Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Determination, and Final Affirmative Critical Circumstances Determination, in Part, 34888-34891 [2015-15059]

Download as PDF 34888 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 117 / Thursday, June 18, 2015 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–017] Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Determination, and Final Affirmative Critical Circumstances Determination, in Part Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires (passenger tires) from the People’s Republic of China (the PRC) as provided in section 705 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). For information on the estimated subsidy rates, see the ‘‘Final Determination’’ section of this notice. The period of investigation is January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013. DATES: Effective date June 18, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Halle, AD/CVD Operations, Office VII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; Phone: (202) 482–0176. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The Department published the Preliminary Determination on December 1, 2014,1 and the Amended Preliminary Determination on December 30, 2014.2 A summary of the events that occurred since the Department published the Amended Preliminary Determination, as well as a full discussion of the issues raised by parties for this final determination, may be found in the Final Decision Memorandum.3 The 1 See Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Determination, Preliminary Affirmative Critical Circumstances Determination, in Part, and Alignment of Final Determination with Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 79 FR 71093 (December 1, 2014) (Preliminary Determination). 2 See Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from the People’s Republic of China: Amended Affirmative Preliminary Determination, 79 FR 78398 (December 30, 2014) (Amended Preliminary Determination). 3 See Memorandum, ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Jun 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 Final 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). ACCESS is available to registered users at http:// access.trade.gov, and is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Final Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Final Decision Memorandum and the electronic version are identical in content. Scope of the Investigation and Scope Comments The products covered by this investigation are certain passenger tires from the PRC. The products covered by the investigation are currently classified under the following Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings: 4011.10.10.10, 4011.10.10.20, 4011.10.10.30, 4011.10.10.40, 4011.10.10.50, 4011.10.10.60, 4011.10.10.70, 4011.10.50.00, 4011.20.10.05, and 4011.20.50.10. Tires meeting the scope description may also enter under the following HTSUS subheadings: 4011.99.45.10, 4011.99.45.50, 4011.99.85.10, 4011.99.85.50, 8708.70.45.45, 8708.70.45.60, 8708.70.60.30, 8708.70.60.45, and 8708.70.60.60. While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and for customs purposes, the written description of the subject merchandise is dispositive. The Department received comments regarding the scope of this investigation from numerous interested parties, which we have summarized and addressed in the accompanying Final Decision Memorandum.4 As explained in the Final Decision Memorandum, to facilitate the scope’s administrability and enforcement, we have clarified the scope language such that ‘‘N’’ speedrated specialty trailer tires that meet certain requirements are excluded from the scope.5 For a complete description of the scope of the investigation, see Appendix II to this notice. Analysis of Subsidy Programs and Comments Received The subsidy programs under investigation and the issues raised in People’s Republic of China,’’ (Final Decision Memorandum), dated concurrently with this determination and hereby adopted by this notice. 4 See Final Decision Memorandum at Comments 25 and 26. 5 Id. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 the case and rebuttal briefs by parties in this investigation are discussed in the Final Decision Memorandum. A list of the issues that parties raised, and to which we responded in the Final Decision Memorandum, is attached to this notice at Appendix I. Use of Adverse Facts Available The Department notes that, in making these findings, we relied, in part, on facts available and, because one or more respondents did not act to the best of their ability to respond to the Department’s requests for information, we applied adverse facts available.6 For purposes of this final determination, we applied adverse facts available in several instances, including with regard to the net subsidy rate assigned to Shandong Yongsheng Rubber Group Co., Ltd. (Yongsheng). For further information, see the section ‘‘Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences,’’ in the Final Decision Memorandum. Changes Since the Preliminary Determination Based on our review and analysis of the comments received from parties, and minor corrections presented at verification, we made certain changes to the respondents’ subsidy rate calculations since the Preliminary Determination and Amended Preliminary Determination. For a discussion of these changes, see the Final Decision Memorandum and the Final Analysis Memoranda.7 Final Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances, in Part In the Preliminary Determination, the Department found that critical circumstances exist with respect to imports of passenger tires from the PRC for Yongsheng and all other exporters or producers not individually examined.8 Upon further analysis of the data and comments submitted by interested parties following the Preliminary Determination, we are modifying our findings for the Final Determination.9 Specifically, in accordance with section 705(a)(2) of the Act, we find that critical circumstances exist with respect to imports from GITI Tire (Fujian) Co., Ltd. 6 See sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act. Final Decision Memorandum; see also Memoranda, ‘‘Final Determination Analysis for GITI Tire (Fujian) Company Ltd.,’’ and ‘‘Final Determination Analysis for Cooper (Kunshan) Tire Co., Ltd.,’’ (collectively, Final Analysis Memoranda), dated concurrently with this determination and hereby adopted by this notice. 8 See Preliminary Determination, 79 FR at 71094. 9 For a full description of the methodology and results of our analysis, see the Final Decision Memorandum. 7 See E:\FR\FM\18JNN1.SGM 18JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 117 / Thursday, June 18, 2015 / Notices (GITI Fujian), Yongsheng, and all other producers or exporters, but do not exist for Cooper (Kunshan) Tire Co., Ltd. (Cooper). Final Determination In accordance with section 705(c)(1)(B)(i) of the Act, we calculated a rate for GITI Fujian and Cooper, the only two individually investigated exporters/producers of the subject merchandise that participated in this investigation.10 We adjusted the cash deposit rates for GITI Fujian, Yongsheng, and all other producers or exporters to reflect our finding that a program-wide change exists with regard to one subsidy program.11 The cash deposit rates listed below reflect this adjustment. In accordance with sections 705(c)(1)(B)(i)(I) and 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act, for companies not individually investigated, we apply an ‘‘all others’’ rate, which is normally calculated by weighting the subsidy rates of the individual companies selected as respondents with those companies’ export sales of the subject merchandise to the United States. Under section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act, the all others rate should exclude zero and de minimis rates calculated for the exporters and producers individually investigated, and any rates determined entirely under section 776 of the Act. We therefore have excluded Yongsheng’s rate from the all others rate. Notwithstanding the language of section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act, we have not calculated the all others rate by weight-averaging the rates of GITI Fujian and Cooper because doing so risks disclosure of proprietary information. Therefore, and consistent with the Department’s practice where such risk exists, for the all others rate, we calculated a weight average of GITI Fujian’s and Cooper’s rates using publicly ranged data.12 Since both GITI Fujian and Cooper received countervailable export subsidies and the all others rate is an average based on the individually investigated respondents, the all others rate includes export subsidies. We determine the total estimated net countervailable subsidy rates to be: Subsidy rate (percent) Company GITI Tire (Fujian) Co., Ltd. and certain cross-owned companies ............................................................... Cooper Kunshan Tire Co., Ltd and certain cross-owned companies ......................................................... Shandong Yongsheng Rubber Group Co., Ltd ........................................................................................... All Others ..................................................................................................................................................... Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES As a result of our Preliminary Determination, and pursuant to section 703(d) of the Act, we instructed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of all entries of merchandise under consideration from the PRC that were entered or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption, on or after September 2, 2014 (for those entities for which we found critical circumstances exist) or on or after December 1, 2014, the date of publication of the Preliminary Determination in the Federal Register (for all entities for which we did not find critical circumstances exist). In accordance with section 703(d) of the Act, we issued instructions to CBP to discontinue the suspension of liquidation for CVD purposes for subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, on or after March 31, 2015, but to continue the suspension of liquidation of all entries from September 2, 2014, or December 1, 2014, as the case may be, through March 30, 2015. 10 The individually-investigated exporters/ producers are (1) GITI Tire (Fujian) Co., Ltd., and its cross-owned affiliated companies GITI Tire (China) Investment Company Ltd., GITI Radial Tire (Anhui) Company Ltd., GITI Tire (Hualin) Company Ltd., GITI Steel Cord (Hubei) Company Ltd., Anhui Prime Cord Fabrics Company Ltd., GITI Tire Corporation, GITI Tire (Anhui) Company Ltd., GITI Greatwall Tire (Yinchuan) Company Ltd., GITI Steel Cord (Anhui) Company Ltd., Anhui Prime Cord VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Jun 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 If the U.S. International Trade Commission (the ITC) issues a final affirmative injury determination, we will issue a CVD order and will reinstate the suspension of liquidation under section 706(a) of the Act and will require a cash deposit of estimated CVDs for such entries of subject merchandise in the amounts indicated above. If the ITC determines that material injury, or threat of material injury, does not exist, this proceeding will be terminated and all estimated duties deposited or securities posted as a result of the suspension of liquidation will be refunded or canceled. ITC Notification In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the ITC of our determination. In addition, we are making available to the ITC all nonprivileged and non-proprietary information related to this investigation. We will allow the ITC access to all privileged and business proprietary information in our files, provided the ITC confirms that it will not disclose such information, either publicly or under an administrative protective order Weaving Company Ltd., and Anhui Prime Cord Twisting Company Ltd.; (2) Cooper Kunshan Tire Co., Ltd., and its cross-owned affiliated company, Cooper Chengshan (Shandong) Tire Co., Ltd.; and (3) Yongsheng. 11 See Final Decision Memorandum at Comment 15. 12 See, e.g., Countervailing Duty Investigation of Chlorinated Isocyanurates From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Determination and PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34889 37.20 20.73 100.77 30.87 Cash deposit rate (percent) 36.79 20.73 100.37 30.61 (APO), without the written consent of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders In the event the ITC issues a final negative injury determination, this notice will serve as the only reminder to parties subject to an APO of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). 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 subject to sanction. This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 705(d) and 777(i) of the Act. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Dated: June 11, 2015. Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Determination, 79 FR 10097, 10098 (February 24, 2014), unchanged in Countervailing Duty Investigation of Chlorinated Isocyanurates From the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, 79 FR 56560, 56562 (September 22, 2014); see also Memorandum, ‘‘Calculation of the All Others Rate for the Final Determination,’’ June 11, 2015. E:\FR\FM\18JNN1.SGM 18JNN1 34890 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 117 / Thursday, June 18, 2015 / Notices tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Appendix I List of Topics Discussed in the Final Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Final Determination of Critical Circumstances, in Part IV. Scope of the Investigation V. Application of the Countervailing Duty Law to Imports from the PRC VI. Subsidies Valuation Information VII. Benchmarks and Discount Rates VIII. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences IX. Analysis of Programs X. Analysis of Comments Comment 1: Whether GITI Fujian’s Input Suppliers are Authorities Comment 2: Appropriate Benchmark for Inputs at LTAR Comment 3: Whether Benchmarks for LTAR Inputs Should Exclude International Freight or Inland Freight Comment 4: Inputs Supplied by Other GITI Companies Should Not be Countervailed Comment 5: Correct Electricity Rate Selections Comment 6: Whether to Countervail Government Policy Lending Program Comment 7: Whether the Export Buyer’s Credit Program Was Used by Respondents Comment 8: Whether to Countervail CKT’s Land in the Kunshan ETDZ Comment 9: Whether to Countervail Assets from the Chengshan Group to Cooper for LTAR Comment 10: Whether PCT is the Successorin-Interest to CCT Comment 11: Adjustments to Cooper’s Originally Reported Data Comment 12: Whether the Department Should Accept the Minor Corrections Presented by GITI Fujian at Verification Comment 13: Whether Loans to GITI Anhui Radial are Export Subsidies Comment 14: Correct Sales Denominator for the GITI Companies Comment 15: Cash Deposit Rate for Terminated Programs Comment 16: Whether to Countervail the VAT Exemptions and Deductions for Central Regions Program Comment 17: Whether to Countervail the Key Enterprise Staffing Subsidy, 2013 Comment 18: Whether to Apply AFA to Subsidies Received by Hualin Tyre Comment 19: Whether the Department Should Attribute to GITI Fujian Subsidies Received by GITI Anhui Through 2010 and Subsidies Received by GITI Yinchuan Greatwall Through the POI Comment 20: Subsidy Rate for GITI Anhui’s Use of the Import Tariff and VAT Exemptions for Imported Equipment Programs Comment 21: AFA Rate for Yongsheng Comment 22: Appropriate Time Periods for Critical Circumstances Analysis Comment 23: Whether Seasonality Exists in the Critical Circumstances Data Comment 24: Whether Company Specific Data Should be Used in the Department’s Critical Circumstances Analysis VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:53 Jun 17, 2015 Jkt 235001 Comment 25: Whether to Modify the Language of the Exclusion on Special Trailer (ST) Tires Comment 26: Whether Slingshot Tires Are Included in the Scope XI. Recommendation Appendix II Scope of the Investigation The scope of this investigation is passenger vehicle and light truck tires. Passenger vehicle and light truck tires are new pneumatic tires, of rubber, with a passenger vehicle or light truck size designation. Tires covered by this investigation may be tube-type, tubeless, radial, or non-radial, and they may be intended for sale to original equipment manufacturers or the replacement market. Subject tires have, at the time of importation, the symbol ‘‘DOT’’ on the sidewall, certifying that the tire conforms to applicable motor vehicle safety standards. Subject tires may also have the following prefixes or suffix in their tire size designation, which also appears on the sidewall of the tire: Prefix designations: P—Identifies a tire intended primarily for service on passenger cars. LT—Identifies a tire intended primarily for service on light trucks. Suffix letter designations: LT—Identifies light truck tires for service on trucks, buses, trailers, and multipurpose passenger vehicles used in nominal highway service. All tires with a ‘‘P’’ or ‘‘LT’’ prefix, and all tires with an ‘‘LT’’ suffix in their sidewall markings are covered by this investigation regardless of their intended use. In addition, all tires that lack a ‘‘P’’ or ‘‘LT’’ prefix or suffix in their sidewall markings, as well as all tires that include any other prefix or suffix in their sidewall markings, are included in the scope, regardless of their intended use, as long as the tire is of a size that is among the numerical size designations listed in the passenger car section or light truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, as updated annually, unless the tire falls within one of the specific exclusions set out below. Passenger vehicle and light truck tires, whether or not attached to wheels or rims, are included in the scope. However, if a subject tire is imported attached to a wheel or rim, only the tire is covered by the scope. Specifically excluded from the scope of this investigation are the following types of tires: (1) Racing car tires; such tires do not bear the symbol ‘‘DOT’’ on the sidewall and may be marked with ‘‘ZR’’ in size designation; PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (2) new pneumatic tires, of rubber, of a size that is not listed in the passenger car section or light truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book; (3) pneumatic tires, of rubber, that are not new, including recycled and retreaded tires; (4) non-pneumatic tires, such as solid rubber tires; (5) tires designed and marketed exclusively as temporary use spare tires for passenger vehicles which, in addition, exhibit each of the following physical characteristics: (a) The size designation and load index combination molded on the tire’s sidewall are listed in Table PCT–1B (‘‘T’’ Type Spare Tires for Temporary Use on Passenger Vehicles) of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, (b) the designation ‘‘T’’ is molded into the tire’s sidewall as part of the size designation, and, (c) the tire’s speed rating is molded on the sidewall, indicating the rated speed in MPH or a letter rating as listed by Tire and Rim Association Year Book, and the rated speed is 81 MPH or a ‘‘M’’ rating; (6) tires designed and marketed exclusively for specialty tire (ST) use which, in addition, exhibit each of the following conditions: (a) The size designation molded on the tire’s sidewall is listed in the ST sections of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, (b) the designation ‘‘ST’’ is molded into the tire’s sidewall as part of the size designation, (c) the tire incorporates a warning, prominently molded on the sidewall, that the tire is ‘‘For Trailer Service Only’’ or ‘‘For Trailer Use Only’’, (d) the load index molded on the tire’s sidewall meets or exceeds those load indexes listed in the Tire and Rim Association Year Book for the relevant ST tire size, and (e) either (i) the tire’s speed rating is molded on the sidewall, indicating the rated speed in MPH or a letter rating as listed by Tire and Rim Association Year Book, and the rated speed does not exceed 81 MPH or an ‘‘M’’ rating; or (ii) the tire’s speed rating molded on the sidewall is 87 MPH or an ‘‘N’’ rating, and in either case the tire’s maximum pressure and maximum load limit are molded on the sidewall and either (1) both exceed the maximum pressure and maximum load limit for any tire of the same size designation in either the passenger car or light truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book; or (2) if the maximum cold inflation pressure molded on the tire is less than E:\FR\FM\18JNN1.SGM 18JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 117 / Thursday, June 18, 2015 / Notices any cold inflation pressure listed for that size designation in either the passenger car or light truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, the maximum load limit molded on the tire is higher than the maximum load limit listed at that cold inflation pressure for that size designation in either the passenger car or light truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book; (7) tires designed and marketed exclusively for off-road use and which, in addition, exhibit each of the following physical characteristics: (a) The size designation and load index combination molded on the tire’s sidewall are listed in the off-the-road, agricultural, industrial or ATV section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, (b) in addition to any size designation markings, the tire incorporates a warning, prominently molded on the sidewall, that the tire is ‘‘Not For Highway Service’’ or ‘‘Not for Highway Use’’, (c) the tire’s speed rating is molded on the sidewall, indicating the rated speed in MPH or a letter rating as listed by the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, and the rated speed does not exceed 55 MPH or a ‘‘G’’ rating, and (d) the tire features a recognizable offroad tread design. The products covered by the investigation are currently classified under the following Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings: 4011.10.10.10, 4011.10.10.20, 4011.10.10.30, 4011.10.10.40, 4011.10.10.50, 4011.10.10.60, 4011.10.10.70, 4011.10.50.00, 4011.20.10.05, and 4011.20.50.10. Tires meeting the scope description may also enter under the following HTSUS subheadings: 4011.99.45.10, 4011.99.45.50, 4011.99.85.10, 4011.99.85.50, 8708.70.45.45, 8708.70.45.60, 8708.70.60.30, 8708.70.60.45, and 8708.70.60.60. While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and for customs purposes, the written description of the subject merchandise is dispositive. [FR Doc. 2015–15059 Filed 6–17–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [Docket No.: 150421388–5516–02] Privacy Act New System of Records International Trade Administration (ITA), Department of Commerce (DOC). AGENCY: 16:53 Jun 17, 2015 The Department of Commerce (Commerce) publishes this notice to announce the effective date of a Privacy Act System of Records entitled Commerce/ITA–8, Salesforce Customer Relationship Management System. The notice of proposed amendment to this system of records was published in the Federal Register on May 11, 2015. DATES: The system of records becomes effective on June 18, 2015. ADDRESSES: For a copy of the system of records please mail requests to Lois V. Mockabee, International Trade Administration Privacy Act Officer, Room 21023, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lois V. Mockabee, International Trade Administration Privacy Act Officer, Room 21023, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. Telephone: (202) 482–06111. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 11, 2015, the Department of Commerce published and requested comments on a proposed Privacy Act System of Records entitled Commerce/ITA–8, Salesforce Customer Relationship Management System (80 FR 26893). No comments were received in response to the request for comments. By this notice, the Department is adopting the proposed system as final without changes effective June 18, 2015. SUMMARY: Dated: June 15, 2015. Brenda Dolan, Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Officer, U.S. Department of Commerce. [FR Doc. 2015–15019 Filed 6–17–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–25–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–020] Melamine From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Effective date June 18, 2015. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (‘‘Department’’) preliminarily determines that melamine from the People’s Republic of China (‘‘PRC’’) is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value AGENCY: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE VerDate Sep<11>2014 Notice; Commerce/ITA–8, Salesforce Customer Relationship Management System. ACTION: Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34891 (‘‘LTFV’’), as provided in section 733 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (‘‘the Act’’). The period of investigation (‘‘POI’’) is April 1, 2014, through September 30, 2014. The estimated margin of sales at LTFV is shown in the ‘‘Preliminary Determination’’ section of this notice. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Terpstra, AD/CVD Operations, Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–3965. The Department published the notice of initiation of this investigation on December 9, 2014.1 Pursuant to section 733(c)(1)(A) of the Act, on March 12, 2015, the Department postponed this preliminary LTFV determination by a period of 50 days.2 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Scope of the Investigation The merchandise subject to this investigation is melamine (Chemical Abstracts Service (‘‘CAS’’) registry number 108–78–01, molecular formula C3H6N6).3 Melamine is a crystalline powder or granule typically (but not exclusively) used to manufacture melamine formaldehyde resins. All melamine is covered by the scope of this investigation irrespective of purity, particle size, or physical form. Melamine that has been blended with other products is included within this scope when such blends include constituent parts that have been intermingled, but that have not been chemically reacted with each other to produce a different product. For such blends, only the melamine component of the mixture is covered by the scope of these investigations. Melamine that is otherwise subject to this investigation is not excluded when commingled with melamine from sources not subject to this investigation. Only the subject component of such commingled products is covered by the scope of this investigation. 1 See Melamine from the People’s Republic of China and Trinidad and Tobago: Initiation of LessThan-Fair-Value Investigations, 79 FR 73037 (December 9, 2014) (‘‘Initiation Notice’’). 2 See Melamine from the People’s Republic of China and Trinidad and Tobago: Postponement of Preliminary Determinations of Antidumping Duty Investigations, 80 FR 12979 (March 12, 2015). 3 Melamine is also known as 2,4,6-triamino-striazine; l,3,5-Triazine-2,4,6-triamine; Cyanurotriamide; Cyanurotriamine; Cyanuramide; and by various brand names. E:\FR\FM\18JNN1.SGM 18JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-017]


Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Passenger Vehicle 
and Light Truck Tires From the People's Republic of China: Final 
Affirmative Determination, and Final Affirmative Critical Circumstances 
Determination, in Part

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) determines that 
countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters 
of certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires (passenger tires) 
from the People's Republic of China (the PRC) as provided in section 
705 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). For information on 
the estimated subsidy rates, see the ``Final Determination'' section of 
this notice. The period of investigation is January 1, 2013, through 
December 31, 2013.

DATES: Effective date June 18, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Halle, AD/CVD Operations, Office 
VII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20230; Phone: (202) 482-0176.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The Department published the Preliminary Determination on December 
1, 2014,\1\ and the Amended Preliminary Determination on December 30, 
2014.\2\ A summary of the events that occurred since the Department 
published the Amended Preliminary Determination, as well as a full 
discussion of the issues raised by parties for this final 
determination, may be found in the Final Decision Memorandum.\3\ The 
Final 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). 
ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov, and 
is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of 
the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete 
version of the Final Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at 
http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Final Decision Memorandum 
and the electronic version are identical in content.
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    \1\ See Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Passenger 
Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from the People's Republic of China: 
Preliminary Affirmative Determination, Preliminary Affirmative 
Critical Circumstances Determination, in Part, and Alignment of 
Final Determination with Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 79 FR 
71093 (December 1, 2014) (Preliminary Determination).
    \2\ See Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Passenger 
Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from the People's Republic of China: 
Amended Affirmative Preliminary Determination, 79 FR 78398 (December 
30, 2014) (Amended Preliminary Determination).
    \3\ See Memorandum, ``Issues and Decision Memorandum for the 
Final Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of 
Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from the People's 
Republic of China,'' (Final Decision Memorandum), dated concurrently 
with this determination and hereby adopted by this notice.
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Scope of the Investigation and Scope Comments

    The products covered by this investigation are certain passenger 
tires from the PRC. The products covered by the investigation are 
currently classified under the following Harmonized Tariff Schedule of 
the United States (HTSUS) subheadings: 4011.10.10.10, 4011.10.10.20, 
4011.10.10.30, 4011.10.10.40, 4011.10.10.50, 4011.10.10.60, 
4011.10.10.70, 4011.10.50.00, 4011.20.10.05, and 4011.20.50.10. Tires 
meeting the scope description may also enter under the following HTSUS 
subheadings: 4011.99.45.10, 4011.99.45.50, 4011.99.85.10, 
4011.99.85.50, 8708.70.45.45, 8708.70.45.60, 8708.70.60.30, 
8708.70.60.45, and 8708.70.60.60. While HTSUS subheadings are provided 
for convenience and for customs purposes, the written description of 
the subject merchandise is dispositive.
    The Department received comments regarding the scope of this 
investigation from numerous interested parties, which we have 
summarized and addressed in the accompanying Final Decision 
Memorandum.\4\ As explained in the Final Decision Memorandum, to 
facilitate the scope's administrability and enforcement, we have 
clarified the scope language such that ``N'' speed-rated specialty 
trailer tires that meet certain requirements are excluded from the 
scope.\5\ For a complete description of the scope of the investigation, 
see Appendix II to this notice.
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    \4\ See Final Decision Memorandum at Comments 25 and 26.
    \5\ Id.
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Analysis of Subsidy Programs and Comments Received

    The subsidy programs under investigation and the issues raised in 
the case and rebuttal briefs by parties in this investigation are 
discussed in the Final Decision Memorandum. A list of the issues that 
parties raised, and to which we responded in the Final Decision 
Memorandum, is attached to this notice at Appendix I.

Use of Adverse Facts Available

    The Department notes that, in making these findings, we relied, in 
part, on facts available and, because one or more respondents did not 
act to the best of their ability to respond to the Department's 
requests for information, we applied adverse facts available.\6\ For 
purposes of this final determination, we applied adverse facts 
available in several instances, including with regard to the net 
subsidy rate assigned to Shandong Yongsheng Rubber Group Co., Ltd. 
(Yongsheng). For further information, see the section ``Use of Facts 
Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences,'' in the Final Decision 
Memorandum.
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    \6\ See sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act.
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Changes Since the Preliminary Determination

    Based on our review and analysis of the comments received from 
parties, and minor corrections presented at verification, we made 
certain changes to the respondents' subsidy rate calculations since the 
Preliminary Determination and Amended Preliminary Determination. For a 
discussion of these changes, see the Final Decision Memorandum and the 
Final Analysis Memoranda.\7\
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    \7\ See Final Decision Memorandum; see also Memoranda, ``Final 
Determination Analysis for GITI Tire (Fujian) Company Ltd.,'' and 
``Final Determination Analysis for Cooper (Kunshan) Tire Co., 
Ltd.,'' (collectively, Final Analysis Memoranda), dated concurrently 
with this determination and hereby adopted by this notice.
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Final Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances, in Part

    In the Preliminary Determination, the Department found that 
critical circumstances exist with respect to imports of passenger tires 
from the PRC for Yongsheng and all other exporters or producers not 
individually examined.\8\ Upon further analysis of the data and 
comments submitted by interested parties following the Preliminary 
Determination, we are modifying our findings for the Final 
Determination.\9\ Specifically, in accordance with section 705(a)(2) of 
the Act, we find that critical circumstances exist with respect to 
imports from GITI Tire (Fujian) Co., Ltd.

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(GITI Fujian), Yongsheng, and all other producers or exporters, but do 
not exist for Cooper (Kunshan) Tire Co., Ltd. (Cooper).
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    \8\ See Preliminary Determination, 79 FR at 71094.
    \9\ For a full description of the methodology and results of our 
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Final Determination

    In accordance with section 705(c)(1)(B)(i) of the Act, we 
calculated a rate for GITI Fujian and Cooper, the only two individually 
investigated exporters/producers of the subject merchandise that 
participated in this investigation.\10\ We adjusted the cash deposit 
rates for GITI Fujian, Yongsheng, and all other producers or exporters 
to reflect our finding that a program-wide change exists with regard to 
one subsidy program.\11\ The cash deposit rates listed below reflect 
this adjustment.
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    \10\ The individually-investigated exporters/producers are (1) 
GITI Tire (Fujian) Co., Ltd., and its cross-owned affiliated 
companies GITI Tire (China) Investment Company Ltd., GITI Radial 
Tire (Anhui) Company Ltd., GITI Tire (Hualin) Company Ltd., GITI 
Steel Cord (Hubei) Company Ltd., Anhui Prime Cord Fabrics Company 
Ltd., GITI Tire Corporation, GITI Tire (Anhui) Company Ltd., GITI 
Greatwall Tire (Yinchuan) Company Ltd., GITI Steel Cord (Anhui) 
Company Ltd., Anhui Prime Cord Weaving Company Ltd., and Anhui Prime 
Cord Twisting Company Ltd.; (2) Cooper Kunshan Tire Co., Ltd., and 
its cross-owned affiliated company, Cooper Chengshan (Shandong) Tire 
Co., Ltd.; and (3) Yongsheng.
    \11\ See Final Decision Memorandum at Comment 15.
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    In accordance with sections 705(c)(1)(B)(i)(I) and 705(c)(5)(A) of 
the Act, for companies not individually investigated, we apply an ``all 
others'' rate, which is normally calculated by weighting the subsidy 
rates of the individual companies selected as respondents with those 
companies' export sales of the subject merchandise to the United 
States. Under section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act, the all others rate 
should exclude zero and de minimis rates calculated for the exporters 
and producers individually investigated, and any rates determined 
entirely under section 776 of the Act. We therefore have excluded 
Yongsheng's rate from the all others rate.
    Notwithstanding the language of section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act, 
we have not calculated the all others rate by weight-averaging the 
rates of GITI Fujian and Cooper because doing so risks disclosure of 
proprietary information. Therefore, and consistent with the 
Department's practice where such risk exists, for the all others rate, 
we calculated a weight average of GITI Fujian's and Cooper's rates 
using publicly ranged data.\12\ Since both GITI Fujian and Cooper 
received countervailable export subsidies and the all others rate is an 
average based on the individually investigated respondents, the all 
others rate includes export subsidies. We determine the total estimated 
net countervailable subsidy rates to be:
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    \12\ See, e.g., Countervailing Duty Investigation of Chlorinated 
Isocyanurates From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary 
Determination and Alignment of Final Determination With Final 
Antidumping Determination, 79 FR 10097, 10098 (February 24, 2014), 
unchanged in Countervailing Duty Investigation of Chlorinated 
Isocyanurates From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative 
Countervailing Duty Determination, 79 FR 56560, 56562 (September 22, 
2014); see also Memorandum, ``Calculation of the All Others Rate for 
the Final Determination,'' June 11, 2015.

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                                       Subsidy rate    Cash deposit rate
              Company                   (percent)          (percent)
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GITI Tire (Fujian) Co., Ltd. and                37.20              36.79
 certain cross-owned companies....
Cooper Kunshan Tire Co., Ltd and                20.73              20.73
 certain cross-owned companies....
Shandong Yongsheng Rubber Group                100.77             100.37
 Co., Ltd.........................
All Others........................              30.87              30.61
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Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation

    As a result of our Preliminary Determination, and pursuant to 
section 703(d) of the Act, we instructed U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of all entries of merchandise 
under consideration from the PRC that were entered or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption, on or after September 2, 2014 (for those 
entities for which we found critical circumstances exist) or on or 
after December 1, 2014, the date of publication of the Preliminary 
Determination in the Federal Register (for all entities for which we 
did not find critical circumstances exist). In accordance with section 
703(d) of the Act, we issued instructions to CBP to discontinue the 
suspension of liquidation for CVD purposes for subject merchandise 
entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, on or after March 31, 2015, but 
to continue the suspension of liquidation of all entries from September 
2, 2014, or December 1, 2014, as the case may be, through March 30, 
2015.
    If the U.S. International Trade Commission (the ITC) issues a final 
affirmative injury determination, we will issue a CVD order and will 
reinstate the suspension of liquidation under section 706(a) of the Act 
and will require a cash deposit of estimated CVDs for such entries of 
subject merchandise in the amounts indicated above. If the ITC 
determines that material injury, or threat of material injury, does not 
exist, this proceeding will be terminated and all estimated duties 
deposited or securities posted as a result of the suspension of 
liquidation will be refunded or canceled.

ITC Notification

    In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the 
ITC of our determination. In addition, we are making available to the 
ITC all non-privileged and non-proprietary information related to this 
investigation. We will allow the ITC access to all privileged and 
business proprietary information in our files, provided the ITC 
confirms that it will not disclose such information, either publicly or 
under an administrative protective order (APO), without the written 
consent of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders

    In the event the ITC issues a final negative injury determination, 
this notice will serve as the only reminder to parties subject to an 
APO of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary 
information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 
351.305(a)(3). 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 subject to sanction.
    This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 
705(d) and 777(i) of the Act.

Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
    Dated: June 11, 2015.

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Appendix I

List of Topics Discussed in the Final Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Final Determination of Critical Circumstances, in Part
IV. Scope of the Investigation
V. Application of the Countervailing Duty Law to Imports from the 
PRC
VI. Subsidies Valuation Information
VII. Benchmarks and Discount Rates
VIII. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences
IX. Analysis of Programs
X. Analysis of Comments
Comment 1: Whether GITI Fujian's Input Suppliers are Authorities
Comment 2: Appropriate Benchmark for Inputs at LTAR
Comment 3: Whether Benchmarks for LTAR Inputs Should Exclude 
International Freight or Inland Freight
Comment 4: Inputs Supplied by Other GITI Companies Should Not be 
Countervailed
Comment 5: Correct Electricity Rate Selections
Comment 6: Whether to Countervail Government Policy Lending Program
Comment 7: Whether the Export Buyer's Credit Program Was Used by 
Respondents
Comment 8: Whether to Countervail CKT's Land in the Kunshan ETDZ
Comment 9: Whether to Countervail Assets from the Chengshan Group to 
Cooper for LTAR
Comment 10: Whether PCT is the Successor-in-Interest to CCT
Comment 11: Adjustments to Cooper's Originally Reported Data
Comment 12: Whether the Department Should Accept the Minor 
Corrections Presented by GITI Fujian at Verification
Comment 13: Whether Loans to GITI Anhui Radial are Export Subsidies
Comment 14: Correct Sales Denominator for the GITI Companies
Comment 15: Cash Deposit Rate for Terminated Programs
Comment 16: Whether to Countervail the VAT Exemptions and Deductions 
for Central Regions Program
Comment 17: Whether to Countervail the Key Enterprise Staffing 
Subsidy, 2013
Comment 18: Whether to Apply AFA to Subsidies Received by Hualin 
Tyre
Comment 19: Whether the Department Should Attribute to GITI Fujian 
Subsidies Received by GITI Anhui Through 2010 and Subsidies Received 
by GITI Yinchuan Greatwall Through the POI
Comment 20: Subsidy Rate for GITI Anhui's Use of the Import Tariff 
and VAT Exemptions for Imported Equipment Programs
Comment 21: AFA Rate for Yongsheng
Comment 22: Appropriate Time Periods for Critical Circumstances 
Analysis
Comment 23: Whether Seasonality Exists in the Critical Circumstances 
Data
Comment 24: Whether Company Specific Data Should be Used in the 
Department's Critical Circumstances Analysis
Comment 25: Whether to Modify the Language of the Exclusion on 
Special Trailer (ST) Tires
Comment 26: Whether Slingshot Tires Are Included in the Scope
XI. Recommendation

Appendix II

Scope of the Investigation

    The scope of this investigation is passenger vehicle and light 
truck tires. Passenger vehicle and light truck tires are new pneumatic 
tires, of rubber, with a passenger vehicle or light truck size 
designation. Tires covered by this investigation may be tube-type, 
tubeless, radial, or non-radial, and they may be intended for sale to 
original equipment manufacturers or the replacement market.
    Subject tires have, at the time of importation, the symbol ``DOT'' 
on the sidewall, certifying that the tire conforms to applicable motor 
vehicle safety standards. Subject tires may also have the following 
prefixes or suffix in their tire size designation, which also appears 
on the sidewall of the tire:
    Prefix designations:
    P--Identifies a tire intended primarily for service on passenger 
cars.
    LT--Identifies a tire intended primarily for service on light 
trucks.
    Suffix letter designations:
    LT--Identifies light truck tires for service on trucks, buses, 
trailers, and multipurpose passenger vehicles used in nominal highway 
service.
    All tires with a ``P'' or ``LT'' prefix, and all tires with an 
``LT'' suffix in their sidewall markings are covered by this 
investigation regardless of their intended use.
    In addition, all tires that lack a ``P'' or ``LT'' prefix or suffix 
in their sidewall markings, as well as all tires that include any other 
prefix or suffix in their sidewall markings, are included in the scope, 
regardless of their intended use, as long as the tire is of a size that 
is among the numerical size designations listed in the passenger car 
section or light truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year 
Book, as updated annually, unless the tire falls within one of the 
specific exclusions set out below.
    Passenger vehicle and light truck tires, whether or not attached to 
wheels or rims, are included in the scope. However, if a subject tire 
is imported attached to a wheel or rim, only the tire is covered by the 
scope.
    Specifically excluded from the scope of this investigation are the 
following types of tires:
    (1) Racing car tires; such tires do not bear the symbol ``DOT'' on 
the sidewall and may be marked with ``ZR'' in size designation;
    (2) new pneumatic tires, of rubber, of a size that is not listed in 
the passenger car section or light truck section of the Tire and Rim 
Association Year Book;
    (3) pneumatic tires, of rubber, that are not new, including 
recycled and retreaded tires;
    (4) non-pneumatic tires, such as solid rubber tires;
    (5) tires designed and marketed exclusively as temporary use spare 
tires for passenger vehicles which, in addition, exhibit each of the 
following physical characteristics:
    (a) The size designation and load index combination molded on the 
tire's sidewall are listed in Table PCT-1B (``T'' Type Spare Tires for 
Temporary Use on Passenger Vehicles) of the Tire and Rim Association 
Year Book,
    (b) the designation ``T'' is molded into the tire's sidewall as 
part of the size designation, and,
    (c) the tire's speed rating is molded on the sidewall, indicating 
the rated speed in MPH or a letter rating as listed by Tire and Rim 
Association Year Book, and the rated speed is 81 MPH or a ``M'' rating;
    (6) tires designed and marketed exclusively for specialty tire (ST) 
use which, in addition, exhibit each of the following conditions:
    (a) The size designation molded on the tire's sidewall is listed in 
the ST sections of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book,
    (b) the designation ``ST'' is molded into the tire's sidewall as 
part of the size designation,
    (c) the tire incorporates a warning, prominently molded on the 
sidewall, that the tire is ``For Trailer Service Only'' or ``For 
Trailer Use Only'',
    (d) the load index molded on the tire's sidewall meets or exceeds 
those load indexes listed in the Tire and Rim Association Year Book for 
the relevant ST tire size, and
    (e) either
    (i) the tire's speed rating is molded on the sidewall, indicating 
the rated speed in MPH or a letter rating as listed by Tire and Rim 
Association Year Book, and the rated speed does not exceed 81 MPH or an 
``M'' rating; or
    (ii) the tire's speed rating molded on the sidewall is 87 MPH or an 
``N'' rating, and in either case the tire's maximum pressure and 
maximum load limit are molded on the sidewall and either
    (1) both exceed the maximum pressure and maximum load limit for any 
tire of the same size designation in either the passenger car or light 
truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book; or
    (2) if the maximum cold inflation pressure molded on the tire is 
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any cold inflation pressure listed for that size designation in either 
the passenger car or light truck section of the Tire and Rim 
Association Year Book, the maximum load limit molded on the tire is 
higher than the maximum load limit listed at that cold inflation 
pressure for that size designation in either the passenger car or light 
truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book;
    (7) tires designed and marketed exclusively for off-road use and 
which, in addition, exhibit each of the following physical 
characteristics:
    (a) The size designation and load index combination molded on the 
tire's sidewall are listed in the off-the-road, agricultural, 
industrial or ATV section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book,
    (b) in addition to any size designation markings, the tire 
incorporates a warning, prominently molded on the sidewall, that the 
tire is ``Not For Highway Service'' or ``Not for Highway Use'',
    (c) the tire's speed rating is molded on the sidewall, indicating 
the rated speed in MPH or a letter rating as listed by the Tire and Rim 
Association Year Book, and the rated speed does not exceed 55 MPH or a 
``G'' rating, and
    (d) the tire features a recognizable off-road tread design.
    The products covered by the investigation are currently classified 
under the following Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
(HTSUS) subheadings: 4011.10.10.10, 4011.10.10.20, 4011.10.10.30, 
4011.10.10.40, 4011.10.10.50, 4011.10.10.60, 4011.10.10.70, 
4011.10.50.00, 4011.20.10.05, and 4011.20.50.10. Tires meeting the 
scope description may also enter under the following HTSUS subheadings: 
4011.99.45.10, 4011.99.45.50, 4011.99.85.10, 4011.99.85.50, 
8708.70.45.45, 8708.70.45.60, 8708.70.60.30, 8708.70.60.45, and 
8708.70.60.60. While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and 
for customs purposes, the written description of the subject 
merchandise is dispositive.

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