Initiation and Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review: Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People's Republic of China, 48117-48119 [2014-19412]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 158 / Friday, August 15, 2014 / Notices 48117 LIST OF PETITIONS RECEIVED BY EDA FOR CERTIFICATION ELIGIBILITY TO APPLY FOR TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE— Continued [08/06/2014 through 08/11/2014] Firm name West Linn Paper .................... Don Byram Art, LLC ............... Wolf & Sons Designs Inc ....... Firm address 4800 Mill St, West Linn, OR 97068. 249 Pottery Factory Drive, Commerce, GA 30529. 314 Main St, Smithville TX 78957. Any party having a substantial interest in these proceedings may request a public hearing on the matter. A written request for a hearing must be submitted to the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms Division, Room 71030, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230, no later than ten (10) calendar days following publication of this notice. Please follow the requirements set forth in EDA’s regulations at 13 CFR 315.9 for procedures to request a public hearing. The Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance official number and title for the program under which these petitions are submitted is 11.313, Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms. Dated: August 11, 2014. Michael DeVillo, Eligibility Examiner. [FR Doc. 2014–19347 Filed 8–14–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–WH–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [B–57–2014] emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Foreign-Trade Zone 106—Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Application for Expansion (New Magnet Site) Under Alternative Site Framework An application has been submitted to the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board (the Board) by the Port Authority of Greater Oklahoma City, grantee of Foreign-Trade Zone 106, requesting authority to expand its zone under the alternative site framework (ASF) adopted by the Board (15 CFR 400.2(c)) to include a new magnet site in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The application was submitted pursuant to the ForeignTrade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a–81u) and the regulations of the Board (15 CFR part 400). It was formally docketed on August 12, 2014. FTZ 106 was established by the Board on September 13, 1984 (Board Order 271, 49 FR 36133, 9/21/84), and VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:31 Aug 14, 2014 Date accepted for investigation Jkt 232001 Product(s) 8/8/2014 The firm manufactures coated free paper. 8/9/2014 The firm manufactures frames, framed art and pictures. 8/11/2014 The firm manufactures women’s clothing and sewn apparel. expanded on December 7, 1989 (Board Order 455, 54 FR 51441, 12/15/89), on February 10, 2000 (Board Order 1078, 65 FR 8337–8338, 2/18/00), on September 28, 2007 (Board Order 1529, 72 FR 56722–56723, 10/4/07), and on June 26, 2009 (Board Order 1628, 74 FR 32892, 7/9/09). FTZ 106 was reorganized and expanded under the ASF on February 29, 2012 (Board Order 1816, 77 FR 15357, 3/15/12). The zone currently has a service area that includes Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Cleveland, Comanche, Custer, Garfield, Garvin, Grady, Kay, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Noble, Oklahoma, Payne, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Seminole and Stephens Counties, Oklahoma. The zone consists of the following eight sites (five magnet and three usagedriven): Site 1 (1,091 acres)—located within the Will Rogers World Airport complex and at the Will Rogers World Airport NE in Oklahoma City; Site 2 (6 acres, sunset 2/28/2015)—Biagi Bros. Warehouse, 5002 SW 36th, Oklahoma City; Site 12 (26 acres, sunset 2/28/ 2017)—ICON Center Industrial Park, 300 Arlington, Ada; Site 13 (308 acres, sunset 2/28/2017)—within the 401-acre Guthrie/Edmond Regional Airport, 520 Airport Road, Guthrie; Site 14 (19 acres, sunset 2/28/2015)—Industrial Gasket, Inc. dba International Group, facility, 720 South Sara Road, Mustang; Site 15 (67.688 acres, sunset 2/28/2017)— Cimarron Industrial Park at the Enid Woodring Regional Airport, 1026 S. 66th, Enid; Site 16 (63.434 acres, sunset 2/28/2017)—Shawnee Regional Airport industrial park, 2202 Airport Road, Shawnee; and, Site 17 (59.33 acres, sunset 8/31/2015)—VF Jeanswear Limited Partnership, 1400 Wrangler Boulevard, Seminole. The applicant is now requesting authority to expand its zone to include an additional magnet site: Proposed Site 18 (400 acres)—The Iron Horse Industrial Park, 43350 Hardesty Road, Shawnee. The proposed new site is adjacent to the Oklahoma City Customs and Border Protection port of entry. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 In accordance with the Board’s regulations, Camille Evans of the FTZ Staff is designated examiner to evaluate and analyze the facts and information presented in the application and case record and to report findings and recommendations to the Board. Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the Board’s Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their receipt is October 14, 2014. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to October 29, 2014. A copy of the application will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 21013, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230–0002, and in the ‘‘Reading Room’’ section of the Board’s Web site, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz. For further information, contact Camille Evans at Camille.Evans@trade.gov or (202) 482– 2350. Dated: August 12, 2014. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2014–19419 Filed 8–14–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–970] Initiation and Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review: Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People’s Republic of China Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (‘‘the Department’’) preliminarily determines that Linyi Youyou Wood AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\15AUN1.SGM 15AUN1 48118 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 158 / Friday, August 15, 2014 / Notices Co., Ltd. (‘‘Youyou’’) is the successor-ininterest to Shanghai Lizhong Wood Products Co., Ltd./The Lizhong Industry Limited Company of Shanghai (‘‘Lizhong’’) in the antidumping duty order on multilayered wood flooring from the People’s Republic of China (‘‘PRC’’) and, as such, is entitled to Lizhong’s cash deposit rate with respect to entries of subject merchandise. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Effective Date: August 15, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles Riggle, AD/CVD Operations, Office IV, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–0650. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On June 20, 2014, Lizhong requested that the Department initiate a changed circumstances review to confirm that Youyou is the successor-in-interest to Lizhong for purposes of determining antidumping duty liabilities. 4412.39.5030; 4412.39.5050; 4412.94.1030; 4412.94.1050; 4412.94.3105; 4412.94.3111; 4412.94.3121; 4412.94.3131; 4412.94.3141; 4412.94.3160; 4412.94.3171; 4412.94.4100; 4412.94.5100; 4412.94.6000; 4412.94.7000; 4412.94.8000; 4412.94.9000; 4412.94.9500; 4412.99.0600; 4412.99.1020; 4412.99.1030; 4412.99.1040; 4412.99.3110; 4412.99.3120; 4412.99.3130; 4412.99.3140; 4412.99.3150; 4412.99.3160; 4412.99.3170; 4412.99.4100; 4412.99.5100; 4412.99.5710; 4412.99.6000; 4412.99.7000; 4412.99.8000; 4412.99.9000; 4412.99.9500; 4418.71.2000; 4418.71.9000; 4418.72.2000; 4418.72.9500; and 9801.00.2500.2 While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the subject merchandise is dispositive. Initiation of Changed Circumstances Review emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Scope of the Order The merchandise covered by the order includes MLWF, subject to certain exceptions.1 Imports of the subject merchandise are provided for under the following subheadings of the HTSUS: 4412.31.0520; 4412.31.0540; 4412.31.0560; 4412.31.2510; 4412.31.2520; 4412.31.4040; 4412.31.4050; 4412.31.4060; 4412.31.4070; 4412.31.5125; 4412.31.5135; 4412.31.5155; 4412.31.5165; 4412.31.6000; 4412.31.9100; 4412.32.0520; 4412.32.0540; 4412.32.0560; 4412.32.2510; 4412.32.2520; 4412.32.3125; 4412.32.3135; 4412.32.3155; 4412.32.3165; 4412.32.3175; 4412.32.3185; 4412.32.5600; 4412.39.1000; 4412.39.3000; 4412.39.4011; 4412.39.4012; 4412.39.4019; 4412.39.4031; 4412.39.4032; 4412.39.4039; 4412.39.4051; 4412.39.4052; 4412.39.4059; 4412.39.4061; 4412.39.4062; 4412.39.4069; 4412.39.5010; Pursuant to section 751(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (‘‘the Act’’), and the Department’s regulations (19 CFR 351.216 and 351.221(c)(3)), the Department will conduct a changed circumstances review upon receipt of information concerning, or a request from an interested party for a review of, an antidumping duty order which shows changed circumstances sufficient to warrant a review of the order. The information submitted by Lizhong claiming that Youyou is its successor-ininterest demonstrates changed circumstances sufficient to warrant a review.3 When it concludes that expedited action is warranted, the Department may publish the notice of initiation and preliminary results for a changed circumstances review concurrently.4 In this instance, because we have on the record the information necessary to make a preliminary finding, we find that expedited action is warranted, and are combining the notice of initiation and the notice of preliminary results. In accordance with the abovereferenced regulations, the Department is initiating a changed circumstances review to determine whether Youyou is 1 See Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement & Compliance, dated concurrently with this notice, regarding ‘‘Preliminary Changed Circumstances Review: Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People’s Republic of China,’’ issued concurrently with this notice for a complete description of the Scope of the Order. 2 On August 28, 2013, in consultation with CBP, the Department added the following HTSUS classification to the AD/CVD module for wood flooring: 9801.00.2500. See Letter to the File from Lilit Astvatsatrian, Case Analyst, Enforcement and Compliance, Office IV, regarding ‘‘Multilayered Wood Flooring from the PRC, Modification of the Case Reference File in ACE,’’ (November 18, 2013). 3 See 19 CFR 351.216(d). 4 See 19 CFR 351.221(c)(3)(ii). VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:31 Aug 14, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the successor-in-interest to Lizhong. In determining whether one company is the successor to another for purposes of applying the antidumping duty law, the Department examines a number of factors including, but not limited to, changes in (1) management, (2) production facilities, (3) suppliers, and (4) customer base.5 While no one or several of these factors will necessarily provide a dispositive indication of succession, the Department will generally consider one company to be the successor to another company if its resulting operation is essentially the same as that of its predecessor.6 Thus, if the evidence demonstrates that, with respect to the production and sale of the subject merchandise, the new company operates as the same business entity as the prior company, the Department will assign the new company the cash deposit rate of its predecessor.7 Preliminary Determination In its June 20, 2014 submission, Lizhong provided documentation demonstrating that Youyou is its successor-in-interest in that no major changes occurred with respect to Lizhong’s management, production process, customer base, or suppliers.8 According to the information provided, Youyou is owned, managed and operated by the same ownership and management teams as Lizhong.9 Lizhong also provided documentation that there had been no material change in suppliers of inputs or services related to the production, sale and distribution of the subject merchandise.10 Youyou, which had previously supplied materials to Lizhong, has taken up the production of the subject merchandise and continued to utilize its other suppliers.11 Regarding its production of the subject merchandise, Lizhong stated that the production capacity, process and equipment of Youyou are identical 5 See, e.g., Notice of Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review: Polychloroprene Rubber From Japan, 69 FR 61796, 61797 (October 21, 2004). 6 Id. 7 See Notice of Final Results of Changed Circumstances Review: Polychloroprene Rubber from Japan, 69 FR 67890 (November 22, 2004); Certain Circular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from Taiwan: Initiation of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstance Review, 70 FR 17063 (April 4, 2005). 8 See June 20, 2014 letter from Lizhong re: Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People’s Republic of China: Request for Changed Circumstances Review (‘‘Lizhong CCR Request’’). 9 See Lizhong CCR Request at page 4 and attachment 1. 10 See Lizhong CCR Request at page 5 and attachment 4. 11 See id. E:\FR\FM\15AUN1.SGM 15AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 158 / Friday, August 15, 2014 / Notices to that of Lizhong.12 Due to the PRC Government-directed ‘‘Removal and Relocation’’ project, Lizhong was obligated to physically transfer operations away from its production location to Youyou’s facility.13 Finally, Lizhong has indicated that there has been no change with its U.S. customer base or its sale of the subject merchandise.14 Since Lizhong was required to move physical facilities, Youyou stated that it will continue to sell to all of these U.S. customers the same subject merchandise using its own taxpayer ID number.15 On August 1, 2014, the Coalition for American Hardwood Parity, petitioner in the underlying investigation, submitted a letter stating that it does not object to Lizhong’s request that the Department grant Youyou successor-ininterest status. As a result, because all parties to the proceeding agree to the outcome of the review, the Department concluded that expedited action is warranted in this review.16 With the information provided, we preliminarily find Youyou as the successor-in-interest to Lizhong and, as such, that it is entitled to Lizhong’s cash-deposit rate with respect to entries of subject merchandise. Should our final results remain the same as these preliminary results, we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assign entries of subject merchandise exported by Youyou the antidumping duty cash-deposit rate applicable to Lizhong effective the date of publication of the final results. Public Comment emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), any interested party may request a hearing within 14 days of publication of this notice.17 Parties will be notified of the time and date of any hearing, if requested. Interested parties may submit case briefs and/or written comments not later than 14 days after the date of publication of this notice. Rebuttal briefs and rebuttals to written comments, which must be limited to issues raised in such briefs or comments, may be filed not later than 21 days after the date of publication of this notice. Parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this changed 12 See Lizhong CCR Request at page 5 and attachment 3. 13 See Lizhong CCR Request at page 5 and attachment 3. 14 See Lizhong CCR Request at page 6 and attachments 5 and 6. 15 See Lizhong CCR Request at page 5 and attachment 3. 16 See 19 CFR 351.216(e) and 351.221(c)(3)(ii). 17 See 19 CFR 351.303 for general filing requirements. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:31 Aug 14, 2014 Jkt 232001 circumstances review are requested to submit with each argument (1) a statement of the issue and (2) a brief summary of the argument with an electronic version included. Consistent with 19 CFR 351.216(e), we intend to issue the final results of this changed circumstances review no later than 270 days after the date on which this review was initiated or within 45 days of publication of these preliminary results if all parties agree to our preliminary finding. We are issuing and publishing this initiation and preliminary results notice in accordance with sections 751(b)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.216 and 351.221(c)(3). Dated: August 8, 2014. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2014–19412 Filed 8–14–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–405–803] Purified Carboxymethylcellulose From Finland; Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2012–2013 Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: In response to a request from Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a division of Hercules Inc., (Petitioner), the Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on purified carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) from Finland. The period of review (POR) is July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013. The review covers one respondent, CP Kelco Oy (CP Kelco). We preliminarily find that sales of the subject merchandise by CP Kelco have not been made at prices below normal value (NV) during the POR. We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results. DATES: Effective Date: August 15, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael J. Heaney or Steve Bezirganian, 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) 482–4475 or (202) 482–1131, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48119 Scope of the Order The merchandise covered by the order is all purified carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), sometimes also referred to as purified sodium CMC, polyanionic cellulose, or cellulose gum, which is a white to off-white, non-toxic, odorless, biodegradable powder, comprising sodium CMC that has been refined and purified to a minimum assay of 90 percent. The merchandise subject to the order is classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States at subheading 3912.31.00. For a full description of the scope of the order, see the memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement & Compliance, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Purified Carboxymethylcellulose from Finland’’ (Preliminary Decision Memorandum), which is dated concurrently with this notice, and is hereby incorporated by reference.1 Methodology The Department has conducted this review in accordance with section 751(a)(2) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Export price (EP) and constructed export price (CEP) are calculated in accordance with section 772 of the Act. NV is calculated in accordance with section 773 of the Act. For a full description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see Preliminary Decision Memorandum. 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.enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Preliminary Results of the Review As a result of this review, we preliminarily determine the following 1 A list of the topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum appears in Appendix I of this notice. E:\FR\FM\15AUN1.SGM 15AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-970]


Initiation and Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Changed 
Circumstances Review: Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People's 
Republic of China

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') preliminarily 
determines that Linyi Youyou Wood

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Co., Ltd. (``Youyou'') is the successor-in-interest to Shanghai Lizhong 
Wood Products Co., Ltd./The Lizhong Industry Limited Company of 
Shanghai (``Lizhong'') in the antidumping duty order on multilayered 
wood flooring from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') and, as 
such, is entitled to Lizhong's cash deposit rate with respect to 
entries of subject merchandise. Interested parties are invited to 
comment on this preliminary determination.

DATES: Effective Date: August 15, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles Riggle, AD/CVD Operations, 
Office IV, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-
0650.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On June 20, 2014, Lizhong requested that the Department initiate a 
changed circumstances review to confirm that Youyou is the successor-
in-interest to Lizhong for purposes of determining antidumping duty 
liabilities.

Scope of the Order

    The merchandise covered by the order includes MLWF, subject to 
certain exceptions.\1\ Imports of the subject merchandise are provided 
for under the following subheadings of the HTSUS: 4412.31.0520; 
4412.31.0540; 4412.31.0560; 4412.31.2510; 4412.31.2520; 4412.31.4040; 
4412.31.4050; 4412.31.4060; 4412.31.4070; 4412.31.5125; 4412.31.5135; 
4412.31.5155; 4412.31.5165; 4412.31.6000; 4412.31.9100; 4412.32.0520; 
4412.32.0540; 4412.32.0560; 4412.32.2510; 4412.32.2520; 4412.32.3125; 
4412.32.3135; 4412.32.3155; 4412.32.3165; 4412.32.3175; 4412.32.3185; 
4412.32.5600; 4412.39.1000; 4412.39.3000; 4412.39.4011; 4412.39.4012; 
4412.39.4019; 4412.39.4031; 4412.39.4032; 4412.39.4039; 4412.39.4051; 
4412.39.4052; 4412.39.4059; 4412.39.4061; 4412.39.4062; 4412.39.4069; 
4412.39.5010; 4412.39.5030; 4412.39.5050; 4412.94.1030; 4412.94.1050; 
4412.94.3105; 4412.94.3111; 4412.94.3121; 4412.94.3131; 4412.94.3141; 
4412.94.3160; 4412.94.3171; 4412.94.4100; 4412.94.5100; 4412.94.6000; 
4412.94.7000; 4412.94.8000; 4412.94.9000; 4412.94.9500; 4412.99.0600; 
4412.99.1020; 4412.99.1030; 4412.99.1040; 4412.99.3110; 4412.99.3120; 
4412.99.3130; 4412.99.3140; 4412.99.3150; 4412.99.3160; 4412.99.3170; 
4412.99.4100; 4412.99.5100; 4412.99.5710; 4412.99.6000; 4412.99.7000; 
4412.99.8000; 4412.99.9000; 4412.99.9500; 4418.71.2000; 4418.71.9000; 
4418.72.2000; 4418.72.9500; and 9801.00.2500.\2\
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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 & Compliance, dated 
concurrently with this notice, regarding ``Preliminary Changed 
Circumstances Review: Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People's 
Republic of China,'' issued concurrently with this notice for a 
complete description of the Scope of the Order.
    \2\ On August 28, 2013, in consultation with CBP, the Department 
added the following HTSUS classification to the AD/CVD module for 
wood flooring: 9801.00.2500. See Letter to the File from Lilit 
Astvatsatrian, Case Analyst, Enforcement and Compliance, Office IV, 
regarding ``Multilayered Wood Flooring from the PRC, Modification of 
the Case Reference File in ACE,'' (November 18, 2013).
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    While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs 
purposes, the written description of the subject merchandise is 
dispositive.

Initiation of Changed Circumstances Review

    Pursuant to section 751(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended 
(``the Act''), and the Department's regulations (19 CFR 351.216 and 
351.221(c)(3)), the Department will conduct a changed circumstances 
review upon receipt of information concerning, or a request from an 
interested party for a review of, an antidumping duty order which shows 
changed circumstances sufficient to warrant a review of the order. The 
information submitted by Lizhong claiming that Youyou is its successor-
in-interest demonstrates changed circumstances sufficient to warrant a 
review.\3\ When it concludes that expedited action is warranted, the 
Department may publish the notice of initiation and preliminary results 
for a changed circumstances review concurrently.\4\ In this instance, 
because we have on the record the information necessary to make a 
preliminary finding, we find that expedited action is warranted, and 
are combining the notice of initiation and the notice of preliminary 
results.
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    \3\ See 19 CFR 351.216(d).
    \4\ See 19 CFR 351.221(c)(3)(ii).
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    In accordance with the above-referenced regulations, the Department 
is initiating a changed circumstances review to determine whether 
Youyou is the successor-in-interest to Lizhong. In determining whether 
one company is the successor to another for purposes of applying the 
antidumping duty law, the Department examines a number of factors 
including, but not limited to, changes in (1) management, (2) 
production facilities, (3) suppliers, and (4) customer base.\5\ While 
no one or several of these factors will necessarily provide a 
dispositive indication of succession, the Department will generally 
consider one company to be the successor to another company if its 
resulting operation is essentially the same as that of its 
predecessor.\6\ Thus, if the evidence demonstrates that, with respect 
to the production and sale of the subject merchandise, the new company 
operates as the same business entity as the prior company, the 
Department will assign the new company the cash deposit rate of its 
predecessor.\7\
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    \5\ See, e.g., Notice of Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty 
Changed Circumstances Review: Polychloroprene Rubber From Japan, 69 
FR 61796, 61797 (October 21, 2004).
    \6\ Id.
    \7\ See Notice of Final Results of Changed Circumstances Review: 
Polychloroprene Rubber from Japan, 69 FR 67890 (November 22, 2004); 
Certain Circular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from Taiwan: 
Initiation of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstance Review, 70 FR 
17063 (April 4, 2005).
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Preliminary Determination

    In its June 20, 2014 submission, Lizhong provided documentation 
demonstrating that Youyou is its successor-in-interest in that no major 
changes occurred with respect to Lizhong's management, production 
process, customer base, or suppliers.\8\
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    \8\ See June 20, 2014 letter from Lizhong re: Multilayered Wood 
Flooring from the People's Republic of China: Request for Changed 
Circumstances Review (``Lizhong CCR Request'').
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    According to the information provided, Youyou is owned, managed and 
operated by the same ownership and management teams as Lizhong.\9\ 
Lizhong also provided documentation that there had been no material 
change in suppliers of inputs or services related to the production, 
sale and distribution of the subject merchandise.\10\ Youyou, which had 
previously supplied materials to Lizhong, has taken up the production 
of the subject merchandise and continued to utilize its other 
suppliers.\11\
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    \9\ See Lizhong CCR Request at page 4 and attachment 1.
    \10\ See Lizhong CCR Request at page 5 and attachment 4.
    \11\ See id.
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    Regarding its production of the subject merchandise, Lizhong stated 
that the production capacity, process and equipment of Youyou are 
identical

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to that of Lizhong.\12\ Due to the PRC Government-directed ``Removal 
and Relocation'' project, Lizhong was obligated to physically transfer 
operations away from its production location to Youyou's facility.\13\
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    \12\ See Lizhong CCR Request at page 5 and attachment 3.
    \13\ See Lizhong CCR Request at page 5 and attachment 3.
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    Finally, Lizhong has indicated that there has been no change with 
its U.S. customer base or its sale of the subject merchandise.\14\ 
Since Lizhong was required to move physical facilities, Youyou stated 
that it will continue to sell to all of these U.S. customers the same 
subject merchandise using its own taxpayer ID number.\15\
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    \14\ See Lizhong CCR Request at page 6 and attachments 5 and 6.
    \15\ See Lizhong CCR Request at page 5 and attachment 3.
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    On August 1, 2014, the Coalition for American Hardwood Parity, 
petitioner in the underlying investigation, submitted a letter stating 
that it does not object to Lizhong's request that the Department grant 
Youyou successor-in-interest status. As a result, because all parties 
to the proceeding agree to the outcome of the review, the Department 
concluded that expedited action is warranted in this review.\16\ With 
the information provided, we preliminarily find Youyou as the 
successor-in-interest to Lizhong and, as such, that it is entitled to 
Lizhong's cash-deposit rate with respect to entries of subject 
merchandise.
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    \16\ See 19 CFR 351.216(e) and 351.221(c)(3)(ii).
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    Should our final results remain the same as these preliminary 
results, we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assign 
entries of subject merchandise exported by Youyou the antidumping duty 
cash-deposit rate applicable to Lizhong effective the date of 
publication of the final results.

Public Comment

    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), any interested party may request a 
hearing within 14 days of publication of this notice.\17\ Parties will 
be notified of the time and date of any hearing, if requested. 
Interested parties may submit case briefs and/or written comments not 
later than 14 days after the date of publication of this notice. 
Rebuttal briefs and rebuttals to written comments, which must be 
limited to issues raised in such briefs or comments, may be filed not 
later than 21 days after the date of publication of this notice. 
Parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this changed 
circumstances review are requested to submit with each argument (1) a 
statement of the issue and (2) a brief summary of the argument with an 
electronic version included. Consistent with 19 CFR 351.216(e), we 
intend to issue the final results of this changed circumstances review 
no later than 270 days after the date on which this review was 
initiated or within 45 days of publication of these preliminary results 
if all parties agree to our preliminary finding.
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    \17\ See 19 CFR 351.303 for general filing requirements.
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    We are issuing and publishing this initiation and preliminary 
results notice in accordance with sections 751(b)(1) and 777(i)(1) of 
the Act and 19 CFR 351.216 and 351.221(c)(3).

    Dated: August 8, 2014.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2014-19412 Filed 8-14-14; 8:45 am]
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