Aluminum Extrusions From the People's Republic of China: Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Circumvention of the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders and Intent To Rescind Minor Alterations Anti-Circumvention Inquiry, 79444-79446 [2016-27346]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES 79444 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 219 / Monday, November 14, 2016 / Notices composition (expressed in weight percentages): • Carbon 0.23–0.28, • Silicon 0.05–0.20, • Manganese 1.20–1.60, • Nickel not greater than 1.0, • Sulfur not greater than 0.007, • Phosphorus not greater than 0.020, • Chromium 1.0–2.5, • Molybdenum 0.35–0.80, • Boron 0.002–0.004, • Oxygen not greater than 20 ppm, • Hydrogen not greater than 2 ppm, and • Nitrogen not greater than 60 ppm; (b) With a Brinell hardness measured in all parts of the product including mid thickness falling within one of the following ranges: (i) 270–300 HBW, (ii) 290–320 HBW, or (iii) 320–350HBW; (c) Having cleanliness in accordance with ASTM E45 method A (Thin and Heavy): A not exceeding 1.5, B not exceeding 1.0, C not exceeding 0.5, D not exceeding 1.5; and (d) Conforming to ASTM A578–S9 ultrasonic testing requirements with acceptance criteria 2 mm flat bottom hole; (6) Alloy forged and rolled steel CTL plate over 407 mm in actual thickness and meeting the following requirements: (a) Made from Electric Arc Furnace melted, Ladle refined & vacuum degassed, alloy steel with the following chemical composition (expressed in weight percentages): • Carbon 0.23–0.28, • Silicon 0.05–0.15, • Manganese 1.20–1.50, • Nickel not greater than 0.4, • Sulfur not greater than 0.010, • Phosphorus not greater than 0.020, • Chromium 1.20–1.50, • Molybdenum 0.35–0.55, • Boron 0.002–0.004, • Oxygen not greater than 20 ppm, • Hydrogen not greater than 2 ppm, and • Nitrogen not greater than 60 ppm; (b) Having cleanliness in accordance with ASTM E45 method A (Thin and Heavy): A not exceeding 1.5, B not exceeding 1.5, C not exceeding 1.0, D not exceeding 1.5; (c) Having the following mechanical properties: (i) With a Brinell hardness not more than 237 HBW measured in all parts of the product including mid thickness; and having a Yield Strength of 75ksi min and UTS 95ksi or more, Elongation of 18% or more and Reduction of area 35% or more; having charpy V at ¥75 degrees F in the longitudinal direction equal or greater than 15 ft. lbs (single value) and equal or greater than 20 ft. lbs (average of 3 specimens) and conforming to the requirements of NACE MR01–75; or (ii) With a Brinell hardness not less than 240 HBW measured in all parts of the product including mid thickness; and having a Yield Strength of 90 ksi min and UTS 110 ksi or more, Elongation of 15% or more and Reduction of area 30% or more; having charpy V at ¥40 degrees F in the longitudinal direction equal or greater than 21 ft. lbs (single value) and equal or greater than 31 ft. lbs (average of 3 specimens); (d) Conforming to ASTM A578–S9 ultrasonic testing requirements with VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Nov 10, 2016 Jkt 241001 acceptance criteria 3.2 mm flat bottom hole; and (e) Conforming to magnetic particle inspection in accordance with AMS 2301; (7) Alloy forged and rolled steel CTL plate over 407 mm in actual thickness and meeting the following requirements: (a) Made from Electric Arc Furnace melted, ladle refined & vacuum degassed, alloy steel with the following chemical composition (expressed in weight percentages): • Carbon 0.25–0.30, • Silicon not greater than 0.25, • Manganese not greater than 0.50, • Nickel 3.0–3.5, • Sulfur not greater than 0.010, • Phosphorus not greater than 0.020, • Chromium 1.0–1.5, • Molybdenum 0.6–0.9, • Vanadium 0.08 to 0.12 • Boron 0.002–0.004, • Oxygen not greater than 20 ppm, • Hydrogen not greater than 2 ppm, and • Nitrogen not greater than 60 ppm. (b) Having cleanliness in accordance with ASTM E45 method A (Thin and Heavy): A not exceeding 1.0(t) and 0.5(h), B not exceeding 1.5(t) and 1.0(h), C not exceeding 1.0(t) and 0.5(h), and D not exceeding 1.5(t) and 1.0(h); (c) Having the following mechanical properties: A Brinell hardness not less than 350 HBW measured in all parts of the product including mid thickness; and having a Yield Strength of 145ksi or more and UTS 160ksi or more, Elongation of 15% or more and Reduction of area 35% or more; having charpy V at ¥40 degrees F in the transverse direction equal or greater than 20 ft. lbs (single value) and equal or greater than 25 ft. lbs (average of 3 specimens); (d) Conforming to ASTM A578–S9 ultrasonic testing requirements with acceptance criteria 3.2 mm flat bottom hole; and (e) Conforming to magnetic particle inspection in accordance with AMS 2301. At the time of the filing of the petition, there was an existing antidumping duty order on certain cut-to-length carbon-quality steel plate products from Korea. See Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Certain Cut-To-Length CarbonQuality Steel Plate Products from Korea, 64 FR 73,196 (Dep’t Commerce Dec. 29, 1999), as amended, 65 FR 6,585 (Dep’t Commerce Feb 10, 2000) (1999 Korea AD Order). The scope of the antidumping duty investigation with regard to cut-to-length plate from Korea covers only (1) subject cut-to-length plate not within the physical description of cut-tolength carbon quality steel plate in the 1999 Korea AD Order, regardless of producer or exporter; and (2) cut-to-length plate produced and/or exported by those companies that were excluded or revoked from the 1999 Korea AD Order as of April 8, 2016. The only revoked or excluded company is Pohang Iron and Steel Company, also known as POSCO. The products subject to the investigation are currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under item numbers: 7208.40.3030, 7208.40.3060, 7208.51.0030, 7208.51.0045, 7208.51.0060, 7208.52.0000, 7211.13.0000, 7211.14.0030, 7211.14.0045, 7225.40.1110, PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7225.40.1180, 7225.40.3005, 7225.40.3050, 7226.20.0000, and 7226.91.5000. The products subject to the investigation may also enter under the following HTSUS item numbers: 7208.40.6060, 7208.53.0000, 7208.90.0000, 7210.70.3000, 7210.90.9000, 7211.19.1500, 7211.19.2000, 7211.19.4500, 7211.19.6000, 7211.19.7590, 7211.90.0000, 7212.40.1000, 7212.40.5000, 7212.50.0000, 7214.10.0000, 7214.30.0010, 7214.30.0080, 7214.91.0015, 7214.91.0060, 7214.91.0090, 7225.11.0000, 7225.19.0000, 7225.40.5110, 7225.40.5130, 7225.40.5160, 7225.40.7000, 7225.99.0010, 7225.99.0090, 7226.11.1000, 7226.11.9060, 7226.19.1000, 7226.19.9000, 7226.91.0500, 7226.91.1530, 7226.91.1560, 7226.91.2530, 7226.91.2560, 7226.91.7000, 7226.91.8000, and 7226.99.0180. The HTSUS subheadings above are provided for convenience and customs purposes only. The written description of the scope of the investigation is dispositive Appendix II—List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum 1. Summary 2. Background 3. Period of Investigation 4. Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances 5. Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures 6. Scope Comments 7. Affiliation and Collapsing 8. Discussion of the Methodology a. Determination of Comparison Method b. Results of the Differential Pricing Analysis 9. Date of Sale 10. Product Comparisons 11. Export Price/Constructed Export Price 12. Normal Value a. Home Market Viability b. Level of Trade c. Cost of Production Analysis 1. Calculation of COP 2. Test of Comparison Market Sales Prices 3. Results of the COP Test d. Calculation of NV Based on ComparisonMarket Prices 13. Currency Conversion 14. Conclusion [FR Doc. 2016–27311 Filed 11–10–16; 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: Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Circumvention of the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders and Intent To Rescind Minor Alterations Anti-Circumvention Inquiry Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 219 / Monday, November 14, 2016 / Notices The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that heat-treated extruded aluminum products that meet the chemical specifications for 5050-grade aluminum alloy, regardless of producer, exporter, or importer, constitute laterdeveloped merchandise, and are circumventing the antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on aluminum extrusions from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Department also preliminarily intends to rescind its minor alterations anticircumvention. DATES: Effective November 14, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Hoefke or Erin Kearney, AD/CVD Operations, Office VI, Enforcement & Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC, 20230; telephone: (202) 482–4947 or (202) 482– 0167, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Background Based on a request from Aluminum Extrusions Fair Trade Committee (Petitioner),1 on March 21, 2016, the Department initiated its anticircumvention inquiry 2 pursuant to sections 781(c) and (d) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act) to determine whether extruded aluminum products that meet the chemical specifications for 5050-grade aluminum alloy, which are heat-treated, and are exported by China Zhongwang Holdings Ltd. and its affiliates (collectively, Zhongwang), are circumventing the AD and CVD orders on aluminum extrusions from the PRC.3 We also indicated in our Initiation Notice that we intended to consider whether the inquiry should apply to all such imports of extruded aluminum products, regardless of producer, exporter, or importer, from the PRC. During the course of the proceeding, the Department issued a questionnaire to Zhongwang, who did not respond, and also received additional factual information and comments from 1 See Letter to the Secretary from Petitioner, ‘‘Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China: Resubmission of Circumvention Inquiry Request Pursuant to the Department’s Request,’’ dated December 30, 2015. 2 See Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Anti-Circumvention Inquiry, 81 FR 15039 (March 21, 2016) (Initiation Notice). 3 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) (collectively, the Orders). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Nov 10, 2016 Jkt 241001 Petitioner and Endura Products Inc., a domestic interested party. Scope of the Orders The merchandise covered by the Orders are aluminum extrusions from the People’s Republic of China. The merchandise subject to the orders are currently classifiable in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS): 8481.90.9060, 8481.90.9085, 9031.90.9195, 8424.90.9080, 9405.99.4020, 9031.90.90.95, 7616.10.90.90, 7609.00.00, 7610.10.00, 7610.90.00, 7615.10.30, 7615.10.71, 7615.10.91, 7615.19.10, 7615.19.30, 7615.19.50, 7615.19.70, 7615.19.90, 7615.20.00, 7616.99.10, 7616.99.50, 8479.89.98, 8479.90.94, 8513.90.20, 9403.10.00, 9403.20.00, 7604.21.00.00, 7604.29.10.00, 7604.29.30.10, 7604.29.30.50, 7604.29.50.30, 7604.29.50.60, 7608.20.00.30, 7608.20.00.90, 8302.10.30.00, 8302.10.60.30, 8302.10.60.60, 8302.10.60.90, 8302.20.00.00, 8302.30.30.10, 8302.30.30.60, 8302.41.30.00, 8302.41.60.15, 8302.41.60.45, 8302.41.60.50, 8302.41.60.80, 8302.42.30.10, 8302.42.30.15, 8302.42.30.65, 8302.49.60.35, 8302.49.60.45, 8302.49.60.55, 8302.49.60.85, 8302.50.00.00, 8302.60.90.00, 8305.10.00.50, 8306.30.00.00, 8414.59.60.90, 8415.90.80.45, 8418.99.80.05, 8418.99.80.50, 8418.99.80.60, 8419.90.10.00, 8422.90.06.40, 8473.30.20.00, 8473.30.51.00, 8479.90.85.00, 8486.90.00.00, 8487.90.00.80, 8503.00.95.20, 8508.70.00.00, 8515.90.20.00, 8516.90.50.00, 8516.90.80.50, 8517.70.00.00, 8529.90.73.00, 8529.90.97.60, 8536.90.80.85, 8538.10.00.00, 8543.90.88.80, 8708.29.50.60, 8708.80.65.90, 8803.30.00.60, 9013.90.50.00, 9013.90.90.00, 9401.90.50.81, 9403.90.10.40, 9403.90.10.50, 9403.90.10.85, 9403.90.25.40, 9403.90.25.80, 9403.90.40.05, 9403.90.40.10, 9403.90.40.60, 9403.90.50.05, 9403.90.50.10, 9403.90.50.80, 9403.90.60.05, 9403.90.60.10, 9403.90.60.80, 9403.90.70.05, 9403.90.70.10, 9403.90.70.80, 9403.90.80.10, 9403.90.80.15, 9403.90.80.20, 9403.90.80.41, 9403.90.80.51, 9403.90.80.61, 9506.11.40.80, 9506.51.40.00, 9506.51.60.00, 9506.59.40.40, 9506.70.20.90, 9506.91.00.10, 9506.91.00.20, 9506.91.00.30, 9506.99.05.10, 9506.99.05.20, 9506.99.05.30, 9506.99.15.00, 9506.99.20.00, 9506.99.25.80, 9506.99.28.00, 9506.99.55.00, PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 79445 9506.99.60.80, 9507.30.20.00, 9507.30.40.00, 9507.30.60.00, 9507.90.60.00, and 9603.90.80.50. Products subject to these orders may also enter under HTSUS: 7610.10, 7610.90, 7615.19, 7615.20, and 7616.99 as well as under other HTSUS chapters. Subject merchandise may also enter under HTSUS numbers: 8418.99.80.50 and 8418.99.80.60. While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of these Orders is dispositive.4 Merchandise Subject to the AntiCircumvention Inquiry The products covered by this inquiry are heat-treated extruded aluminum products that meet the chemical specifications for 5050-grade aluminum alloy (inquiry merchandise), regardless of producer, exporter, or importer, from the PRC. Methodology The Department has conducted this circumvention inquiry in accordance with section 781(d) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.225(j). For a full description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the 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, the signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/ frn/index.html. The signed and electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. A list of topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is attached as an Appendix to this notice. Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Circumvention Based on our analysis, as detailed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, 4 A full description of the scope of the Orders is contained in the memorandum to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, titled ‘‘AntiCircumvention Inquiry Regarding the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Orders on Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Determination Decision Memorandum’’ (Preliminary Decision Memorandum), dated concurrently with, and adopted by, this notice. E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1 79446 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 219 / Monday, November 14, 2016 / Notices we preliminarily find that all imports from the PRC of heat-treated extruded aluminum products that meet the chemical specifications for 5050-grade aluminum alloy, regardless of producer, exporter, or importer, constitute laterdeveloped merchandise that is circumventing, and should be included within, the scope of the Orders.5 In addition, if in our final determination we affirm our preliminary determination pursuant to section 781(d) of the Act, the Department intends to rescind its minor alterations anti-circumvention inquiry pursuant to section 781(c) of the Act. Suspension of Liquidation In accordance with 19 CFR 351.225(l)(2), the Department will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of inquiry merchandise from the PRC (regardless of producer, exporter, or importer), entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption, on or after March 21, 2016, the date of publication of the initiation of this inquiry. The Department will also instruct CBP to require a cash deposit of estimated duties at the rate applicable to the exporter, on all unliquidated entries of inquiry merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after March 21, 2016. Intent To Consider Certification Requirement In light of the Department’s preliminary finding of circumvention, the Department intends to consider whether to require importers of certain aluminum extrusions who claim their merchandise is not subject to the Orders to maintain a certification certifying that their aluminum extrusions were not produced from heat-treated 5050 grade aluminum alloy. The Department intends to invite comments on this issue. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Notification to the International Trade Commission As discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, because the Department has preliminarily determined, for purposes of sections 781(d)(1) and (e) of the Act, that the inquiry merchandise does not incorporate a significant technological advance or significant alteration of an earlier product, the Department is not notifying the ITC of its preliminary determination. 5 See section 781(d) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.225(i). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Nov 10, 2016 Jkt 241001 Public Comment The Department may solicit new factual information in this inquiry. Additionally, should a party seek to submit new factual information, the Department intends to consider requests to accept new factual information on a case-by-case basis. The Department will invite comments on this preliminary determination and issue a memorandum establishing a briefing schedule. Interested parties may submit case briefs and rebuttal briefs within the designated timeframe outlined in the memorandum. Rebuttals to case briefs are limited to issues raised in the case briefs. Parties who submit case or rebuttal briefs are requested to submit with the argument: (a) A statement of the issue, (b) a brief summary of the argument, and (c) a table of authorities. Parties submitting briefs should do so using the Department’s electronic filing system, ACCESS. 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. A written request for a hearing must be received successfully in its entirety by the Department’s electronic records system, ACCESS, by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice.6 Hearing requests should contain the party’s name, address, and telephone number, the number of participants, and a list of the issues parties intend to present at the hearing. If a request for a hearing is made, the Department intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230, at a time and location to be determined. Final Determination Pursuant to section 781(f) of the Act, the final determination with respect to this anti-circumvention inquiry, including the results of the Department’s analysis of any written comments, will be issued no later than January 9, 2017, unless extended.7 This preliminary affirmative anticircumvention determination is published in accordance with section 781(d) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.225. 6 See 19 CFR 351.310(c). date reflect the next business day after the 300 day deadline of January 8, 2017. 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). 7 This PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: November 3, 2016. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix—List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Scope of the Orders IV. Merchandise Subject to the AntiCircumvention Inquiry V. Later-Developed Merchandise AntiCircumvention Inquiry VI. Use of Facts Available with an Adverse Inference VII. Analysis A. Commercial Availability B. Same General Physical Characteristics C. Expectations of the Ultimate Purchasers and Use of Merchandise D. Advertisement, Display, and Channels of Trade E. Additional Analysis VIII. Preliminary Determination IX. Intent to Rescind Minor Alterations AntiCircumvention Inquiry X. Intent To Consider Certification Requirement XI. Recommendation [FR Doc. 2016–27346 Filed 11–10–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–428–844] Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-toLength Plate From the Federal Republic of Germany: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that certain carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate (CTL plate) from the Federal Republic of Germany (Germany) is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is April 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016. The estimated weighted-average dumping margins of sales at LTFV are shown in the ‘‘Preliminary Determination’’ section of this notice. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. AGENCY: Effective November 14, 2016. Ross Belliveau or David J. Goldberger, AD/ CVD Operations, Office II, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-967, C-570-968]


Aluminum Extrusions From the People's Republic of China: 
Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Circumvention of the 
Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders and Intent To Rescind Minor 
Alterations Anti-Circumvention Inquiry

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

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily 
determines that heat-treated extruded aluminum products that meet the 
chemical specifications for 5050-grade aluminum alloy, regardless of 
producer, exporter, or importer, constitute later-developed 
merchandise, and are circumventing the antidumping (AD) and 
countervailing duty (CVD) orders on aluminum extrusions from the 
People's Republic of China (PRC). The Department also preliminarily 
intends to rescind its minor alterations anti-circumvention.

DATES: Effective November 14, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Scott Hoefke or Erin Kearney, AD/CVD 
Operations, Office VI, Enforcement & Compliance, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC, 20230; telephone: (202) 482-
4947 or (202) 482-0167, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Based on a request from Aluminum Extrusions Fair Trade Committee 
(Petitioner),\1\ on March 21, 2016, the Department initiated its anti-
circumvention inquiry \2\ pursuant to sections 781(c) and (d) of the 
Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act) to determine whether extruded 
aluminum products that meet the chemical specifications for 5050-grade 
aluminum alloy, which are heat-treated, and are exported by China 
Zhongwang Holdings Ltd. and its affiliates (collectively, Zhongwang), 
are circumventing the AD and CVD orders on aluminum extrusions from the 
PRC.\3\ We also indicated in our Initiation Notice that we intended to 
consider whether the inquiry should apply to all such imports of 
extruded aluminum products, regardless of producer, exporter, or 
importer, from the PRC. During the course of the proceeding, the 
Department issued a questionnaire to Zhongwang, who did not respond, 
and also received additional factual information and comments from 
Petitioner and Endura Products Inc., a domestic interested party.
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    \1\ See Letter to the Secretary from Petitioner, ``Aluminum 
Extrusions from the People's Republic of China: Resubmission of 
Circumvention Inquiry Request Pursuant to the Department's 
Request,'' dated December 30, 2015.
    \2\ See Aluminum Extrusions from the People's Republic of China: 
Initiation of Anti-Circumvention Inquiry, 81 FR 15039 (March 21, 
2016) (Initiation Notice).
    \3\ 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) (collectively, the Orders).
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Scope of the Orders

    The merchandise covered by the Orders are aluminum extrusions from 
the People's Republic of China. The merchandise subject to the orders 
are currently classifiable in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the 
United States (HTSUS): 8481.90.9060, 8481.90.9085, 9031.90.9195, 
8424.90.9080, 9405.99.4020, 9031.90.90.95, 7616.10.90.90, 7609.00.00, 
7610.10.00, 7610.90.00, 7615.10.30, 7615.10.71, 7615.10.91, 7615.19.10, 
7615.19.30, 7615.19.50, 7615.19.70, 7615.19.90, 7615.20.00, 7616.99.10, 
7616.99.50, 8479.89.98, 8479.90.94, 8513.90.20, 9403.10.00, 9403.20.00, 
7604.21.00.00, 7604.29.10.00, 7604.29.30.10, 7604.29.30.50, 
7604.29.50.30, 7604.29.50.60, 7608.20.00.30, 7608.20.00.90, 
8302.10.30.00, 8302.10.60.30, 8302.10.60.60, 8302.10.60.90, 
8302.20.00.00, 8302.30.30.10, 8302.30.30.60, 8302.41.30.00, 
8302.41.60.15, 8302.41.60.45, 8302.41.60.50, 8302.41.60.80, 
8302.42.30.10, 8302.42.30.15, 8302.42.30.65, 8302.49.60.35, 
8302.49.60.45, 8302.49.60.55, 8302.49.60.85, 8302.50.00.00, 
8302.60.90.00, 8305.10.00.50, 8306.30.00.00, 8414.59.60.90, 
8415.90.80.45, 8418.99.80.05, 8418.99.80.50, 8418.99.80.60, 
8419.90.10.00, 8422.90.06.40, 8473.30.20.00, 8473.30.51.00, 
8479.90.85.00, 8486.90.00.00, 8487.90.00.80, 8503.00.95.20, 
8508.70.00.00, 8515.90.20.00, 8516.90.50.00, 8516.90.80.50, 
8517.70.00.00, 8529.90.73.00, 8529.90.97.60, 8536.90.80.85, 
8538.10.00.00, 8543.90.88.80, 8708.29.50.60, 8708.80.65.90, 
8803.30.00.60, 9013.90.50.00, 9013.90.90.00, 9401.90.50.81, 
9403.90.10.40, 9403.90.10.50, 9403.90.10.85, 9403.90.25.40, 
9403.90.25.80, 9403.90.40.05, 9403.90.40.10, 9403.90.40.60, 
9403.90.50.05, 9403.90.50.10, 9403.90.50.80, 9403.90.60.05, 
9403.90.60.10, 9403.90.60.80, 9403.90.70.05, 9403.90.70.10, 
9403.90.70.80, 9403.90.80.10, 9403.90.80.15, 9403.90.80.20, 
9403.90.80.41, 9403.90.80.51, 9403.90.80.61, 9506.11.40.80, 
9506.51.40.00, 9506.51.60.00, 9506.59.40.40, 9506.70.20.90, 
9506.91.00.10, 9506.91.00.20, 9506.91.00.30, 9506.99.05.10, 
9506.99.05.20, 9506.99.05.30, 9506.99.15.00, 9506.99.20.00, 
9506.99.25.80, 9506.99.28.00, 9506.99.55.00, 9506.99.60.80, 
9507.30.20.00, 9507.30.40.00, 9507.30.60.00, 9507.90.60.00, and 
9603.90.80.50.
    Products subject to these orders may also enter under HTSUS: 
7610.10, 7610.90, 7615.19, 7615.20, and 7616.99 as well as under other 
HTSUS chapters. Subject merchandise may also enter under HTSUS numbers: 
8418.99.80.50 and 8418.99.80.60. While HTSUS subheadings are provided 
for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the 
scope of these Orders is dispositive.\4\
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    \4\ A full description of the scope of the Orders is contained 
in the memorandum to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for 
Enforcement and Compliance, from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, titled 
``Anti-Circumvention Inquiry Regarding the Antidumping Duty and 
Countervailing Duty Orders on Aluminum Extrusions from the People's 
Republic of China: Preliminary Determination Decision Memorandum'' 
(Preliminary Decision Memorandum), dated concurrently with, and 
adopted by, this notice.
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Merchandise Subject to the Anti-Circumvention Inquiry

    The products covered by this inquiry are heat-treated extruded 
aluminum products that meet the chemical specifications for 5050-grade 
aluminum alloy (inquiry merchandise), regardless of producer, exporter, 
or importer, from the PRC.

Methodology

    The Department has conducted this circumvention inquiry in 
accordance with section 781(d) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.225(j). For a 
full description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the 
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, the signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed 
directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/index.html. The signed and 
electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are 
identical in content. A list of topics discussed in the Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum is attached as an Appendix to this notice.

Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Circumvention

    Based on our analysis, as detailed in the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum,

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we preliminarily find that all imports from the PRC of heat-treated 
extruded aluminum products that meet the chemical specifications for 
5050-grade aluminum alloy, regardless of producer, exporter, or 
importer, constitute later-developed merchandise that is circumventing, 
and should be included within, the scope of the Orders.\5\ In addition, 
if in our final determination we affirm our preliminary determination 
pursuant to section 781(d) of the Act, the Department intends to 
rescind its minor alterations anti-circumvention inquiry pursuant to 
section 781(c) of the Act.
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Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with 19 CFR 351.225(l)(2), the Department will direct 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of 
inquiry merchandise from the PRC (regardless of producer, exporter, or 
importer), entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption, on or 
after March 21, 2016, the date of publication of the initiation of this 
inquiry. The Department will also instruct CBP to require a cash 
deposit of estimated duties at the rate applicable to the exporter, on 
all unliquidated entries of inquiry merchandise entered, or withdrawn 
from warehouse, for consumption on or after March 21, 2016.

Intent To Consider Certification Requirement

    In light of the Department's preliminary finding of circumvention, 
the Department intends to consider whether to require importers of 
certain aluminum extrusions who claim their merchandise is not subject 
to the Orders to maintain a certification certifying that their 
aluminum extrusions were not produced from heat-treated 5050 grade 
aluminum alloy. The Department intends to invite comments on this 
issue.

Notification to the International Trade Commission

    As discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, because the 
Department has preliminarily determined, for purposes of sections 
781(d)(1) and (e) of the Act, that the inquiry merchandise does not 
incorporate a significant technological advance or significant 
alteration of an earlier product, the Department is not notifying the 
ITC of its preliminary determination.

Public Comment

    The Department may solicit new factual information in this inquiry. 
Additionally, should a party seek to submit new factual information, 
the Department intends to consider requests to accept new factual 
information on a case-by-case basis.
    The Department will invite comments on this preliminary 
determination and issue a memorandum establishing a briefing schedule. 
Interested parties may submit case briefs and rebuttal briefs within 
the designated timeframe outlined in the memorandum. Rebuttals to case 
briefs are limited to issues raised in the case briefs. Parties who 
submit case or rebuttal briefs are requested to submit with the 
argument: (a) A statement of the issue, (b) a brief summary of the 
argument, and (c) a table of authorities. Parties submitting briefs 
should do so using the Department's electronic filing system, ACCESS.
    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. A written request for a hearing must be received successfully 
in its entirety by the Department's electronic records system, ACCESS, 
by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, within 30 days after the date of publication 
of this notice.\6\ Hearing requests should contain the party's name, 
address, and telephone number, the number of participants, and a list 
of the issues parties intend to present at the hearing. If a request 
for a hearing is made, the Department intends to hold the hearing at 
the U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue 
NW., Washington, DC 20230, at a time and location to be determined.
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    \6\ See 19 CFR 351.310(c).
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Final Determination

    Pursuant to section 781(f) of the Act, the final determination with 
respect to this anti-circumvention inquiry, including the results of 
the Department's analysis of any written comments, will be issued no 
later than January 9, 2017, unless extended.\7\
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    \7\ This date reflect the next business day after the 300 day 
deadline of January 8, 2017. 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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    This preliminary affirmative anti-circumvention determination is 
published in accordance with section 781(d) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.225.

    Dated: November 3, 2016.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

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

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Scope of the Orders
IV. Merchandise Subject to the Anti-Circumvention Inquiry
V. Later-Developed Merchandise Anti-Circumvention Inquiry
VI. Use of Facts Available with an Adverse Inference
VII. Analysis
    A. Commercial Availability
    B. Same General Physical Characteristics
    C. Expectations of the Ultimate Purchasers and Use of 
Merchandise
    D. Advertisement, Display, and Channels of Trade
    E. Additional Analysis
VIII. Preliminary Determination
IX. Intent to Rescind Minor Alterations Anti-Circumvention Inquiry
X. Intent To Consider Certification Requirement
XI. Recommendation

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