Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Determination, Preliminary Partial Affirmative Critical Circumstances Determination, and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 79558-79561 [2015-32215]

Download as PDF 79558 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 245 / Tuesday, December 22, 2015 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of burden including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology should be addressed to: Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, New Executive Office Building, 725—17th Street NW., Washington, DC 20502. Commenters are encouraged to submit their comments to OMB via email to: OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov or fax (202) 395–5806 and to Departmental Clearance Office, USDA, OCIO, Mail Stop 7602, Washington, DC 20250– 7602. Comments regarding these information collections are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of this notification. Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by calling (202) 720–8681. An agency may not conduct or sponsor a collection of information unless the collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number and the agency informs potential persons who are to respond to the collection of information that such persons are not required to respond to the collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Rural Utilities Service Title: Request for Approval to Sell Capital Assets. OMB Control Number: 0572–0020. Summary of Collection: The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) is a credit agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). It makes mortgage loans and loan guarantees to finance electric, telecommunications, and water and waste facilities in rural areas. In addition to providing loans and loan guarantees, one of RUS’ main objectives is to safeguard loan security until the loan is repaid. Accordingly, RUS manages loan programs in accordance with the Rural Electrification Act of 1936, 7 U.S.C. 901 et.seq., as amended, (RE ACT) and as prescribed by Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Circular A–129, Policies for Federal Credit Programs and Non-Tax Receivables, which states that agencies VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Dec 21, 2015 Jkt 238001 must, based on a review of a loan application, determine that an applicant complies with statutory, regulatory, and administrative eligibility requirements for loan assistance. Need and Use of the Information: RUS borrower will use form 369, Request for Approval to Sell Capital Assets, to seek agency permission to sell some of its assets. The form is used to collect detailed information regarding the proposed sale of a portion of the borrowers systems. RUS will collect information to determine whether or not the agency should approve a sale and also to keep track of what property exists to secure the loan. If the information in Form 369 is not collected when capital assets are sold, the capital assets securing the Government’s loans could be liquidated and the Government’s security either eliminated entirely or diluted to an undesirable level. Description of Respondents: Not-forprofit institutions; Business or other forprofit. Number of Respondents: 5. Frequency of Responses: Recordkeeping; Reporting: On occasion. Total Burden Hours: 15. Charlene Parker, Departmental Information Collection Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–32169 Filed 12–21–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Foreign-Trade Zones Board [S–113–2015] Approval of Subzone Status Haier America Trading, LLC Olive Branch, Mississippi On July 29, 2015, the Executive Secretary of the Foreign-Trade Zones (FTZ) Board docketed an application submitted by the Northern Mississippi FTZ, Inc., grantee of FTZ 262, requesting subzone status subject to the existing activation limit of FTZ 262, on behalf of Haier America Trading, LLC, in Olive Branch, Mississippi. The application was processed in accordance with the FTZ Act and Regulations, including notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment (80 FR 45943, August 3, 2015). The FTZ staff examiner reviewed the application and determined that it meets the criteria for approval. Pursuant to the authority delegated to the FTZ Board’s Executive Secretary (15 CFR Sec. 400.36(f)), the application to establish Subzone 262B is approved, PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 subject to the FTZ Act and the Board’s regulations, including Section 400.13, and further subject to FTZ 262’s 680acre activation limit. Dated: December 16, 2015. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2015–32163 Filed 12–21–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–030] Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Determination, Preliminary Partial Affirmative Critical Circumstances Determination, and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers/exporters of certain coldrolled steel flat products (cold-rolled steel) from the People’s Republic of China (the PRC). The period of investigation is January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014. We invite interested parties to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Effective Date: December 22, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yasmin Bordas or John Corrigan, 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) 482–3813 or (202) 482– 7438, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Scope of the Investigation The products covered by this investigation are cold-rolled steel flat products from the PRC. For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see Appendix II. Methodology The Department is conducting this countervailing duty (CVD) investigation in accordance with section 701 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, we preliminarily determine that there is a subsidy, i.e., a E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 245 / Tuesday, December 22, 2015 / Notices financial contribution by an ‘‘authority’’ that gives rise to a benefit to the recipient, and that the subsidy is specific.1 For a full description of the methodology underlying our preliminary conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.2 A list of topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix I to this notice. 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 http://access.trade.gov, and is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http:// enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. The Department notes that, in making this preliminary determination, we relied, in part, on facts available and, because respondents did not act to the best of their ability to respond to the Department’s requests for information, we drew an adverse inference where appropriate in selecting from among the facts otherwise available with respect to those respondents.3 For further information, see ‘‘Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences’’ in the accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Alignment As noted in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, in accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4), we are aligning the final CVD determination in this investigation with the final determination in the companion antidumping duty (AD) investigation of cold-rolled steel from the PRC based on a request made by mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 1 See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity. 2 See Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Affirmative Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain ColdRolled Steel Flat Products from the People’s Republic of China,’’ dated concurrently with this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). 3 See sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Dec 21, 2015 Jkt 238001 Petitioners.4 Consequently, the final CVD determination will be issued on the same date as the final AD determination, which is currently scheduled to be issued no later than May 8, 2016,5 unless postponed. Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances On October 30, 2015, Petitioners filed a timely critical circumstances allegation, pursuant to section 703(e)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.206(c)(1), alleging that critical circumstances exist with respect to imports of certain coldrolled steel flat products from the PRC.6 We preliminarily determine, on the basis of adverse facts available, that critical circumstances exist for Angang Group Hong Kong Co., Ltd. (Angang Hong Kong), Benxi Iron and Steel (Group) Special Steel Co., Ltd. (Benxi Iron and Steel), and Qian’an Golden Point Trading Co., Ltd. (Qian’an Golden Point). We reached a negative preliminary critical circumstances determination for all other producers/ exporters of cold-rolled steel from the PRC because we do not find massive imports pursuant to 19 CFR 351.206(h)– (i). A discussion of our determination can be found in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum at the section, ‘‘Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances.’’ Preliminary Determination and Suspension of Liquidation In accordance with sections 776(a)(1), 776(a)(2), and 776(b) of the Act, we applied facts otherwise available with an adverse inference, to assign countervailable subsidy rates for noncooperative mandatory respondents Angang Hong Kong, Benxi Iron and Steel, and non-cooperative exporter Qian’an Golden Point. With respect to the all-others rate, section 705(c)(5)(A)(ii) of the Act provides that if the countervailable subsidy rates established for all exporters and producers individually investigated are determined entirely in accordance with section 776 of the Act, the Department may use any reasonable method to 4 AK Steel Corporation, ArcelorMittal USA EEC, Nucor Corporation, Steel Dynamics, Inc., and the United States Steel Corporation (collectively, Petitioners); see also Letter from Petitioners dated, December 14, 2015. 5 We note that the current deadline for the final AD determination is May 8, 2016, which is a Saturday. Pursuant to Department practice, the signature date will be the next business day, which is Monday, May 9, 2016. See Notice of Clarification: Application of ‘‘Next Business Day’’ Rule for Administrative Determination Deadlines Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930, As Amended, 70 FR 24533 (May 10, 2005). 6 See Letter from Petitioners dated October 30, 2015. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 79559 establish an all-others rate for exporters and producers not individually investigated. In this case, the rates assigned to Angang Hong Kong, Benxi Iron and Steel, and Qian’an Golden Point are based entirely on facts otherwise available, with an adverse inference, under section 776 of the Act. There is no other information on the record with which to determine an allothers rate. As a result, in accordance with section 705(c)(5)(A)(ii) of the Act, we have established the all-others rate by applying the countervailable subsidy rates for mandatory respondents Angang Hong Kong and Benxi Iron and Steel, which are the same as the rate applied to non-selected exporter Qian’an Golden Point. The preliminary estimated countervailable subsidy rates are summarized in the table below. Company Angang Group Hong Kong Co., Ltd ............................. Benxi Iron and Steel (Group) Special Steel Co., Ltd. ...... Qian’an Golden Point Trading Co., Ltd ....................... All-Others .............................. Subsidy rate 227.29 227.29 227.29 227.29 In accordance with sections 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, we are directing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of all entries of cold-rolled steel from the PRC, as described in the ‘‘Scope of the Investigation,’’ that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, and to require a cash deposit for such entries of merchandise in the amounts indicated above. Moreover, because we preliminarily find that critical circumstances exist for Angang Hong Kong, Benxi Iron and Steel, and Qian’an Golden Point, in accordance with section 703(e)(2)(A) of the Act, we are directing CBP to apply the suspension of liquidation to any unliquidated entries entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption by these companies, on or after the date which is 90 days prior to the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. International Trade Commission Notification In accordance with section 703(f) of the Act, we will notify the International Trade Commission (ITC) of our preliminary determination. In addition, we are making available to the ITC all non-privileged and non-proprietary information relating to this investigation. We will allow the ITC E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1 79560 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 245 / Tuesday, December 22, 2015 / Notices access to all privileged and business proprietary information in our files, provided the ITC confirms that it will not disclose such information, either publicly or under an administrative protective order, without the written consent of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. In accordance with section 705(b)(2) of the Act, if our final determination is affirmative, the ITC will make its final determination within 45 days after the Department makes its final determination. Public Comment For a schedule of the deadlines for filing case briefs, rebuttal briefs, and hearing requests, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 703(f) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c). Dated: December 15, 2015. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Scope Comments IV. Scope of the Investigation V. Injury Test VI. Application of the CVD Law to Imports From the PRC VII. Alignment VIII. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences IX. Calculation of the All-Others Rate X. Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances XI. ITC Notification XII. Public Comment XIII. Conclusion mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Appendix II Scope of the Investigation The products covered by this investigation are certain cold-rolled (cold-reduced), flatrolled steel products, whether or not annealed, painted, varnished, or coated with plastics or other non-metallic substances. The products covered do not include those that are clad, plated, or coated with metal. The products covered include coils that have a width or other lateral measurement (‘‘width’’) of 12.7 mm or greater, regardless of form of coil (e.g., in successively superimposed layers, spirally oscillating, etc.). The products covered also include products not in coils (e.g., in straight lengths) of a thickness less than 4.75 mm and a width that is 12.7 mm or greater and that measures at least 10 times the thickness. The products covered also include products not in coils (e.g., in straight lengths) of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more and a width exceeding 150 mm and measuring at least twice the thickness. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Dec 21, 2015 Jkt 238001 The products described above may be rectangular, square, circular, or other shape and include products of either rectangular or non-rectangular cross-section where such cross-section is achieved subsequent to the rolling process, i.e., products which have been ‘‘worked after rolling’’ (e.g., products which have been beveled or rounded at the edges). For purposes of the width and thickness requirements referenced above: (1) Where the nominal and actual measurements vary, a product is within the scope if application of either the nominal or actual measurement would place it within the scope based on the definitions set forth above, and (2) Where the width and thickness vary for a specific product (e.g., the thickness of certain products with non-rectangular crosssection, the width of certain products with non-rectangular shape, etc.), the measurement at its greatest width or thickness applies. Steel products included in the scope of this investigation are products in which: (1) Iron predominates, by weight, over each of the other contained elements; (2) the carbon content is 2 percent or less, by weight; and (3) none of the elements listed below exceeds the quantity, by weight, respectively indicated: • 2.50 percent of manganese, or • 3.30 percent of silicon, or • 1.50 percent of copper, or • 1.50 percent of aluminum, or • 1.25 percent of chromium, or • 0.30 percent of cobalt, or • 0.40 percent of lead, or • 2.00 percent of nickel, or • 0.30 percent of tungsten (also called wolfram), or • 0.80 percent of molybdenum, or • 0.10 percent of niobium (also called columbium), or • 0.30 percent of vanadium, or • 0.30 percent of zirconium Unless specifically excluded, products are included in this scope regardless of levels of boron and titanium. For example, specifically included in this scope are vacuum degassed, fully stabilized (commonly referred to as interstitial-free (IF)) steels, high strength low alloy (HSLA) steels, motor lamination steels, Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS), and Ultra High Strength Steels (UHSS). IF steels are recognized as low carbon steels with microalloying levels of elements such as titanium and/or niobium added to stabilize carbon and nitrogen elements. HSLA steels are recognized as steels with micro-alloying levels of elements such as chromium, copper, niobium, titanium, vanadium, and molybdenum. Motor lamination steels contain micro-alloying levels of elements such as silicon and aluminum. AHSS and UHSS are considered high tensile strength and high elongation steels, although AHSS and UHSS are covered whether or not they are high tensile strength or high elongation steels. Subject merchandise includes cold-rolled steel that has been further processed in a third country, including but not limited to annealing, tempering, painting, varnishing, trimming, cutting, punching, and/or slitting, PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 or any other processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigation if performed in the country of manufacture of the cold-rolled steel. All products that meet the written physical description, and in which the chemistry quantities do not exceed any one of the noted element levels listed above, are within the scope of this investigation unless specifically excluded. The following products are outside of and/or specifically excluded from the scope of this investigation: • Ball bearing steels; 7 • Tool steels; 8 • Silico-manganese steel; 9 • Grain-oriented electrical steels (GOES) as defined in the final determination of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Grain-Oriented Electrical Steel From Germany, Japan, and Poland.10 • Non-Oriented Electrical Steels (NOES), as defined in the antidumping orders issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce in NonOriented Electrical Steel From the People’s Republic of China, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan.11 7 Ball bearing steels are defined as steels which contain, in addition to iron, each of the following elements by weight in the amount specified: (i) not less than 0.95 nor more than 1.13 percent of carbon; (ii) not less than 0.22 nor more than 0.48 percent of manganese; (iii) none, or not more than 0.03 percent of sulfur; (iv) none, or not more than 0.03 percent of phosphorus; (v) not less than 0.18 nor more than 0.37 percent of silicon; (vi) not less than 1.25 nor more than 1.65 percent of chromium; (vii) none, or not more than 0.28 percent of nickel; (viii) none, or not more than 0.38 percent of copper; and (ix) none, or not more than 0.09 percent of molybdenum. 8 Tool steels are defined as steels which contain the following combinations of elements in the quantity by weight respectively indicated: (i) more than 1.2 percent carbon and more than 10.5 percent chromium; or (ii) not less than 0.3 percent carbon and 1.25 percent or more but less than 10.5 percent chromium; or (iii) not less than 0.85 percent carbon and 1 percent to 1.8 percent, inclusive, manganese; or (iv) 0.9 percent to 1.2 percent, inclusive, chromium and 0.9 percent to 1.4 percent, inclusive, molybdenum; or (v) not less than 0.5 percent carbon and not less than 3.5 percent molybdenum; or (vi) not less than 0.5 percent carbon and not less than 5.5 percent tungsten. 9 Silico-manganese steel is defined as steels containing by weight: (i) not more than 0.7 percent of carbon; (ii) 0.5 percent or more but not more than 1.9 percent of manganese, and (iii) 0.6 percent or more but not more than 2.3 percent of silicon. 10 Grain-Oriented Electrical Steel From Germany, Japan, and Poland: Final Determinations of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Certain Final Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances, 79 FR 42,501, 42,503 (Dep’t of Commerce, July 22, 2014). This determination defines grain-oriented electrical steel as ‘‘a flat-rolled alloy steel product containing by weight at least 0.6 percent but not more than 6 percent of silicon, not more than 0.08 percent of carbon, not more than 1.0 percent of aluminum, and no other element in an amount that would give the steel the characteristics of another alloy steel, in coils or in straight lengths.’’ 11 Non-Oriented Electrical Steel From the People’s Republic of China, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan: Antidumping Duty Orders, 79 FR 71,741, 71,741–42 (Dep’t of Commerce, Dec. 3, 2014). The orders define NOES as ‘‘cold-rolled, flat-rolled, alloy steel products, whether or not in coils, regardless of width, having E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 245 / Tuesday, December 22, 2015 / Notices The products subject to these investigations are currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under item numbers: 7209.15.0000, 7209.16.0030, 7209.16.0060, 7209.16.0070, 7209.16.0091, 7209.17.0030, 7209.17.0060, 7209.17.0070, 7209.17.0091, 7209.18.1530, 7209.18.1560, 7209.18.2510, 7209.18.2520, 7209.18.2580, 7209.18.6020, 7209.18.6090, 7209.25.0000, 7209.26.0000, 7209.27.0000, 7209.28.0000, 7209.90.0000, 7210.70.3000, 7211.23.1500, 7211.23.2000, 7211.23.3000, 7211.23.4500, 7211.23.6030, 7211.23.6060, 7211.23.6075, 7211.23.6085, 7211.29.2030, 7211.29.2090, 7211.29.4500, 7211.29.6030, 7211.29.6080, 7211.90.0000, 7212.40.1000, 7212.40.5000, 7225.50.6000, 7225.50.8015, 7225.50.8085, 7225.99.0090, 7226.92.5000, 7226.92.7050, and 7226.92.8050. The products subject to the investigations may also enter under the following HTSUS numbers: 7210.90.9000, 7212.50.0000, 7215.10.0010, 7215.10.0080, 7215.50.0016, 7215.50.0018, 7215.50.0020, 7215.50.0061, 7215.50.0063, 7215.50.0065, 7215.50.0090, 7215.90.5000, 7217.10.1000, 7217.10.2000, 7217.10.3000, 7217.10.7000, 7217.90.1000, 7217.90.5030, 7217.90.5060, 7217.90.5090, 7225.19.0000, 7226.19.1000, 7226.19.9000, 7226.99.0180, 7228.50.5015, 7228.50.5040, 7228.50.5070, 7228.60.8000,and 7229.90.1000. The HTSUS subheadings above are provided for convenience and customs purposes only. The written description of the scope of the investigation is dispositive. [FR Doc. 2015–32215 Filed 12–21–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–601] Tapered Roller Bearings and Parts Thereof, Finished and Unfinished, From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Rescission of Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review; 2014–2015 Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Effective date: December 22, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Eastwood, AD/CVD mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: an actual thickness of 0.20 mm or more, in which the core loss is substantially equal in any direction of magnetization in the plane of the material. The term ‘substantially equal’ means that the cross grain direction of core loss is no more than 1.5 times the straight grain direction (i.e., the rolling direction) of core loss. NOES has a magnetic permeability that does not exceed 1.65 Tesla when tested at a field of 800 A/m (equivalent to 10 Oersteds) along (i.e., parallel to) the rolling direction of the sheet (i.e., B800 value). NOES contains by weight more than 1.00 percent of silicon but less than 3.5 percent of silicon, not more than 0.08 percent of carbon, and not more than 1.5 percent of aluminum. NOES has a surface oxide coating, to which an insulation coating may be applied.’’ VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:21 Dec 21, 2015 Jkt 238001 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) 482–3874. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On June 23, 2015, we received a timely request from Zhejiang Changxing CTL Auto Parts Manufacturing Co., Ltd., (Changxing) that the Department conduct a new shipper review of the antidumping duty (AD) order on tapered roller bearings and parts thereof, finished and unfinished (TRBs) from the People’s Republic of China (PRC).1 On August 3, 2015, the Department of Commerce (the Department) found that the request for review with respect to Changxing met all of the statutory and regulatory requirements for initiating an AD new shipper review.2 On September 21, 2015, we requested additional information from Changxing regarding entries to the United States that may have occurred prior to the period of review (POR) and relevant documentation for those entries.3 However, Changxing did not respond to the Department’s request. On October 16, 2015, Changxing withdrew its request for a new shipper review.4 Scope of the Order Imports covered by the order are shipments of tapered roller bearings and parts thereof, finished and unfinished, from the PRC; flange, take up cartridge, and hanger units incorporating tapered roller bearings; and tapered roller housings (except pillow blocks) incorporating tapered rollers, with or without spindles, whether or not for automotive use. These products are currently classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) item numbers 8482.20.00, 8482.91.00.50, 8482.99.15, 8482.99.45, 8483.20.40, 8483.20.80, 8483.30.80, 1 See Changxing’s letter to the Department entitled, ‘‘Tapered Roller Bearings from the People’s Republic of China—Request for New Shipper Review,’’ dated June 23, 2015. 2 See Tapered Roller Bearings and Parts Thereof, Finished and Unfinished, From the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Antidumping Duty New Shipper Reviews, 80 FR 45944 (August 3, 2015). 3 See Memorandum to The File entitled, ‘‘Tapered Roller Bearings and Parts Thereof, Finished and Unfinished, From the People’s Republic of China: New Shipper Review of Zhejiang Changxing CTL Auto Parts Manufacturing Co., Ltd.—Telephone Conversation with Representative,’’ dated September 21, 2015. 4 See Letter from Changxing Re: ‘‘Tapered Roller Bearings from the People’s Republic of China: Withdrawal of Request for New Shipper Review,’’ dated October 16, 2015. PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 79561 8483.90.20, 8483.90.30, 8483.90.80, 8708.70.6060, 8708.99.2300, 8708.99.4850, 8708.99.6890, 8708.99.8115, and 8708.99.8180. Although the HTSUS item numbers are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of the order is dispositive. Application of Adverse Facts Available and Preliminary Rescission of Review Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(f)(1), the Department may rescind a new shipper review if the party that requested the review withdraws the request within 60 days of the date of publication of notice of initiation of the requested review. In this case, as noted above, Changxing submitted its withdrawal request on October 16, 2015, which is after the 60day withdrawal deadline. Therefore, because the withdrawal request was untimely, we are not rescinding this review on this basis. Nonetheless, information on the record indicates that Changxing may have had entries of subject merchandise prior to its declared entry in this new shipper review. Changxing failed to respond to the Department’s September 21, 2015, request for additional information regarding these entries, and indeed affirmatively withdrew from this proceeding. Because we find that Changxing has withheld information requested of it within the meaning of section 776(a)(2)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), we are making a determination on the basis of the facts otherwise available. In selecting from among the facts available, we find that an adverse inference pursuant to section 776(b) of the Act is appropriate due to Changxing’s failure to act to the best of its ability in responding to the Department’s request. As adverse facts available, we determine that Changxing had additional entries of subject merchandise that were not reported to the Department at the time of Changxing’s request for a new shipper review. Based on the foregoing, we preliminarily find that Changxing does not meet the minimum requirements for a new shipper review under 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(iv)(C) in that Changxing’s request did not contain documentation establishing the date of its first sale to an unaffiliated customer in the United States. Because we find that Changxing’s request for a new shipper review did not satisfy the regulatory requirements for initiation of a new shipper review, we are preliminarily rescinding the new shipper review of the AD order on TRBs from the PRC with respect to Changxing. E:\FR\FM\22DEN1.SGM 22DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-030]


Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Cold-Rolled Steel 
Flat Products From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary 
Affirmative Determination, Preliminary Partial Affirmative Critical 
Circumstances Determination, and Alignment of Final Determination With 
Final Antidumping Duty Determination

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily 
determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to 
producers/exporters of certain cold-rolled steel flat products (cold-
rolled steel) from the People's Republic of China (the PRC). The period 
of investigation is January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014. We 
invite interested parties to comment on this preliminary determination.

DATES: Effective Date: December 22, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yasmin Bordas or John Corrigan, 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) 482-3813 
or (202) 482-7438, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Scope of the Investigation

    The products covered by this investigation are cold-rolled steel 
flat products from the PRC. For a complete description of the scope of 
this investigation, see Appendix II.

Methodology

    The Department is conducting this countervailing duty (CVD) 
investigation in accordance with section 701 of the Tariff Act of 1930, 
as amended (the Act). For each of the subsidy programs found 
countervailable, we preliminarily determine that there is a subsidy, 
i.e., a

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financial contribution by an ``authority'' that gives rise to a benefit 
to the recipient, and that the subsidy is specific.\1\ For a full 
description of the methodology underlying our preliminary conclusions, 
see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.\2\ A list of topics discussed 
in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix I to 
this notice. 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 http://access.trade.gov, and is available to all parties in the Central 
Records Unit, room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. 
In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum 
can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The 
signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic versions of 
the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content.
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    \1\ See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding 
financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding 
benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity.
    \2\ See Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to 
Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, 
``Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Affirmative Determination 
in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Cold-Rolled 
Steel Flat Products from the People's Republic of China,'' dated 
concurrently with this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum).
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    The Department notes that, in making this preliminary 
determination, we relied, in part, on facts available and, because 
respondents did not act to the best of their ability to respond to the 
Department's requests for information, we drew an adverse inference 
where appropriate in selecting from among the facts otherwise available 
with respect to those respondents.\3\ For further information, see 
``Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences'' in the 
accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
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    \3\ See sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act.
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Alignment

    As noted in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, in accordance with 
section 705(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4), we are aligning 
the final CVD determination in this investigation with the final 
determination in the companion antidumping duty (AD) investigation of 
cold-rolled steel from the PRC based on a request made by 
Petitioners.\4\ Consequently, the final CVD determination will be 
issued on the same date as the final AD determination, which is 
currently scheduled to be issued no later than May 8, 2016,\5\ unless 
postponed.
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    \4\ AK Steel Corporation, ArcelorMittal USA EEC, Nucor 
Corporation, Steel Dynamics, Inc., and the United States Steel 
Corporation (collectively, Petitioners); see also Letter from 
Petitioners dated, December 14, 2015.
    \5\ We note that the current deadline for the final AD 
determination is May 8, 2016, which is a Saturday. Pursuant to 
Department practice, the signature date will be the next business 
day, which is Monday, May 9, 2016. See Notice of Clarification: 
Application of ``Next Business Day'' Rule for Administrative 
Determination Deadlines Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930, As 
Amended, 70 FR 24533 (May 10, 2005).
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Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances

    On October 30, 2015, Petitioners filed a timely critical 
circumstances allegation, pursuant to section 703(e)(1) of the Act and 
19 CFR 351.206(c)(1), alleging that critical circumstances exist with 
respect to imports of certain cold-rolled steel flat products from the 
PRC.\6\ We preliminarily determine, on the basis of adverse facts 
available, that critical circumstances exist for Angang Group Hong Kong 
Co., Ltd. (Angang Hong Kong), Benxi Iron and Steel (Group) Special 
Steel Co., Ltd. (Benxi Iron and Steel), and Qian'an Golden Point 
Trading Co., Ltd. (Qian'an Golden Point). We reached a negative 
preliminary critical circumstances determination for all other 
producers/exporters of cold-rolled steel from the PRC because we do not 
find massive imports pursuant to 19 CFR 351.206(h)-(i). A discussion of 
our determination can be found in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum 
at the section, ``Preliminary Determination of Critical 
Circumstances.''
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    \6\ See Letter from Petitioners dated October 30, 2015.
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Preliminary Determination and Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with sections 776(a)(1), 776(a)(2), and 776(b) of the 
Act, we applied facts otherwise available with an adverse inference, to 
assign countervailable subsidy rates for non-cooperative mandatory 
respondents Angang Hong Kong, Benxi Iron and Steel, and non-cooperative 
exporter Qian'an Golden Point. With respect to the all-others rate, 
section 705(c)(5)(A)(ii) of the Act provides that if the 
countervailable subsidy rates established for all exporters and 
producers individually investigated are determined entirely in 
accordance with section 776 of the Act, the Department may use any 
reasonable method to establish an all-others rate for exporters and 
producers not individually investigated. In this case, the rates 
assigned to Angang Hong Kong, Benxi Iron and Steel, and Qian'an Golden 
Point are based entirely on facts otherwise available, with an adverse 
inference, under section 776 of the Act. There is no other information 
on the record with which to determine an all-others rate. As a result, 
in accordance with section 705(c)(5)(A)(ii) of the Act, we have 
established the all-others rate by applying the countervailable subsidy 
rates for mandatory respondents Angang Hong Kong and Benxi Iron and 
Steel, which are the same as the rate applied to non-selected exporter 
Qian'an Golden Point. The preliminary estimated countervailable subsidy 
rates are summarized in the table below.

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                         Company                           Subsidy  rate
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Angang Group Hong Kong Co., Ltd.........................          227.29
Benxi Iron and Steel (Group) Special Steel Co., Ltd.....          227.29
Qian'an Golden Point Trading Co., Ltd...................          227.29
All-Others..............................................          227.29
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    In accordance with sections 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, we 
are directing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend 
liquidation of all entries of cold-rolled steel from the PRC, as 
described in the ``Scope of the Investigation,'' that are entered, or 
withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of the 
publication of this notice in the Federal Register, and to require a 
cash deposit for such entries of merchandise in the amounts indicated 
above. Moreover, because we preliminarily find that critical 
circumstances exist for Angang Hong Kong, Benxi Iron and Steel, and 
Qian'an Golden Point, in accordance with section 703(e)(2)(A) of the 
Act, we are directing CBP to apply the suspension of liquidation to any 
unliquidated entries entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for 
consumption by these companies, on or after the date which is 90 days 
prior to the date of publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register.

International Trade Commission Notification

    In accordance with section 703(f) of the Act, we will notify the 
International Trade Commission (ITC) of our preliminary determination. 
In addition, we are making available to the ITC all non-privileged and 
non-proprietary information relating to this investigation. We will 
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access to all privileged and business proprietary information in our 
files, provided the ITC confirms that it will not disclose such 
information, either publicly or under an administrative protective 
order, without the written consent of the Assistant Secretary for 
Enforcement and Compliance.
    In accordance with section 705(b)(2) of the Act, if our final 
determination is affirmative, the ITC will make its final determination 
within 45 days after the Department makes its final determination.

Public Comment

    For a schedule of the deadlines for filing case briefs, rebuttal 
briefs, and hearing requests, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
    This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 
703(f) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c).

     Dated: December 15, 2015.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Scope Comments
IV. Scope of the Investigation
V. Injury Test
VI. Application of the CVD Law to Imports From the PRC
VII. Alignment
VIII. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences
IX. Calculation of the All-Others Rate
X. Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances
XI. ITC Notification
XII. Public Comment
XIII. Conclusion

Appendix II

Scope of the Investigation

    The products covered by this investigation are certain cold-
rolled (cold-reduced), flat-rolled steel products, whether or not 
annealed, painted, varnished, or coated with plastics or other non-
metallic substances. The products covered do not include those that 
are clad, plated, or coated with metal. The products covered include 
coils that have a width or other lateral measurement (``width'') of 
12.7 mm or greater, regardless of form of coil (e.g., in 
successively superimposed layers, spirally oscillating, etc.). The 
products covered also include products not in coils (e.g., in 
straight lengths) of a thickness less than 4.75 mm and a width that 
is 12.7 mm or greater and that measures at least 10 times the 
thickness. The products covered also include products not in coils 
(e.g., in straight lengths) of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more and a 
width exceeding 150 mm and measuring at least twice the thickness. 
The products described above may be rectangular, square, circular, 
or other shape and include products of either rectangular or non-
rectangular cross-section where such cross-section is achieved 
subsequent to the rolling process, i.e., products which have been 
``worked after rolling'' (e.g., products which have been beveled or 
rounded at the edges). For purposes of the width and thickness 
requirements referenced above:
    (1) Where the nominal and actual measurements vary, a product is 
within the scope if application of either the nominal or actual 
measurement would place it within the scope based on the definitions 
set forth above, and
    (2) Where the width and thickness vary for a specific product 
(e.g., the thickness of certain products with non-rectangular cross-
section, the width of certain products with non-rectangular shape, 
etc.), the measurement at its greatest width or thickness applies.
    Steel products included in the scope of this investigation are 
products in which: (1) Iron predominates, by weight, over each of 
the other contained elements; (2) the carbon content is 2 percent or 
less, by weight; and (3) none of the elements listed below exceeds 
the quantity, by weight, respectively indicated:

 2.50 percent of manganese, or
 3.30 percent of silicon, or
 1.50 percent of copper, or
 1.50 percent of aluminum, or
 1.25 percent of chromium, or
 0.30 percent of cobalt, or
 0.40 percent of lead, or
 2.00 percent of nickel, or
 0.30 percent of tungsten (also called wolfram), or
 0.80 percent of molybdenum, or
 0.10 percent of niobium (also called columbium), or
 0.30 percent of vanadium, or
 0.30 percent of zirconium

    Unless specifically excluded, products are included in this 
scope regardless of levels of boron and titanium.
    For example, specifically included in this scope are vacuum 
degassed, fully stabilized (commonly referred to as interstitial-
free (IF)) steels, high strength low alloy (HSLA) steels, motor 
lamination steels, Advanced High Strength Steels (AHSS), and Ultra 
High Strength Steels (UHSS). IF steels are recognized as low carbon 
steels with micro-alloying levels of elements such as titanium and/
or niobium added to stabilize carbon and nitrogen elements. HSLA 
steels are recognized as steels with micro-alloying levels of 
elements such as chromium, copper, niobium, titanium, vanadium, and 
molybdenum. Motor lamination steels contain micro-alloying levels of 
elements such as silicon and aluminum. AHSS and UHSS are considered 
high tensile strength and high elongation steels, although AHSS and 
UHSS are covered whether or not they are high tensile strength or 
high elongation steels.
    Subject merchandise includes cold-rolled steel that has been 
further processed in a third country, including but not limited to 
annealing, tempering, painting, varnishing, trimming, cutting, 
punching, and/or slitting, or any other processing that would not 
otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigation 
if performed in the country of manufacture of the cold-rolled steel.
    All products that meet the written physical description, and in 
which the chemistry quantities do not exceed any one of the noted 
element levels listed above, are within the scope of this 
investigation unless specifically excluded. The following products 
are outside of and/or specifically excluded from the scope of this 
investigation:
     Ball bearing steels; \7\
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    \7\ Ball bearing steels are defined as steels which contain, in 
addition to iron, each of the following elements by weight in the 
amount specified: (i) not less than 0.95 nor more than 1.13 percent 
of carbon; (ii) not less than 0.22 nor more than 0.48 percent of 
manganese; (iii) none, or not more than 0.03 percent of sulfur; (iv) 
none, or not more than 0.03 percent of phosphorus; (v) not less than 
0.18 nor more than 0.37 percent of silicon; (vi) not less than 1.25 
nor more than 1.65 percent of chromium; (vii) none, or not more than 
0.28 percent of nickel; (viii) none, or not more than 0.38 percent 
of copper; and (ix) none, or not more than 0.09 percent of 
molybdenum.
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     Tool steels; \8\
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    \8\ Tool steels are defined as steels which contain the 
following combinations of elements in the quantity by weight 
respectively indicated: (i) more than 1.2 percent carbon and more 
than 10.5 percent chromium; or (ii) not less than 0.3 percent carbon 
and 1.25 percent or more but less than 10.5 percent chromium; or 
(iii) not less than 0.85 percent carbon and 1 percent to 1.8 
percent, inclusive, manganese; or (iv) 0.9 percent to 1.2 percent, 
inclusive, chromium and 0.9 percent to 1.4 percent, inclusive, 
molybdenum; or (v) not less than 0.5 percent carbon and not less 
than 3.5 percent molybdenum; or (vi) not less than 0.5 percent 
carbon and not less than 5.5 percent tungsten.
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     Silico-manganese steel; \9\
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    \9\ Silico-manganese steel is defined as steels containing by 
weight: (i) not more than 0.7 percent of carbon; (ii) 0.5 percent or 
more but not more than 1.9 percent of manganese, and (iii) 0.6 
percent or more but not more than 2.3 percent of silicon.
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     Grain-oriented electrical steels (GOES) as defined in 
the final determination of the U.S. Department of Commerce in Grain-
Oriented Electrical Steel From Germany, Japan, and Poland.\10\
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    \10\ Grain-Oriented Electrical Steel From Germany, Japan, and 
Poland: Final Determinations of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and 
Certain Final Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances, 
79 FR 42,501, 42,503 (Dep't of Commerce, July 22, 2014). This 
determination defines grain-oriented electrical steel as ``a flat-
rolled alloy steel product containing by weight at least 0.6 percent 
but not more than 6 percent of silicon, not more than 0.08 percent 
of carbon, not more than 1.0 percent of aluminum, and no other 
element in an amount that would give the steel the characteristics 
of another alloy steel, in coils or in straight lengths.''
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     Non-Oriented Electrical Steels (NOES), as defined in 
the antidumping orders issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce in 
Non-Oriented Electrical Steel From the People's Republic of China, 
Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan.\11\
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    \11\ Non-Oriented Electrical Steel From the People's Republic of 
China, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Sweden, and Taiwan: 
Antidumping Duty Orders, 79 FR 71,741, 71,741-42 (Dep't of Commerce, 
Dec. 3, 2014). The orders define NOES as ``cold-rolled, flat-rolled, 
alloy steel products, whether or not in coils, regardless of width, 
having an actual thickness of 0.20 mm or more, in which the core 
loss is substantially equal in any direction of magnetization in the 
plane of the material. The term `substantially equal' means that the 
cross grain direction of core loss is no more than 1.5 times the 
straight grain direction (i.e., the rolling direction) of core loss. 
NOES has a magnetic permeability that does not exceed 1.65 Tesla 
when tested at a field of 800 A/m (equivalent to 10 Oersteds) along 
(i.e., parallel to) the rolling direction of the sheet (i.e., B800 
value). NOES contains by weight more than 1.00 percent of silicon 
but less than 3.5 percent of silicon, not more than 0.08 percent of 
carbon, and not more than 1.5 percent of aluminum. NOES has a 
surface oxide coating, to which an insulation coating may be 
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    The products subject to these investigations are currently 
classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
(HTSUS) under item numbers: 7209.15.0000, 7209.16.0030, 
7209.16.0060, 7209.16.0070, 7209.16.0091, 7209.17.0030, 
7209.17.0060, 7209.17.0070, 7209.17.0091, 7209.18.1530, 
7209.18.1560, 7209.18.2510, 7209.18.2520, 7209.18.2580, 
7209.18.6020, 7209.18.6090, 7209.25.0000, 7209.26.0000, 
7209.27.0000, 7209.28.0000, 7209.90.0000, 7210.70.3000, 
7211.23.1500, 7211.23.2000, 7211.23.3000, 7211.23.4500, 
7211.23.6030, 7211.23.6060, 7211.23.6075, 7211.23.6085, 
7211.29.2030, 7211.29.2090, 7211.29.4500, 7211.29.6030, 
7211.29.6080, 7211.90.0000, 7212.40.1000, 7212.40.5000, 
7225.50.6000, 7225.50.8015, 7225.50.8085, 7225.99.0090, 
7226.92.5000, 7226.92.7050, and 7226.92.8050. The products subject 
to the investigations may also enter under the following HTSUS 
numbers: 7210.90.9000, 7212.50.0000, 7215.10.0010, 7215.10.0080, 
7215.50.0016, 7215.50.0018, 7215.50.0020, 7215.50.0061, 
7215.50.0063, 7215.50.0065, 7215.50.0090, 7215.90.5000, 
7217.10.1000, 7217.10.2000, 7217.10.3000, 7217.10.7000, 
7217.90.1000, 7217.90.5030, 7217.90.5060, 7217.90.5090, 
7225.19.0000, 7226.19.1000, 7226.19.9000, 7226.99.0180, 
7228.50.5015, 7228.50.5040, 7228.50.5070, 7228.60.8000,and 
7229.90.1000.
    The HTSUS subheadings above are provided for convenience and 
customs purposes only. The written description of the scope of the 
investigation is dispositive.

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