Certain Uncoated Paper From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, 3110-3112 [2016-01013]

Download as PDF 3110 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 12 / Wednesday, January 20, 2016 / Notices is materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by reason of imports of uncoated paper from Australia no later than 45 days after our final determination. If the ITC determines that material injury or threat of material injury does not exist, the proceeding will be terminated and all cash deposits will be refunded. If the ITC determines that such injury does exist, the Department will issue an antidumping duty order directing CBP to assess, upon further instruction by the Department, antidumping duties on all imports of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the effective date of the suspension of liquidation. Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders (APO) This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to an APO of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of the return or destruction of APO materials, or conversion to judicial protective order, is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation subject to sanction. This determination and this notice are issued and published pursuant to sections 735(d) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: January 8, 2016. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I—Scope of the Investigation The merchandise covered by the investigation includes uncoated paper in sheet form; weighing at least 40 grams per square meter but not more than 150 grams per square meter; that either is a white paper with a GE brightness level 1 of 85 or higher or is a colored paper; whether or not 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 chemi- tkelley on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 18:12 Jan 19, 2016 Jkt 238001 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. For purposes of this scope definition, paper shall be considered ‘‘printed with final content’’ where at least one side of the sheet has printed text and/ or graphics that cover at least five percent of the surface area of the entire sheet. Imports of the subject merchandise are provided for under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) categories 4802.56.1000, 4802.56.2000, 4802.56.3000, 4802.56.4000, 4802.56.6000, 4802.56.7020, 4802.56.7040, 4802.57.1000, 4802.57.2000, 4802.57.3000, and 4802.57.4000. Some imports of subject merchandise may also be classified under 4802.62.1000, 4802.62.2000, 4802.62.3000, 4802.62.5000, 4802.62.6020, 4802.62.6040, 4802.69.1000, 4802.69.2000, 4802.69.3000, 4811.90.8050 and 4811.90.9080. While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of the investigation is dispositive. Appendix II—List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Period of Investigation IV. List of Comments V. Discussion of Comments Comment 1: Whether Adverse Facts Available (AFA) are Warranted for Respondent Australian Paper Comment 2: Rate To Assign to Australian Paper Based on AFA Comment 3: Derivation of the All-Others Rate VI. Finding of Critical Circumstances, In Part [FR Doc. 2016–01019 Filed 1–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE certain uncoated paper (uncoated paper) from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). For more information on the estimated subsidy rate, see the ‘‘Final Determination and Suspension of Liquidation’’ section of this notice. The period of investigation is January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014. DATES: Effective: January 20, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia Tran or Joy Zhang, Office III, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–1503 or (202) 482– 1168, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The events that have occurred since the Department published the Preliminary Determination on June 29, 2015 and Notice of Correction on July 9, 2015,1 are discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, which is hereby incorporated in this notice.2 This memorandum also details the changes we made since the Preliminary Determination to the subsidy rates calculated for the mandatory respondents and all other producers/ exporters. The Issues and 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 Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http:// enforcement.trade.gov/frn/index.html. The signed Issues and Decision Memorandum and the electronic version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content. International Trade Administration [C–570–023] Certain Uncoated Paper From the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1 See Certain Uncoated Paper From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 80 FR 36968 (June 29, 2015) (Preliminary Determination), and Certain Uncoated Paper From the People’s Republic of China: Notice of Correction to Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, 80 FR 39409 (July 9, 2015) (Notice of Correction). 2 See Memorandum to Paul Piquado, ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Uncoated Paper from the People’s Republic of China’’ (January 8, 2016) (Issues and Decision Memorandum). E:\FR\FM\20JAN1.SGM 20JAN1 3111 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 12 / Wednesday, January 20, 2016 / Notices Scope of the Investigation The scope of the investigation covers uncoated paper. For a complete description of the scope of the investigation, see Appendix I. Analysis of Subsidy Programs and Comments Received The subsidy programs under investigation and the issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties in this investigation are discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, dated concurrently with this notice. A list of the issues that parties raised, and to which we responded in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, is attached to this notice as Appendix II. Use of Facts Otherwise Available, Including Adverse Inferences As described in the Preliminary Determination, Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock Co., Ltd., and Sun Paper (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. (collectively, Sun Paper Companies) and UPM (China) Co., Ltd. (UPM) each notified the Department that it would not participate in this investigation.3 Thus, for the final determination, we are basing the countervailing duty (CVD) rate for Sun Paper Companies and UPM on facts otherwise available, pursuant to sections 776(a)(2)(C) and (D) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Further, because Sun Paper Companies and UPM did not cooperate to the best of their ability in this investigation, we also determine that an adverse inference is warranted, pursuant to section 776(b) of the Act. As adverse facts available (AFA), we have assigned Sun Paper Companies and UPM, each a rate of 185.25 percent. For a full discussion of this issue, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum. Final Determination and Suspension of Liquidation In accordance with section 705(c)(1)(B)(i) of the Act, we calculated a rate for Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Paper Co., Ltd. (AS Guangdong), Asia Symbol (Shandong) Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd. (AS Shandong), Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Omya Minerals Co., Ltd. (AS Omya), and Greenpoint Global Trading (Macao Commercial Offshore) Limited (Greenpoint) (collectively, Asia Symbol Companies). Section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act states that, for companies not individually investigated, we will determine an ‘‘allothers’’ rate equal to the weightedaverage countervailable subsidy rates established for exporters and producers individually investigated, excluding any zero and de minimis countervailable subsidy rates, and any rates determined entirely under section 776 of the Act. Where the rates for investigated companies are zero or de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise available, section 705(c)(5)(A)(ii) of the Act instructs the Department to establish an ‘‘all-others’’ rate using ‘‘any reasonable method.’’ As discussed above, we determined Sun Paper Companies and UPM rates based entirely on AFA in accordance with sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act. Therefore, we used the rate calculated for Asia Symbol Companies as the ‘‘allothers’’ rate. We intend to disclose to parties the calculations performed in this proceeding within five days of the public announcement of this final determination in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). We determine the total estimated net countervailable subsidy rates to be: Company Subsidy rate tkelley on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Paper Co., Ltd. (AS Guangdong), Asia Symbol (Shandong) Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd. (AS Shandong), Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Omya Minerals Co., Ltd. (AS Omya), and Greenpoint Global Trading (Macao Commercial Offshore) Limited (Greenpoint) (collectively, Asia Symbol Companies). Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint Stock Co., Ltd. (Shandong Sun Paper), and Sun Paper (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. (Sun Paper HK) (collectively, Sun Paper Companies). UPM (China) Co. Ltd. (UPM) ................................................................................................................................................. All-Others ............................................................................................................................................................................... 7.23 percent. 176.75 percent. 176.75 percent. 7.23 percent. As a result of our affirmative Preliminary Determination, pursuant to sections 703(d)(1)(B) and (2) of the Act, we instructed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of entries of subject merchandise from the PRC which were entered or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after June 29, 2015, the date of the publication of the Preliminary Determination in the Federal Register. In accordance with section 703(d) of the Act, we later issued instructions to CBP to discontinue the suspension of liquidation for CVD purposes for subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, on or after October 27, 2015, but to continue the suspension of liquidation of all entries from June 29, 2015, through October 26, 2015, as appropriate. We will issue a CVD order and reinstate the suspension of liquidation in accordance with our final determination and under section 706(a) of the Act if the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) issues a final affirmative injury determination, and we will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit of estimated countervailing duties for such entries of merchandise in the amounts indicated above. If the ITC determines that material injury, or threat of material injury, does not exist, this proceeding will be terminated and all estimated duties deposited as a result of the suspension of liquidation will be refunded. International Trade Commission Notification In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the ITC of our final determination. In addition, we are making available to the ITC all nonprivileged and non-proprietary information related to this investigation. We will allow the ITC access to all privileged and business proprietary information in our files, provided the ITC confirms that it will not disclose such information, either publicly or under an administrative protective order (APO), without the written consent of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. 3 See Letter from Sun Paper Companies, ‘‘Certain Uncoated Paper from the People’s Republic of China—Withdrawal of Participation in Investigation,’’ (April 8, 2015) (Sun Paper Companies Withdrawal Letter) and UPM’s submission, ‘‘Uncoated Paper From the People’s Republic of China (C–570–023) Investigation; UPM (China) Co. Ltd.’s Letter Regarding Questionnaire Responses,’’ (May 6, 2015) (UPM Withdrawal Letter). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:12 Jan 19, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Return or Destruction of Proprietary Information In the event that the ITC issues a final negative injury determination, this E:\FR\FM\20JAN1.SGM 20JAN1 3112 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 12 / Wednesday, January 20, 2016 / Notices notice will serve as the only reminder to parties subject to an APO of their responsibility concerning the destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of the return/ destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation that is subject to sanction. This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 705(d) and 777(i) of the Act. Dated: January 8, 2016. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I—Scope of the Investigation tkelley on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The merchandise covered by the investigation includes uncoated paper in sheet form; weighing at least 40 grams per square meter but not more than 150 grams per square meter; that either is a white paper with a GE brightness level 4 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. For purposes of this scope definition, paper shall be considered ‘‘printed with final content’’ where at least one side of the sheet has printed text and/ or graphics that cover at least five percent of the surface area of the entire sheet. Imports of the subject merchandise are provided for under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) categories 4802.56.1000, 4802.56.2000, 4 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 18:12 Jan 19, 2016 Jkt 238001 4802.56.3000, 4802.56.4000, 4802.56.6000, 4802.56.7020, 4802.56.7040, 4802.57.1000, 4802.57.2000, 4802.57.3000, and 4802.57.4000. Some imports of subject merchandise may also be classified under 4802.62.1000, 4802.62.2000, 4802.62.3000, 4802.62.5000, 4802.62.6020, 4802.62.6040, 4802.69.1000, 4802.69.2000, 4802.69.3000, 4811.90.8050 and 4811.90.9080. While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of the investigation is dispositive. Appendix II—List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Scope of the Investigation IV. Application of the Countervailing Duty Law to Imports From the PRC V. Subsidies Valuation VI. Benchmarks and Discount Rates VII. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences VIII. Analysis of Programs IX. Analysis of Comments Comment 1: Whether To Reverse the Department’s Government ‘‘Authorities’’ Determination Comment 2: Whether To Reverse the Department’s Specificity Determination for the Provision of Calcium Carbonate and Caustic Soda for Less Than Adequate Remuneration (LTAR) Comment 3: Whether To Reverse the Department’s Market Distortion Determination Comment 4: Whether To Exclude Policy Loan Observation 95 From the Final Determination Calculations Comment 5: Whether To Include Surcharges in International Freight Calculations for Calcium Carbonate and Caustic Soda Benchmarks Comment 6: Whether To Incorporate the Minor Corrections Into the Final Calculations Comment 7: Whether To Revise the Provision of Coal for Less Than Adequate Remuneration Benchmark Comment 8: Whether the Provision of Water for LTAR Confers a Benefit Comment 9: Whether the Provision of Land to State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) for LTAR is Countervailable X. Recommendation [FR Doc. 2016–01013 Filed 1–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–022] Certain Uncoated Paper From the People’s Republic of China: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (‘‘Department’’) determines that certain 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 735 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (‘‘the Act’’). The period of investigation (‘‘POI’’) is July 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014. The final weighted-average dumping margins of sales at LTFV are listed below in the ‘‘Final Determination Margins’’ section of this notice. DATES: Effective: January 20, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Moore, 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background On August 26, 2015, the Department published the Preliminary Determination of this antidumping duty (‘‘AD’’) investigation.1 The following events occurred since the Preliminary Determination was issued. Between September 21, 2015, and September 30, 2015, the Department conducted verifications of the sales and factors of production (‘‘FOP’’) information submitted by Greenpoint Global Trading (Macao Commercial Offshore) Ltd. (‘‘Greenpoint’’), Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Paper Co. Ltd. (‘‘AS Guangdong’’), and Asia Symbol (Shandong) Pulp and Paper Co. Ltd. (‘‘AS Shandong’’) (collectively, ‘‘Asia Symbol’’) 2 for use in the final 1 See Certain Uncoated Paper from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination, 80 FR 51768 (August 26, 2015) (‘‘Preliminary Determination’’) and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum. 2 The Department preliminarily collapsed AS Guangdong, AS Shandong, and Greenpoint, treating them as a single entity for the purposes of calculating a margin in this investigation. See Memorandum to the File, ‘‘Investigation of Uncoated Paper from the People’s Republic of E:\FR\FM\20JAN1.SGM 20JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-023]


Certain Uncoated Paper From the People's Republic of China: Final 
Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) determines that 
countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters 
of certain uncoated paper (uncoated paper) from the People's Republic 
of China (PRC). For more information on the estimated subsidy rate, see 
the ``Final Determination and Suspension of Liquidation'' section of 
this notice. The period of investigation is January 1, 2014, through 
December 31, 2014.

DATES: Effective: January 20, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia Tran or Joy Zhang, Office 
III, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-
1503 or (202) 482-1168, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The events that have occurred since the Department published the 
Preliminary Determination on June 29, 2015 and Notice of Correction on 
July 9, 2015,\1\ are discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, 
which is hereby incorporated in this notice.\2\ This memorandum also 
details the changes we made since the Preliminary Determination to the 
subsidy rates calculated for the mandatory respondents and all other 
producers/exporters. The Issues and 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 Issues and Decision Memorandum 
can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/index.html. The signed Issues and Decision Memorandum and the 
electronic version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical 
in content.
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    \1\ See Certain Uncoated Paper From the People's Republic of 
China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and 
Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty 
Determination, 80 FR 36968 (June 29, 2015) (Preliminary 
Determination), and Certain Uncoated Paper From the People's 
Republic of China: Notice of Correction to Preliminary Affirmative 
Countervailing Duty Determination, 80 FR 39409 (July 9, 2015) 
(Notice of Correction).
    \2\ See Memorandum to Paul Piquado, ``Issues and Decision 
Memorandum for the Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty 
Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain 
Uncoated Paper from the People's Republic of China'' (January 8, 
2016) (Issues and Decision Memorandum).

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Scope of the Investigation

    The scope of the investigation covers uncoated paper. For a 
complete description of the scope of the investigation, see Appendix I.

Analysis of Subsidy Programs and Comments Received

    The subsidy programs under investigation and the issues raised in 
the case and rebuttal briefs by parties in this investigation are 
discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, dated concurrently 
with this notice. A list of the issues that parties raised, and to 
which we responded in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, is attached 
to this notice as Appendix II.

Use of Facts Otherwise Available, Including Adverse Inferences

    As described in the Preliminary Determination, Shandong Sun Paper 
Industry Joint Stock Co., Ltd., and Sun Paper (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. 
(collectively, Sun Paper Companies) and UPM (China) Co., Ltd. (UPM) 
each notified the Department that it would not participate in this 
investigation.\3\ Thus, for the final determination, we are basing the 
countervailing duty (CVD) rate for Sun Paper Companies and UPM on facts 
otherwise available, pursuant to sections 776(a)(2)(C) and (D) of the 
Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Further, because Sun Paper 
Companies and UPM did not cooperate to the best of their ability in 
this investigation, we also determine that an adverse inference is 
warranted, pursuant to section 776(b) of the Act. As adverse facts 
available (AFA), we have assigned Sun Paper Companies and UPM, each a 
rate of 185.25 percent. For a full discussion of this issue, see the 
Issues and Decision Memorandum.
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    \3\ See Letter from Sun Paper Companies, ``Certain Uncoated 
Paper from the People's Republic of China--Withdrawal of 
Participation in Investigation,'' (April 8, 2015) (Sun Paper 
Companies Withdrawal Letter) and UPM's submission, ``Uncoated Paper 
From the People's Republic of China (C-570-023) Investigation; UPM 
(China) Co. Ltd.'s Letter Regarding Questionnaire Responses,'' (May 
6, 2015) (UPM Withdrawal Letter).
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Final Determination and Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 705(c)(1)(B)(i) of the Act, we 
calculated a rate for Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Paper Co., Ltd. (AS 
Guangdong), Asia Symbol (Shandong) Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd. (AS 
Shandong), Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Omya Minerals Co., Ltd. (AS Omya), 
and Greenpoint Global Trading (Macao Commercial Offshore) Limited 
(Greenpoint) (collectively, Asia Symbol Companies). Section 
705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act states that, for companies not individually 
investigated, we will determine an ``all-others'' rate equal to the 
weighted-average countervailable subsidy rates established for 
exporters and producers individually investigated, excluding any zero 
and de minimis countervailable subsidy rates, and any rates determined 
entirely under section 776 of the Act. Where the rates for investigated 
companies are zero or de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise 
available, section 705(c)(5)(A)(ii) of the Act instructs the Department 
to establish an ``all-others'' rate using ``any reasonable method.'' As 
discussed above, we determined Sun Paper Companies and UPM rates based 
entirely on AFA in accordance with sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act. 
Therefore, we used the rate calculated for Asia Symbol Companies as the 
``all-others'' rate. We intend to disclose to parties the calculations 
performed in this proceeding within five days of the public 
announcement of this final determination in accordance with 19 CFR 
351.224(b).
    We determine the total estimated net countervailable subsidy rates 
to be:

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              Company                            Subsidy rate
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Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Paper Co.,   7.23 percent.
 Ltd. (AS Guangdong), Asia Symbol
 (Shandong) Pulp & Paper Co., Ltd.
 (AS Shandong), Asia Symbol
 (Guangdong) Omya Minerals Co.,
 Ltd. (AS Omya), and Greenpoint
 Global Trading (Macao Commercial
 Offshore) Limited (Greenpoint)
 (collectively, Asia Symbol
 Companies).
Shandong Sun Paper Industry Joint    176.75 percent.
 Stock Co., Ltd. (Shandong Sun
 Paper), and Sun Paper (Hong Kong)
 Co., Ltd. (Sun Paper HK)
 (collectively, Sun Paper
 Companies).
UPM (China) Co. Ltd. (UPM).........  176.75 percent.
All-Others.........................  7.23 percent.
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    As a result of our affirmative Preliminary Determination, pursuant 
to sections 703(d)(1)(B) and (2) of the Act, we instructed U.S. Customs 
and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of entries of 
subject merchandise from the PRC which were entered or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption on or after June 29, 2015, the date of the 
publication of the Preliminary Determination in the Federal Register.
    In accordance with section 703(d) of the Act, we later issued 
instructions to CBP to discontinue the suspension of liquidation for 
CVD purposes for subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, on or after October 27, 2015, but to continue the suspension 
of liquidation of all entries from June 29, 2015, through October 26, 
2015, as appropriate.
    We will issue a CVD order and reinstate the suspension of 
liquidation in accordance with our final determination and under 
section 706(a) of the Act if the United States International Trade 
Commission (ITC) issues a final affirmative injury determination, and 
we will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit of estimated 
countervailing duties for such entries of merchandise in the amounts 
indicated above. If the ITC determines that material injury, or threat 
of material injury, does not exist, this proceeding will be terminated 
and all estimated duties deposited as a result of the suspension of 
liquidation will be refunded.

International Trade Commission Notification

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

Return or Destruction of Proprietary Information

    In the event that the ITC issues a final negative injury 
determination, this

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notice will serve as the only reminder to parties subject to an APO of 
their responsibility concerning the destruction of proprietary 
information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 
351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of the return/destruction of 
APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby 
requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO 
is a violation that is subject to sanction.
    This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 
705(d) and 777(i) of the Act.

    Dated: January 8, 2016.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I--Scope of the Investigation

    The merchandise covered by the investigation includes uncoated 
paper in sheet form; weighing at least 40 grams per square meter but 
not more than 150 grams per square meter; that either is a white 
paper with a GE brightness level \4\ 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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    \4\ 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. For 
purposes of this scope definition, paper shall be considered 
``printed with final content'' where at least one side of the sheet 
has printed text and/or graphics that cover at least five percent of 
the surface area of the entire sheet.
    Imports of the subject merchandise are provided for under 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) categories 
4802.56.1000, 4802.56.2000, 4802.56.3000, 4802.56.4000, 
4802.56.6000, 4802.56.7020, 4802.56.7040, 4802.57.1000, 
4802.57.2000, 4802.57.3000, and 4802.57.4000. Some imports of 
subject merchandise may also be classified under 4802.62.1000, 
4802.62.2000, 4802.62.3000, 4802.62.5000, 4802.62.6020, 
4802.62.6040, 4802.69.1000, 4802.69.2000, 4802.69.3000, 4811.90.8050 
and 4811.90.9080. While HTSUS subheadings are provided for 
convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the 
scope of the investigation is dispositive.

Appendix II--List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision 
Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Scope of the Investigation
IV. Application of the Countervailing Duty Law to Imports From the 
PRC
V. Subsidies Valuation
VI. Benchmarks and Discount Rates
VII. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences
VIII. Analysis of Programs
IX. Analysis of Comments
    Comment 1: Whether To Reverse the Department's Government 
``Authorities'' Determination
    Comment 2: Whether To Reverse the Department's Specificity 
Determination for the Provision of Calcium Carbonate and Caustic 
Soda for Less Than Adequate Remuneration (LTAR)
    Comment 3: Whether To Reverse the Department's Market Distortion 
Determination
    Comment 4: Whether To Exclude Policy Loan Observation 95 From 
the Final Determination Calculations
    Comment 5: Whether To Include Surcharges in International 
Freight Calculations for Calcium Carbonate and Caustic Soda 
Benchmarks
    Comment 6: Whether To Incorporate the Minor Corrections Into the 
Final Calculations
    Comment 7: Whether To Revise the Provision of Coal for Less Than 
Adequate Remuneration Benchmark
    Comment 8: Whether the Provision of Water for LTAR Confers a 
Benefit
    Comment 9: Whether the Provision of Land to State-Owned 
Enterprises (SOEs) for LTAR is Countervailable
X. Recommendation

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