Subsidy Programs Provided by Countries Exporting Softwood Lumber and Softwood Lumber Products to the United States; Request for Comment, 22707-22708 [2015-09514]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 78 / Thursday, April 23, 2015 / Notices Vietnam covering the period February 1, 2014, through January 31, 2015.2 The review covers 50 companies.3 On April 7, 2015, the Department clarified with Petitioners the spelling of certain names requested for initiation.4 On April 8, 2015, Petitioners withdrew their request for an administrative review on all of the 50 companies listed in the Initiation Notice.5 No other party requested a review of these or any other exporters of subject merchandise. Rescission of Review Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), the Department will rescind an administrative review, in whole or in part, if the party that requested the review withdraws its request within 90 days of the publication of the notice of initiation of the requested review. In this case, Petitioners timely withdrew their request by the 90-day deadline, and no other party requested an administrative review of the antidumping duty order. As a result, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), we are rescinding the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on steel wire garment hangers from Vietnam for the period February 1, 2014, through January 31, 2015, in its entirety. Assessment The Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (‘‘CBP’’) to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. Because the Department is rescinding this administrative review in its entirety, the entries to which this administrative review pertained shall be assessed antidumping duties at rates equal to the cash deposit of estimated antidumping duties required at the time of entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for consumption, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(c)(1)(i). The Department intends to issue appropriate assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, if appropriate. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Notifications This notice serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement 2 See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 80 FR 18202, 18207 (April 3, 2015) (‘‘Initiation Notice’’). 3 Id. 4 See ‘‘Memorandum to the File, from Irene Gorelik, Analyst; re: Clarification of Company Names Within Petitioners’ Review Request,’’ dated April 7, 2015. 5 See Petitioners’ Submission re; ‘‘Second Administrative Review of Steel Wire Garment Hangers from Vietnam—Petitioners’ Withdrawal of Review Request,’’ dated April 8, 2015. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:53 Apr 22, 2015 Jkt 235001 of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Department’s presumption that reimbursement of the antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties. This notice also serves as a final reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (‘‘APO’’) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3), which continues to govern business proprietary information in this segment of the proceeding. Timely written notification of the return or destruction of APO materials, or conversion to judicial protective order, is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction. This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4). Dated: April 15, 2015. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. [FR Doc. 2015–09530 Filed 4–22–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Subsidy Programs Provided by Countries Exporting Softwood Lumber and Softwood Lumber Products to the United States; Request for Comment Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) seeks public comment on any subsidies, including stumpage subsidies, provided by certain countries exporting softwood lumber or softwood lumber products to the United States during the period July 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. DATES: Comments must be submitted within 30 days after publication of this notice. ADDRESSES: See the Submission of Comments section below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Terpstra, Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–3965. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22707 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On June 18, 2008, section 805 of Title VIII of the Tariff Act of 1930 (the Softwood Lumber Act of 2008) was enacted into law. Under this provision, the Secretary of Commerce is mandated to submit to the appropriate Congressional committees a report every 180 days on any subsidy provided by countries exporting softwood lumber or softwood lumber products to the United States, including stumpage subsidies. The Department submitted its last subsidy report on December 12, 2014. As part of its newest report, the Department intends to include a list of subsidy programs identified with sufficient clarity by the public in response to this notice. Request for Comments Given the large number of countries that export softwood lumber and softwood lumber products to the United States, we are soliciting public comment only on subsidies provided by countries whose exports accounted for at least one percent of total U.S. imports of softwood lumber by quantity, as classified under Harmonized Tariff Schedule code 4407.1001 (which accounts for the vast majority of imports), during the period July 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. Official U.S. import data published by the United States International Trade Commission Tariff and Trade DataWeb indicate that only two countries, Canada and Chile, exported softwood lumber to the United States during that time period in amounts sufficient to account for at least one percent of U.S. imports of softwood lumber products. We intend to rely on similar previous six-month periods to identify the countries subject to future reports on softwood lumber subsidies. For example, we will rely on U.S. imports of softwood lumber and softwood lumber products during the period January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015, to select the countries subject to the next report. Under U.S. trade law, a subsidy exists where an authority: (i) Provides a financial contribution; (ii) provides any form of income or price support within the meaning of Article XVI of the GATT 1994; or (iii) makes a payment to a funding mechanism to provide a financial contribution to a person, or entrusts or directs a private entity to make a financial contribution, if providing the contribution would normally be vested in the government and the practice does not differ in substance from practices normally E:\FR\FM\23APN1.SGM 23APN1 22708 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 78 / Thursday, April 23, 2015 / Notices followed by governments, and a benefit is thereby conferred.1 Parties should include in their comments: (1) The country which provided the subsidy; (2) the name of the subsidy program; (3) a brief description (at least 3–4 sentences) of the subsidy program; and (4) the government body or authority that provided the subsidy. Submission of Comments Persons wishing to comment should file comments by the date specified above. Comments should only include publicly available information. The Department will not accept comments accompanied by a request that a part or all of the material be treated confidentially due to business proprietary concerns or for any other reason. The Department will return such comments or materials to the persons submitting the comments and will not include them in its report on softwood lumber subsidies. The Department requests submission of comments filed in electronic Portable Document Format (PDF) submitted on CD–ROM or by email to the email address of the EC Webmaster, below. The comments received will be made available to the public in PDF on the Enforcement and Compliance Web site at the following address: http:// enforcement.trade.gov/sla2008/slaindex.html. Any questions concerning file formatting, access on the Internet, or other electronic filing issues should be addressed to Laura Merchant, Enforcement and Compliance Webmaster, at (202) 482–0367, email address: webmaster_support@trade.gov. All comments and submissions in response to this Request for Comment should be received by the Department no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the above-referenced deadline date. Dated: April 13, 2015. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. [FR Doc. 2015–09514 Filed 4–22–15; 8:45 am] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P 1 See section 771(5)(B) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:53 Apr 22, 2015 Jkt 235001 on PC strand from Brazil, India, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, and International Trade Administration Thailand,4 and the CVD order on PC 5 [A–351–837, A–533–828, A–588–068, A–580– strand from India, pursuant to sections 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as 852, A–201–831, A–549–820, C–533–829] amended (the Act). As a result of its reviews, the Department determined Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire that revocation of the AD finding/orders Strand From Brazil, India, Japan, the would likely lead to continuation or Republic of Korea, Mexico, and recurrence of dumping and that Thailand: Continuation of the revocation of the CVD order would Antidumping Duty Finding/Orders and likely lead to continuation or recurrence Countervailing Duty Order of net countervailable subsidies, and AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, therefore, notified the ITC of the International Trade Administration, magnitude of the margins and the Department of Commerce. subsidy rates likely to prevail should SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce the finding/orders be revoked, pursuant (the Department) and the International to sections 751(c)(1) and 752(b) and (c) Trade Commission (the ITC) have of the Act.6 determined that revocation of the On April 15, 2015, the ITC published antidumping duty (AD) finding on its determination that revocation of the prestressed concrete steel wire strand AD finding on PC strand from Japan, the (PC strand) from Japan, and the AD AD orders on PC strand from Brazil, orders on PC strand from Brazil, India, India, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, and and Thailand, and the CVD order on PC Thailand, would likely lead to strand from India would likely lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping continuation or recurrence of material and material injury to an industry in the injury to an industry in the United United States. The Department and the States within a reasonably foreseeable ITC have also determined that time, pursuant to sections 751(c) of the revocation of the countervailing duty Act.7 (CVD) order on PC strand from India Scope of the Order would likely lead to continuation or recurrence of net countervailable The product covered in the sunset subsidies and material injury to an reviews of the antidumping duty orders industry in the United States. Therefore, on PC strand from Brazil, India, Korea, the Department is publishing a notice of Mexico, and Thailand and the continuation for these AD finding/ countervailing duty order on PC strand orders and CVD order. from India is steel strand produced from DATES: Effective Dates: April 23, 2015. wire of non-stainless, non-galvanized steel, which is suitable for use in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Romani, AD/CVD Operations, 4 See (1) Notice of Antidumping Duty Order: Office I (AD Orders), or Mandy Mallott, Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand from Brazil, AD/CVD Operations, Office III, 69 FR 4112 (January 28, 2004); (2) Notice of Enforcement and Compliance, Antidumping Duty Order: Prestressed Concrete International Trade Administration, Steel Wire Strand from India, 69 FR 4110 (January 28, 2004); (3) Steel Wire Strand for Prestressed U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Concrete from Japan; Finding of Dumping, 43 FR Street and Constitution Avenue NW., 1978); (4) Notice Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 57599 (December 8,Order: Prestressedof Antidumping Duty Concrete 482–0198 or (202) 482–6430, Steel Wire Strand from the Republic of Korea, 69 respectively. FR 4109 (January 28, 2004); (5) Notice of Antidumping Duty Order: Prestressed Concrete SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Steel Wire Strand from Mexico, 69 FR 4112 (January DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Background On November 3, 2014, the Department initiated 1 and the ITC instituted 2 fiveyear (sunset reviews) of the AD finding on PC strand from Japan,3 the AD orders 1 See Initiation of Five-Year (‘‘Sunset’’) Review, 79 FR 65186 (November 3, 2014). 2 See Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand From Brazil, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Thailand; Institution of Five-Year Reviews, 79 FR 65246 (November 3, 2014). 3 See Steel Wire Strand for Prestressed Concrete from Japan; Finding of Dumping, 43 FR 57599 (December 8, 1978) conducted by the Treasury Department (at that time a determination of dumping resulted in a ‘‘finding’’ rather than the later applicable ‘‘order’’). PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28, 2004); and (6) Notice of Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Antidumping Duty Order: Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand from Thailand, 69 FR 4111 (January 28, 2004). 5 See Countervailing Duty Order: Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand From India, 69 FR 5319 (February 4, 2004). 6 See Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand from Brazil, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, and Thailand: Final Results of the Expedited Sunset Reviews of the Antidumping Duty Finding/ Orders, 80 FR 13827 (March 17, 2015), and Final Results of Expedited Sunset Review of Countervailing Duty Order: Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand from India, 80 FR 12804 (March 11, 2015). 7 See Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand from Brazil, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Thailand, 80 FR 20244 (April 15, 2015). E:\FR\FM\23APN1.SGM 23APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 78 (Thursday, April 23, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 22707-22708]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-09514]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Subsidy Programs Provided by Countries Exporting Softwood Lumber 
and Softwood Lumber Products to the United States; Request for Comment

AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) seeks public comment 
on any subsidies, including stumpage subsidies, provided by certain 
countries exporting softwood lumber or softwood lumber products to the 
United States during the period July 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.

DATES: Comments must be submitted within 30 days after publication of 
this notice.

ADDRESSES: See the Submission of Comments section below.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Terpstra, Office III, 
Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3965.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On June 18, 2008, section 805 of Title VIII of the Tariff Act of 
1930 (the Softwood Lumber Act of 2008) was enacted into law. Under this 
provision, the Secretary of Commerce is mandated to submit to the 
appropriate Congressional committees a report every 180 days on any 
subsidy provided by countries exporting softwood lumber or softwood 
lumber products to the United States, including stumpage subsidies.
    The Department submitted its last subsidy report on December 12, 
2014. As part of its newest report, the Department intends to include a 
list of subsidy programs identified with sufficient clarity by the 
public in response to this notice.

Request for Comments

    Given the large number of countries that export softwood lumber and 
softwood lumber products to the United States, we are soliciting public 
comment only on subsidies provided by countries whose exports accounted 
for at least one percent of total U.S. imports of softwood lumber by 
quantity, as classified under Harmonized Tariff Schedule code 4407.1001 
(which accounts for the vast majority of imports), during the period 
July 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. Official U.S. import data 
published by the United States International Trade Commission Tariff 
and Trade DataWeb indicate that only two countries, Canada and Chile, 
exported softwood lumber to the United States during that time period 
in amounts sufficient to account for at least one percent of U.S. 
imports of softwood lumber products. We intend to rely on similar 
previous six-month periods to identify the countries subject to future 
reports on softwood lumber subsidies. For example, we will rely on U.S. 
imports of softwood lumber and softwood lumber products during the 
period January 1, 2015 through June 30, 2015, to select the countries 
subject to the next report.
    Under U.S. trade law, a subsidy exists where an authority: (i) 
Provides a financial contribution; (ii) provides any form of income or 
price support within the meaning of Article XVI of the GATT 1994; or 
(iii) makes a payment to a funding mechanism to provide a financial 
contribution to a person, or entrusts or directs a private entity to 
make a financial contribution, if providing the contribution would 
normally be vested in the government and the practice does not differ 
in substance from practices normally

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    Parties should include in their comments: (1) The country which 
provided the subsidy; (2) the name of the subsidy program; (3) a brief 
description (at least 3-4 sentences) of the subsidy program; and (4) 
the government body or authority that provided the subsidy.

Submission of Comments

    Persons wishing to comment should file comments by the date 
specified above. Comments should only include publicly available 
information. The Department will not accept comments accompanied by a 
request that a part or all of the material be treated confidentially 
due to business proprietary concerns or for any other reason. The 
Department will return such comments or materials to the persons 
submitting the comments and will not include them in its report on 
softwood lumber subsidies. The Department requests submission of 
comments filed in electronic Portable Document Format (PDF) submitted 
on CD-ROM or by email to the email address of the EC Webmaster, below.
    The comments received will be made available to the public in PDF 
on the Enforcement and Compliance Web site at the following address: 
http://enforcement.trade.gov/sla2008/sla-index.html. Any questions 
concerning file formatting, access on the Internet, or other electronic 
filing issues should be addressed to Laura Merchant, Enforcement and 
Compliance Webmaster, at (202) 482-0367, email address: 
webmaster_support@trade.gov.
    All comments and submissions in response to this Request for 
Comment should be received by the Department no later than 5 p.m. 
Eastern Standard Time on the above-referenced deadline date.

    Dated: April 13, 2015.
Christian Marsh,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Operations.
[FR Doc. 2015-09514 Filed 4-22-15; 8:45 am]
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