Certain Biaxial Integral Geogrid Products From the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation, 7745-7749 [2016-03071]

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The application was submitted pursuant to the provisions of the Foreign-Trade Zones Act, as amended (19 U.S.C. 81a–81u), and the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR part 400). It was formally docketed on February 9, 2016. VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:15 Feb 12, 2016 Jkt 238001 Subzone 116C was approved on October 7, 1996 (Board Order 848, 61 FR 54153–54154, October 17, 1996). The subzone (4,016 acres) currently consists of four sites located in Jefferson County: Site 1 (3,581 acres)—main refinery complex located at 1801 S. Gulfway Drive, 3 miles southwest of Port Arthur; Site 2 (101 acres)—Lucas/Beaumont Terminal Storage facility located at 9405 West Port Arthur Road, 15 miles northwest of the refinery; Site 3 (243 acres)—Fannett LPG storage terminal located at 16151 Craigen Road, near Fannett, some 2 miles west of the refinery; and, Site 4 (91 acres)—Port Arthur Products storage facility located at 1825 H.O. Mills Road, 4 miles northwest of the refinery. The applicant is requesting authority to expand the subzone to include an additional site: Proposed Site 5 (108.2 acres)—2500 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive (Highway 82), Port Arthur. The proposed site would include a 2.7 mile pipeline that links the dock to the main refinery complex (Site 1). No additional authorization for production activity has been requested at this time. In accordance with the FTZ Board’s regulations, Camille Evans of the FTZ Staff is designated examiner to review the application and make recommendations to the FTZ Board. Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the FTZ Board’s Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their receipt is March 28, 2016. Rebuttal comments in response to material submitted during the foregoing period may be submitted during the subsequent 15-day period to April 11, 2016. A copy of the application will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 21013, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230–0002, and in the ‘‘Reading Room’’ section of the FTZ Board’s Web site, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz. For further information, contact Camille Evans at Camille.Evans@ trade.gov or (202) 482–2350. Dated: February 10, 2016. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2016–03072 Filed 2–12–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7745 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–037] Certain Biaxial Integral Geogrid Products From the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. AGENCY: DATES: Effective date: February 16, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kabir Archuletta, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: 202.482.2593. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Petition On January 13, 2016, the Department of Commerce (the ‘‘Department’’) received a countervailing duty (‘‘CVD’’) petition concerning imports of certain biaxial integral geogrid products (‘‘geogrids’’) from the People’s Republic of China (‘‘PRC’’), filed in proper form by Tensar Corporation (‘‘Petitioner’’), a domestic producer of geogrids. The CVD petition was accompanied by an antidumping duty (‘‘AD’’) petition concerning imports of geogrids from the PRC.1 On January 15, and January 21, 2016, the Department issued additional requests for information and clarification of certain areas of the Petition. Based on the Department’s requests, Petitioner timely filed additional information pertaining to the Petition on January 20, and 27, 2016.2 In accordance with section 702(b)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the ‘‘Act’’), Petitioner alleges that producers/exporters of geogrids in the PRC received countervailable subsidies within the meaning of sections 701 and 771(5) of the Act, and that imports from these producers/exporters materially injure, or threaten material injury to, an industry in the United States. The Department finds that Petitioner filed this Petition on behalf of the domestic industry because it is an interested party as defined in section 771(9)(C) of the Act, and Petitioner has demonstrated sufficient industry 1 See the Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping Duties and Countervailing Duties: Certain Biaxial Integral Geogrid Products from the People’s Republic of China, dated January 13, 2016 (‘‘the Petition’’). 2 See Petitioner’s January 20 and 27, 2016, responses. E:\FR\FM\16FEN1.SGM 16FEN1 7746 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 30 / Tuesday, February 16, 2016 / Notices support with respect to the CVD investigation that it is requesting the Department to initiate.3 Furthermore, the Department has exercised its discretion to toll deadlines as a result of the closure of the Federal Government during Snowstorm ‘‘Jonas.’’ 4 Therefore, the initiation date for this investigation has been tolled by 4 business days. Period of Investigation The period of investigation (‘‘POI’’) is calendar year 2015, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.204(b)(2). Scope of the Investigation The product covered by this investigation is geogrids from the PRC. For a full description of the scope of the investigation, see the ‘‘Scope of the Investigation’’ at the Appendix of this notice. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Comments on the Scope of the Investigation During our review of the Petition, we solicited information from Petitioner to ensure that the proposed scope language is an accurate reflection of the products for which the domestic industry is seeking relief. Moreover, as discussed in the preamble to the Department’s regulations,5 we are setting aside a period for interested parties to raise issues regarding product coverage. If scope comments include factual information,6 all such factual information should be limited to public information. The Department encourages all interested parties to submit such comments by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (‘‘ET’’) on February 29, 2016, which is 20 calendar days from the signature date of this notice.7 Any rebuttal comments, which may include factual information, must be filed by 5:00 p.m. ET on March 10, 2016, which is 10 calendar days after the initial comments. The Department requests that any factual information the parties consider relevant to the scope of the investigation be submitted during this time period. 3 See ‘‘Determination of Industry Support for the Petition’’ below. 4 See Memorandum for the Record from Ron Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, ‘‘Tolling of Administrative Deadlines as a Result of the Government Closure during Snowstorm ‘Jonas,’ ’’ (January 27, 2016). 5 See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties; Final Rule, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997). 6 See 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21). 7 The 20th day falls on February 28, 2016. As this is a Sunday, we are applying our Next Business Day Rule. See Notice of Clarification: Application of ‘‘Next Business Day’’ Rule for Administrative Determination Deadlines Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930, As Amended, 70 FR24533 (May 10, 2005). VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:15 Feb 12, 2016 Jkt 238001 However, if a party subsequently finds that additional factual information pertaining to the scope of the investigation may be relevant, the party may contact the Department and request permission to submit the additional information. All such comments must be filed on the record of the concurrent AD investigation. Filing Requirements All submissions to the Department must be filed electronically using Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (‘‘ACCESS’’). An electronically filed document must be received successfully in its entirety by the Department’s electronic records system, ACCESS, by the time and date set by the Department. Documents excepted from the electronic submission requirements must be filed manually (i.e., in paper form) with Enforcement and Compliance’s APO/ Dockets Unit, Room 18022, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230, and stamped with the date and time of receipt by the deadline established by the Department. Consultations Pursuant to section 702(b)(4)(A)(i) of the Act, the Department notified representatives of the Government of China (GOC) of the receipt of the Petition. Also, in accordance with section 702(b)(4)(A)(ii) of the Act, the Department provided representatives of the GOC the opportunity for consultations with respect to the CVD petition. The GOC did not accept our invitation to hold consultations before the initiation.8 Determination of Industry Support for the Petition Section 702(b)(1) of the Act requires that a petition be filed on behalf of the domestic industry. Section 702(c)(4)(A) of the Act provides that a petition meets this requirement if the domestic producers or workers who support the petition account for: (i) At least 25 percent of the total production of the domestic like product; and (ii) more than 50 percent of the production of the domestic like product produced by that portion of the industry expressing support for, or opposition to, the petition. Moreover, section 702(c)(4)(D) 8 See Letter to Liu Fang, First Secretary, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China, re: ‘‘Countervailing Duty Petition on Certain Biaxial Integral Geogrid Products from the People’s Republic of China: Invitation for Consultations to Discuss the Countervailing Duty Petition,’’ dated January 14, 2016. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 of the Act provides that, if the petition does not establish support of domestic producers or workers accounting for more than 50 percent of the total production of the domestic like product, the Department shall: (i) Poll the industry or rely on other information in order to determine if there is support for the petition, as required by subparagraph (A); or (ii) determine industry support using a statistically valid sampling method to poll the ‘‘industry.’’ Section 771(4)(A) of the Act defines the ‘‘industry’’ as the producers as a whole of a domestic like product. Thus, to determine whether a petition has the requisite industry support, the statute directs the Department to look to producers and workers who produce the domestic like product. The International Trade Commission (‘‘ITC’’), which is responsible for determining whether ‘‘the domestic industry’’ has been injured, must also determine what constitutes a domestic like product in order to define the industry. While both the Department and the ITC must apply the same statutory definition regarding the domestic like product,9 they do so for different purposes and pursuant to a separate and distinct authority. In addition, the Department’s determination is subject to limitations of time and information. Although this may result in different definitions of the like product, such differences do not render the decision of either agency contrary to law.10 Section 771(10) of the Act defines the domestic like product as ‘‘a product which is like, or in the absence of like, most similar in characteristics and uses with, the article subject to an investigation under this title.’’ Thus, the reference point from which the domestic like product analysis begins is ‘‘the article subject to an investigation’’ (i.e., the class or kind of merchandise to be investigated, which normally will be the scope as defined in the Petition). With regard to the domestic like product, Petitioner does not offer a definition of the domestic like product distinct from the scope of the investigation. Based on our analysis of the information submitted on the record, we have determined that geogrids, as defined in the scope, constitute a single domestic like product and we have analyzed industry support in terms of that domestic like product.11 9 See section 771(10) of the Act. USEC, Inc. v. United States, 132 F. Supp. 2d 1, 8 (CIT 2001) (citing Algoma Steel Corp., Ltd. v. United States, 688 F. Supp. 639, 644 (CIT 1988), aff’d 865 F.2d 240 (Fed. Cir. 1989)). 11 For a discussion of the domestic like product analysis in this case, see Countervailing Duty 10 See E:\FR\FM\16FEN1.SGM 16FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 30 / Tuesday, February 16, 2016 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES In determining whether Petitioner has standing under section 702(c)(4)(A) of the Act, we considered the industry support data contained in the Petition with reference to the domestic like product as defined in the ‘‘Scope of the Investigation,’’ in Appendix I of this notice. To establish industry support, Petitioner provided its own production of the domestic like product in 2015.12 On February 1, 2016, we received a letter from the only other known U.S. producer of geogrids, Tenax Corporation (‘‘Tenax’’), stating that the company supports the Petition.13 Tenax also provided its own production of the domestic like product in 2015.14 Petitioner states that, based on reasonably available information regarding the U.S. geogrids industry, there are no other known producers of geogrids in the United States; therefore, the Petition is supported by 100 percent of the U.S. industry.15 Our review of the data provided in the Petition, General Issues Supplement, letters from Tenax, and other information readily available to the Department indicates that Petitioner has established industry support.16 First, the Petition established support from domestic producers (or workers) accounting for more than 50 percent of the total production of the domestic like product and, as such, the Department is not required to take further action in order to evaluate industry support (e.g., polling).17 Second, the domestic producers (or workers) have met the statutory criteria for industry support under section 702(c)(4)(A)(i) of the Act because the domestic producers (or workers) who support the Petition Investigation Initiation Checklist: Certain Biaxial Integral Geogrid Products from the People’s Republic of China (‘‘PRC CVD Initiation Checklist’’), at Attachment II, Analysis of Industry Support for the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions Covering Certain Biaxial Integral Geogrid Products from the People’s Republic of China (‘‘Attachment II’’). This checklist is dated concurrently with this notice and on file electronically via ACCESS. Access to documents filed via ACCESS is also available in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. 12 See General Issues Supplement, at 13. 13 See Letter from Tenax Corporation, dated January 28, 2016. We note that, although this letter is dated January 28, 2016, it was filed after 5:00 p.m. on January 29, 2016 (via ACCESS); therefore, we consider it received on the next business day (February 1, 2016). 14 See Letter from Tenax Corporation, dated January 28, 2016. 15 See Volume I of the Petition, at 2–15 and Exhibits I–1 through I–4, I–6 through I–34, I–44, and I–52 through I–58; see also Letter from Tenax Corporation, dated February 1, 2016, at 1. 16 See PRC CVD Initiation Checklist, at Attachment II. 17 See section 702(c)(4)(D) of the Act; see also PRC CVD Initiation Checklist, at Attachment II. VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:15 Feb 12, 2016 Jkt 238001 account for at least 25 percent of the total production of the domestic like product.18 Finally, the domestic producers (or workers) have met the statutory criteria for industry support under section 702(c)(4)(A)(ii) of the Act because the domestic producers (or workers) who support the Petition account for more than 50 percent of the production of the domestic like product produced by that portion of the industry expressing support for, or opposition to, the Petition.19 Accordingly, the Department determines that the Petition was filed on behalf of the domestic industry within the meaning of section 702(b)(1) of the Act. The Department finds that Petitioner filed the Petition on behalf of the domestic industry because it is an interested party as defined in section 771(9)(C) of the Act and it has demonstrated sufficient industry support with respect to the CVD investigation that it is requesting the Department initiate.20 Injury Test Because the PRC is a ‘‘Subsidies Agreement Country’’ within the meaning of section 701(b) of the Act, section 701(a)(2) of the Act applies to this investigation. Accordingly, the ITC must determine whether imports of the subject merchandise from the PRC materially injure, or threaten material injury to, a U.S. industry. Allegations and Evidence of Material Injury and Causation Petitioner alleges that imports of the subject merchandise are benefitting from countervailable subsidies and that such imports are causing, or threaten to cause, material injury to the U.S. industry producing the domestic like product. In addition, Petitioner alleges that subject imports exceed the negligibility threshold provided for under section 771(24)(A) of the Act.21 Petitioner contends that the industry’s injured condition is illustrated by reduced market share; underselling and price suppression or depression; negative impact on the domestic industry’s performance, including capacity utilization, shipments, and operating income; and lost sales and revenues.22 We have assessed the 18 See PRC CVD Initiation Checklist, at Attachment II. 19 Id. 20 Id. 21 See Volume I of the Petition, at 34 and Exhibit I–4; see also General Issues Supplement, at 19. 22 See Volume I of the Petition, at 24–28, 32–45 and Exhibits I–4, I–35, I–39 through I–43, I–47, I– 50, and I–51; see also General Issues Supplement, at 13–24 and Exhibits Supp. I–1 through I–5, I–10 through I–12, and I–43. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7747 allegations and supporting evidence regarding material injury, threat of material injury, and causation, and we have determined that these allegations are properly supported by adequate evidence and meet the statutory requirements for initiation.23 Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation Section 702(b)(1) of the Act requires the Department to initiate a CVD proceeding whenever an interested party files a CVD petition on behalf of an industry that: (1) Alleges the elements necessary for an imposition of a duty under section 701(a) of the Act; and (2) is accompanied by information reasonably available to the Petitioner supporting the allegations. The Department has examined the Petition on geogrids from the PRC and finds that it complies with the requirements of section 702(b)(1) of the Act. Therefore, in accordance with section 702(b)(1) of the Act, we are initiating a CVD investigation to determine whether producers/exporters of geogrids in the PRC receive countervailable subsidies. For a discussion of evidence supporting our initiation determination, see the CVD Initiation Checklist which accompanies this notice. Based on our review of the Petition, we find that there is sufficient information to initiate a CVD investigation of 32 of the alleged programs, and part of two additional alleged programs. For six of the programs alleged by Petitioner, we have determined that the requirements for initiation have not been met. For a full discussion of the basis for our decision to initiate or not initiate on each program, see the CVD Initiation Checklist. Respondent Selection The Department normally selects respondents in a CVD investigation using CBP entry data. However, for this investigation, the HTSUS numbers the subject merchandise would enter under, 3926.90.9995, 3920.20.0050, and 3925.90.0000, are basket categories containing many products unrelated to geogrids, and much of the reported entry data do not contain quantity information. Therefore, we cannot rely on CBP entry data in selecting respondents. Instead, we intend to issue quantity and value (‘‘Q&V’’) 23 See PRC CVD Initiation Checklist, at Attachment III, Analysis of Allegations and Evidence of Material Injury and Causation for the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions Covering Certain Biaxial Integral Geogrid Products from the People’s Republic of China. E:\FR\FM\16FEN1.SGM 16FEN1 7748 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 30 / Tuesday, February 16, 2016 / Notices questionnaires to each potential respondent, for which the Petitioner has provided a complete address,24 and base respondent selection on the responses received. In addition, the Department will post the Q&V questionnaire along with the filing instructions on the Enforcement and Compliance Web site (http://trade.gov/enforcement/ news.asp). Exporters and producers that do not receive Q&V questionnaires via mail may still submit a Q&V response, and can obtain a copy from the Enforcement and Compliance Web site. The Q&V questionnaire must be submitted by all PRC exporters/ producers no later than February 22, 2016. All Q&V responses must be filed electronically via ACCESS. An electronically-filed document must be received successfully in its entirety by ACCESS, by 5 p.m. ET by the date noted above. We intend to make our decision regarding respondent selection within 20 days of publication of this Federal Register notice. Interested parties must submit applications for disclosure under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(b). Instructions for filing such applications may be found on the Department’s Web site at http:// enforcement.trade.gov/apo. Distribution of Copies of the CVD Petition In accordance with section 702(b)(4)(A)(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.202(f), we have provided a copy of the public version of the Petition to the representatives of the GOC. Because of the particularly large number of producers/exporters identified in the Petition, the Department considers the service of the public version of the petition to the foreign producers/ exporters satisfied by the delivery of the public version to the GOC, consistent with 19 CFR 351.203(c)(2). mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ITC Notification We have notified the ITC of our initiation, as required by section 702(d) of the Act. Preliminary Determination by the ITC The ITC will preliminarily determine, within 45 days after the date on which the Petition was filed, whether there is a reasonable indication that imports of geogrids from the PRC materially injure, or threaten material injury to, a U.S. industry.25 A negative ITC determination will result in the investigation being terminated.26 24 See Volume I of the Petition at Exhibit I–37. section 703(a)(2) of the Act. 26 See section 703(a)(1) of the Act. 25 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:15 Feb 12, 2016 Jkt 238001 Otherwise, the investigation will proceed according to statutory and regulatory time limits. 09-20/html/2013-22853.htm, prior to submitting factual information in this investigation. Submission of Factual Information Factual information is defined in 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21) as: (i) Evidence submitted in response to questionnaires; (ii) evidence submitted in support of allegations; (iii) publicly available information to value factors under 19 CFR 351.408(c) or to measure the adequacy of remuneration under 19 CFR 351.511(a)(2); (iv) evidence placed on the record by the Department; and (v) evidence other than factual information described in (i)–(iv). The regulation requires any party, when submitting factual information, to specify under which subsection of 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21) the information is being submitted and, if the information is submitted to rebut, clarify, or correct factual information already on the record, to provide an explanation identifying the information already on the record that the factual information seeks to rebut, clarify, or correct. Time limits for the submission of factual information are addressed in 19 CFR 351.301, which provides specific time limits based on the type of factual information being submitted. Parties should review the regulations prior to submitting factual information in this investigation. Certification Requirements Any party submitting factual information in an AD or CVD proceeding must certify to the accuracy and completeness of that information.27 Parties are hereby reminded that the Department issued a final rule with respect to certification requirements, effective August 16, 2013, and that the revised certification requirements are in effect for company/government officials as well as their representatives. All segments of any AD or CVD proceedings initiated on or after August 16, 2013, including this investigation, should use the formats for the revised certifications provided at the end of the Certifications Final Rule.28 The Department intends to reject factual submissions if the submitting party does not comply with the applicable revised certification requirements. Extension of Time Limits Parties may request an extension of time limits before the expiration of a time limit established under 19 CFR 351.301, or as otherwise specified by the Secretary. In general, an extension request will be considered untimely if it is filed after the expiration of the time limit established under 19 CFR 351.301 expires. For submissions that are due from multiple parties simultaneously, an extension request will be considered untimely if it is filed after 10:00 a.m. on the due date. Under certain circumstances, we may elect to specify a different time limit by which extension requests will be considered untimely for submissions which are due from multiple parties simultaneously. In such a case, we will inform parties in the letter or memorandum setting forth the deadline (including a specified time) by which extension requests must be filed to be considered timely. An extension request must be made in a separate, stand-alone submission; under limited circumstances we will grant untimely-filed requests for the extension of time limits. Review Extension of Time Limits; Final Rule, 78 FR 57790 (September 20, 2013), available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013- PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Notification to Interested Parties Interested parties must submit applications for disclosure under administrative protective order in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(b). Instructions for filing such applications may be found on the Department’s Web site at http://enforcement.trade.gov/ apo/index.html. This notice is issued and published pursuant to section 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.203(c). Dated: February 8, 2016. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix Scope of the Investigation The merchandise covered by the investigation is certain biaxial integral geogrid products. Biaxial integral geogrid products are a polymer grid or mesh material (whether or not finished, slit, cut-to-length, attached to woven or non-woven fabric or sheet material, or packaged) in which foursided openings in the form of squares, rectangles, rhomboids, diamonds, or other four-sided figures predominate. The products covered have integral strands that have been stretched to induce molecular orientation into the material (as evidenced by the strands being thinner toward the middle between the junctions than at the junctions themselves) 27 See section 782(b) of the Act. Certification of Factual Information To Import Administration During Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings, 78 FR 42678 (July 17, 2013) (‘‘Certifications Final Rule’’); see also the frequently asked questions regarding the Certifications Final Rule, available at the following: http://enforcement.trade.gov/tlei/notices/factual_ info_final_rule_FAQ_07172013.pdf. 28 See E:\FR\FM\16FEN1.SGM 16FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 30 / Tuesday, February 16, 2016 / Notices constituting the sides of the openings and integral junctions where the strands intersect. The scope includes products in which foursided figures predominate whether or not they also contain additional strands intersecting the four-sided figures and whether or not the inside corners of the foursided figures are rounded off or not sharp angles. As used herein, the term ‘‘integral’’ refers to strands and junctions that are homogenous with each other. The products covered have a tensile strength of greater than 5 kilonewtons per meter (‘‘kN/m’’) according to American Society for Testing and Materials (‘‘ASTM’’) Standard Test Method D6637/D6637M in any direction and average overall flexural stiffness of more than 100,000 milligram-centimeter according to the ASTM D7748/D7748M Standard Test Method for Flexural Rigidity of Geogrids, Geotextiles and Related Products, or other equivalent test method standards. Subject merchandise includes material matching the above description that has been finished, packaged, or otherwise further processed in a third country, including by trimming, slitting, coating, cutting, punching holes, stretching, attaching to woven or nonwoven fabric or sheet material, or any other finishing, packaging, or other further processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigation if performed in the country of manufacture of the biaxial integral geogrid. The products subject to the scope are currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (‘‘HTSUS’’) under the following subheading: 3926.90.9995. Subject merchandise may also enter under subheadings 3920.20.0050 and 3925.90.0000. The HTSUS subheadings set forth above are provided for convenience and U.S. Customs purposes only. The written description of the scope is dispositive. [FR Doc. 2016–03071 Filed 2–12–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–967; C–570–968] Aluminum Extrusions From the People’s Republic of China: Notice of Court Decision Not in Harmony With Final Scope Ruling and Notice of Amended Final Scope Ruling Pursuant to Court Decision Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: On January 20, 2016, the United States Court of International Trade (CIT or Court) sustained the Department of Commerce’s (Department) third and final results of redetermination,1 in which the mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: 1 See Meridian LLC v. United States, Court No. 13–00018, Slip Op. 16–5 (CIT January 20, 2016) (Meridian V), which sustained the Final Results of VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:15 Feb 12, 2016 Jkt 238001 Department determined, under protest, that certain refrigerator/freezer trim kits meet the description of excluded finished goods kits and are therefore not covered by the scope of the Orders,2 pursuant to the CIT’s remand order in Meridian LLC v. United States, Court No. 13–00018, Slip Op. 15–67 (CIT June 23, 2015) (Meridian IV). Consistent with the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) in Timken,3 as clarified by Diamond Sawblades,4 the Department is notifying the public that the Court’s final judgment in this case is not in harmony with the Department’s Final Scope Ruling on Refrigerator Trim Kits and is therefore amending its final scope ruling.5 DATES: Effective date: January 30, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: James Terpstra, AD/CVD Operations, Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: 202– 482–3965. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 17, 2012, the Department issued its Final Scope Ruling on Refrigerator Trim Kits in which it determined that the refrigerator/freezer trim kits imported by Meridian LLC (Meridian) did not meet the scope exclusions for ‘‘finished merchandise’’ and ‘‘finished goods kits.’’ 6 In particular, the Department held that because the trim kits at issue consisted of pieces of aluminum extrusions plus fasteners and extraneous materials, they Redetermination Pursuant to Court Remand, Meridian Products, LLC v. United States, Court No. 13–00018, Slip. Op. 15–67 (Oct. 29, 2015) (Third Remand). 2 See Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China: Antidumping Duty Order, 76 FR 30650 (May 26, 2011) and Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China: Countervailing Duty Order, 76 FR 30653 (May 26, 2011) (Orders). 3 See Timken Co. v. United States, 893 F.2d 337 (Fed. Cir. 1990) (Timken). 4 See Diamond Sawblades Mfrs. Coalition v. United States, 626 F.3d 1374 (Fed. Cir. 2010) (Diamond Sawblades). 5 See Memorandum to Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, ‘‘Final Scope Ruling on Certain Refrigerator/Freezer Trim Kits,’’ (December 17, 2012) (Final Scope Ruling on Refrigerator Trim Kits). 6 The finished goods kit exclusion states: ‘‘A finished goods kits is understood to mean a packaged combination of parts that contains, at the time of importation, all of the necessary parts to fully assemble a final finished good and requires no further finishing or fabrication, such as cutting or punching, and is assembled ‘as is’ into a finished product.’’ The scope further states that, ‘‘{a}n imported product will not be considered a ‘finished goods kit’’ and therefore excluded from the scope of the investigation merely by including fasteners such as screws, bolts, etc. in the packaging with an aluminum extrusion product.’’ PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7749 did not meet either scope exclusion. Therefore, the Department found the products at issue to be within the scope of the Orders.7 As discussed in further detail in the Third Remand, the Court remanded the Final Scope Ruling on Refrigerator Trim Kits three times.8 Most recently, in Meridian IV, the Court held that the Department’s long-standing recognition of a ‘‘fasteners’’ exception to the ‘‘finished goods kit’’ exclusion is unreasonable, finding that ‘‘the inclusion of ‘fasteners’ or ‘extraneous materials’ is not determinative when qualifying a kit consistent of multiple parts which otherwise meets the exclusionary requirements, as a ‘finished goods kit.’ ’’ 9 Additionally, the Court explained that there is nothing in the scope language that indicates that the parts of a finished goods kit cannot consist entirely of aluminum extrusions.10 The Court explained that ‘‘to qualify as a ‘finished goods kit’, a kit must contain every part required to assemble the final finished good, and it logically follows that if a kit is imported with all of the parts necessary to fully assemble the kit into its final finished form, then obviously (and necessarily) some of those ‘parts’ may be fasteners.’’ 11 In the Third Remand, the Department found, in accordance with the Court’s instructions in Meridian IV, under respectful protest, that Meridian’s trim kits are excluded from the scope of the Orders as finished goods kits because at the time of importation, the kits contained all the parts necessary to assemble a final finished good—a complete trim kit.12 In Meridian V, the Court sustained the Third Remand in its entirety.13 Timken Notice In its decision in Timken 14 as clarified by Diamond Sawblades, the CAFC has held that, pursuant to sections 516A(c) and (e) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), the Department must publish a notice of a court decision that is not ‘‘in harmony’’ with a Department determination and must suspend liquidation of entries pending a ‘‘conclusive’’ court decision. The CIT’s January 20, 2016, judgment in Meridian V sustaining the Department’s decision in the Third Remand to find 7 See Final Scope Ruling on Refrigerator Trim Kits at 11. 8 See Third Remand at 6–10. 9 See Meridian IV, Slip Op. 15–67 at 12–13. 10 Id. 11 Id. at 14 (emphasis omitted). 12 See Third Remand at 14. 13 See Meridian V, Slip Op. 16–5 at 4. 14 See Timken, 893 F.2d at 341. E:\FR\FM\16FEN1.SGM 16FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 30 (Tuesday, February 16, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 7745-7749]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-03071]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-037]


Certain Biaxial Integral Geogrid Products From the People's 
Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation

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


DATES: Effective date: February 16, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kabir Archuletta, AD/CVD Operations, 
Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20230; telephone: 202.482.2593.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Petition

    On January 13, 2016, the Department of Commerce (the 
``Department'') received a countervailing duty (``CVD'') petition 
concerning imports of certain biaxial integral geogrid products 
(``geogrids'') from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''), filed in 
proper form by Tensar Corporation (``Petitioner''), a domestic producer 
of geogrids. The CVD petition was accompanied by an antidumping duty 
(``AD'') petition concerning imports of geogrids from the PRC.\1\ On 
January 15, and January 21, 2016, the Department issued additional 
requests for information and clarification of certain areas of the 
Petition. Based on the Department's requests, Petitioner timely filed 
additional information pertaining to the Petition on January 20, and 
27, 2016.\2\
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    \1\ See the Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping Duties 
and Countervailing Duties: Certain Biaxial Integral Geogrid Products 
from the People's Republic of China, dated January 13, 2016 (``the 
Petition'').
    \2\ See Petitioner's January 20 and 27, 2016, responses.
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    In accordance with section 702(b)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as 
amended (the ``Act''), Petitioner alleges that producers/exporters of 
geogrids in the PRC received countervailable subsidies within the 
meaning of sections 701 and 771(5) of the Act, and that imports from 
these producers/exporters materially injure, or threaten material 
injury to, an industry in the United States.
    The Department finds that Petitioner filed this Petition on behalf 
of the domestic industry because it is an interested party as defined 
in section 771(9)(C) of the Act, and Petitioner has demonstrated 
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support with respect to the CVD investigation that it is requesting the 
Department to initiate.\3\
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    \3\ See ``Determination of Industry Support for the Petition'' 
below.
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    Furthermore, the Department has exercised its discretion to toll 
deadlines as a result of the closure of the Federal Government during 
Snowstorm ``Jonas.'' \4\ Therefore, the initiation date for this 
investigation has been tolled by 4 business days.
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    \4\ See Memorandum for the Record from Ron Lorentzen, Acting 
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, ``Tolling of 
Administrative Deadlines as a Result of the Government Closure 
during Snowstorm `Jonas,' '' (January 27, 2016).
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Period of Investigation

    The period of investigation (``POI'') is calendar year 2015, in 
accordance with 19 CFR 351.204(b)(2).

Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is geogrids from the PRC. 
For a full description of the scope of the investigation, see the 
``Scope of the Investigation'' at the Appendix of this notice.

Comments on the Scope of the Investigation

    During our review of the Petition, we solicited information from 
Petitioner to ensure that the proposed scope language is an accurate 
reflection of the products for which the domestic industry is seeking 
relief. Moreover, as discussed in the preamble to the Department's 
regulations,\5\ we are setting aside a period for interested parties to 
raise issues regarding product coverage. If scope comments include 
factual information,\6\ all such factual information should be limited 
to public information. The Department encourages all interested parties 
to submit such comments by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (``ET'') on February 
29, 2016, which is 20 calendar days from the signature date of this 
notice.\7\ Any rebuttal comments, which may include factual 
information, must be filed by 5:00 p.m. ET on March 10, 2016, which is 
10 calendar days after the initial comments.
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    \5\ See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties; Final Rule, 
62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997).
    \6\ See 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21).
    \7\ The 20th day falls on February 28, 2016. As this is a 
Sunday, we are applying our Next Business Day Rule. See Notice of 
Clarification: Application of ``Next Business Day'' Rule for 
Administrative Determination Deadlines Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 
1930, As Amended, 70 FR24533 (May 10, 2005).
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    The Department requests that any factual information the parties 
consider relevant to the scope of the investigation be submitted during 
this time period. However, if a party subsequently finds that 
additional factual information pertaining to the scope of the 
investigation may be relevant, the party may contact the Department and 
request permission to submit the additional information. All such 
comments must be filed on the record of the concurrent AD 
investigation.

Filing Requirements

    All submissions to the Department must be filed electronically 
using Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Centralized Electronic Service System (``ACCESS''). An electronically 
filed document must be received successfully in its entirety by the 
Department's electronic records system, ACCESS, by the time and date 
set by the Department. Documents excepted from the electronic 
submission requirements must be filed manually (i.e., in paper form) 
with Enforcement and Compliance's APO/Dockets Unit, Room 18022, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20230, and stamped with the date and time of receipt by 
the deadline established by the Department.

Consultations

    Pursuant to section 702(b)(4)(A)(i) of the Act, the Department 
notified representatives of the Government of China (GOC) of the 
receipt of the Petition. Also, in accordance with section 
702(b)(4)(A)(ii) of the Act, the Department provided representatives of 
the GOC the opportunity for consultations with respect to the CVD 
petition. The GOC did not accept our invitation to hold consultations 
before the initiation.\8\
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    \8\ See Letter to Liu Fang, First Secretary, Embassy of the 
People's Republic of China, re: ``Countervailing Duty Petition on 
Certain Biaxial Integral Geogrid Products from the People's Republic 
of China: Invitation for Consultations to Discuss the Countervailing 
Duty Petition,'' dated January 14, 2016.
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Determination of Industry Support for the Petition

    Section 702(b)(1) of the Act requires that a petition be filed on 
behalf of the domestic industry. Section 702(c)(4)(A) of the Act 
provides that a petition meets this requirement if the domestic 
producers or workers who support the petition account for: (i) At least 
25 percent of the total production of the domestic like product; and 
(ii) more than 50 percent of the production of the domestic like 
product produced by that portion of the industry expressing support 
for, or opposition to, the petition. Moreover, section 702(c)(4)(D) of 
the Act provides that, if the petition does not establish support of 
domestic producers or workers accounting for more than 50 percent of 
the total production of the domestic like product, the Department 
shall: (i) Poll the industry or rely on other information in order to 
determine if there is support for the petition, as required by 
subparagraph (A); or (ii) determine industry support using a 
statistically valid sampling method to poll the ``industry.''
    Section 771(4)(A) of the Act defines the ``industry'' as the 
producers as a whole of a domestic like product. Thus, to determine 
whether a petition has the requisite industry support, the statute 
directs the Department to look to producers and workers who produce the 
domestic like product. The International Trade Commission (``ITC''), 
which is responsible for determining whether ``the domestic industry'' 
has been injured, must also determine what constitutes a domestic like 
product in order to define the industry. While both the Department and 
the ITC must apply the same statutory definition regarding the domestic 
like product,\9\ they do so for different purposes and pursuant to a 
separate and distinct authority. In addition, the Department's 
determination is subject to limitations of time and information. 
Although this may result in different definitions of the like product, 
such differences do not render the decision of either agency contrary 
to law.\10\
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    \9\ See section 771(10) of the Act.
    \10\ See USEC, Inc. v. United States, 132 F. Supp. 2d 1, 8 (CIT 
2001) (citing Algoma Steel Corp., Ltd. v. United States, 688 F. 
Supp. 639, 644 (CIT 1988), aff'd 865 F.2d 240 (Fed. Cir. 1989)).
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    Section 771(10) of the Act defines the domestic like product as ``a 
product which is like, or in the absence of like, most similar in 
characteristics and uses with, the article subject to an investigation 
under this title.'' Thus, the reference point from which the domestic 
like product analysis begins is ``the article subject to an 
investigation'' (i.e., the class or kind of merchandise to be 
investigated, which normally will be the scope as defined in the 
Petition).
    With regard to the domestic like product, Petitioner does not offer 
a definition of the domestic like product distinct from the scope of 
the investigation. Based on our analysis of the information submitted 
on the record, we have determined that geogrids, as defined in the 
scope, constitute a single domestic like product and we have analyzed 
industry support in terms of that domestic like product.\11\
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    \11\ For a discussion of the domestic like product analysis in 
this case, see Countervailing Duty Investigation Initiation 
Checklist: Certain Biaxial Integral Geogrid Products from the 
People's Republic of China (``PRC CVD Initiation Checklist''), at 
Attachment II, Analysis of Industry Support for the Antidumping and 
Countervailing Duty Petitions Covering Certain Biaxial Integral 
Geogrid Products from the People's Republic of China (``Attachment 
II''). This checklist is dated concurrently with this notice and on 
file electronically via ACCESS. Access to documents filed via ACCESS 
is also available in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the 
main Department of Commerce building.

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    In determining whether Petitioner has standing under section 
702(c)(4)(A) of the Act, we considered the industry support data 
contained in the Petition with reference to the domestic like product 
as defined in the ``Scope of the Investigation,'' in Appendix I of this 
notice. To establish industry support, Petitioner provided its own 
production of the domestic like product in 2015.\12\ On February 1, 
2016, we received a letter from the only other known U.S. producer of 
geogrids, Tenax Corporation (``Tenax''), stating that the company 
supports the Petition.\13\ Tenax also provided its own production of 
the domestic like product in 2015.\14\ Petitioner states that, based on 
reasonably available information regarding the U.S. geogrids industry, 
there are no other known producers of geogrids in the United States; 
therefore, the Petition is supported by 100 percent of the U.S. 
industry.\15\
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    \12\ See General Issues Supplement, at 13.
    \13\ See Letter from Tenax Corporation, dated January 28, 2016. 
We note that, although this letter is dated January 28, 2016, it was 
filed after 5:00 p.m. on January 29, 2016 (via ACCESS); therefore, 
we consider it received on the next business day (February 1, 2016).
    \14\ See Letter from Tenax Corporation, dated January 28, 2016.
    \15\ See Volume I of the Petition, at 2-15 and Exhibits I-1 
through I-4, I-6 through I-34, I-44, and I-52 through I-58; see also 
Letter from Tenax Corporation, dated February 1, 2016, at 1.
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    Our review of the data provided in the Petition, General Issues 
Supplement, letters from Tenax, and other information readily available 
to the Department indicates that Petitioner has established industry 
support.\16\ First, the Petition established support from domestic 
producers (or workers) accounting for more than 50 percent of the total 
production of the domestic like product and, as such, the Department is 
not required to take further action in order to evaluate industry 
support (e.g., polling).\17\ Second, the domestic producers (or 
workers) have met the statutory criteria for industry support under 
section 702(c)(4)(A)(i) of the Act because the domestic producers (or 
workers) who support the Petition account for at least 25 percent of 
the total production of the domestic like product.\18\ Finally, the 
domestic producers (or workers) have met the statutory criteria for 
industry support under section 702(c)(4)(A)(ii) of the Act because the 
domestic producers (or workers) who support the Petition account for 
more than 50 percent of the production of the domestic like product 
produced by that portion of the industry expressing support for, or 
opposition to, the Petition.\19\ Accordingly, the Department determines 
that the Petition was filed on behalf of the domestic industry within 
the meaning of section 702(b)(1) of the Act.
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    \16\ See PRC CVD Initiation Checklist, at Attachment II.
    \17\ See section 702(c)(4)(D) of the Act; see also PRC CVD 
Initiation Checklist, at Attachment II.
    \18\ See PRC CVD Initiation Checklist, at Attachment II.
    \19\ Id.
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    The Department finds that Petitioner filed the Petition on behalf 
of the domestic industry because it is an interested party as defined 
in section 771(9)(C) of the Act and it has demonstrated sufficient 
industry support with respect to the CVD investigation that it is 
requesting the Department initiate.\20\
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Injury Test

    Because the PRC is a ``Subsidies Agreement Country'' within the 
meaning of section 701(b) of the Act, section 701(a)(2) of the Act 
applies to this investigation. Accordingly, the ITC must determine 
whether imports of the subject merchandise from the PRC materially 
injure, or threaten material injury to, a U.S. industry.

Allegations and Evidence of Material Injury and Causation

    Petitioner alleges that imports of the subject merchandise are 
benefitting from countervailable subsidies and that such imports are 
causing, or threaten to cause, material injury to the U.S. industry 
producing the domestic like product. In addition, Petitioner alleges 
that subject imports exceed the negligibility threshold provided for 
under section 771(24)(A) of the Act.\21\
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    \21\ See Volume I of the Petition, at 34 and Exhibit I-4; see 
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    Petitioner contends that the industry's injured condition is 
illustrated by reduced market share; underselling and price suppression 
or depression; negative impact on the domestic industry's performance, 
including capacity utilization, shipments, and operating income; and 
lost sales and revenues.\22\ We have assessed the allegations and 
supporting evidence regarding material injury, threat of material 
injury, and causation, and we have determined that these allegations 
are properly supported by adequate evidence and meet the statutory 
requirements for initiation.\23\
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    \22\ See Volume I of the Petition, at 24-28, 32-45 and Exhibits 
I-4, I-35, I-39 through I-43, I-47, I-50, and I-51; see also General 
Issues Supplement, at 13-24 and Exhibits Supp. I-1 through I-5, I-10 
through I-12, and I-43.
    \23\ See PRC CVD Initiation Checklist, at Attachment III, 
Analysis of Allegations and Evidence of Material Injury and 
Causation for the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Petitions 
Covering Certain Biaxial Integral Geogrid Products from the People's 
Republic of China.
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Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation

    Section 702(b)(1) of the Act requires the Department to initiate a 
CVD proceeding whenever an interested party files a CVD petition on 
behalf of an industry that: (1) Alleges the elements necessary for an 
imposition of a duty under section 701(a) of the Act; and (2) is 
accompanied by information reasonably available to the Petitioner 
supporting the allegations.
    The Department has examined the Petition on geogrids from the PRC 
and finds that it complies with the requirements of section 702(b)(1) 
of the Act. Therefore, in accordance with section 702(b)(1) of the Act, 
we are initiating a CVD investigation to determine whether producers/
exporters of geogrids in the PRC receive countervailable subsidies. For 
a discussion of evidence supporting our initiation determination, see 
the CVD Initiation Checklist which accompanies this notice.
    Based on our review of the Petition, we find that there is 
sufficient information to initiate a CVD investigation of 32 of the 
alleged programs, and part of two additional alleged programs. For six 
of the programs alleged by Petitioner, we have determined that the 
requirements for initiation have not been met. For a full discussion of 
the basis for our decision to initiate or not initiate on each program, 
see the CVD Initiation Checklist.

Respondent Selection

    The Department normally selects respondents in a CVD investigation 
using CBP entry data. However, for this investigation, the HTSUS 
numbers the subject merchandise would enter under, 3926.90.9995, 
3920.20.0050, and 3925.90.0000, are basket categories containing many 
products unrelated to geogrids, and much of the reported entry data do 
not contain quantity information. Therefore, we cannot rely on CBP 
entry data in selecting respondents. Instead, we intend to issue 
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questionnaires to each potential respondent, for which the Petitioner 
has provided a complete address,\24\ and base respondent selection on 
the responses received. In addition, the Department will post the Q&V 
questionnaire along with the filing instructions on the Enforcement and 
Compliance Web site (http://trade.gov/enforcement/news.asp). Exporters 
and producers that do not receive Q&V questionnaires via mail may still 
submit a Q&V response, and can obtain a copy from the Enforcement and 
Compliance Web site. The Q&V questionnaire must be submitted by all PRC 
exporters/producers no later than February 22, 2016.
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    \24\ See Volume I of the Petition at Exhibit I-37.
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    All Q&V responses must be filed electronically via ACCESS. An 
electronically-filed document must be received successfully in its 
entirety by ACCESS, by 5 p.m. ET by the date noted above. We intend to 
make our decision regarding respondent selection within 20 days of 
publication of this Federal Register notice. Interested parties must 
submit applications for disclosure under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 
351.305(b). Instructions for filing such applications may be found on 
the Department's Web site at http://enforcement.trade.gov/apo.

Distribution of Copies of the CVD Petition

    In accordance with section 702(b)(4)(A)(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.202(f), we have provided a copy of the public version of the 
Petition to the representatives of the GOC. Because of the particularly 
large number of producers/exporters identified in the Petition, the 
Department considers the service of the public version of the petition 
to the foreign producers/exporters satisfied by the delivery of the 
public version to the GOC, consistent with 19 CFR 351.203(c)(2).

ITC Notification

    We have notified the ITC of our initiation, as required by section 
702(d) of the Act.

Preliminary Determination by the ITC

    The ITC will preliminarily determine, within 45 days after the date 
on which the Petition was filed, whether there is a reasonable 
indication that imports of geogrids from the PRC materially injure, or 
threaten material injury to, a U.S. industry.\25\ A negative ITC 
determination will result in the investigation being terminated.\26\ 
Otherwise, the investigation will proceed according to statutory and 
regulatory time limits.
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    \25\ See section 703(a)(2) of the Act.
    \26\ See section 703(a)(1) of the Act.
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Submission of Factual Information

    Factual information is defined in 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21) as: (i) 
Evidence submitted in response to questionnaires; (ii) evidence 
submitted in support of allegations; (iii) publicly available 
information to value factors under 19 CFR 351.408(c) or to measure the 
adequacy of remuneration under 19 CFR 351.511(a)(2); (iv) evidence 
placed on the record by the Department; and (v) evidence other than 
factual information described in (i)-(iv). The regulation requires any 
party, when submitting factual information, to specify under which 
subsection of 19 CFR 351.102(b)(21) the information is being submitted 
and, if the information is submitted to rebut, clarify, or correct 
factual information already on the record, to provide an explanation 
identifying the information already on the record that the factual 
information seeks to rebut, clarify, or correct. Time limits for the 
submission of factual information are addressed in 19 CFR 351.301, 
which provides specific time limits based on the type of factual 
information being submitted. Parties should review the regulations 
prior to submitting factual information in this investigation.

Extension of Time Limits

    Parties may request an extension of time limits before the 
expiration of a time limit established under 19 CFR 351.301, or as 
otherwise specified by the Secretary. In general, an extension request 
will be considered untimely if it is filed after the expiration of the 
time limit established under 19 CFR 351.301 expires. For submissions 
that are due from multiple parties simultaneously, an extension request 
will be considered untimely if it is filed after 10:00 a.m. on the due 
date. Under certain circumstances, we may elect to specify a different 
time limit by which extension requests will be considered untimely for 
submissions which are due from multiple parties simultaneously. In such 
a case, we will inform parties in the letter or memorandum setting 
forth the deadline (including a specified time) by which extension 
requests must be filed to be considered timely. An extension request 
must be made in a separate, stand-alone submission; under limited 
circumstances we will grant untimely-filed requests for the extension 
of time limits. Review Extension of Time Limits; Final Rule, 78 FR 
57790 (September 20, 2013), available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-09-20/html/2013-22853.htm, prior to submitting factual 
information in this investigation.

Certification Requirements

    Any party submitting factual information in an AD or CVD proceeding 
must certify to the accuracy and completeness of that information.\27\ 
Parties are hereby reminded that the Department issued a final rule 
with respect to certification requirements, effective August 16, 2013, 
and that the revised certification requirements are in effect for 
company/government officials as well as their representatives. All 
segments of any AD or CVD proceedings initiated on or after August 16, 
2013, including this investigation, should use the formats for the 
revised certifications provided at the end of the Certifications Final 
Rule.\28\ The Department intends to reject factual submissions if the 
submitting party does not comply with the applicable revised 
certification requirements.
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    \27\ See section 782(b) of the Act.
    \28\ See Certification of Factual Information To Import 
Administration During Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Proceedings, 78 FR 42678 (July 17, 2013) (``Certifications Final 
Rule''); see also the frequently asked questions regarding the 
Certifications Final Rule, available at the following: http://enforcement.trade.gov/tlei/notices/factual_info_final_rule_FAQ_07172013.pdf.
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Notification to Interested Parties

    Interested parties must submit applications for disclosure under 
administrative protective order in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(b). 
Instructions for filing such applications may be found on the 
Department's Web site at http://enforcement.trade.gov/apo/index.html.
    This notice is issued and published pursuant to section 777(i) of 
the Act and 19 CFR 351.203(c).

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

Appendix

Scope of the Investigation

    The merchandise covered by the investigation is certain biaxial 
integral geogrid products. Biaxial integral geogrid products are a 
polymer grid or mesh material (whether or not finished, slit, cut-
to-length, attached to woven or non-woven fabric or sheet material, 
or packaged) in which four-sided openings in the form of squares, 
rectangles, rhomboids, diamonds, or other four-sided figures 
predominate. The products covered have integral strands that have 
been stretched to induce molecular orientation into the material (as 
evidenced by the strands being thinner toward the middle between the 
junctions than at the junctions themselves)

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constituting the sides of the openings and integral junctions where 
the strands intersect. The scope includes products in which four-
sided figures predominate whether or not they also contain 
additional strands intersecting the four-sided figures and whether 
or not the inside corners of the four-sided figures are rounded off 
or not sharp angles. As used herein, the term ``integral'' refers to 
strands and junctions that are homogenous with each other. The 
products covered have a tensile strength of greater than 5 
kilonewtons per meter (``kN/m'') according to American Society for 
Testing and Materials (``ASTM'') Standard Test Method D6637/D6637M 
in any direction and average overall flexural stiffness of more than 
100,000 milligram-centimeter according to the ASTM D7748/D7748M 
Standard Test Method for Flexural Rigidity of Geogrids, Geotextiles 
and Related Products, or other equivalent test method standards.
    Subject merchandise includes material matching the above 
description that has been finished, packaged, or otherwise further 
processed in a third country, including by trimming, slitting, 
coating, cutting, punching holes, stretching, attaching to woven or 
non-woven fabric or sheet material, or any other finishing, 
packaging, or other further processing that would not otherwise 
remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigation if 
performed in the country of manufacture of the biaxial integral 
geogrid.
    The products subject to the scope are currently classified in 
the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (``HTSUS'') 
under the following subheading: 3926.90.9995. Subject merchandise 
may also enter under subheadings 3920.20.0050 and 3925.90.0000. The 
HTSUS subheadings set forth above are provided for convenience and 
U.S. Customs purposes only. The written description of the scope is 
dispositive.

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