Certain Uncoated Paper From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination, 51768-51771 [2015-21173]

Download as PDF 51768 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 165 / Wednesday, August 26, 2015 / Notices ongoing Geographic Partnership Programs (GPPs) and surveys. In addition, the improvement of boundary quality is an essential element of the Census Bureau’s commitment as the responsible agency for legal boundaries under the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A–16. The goal of BQARP is to establish a new, accurate baseline for boundaries within an entire state or county, which the BAS would then continue the collection of annexations and de-annexations on a transaction basis as they occur over time. The estimated work burden for participation is 25 hours per participant. Research Projects BAS continues to work to improve the survey based on feedback received from local governments. The Census Bureau plans to conduct two research projects during 2016. The first research project is for BAS form redesign for potential use for the 2017 BAS Forms. The second research project is to test an option for local governments to provide a list of addresses associated with an annexation to continue to improve data quality in MAF/TIGER. Participation is voluntary for these research projects. The estimated work burden for participation is 3 hours per participant. rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES III. Data OMB Control Number: 0607–0151. Form Number: BAS 1, BAS 2, BAS 3, BAS 5, BAS 6, BASSC–1, BASSC–2, BASSC–3, and BASSC–4. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: All active, functioning counties or statistically equivalent entities, incorporated places (including consolidated cities), MCDs, all federally recognized AIRs and ORTLs entities in the United States, and municipios, barrios and subbarrios in Puerto Rico. Estimated Number of Respondents: Annual Response Notification: 39,400. No Change Response: 25,000. Telephone Follow-up: 14,000. Packages with Changes: 5,000. State Certification Review: 49. State Certification Local Review: 1,000. Boundary Quality Assessment Reconciliation Project: 16. Redistricting Data Program Reconciliation State Review: 50. Redistricting Data Program Reconciliation Local Review: 2,000. Research Projects: 40. Estimated Total Number of Respondents: 86,555. Estimated Time per Response: Annual Response Notification: 30 minutes. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:29 Aug 25, 2015 Jkt 235001 No Change Response: 4 hours. Telephone Follow-up: 30 minutes. Packages with Changes: 8 hours. State Certification Review: 10 hours. State Certification Local Review: 2 hours. Boundary Quality Assessment Reconciliation Project: 25 hours. Redistricting Data Program Reconciliation State Review: 20 hours. Redistricting Data Program Reconciliation Local Review: 2 hours. Research Projects: 3 hours. Estimated Total Burden Hours per Year: Annual Response Notification: 19,700. No Change Response: 100,000. Telephone Follow-up: 7,000. Packages with Changes: 40,000. State Certification Review: 490. State Certification Local Review: 2,000. Boundary Quality Assessment Reconciliation Project: 400. Redistricting Data Program Reconciliation State Review: 1,000. Redistricting Data Program Reconciliation Local Review: 4,000. Research Projects: 120. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 174,710. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. Respondent’s Obligation: Voluntary. Legal Authority: Title 13 U.S.C. Section 6. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Summarization of comments submitted in response to this notice will be included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection. Comments will also become a matter of public record. Dated: August 21, 2015. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–21106 Filed 8–25–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–022] Certain Uncoated Paper From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value 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 (uncoated paper) 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 (LTFV), as provided in section 733(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). The period of investigation (POI) is July 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 are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Effective date: August 26, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Moore or Paul Stolz, 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) 482–3692 or (202) 482– 4474, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background The Department published a 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 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 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 Indonesia’’ (Preliminary Decision Memorandum), dated concurrently with this notice. E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 165 / Wednesday, August 26, 2015 / Notices 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 the PRC. 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 Postponement of Deadline for Preliminary Determination On May 15, 2015, the petitioners 4 made timely requests 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 mandatory respondent participating in this investigation, Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Paper Co., Ltd., (AS Guangdong), Greenpoint Global Trading (Macao Commercial Offshore) Ltd., (Greenpoint), and Asia Symbol (Shandong) Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd. (AS Shandong (collectively, Asia Symbol). Export price for this company is calculated in accordance with section 772 of the Act. Because the PRC is a nonmarket economy within the meaning of section 771(18) of the Act, normal value (NV) has been calculated in accordance with section 773(c). Specifically, the Department preliminarily selected South Africa as the surrogate country, which is at the same level of economic development as the PRC and is a significant producer of comparable merchandise. Thus, we calculated NV using South African prices, when available, to value the respondent’s factors of production (FOPs). For a full description of the methodology underlying our preliminary conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Because mandatory respondents Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock Co., Inc. (Sun Paper), and UPM (China) Co., Ltd. (UPM) failed to respond to the Department’s questionnaire, we preliminarily determine to apply adverse facts available (AFA) to these respondents, in accordance with sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.308. As a part of the application of AFA, we are treating these mandatory respondents as part of the PRC-wide entity. Further, because the PRC-wide entity also failed to cooperate to the best of its ability in complying with our requests for information,7 we determined an estimated weighted-average dumping margin based on adverse facts available for the PRC-wide entity, which includes the mandatory respondents. For further discussion, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Combination Rates In the Initiation Notice, the Department stated that it would calculate combination rates for the respondents that are eligible for a separate rate in this investigation. Policy Bulletin 05.1 describes this practice. Preliminary Determination The Department preliminarily determines that the following weightedaverage dumping margins exist: Weightedaverage dumping margin (percent) Exporter Producer Greenpoint Global Trading (Macao Commercial Offshore) Ltd .. Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Paper Co., Ltd.; and Asia Symbol (Shandong) Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd. .................................................................................................... PRC-Wide Entity ......................................................................... 51769 97.48 193.30 rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES As detailed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, Sun Paper and UPM did not demonstrate that they are entitled to a separate rate. Accordingly, we consider Sun Paper and UPM to be part of the PRC-Wide Entity. Further, because the Department did not receive a Q&V response from the following companies, the PRC-wide entity also includes: (1) Shandong Tralin; (2) MCC Paper; (3) Shandong Chenming; (4) Shandong Huatai; and (5) Shandong Taishan. 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 uncoated paper from the PRC, as described in Appendix I of this notice, entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.205(d), we will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit equal to the weighted-average amount by which the NV exceeds U.S. price, as indicated in the chart above, adjusted for export 3 See also Memorandum from Erin Begnal, Director, Office III, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, entitled ‘‘Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination of the Above-Captioned Investigations,’’ dated concurrently with this notice. 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. 5 See the petitioners’ letters to the Department dated May 15, 2015 and May 18, 2015. 6 See Certain Uncoated Paper from Australia, Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, and Portugal: Postponment of Preliminary Determinations of Antidumping Duty Investigations, 80 FR 31017 (June 1, 2015). 7 Specifically, the Department did not receive responses to its quantity and value questionnaire (Q&V) from the following companies: Shandong Tralin Paper Group (Shandong Tralin); MCC Paper Group (MCC Paper); Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings (Shandong Chenming); Shandong Huatai Paper Industry Shareholding Co., Ltd. (Shandong Huatai); and Shandong Taishan Paper Group (Shandong Taishan). See Memorandum to the File, ‘‘Antidumping Duty Investigation of Uncoated Paper from the People’s Republic of China: FedExUPS Delivery Confirmations (Updated),’’ dated March 25, 2015. VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:29 Aug 25, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1 51770 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 165 / Wednesday, August 26, 2015 / Notices subsidies found in the preliminary determination of the companion countervailing duty investigation.8 Therefore, for cash deposit purposes, we are subtracting from the applicable cash deposit rate that portion of the countervailing duty rate attributable to the export subsidies found in the preliminary affirmative countervailing duty determination. Accordingly, the export subsidy offsets are as follows: 0.13 percent for Asia Symbol, and 0.13 percent for PRC-wide entity.9 After this adjustment, the resulting cash deposit rates will be 97.35 percent for Asia Symbol,and 193.17 percent for the PRCwide entity. Further, pursuant to section 733(d) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(d), we will instruct CBP to require cash deposits10 equal to the weighted-average amount by which NV exceeds U.S. price, adjusted where appropriate for export subsidies, as follows: (1) The cashdeposit rate for the exporter/producer combination listed above will be the dumping margin that the Department determined in this preliminary determination; (2) for all combinations of PRC exporters/producers of merchandise under consideration that have not received their own separate rate above, the cash-deposit rate will be equal to the dumping margin established for the PRC-wide entity; and (3) for all non-PRC exporters of merchandise under consideration which have not received their own separate rate above, the cash-deposit rate will be the cash deposit rate applicable to the PRC exporter/producer combination that supplied that non-PRC exporter. These suspension of liquidation instructions will remain in effect until further notice. Disclosure rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES We intend to 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). 8 See Certain Uncoated Paper From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Determination, 80 FR 36968 (June 29, 2015), and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum. 9 See Memorandum to the File from Stephanie Moore, Case Analyst, entitled, ‘‘Placing Information on the Record: Export Subsidies Calculated in the Preliminary Determination of the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Uncoated Paper from the People’s Republic of China,’’dated concurrently with this notice. 10 See Modification of Regulations Regarding the Practice of Accepting Bonds During the Provisional Measures Period in Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations, 76 FR 61042 (October 3, 2011). VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:29 Aug 25, 2015 Jkt 235001 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.11 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. 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 normally be filed electronically using ACCESS. An electronically-filed request must be received successfully in its entirety by ACCESS by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. 12 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. 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 11 See 12 See PO 00000 19 CFR 351.309. 19 CFR 351.310(c). Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. Asia Symbol 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), 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.13 In addition, the petitioners also requested that, in the event of a negative preliminary determination, the Department postpone its final determination to 135 days after the date of publication of the preliminary determination.14 In accordance with section 735(a)(2)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(2)(ii), 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 have notified the ITC of our affirmative preliminary determination of sales at LTFV. If our final determination is affirmative, the ITC will determine before the later of 120 days after the date of this preliminary determination or 45 days after our final determination whether these imports are materially injuring, or threaten material injury to, the U.S. industry. This determination is issued and published in accordance with sections 13 See letter from Asia Symbol titled, ‘‘Certain Uncoated Paper From the People’s Republic of China: Request to Postpone Final Determination,’’ dated July 31, 2015. 14 See letter from the petitioners entitled, ‘‘Certain Uncoated Paper From the People’s Republic of China: Request For Postponement of The Final Determination,’’ dated July 31, 2015. 15 See also 19 CFR 351.210(e). E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM 26AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 165 / Wednesday, August 26, 2015 / Notices 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 this 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 investigations is dispositive. Appendix II—List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum rmajette on DSK7SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES I. Summary II. Background III. Selection of Respondents IV. Period of Investigation 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 V. Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures VI. Scope Comments VII. Scope of the Investigation VIII. Affiliation Determination IX. Discussion of Methodology A. Non-Market Economy B. Separate Rates C. Surrogate Country and Surrogate Value Data D. Surrogate Country E. Economic Compatibility F. Significant Producer of Comparable Merchandise G. Data Availability H. Date of Sale I. Fair Value Comparisons a. Determination of the Comparison Method b. Results of the Differential Pricing Analysis J. Export Price K. Value-Added Tax L. Normal Value M. Factor Valuation Methodology X. Currency Conversion XI. Application Of Facts Available And Adverse Inferences A. Use of Facts Available B. Application of Facts Available with an Adverse Inference C. Corroboration of the AFA Rate XII. Adjustment Under Section 777a(F) Of The Act XIII. Verification XIV. U.S. International Trade Commission Notification XV. Disclosure And Public Comment XVI. Conclusion [FR Doc. 2015–21173 Filed 8–25–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–560–828] Certain Uncoated Paper From Indonesia: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value 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 Indonesia 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 are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DATES: 51771 Effective date: August 26, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Blaine Wiltse or Shannon Morrison, AD/CVD Operations, Office II, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–6345 or (202) 482–6274, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The Department initiated this investigation on February 10, 2015.1 For a complete description of the events that followed the initiation of this investigation, see the 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 Indonesia. 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 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 Indonesia’’ (Preliminary Decision Memorandum), dated concurrently with this notice. 3 See also Memorandum from Erin Begnal, Director, Office III, to Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting E:\FR\FM\26AUN1.SGM Continued 26AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-022]


Certain Uncoated Paper From the People's Republic of China: 
Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value 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 (uncoated paper) 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 (LTFV), as provided in 
section 733(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). The 
period of investigation (POI) is July 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 are invited to comment on this preliminary 
determination.

DATES: Effective date: August 26, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Moore or Paul Stolz, 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) 482-3692 
or (202) 482-4474, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The Department published a 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 
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

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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 
Indonesia'' (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 
the PRC. 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 Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, 
entitled ``Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary 
Determination of the Above-Captioned Investigations,'' dated 
concurrently with this notice.
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Postponement of Deadline for Preliminary Determination

    On May 15, 2015, the petitioners \4\ made timely requests 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.
    \5\ See the petitioners' letters to the Department dated May 15, 
2015 and May 18, 2015.
    \6\ See Certain Uncoated Paper from Australia, Brazil, the 
People's Republic of China, Indonesia, and Portugal: Postponment 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 mandatory respondent participating 
in this investigation, Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Paper Co., Ltd., (AS 
Guangdong), Greenpoint Global Trading (Macao Commercial Offshore) Ltd., 
(Greenpoint), and Asia Symbol (Shandong) Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd. (AS 
Shandong (collectively, Asia Symbol). Export price for this company is 
calculated in accordance with section 772 of the Act. Because the PRC 
is a nonmarket economy within the meaning of section 771(18) of the 
Act, normal value (NV) has been calculated in accordance with section 
773(c). Specifically, the Department preliminarily selected South 
Africa as the surrogate country, which is at the same level of economic 
development as the PRC and is a significant producer of comparable 
merchandise. Thus, we calculated NV using South African prices, when 
available, to value the respondent's factors of production (FOPs). For 
a full description of the methodology underlying our preliminary 
conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
    Because mandatory respondents Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint 
Stock Co., Inc. (Sun Paper), and UPM (China) Co., Ltd. (UPM) failed to 
respond to the Department's questionnaire, we preliminarily determine 
to apply adverse facts available (AFA) to these respondents, in 
accordance with sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.308. 
As a part of the application of AFA, we are treating these mandatory 
respondents as part of the PRC-wide entity. Further, because the PRC-
wide entity also failed to cooperate to the best of its ability in 
complying with our requests for information,\7\ we determined an 
estimated weighted-average dumping margin based on adverse facts 
available for the PRC-wide entity, which includes the mandatory 
respondents. For further discussion, see the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum.
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    \7\ Specifically, the Department did not receive responses to 
its quantity and value questionnaire (Q&V) from the following 
companies: Shandong Tralin Paper Group (Shandong Tralin); MCC Paper 
Group (MCC Paper); Shandong Chenming Paper Holdings (Shandong 
Chenming); Shandong Huatai Paper Industry Shareholding Co., Ltd. 
(Shandong Huatai); and Shandong Taishan Paper Group (Shandong 
Taishan). See Memorandum to the File, ``Antidumping Duty 
Investigation of Uncoated Paper from the People's Republic of China: 
FedEx-UPS Delivery Confirmations (Updated),'' dated March 25, 2015.
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Combination Rates

    In the Initiation Notice, the Department stated that it would 
calculate combination rates for the respondents that are eligible for a 
separate rate in this investigation. Policy Bulletin 05.1 describes 
this practice.

Preliminary Determination

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

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                                                             Weighted-
                                                              average
            Exporter                     Producer         dumping margin
                                                             (percent)
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Greenpoint Global Trading        Asia Symbol (Guangdong)           97.48
 (Macao Commercial Offshore)      Paper Co., Ltd.; and
 Ltd.                             Asia Symbol (Shandong)
                                  Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd.
PRC-Wide Entity................  .......................          193.30
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    As detailed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, Sun Paper and 
UPM did not demonstrate that they are entitled to a separate rate. 
Accordingly, we consider Sun Paper and UPM to be part of the PRC-Wide 
Entity. Further, because the Department did not receive a Q&V response 
from the following companies, the PRC-wide entity also includes: (1) 
Shandong Tralin; (2) MCC Paper; (3) Shandong Chenming; (4) Shandong 
Huatai; and (5) Shandong Taishan.

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 uncoated paper from the PRC, as described in Appendix I of 
this notice, entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on 
or after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register.
    In accordance with 19 CFR 351.205(d), we will instruct CBP to 
require a cash deposit equal to the weighted-average amount by which 
the NV exceeds U.S. price, as indicated in the chart above, adjusted 
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subsidies found in the preliminary determination of the companion 
countervailing duty investigation.\8\ Therefore, for cash deposit 
purposes, we are subtracting from the applicable cash deposit rate that 
portion of the countervailing duty rate attributable to the export 
subsidies found in the preliminary affirmative countervailing duty 
determination. Accordingly, the export subsidy offsets are as follows: 
0.13 percent for Asia Symbol, and 0.13 percent for PRC-wide entity.\9\ 
After this adjustment, the resulting cash deposit rates will be 97.35 
percent for Asia Symbol,and 193.17 percent for the PRC-wide entity.
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    \8\ See Certain Uncoated Paper From the People's Republic of 
China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and 
Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping 
Determination, 80 FR 36968 (June 29, 2015), and accompanying 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
    \9\ See Memorandum to the File from Stephanie Moore, Case 
Analyst, entitled, ``Placing Information on the Record: Export 
Subsidies Calculated in the Preliminary Determination of the 
Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Uncoated Paper from the 
People's Republic of China,''dated concurrently with this notice.
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    Further, pursuant to section 733(d) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.205(d), we will instruct CBP to require cash deposits\10\ equal to 
the weighted-average amount by which NV exceeds U.S. price, adjusted 
where appropriate for export subsidies, as follows: (1) The cash-
deposit rate for the exporter/producer combination listed above will be 
the dumping margin that the Department determined in this preliminary 
determination; (2) for all combinations of PRC exporters/producers of 
merchandise under consideration that have not received their own 
separate rate above, the cash-deposit rate will be equal to the dumping 
margin established for the PRC-wide entity; and (3) for all non-PRC 
exporters of merchandise under consideration which have not received 
their own separate rate above, the cash-deposit rate will be the cash 
deposit rate applicable to the PRC exporter/producer combination that 
supplied that non-PRC exporter. These suspension of liquidation 
instructions will remain in effect until further notice.
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    \10\ See Modification of Regulations Regarding the Practice of 
Accepting Bonds During the Provisional Measures Period in 
Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations, 76 FR 61042 
(October 3, 2011).
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Disclosure

    We intend to 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.\11\ 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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    \11\ 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 normally be filed electronically using ACCESS. An 
electronically-filed request must be received successfully in its 
entirety by ACCESS by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, within 30 days after the 
date of publication of this notice. \12\
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    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.

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.
    Asia Symbol 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), 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.\13\ In addition, the petitioners also 
requested that, in the event of a negative preliminary determination, 
the Department postpone its final determination to 135 days after the 
date of publication of the preliminary determination.\14\
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    \13\ See letter from Asia Symbol titled, ``Certain Uncoated 
Paper From the People's Republic of China: Request to Postpone Final 
Determination,'' dated July 31, 2015.
    \14\ See letter from the petitioners entitled, ``Certain 
Uncoated Paper From the People's Republic of China: Request For 
Postponement of The Final Determination,'' dated July 31, 2015.
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    In accordance with section 735(a)(2)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.210(b)(2)(ii), 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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    \15\ See also 19 CFR 351.210(e).
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International Trade Commission (ITC) Notification

    In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, we have notified the 
ITC of our affirmative preliminary determination of sales at LTFV. If 
our final determination is affirmative, the ITC will determine before 
the later of 120 days after the date of this preliminary determination 
or 45 days after our final determination whether these imports are 
materially injuring, or threaten material injury to, the U.S. industry.
    This determination is issued and published in accordance with 
sections

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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 this 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 investigations is dispositive.

Appendix II--List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Selection of Respondents
IV. Period of Investigation
V. Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional 
Measures
VI. Scope Comments
VII. Scope of the Investigation
VIII. Affiliation Determination
IX. Discussion of Methodology
    A. Non-Market Economy
    B. Separate Rates
    C. Surrogate Country and Surrogate Value Data
    D. Surrogate Country
    E. Economic Compatibility
    F. Significant Producer of Comparable Merchandise
    G. Data Availability
    H. Date of Sale
    I. Fair Value Comparisons
    a. Determination of the Comparison Method
    b. Results of the Differential Pricing Analysis
    J. Export Price
    K. Value-Added Tax
    L. Normal Value
    M. Factor Valuation Methodology
X. Currency Conversion
XI. Application Of Facts Available And Adverse Inferences
    A. Use of Facts Available
    B. Application of Facts Available with an Adverse Inference
    C. Corroboration of the AFA Rate
XII. Adjustment Under Section 777a(F) Of The Act
XIII. Verification
XIV. U.S. International Trade Commission Notification
XV. Disclosure And Public Comment
XVI. Conclusion

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