Certain Steel Nails From Malaysia: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures, 78055-78058 [2014-30434]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 248 / Monday, December 29, 2014 / Notices International Trade Commission (ITC) Notification In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, we have notified the ITC of our preliminary negative determination of sales at LTFV. If our final determination is affirmative, the ITC will determine before the later of 120 days after the date of this preliminary determination or 45 days after our final determination whether these imports are materially injuring, or threaten material injury to, the U.S. industry. This determination is issued and published in accordance with sections 733(f) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c). Dated: December 17, 2014. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Appendix I Scope of the Investigation The merchandise covered by this investigation is certain steel nails having a nominal shaft length not exceeding 12 inches.8 Certain steel nails include, but are not limited to, nails made from round wire and nails that are cut from flat-rolled steel. Certain steel nails may be of one piece construction or constructed of two or more pieces. Certain steel nails may be produced from any type of steel, and may have any type of surface finish, head type, shank, point type and shaft diameter. Finishes include, but are not limited to, coating in vinyl, zinc (galvanized, including but not limited to electroplating or hot dipping one or more times), phosphate, cement, and paint. Certain steel nails may have one or more surface finishes. Head styles include, but are not limited to, flat, projection, cupped, oval, brad, headless, double, countersunk, and sinker. Shank styles include, but are not limited to, smooth, barbed, screw threaded, ring shank and fluted. Screw-threaded nails subject to this proceeding are driven using direct force and not by turning the nail using a tool that engages with the head. Point styles include, but are not limited to, diamond, needle, chisel and blunt or no point. Certain steel nails may be sold in bulk, or they may be collated in any manner using any material. If packaged in combination with one or more non-subject articles, certain steel nails remain subject merchandise if the total number of nails of all types, in aggregate regardless of size, is equal to or greater than 25. Excluded from the scope of this investigation are certain steel nails packaged in combination with one or more non-subject articles, if the total number of nails of all types, in aggregate regardless of size, is less than 25. 8 The shaft length of certain steel nails with flat heads or parallel shoulders under the head shall be measured from under the head or shoulder to the tip of the point. The shaft length of all other certain steel nails shall be measured overall. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:09 Dec 24, 2014 Jkt 235001 Also excluded from the scope of this investigation are steel nails that meet the specifications of Type I, Style 20 nails as identified in Tables 29 through 33 of ASTM Standard F1667 (2013 revision). Also excluded from the scope of this investigation are nails suitable for use in powder-actuated hand tools, whether or not threaded, which are currently classified under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings 7317.00.20.00 and 7317.00.30.00. Also excluded from the scope of this investigation are nails having a case hardness greater than or equal to 50 on the Rockwell Hardness C scale (HRC), a carbon content greater than or equal to 0.5 percent, a round head, a secondary reduced-diameter raised head section, a centered shank, and a smooth symmetrical point, suitable for use in gasactuated hand tools. Also excluded from the scope of this investigation are corrugated nails. A corrugated nail is made up of a small strip of corrugated steel with sharp points on one side. Also excluded from the scope of this investigation are thumb tacks, which are currently classified under HTSUS 7317.00.10.00. Certain steel nails subject to this investigation are currently classified under HTSUS subheadings 7317.00.55.02, 7317.00.55.03, 7317.00.55.05, 7317.00.55.07, 7317.00.55.08, 7317.00.55.11, 7317.00.55.18, 7317.00.55.19, 7317.00.55.20, 7317.00.55.30, 7317.00.55.40, 7317.00.55.50, 7317.00.55.60, 7317.00.55.70, 7317.00.55.80, 7317.00.55.90, 7317.00.65.30, 7317.00.65.60 and 7317.00.75.00. Certain steel nails subject to this investigation also may be classified under HTSUS subheading 8206.00.00.00. While the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this investigation is dispositive. Appendix II List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Period of Investigation IV. Postponement of Final Determination V. Scope of the Investigation VI. Scope Comments VII. Affiliation and Collapsing VIII. Middleman Dumping IX. Discussion of Methodology A. Fair Value Comparisons B. Product Control Numbers C. Determination of Comparison Method D. Export Price E. Normal Value F. Date of Sale G. Currency Conversion X. U.S. International Trade Commission Notification XI. Disclosure and Public Comment XII. Verification XIII. Conclusion [FR Doc. 2014–30430 Filed 12–24–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 78055 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–557–816] Certain Steel Nails From Malaysia: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) preliminarily determines that certain steel nails from Malaysia are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV), as provided in section 733(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). The period of investigation is April 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014. The estimated weighted-average dumping margins are shown in the ‘‘Preliminary Determination’’ section of this notice. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. The Department intends to issue the final determination 135 days after publication of this preliminary determination in the Federal Register. DATES: Effective Date: December 29, 2014. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ericka Ukrow 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) 482–0405 or (202) 482– 1131, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background The Department published the notice of initiation of this investigation on June 25, 2014.1 Pursuant to section 733(c)(1)(A) of the Act, the Department postponed this preliminary determination 42 days until December 17, 2014.2 Scope of the Investigation The product covered by this investigation is certain steel nails from 1 See Certain Steel Nails From India, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, the Republic of Turkey, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigations, 79 FR 36019, (June 25, 2014) (Initiation Notice). 2 See Certain Steel Nails From the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Postponement of Preliminary Determination of Antidumping Duty Investigations, 79 FR 63082 (October 22, 2014). E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 78056 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 248 / Monday, December 29, 2014 / Notices Malaysia. For a full description of the scope of the investigation, see Appendix I to this notice. Scope Comments Several interested parties (i.e., IKEA Supply AG and IKEA Distributions Services Inc. (collectively IKEA), Target Corporation, and The Home Depot) submitted comments to the Department on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in the Initiation Notice, and Mid Continent Steel & Wire, Inc. (Petitioner) submitted rebuttal comments. For further discussion of these comments, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.3 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Methodology The Department conducted this investigation in accordance with section 731 of the Act. Because one of the mandatory respondents, Tag Fasteners Sdn. Bhd. (Tag), failed to respond to the Department’s questionnaire, we preliminarily determined to apply facts otherwise available with an adverse inference to this respondent pursuant to sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act. In applying adverse facts available, we are assigning Tag a dumping margin of 39.35 percent. For the other two mandatory respondents, Inmax Sdn. Bhd. (Inmax) and Region International Co., Ltd. and its collapsed affiliate, Region System Sdn. Bhd. (collectively, Region), export prices have been calculated in accordance with section 772 of the Act. Normal value has been calculated in accordance with section 773 of the Act. For a full description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.4 The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is made available to the public via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov, and is available to all parties in the Department’s Central Records Unit, located at room 7046 of the main Department of Commerce building.5 In 3 See Memorandum to Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination in the Antidumping Duty Investigation of Certain Steel Nails from Malaysia,’’ dated concurrently with this determination and hereby adopted by this notice. A list of the topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum appears in Appendix II, below. 4 Id. 5 Effective November 24, 2014, Enforcement and Compliance changed the name of the Import VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:09 Dec 24, 2014 Jkt 235001 addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be found at http:// enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed and the electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. All Others Rate Consistent with sections 733(d)(1)(A)(ii) and 735(c)(5) of the Act, the Department also calculated an estimated ‘‘all others’’ rate for all exporters or producers not individually investigated. Section 735(c)(5)(A) of the Act provides that the estimated ‘‘all others’’ rate shall be an amount equal to the weighted average of the estimated weighted-average dumping margins established for exporters and producers individually investigated, excluding any zero or de minimis margins, and any margins determined entirely under section 776 of the Act. Therefore, because the estimated weighted-average dumping margins for Inmax Sdn. Bhd. and Region are not zero, de minimis, or determined entirely under section 776 of the Act, the Department has estimated the ‘‘all-others’’ rate in this preliminary determination by weightaveraging the estimated weightedaverage dumping margins calculated for those two respondents, based on publicly-ranged data.6 Exporter/ producer Region International Co. Ltd. and Region System Sdn. Bhd .................................... Tag Fasteners Sdn. Bhd ...... All Others .............................. Weightedaverage dumping margin (percent) 2.56 39.35 2.20 Verification As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Act, the Department intends to verify the information submitted by Inmax Sdn. Bhd. and Region prior to making a final determination in this investigation. Disclosure and Public Comment We will disclose the calculations performed to parties in this proceeding within five days of the date of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). Case briefs or other written comments may be submitted to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance no later than seven days after the date on which the final verification report is issued in this proceeding and rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the deadline date for case briefs.7 Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2), parties who submit case briefs or Preliminary Determination rebuttal briefs in this proceeding are encouraged to submit with each In accordance with section argument: (1) A statement of the issue; 733(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, the (2) a brief summary of the argument; Department calculated estimated and (3) a table of authorities. weighted-average dumping margins for Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), the individually investigated exporters interested parties who wish to request a and producers of subject merchandise, hearing, or to participate if one is listed below. The Department requested, must submit a written preliminarily determines that the request to the Assistant Secretary for following estimated weighted-average Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. dumping margins exist for these Department of Commerce. All individually investigated exporters and documents must be filed electronically producers: using ACCESS. An electronically filed request must be received successfully in Weightedits entirety by ACCESS, by 5:00 p.m. average Eastern Standard Time, within 30 days Exporter/ dumping producer after the date of publication of this margin notice.8 Requests should contain the (percent) party’s name, address, and telephone Inmax Sdn. Bhd .................... 2.14 number, the number of participants, and a list of the issues to be discussed. If a Administration AD and CVD Centralized Electronic request for a hearing is made, the Service System (IA ACCESS) to AD and CVD Department intends to hold the hearing Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). at the U.S. Department of Commerce, The Web site location was changed from http:// 14th Street and Constitution Avenue iaacess.trade.gov to http://access.trade.gov. The Final Rule changing the references to the NW., Washington, DC 20230, at a time Regulations can be found at: 79 FR 69046 and date to be determined. Parties (November 20, 2014). should confirm by telephone the date, 6 See ‘‘Antidumping Duty Investigation of Certain Steel Nails from Malaysia; Preliminary Determination Calculation for the All-Others Rate,’’ dated concurrently with this determination. PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7 See 8 See E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 19 CFR 351.309. 19 CFR 351.310(c). 29DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 248 / Monday, December 29, 2014 / Notices time, and location of the hearing two days before the scheduled date. Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures Pursuant to section 735(a)(2) of the Act, Inmax and Region requested that the Department postpone the final determination and extend provisional measures from four months to six months. Additionally, Inmax and Region requested to extend the application of the provisional measures prescribed under section 733(d) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(e)(2), from a four-month period to a six-month period. Pursuant to a request from Inmax and Region and in accordance with section 735(a)(2)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(2)(ii) and (e)(2), we will make our final determination no later than 135 days after the date of publication of this preliminary determination.9 The suspension of liquidation described below will be extended accordingly. Suspension of Liquidation tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES In accordance with section 733(d)(2) of the Act, we are directing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of all entries of certain steel nails from Malaysia as described in the scope of the investigation section entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.205(d), we will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit equal to the weighted-average amount by which the normal value exceeds export price, as indicated in the chart above.10 11 These suspension of liquidation instructions will remain in effect until further notice. 9 See also 19 CFR 351.210(b)(2) and (e); see also Letter from Inmax and Region International Co., Ltd. to the Department, regarding ‘‘Certain Steel Nails from Malaysia; Extension Request for Final Results’’ (December 9, 2014). 10 See Modification of Regulations Regarding the Practice of Accepting Bonds During the Provisional Measures Period in Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations, 76 FR 61042 (October 3, 2011). 11 Because the preliminary calculated countervailing duty rates in the companion countervailing duty investigation attributable to export subsidies were de minimis for both respondents, we did not adjust these cash deposit rates to account for export subsidies. See Certain Steel Nails from Malaysia: Preliminary Negative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final Countervailing Duty Determination with Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 79 FR 65179, 65180 (November 3, 2014). VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:09 Dec 24, 2014 Jkt 235001 International Trade Commission (ITC) Notification In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, we have notified the ITC of our preliminary affirmative determination of sales at LTFV. Because the preliminary determination in this proceeding is affirmative, section 735(b)(2) of the Act requires that the ITC make its final determination as to whether the domestic industry in the United States is materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by reason of imports of certain steel nails from Malaysia before the later of 120 days after the date of this preliminary determination or 45 days after our final determination. Because we are postponing the deadline for our final determination to 135 days from the date of publication of this preliminary determination, as discussed above, the ITC will make its final determination no later than 45 days after our final determination. This determination is issued and published in accordance with sections 733(f) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c). Dated: December 17, 2014. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I Scope of the Investigation The merchandise covered by this investigation is certain steel nails having a nominal shaft length not exceeding 12 inches.12 Certain steel nails include, but are not limited to, nails made from round wire and nails that are cut from flat-rolled steel. Certain steel nails may be of one piece construction or constructed of two or more pieces. Certain steel nails may be produced from any type of steel, and may have any type of surface finish, head type, shank, point type and shaft diameter. Finishes include, but are not limited to, coating in vinyl, zinc (galvanized, including but not limited to electroplating or hot dipping one or more times), phosphate, cement, and paint. Certain steel nails may have one or more surface finishes. Head styles include, but are not limited to, flat, projection, cupped, oval, brad, headless, double, countersunk, and sinker. Shank styles include, but are not limited to, smooth, barbed, screw threaded, ring shank and fluted. Screw-threaded nails subject to this proceeding are driven using direct force and not by turning the nail using a tool that engages with the head. Point styles include, but are not limited to, diamond, needle, chisel and blunt or no point. Certain steel nails may be sold in bulk, or they may be collated in any manner using any material. If packaged in combination with one or more 12 The shaft length of certain steel nails with flat heads or parallel shoulders under the head shall be measured from under the head or shoulder to the tip of the point. The shaft length of all other certain steel nails shall be measured overall. PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 78057 non-subject articles, certain steel nails remain subject merchandise if the total number of nails of all types, in aggregate regardless of size, is equal to or greater than 25. Excluded from the scope of this investigation are certain steel nails packaged in combination with one or more non-subject articles, if the total number of nails of all types, in aggregate regardless of size, is less than 25. Also excluded from the scope of this investigation are steel nails that meet the specifications of Type I, Style 20 nails as identified in Tables 29 through 33 of ASTM Standard F1667 (2013 revision). Also excluded from the scope of this investigation are nails suitable for use in powder-actuated hand tools, whether or not threaded, which are currently classified under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings 7317.00.20.00 and 7317.00.30.00. Also excluded from the scope of this investigation are nails having a case hardness greater than or equal to 50 on the Rockwell Hardness C scale (HRC), a carbon content greater than or equal to 0.5 percent, a round head, a secondary reduced-diameter raised head section, a centered shank, and a smooth symmetrical point, suitable for use in gasactuated hand tools. Also excluded from the scope of this investigation are corrugated nails. A corrugated nail is made up of a small strip of corrugated steel with sharp points on one side. Also excluded from the scope of this investigation are thumb tacks, which are currently classified under HTSUS 7317.00.10.00. Certain steel nails subject to this investigation are currently classified under HTSUS subheadings 7317.00.55.02, 7317.00.55.03, 7317.00.55.05, 7317.00.55.07, 7317.00.55.08, 7317.00.55.11, 7317.00.55.18, 7317.00.55.19, 7317.00.55.20, 7317.00.55.30, 7317.00.55.40, 7317.00.55.50, 7317.00.55.60, 7317.00.55.70, 7317.00.55.80, 7317.00.55.90, 7317.00.65.30, 7317.00.65.60 and 7317.00.75.00. Certain steel nails subject to this investigation also may be classified under HTSUS subheading 8206.00.00.00. While the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this investigation is dispositive. Appendix II List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Period of Investigation IV. Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures V. Scope of the Investigation VI. Scope Comments VII. Respondent Selection VIII. Facts Available (FA) A. Application of Facts Available and Use of Adverse Inference B. Adverse Facts Available (AFA) Rate and Corroboration of Secondary Information IX. All Others Rate X. Affiliation and Collapsing E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1 78058 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 248 / Monday, December 29, 2014 / Notices A. Legal Standard B. Inmax C. Region International XI. Discussion of Methodology A. Fair Value Comparisons B. Product Comparisons C. Determination of Comparison Method D. Export Price E. Normal Value F. Date of Sale G. Currency Conversion XII. Disclosure and Public Comment XIII. Verification XIV. Conclusion 25, 2014.1 Pursuant to section 733(c)(1)(A) of the Act, the Department postponed this preliminary LTFV determination 42 days until December 17, 2014.2 Scope of the Investigation The products covered by this investigation are certain steel nails from Vietnam. For a complete description of the scope of the investigation, see Appendix I to this notice. [FR Doc. 2014–30434 Filed 12–24–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–552–818] Certain Steel Nails From the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Effective Date: December 29, 2014. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that certain steel nails from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value, as provided in section 733(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). The period of investigation is October 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014. The estimated weighted-average dumping margins are shown in the ‘‘Preliminary Determination’’ section of this notice. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. The Department intends to issue the final determination 135 days after publication of this preliminary determination in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Edythe Artman or Dena Crossland, 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) 482–3931 and (202) 482–3362, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Background The Department published the notice of initiation of this investigation on June VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:09 Dec 24, 2014 Jkt 235001 Scope Comments Several interested parties (i.e., IKEA Supply AG and IKEA Distributions Services Inc. (collectively IKEA), Target Corporation, and The Home Depot) submitted comments to the Department on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in the Initiation Notice, and Mid Continent Steel & Wire, Inc. (Petitioner) submitted rebuttal comments. For discussion of those comments and rebuttal comments, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.3 Methodology The Department conducted this investigation in accordance with section 731 of the Act. We calculated export prices in accordance with section 772 of the Act. Because Vietnam is a nonmarket economy within the meaning of section 771(18) of the Act, we calculated normal value in accordance with section 773(c) of the Act. For a full description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.4 The 1 See Certain Steel Nails From India, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, the Republic of Turkey, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigations, 79 FR 36019 (June 25, 2014) (Initation Notice). On the same day, the Department initiated a countervailing duty investigation of certain steel nails from Vietnam. See Certain Steel Nails From India, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, the Republic of Turkey, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigations, 79 FR 36014 (June 25, 2014). 2 See Certain Steel Nails From the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, the Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Postponement of Preliminary Determination of Antidumping Duty Investigations, 79 FR 63082 (October 22, 2014). 3 See Memorandum to Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination of the Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigation of Certain Steel Nails from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam,’’ dated concurrently with this determination and hereby adopted by this notice. A list of the topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum appears in Appendix II, below. 4 Id. PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 (ACCESS).5 ACCESS is available to guest and registered users at http:// access.trade.gov and to all parties in the Central Records Unit, room 7046 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, parties can obtain a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum at http:// trade.gov/enforcement/frn/index.html. The signed and electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Use of Facts Available For the Vietnam-wide entity, we applied facts otherwise available with an adverse inference, pursuant to section 776(a)(1) and (b) of the Act. For a detailed discussion of this finding, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum at section ‘‘The Vietnam-wide Entity.’’ For Region Industries Co., Ltd., we applied facts otherwise available, pursuant to section 776(a)(1) of the Act, for factor input information for a toller who performed electroplating on subject merchandise but did not respond to Region Industries’ request for input information. For a detailed discussion of this finding, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum at section ‘‘Facts Available for Region Industries.’’ Combination Rates In the Initiation Notice, the Department stated that it would calculate combination rates for the respondents that are eligible for a separate rate in this investigation. Policy Bulletin 05.1 describes this practice.6 Preliminary Determination In accordance with section 733(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, the Department calculated estimated weighted-average dumping margins for the individually investigated exporters 5 On November 24, 2014, Enforcement and Compliance changed the name of the Import Administration Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (IA ACCESS) Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). The Web site location was changed from http:// iaaccess.trade.gov to http://access.trade.gov. The Final Rule changing the references to the Regulations can be found at: 79 FR 69046 (November 20, 2014). 6 See Enforcement and Compliance’s Policy Bulletin No. 05.1, regarding, ‘‘Separate-Rates Practice and Application of Combination Rates in Antidumping Investigations involving Non-Market Economy Countries,’’ (April 5, 2005) (Policy Bulletin 05.1), available on the Department’s Web site at http://enforcement.trade.gov/policy/bull051.pdf. E:\FR\FM\29DEN1.SGM 29DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-557-816]


Certain Steel Nails From Malaysia: Preliminary Determination of 
Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination 
and Extension of Provisional Measures

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) preliminarily 
determines that certain steel nails from Malaysia are being, or are 
likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV), 
as provided in section 733(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended 
(the Act). The period of investigation is April 1, 2013, through March 
31, 2014. The estimated weighted-average dumping margins are shown in 
the ``Preliminary Determination'' section of this notice. Interested 
parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. The 
Department intends to issue the final determination 135 days after 
publication of this preliminary determination in the Federal Register.

DATES: Effective Date: December 29, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ericka Ukrow 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-
0405 or (202) 482-1131, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Department published the notice of initiation of this 
investigation on June 25, 2014.\1\ Pursuant to section 733(c)(1)(A) of 
the Act, the Department postponed this preliminary determination 42 
days until December 17, 2014.\2\
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    \1\ See Certain Steel Nails From India, the Republic of Korea, 
Malaysia, the Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, the Republic of Turkey, and 
the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-
Value Investigations, 79 FR 36019, (June 25, 2014) (Initiation 
Notice).
    \2\ See Certain Steel Nails From the Republic of Korea, 
Malaysia, the Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, and the Socialist Republic 
of Vietnam: Postponement of Preliminary Determination of Antidumping 
Duty Investigations, 79 FR 63082 (October 22, 2014).
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Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is certain steel nails 
from

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Malaysia. For a full description of the scope of the investigation, see 
Appendix I to this notice.

Scope Comments

    Several interested parties (i.e., IKEA Supply AG and IKEA 
Distributions Services Inc. (collectively IKEA), Target Corporation, 
and The Home Depot) submitted comments to the Department on the scope 
of the investigation as it appeared in the Initiation Notice, and Mid 
Continent Steel & Wire, Inc. (Petitioner) submitted rebuttal comments. 
For further discussion of these comments, see the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum.\3\
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    \3\ See Memorandum to Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant 
Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, from Christian Marsh, 
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Operations, ``Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination 
in the Antidumping Duty Investigation of Certain Steel Nails from 
Malaysia,'' dated concurrently with this determination and hereby 
adopted by this notice. A list of the topics discussed in the 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum appears in Appendix II, below.
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Methodology

    The Department conducted this investigation in accordance with 
section 731 of the Act. Because one of the mandatory respondents, Tag 
Fasteners Sdn. Bhd. (Tag), failed to respond to the Department's 
questionnaire, we preliminarily determined to apply facts otherwise 
available with an adverse inference to this respondent pursuant to 
sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act. In applying adverse facts 
available, we are assigning Tag a dumping margin of 39.35 percent. For 
the other two mandatory respondents, Inmax Sdn. Bhd. (Inmax) and Region 
International Co., Ltd. and its collapsed affiliate, Region System Sdn. 
Bhd. (collectively, Region), export prices have been calculated in 
accordance with section 772 of the Act. Normal value has been 
calculated in accordance with section 773 of the Act. For a full 
description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum.\4\ The Preliminary Decision Memorandum 
is a public document and is made available to the public via 
Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to 
registered users at http://access.trade.gov, and is available to all 
parties in the Department's Central Records Unit, located at room 7046 
of the main Department of Commerce building.\5\ In addition, a complete 
version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be found at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed and the electronic versions of 
the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content.
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    \4\ Id.
    \5\ Effective November 24, 2014, Enforcement and Compliance 
changed the name of the Import Administration AD and CVD Centralized 
Electronic Service System (IA ACCESS) to AD and CVD Centralized 
Electronic Service System (ACCESS). The Web site location was 
changed from http://iaacess.trade.gov to http://access.trade.gov. 
The Final Rule changing the references to the Regulations can be 
found at: 79 FR 69046 (November 20, 2014).
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All Others Rate

    Consistent with sections 733(d)(1)(A)(ii) and 735(c)(5) of the Act, 
the Department also calculated an estimated ``all others'' rate for all 
exporters or producers not individually investigated. Section 
735(c)(5)(A) of the Act provides that the estimated ``all others'' rate 
shall be an amount equal to the weighted average of the estimated 
weighted-average dumping margins established for exporters and 
producers individually investigated, excluding any zero or de minimis 
margins, and any margins determined entirely under section 776 of the 
Act. Therefore, because the estimated weighted-average dumping margins 
for Inmax Sdn. Bhd. and Region are not zero, de minimis, or determined 
entirely under section 776 of the Act, the Department has estimated the 
``all-others'' rate in this preliminary determination by weight-
averaging the estimated weighted-average dumping margins calculated for 
those two respondents, based on publicly-ranged data.\6\
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    \6\ See ``Antidumping Duty Investigation of Certain Steel Nails 
from Malaysia; Preliminary Determination Calculation for the All-
Others Rate,'' dated concurrently with this determination.
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Preliminary Determination

    In accordance with section 733(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, the 
Department calculated estimated weighted-average dumping margins for 
the individually investigated exporters and producers of subject 
merchandise, listed below. The Department preliminarily determines that 
the following estimated weighted-average dumping margins exist for 
these individually investigated exporters and producers:

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                                                             Weighted-
                                                              average
                   Exporter/ producer                     dumping margin
                                                             (percent)
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Inmax Sdn. Bhd..........................................            2.14
Region International Co. Ltd. and Region System Sdn. Bhd            2.56
Tag Fasteners Sdn. Bhd..................................           39.35
All Others..............................................            2.20
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Verification

    As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Act, the Department intends 
to verify the information submitted by Inmax Sdn. Bhd. and Region prior 
to making a final determination in this investigation.

Disclosure and Public Comment

    We will disclose the calculations performed to parties in this 
proceeding within five days of the date of publication of this notice 
in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).
    Case briefs or other written comments may be submitted to the 
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance no later than seven 
days after the date on which the final verification report is issued in 
this proceeding and rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case 
briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the deadline 
date for case briefs.\7\ Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2), 
parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this proceeding 
are encouraged to submit with each argument: (1) A statement of the 
issue; (2) a brief summary of the argument; and (3) a table of 
authorities.
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    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to 
request a hearing, or to participate if one is requested, must submit a 
written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and 
Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce. All documents must be filed 
electronically using ACCESS. An electronically filed request must be 
received successfully in its entirety by ACCESS, by 5:00 p.m. Eastern 
Standard Time, within 30 days after the date of publication of this 
notice.\8\ Requests should contain the party's name, address, and 
telephone number, the number of participants, and a list of the issues 
to be discussed. If a request for a hearing is made, the Department 
intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th 
Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230, at a time and 
date to be determined. Parties should confirm by telephone the date,

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Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional 
Measures

    Pursuant to section 735(a)(2) of the Act, Inmax and Region 
requested that the Department postpone the final determination and 
extend provisional measures from four months to six months. 
Additionally, Inmax and Region requested to extend the application of 
the provisional measures prescribed under section 733(d) of the Act and 
19 CFR 351.210(e)(2), from a four-month period to a six-month period. 
Pursuant to a request from Inmax and Region and in accordance with 
section 735(a)(2)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(2)(ii) and 
(e)(2), we will make our final determination no later than 135 days 
after the date of publication of this preliminary determination.\9\ The 
suspension of liquidation described below will be extended accordingly.
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    \9\ See also 19 CFR 351.210(b)(2) and (e); see also Letter from 
Inmax and Region International Co., Ltd. to the Department, 
regarding ``Certain Steel Nails from Malaysia; Extension Request for 
Final Results'' (December 9, 2014).
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Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 733(d)(2) of the Act, we are directing 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of all 
entries of certain steel nails from Malaysia as described in the scope 
of the investigation section entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for 
consumption on or after the date of publication of this notice in the 
Federal Register.
    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.205(d), we will instruct CBP to require a 
cash deposit equal to the weighted-average amount by which the normal 
value exceeds export price, as indicated in the chart 
above.10 11 These suspension of liquidation instructions 
will remain in effect until further notice.
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    \10\ See Modification of Regulations Regarding the Practice of 
Accepting Bonds During the Provisional Measures Period in 
Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations, 76 FR 61042 
(October 3, 2011).
    \11\ Because the preliminary calculated countervailing duty 
rates in the companion countervailing duty investigation 
attributable to export subsidies were de minimis for both 
respondents, we did not adjust these cash deposit rates to account 
for export subsidies. See Certain Steel Nails from Malaysia: 
Preliminary Negative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment 
of Final Countervailing Duty Determination with Final Antidumping 
Duty Determination, 79 FR 65179, 65180 (November 3, 2014).
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International Trade Commission (ITC) Notification

    In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, we have notified the 
ITC of our preliminary affirmative determination of sales at LTFV. 
Because the preliminary determination in this proceeding is 
affirmative, section 735(b)(2) of the Act requires that the ITC make 
its final determination as to whether the domestic industry in the 
United States is materially injured, or threatened with material 
injury, by reason of imports of certain steel nails from Malaysia 
before the later of 120 days after the date of this preliminary 
determination or 45 days after our final determination. Because we are 
postponing the deadline for our final determination to 135 days from 
the date of publication of this preliminary determination, as discussed 
above, the ITC will make its final determination no later than 45 days 
after our final determination.
    This determination is issued and published in accordance with 
sections 733(f) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c).

     Dated: December 17, 2014.
Ronald K. Lorentzen,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I

Scope of the Investigation

    The merchandise covered by this investigation is certain steel 
nails having a nominal shaft length not exceeding 12 inches.\12\ 
Certain steel nails include, but are not limited to, nails made from 
round wire and nails that are cut from flat-rolled steel. Certain 
steel nails may be of one piece construction or constructed of two 
or more pieces. Certain steel nails may be produced from any type of 
steel, and may have any type of surface finish, head type, shank, 
point type and shaft diameter. Finishes include, but are not limited 
to, coating in vinyl, zinc (galvanized, including but not limited to 
electroplating or hot dipping one or more times), phosphate, cement, 
and paint. Certain steel nails may have one or more surface 
finishes. Head styles include, but are not limited to, flat, 
projection, cupped, oval, brad, headless, double, countersunk, and 
sinker. Shank styles include, but are not limited to, smooth, 
barbed, screw threaded, ring shank and fluted. Screw-threaded nails 
subject to this proceeding are driven using direct force and not by 
turning the nail using a tool that engages with the head. Point 
styles include, but are not limited to, diamond, needle, chisel and 
blunt or no point. Certain steel nails may be sold in bulk, or they 
may be collated in any manner using any material. If packaged in 
combination with one or more non-subject articles, certain steel 
nails remain subject merchandise if the total number of nails of all 
types, in aggregate regardless of size, is equal to or greater than 
25.
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parallel shoulders under the head shall be measured from under the 
head or shoulder to the tip of the point. The shaft length of all 
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    Excluded from the scope of this investigation are certain steel 
nails packaged in combination with one or more non-subject articles, 
if the total number of nails of all types, in aggregate regardless 
of size, is less than 25.
    Also excluded from the scope of this investigation are steel 
nails that meet the specifications of Type I, Style 20 nails as 
identified in Tables 29 through 33 of ASTM Standard F1667 (2013 
revision).
    Also excluded from the scope of this investigation are nails 
suitable for use in powder-actuated hand tools, whether or not 
threaded, which are currently classified under Harmonized Tariff 
Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings 7317.00.20.00 and 
7317.00.30.00.
    Also excluded from the scope of this investigation are nails 
having a case hardness greater than or equal to 50 on the Rockwell 
Hardness C scale (HRC), a carbon content greater than or equal to 
0.5 percent, a round head, a secondary reduced-diameter raised head 
section, a centered shank, and a smooth symmetrical point, suitable 
for use in gas-actuated hand tools.
    Also excluded from the scope of this investigation are 
corrugated nails. A corrugated nail is made up of a small strip of 
corrugated steel with sharp points on one side.
    Also excluded from the scope of this investigation are thumb 
tacks, which are currently classified under HTSUS 7317.00.10.00.
    Certain steel nails subject to this investigation are currently 
classified under HTSUS subheadings 7317.00.55.02, 7317.00.55.03, 
7317.00.55.05, 7317.00.55.07, 7317.00.55.08, 7317.00.55.11, 
7317.00.55.18, 7317.00.55.19, 7317.00.55.20, 7317.00.55.30, 
7317.00.55.40, 7317.00.55.50, 7317.00.55.60, 7317.00.55.70, 
7317.00.55.80, 7317.00.55.90, 7317.00.65.30, 7317.00.65.60 and 
7317.00.75.00. Certain steel nails subject to this investigation 
also may be classified under HTSUS subheading 8206.00.00.00.
    While the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and 
customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this 
investigation is dispositive.

Appendix II

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Period of Investigation
IV. Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional 
Measures
V. Scope of the Investigation
VI. Scope Comments
VII. Respondent Selection
VIII. Facts Available (FA)
    A. Application of Facts Available and Use of Adverse Inference
    B. Adverse Facts Available (AFA) Rate and Corroboration of 
Secondary Information
IX. All Others Rate
X. Affiliation and Collapsing

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    A. Legal Standard
    B. Inmax
    C. Region International
XI. Discussion of Methodology
    A. Fair Value Comparisons
    B. Product Comparisons
    C. Determination of Comparison Method
    D. Export Price
    E. Normal Value
    F. Date of Sale
    G. Currency Conversion
XII. Disclosure and Public Comment
XIII. Verification
XIV. Conclusion

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