Turkey; POUYA AIRLINE, a/k/a POUYA AIR, Mehrebad Airport, Tehran, Iran; and EVANS MERIDIANS LTD., Drake Chambers, 1st Floor, Yamraj Building, P.O. Box 3321, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands; and when acting for or on their behalf, any successors or VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:48 Jul 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 assigns, agents, or employees (each a ‘‘Denied Person’’ and collectively the ‘‘Denied Persons’’) may not, directly or indirectly, participate in any way in any transaction involving any commodity, software or technology (hereinafter collectively referred to as ‘‘item’’) exported or to be exported from the United States that is subject to the Export Administration Regulations (‘‘EAR’’), or in any other activity subject to the EAR including, but not limited to: A. Applying for, obtaining, or using any license, License Exception, or export control document; B. Carrying on negotiations concerning, or ordering, buying, receiving, using, selling, delivering, storing, disposing of, forwarding, transporting, financing, or otherwise servicing in any way, any transaction involving any item exported or to be exported from the United States that is subject to the EAR, or in any other activity subject to the EAR; or C. Benefitting in any way from any transaction involving any item exported or to be exported from the United States that is subject to the EAR, or in any other activity subject to the EAR. Second, that no person may, directly or indirectly, do any of the following: A. Export or reexport to or on behalf of a Denied Person any item subject to the EAR; B. Take any action that facilitates the acquisition or attempted acquisition by a Denied Person of the ownership, possession, or control of any item subject to the EAR that has been or will be exported from the United States, including financing or other support activities related to a transaction whereby a Denied Person acquires or attempts to acquire such ownership, possession or control; C. Take any action to acquire from or to facilitate the acquisition or attempted acquisition from a Denied Person of any item subject to the EAR that has been exported from the United States; D. Obtain from a Denied Person in the United States any item subject to the EAR with knowledge or reason to know that the item will be, or is intended to be, exported from the United States; or E. Engage in any transaction to service any item subject to the EAR that has been or will be exported from the United States and which is owned, possessed or controlled by a Denied Person, or service any item, of whatever origin, that is owned, possessed or controlled by a Denied Person if such service involves the use of any item subject to the EAR that has been or will be exported from the United States. For purposes of this paragraph, servicing PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 means installation, maintenance, repair, modification or testing. Third, that, after notice and opportunity for comment as provided in section 766.23 of the EAR, any other person, firm, corporation, or business organization related to a Denied Person by affiliation, ownership, control, or position of responsibility in the conduct of trade or related services may also be made subject to the provisions of this Order. In accordance with the provisions of Section 766.24(e) of the EAR, the Respondents may, at any time, appeal this Order by filing a full written statement in support of the appeal with the Office of the Administrative Law Judge, U.S. Coast Guard ALJ Docketing Center, 40 South Gay Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202–4022. In accordance with the provisions of Section 766.24(d) of the EAR, BIS may seek renewal of this Order by filing a written request not later than 20 days before the expiration date. The Respondents may oppose such a request to renew this Order by filing a written submission with the Assistant Secretary for Export Enforcement, which must be received not later than seven days before the expiration date of the Order. A copy of this Order shall be served on the Respondents and shall be published in the Federal Register. This Order is effective immediately and shall remain in effect for 180 days. Dated: July 1, 2014. David W. Mills, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Enforcement. [FR Doc. 2014–15875 Filed 7–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE XXXX–XX–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–013] Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod 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, 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 carbon and AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 130 / Tuesday, July 8, 2014 / Notices certain alloy steel wire rod (steel wire rod) from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The period of investigation is January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Effective Date: July 8, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Trainor or Reza Karamloo, Office II, 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) 482–4007 and (202) 482–4470, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Scope of the Investigation The scope of this investigation covers certain hot-rolled products of carbon steel and alloy steel, in coils, of approximately circular cross section, less than 19.00 mm in actual solid crosssectional diameter. Specifically excluded are steel products possessing the above-noted physical characteristics and meeting the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) definitions for (a) stainless steel; (b) tool steel; (c) high nickel steel; (d) ball bearing steel; or (e) concrete reinforcing bars and rods. Also excluded are free cutting steel (also known as free machining steel) products (i.e., products that contain by weight one or more of the following elements: 0.1 percent or more of lead, 0.05 percent or more of bismuth, 0.08 percent or more of sulfur, more than 0.04 percent of phosphorus, more than 0.05 percent of selenium, or more than 0.01 percent of tellurium). All products meeting the physical description of subject merchandise that are not specifically excluded are included in this scope. The products under investigation are currently classifiable under subheadings 7213.91.3011, 7213.91.3015, 7213.91.3020, 7213.91.3093; 7213.91.4500, 7213.91.6000, 7213.99.0030, 7227.20.0030, 7227.20.0080, 7227.90.6010, 7227.90.6020, 7227.90.6030, and 7227.90.6035 of the HTSUS. Products entered under subheadings 7213.99.0090 and 7227.90.6090 of the HTSUS also may be included in this scope if they meet the physical description of subject merchandise above. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this proceeding is dispositive. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:48 Jul 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 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 a full description of the methodology underlying our preliminary conclusions, including our reliance, in part, on adverse facts available (AFA), see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.1 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 version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Alignment As noted in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, in accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4), we are aligning the final CVD determination in this investigation with the final determination in the companion antidumping (AD) investigation of steel wire rod from the PRC. 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 November 12, 2014, unless postponed. Critical Circumstances In accordance with section 703(e)(1) of the Act, we preliminarily find that critical circumstances exist with respect to certain imports of steel wire rod from the PRC. A discussion of our determination can be found in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. 1 See Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, regarding ‘‘Countervailing Duty Investigation of Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from the People’s Republic of China: Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination,’’ dated concurrently with this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). A list of topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be found as an appendix to this notice. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38491 Preliminary Determination and Suspension of Liquidation In accordance with section 703(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, we determine separate subsidy rates for the individually-investigated producers/ exporters of the subject merchandise, Benxi Beiying Iron & Steel Group Import & Export Corp., Benxi Beiying Iron & Steel (Group) Co., Ltd. and 13 affiliates (collectively Benxi Steel); 2 and Hebei Iron & Steel Co Ltd Tangshan Branch (Hebei Iron & Steel). 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 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 Hebei Iron & Steel, which did not participate in this investigation, we determine a rate based solely on AFA, in accordance with sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act.3 Therefore, the only rate in this investigation that is not de minimis or based entirely on facts otherwise available is the rate calculated for Benxi Steel. Consequently, the rate calculated for Benxi Steel is also assigned as the ‘‘all-others’’ rate. The overall preliminary subsidy rates are summarized in the table below: 2 These 13 affiliates are: Benxi Steel Group Corporation; Beitai Iron & Steel (Group) Co., Ltd.; Benxi Northern Steel Rolling Co., Ltd.; Benxi Beifang Gaosu Steel Wire Rod Co., Ltd.; Benxi Beitai Gaosu Steel Wire Rod Co., Ltd.; Benxi Northern Steel Co., Ltd.; Benxi Beifang Second Rolling Co., Ltd.; Benxi Beitai Ductile Iron Pipes Co., Ltd.; Benxi Iron and Steel (Group) Metallurgy Co., Ltd.; Benxi Iron and Steel (Group) Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.; Benxi Iron & Steel (Group) Co., Ltd.; Bei Tai Iron and Steel Group Imp. and Exp. (Dalian) Co., Ltd.; and Bengang Steel Plate Co., Ltd. 3 See the Preliminary Determination Memorandum at ‘‘Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences,’’ for a full description of our methodology. E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1 38492 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 130 / Tuesday, July 8, 2014 / Notices not disclose such information, either publicly or under an administrative protective order, without the written 4 ......................... Benxi Steel 10.30 consent of the Assistant Secretary for Hebei Iron & Steel ................ 81.36 Enforcement and Compliance. All Others .............................. 10.30 In accordance with section 705(b)(2) of the Act, if our final determination is In accordance with sections 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, we are affirmative, the ITC will make its final determination within 45 days after the directing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation Department makes its final determination. of all entries of steel wire rod from the This determination is issued and PRC that are entered, or withdrawn from published pursuant to sections 703(f) warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of the publication of this notice and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c). in the Federal Register, and to require Dated: June 30, 2014. a cash deposit for such entries of Paul Piquado, merchandise in the amounts indicated above. Moreover, because we Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and preliminarily find critical circumstances Compliance. exist with respect to all exporters of the Appendix subject merchandise except Benxi Steel, List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary in accordance with section 703(e)(2)(A) Decision Memorandum of the Act, we are directing CBP to I. Summary apply the suspension of liquidation to II. Background any unliquidated entries of the subject III. Scope Comments merchandise from exporters other than Benxi Steel entered, or withdrawn from IV. Scope of the Investigation V. Alignment warehouse for consumption, on or after VI. Respondent Selection the date 90 days prior to the date of VII. Injury Test publication of this notice in the Federal VIII. Application of the Countervailing Duty Register. Law to Imports from the PRC Company Subsidy rate (percent) Verification As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Act, we intend to verify the information submitted by the respondent Benxi Steel prior to making our final determination. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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.5 Interested parties may submit case and rebuttal briefs, as well as request a hearing.6 For a schedule of the deadlines for filing case briefs, rebuttal 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 4 The companies comprising Benxi Steel are named above. 5 See 19 CFR 351.224(b). 6 See 19 CFR 351.309(c)–(d), 19 CFR 351.310(c). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:48 Jul 07, 2014 Jkt 232001 IX. Subsidies Valuation X. Benchmarks and Discount Rates XI. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences XII. Critical Circumstances XIII. Analysis of Programs XIV. ITC Notification XV. Disclosure and Public Comment XVI. Verification XVII. Conclusion [FR Doc. 2014–15949 Filed 7–7–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Corporation for Travel Promotion (dba Brand USA) International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of an opportunity for travel and tourism industry leaders to apply for membership on the Board of Directors of the Corporation for Travel Promotion. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce is currently seeking applications from travel and tourism leaders from specific industries for membership on the Board of Directors (Board) of the Corporation for Travel Promotion (dba Brand USA). The purpose of the Board is to guide the Corporation for Travel Promotion on matters relating to the promotion of the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 United States and communication of travel facilitation issues, among other tasks. All applications must be received by the National Travel and Tourism Office by close of business on August 8, 2014. ADDRESSES: Electronic applications may be sent to: CTPBoard@trade.gov. Written applications can be submitted to Isabel Hill, Director, National Travel and Tourism Office, U.S. Department of Commerce, Mail Stop 10003, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. Telephone: 202.482.0140. Email: Isabel.Hill@trade.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julie Heizer, Deputy Director, Industry Relations, National Travel and Tourism Office, Mail Stop 10003, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. Telephone: 202.482.4904. Email: julie.heizer@trade.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The Travel Promotion Act of 2009 (TPA) was signed into law by President Obama on March 4, 2010. The TPA established the Corporation for Travel Promotion (the Corporation), as a non-profit corporation charged with the development and execution of a plan to (A) provide useful information to those interested in traveling to the United States; (B) identify and address perceptions regarding U.S. entry policies; (C) maximize economic and diplomatic benefits of travel to the United States through the use of various promotional tools; (D) ensure that international travel benefits all States and the District of Columbia, and (E) identify opportunities to promote tourism to rural and urban areas equally, including areas not traditionally visited by international travelers. The Corporation is governed by a board of directors, consisting of 11 members with knowledge of international travel promotion and marketing, broadly representing various regions of the United States. The TPA directs the Secretary of Commerce (after consultation with the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of State) to appoint the board of directors for the Corporation. At this time, the Department will be selecting three individuals with the appropriate expertise and experience from specific sectors of the travel and tourism industry to serve on the Board as follows: (A) 1 shall have appropriate expertise and experience in small business or retail or in associations representing that sector; DATES: E:\FR\FM\08JYN1.SGM 08JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-013]


Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod 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

AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, 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 carbon and

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certain alloy steel wire rod (steel wire rod) from the People's 
Republic of China (PRC). The period of investigation is January 1, 
2013, through December 31, 2013. Interested parties are invited to 
comment on this preliminary determination.

DATES: Effective Date: July 8, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Trainor or Reza Karamloo, 
Office II, 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-
4007 and (202) 482-4470, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Scope of the Investigation

    The scope of this investigation covers certain hot-rolled products 
of carbon steel and alloy steel, in coils, of approximately circular 
cross section, less than 19.00 mm in actual solid cross-sectional 
diameter. Specifically excluded are steel products possessing the 
above-noted physical characteristics and meeting the Harmonized Tariff 
Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) definitions for (a) stainless 
steel; (b) tool steel; (c) high nickel steel; (d) ball bearing steel; 
or (e) concrete reinforcing bars and rods. Also excluded are free 
cutting steel (also known as free machining steel) products (i.e., 
products that contain by weight one or more of the following elements: 
0.1 percent or more of lead, 0.05 percent or more of bismuth, 0.08 
percent or more of sulfur, more than 0.04 percent of phosphorus, more 
than 0.05 percent of selenium, or more than 0.01 percent of tellurium). 
All products meeting the physical description of subject merchandise 
that are not specifically excluded are included in this scope.
    The products under investigation are currently classifiable under 
subheadings 7213.91.3011, 7213.91.3015, 7213.91.3020, 7213.91.3093; 
7213.91.4500, 7213.91.6000, 7213.99.0030, 7227.20.0030, 7227.20.0080, 
7227.90.6010, 7227.90.6020, 7227.90.6030, and 7227.90.6035 of the 
HTSUS. Products entered under subheadings 7213.99.0090 and 7227.90.6090 
of the HTSUS also may be included in this scope if they meet the 
physical description of subject merchandise above. Although the HTSUS 
subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the 
written description of the scope of this proceeding 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 a full description of the methodology 
underlying our preliminary conclusions, including our reliance, in 
part, on adverse facts available (AFA), see the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum.\1\ 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 version of the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum are identical in content.
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    \1\ See Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to 
Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, 
regarding ``Countervailing Duty Investigation of Carbon and Certain 
Alloy Steel Wire Rod from the People's Republic of China: Decision 
Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination,'' dated concurrently 
with this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). A list of topics 
discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be found as an 
appendix to this notice.
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Alignment

    As noted in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, in accordance with 
section 705(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4), we are aligning 
the final CVD determination in this investigation with the final 
determination in the companion antidumping (AD) investigation of steel 
wire rod from the PRC. 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 November 12, 2014, 
unless postponed.

Critical Circumstances

    In accordance with section 703(e)(1) of the Act, we preliminarily 
find that critical circumstances exist with respect to certain imports 
of steel wire rod 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 the individually-investigated producers/
exporters of the subject merchandise, Benxi Beiying Iron & Steel Group 
Import & Export Corp., Benxi Beiying Iron & Steel (Group) Co., Ltd. and 
13 affiliates (collectively Benxi Steel); \2\ and Hebei Iron & Steel Co 
Ltd Tangshan Branch (Hebei Iron & Steel). 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 Hebei Iron & Steel, which did not participate in this 
investigation, we determine a rate based solely on AFA, in accordance 
with sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act.\3\ Therefore, the only rate in 
this investigation that is not de minimis or based entirely on facts 
otherwise available is the rate calculated for Benxi Steel. 
Consequently, the rate calculated for Benxi Steel is also assigned as 
the ``all-others'' rate. The overall preliminary subsidy rates are 
summarized in the table below:
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    \2\ These 13 affiliates are: Benxi Steel Group Corporation; 
Beitai Iron & Steel (Group) Co., Ltd.; Benxi Northern Steel Rolling 
Co., Ltd.; Benxi Beifang Gaosu Steel Wire Rod Co., Ltd.; Benxi 
Beitai Gaosu Steel Wire Rod Co., Ltd.; Benxi Northern Steel Co., 
Ltd.; Benxi Beifang Second Rolling Co., Ltd.; Benxi Beitai Ductile 
Iron Pipes Co., Ltd.; Benxi Iron and Steel (Group) Metallurgy Co., 
Ltd.; Benxi Iron and Steel (Group) Real Estate Development Co., 
Ltd.; Benxi Iron & Steel (Group) Co., Ltd.; Bei Tai Iron and Steel 
Group Imp. and Exp. (Dalian) Co., Ltd.; and Bengang Steel Plate Co., 
Ltd.
    \3\ 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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Benxi Steel \4\.........................................           10.30
Hebei Iron & Steel......................................           81.36
All Others..............................................           10.30
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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 steel wire rod 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 of the subject 
merchandise except Benxi Steel, 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 of the subject merchandise from exporters 
other than Benxi Steel 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.
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Verification

    As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Act, we intend to verify 
the information submitted by the respondent Benxi Steel 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.\5\ 
Interested parties may submit case and rebuttal briefs, as well as 
request a hearing.\6\ For a schedule of the deadlines for filing case 
briefs, rebuttal briefs, and hearing requests, see the Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum.
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    \5\ See 19 CFR 351.224(b).
    \6\ 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: June 30, 2014.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Scope Comments
IV. Scope of the Investigation
V. Alignment
VI. Respondent Selection
VII. Injury Test
VIII. Application of the Countervailing Duty Law to Imports from the 
PRC
IX. Subsidies Valuation
X. Benchmarks and Discount Rates
XI. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences
XII. Critical Circumstances
XIII. Analysis of Programs
XIV. ITC Notification
XV. Disclosure and Public Comment
XVI. Verification
XVII. Conclusion

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