Certain Uncoated Paper From Australia: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Negative Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances, and Postponement of Final Determination, 51783-51786 [2015-21170]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 165 / Wednesday, August 26, 2015 / Notices preliminary results 1 of a changed circumstances review (CCR), preliminarily determining to revoke the antidumping duty (AD) Order 2 on purified carboxymethylcellulose (CMC) from Finland. We invited interested parties to comment on the Preliminary Results. We received no comments. Thus, we make no changes to our preliminary determination in these final results of changed circumstances review and hereby revoke the Order in toto. DATES: Effective Date: August 26, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Victoria Cho, or Robert James, 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) 482–5075 or (202) 482– 0649, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On May 15, 2015, in accordance with sections 751(b) and 751(d)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), 19 CFR 351.216(b), 19 CFR 351.222(g)(1), and 19 CFR 351.221(c)(3)(ii), Ashland Specialty Ingredients, G.P. (Ashland), the petitioner and sole domestic producer of CMC, requested revocation of the Order with respect to Finland as part of an expedited CCR. On June 8, 2015, CP Kelco Oy and its U.S. affiliate, CP Kelco U.S. Inc., (collectively, CP Kelco), the sole manufacturer of CMC in Finland and its affiliated U.S. importer, requested that the Department grant Ashland’s CCR request and revoke the AD order on CMC from Finland, due to the lack of interest in continuation of the Order. On July 8, 2015, the Department preliminarily determined to revoke the Order and invited interested parties to comment on the Preliminary Results We received no further comments from interested parties. rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Scope of the Order The merchandise covered by these orders is all purified CMC, sometimes also referred to as purified sodium CMC, polyanionic cellulose, or cellulose gum, which is a white to off-white, non-toxic, odorless, biodegradable powder, comprising sodium CMC that has been 1 See Purified Carboxymethylcellulose From Finland: Initiation and Preliminary Results of Changed Circumstances Review and Consideration of Revocation of the Antidumping Duty Order, 80 FR 39058 (July 8, 2015) (Preliminary Results). 2 See Notice of Antidumping Duty Orders: Purified Carboxymethylcellulose From Finland, Mexico, the Netherlands and Sweden, 70 FR 39734 (July 11, 2005) (the Order). VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:29 Aug 25, 2015 Jkt 235001 refined and purified to a minimum assay of 90 percent. Purified CMC does not include unpurified or crude CMC, CMC Fluidized Polymer Suspensions, and CMC that is cross-linked through heat treatment. Purified CMC is CMC that has undergone one or more purification operations which, at a minimum, reduce the remaining salt and other by-product portion of the product to less than ten percent. The merchandise subject to this order is classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States at subheading 3912.31.00. This tariff classification is provided for convenience and customs purposes; however, the written description of the scope of the order is dispositive. Final Results of Changed Circumstances Review Section 782(h)(2) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.222(g)(1)(i) & (vi), provide that the Department may revoke an order (in whole or in part) on an expedited basis if it determines that producers accounting for substantially all of the production of the domestic like product have no further interest in the order, in whole or in part. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.222(g)(1), we find that the petitioner’s affirmative statement of no interest constitutes good cause to conduct this review. On June 8, 2015, CP Kelco also filed a letter in support of Ashland’s CCR request. Ashland stated that, as the sole U.S. producer of CMC, it accounts for substantially all of the production of the domestic like product. Ashland also stated that it has no interest in the continuation of the Order.3 Therefore, at the request of Ashland and in accordance with sections 751(b)(1) and 751(d)(1) of the Act, 19 CFR 351.216, 19 CFR 351.222(g)(1)(i) & (vi), we are revoking the Order on CMC from Finland. As stated in the Preliminary Results, the revocation will be effective July 1, 2014, which is the first day of the most recent period not subject to administrative review. Termination of Suspension of Liquidation Because we determine that there are changed circumstances that warrant the revocation of the Order, we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to terminate the suspension of liquidation of the merchandise subject to this order entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, on or after July 1, 2014 and to release any cash deposit or bond on all unliquidated entries of the merchandise 3 See Ashland’s May 15, 2015 submission to the Department. PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51783 covered by the revocation that are not covered by the final results of an administrative review or automatic liquidation. Entries of subject merchandise prior to the effective date of revocation will continue to be subject to suspension of liquidation and AD deposit requirements. Return or Destruction of Proprietary Information This notice serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective orders (APOs) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.306. Timely written notification of the return/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 sanctionable violation. Notification to Interested Parties We are issuing and publishing these final results and notice in accordance with sections 751(b)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.216, 351.221(c)(3), and 351.222(g)(vii). Dated: August 18, 2015. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2015–21046 Filed 8–25–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–602–807] Certain Uncoated Paper From Australia: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Negative Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances, and Postponement of Final Determination Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) preliminarily determines that certain uncoated paper from Australia is being, or is 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 (POI) is January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014. The estimated weighted-average dumping margins of sales at LTFV are shown in the ‘‘Preliminary Determination’’ section of this notice. Interested parties AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1 51784 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 165 / Wednesday, August 26, 2015 / Notices discussion of those comments, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.3 are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Effective Date: August 26, 2015. Eve Wang or George McMahon, 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) 482–6231 or (202) 482– 1167, respectively. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The Department published the notice of initiation of this investigation on February 18, 2015.1 For a complete description of the events that followed the initiation of this investigation, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum that is dated concurrently with this determination and hereby adopted by this notice.2 The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at https://access.trade.gov, and to all parties in the Central Records Unit, room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be found at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Scope of the Investigation The product covered by this investigation is uncoated paper from Australia. For a full description of the scope of this investigation, see the ‘‘Scope of the Investigation,’’ in Appendix I of this notice. Postponement of Deadline for Preliminary Determination On May 15, 2015, the Petitioners 4 made a timely request for a 50-day postponement of the preliminary determination in this investigation pursuant to section 733(c)(1)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(e).5 On June 1, 2015, we postponed the preliminary determination by 50 days, to August 19, 2015.6 Methodology The Department is conducting this investigation in accordance with section 731 of the Act. There is one respondent in this investigation, Paper Australia Pty. Ltd. (Australian Paper). Constructed export price and export price for this company are calculated in accordance with section 772 of the Act. Normal value (NV) is calculated in accordance with section 773 of the Act. For a full description of the methodology underlying our preliminary conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. 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. 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 and de minimis margins, and any margins determined entirely under section 776 of the Act. Australian Paper is the only respondent for which the Department has calculated a company-specific rate. Therefore, for purposes of determining the ‘‘all others’’ rate and pursuant to section 735(c)(5)(A) of the Act, we are Scope Comments rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Certain interested parties commented on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. For 1 See Certain Uncoated Paper From Australia, Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, and Portugal: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigations, 80 FR 8608 (February 18, 2015) (Initiation Notice). 2 See Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, entitled ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination in the Antidumping Duty Investigation of Certain Uncoated Paper from Australia’’ (Preliminary Decision Memorandum), dated concurrently with this notice. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:29 Aug 25, 2015 Jkt 235001 3 See also Memorandum from Erin Begnal, Director, Office III, to Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, entitled ‘‘Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determinations,’’ dated August 3, 2015. 4 The Petitioners in this proceeding are United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union; Domtar Corporation; Finch Paper LLC; P.H. Glatfelter Company; and Packaging Corporation of America (collectively, the Petitioners). 5 See the Petitioners’ letter to the Department dated May 15, 2015. 6 See Certain Uncoated Paper from Australia, Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, and Portugal: Postponement of Preliminary Determinations of Antidumping Duty Investigations, 80 FR 31017 (June 1, 2015). PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 using the dumping margin calculated for Australian Paper, as referenced in the ‘‘Preliminary Determination’’ section below. Negative Preliminary Determinations of Critical Circumstances On July 15, 2015, the Petitioners filed timely a critical circumstances allegation, pursuant to section 733(e)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.206(c), alleging that critical circumstances exist with respect to imports of the merchandise under consideration from Australia.7 In accordance with 19 CFR 351.206(c)(2)(i), when a critical circumstances allegation is submitted more than 20 days before the scheduled date of the preliminary determination, the Department must issue a preliminary finding whether there is a reasonable basis to believe or suspect that critical circumstances exist no later than the date of the preliminary determination. We conducted analyses of critical circumstances for Australian Paper in accordance with section 733(e) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.206, and preliminarily determined that: (1) Importers of uncoated paper from Australian Paper knew or should have known that the exporter was selling the merchandise under consideration at LTFV and that there was likely to be material injury in accordance with section 733(e)(1)(A)(ii) of the Act; and (2) imports of the subject merchandise from these companies have not been massive over a relatively short period in accordance with section 733(e)(1)(B) of the Act. Further, for the companies subject to the ‘‘all others’’ rate, it is the Department’s normal practice to conduct its critical circumstances analysis for these companies based on the experience of investigated companies.8 Accordingly, we find that the critical circumstances determination for Australian Paper should also be applied to all others, given that Australian Paper is the only known, identified producer in the petition and the initiation.9 For a full description of 7 See the letter from the petitioners entitled, ‘‘Certain Uncoated Paper from Australia— Allegation of Critical Circumstances,’’ dated July 15, 2015. 8 See, e.g., Sodium Metal from France: Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Negative Critical Circumstances, 73 FR 62252, 62254 (October 20, 2008); Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Negative Critical Circumstances Determination: Bottom Mount Combination Refrigerator-Freezers From the Republic of Korea, 77 FR 17413, 17415– 416 (March 26, 2012). 9 See Initiation Notice, 80 FR at 8614; see also Volume II of the Petitions, at II–1—II–2 at footnote 1, and Exhibit II–3;Volume V of the Petitions, at V– 1 through V–2 and Exhibit V–1; Volume VI of the Petitions, at Exhibits VI–1 and VI–2. E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 165 / Wednesday, August 26, 2015 / Notices of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). the methodology and results of our analysis, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Preliminary Determination The Department preliminarily determines that the following weightedaverage dumping margins exist: Verification As provided in section 782(i) of the Act, we intend to verify information relied upon in making our final determination. Public Comment Interested parties are invited to Exporter/manufacturer comment on this preliminary determination. Case briefs or other written comments may be submitted to Paper Australia Pty. Ltd. ............ 40.65 the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement All Others .................................... 40.65 and Compliance no later than seven days after the date on which the final verification report is issued in this Suspension of Liquidation proceeding, and rebuttal briefs, limited In accordance with section 733(d)(2) to issues raised in case briefs, may be of the Act, we are directing U.S. submitted no later than five days after Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to the deadline date for case briefs.12 suspend liquidation of all entries of Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and certain uncoated paper from Australia, (d)(2), parties who submit case briefs or as described in Appendix I of this rebuttal briefs in this proceeding are notice, for Australian Paper and the encouraged to submit with each companies covered by the all others rate argument: (1) A statement of the issue; which are entered, or withdrawn from (2) a brief summary of the argument; warehouse, for consumption on or after and (3) a table of authorities. the date of publication of this notice in Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), the Federal Register. However, because interested parties who wish to request a we have preliminarily found that hearing must submit a written request to critical circumstances do not exist with the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement regard to Australia, we will not instruct and Compliance, U.S. Department of CBP to suspend liquidation of covered Commerce. All documents must be filed entries from those companies entered, electronically using ACCESS. An or withdrawn from warehouse for electronically-filed request must be consumption up to 90 days prior to the received successfully in its entirety by date of publication of this notice in the ACCESS by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Federal Register.10 Time, within 30 days after the date of Pursuant to section 733(d) of the Act publication of this notice.13 Requests and 19 CFR 351.205(d), we will instruct should contain the party’s name, 11 equal to CBP to require cash deposits address, and telephone number, the the dumping margins, as indicated in number of participants, and a list of the the chart above, as follows: (1) The rate issues to be discussed. If a request for for the mandatory respondents listed a hearing is made, the Department above will be the respondent-specific intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. rate we determined in this preliminary Department of Commerce, 14th Street determination; (2) if the exporter is not and Constitution Avenue NW., a mandatory respondent identified Washington, DC 20230, at a time and above, but the producer is, the rate will date to be determined. Parties should be the specific rate established for the confirm by telephone the date, time, and producer of the subject merchandise; location of the hearing two days before and (3) the rate for all other producers the scheduled date. or exporters will be the all others rate. Postponement of Final Determination These suspension of liquidation and Extension of Provisional Measures instructions will remain in effect until further notice. Section 735(a)(2) of the Act provides that a final determination may be Disclosure postponed until not later than 135 days We will disclose the calculations after the date of the publication of the performed to interested parties in this preliminary determination if, in the proceeding within five days of the date event of an affirmative preliminary determination, a request for such 10 See section 733(e)(2) of the Act. postponement is made by exporters who 11 See Modification of Regulations Regarding the account for a significant proportion of Practice of Accepting Bonds During the Provisional rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Weightedaverage dumping margin (percent) Measures Period in Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations, 76 FR 61042 (October 3, 2011). VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:29 Aug 25, 2015 Jkt 235001 12 See 13 See PO 00000 19 CFR 351.309. 19 CFR 351.310(c). Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51785 exports of the subject merchandise, or in the event of a negative preliminary determination, a request for such postponement is made by the petitioner. 19 CFR 351.210(e)(2) requires that requests by respondents for postponement of a final antidumping determination be accompanied by a request for extension of provisional measures from a four-month period to a period not more than six months in duration. Australian Paper requested that, in the event of an affirmative preliminary determination in this investigation, the Department postpone its final determination by 60 days (i.e., to 135 days after publication of the preliminary determination) pursuant to section 735(a)(2)(A) and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(2)(ii), and agreed 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 period not to exceed six months.14 In accordance with section 735(a)(2)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(2)(ii) and (e)(2), because (1) our preliminary determination is affirmative; (2) the requesting exporters account for a significant proportion of exports of the subject merchandise; and (3) no compelling reasons for denial exist, we are postponing the final determination and extending the provisional measures from a four-month period to a period not greater than six months. Accordingly, we will make our final determination no later than 135 days after the date of publication of this preliminary determination, pursuant to section 735(a)(2) of the Act.15 International Trade Commission (ITC) Notification In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, we are notifying the ITC of our affirmative preliminary 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 whether the domestic industry in the United States is materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by reason of imports of uncoated paper from Australia 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 14 See letter from Australian Paper entitled, ‘‘Certain Uncoated Paper from Australia: Respondents’ Comments on the Extension of Final Determination,’’ dated August 11, 2015. 15 See also 19 CFR 351.210(e). E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1 51786 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 165 / Wednesday, August 26, 2015 / Notices 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: August 19, 2015. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I—Scope of the Investigation rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The merchandise covered by the investigation includes uncoated paper in sheet form; weighing at least 40 grams per square meter but not more than 150 grams per square meter; that either is a white paper with a GE brightness level 1 of 85 or higher or is a colored paper; whether or not surfacedecorated, printed (except as described below), embossed, perforated, or punched; irrespective of the smoothness of the surface; and irrespective of dimensions (Certain Uncoated Paper). Certain Uncoated Paper includes (a) uncoated free sheet paper that meets this scope definition; (b) uncoated ground wood paper produced from bleached chemithermo-mechanical pulp (BCTMP) that meets this scope definition; and (c) any other uncoated paper that meets this scope definition regardless of the type of pulp used to produce the paper. Specifically excluded from the scope are (1) paper printed with final content of printed text or graphics and (2) lined paper products, typically school supplies, composed of paper that incorporates straight horizontal and/or vertical lines that would make the paper unsuitable for copying or printing purposes. Imports of the subject merchandise are provided for under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) categories 4802.56.1000, 4802.56.2000, 4802.56.3000, 4802.56.4000, 4802.56.6000, 4802.56.7020, 4802.56.7040, 4802.57.1000, 4802.57.2000, 4802.57.3000, and 4802.57.4000. Some imports of subject merchandise may also be classified under 4802.62.1000, 4802.62.2000, 4802.62.3000, 4802.62.5000, 4802.62.6020, 4802.62.6040, 4802.69.1000, 4802.69.2000, 4802.69.3000, 4811.90.8050 and 4811.90.9080. While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of the investigation is dispositive. 1 One of the key measurements of any grade of paper is brightness. Generally speaking, the brighter the paper the better the contrast between the paper and the ink. Brightness is measured using a GE Reflectance Scale, which measures the reflection of light off a grade of paper. One is the lowest reflection, or what would be given to a totally black grade, and 100 is the brightest measured grade. ‘‘Colored paper’’ as used in this scope definition means a paper with a hue other than white that reflects one of the primary colors of magenta, yellow, and cyan (red, yellow, and blue) or a combination of such primary colors. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:29 Aug 25, 2015 Jkt 235001 Appendix II—List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum 301–427–8134 or email: roger.b.griffis@ noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Summary II. Background III. Period of Investigation IV. Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures V. Scope Comments VI. Discussion of the Methodology a. Determination of the Comparison Method b. Results of the Differential Pricing Analysis VII. Date of Sale VIII. Product Comparisons IX. Constructed Export Price X. Normal Value a. Home Market Viability b. Level of Trade c. Cost of Production (COP) Analysis 1. Calculation of COP 2. Test of Comparison Market Sales Prices 3. Results of the COP Test d. Calculation of NV Based on Comparison Market Prices XI. Currency Conversion XII. Critical Circumstances Summary of Report Climate-related changes in ocean and coastal ecosystems such as warming oceans, rising seas, loss of sea ice, ocean acidification and coastal droughts are impacting the nation’s valuable living marine resources and the many people, businesses and communities that depend on them. These changes are expected to increase with continued changes in the planet’s climate and ocean system affecting jobs, impacting economies and disrupting traditional ways of life. There is much at risk. For example, in the United States ocean related commercial and recreational fisheries generate approximately $200 billion in sales and support 1.7 million jobs each year.1 These current and future climate-related changes also affect the information, tools and actions needed to fulfill the NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) stewardship mandates for marine resources and the communities that depend on them. The NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy (Strategy) is part of a proactive approach to increase the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information needed to fulfill the agency’s mandates in a changing climate, including the MagnusonStevens Act, Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, National Environmental Policy Act and others. The Strategy responds to growing demands and directives for information and tools to prepare for and respond to climate impacts on marine and coastal resources, including the National Fish Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy (http:// wildlifeadaptationstrategy.gov/). It provides a nationally consistent blueprint to address the following seven science objectives: 1. Identify appropriate, climateinformed reference points for managing living marine resources. 2. Identify robust strategies for managing living marine resources under changing climate conditions. 3. Design adaptive decision processes that can incorporate and respond to changing climate conditions. 4. Identify future states of marine and coastal ecosystems, living marine resources, and resource-dependent human communities in a changing climate. [FR Doc. 2015–21170 Filed 8–25–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE142 NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: NMFS is releasing the final NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy (Strategy). The full Strategy, a Strategy Highlights document and additional information may be found at: http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/ ecosystems/climate/. ADDRESSES: To obtain copies of the Strategy please go to: http:// www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/ecosystems/ climate/ or contact Roger Griffis, Climate Change Coordinator, NMFS Office of Science and Technology, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (phone: 301– 427–8134, email: roger.b.griffis@ noaa.gov). SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Additional information may be found at http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/ ecosystems/climate or contacting Roger Griffis, Climate Change Coordinator, NMFS Office of Science and Technology, Silver Spring, MD 20910, PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1 ‘‘Fisheries Economics of the U.S.’’ NOAA Office of Science and Technology, http:// www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/economics/publications/ feus/fisheries_economics_2012. E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 165 (Wednesday, August 26, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 51783-51786]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-602-807]


Certain Uncoated Paper From Australia: Preliminary Determination 
of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Negative Preliminary Determination of 
Critical Circumstances, and Postponement of Final Determination

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) preliminarily 
determines that certain uncoated paper from Australia is being, or is 
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 (POI) is January 1, 2014, 
through December 31, 2014. The estimated weighted-average dumping 
margins of sales at LTFV are shown in the ``Preliminary Determination'' 
section of this notice. Interested parties

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are invited to comment on this preliminary determination.

DATES: Effective Date: August 26, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eve Wang or George McMahon, 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-
6231 or (202) 482-1167, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Department published the notice of initiation of this 
investigation on February 18, 2015.\1\ For a complete description of 
the events that followed the initiation of this investigation, see the 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum that is dated concurrently with this 
determination and hereby adopted by this notice.\2\ The Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically 
via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to 
registered users at https://access.trade.gov, and to all parties in the 
Central Records Unit, room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce 
building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum can be found at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The 
signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic version of 
the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content.
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    \1\ See Certain Uncoated Paper From Australia, Brazil, the 
People's Republic of China, Indonesia, and Portugal: Initiation of 
Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigations, 80 FR 8608 (February 18, 2015) 
(Initiation Notice).
    \2\ See Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to 
Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, 
entitled ``Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination in 
the Antidumping Duty Investigation of Certain Uncoated Paper from 
Australia'' (Preliminary Decision Memorandum), dated concurrently 
with this notice.
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Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is uncoated paper from 
Australia. For a full description of the scope of this investigation, 
see the ``Scope of the Investigation,'' in Appendix I of this notice.

Scope Comments

    Certain interested parties commented on the scope of the 
investigation as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. For discussion 
of those comments, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.\3\
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    \3\ See also Memorandum from Erin Begnal, Director, Office III, 
to Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement 
and Compliance, entitled ``Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for 
the Preliminary Determinations,'' dated August 3, 2015.
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Postponement of Deadline for Preliminary Determination

    On May 15, 2015, the Petitioners \4\ made a timely request for a 
50-day postponement of the preliminary determination in this 
investigation pursuant to section 733(c)(1)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.205(e).\5\ On June 1, 2015, we postponed the preliminary 
determination by 50 days, to August 19, 2015.\6\
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    \4\ The Petitioners in this proceeding are United Steel, Paper 
and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and 
Service Workers International Union; Domtar Corporation; Finch Paper 
LLC; P.H. Glatfelter Company; and Packaging Corporation of America 
(collectively, the Petitioners).
    \5\ See the Petitioners' letter to the Department dated May 15, 
2015.
    \6\ See Certain Uncoated Paper from Australia, Brazil, the 
People's Republic of China, Indonesia, and Portugal: Postponement of 
Preliminary Determinations of Antidumping Duty Investigations, 80 FR 
31017 (June 1, 2015).
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Methodology

    The Department is conducting this investigation in accordance with 
section 731 of the Act. There is one respondent in this investigation, 
Paper Australia Pty. Ltd. (Australian Paper). Constructed export price 
and export price for this company are calculated in accordance with 
section 772 of the Act. Normal value (NV) is calculated in accordance 
with section 773 of the Act. For a full description of the methodology 
underlying our preliminary conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum.

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. 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 and de minimis 
margins, and any margins determined entirely under section 776 of the 
Act.
    Australian Paper is the only respondent for which the Department 
has calculated a company-specific rate. Therefore, for purposes of 
determining the ``all others'' rate and pursuant to section 
735(c)(5)(A) of the Act, we are using the dumping margin calculated for 
Australian Paper, as referenced in the ``Preliminary Determination'' 
section below.

Negative Preliminary Determinations of Critical Circumstances

    On July 15, 2015, the Petitioners filed timely a critical 
circumstances allegation, pursuant to section 733(e)(1) of the Act and 
19 CFR 351.206(c), alleging that critical circumstances exist with 
respect to imports of the merchandise under consideration from 
Australia.\7\ In accordance with 19 CFR 351.206(c)(2)(i), when a 
critical circumstances allegation is submitted more than 20 days before 
the scheduled date of the preliminary determination, the Department 
must issue a preliminary finding whether there is a reasonable basis to 
believe or suspect that critical circumstances exist no later than the 
date of the preliminary determination. We conducted analyses of 
critical circumstances for Australian Paper in accordance with section 
733(e) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.206, and preliminarily determined 
that: (1) Importers of uncoated paper from Australian Paper knew or 
should have known that the exporter was selling the merchandise under 
consideration at LTFV and that there was likely to be material injury 
in accordance with section 733(e)(1)(A)(ii) of the Act; and (2) imports 
of the subject merchandise from these companies have not been massive 
over a relatively short period in accordance with section 733(e)(1)(B) 
of the Act. Further, for the companies subject to the ``all others'' 
rate, it is the Department's normal practice to conduct its critical 
circumstances analysis for these companies based on the experience of 
investigated companies.\8\ Accordingly, we find that the critical 
circumstances determination for Australian Paper should also be applied 
to all others, given that Australian Paper is the only known, 
identified producer in the petition and the initiation.\9\ For a full 
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the methodology and results of our analysis, see the Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum.
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    \7\ See the letter from the petitioners entitled, ``Certain 
Uncoated Paper from Australia--Allegation of Critical 
Circumstances,'' dated July 15, 2015.
    \8\ See, e.g., Sodium Metal from France: Notice of Final 
Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Negative Critical 
Circumstances, 73 FR 62252, 62254 (October 20, 2008); Notice of 
Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Negative 
Critical Circumstances Determination: Bottom Mount Combination 
Refrigerator-Freezers From the Republic of Korea, 77 FR 17413, 
17415-416 (March 26, 2012).
    \9\ See Initiation Notice, 80 FR at 8614; see also Volume II of 
the Petitions, at II-1--II-2 at footnote 1, and Exhibit II-3;Volume 
V of the Petitions, at V-1 through V-2 and Exhibit V-1; Volume VI of 
the Petitions, at Exhibits VI-1 and VI-2.
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Preliminary Determination

    The Department preliminarily determines that the following 
weighted-average dumping margins exist:

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                                                               Weighted-
                                                                average
                    Exporter/manufacturer                       dumping
                                                                margin
                                                               (percent)
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Paper Australia Pty. Ltd....................................       40.65
All Others..................................................       40.65
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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 uncoated paper from Australia, as described in 
Appendix I of this notice, for Australian Paper and the companies 
covered by the all others rate which are entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of this 
notice in the Federal Register. However, because we have preliminarily 
found that critical circumstances do not exist with regard to 
Australia, we will not instruct CBP to suspend liquidation of covered 
entries from those companies entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for 
consumption up to 90 days prior to the date of publication of this 
notice in the Federal Register.\10\
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    Pursuant to section 733(d) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(d), we 
will instruct CBP to require cash deposits \11\ equal to the dumping 
margins, as indicated in the chart above, as follows: (1) The rate for 
the mandatory respondents listed above will be the respondent-specific 
rate we determined in this preliminary determination; (2) if the 
exporter is not a mandatory respondent identified above, but the 
producer is, the rate will be the specific rate established for the 
producer of the subject merchandise; and (3) the rate for all other 
producers or exporters will be the all others rate. These suspension of 
liquidation instructions will remain in effect until further notice.
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    \11\ 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).
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Disclosure

    We will disclose the calculations performed to interested parties 
in this proceeding within five days of the date of publication of this 
notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).

Verification

    As provided in section 782(i) of the Act, we intend to verify 
information relied upon in making our final determination.

Public Comment

    Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary 
determination. 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.\12\ 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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    \12\ See 19 CFR 351.309.
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    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to 
request a hearing 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.\13\ 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, time, and location of the hearing 
two days before the scheduled date.
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Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional 
Measures

    Section 735(a)(2) of the Act provides that a final determination 
may be postponed until not later than 135 days after the date of the 
publication of the preliminary determination if, in the event of an 
affirmative preliminary determination, a request for such postponement 
is made by exporters who account for a significant proportion of 
exports of the subject merchandise, or in the event of a negative 
preliminary determination, a request for such postponement is made by 
the petitioner. 19 CFR 351.210(e)(2) requires that requests by 
respondents for postponement of a final antidumping determination be 
accompanied by a request for extension of provisional measures from a 
four-month period to a period not more than six months in duration.
    Australian Paper requested that, in the event of an affirmative 
preliminary determination in this investigation, the Department 
postpone its final determination by 60 days (i.e., to 135 days after 
publication of the preliminary determination) pursuant to section 
735(a)(2)(A) and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(2)(ii), and agreed 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 
period not to exceed six months.\14\
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    \14\ See letter from Australian Paper entitled, ``Certain 
Uncoated Paper from Australia: Respondents' Comments on the 
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    In accordance with section 735(a)(2)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.210(b)(2)(ii) and (e)(2), because (1) our preliminary determination 
is affirmative; (2) the requesting exporters account for a significant 
proportion of exports of the subject merchandise; and (3) no compelling 
reasons for denial exist, we are postponing the final determination and 
extending the provisional measures from a four-month period to a period 
not greater than six months. Accordingly, we will make our final 
determination no later than 135 days after the date of publication of 
this preliminary determination, pursuant to section 735(a)(2) of the 
Act.\15\
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International Trade Commission (ITC) Notification

    In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, we are notifying the 
ITC of our affirmative preliminary 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 whether the domestic industry in the United 
States is materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by 
reason of imports of uncoated paper from Australia 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 
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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: August 19, 2015.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I--Scope of the Investigation

    The merchandise covered by the investigation includes uncoated 
paper in sheet form; weighing at least 40 grams per square meter but 
not more than 150 grams per square meter; that either is a white 
paper with a GE brightness level \1\ of 85 or higher or is a colored 
paper; whether or not surface-decorated, printed (except as 
described below), embossed, perforated, or punched; irrespective of 
the smoothness of the surface; and irrespective of dimensions 
(Certain Uncoated Paper).
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    \1\ One of the key measurements of any grade of paper is 
brightness. Generally speaking, the brighter the paper the better 
the contrast between the paper and the ink. Brightness is measured 
using a GE Reflectance Scale, which measures the reflection of light 
off a grade of paper. One is the lowest reflection, or what would be 
given to a totally black grade, and 100 is the brightest measured 
grade. ``Colored paper'' as used in this scope definition means a 
paper with a hue other than white that reflects one of the primary 
colors of magenta, yellow, and cyan (red, yellow, and blue) or a 
combination of such primary colors.
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    Certain Uncoated Paper includes (a) uncoated free sheet paper 
that meets this scope definition; (b) uncoated ground wood paper 
produced from bleached chemi-thermo-mechanical pulp (BCTMP) that 
meets this scope definition; and (c) any other uncoated paper that 
meets this scope definition regardless of the type of pulp used to 
produce the paper.
    Specifically excluded from the scope are (1) paper printed with 
final content of printed text or graphics and (2) lined paper 
products, typically school supplies, composed of paper that 
incorporates straight horizontal and/or vertical lines that would 
make the paper unsuitable for copying or printing purposes.
    Imports of the subject merchandise are provided for under 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) categories 
4802.56.1000, 4802.56.2000, 4802.56.3000, 4802.56.4000, 
4802.56.6000, 4802.56.7020, 4802.56.7040, 4802.57.1000, 
4802.57.2000, 4802.57.3000, and 4802.57.4000. Some imports of 
subject merchandise may also be classified under 4802.62.1000, 
4802.62.2000, 4802.62.3000, 4802.62.5000, 4802.62.6020, 
4802.62.6040, 4802.69.1000, 4802.69.2000, 4802.69.3000, 4811.90.8050 
and 4811.90.9080. While HTSUS subheadings are provided for 
convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the 
scope of the 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 Comments
VI. Discussion of the Methodology
    a. Determination of the Comparison Method
    b. Results of the Differential Pricing Analysis
VII. Date of Sale
VIII. Product Comparisons
IX. Constructed Export Price
X. Normal Value
    a. Home Market Viability
    b. Level of Trade
    c. Cost of Production (COP) Analysis
    1. Calculation of COP
    2. Test of Comparison Market Sales Prices
    3. Results of the COP Test
    d. Calculation of NV Based on Comparison Market Prices
XI. Currency Conversion
XII. Critical Circumstances

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