Truck and Bus Tires From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, Preliminary Affirmative Critical Circumstances Determination, in Part, and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Determination, 43577-43579 [2016-15837]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 128 / Tuesday, July 5, 2016 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES imagery (around the time of the 2010 Census Address Canvassing). Results from IR inform the Active Block Resolution (ABR) process, which seeks to research and update areas identified with growth, decline, undercoverage of addresses, or overcoverage of addresses from the comparison of the two different vintages of imagery and counts of addresses in the MAF. In addition to using the results from IR, the ABR process uses other data sources to attempt to resolve the identified issues in the office rather than sending these areas to In-Field Address Canvassing. The other data sources include local Geographic Information Systems (GIS) viewers available online, parcel data from local governments, local files acquired through the U.S. Census Bureau’s Geographic Support System (GSS) program, and commercial data. Areas not resolved in the office become the universe of geographic areas for the InField Address Canvassing. 2020 Census Address Canvasing: InField Address Canvassing In-Field Address Canvassing is the process of having field staff visit specific geographic areas to identify every place where people could live or stay and compare what they see on the ground to the existing census address list to either verify or correct the address and location information. In general, the field staff will: • Receive assignments and prepare for work. • Locate and travel to an assignment. • Compare what is on the ground to the Census Bureau address list and update it as necessary (add addresses, delete addresses, and correct addresses). • Update the map as required (update street names, add streets, and collect GPS coordinates). • Collect GQ information including the GQ type for GQ addresses. • Mark the assignment as complete and submit the results. • Receive next assignment until no more assignments exist. Listers will knock on doors at every structure in an attempt to locate Living Quarters (LQs). If someone answers, the lister will provide a Confidentiality Notice and ask about the address in order to verify or update the information, as appropriate. The listers will then ask if there are any additional LQs in the structure or on the property. If there are additional LQs, the listers will collect/update that information, as appropriate. If listers do not find anyone at home, they will update the address list by observation, as was done in the 2010 Census Address Canvassing. The VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Jul 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 Census Bureau expects that they would make contact with residents (i.e., someone is at home) approximately 25 percent of the time. Please note, the Address Canvassing Testing FRN incorrectly stated that the Census Bureau expects the listers would make contact with residents 50 percent of the time. The purpose of the Address Canvassing Operation in the 2020 Census is (1) to deliver a complete and accurate address list and spatial database for enumeration and tabulation, and (2) to determine the type and address characteristics for each living quarter. A complete and accurate address list and map is the cornerstone of a successful census. The Census Bureau needs to solidify evidence showing whether the strategies being tested can reduce the cost per housing unit during a decennial census, while still providing high quality and accurate census data. The results of this Address Canvassing Test and the 2017 Puerto Rico Census Test will inform decisions that the Census Bureau will make to refine the 2020 Census Operational Plan as well as the 2020 Census Detailed Operational Plan for the Address Canvassing Operation. The results will also help guide the evaluation of additional 2020 Census test results later this decade. Affected Public: Households/ Individuals. Frequency: One time. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. Legal Authority: Title 13 United States Code, Sections 141 and 193. This information collection request may be viewed at www.reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov or fax to (202)395–5806. Dated: June 28, 2016. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2016–15742 Filed 7–1–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43577 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–041] Truck and Bus Tires From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, Preliminary Affirmative Critical Circumstances Determination, in Part, and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Determination Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of truck and bus tires from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The period of investigation is January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. AGENCY: DATES: Effective Date: July 5, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Shore or Mark Kennedy, AD/ CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–2778 or (202) 482–7883, respectively. Alignment of Final Countervailing Duty (CVD) Determination With Final Antidumping Duty (AD) Determination On the same day the Department initiated this CVD investigation, the Department also initiated an AD investigation of truck and bus tires from the PRC.1 This CVD investigation and the companion AD investigation cover the same merchandise. On June 15, 2016, in accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (Act), the petitioner 2 requested alignment of the final CVD determination of truck and bus tires from the PRC with the final AD determination of truck and bus tires tires from the PRC. Therefore, in accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the 1 See Truck and Bus Tires from the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation, 81 FR 9428 (February 25, 2016) (Initiation Notice). See also Truck and Bus Tires from the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Antidumping Duty Investigation, 81 FR 9434 (February 25, 2016). 2 The petitioner in this investigation is the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL–CIO, CLC (the ‘‘USW’’). E:\FR\FM\05JYN1.SGM 05JYN1 43578 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 128 / Tuesday, July 5, 2016 / Notices Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4), we are aligning the final CVD determination with the final PRC AD determination. Consequently, the final CVD determination will be issued on the same date as the PRC AD determination, which is currently scheduled to be issued no later than November 9, 2016. Scope of the Investigation The product covered by this investigation is truck and bus tires from the PRC. For a full description of the scope of the investigation, see Appendix I. Scope Comments Certain interested parties commented on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. For discussion of those comments, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.3 Methodology The Department is conducting this CVD investigation in accordance with section 701 of 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 recipient) and that the subsidy is specific.4 For a full description of the methodology underlying our preliminary conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. In making this preliminary determination, the Department relied, in part, on facts otherwise available, with the application of adverse inferences.5 For further information, see ‘‘Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Application of Adverse Inferences’’ in the accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum. 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 of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances, in Part In accordance with section 703(e)(1) of the Act, we preliminarily find that critical circumstances exist with respect to imports of truck and bus tires from the PRC for mandatory respondent Guizhou Tyre Co., Ltd. (GTC) and its cross-owned trading company, Guizhou Tyre Import and Export Co., Ltd. (GTCIE). A discussion of our determination can be found in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Preliminary Determination and Suspension of Liquidation In accordance with section 703(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, we calculated a CVD rate for each individuallyinvestigated producer/exporter of the subject merchandise. We preliminarily determine that countervailable subsidies are being provided with respect to the manufacture, production, or exportation of the subject merchandise. In accordance with sections 703(d) and 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act, for companies not individually examined, we apply an ‘‘all-others’’ rate, which is normally calculated by weighting the subsidy rates of the individual companies as respondents by those companies’ exports of the subject merchandise to the United States. Under section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act, the all-others rate should exclude zero and de minimis rates or any rates based entirely on facts otherwise available pursuant to section 776 of the Act. Neither of the mandatory respondents’ rates in this preliminary determination were zero or de minimis or based entirely on facts otherwise available. In order to ensure that business proprietary information is not disclosed, we have calculated the all-others rate as a simple average of the countervailable subsidy rates found for the two mandatory repsondents.6 We preliminarily determine the countervailable subsidy rates to be: Subsidy rate (percent) Company sradovich on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES Double Coin Holdings Ltd.; Double Coin Group (Jiangsu) Tyre Co., Ltd.; Double Coin Group (Chongqing) Tyre Co., Ltd.; Double Coin Group Shanghai Donghai Tyre Co. Ltd.; Double Coin Group (Xinjiang) Kunlun Tyre Co., Ltd. ............................................ Guizhou Tyre Import and Export Co., Ltd.; Guizhou Tyre Co., Ltd. ................................................................................................... All-Others ............................................................................................................................................................................................. 17.06 23.38 20.22 In accordance with sections 703(d)(1)(B) and (2) of the Act, we are directing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of all entries of truck and bus tires from the PRC 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. Section 703(e)(2) of the Act provides that, given an affirmative determination of critical circumstances, any suspension of liquidation shall apply to unliquidated entries of merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the later of: (a) The date which is 90 days before the date on which the suspension of liquidation was first ordered; or (b) the date on which notice of initiation of the investigation was published. We preliminarily found that critical circumstances exist for GTC and GTCIE. Therefore, in accordance with section 703(e)(2)(A) of the Act, we are directing CBP to apply the suspension of liquidation to any unliquidated entries entered, or withdrawn form warehouse for consumption by GTC and GTCIE, on or after the date that is 90 3 See Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, regarding ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Affirmative Determination: Countervailing Duty Investigation of Truck and Bus Tires from the People’s Republic of China; and the Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Critical Circummstances, in Part’’ dated concurrently with this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). 4 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. 5 See section 776(a) of the Act. 6 See Preliminary Decision Memorandum at ‘‘CALCULATION OF THE ALL-OTHERS RATE’’ (for further explanation of the business propretiary information concerns). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Jul 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\05JYN1.SGM 05JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 128 / Tuesday, July 5, 2016 / Notices days prioir to the publication of this notice in the Federal Register. 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. sradovich on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES U.S. International Trade Commission In accordance with section 703(f) of the Act, we will notify the 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 calculations performed for this preliminary determination to the parties within five days of the date of public announcement of this determination in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). Case briefs or other written comments may be submitted to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance no later than seven days after the date on which the final verification report is issued in this proceeding, and rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the deadline date for case briefs.7 A table of contents, list of authorities used, and an executive summary of issues should accompany any briefs submitted to the Department, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2). This summary should be limited to five pages total, including footnotes. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to request a hearing must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, filed electronically using ACCESS. An electronically-filed request must be received successfully, and in its entirety, by ACCESS by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, within 30 days after the 7 See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general filing requirements). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Jul 01, 2016 Jkt 238001 43579 date of publication of this notice. Requests should contain the party’s name, address, and telephone number; the number of participants; and a list of the issues to be discussed. If a request for a hearing is made, the Department intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230, at a date, time, and specific location to be determined. Parties will be notified of the date, time, and location of any hearing. Parties should confirm by telephone the date, time, and location of the hearing two days before the scheduled date. This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 703(f) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c). tires that enter attached to a vehicle are not covered by the scope. Specifically excluded from the scope of this investigation are the following types of tires: (1) Pneumatic tires, of rubber, that are not new, including recycled and retreaded tires; and (2) non-pneumatic tires, such as solid rubber tires. The subject merchandise is currently classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings: 4011.20.1015 and 4011.20.5020. Tires meeting the scope description may also enter under the following HTSUS subheadings: 4011.99.4520, 4011.99.4590, 4011.99.8520, 4011.99.8590, 8708.70.4530, 8708.70.6030, and 8708.70.6060. While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and for customs purposes, the written description of the subject merchandise is dispositive. Dated: June 27, 2016. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix II—List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum Appendix I Scope of the Investigation The scope of the investigation covers truck and bus tires. Truck and bus tires are new pneumatic tires, of rubber, with a truck or bus size designation. Truck and bus tires covered by this investigation may be tubetype, tubeless, radial, or non-radial. Subject tires have, at the time of importation, the symbol ‘‘DOT’’ on the sidewall, certifying that the tire conforms to applicable motor vehicle safety standards. Subject tires may also have one of the following suffixes in their tire size designation, which also appear on the sidewall of the tire: TR—Identifies tires for service on trucks or buses to differentiate them from similarly sized passenger car and light truck tires; MH—Identifies tires for mobile homes; and HC—Identifies a 17.5 inch rim diameter code for use on low platform trailers. All tires with a ‘‘TR,’’ ‘‘MH,’’ or ‘‘HC’’ suffix in their size designations are covered by this investigation regardless of their intended use. In addition, all tires that lack one of the above suffix markings are included in the scope, regardless of their intended use, as long as the tire is of a size that is among the numerical size designations listed in the ‘‘Truck-Bus’’ section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, as updated annually, unless the tire falls within one of the specific exclusions set out below. Truck and bus tires, whether or not mounted on wheels or rims, are included in the scope. However, if a subject tire is imported mounted on a wheel or rim, only the tire is covered by the scope. Subject merchandise includes truck and bus tires produced in the subject country whether mounted on wheels or rims in the subject country or in a third country. Truck and bus tires are covered whether or not they are accompanied by other parts, e.g., a wheel, rim, axle parts, bolts, nuts, etc. Truck and bus PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 I. Summary II. Background III. Scope Comments IV. Scope of the Investigation V. Critical Circumstances VI. Injury Test VII. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Application of Adverse Inferences VIII. Application of the Countervailing Duty Law to Imports From the PRC IX. Subsidies Valuation X. Interest Rate Benchmarks, Discount Rates, Input and Land Benchmarks XI. Analysis of Programs XII. Calculation of All-Others Rate XIII. ITC Notification XIV. Disclosure and Public Comment XV. Verification XVI. Conclusion [FR Doc. 2016–15837 Filed 7–1–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–039] Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Determination and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of certain amorphous silica fabric (silica fabric) from the People’s Republic of China (the PRC). The period of investigation is January 1, 2015 through December 31, AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\05JYN1.SGM 05JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-041]


Truck and Bus Tires From the People's Republic of China: 
Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, Preliminary 
Affirmative Critical Circumstances Determination, in Part, and 
Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping 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 truck and bus tires from the People's 
Republic of China (PRC). The period of investigation is January 1, 
2015, through December 31, 2015. Interested parties are invited to 
comment on this preliminary determination.

DATES: Effective Date: July 5, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Shore or Mark Kennedy, AD/CVD 
Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue 
NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-2778 or (202) 482-7883, 
respectively.

Alignment of Final Countervailing Duty (CVD) Determination With Final 
Antidumping Duty (AD) Determination

    On the same day the Department initiated this CVD investigation, 
the Department also initiated an AD investigation of truck and bus 
tires from the PRC.\1\ This CVD investigation and the companion AD 
investigation cover the same merchandise.
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    \1\ See Truck and Bus Tires from the People's Republic of China: 
Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation, 81 FR 9428 
(February 25, 2016) (Initiation Notice). See also Truck and Bus 
Tires from the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Antidumping 
Duty Investigation, 81 FR 9434 (February 25, 2016).
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    On June 15, 2016, in accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the 
Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (Act), the petitioner \2\ requested 
alignment of the final CVD determination of truck and bus tires from 
the PRC with the final AD determination of truck and bus tires tires 
from the PRC. Therefore, in accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the

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Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4), we are aligning the final CVD 
determination with the final PRC AD determination. Consequently, the 
final CVD determination will be issued on the same date as the PRC AD 
determination, which is currently scheduled to be issued no later than 
November 9, 2016.
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    \2\ The petitioner in this investigation is the United Steel, 
Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial 
and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC (the ``USW'').
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Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is truck and bus tires 
from the PRC. For a full description of the scope of the investigation, 
see Appendix I.

Scope Comments

    Certain interested parties commented on the scope of the 
investigation as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. For discussion 
of those comments, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.\3\
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    \3\ See Memorandum from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to 
Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, 
regarding ``Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Affirmative 
Determination: Countervailing Duty Investigation of Truck and Bus 
Tires from the People's Republic of China; and the Preliminary 
Affirmative Determination of Critical Circummstances, in Part'' 
dated concurrently with this notice (Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum).
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Methodology

    The Department is conducting this CVD investigation in accordance 
with section 701 of 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 recipient) and that the subsidy is specific.\4\ For a 
full description of the methodology underlying our preliminary 
conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
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    \4\ 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.
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    In making this preliminary determination, the Department relied, in 
part, on facts otherwise available, with the application of adverse 
inferences.\5\ For further information, see ``Use of Facts Otherwise 
Available and Application of Adverse Inferences'' in the accompanying 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
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    \5\ See section 776(a) of the Act.
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    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 of the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum are identical in content.

Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances, in Part

    In accordance with section 703(e)(1) of the Act, we preliminarily 
find that critical circumstances exist with respect to imports of truck 
and bus tires from the PRC for mandatory respondent Guizhou Tyre Co., 
Ltd. (GTC) and its cross-owned trading company, Guizhou Tyre Import and 
Export Co., Ltd. (GTCIE). A discussion of our determination can be 
found in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.

Preliminary Determination and Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 703(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, we 
calculated a CVD rate for each individually-investigated producer/
exporter of the subject merchandise. We preliminarily determine that 
countervailable subsidies are being provided with respect to the 
manufacture, production, or exportation of the subject merchandise. In 
accordance with sections 703(d) and 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act, for 
companies not individually examined, we apply an ``all-others'' rate, 
which is normally calculated by weighting the subsidy rates of the 
individual companies as respondents by those companies' exports of the 
subject merchandise to the United States. Under section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) 
of the Act, the all-others rate should exclude zero and de minimis 
rates or any rates based entirely on facts otherwise available pursuant 
to section 776 of the Act. Neither of the mandatory respondents' rates 
in this preliminary determination were zero or de minimis or based 
entirely on facts otherwise available. In order to ensure that business 
proprietary information is not disclosed, we have calculated the all-
others rate as a simple average of the countervailable subsidy rates 
found for the two mandatory repsondents.\6\
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    \6\ See Preliminary Decision Memorandum at ``CALCULATION OF THE 
ALL-OTHERS RATE'' (for further explanation of the business 
propretiary information concerns).
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    We preliminarily determine the countervailable subsidy rates to be:

 
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                                                           Subsidy rate
                         Company                             (percent)
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Double Coin Holdings Ltd.; Double Coin Group (Jiangsu)             17.06
 Tyre Co., Ltd.; Double Coin Group (Chongqing) Tyre Co.,
 Ltd.; Double Coin Group Shanghai Donghai Tyre Co. Ltd.;
 Double Coin Group (Xinjiang) Kunlun Tyre Co., Ltd......
Guizhou Tyre Import and Export Co., Ltd.; Guizhou Tyre             23.38
 Co., Ltd...............................................
All-Others..............................................           20.22
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    In accordance with sections 703(d)(1)(B) and (2) of the Act, we are 
directing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend 
liquidation of all entries of truck and bus tires from the PRC 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. Section 703(e)(2) of the Act provides that, given an 
affirmative determination of critical circumstances, any suspension of 
liquidation shall apply to unliquidated entries of merchandise entered, 
or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the later of: 
(a) The date which is 90 days before the date on which the suspension 
of liquidation was first ordered; or (b) the date on which notice of 
initiation of the investigation was published. We preliminarily found 
that critical circumstances exist for GTC and GTCIE. Therefore, in 
accordance with section 703(e)(2)(A) of the Act, we are directing CBP 
to apply the suspension of liquidation to any unliquidated entries 
entered, or withdrawn form warehouse for consumption by GTC and GTCIE, 
on or after the date that is 90

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days prioir to the publication of this notice in the Federal Register.

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.

U.S. International Trade Commission

    In accordance with section 703(f) of the Act, we will notify the 
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 calculations performed for this 
preliminary determination to the parties within five days of the date 
of public announcement of this determination in accordance with 19 CFR 
351.224(b). Case briefs or other written comments may be submitted to 
the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance no later than 
seven days after the date on which the final verification report is 
issued in this proceeding, and rebuttal briefs, limited to issues 
raised in case briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after 
the deadline date for case briefs.\7\ A table of contents, list of 
authorities used, and an executive summary of issues should accompany 
any briefs submitted to the Department, pursuant to 19 CFR 
351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2). This summary should be limited to five pages 
total, including footnotes.
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    \7\ See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general 
filing requirements).
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    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to 
request a hearing must submit a written request to the Assistant 
Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, 
filed electronically using ACCESS. An electronically-filed request must 
be received successfully, and in its entirety, by ACCESS by 5:00 p.m. 
Eastern Time, within 30 days after the date of publication of this 
notice. Requests should contain the party's name, address, and 
telephone number; the number of participants; and a list of the issues 
to be discussed. If a request for a hearing is made, the Department 
intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230, at a date, time, and 
specific location to be determined. Parties will be notified of the 
date, time, and location of any hearing. Parties should confirm by 
telephone the date, time, and location of the hearing two days before 
the scheduled date.
    This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 
703(f) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c).

    Dated: June 27, 2016.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I

Scope of the Investigation

    The scope of the investigation covers truck and bus tires. Truck 
and bus tires are new pneumatic tires, of rubber, with a truck or 
bus size designation. Truck and bus tires covered by this 
investigation may be tube-type, tubeless, radial, or non-radial.
    Subject tires have, at the time of importation, the symbol 
``DOT'' on the sidewall, certifying that the tire conforms to 
applicable motor vehicle safety standards. Subject tires may also 
have one of the following suffixes in their tire size designation, 
which also appear on the sidewall of the tire:
    TR--Identifies tires for service on trucks or buses to 
differentiate them from similarly sized passenger car and light 
truck tires;
    MH--Identifies tires for mobile homes; and
    HC--Identifies a 17.5 inch rim diameter code for use on low 
platform trailers.
    All tires with a ``TR,'' ``MH,'' or ``HC'' suffix in their size 
designations are covered by this investigation regardless of their 
intended use.
    In addition, all tires that lack one of the above suffix 
markings are included in the scope, regardless of their intended 
use, as long as the tire is of a size that is among the numerical 
size designations listed in the ``Truck-Bus'' section of the Tire 
and Rim Association Year Book, as updated annually, unless the tire 
falls within one of the specific exclusions set out below.
    Truck and bus tires, whether or not mounted on wheels or rims, 
are included in the scope. However, if a subject tire is imported 
mounted on a wheel or rim, only the tire is covered by the scope. 
Subject merchandise includes truck and bus tires produced in the 
subject country whether mounted on wheels or rims in the subject 
country or in a third country. Truck and bus tires are covered 
whether or not they are accompanied by other parts, e.g., a wheel, 
rim, axle parts, bolts, nuts, etc. Truck and bus tires that enter 
attached to a vehicle are not covered by the scope.
    Specifically excluded from the scope of this investigation are 
the following types of tires: (1) Pneumatic tires, of rubber, that 
are not new, including recycled and retreaded tires; and (2) non-
pneumatic tires, such as solid rubber tires.
    The subject merchandise is currently classifiable under 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings: 
4011.20.1015 and 4011.20.5020. Tires meeting the scope description 
may also enter under the following HTSUS subheadings: 4011.99.4520, 
4011.99.4590, 4011.99.8520, 4011.99.8590, 8708.70.4530, 
8708.70.6030, and 8708.70.6060. While HTSUS subheadings are provided 
for convenience and for customs purposes, the written description of 
the subject merchandise is dispositive.

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

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Scope Comments
IV. Scope of the Investigation
V. Critical Circumstances
VI. Injury Test
VII. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Application of Adverse 
Inferences
VIII. Application of the Countervailing Duty Law to Imports From the 
PRC
IX. Subsidies Valuation
X. Interest Rate Benchmarks, Discount Rates, Input and Land 
Benchmarks
XI. Analysis of Programs
XII. Calculation of All-Others Rate
XIII. ITC Notification
XIV. Disclosure and Public Comment
XV. Verification
XVI. Conclusion

[FR Doc. 2016-15837 Filed 7-1-16; 8:45 am]
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