Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Iron Mechanical Transfer Drive Components From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Determination and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 21316-21319 [2016-08235]

Download as PDF 21316 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 69 / Monday, April 11, 2016 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Scott D. McBride, Senior Counsel for Trade Remedies and Foreign Trade Zones, Office of the Chief Counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance, Room 3622, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: 202–482–6292; fax: 202–482–4912; Scott.McBride@ trade.gov. or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: April 5, 2016. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–08177 Filed 4–8–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE The regulations (19 CFR 358.101 through 358.104) provide procedures for requesting the Secretary of Commerce to permit the importation of supplies, such as food, clothing, and medical, surgical, and other supplies, for use in emergency relief work free of antidumping and countervailing duties. International Trade Administration [C–570–031] Authority: 19 U.S.C. 1318(a). There are no proposed changes to this information collection. Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Iron Mechanical Transfer Drive Components From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Determination and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination II. Method of Collection AGENCY: Three copies of the request must be submitted in writing to the Secretary of Commerce, Attention: Import Administration, Central Records Unit, Room 1870, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0625–0256. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1. Estimated Time per Response: 15 Hours. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 15 Hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: less than $450. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:37 Apr 08, 2016 Jkt 238001 Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of certain iron mechanical transfer drive components (‘‘ITDCs’’) from the People’s Republic of China (‘‘PRC’’). The period of investigation is January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014. We invite interested parties to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Effective Date: April 11, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brandon Farlander, Robert Galantucci, and Robert Bolling, AD/CVD Operations, Office IV, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482–0182, (202) 482– 2923, or (202) 482–3434, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Scope Comments In accordance with the preamble to the Department’s regulations,1 we set aside a period of time in our Initiation Notice for parties to raise issues regarding product coverage, and we encouraged all parties to submit 1 See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties; Final Rule, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997) (‘‘Preamble’’). PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comments within 20 calendar days of the signature date of that notice.2 We received several comments concerning the scope of the antidumping duty (‘‘AD’’) and CVD investigations of ITDCs from the PRC and Canada. On March 30, 2016, Petitioner filed an amendment to the scope to exclude certain finished torsional vibration dampeners (‘‘TVDs’’), as defined in the amended scope.3 Petitioner also noted that it is considering a potential additional exclusion to the scope to cover certain parts of TVDs.4 Also, on March 30, 2016, NOK Wuxi notified the Department of its intent to withdraw from participation in this investigation, contingent on the Department’s acceptance and inclusion of Petitioner’s amendment to the scope.5 Because Petitioner’s proposed scope amendment was filed two days before the due date for the preliminary determination, the Department does not have sufficient time before the fully extended scheduled signature due date of the CVD preliminary determination to consider this proposed amendment to the scope. However, the Department will evaluate the scope comments and intends to issue its preliminary decision regarding the scope of the AD and CVD investigations in the preliminary determination of the companion antidumping investigations, which are due for signature on May 31, 2016. Scope of the Investigation The products covered by this investigation are ITDCs from the PRC. For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see Appendix II to this notice. Methodology The Department is conducting this countervailing duty (‘‘CVD’’) investigation in accordance with section 701 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (‘‘the Act’’). For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, we preliminarily determine that there is a subsidy, i.e., a financial contribution by an ‘‘authority’’ that gives rise to a benefit to the 2 See Certain Iron Mechanical Transfer Drive Components From the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation, 80 FR 73722 (November 25, 2015). 3 See Submission of Petitioner, ‘‘Certain Iron Mechanical Transfer Drive Components from Canada and the People’s Republic of China: Petitioner’s Amendment to the Scope,’’ dated March 30, 2016. 4 Id. 5 See Submission of NOK Wuxi, ‘‘Certain Iron Mechanical Transfer Drive Components from the People’s Republic of China: Withdrawal from Investigation,’’ dated March 30, 2016. E:\FR\FM\11APN1.SGM 11APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 69 / Monday, April 11, 2016 / Notices recipient, and that the subsidy is specific.6 For a full description of the methodology underlying our preliminary conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.7 A list of topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix I to this notice. The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov, and is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http:// enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic version are identical in content. The Department notes that, in making these findings, we relied, in part, on facts available and, because we find that one or more respondents did not act to the best of their ability to respond to the Department’s requests for information, we drew an adverse inference where appropriate in selecting from among the facts otherwise available.8 For further information, see ‘‘Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences’’ in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Alignment As noted in the Preliminary Determination Memorandum, based on a request made by the petitioner TB Wood’s Incorporated, we are aligning the final CVD investigation in this investigation with the final determination in the companion AD investigation of ITDCs in accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4).9 Consequently, the final CVD determination will be issued on the same date as the final AD determination, which is currently scheduled to be issued no later than August 14, 2016, unless postponed.10 Preliminary Determination and Suspension of Liquidation11 In accordance with section 703(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, we calculated an individual estimated countervailable subsidy rate for each exporter/producer of the subject merchandise individually investigated. Additionally, in accordance with sections 703(d) and 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act, for companies not individually investigated, we apply an ‘‘all-others’’ rate, which is normally calculated by weight averaging the subsidy rates of the companies selected for individual investigation by those companies’ exports of the subject merchandise to the United States, excluding rates that are zero or de minimis or any rates determined entirely on the facts otherwise available. Accordingly, in these preliminary results, we have calculated the ‘‘allothers’’ rate by weight-averaging the calculated subsidy rates of the two individually investigated respondents, using the respondent’s publicly-ranged sales data for exports of subject merchandise to the United States.12 We preliminarily determine the countervailable subsidy rates to be: Subsidy rate (percent) Exporter/Producer mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES NOK (Wuxi) Vibration Control China Co., Ltd., and Wuxi NOK—Freudenberg Oil Seal Co., Ltd. .............................................. Powermach Import & Export Co., Ltd. (Sichuan), Sichuan Dawn Precision Technology Co., Ltd., Sichuan Dawn Foundry Co. Ltd., and Powermach Machinery Co., Ltd. ................................................................................................................................ Changzhou Baoxin Metallurgy Equipment Manufacturing Co. Ltd.* ............................................................................................. Changzhou Changjiang Gear Co., Ltd.* ........................................................................................................................................ Changzhou Gangyou Lifting Equipment Co., Ltd.* ....................................................................................................................... Changzhou Juling Foundry Co., Ltd.* ........................................................................................................................................... Changzhou Liangjiu Mechanical Manufacturing Co Ltd.* ............................................................................................................. Changzhou New Century Sprocket Group Company * ................................................................................................................. Changzhou Xiangjin Precision Machinery Co., Ltd.* .................................................................................................................... FIT Bearings* ................................................................................................................................................................................. Fuzhou Minyue Mechanical & Electrical Co., Ltd.* ....................................................................................................................... Hangzhou Chinabase Machinery Co., Ltd.* .................................................................................................................................. Hangzhou Ever Power Transmission Group * ............................................................................................................................... Hangzhou Vision Chain Transmission Co., Ltd.* .......................................................................................................................... Hangzhou Xingda Machinery Co., Ltd.* ........................................................................................................................................ Henan Xinda International Trading Co., Ltd.* ............................................................................................................................... Henan Zhiyuan Machinery Sprocket Co. Ltd.* .............................................................................................................................. Jiangsu Songlin Automobile Parts Co., Ltd.* ................................................................................................................................ Martin Sprocket & Gear (Changzhou) Co., Ltd.* .......................................................................................................................... Ningbo Blue Machines Co., Ltd.* .................................................................................................................................................. 6 See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity. 7 See Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Iron Mechanical Transfer Drive Components from the People’s Republic of China,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (‘‘Preliminary Decision Memorandum’’). 8 See sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:37 Apr 08, 2016 Jkt 238001 9 See Letter from Petitioner, ‘‘Certain Iron Mechanical Transfer Drive Components from the People’s Republic of China: Petitioner’s Request to Align the Countervailing Duty Final Determination with the Companion Antidumping Duty Final Determination,’’ dated March 24, 2016. 10 We note that the current deadline for the final AD determination is August 14, 2016, which is a Sunday. Pursuant to Department practice, the signature date will be the next business day, which is Monday, August 15, 2016. See Notice of Clarification: Application of ‘‘Next Business Day’’ Rule for Administrative Determination Deadlines Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930, As Amended, 70 FR 24533 (May 10, 2005). 11 As explained in the memorandum from the Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, the Department has exercised its PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 21317 Sfmt 4703 2.68 33.94 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 discretion to toll all administrative deadlines due to the recent closure of the Federal Government. See Memorandum to the Record from Ron Lorentzen, Acting A/S for Enforcement & Compliance, regarding ‘‘Tolling of Administrative Deadlines As a Result of the Government Closure During Snowstorm Jonas,’’ dated January 27, 2016. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by four business days. The revised deadline for the preliminary determination of this investigation is now April 1, 2016. 12 See Memorandum to the File, ‘‘Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Iron Mechanical Transfer Drive Components from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Determination Margin Calculation for All-Others,’’ dated concurrently with this memorandum. E:\FR\FM\11APN1.SGM 11APN1 21318 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 69 / Monday, April 11, 2016 / Notices Subsidy rate (percent) Exporter/Producer Ningbo Fulong Synchronous Belt Co., Ltd.* ................................................................................................................................. Ningbo Royu Machinery Co., Ltd.* ................................................................................................................................................ Praxair Surface Technologies* ...................................................................................................................................................... Qingdao Dazheng Jin Hao International Trade Co., Ltd.* ............................................................................................................ Quanzhou Licheng Xintang Automobile Parts Co., Ltd. (‘‘XTP Auto Parts’’)* .............................................................................. Shangyu Shengtai Machinery Co., Ltd.* ....................................................................................................................................... Shenzhen Derui Sourcing Co., Ltd.* ............................................................................................................................................. Shengzhou Shuangdong Machinery Co., Ltd.* ............................................................................................................................. Shengzhou Xinglong Machinery * .................................................................................................................................................. Sichuan Reach Jiayuan Machinery Co. Ltd.* ................................................................................................................................ Tran-Auto Industries Co. Ltd.* ....................................................................................................................................................... Ubet Machinery * ............................................................................................................................................................................ All-Others ....................................................................................................................................................................................... 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 166.77 15.51 * Non-cooperative company to which an adverse facts available rate is being applied. See ‘‘Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences,’’ section in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. In accordance with sections 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, we are directing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to suspend liquidation of all entries of ITDCs from the PRC as described in the ‘‘Scope of the Investigation’’ that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, and to require a cash deposit for such entries of merchandise in the amounts indicated above. Verification As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Act, we intend to verify the information submitted by the respondents prior to making our final determination. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES International Trade Commission Notification In accordance with section 703(f) of the Act, we will notify the International Trade Commission (‘‘ITC’’) of our determination. In addition, we are making available to the ITC all nonprivileged and non-proprietary information relating 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, without the written consent of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. In accordance with section 705(b)(2) of the Act, if our final determination is affirmative, the ITC will make its final determination within 45 days after the Department makes its final determination. Disclosure and Public Comment The Department intends to disclose to interested parties the calculations performed in connection with this preliminary determination within five VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:37 Apr 08, 2016 Jkt 238001 days of its public announcement.13 Interested parties may submit case and rebuttal briefs, as well as request a hearing.14 For a schedule of the deadlines for filing case briefs, rebuttal briefs, and hearing requests, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 703(f) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c). Dated: April 1, 2016. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Alignment IV. Scope Comments V. Scope of the Investigation VI. Injury Test VII. Application of the CVD Law to Imports from the PRC VIII. Subsidies Valuation IX. Benchmarks and Interest Rates X. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences XI. Analysis of Programs XII. Disclosure and Public Comment XIII. Conclusion Appendix II Scope of the Investigation The products covered by this investigation are iron mechanical transfer drive components, whether finished or unfinished (i.e., blanks or castings). Subject iron mechanical transfer drive components are in the form of wheels or cylinders with a center bore hole that may have one or more grooves or teeth in their outer circumference that guide or mesh with a flat or ribbed belt or like device and are often referred to as sheaves, pulleys, flywheels, flat pulleys, idlers, conveyer pulleys, synchronous 13 See 14 See PO 00000 19 CFR 351.224(b). 19 CFR 351.309(c)–(d), 19 CFR 351.310(c). Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 sheaves, and timing pulleys. The products covered by this investigation also include bushings, which are iron mechanical transfer drive components in the form of a cylinder and which fit into the bore holes of other mechanical transfer drive components to lock them into drive shafts by means of elements such as teeth, bolts, or screws. Iron mechanical transfer drive components subject to this investigation are those not less than 4.00 inches (101 mm) in the maximum nominal outer diameter. Unfinished iron mechanical transfer drive components (i.e., blanks or castings) possess the approximate shape of the finished iron mechanical transfer drive component and have not yet been machined to final specification after the initial casting, forging or like operations. These machining processes may include cutting, punching, notching, boring, threading, mitering, or chamfering. Subject merchandise includes iron mechanical transfer drive components as defined above that have been finished or machined in a third country, including but not limited to finishing/machining processes such as cutting, punching, notching, boring, threading, mitering, or chamfering, or any other processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigation if performed in the country of manufacture of the iron mechanical transfer drive components. Subject iron mechanical transfer drive components are covered by the scope of the investigation regardless of width, design, or iron type (e.g., gray, white, or ductile iron). Subject iron mechanical transfer drive components are covered by the scope of the investigation regardless of whether they have non-iron attachments or parts and regardless of whether they are entered with other mechanical transfer drive components or as part of a mechanical transfer drive assembly (which typically includes one or more of the iron mechanical transfer drive components identified above, and which may also include other parts such as a belt, coupling and/or shaft). When entered as a mechanical transfer drive assembly, only the iron components that meet the physical description of covered merchandise are covered merchandise, not the other components in the mechanical transfer drive assembly (e.g., belt, coupling, shaft). E:\FR\FM\11APN1.SGM 11APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 69 / Monday, April 11, 2016 / Notices For purposes of this investigation, a covered product is of ‘‘iron’’ where the article has a carbon content of 1.7 percent by weight or above, regardless of the presence and amount of additional alloying elements. The merchandise covered by this investigation is currently classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (‘‘HTSUS’’) subheadings 8483.30.8090, 8483.50.6000, 8483.50.9040, 8483.50.9080, 8483.90.3000, 8483.90.8080. Covered merchandise may also enter under the following HTSUS subheadings: 7325.10.0080, 7325.99.1000, 7326.19.0010, 7326.19.0080, 8431.31.0040, 8431.31.0060, 8431.39.0010, 8431.39.0050, 8431.39.0070, 8431.39.0080, and 8483.50.4000. These HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes. The written description of the scope of the investigation is dispositive. [FR Doc. 2016–08235 Filed 4–8–16; 8:45 a.m.] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P International Trade Administration [A–570–890] Wooden Bedroom Furniture From the People’s Republic of China: Final Results and Final Determination of No Shipments, In Part: 2014 Administrative Review Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: On December 14, 2015, the Department of Commerce (the ‘‘Department’’) published the preliminary results of the tenth administrative review (‘‘AR’’) of the antidumping duty order on wooden bedroom furniture (‘‘WBF’’) from the People’s Republic of China (‘‘PRC’’), in accordance with sections 751(a)(1)(B) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (‘‘the Act’’).1 The period of review (‘‘POR’’) is January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014. The AR covers 18 PRC exporters of subject merchandise, of which the Department selected one company for individual examination, Shanghai Jian Pu Import & Export Co., Ltd. (‘‘Shanghai Jian Pu’’). The Department invited interested parties to comment on the Preliminary Results. We received comments from the American Furniture Manufactures Committee for Legal Trade and Vaughan-Bassett Furniture Company, Inc. (‘‘Petitioners’’). No other party commented. After consideration of Petitioners’ comments, our final results mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: 1 See Wooden Bedroom Furniture From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014, 80 FR 77321 (December 14, 2015) (‘‘Preliminary Results’’). 18:37 Apr 08, 2016 Background For a complete description of the events that followed the publication of the Preliminary Results, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum 2 which is dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice. Scope of the Order DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE VerDate Sep<11>2014 remain unchanged from the Preliminary Results. DATES: Effective Date: April 11, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Pedersen, AD/CVD Operations, Office IV, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–2769. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Jkt 238001 The product covered by the order is wooden bedroom furniture, subject to certain exceptions.3 Imports of subject merchandise are classified under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (‘‘HTSUS’’) subheadings: 9403.50.9042, 9403.50.9045, 9403.50.9080, 9403.50.9041, 9403.60.8081, 9403.20.0018, 9403.90.8041, 7009.92.1000 or 7009.92.5000. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written product description in the Order remains dispositive.4 Analysis of the Comments Received The issues raised in Petitioners’ case brief are addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum. A list of the issues addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum is appended to this notice. 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 Services System (‘‘ACCESS’’). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov and it is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit of the main Department 2 See the memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, ‘‘Wooden Bedroom Furniture from the People’s Republic of China: Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Results of the 2014 Administrative Review’’ (‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum’’). 3 See Notice of Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Antidumping Duty Order: Wooden Bedroom Furniture From the People’s Republic of China, 70 FR 329 (January 4, 2005) (‘‘Order’’). 4 For a complete description of the scope of the Order, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21319 building, room B8024. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the internet at http:// enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Issues and Decision Memorandum and electronic version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Separate Rates In the Preliminary Results, the Department determined that seven companies under review, including Shanghai Jian Pu, the sole mandatory respondent, did not establish their eligibility for separate rate status and would be treated as part of the PRCwide entity.5 We only received comments on the Preliminary Results from Petitioners, which agreed with our preliminary separate rates determination with respect to Shanghai Jian Pu and did not comment on any other entity under review. In these final results of review, we continue to determine that these seven companies should be treated as part of the PRCwide entity because they have not established their separate rate eligibility. Because no party requested a review of the PRC-wide entity, we are not conducting a review of the PRC-wide entity.6 Thus, there is no change to the rate for the PRC-wide entity. The existing rate for the PRC-wide entity is 216.01 percent. Final Determination of No Shipments In the Preliminary Results, we determined that 11 companies subject to this AR had no shipments during the POR.7 We received no comments 5 See Preliminary Results at 80 FR 7576. The six companies that did not establish their eligibility for a separate rate, other than Shanghai Jian Pu, are: (1) Baigou Crafts Factory of Fengkai; (2) Dongguan Hung Sheng Artware Products Co., Ltd., Coronal Enterprise Co., Ltd.; (3) Hualing Furniture (China) Co., Ltd., Tony House Manufacture (China) Co., Ltd., Buysell Investments Ltd., Tony House Industries Co., Ltd.; (4) Orient International Holding Shanghai Foreign Trade Co., Ltd.; (5) Prime Wood International Co., Ltd, Prime Best International Co., Ltd., Prime Best Factory, Liang Huang (Jiaxing) Enterprise Co., Ltd.; and (6) Woodworth Wooden Industries (Dong Guan) Co., Ltd. 6 See Antidumping Proceedings: Announcement of Change in Department Practice for Respondent Selection in Antidumping Duty Proceedings and Conditional Review of the Nonmarket Economy Entity in NME Antidumping Duty Proceedings, 78 FR 65963, 65969–70 (November 4, 2013). 7 The 11 companies with no shipments during the POR are: (1) Clearwise Co., Ltd.; (2) Dongguan Chengcheng Furniture Co., Ltd.; (3) Dongguan Singways Furniture Co., Ltd.; (4) Eurosa (Kunshan) Co., Ltd., Eurosa Furniture Co., (Pte) Ltd.; (5) Golden Well International (HK) Ltd.; (6) Hangzhou Cadman Trading Co., Ltd.; (7) Rizhao Sanmu Woodworking Co., Ltd.; (8) Shenyang Shining Dongxing Furniture Co., Ltd.; (9) Wuxi Yushea Furniture Co., Ltd.; (10) Yeh Brothers World Trade E:\FR\FM\11APN1.SGM Continued 11APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-031]


Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Iron Mechanical 
Transfer Drive Components From the People's Republic of China: 
Preliminary Affirmative Determination and Alignment of Final 
Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination

AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily 
determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to 
producers and exporters of certain iron mechanical transfer drive 
components (``ITDCs'') from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). 
The period of investigation is January 1, 2014, through December 31, 
2014. We invite interested parties to comment on this preliminary 
determination.

DATES: Effective Date: April 11, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brandon Farlander, Robert Galantucci, 
and Robert Bolling, AD/CVD Operations, Office IV, Enforcement and 
Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 
20230; telephone (202) 482-0182, (202) 482-2923, or (202) 482-3434, 
respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Scope Comments

    In accordance with the preamble to the Department's regulations,\1\ 
we set aside a period of time in our Initiation Notice for parties to 
raise issues regarding product coverage, and we encouraged all parties 
to submit comments within 20 calendar days of the signature date of 
that notice.\2\
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    \1\ See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties; Final Rule, 
62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997) (``Preamble'').
    \2\ See Certain Iron Mechanical Transfer Drive Components From 
the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty 
Investigation, 80 FR 73722 (November 25, 2015).
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    We received several comments concerning the scope of the 
antidumping duty (``AD'') and CVD investigations of ITDCs from the PRC 
and Canada. On March 30, 2016, Petitioner filed an amendment to the 
scope to exclude certain finished torsional vibration dampeners 
(``TVDs''), as defined in the amended scope.\3\ Petitioner also noted 
that it is considering a potential additional exclusion to the scope to 
cover certain parts of TVDs.\4\ Also, on March 30, 2016, NOK Wuxi 
notified the Department of its intent to withdraw from participation in 
this investigation, contingent on the Department's acceptance and 
inclusion of Petitioner's amendment to the scope.\5\ Because 
Petitioner's proposed scope amendment was filed two days before the due 
date for the preliminary determination, the Department does not have 
sufficient time before the fully extended scheduled signature due date 
of the CVD preliminary determination to consider this proposed 
amendment to the scope. However, the Department will evaluate the scope 
comments and intends to issue its preliminary decision regarding the 
scope of the AD and CVD investigations in the preliminary determination 
of the companion antidumping investigations, which are due for 
signature on May 31, 2016.
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    \3\ See Submission of Petitioner, ``Certain Iron Mechanical 
Transfer Drive Components from Canada and the People's Republic of 
China: Petitioner's Amendment to the Scope,'' dated March 30, 2016.
    \4\ Id.
    \5\ See Submission of NOK Wuxi, ``Certain Iron Mechanical 
Transfer Drive Components from the People's Republic of China: 
Withdrawal from Investigation,'' dated March 30, 2016.
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Scope of the Investigation

    The products covered by this investigation are ITDCs from the PRC. 
For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see 
Appendix II to this notice.

Methodology

    The Department is conducting this countervailing duty (``CVD'') 
investigation in accordance with section 701 of the Tariff Act of 1930, 
as amended (``the Act''). For each of the subsidy programs found 
countervailable, we preliminarily determine that there is a subsidy, 
i.e., a financial contribution by an ``authority'' that gives rise to a 
benefit to the

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recipient, and that the subsidy is specific.\6\ For a full description 
of the methodology underlying our preliminary conclusions, see the 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum.\7\ A list of topics discussed in the 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix I to this 
notice. The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is 
on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and 
Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). 
ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov, and 
is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of 
the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete 
version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly 
at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum and the electronic version are identical in content.
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    \6\ See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding 
financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding 
benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity.
    \7\ See Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to 
Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, 
``Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing 
Duty Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of 
Certain Iron Mechanical Transfer Drive Components from the People's 
Republic of China,'' dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, 
this notice (``Preliminary Decision Memorandum'').
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    The Department notes that, in making these findings, we relied, in 
part, on facts available and, because we find that one or more 
respondents did not act to the best of their ability to respond to the 
Department's requests for information, we drew an adverse inference 
where appropriate in selecting from among the facts otherwise 
available.\8\ For further information, see ``Use of Facts Otherwise 
Available and Adverse Inferences'' in the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum.
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    \8\ See sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act.
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Alignment

    As noted in the Preliminary Determination Memorandum, based on a 
request made by the petitioner TB Wood's Incorporated, we are aligning 
the final CVD investigation in this investigation with the final 
determination in the companion AD investigation of ITDCs in accordance 
with section 705(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4).\9\ 
Consequently, the final CVD determination will be issued on the same 
date as the final AD determination, which is currently scheduled to be 
issued no later than August 14, 2016, unless postponed.\10\
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    \9\ See Letter from Petitioner, ``Certain Iron Mechanical 
Transfer Drive Components from the People's Republic of China: 
Petitioner's Request to Align the Countervailing Duty Final 
Determination with the Companion Antidumping Duty Final 
Determination,'' dated March 24, 2016.
    \10\ We note that the current deadline for the final AD 
determination is August 14, 2016, which is a Sunday. Pursuant to 
Department practice, the signature date will be the next business 
day, which is Monday, August 15, 2016. See Notice of Clarification: 
Application of ``Next Business Day'' Rule for Administrative 
Determination Deadlines Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930, As 
Amended, 70 FR 24533 (May 10, 2005).
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Preliminary Determination and Suspension of Liquidation\11\
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    \11\ As explained in the memorandum from the Acting Assistant 
Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, the Department has 
exercised its discretion to toll all administrative deadlines due to 
the recent closure of the Federal Government. See Memorandum to the 
Record from Ron Lorentzen, Acting A/S for Enforcement & Compliance, 
regarding ``Tolling of Administrative Deadlines As a Result of the 
Government Closure During Snowstorm Jonas,'' dated January 27, 2016. 
All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended 
by four business days. The revised deadline for the preliminary 
determination of this investigation is now April 1, 2016.
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    In accordance with section 703(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, we 
calculated an individual estimated countervailable subsidy rate for 
each exporter/producer of the subject merchandise individually 
investigated. Additionally, in accordance with sections 703(d) and 
705(c)(5)(A) of the Act, for companies not individually investigated, 
we apply an ``all-others'' rate, which is normally calculated by weight 
averaging the subsidy rates of the companies selected for individual 
investigation by those companies' exports of the subject merchandise to 
the United States, excluding rates that are zero or de minimis or any 
rates determined entirely on the facts otherwise available. 
Accordingly, in these preliminary results, we have calculated the 
``all-others'' rate by weight-averaging the calculated subsidy rates of 
the two individually investigated respondents, using the respondent's 
publicly-ranged sales data for exports of subject merchandise to the 
United States.\12\ We preliminarily determine the countervailable 
subsidy rates to be:
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    \12\ See Memorandum to the File, ``Countervailing Duty 
Investigation of Certain Iron Mechanical Transfer Drive Components 
from the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Determination 
Margin Calculation for All-Others,'' dated concurrently with this 
memorandum.

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                                                          Subsidy rate
                  Exporter/Producer                        (percent)
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NOK (Wuxi) Vibration Control China Co., Ltd., and                   2.68
 Wuxi NOK--Freudenberg Oil Seal Co., Ltd.............
Powermach Import & Export Co., Ltd. (Sichuan),                     33.94
 Sichuan Dawn Precision Technology Co., Ltd., Sichuan
 Dawn Foundry Co. Ltd., and Powermach Machinery Co.,
 Ltd.................................................
Changzhou Baoxin Metallurgy Equipment Manufacturing               166.77
 Co. Ltd.*...........................................
Changzhou Changjiang Gear Co., Ltd.*.................             166.77
Changzhou Gangyou Lifting Equipment Co., Ltd.*.......             166.77
Changzhou Juling Foundry Co., Ltd.*..................             166.77
Changzhou Liangjiu Mechanical Manufacturing Co Ltd.*.             166.77
Changzhou New Century Sprocket Group Company *.......             166.77
Changzhou Xiangjin Precision Machinery Co., Ltd.*....             166.77
FIT Bearings*........................................             166.77
Fuzhou Minyue Mechanical & Electrical Co., Ltd.*.....             166.77
Hangzhou Chinabase Machinery Co., Ltd.*..............             166.77
Hangzhou Ever Power Transmission Group *.............             166.77
Hangzhou Vision Chain Transmission Co., Ltd.*........             166.77
Hangzhou Xingda Machinery Co., Ltd.*.................             166.77
Henan Xinda International Trading Co., Ltd.*.........             166.77
Henan Zhiyuan Machinery Sprocket Co. Ltd.*...........             166.77
Jiangsu Songlin Automobile Parts Co., Ltd.*..........             166.77
Martin Sprocket & Gear (Changzhou) Co., Ltd.*........             166.77
Ningbo Blue Machines Co., Ltd.*......................             166.77

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Ningbo Fulong Synchronous Belt Co., Ltd.*............             166.77
Ningbo Royu Machinery Co., Ltd.*.....................             166.77
Praxair Surface Technologies*........................             166.77
Qingdao Dazheng Jin Hao International Trade Co.,                  166.77
 Ltd.*...............................................
Quanzhou Licheng Xintang Automobile Parts Co., Ltd.               166.77
 (``XTP Auto Parts'')*...............................
Shangyu Shengtai Machinery Co., Ltd.*................             166.77
Shenzhen Derui Sourcing Co., Ltd.*...................             166.77
Shengzhou Shuangdong Machinery Co., Ltd.*............             166.77
Shengzhou Xinglong Machinery *.......................             166.77
Sichuan Reach Jiayuan Machinery Co. Ltd.*............             166.77
Tran-Auto Industries Co. Ltd.*.......................             166.77
Ubet Machinery *.....................................             166.77
All-Others...........................................              15.51
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* Non-cooperative company to which an adverse facts available rate is
  being applied. See ``Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse
  Inferences,'' section in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.

    In accordance with sections 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, we 
are directing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to suspend liquidation 
of all entries of ITDCs from the PRC as described in the ``Scope of the 
Investigation'' that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for 
consumption on or after the date of the publication of this notice in 
the Federal Register, and to require a cash deposit for such entries of 
merchandise in the amounts indicated above.

Verification

    As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Act, we intend to verify 
the information submitted by the respondents prior to making our final 
determination.

International Trade Commission Notification

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

Disclosure and Public Comment

    The Department intends to disclose to interested parties the 
calculations performed in connection with this preliminary 
determination within five days of its public announcement.\13\ 
Interested parties may submit case and rebuttal briefs, as well as 
request a hearing.\14\ For a schedule of the deadlines for filing case 
briefs, rebuttal briefs, and hearing requests, see the Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum.
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    \13\ See 19 CFR 351.224(b).
    \14\ See 19 CFR 351.309(c)-(d), 19 CFR 351.310(c).
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    This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 
703(f) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c).

    Dated: April 1, 2016.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Alignment
IV. Scope Comments
V. Scope of the Investigation
VI. Injury Test
VII. Application of the CVD Law to Imports from the PRC
VIII. Subsidies Valuation
IX. Benchmarks and Interest Rates
X. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences
XI. Analysis of Programs
XII. Disclosure and Public Comment
XIII. Conclusion

Appendix II

Scope of the Investigation

    The products covered by this investigation are iron mechanical 
transfer drive components, whether finished or unfinished (i.e., 
blanks or castings). Subject iron mechanical transfer drive 
components are in the form of wheels or cylinders with a center bore 
hole that may have one or more grooves or teeth in their outer 
circumference that guide or mesh with a flat or ribbed belt or like 
device and are often referred to as sheaves, pulleys, flywheels, 
flat pulleys, idlers, conveyer pulleys, synchronous sheaves, and 
timing pulleys. The products covered by this investigation also 
include bushings, which are iron mechanical transfer drive 
components in the form of a cylinder and which fit into the bore 
holes of other mechanical transfer drive components to lock them 
into drive shafts by means of elements such as teeth, bolts, or 
screws.
    Iron mechanical transfer drive components subject to this 
investigation are those not less than 4.00 inches (101 mm) in the 
maximum nominal outer diameter.
    Unfinished iron mechanical transfer drive components (i.e., 
blanks or castings) possess the approximate shape of the finished 
iron mechanical transfer drive component and have not yet been 
machined to final specification after the initial casting, forging 
or like operations. These machining processes may include cutting, 
punching, notching, boring, threading, mitering, or chamfering.
    Subject merchandise includes iron mechanical transfer drive 
components as defined above that have been finished or machined in a 
third country, including but not limited to finishing/machining 
processes such as cutting, punching, notching, boring, threading, 
mitering, or chamfering, or any other processing that would not 
otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigation 
if performed in the country of manufacture of the iron mechanical 
transfer drive components.
    Subject iron mechanical transfer drive components are covered by 
the scope of the investigation regardless of width, design, or iron 
type (e.g., gray, white, or ductile iron). Subject iron mechanical 
transfer drive components are covered by the scope of the 
investigation regardless of whether they have non-iron attachments 
or parts and regardless of whether they are entered with other 
mechanical transfer drive components or as part of a mechanical 
transfer drive assembly (which typically includes one or more of the 
iron mechanical transfer drive components identified above, and 
which may also include other parts such as a belt, coupling and/or 
shaft). When entered as a mechanical transfer drive assembly, only 
the iron components that meet the physical description of covered 
merchandise are covered merchandise, not the other components in the 
mechanical transfer drive assembly (e.g., belt, coupling, shaft).

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    For purposes of this investigation, a covered product is of 
``iron'' where the article has a carbon content of 1.7 percent by 
weight or above, regardless of the presence and amount of additional 
alloying elements.
    The merchandise covered by this investigation is currently 
classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
(``HTSUS'') subheadings 8483.30.8090, 8483.50.6000, 8483.50.9040, 
8483.50.9080, 8483.90.3000, 8483.90.8080. Covered merchandise may 
also enter under the following HTSUS subheadings: 7325.10.0080, 
7325.99.1000, 7326.19.0010, 7326.19.0080, 8431.31.0040, 
8431.31.0060, 8431.39.0010, 8431.39.0050, 8431.39.0070, 
8431.39.0080, and 8483.50.4000. These HTSUS subheadings are provided 
for convenience and customs purposes. The written description of the 
scope of the investigation is dispositive.

[FR Doc. 2016-08235 Filed 4-8-16; 8:45 a.m.]
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