Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products From the Russian Federation: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015, 1318-1321 [2016-31995]

Download as PDF 1318 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 3 / Thursday, January 5, 2017 / Notices entered into the United States during the period February 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016 until CBP receives instructions relating to the administrative review of this order covering that period. V. Recommendation Cash Deposit Requirements International Trade Administration Effective upon publication of this notice of final rescission of the NSR of Yuqiao, the Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to discontinue the option of posting a bond or security in lieu of a cash deposit for entries of subject merchandise from Yuqiao. Because we did not calculate a dumping margin for Yuqiao or grant Yuqiao a separate rate in this NSR, Yuqiao continues to be part of the PRCwide entity. The cash deposit rate applicable to the PRC-wide entity is 308.33 percent. The current cash deposit requirements shall remain in effect until further notice. [A–821–809] [FR Doc. 2016–31992 Filed 1–4–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Administrative Protective Order This notice also serves as a final reminder to parties subject to Administrative Protective Order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305, which continues to govern business proprietary information in these segments of the proceeding. Timely written notification of the return or destruction of APO materials, or conversion to judicial protective order, is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction. We are issuing and publishing this notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(2)(B) and 777(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and 19 CFR 351.214. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Appendix—Issues and Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Scope of the Order IV. Discussion of the Issues Comment 1: Whether the Department Properly Weighed the Bona Fide Criteria Established Under Section 751(a)(2)(B)(iv) of the Statute Comment 2: Analysis of Sales Quantity, Timing, and Payment of Yuqiao’s Sale Comment 3: Analysis of the Behavior of Yuqiao, Yuqiao’s Importer, and Yuqiao’s Supplier 21:06 Jan 04, 2017 Jkt 241001 Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on hot-rolled carbon steel flat products (hot-rolled steel) from the Russian Federation (Russia). The period of review (POR) is December 19, 2014, through November 30, 2015. The review covers one producer/exporter of the subject merchandise, Severstal PAO and Severstal Export (collectively, Severstal). We preliminarily determine that sales of subject merchandise by Severstal were made at less than normal value during the POR. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results. DATES: Effective January 5, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: John Drury or Madeline Heeren, AD/ CVD Operations, Office VI, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–0195 or (202) 482– 9179, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background Dated: December 29, 2016. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products From the Russian Federation: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014–2015 The Department published the notice of initiation of this review on February 9, 2016.1 Pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), the Department extended these preliminary results by 106 days until December 16, 2016.2 The Department then extended the 1 See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 81 FR 6832 (February 9, 2016) (Initiation Notice). 2 See Memorandum to Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, entitled ‘‘Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from the Russian Federation: Extension of Deadline for Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014/2015,’’ dated August 17, 2016. PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 preliminary results by an additional 14 days until December 31, 2016.3 For a description of the events that occurred prior, and subsequent, to the initiation of this review, see the memorandum dated concurrently with and hereby adopted by this notice 4 and Appendix I of 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 to 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 on the Internet at http:// enforcement.trade.gov/frn/index.html. A list of topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is attached as an Appendix to this notice. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Scope of the Order The product covered by this order is hot-rolled steel from Russia. The full text of the scope of the order is contained in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Methodology The Department is conducting this review in accordance with section 751(a)(2) of the Act. For a full description of the methodology and rationale underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Application of Facts Available and Adverse Facts Available We preliminarily determine that the only respondent being individually reviewed, Severstal, failed to cooperate to the best of its ability in participating in the review, warranting the 3 See Memorandum to Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, entitled ‘‘Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from the Russian Federation: Extension of Deadline for Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014/2015,’’ dated December 16, 2016. 4 See Memorandum to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations entitled: ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Results of Review of Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from the Russian Federation’’ (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). E:\FR\FM\05JAN1.SGM 05JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 3 / Thursday, January 5, 2017 / Notices application of facts otherwise available with adverse inferences, pursuant to section 776(a)–(b) of the Act. For a full description of the rationale underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Preliminary Results of Review We preliminarily determine that, for the period December 19, 2014, through November 30, 2015, the following weighted -average dumping margin exist: Weightedaverage dumping margin (percent) Exporter/producer Severstal PAO and Severstal Export (collectively, Severstal) 184.56 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Disclosure and Public Comment The Department will disclose to parties to the proceeding any calculations performed in connection with these preliminary results of review within five days after the date of publication of this notice.5 Interested parties may submit case briefs to the Department in response to these preliminary results no later than 30 days after the publication of these preliminary results.6 Rebuttal briefs, the content of which is limited to the issues raised in the case briefs, must be filed within five days from the deadline date for the submission of case briefs.7 Parties who submit arguments in this proceeding are requested to submit with each argument: (1) A statement of the issue; (2) a brief summary of the argument; and (3) a table of authorities.8 Executive summaries should be limited to five pages total, including footnotes. Case and rebuttal briefs should be filed using ACCESS.9 In order to be properly filed, ACCESS must successfully receive an electronically-filed document in its entirety by 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Case and rebuttal briefs must be served on interested parties.10 Within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice, interested parties may request a public hearing on arguments raised in the case and rebuttal briefs.11 Unless the Department specifies otherwise, the hearing, if requested, will be held two days after the date for submission of rebuttal 5 See 19 CFR 351.224(b). 19 CFR 351.309(c)(1)(ii). 7 See 19 CFR 351.309(d)(1) and (2). 8 See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2). 9 See generally 19 CFR 351.303. 10 See 19 CFR 351.303(f). 11 See 19 CFR 351.310(c). 6 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:06 Jan 04, 2017 Jkt 241001 briefs.12 Written argument and hearing requests should be electronically submitted to the Department via ACCESS.13 The Department’s electronic records system, ACCESS, must successfully receive an electronicallyfiled document in its entirety by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice.14 Requests should contain: (1) The party’s name, address, and telephone number; (2) the number of participants; and (3) a list of issues to be discussed. Issues raised in the hearing will be limited to those raised in the respective case briefs. Parties will be notified of the time and location of the hearing. The Department intends to publish the final results of this administrative review, including the results of its analysis of issues addressed in any case or rebuttal brief, no later than 120 days after publication of the preliminary results, unless extended.15 Assessment Rates Upon completion of this administrative review, the Department shall determine, and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries.16 If Severstal’s weighted-average dumping margin is not zero or de minimis in the final results of this review, we will calculate importerspecific assessment rates on the basis of the ratio of the total amount of antidumping duties calculated for an importer’s examined sales and the total entered value of such sales in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1). If Severstal’s weighted-average dumping margin is zero or de minimis in the final results of review, we will instruct CBP not to assess duties on any of its entries in accordance with the Final Modification for Reviews, i.e., ‘‘{w}here the weighted-average margin of dumping for the exporter is determined to be zero or de minimis, no antidumping duties will be assessed.’’ 17 The final results of this review shall be the basis for the assessment of antidumping duties on entries of merchandise covered by the final results 12 See 19 CFR 351.310(d)(1). generally 19 CFR 351.303. 14 See 19 CFR 351.310(c). 15 See section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act; 19 CFR 351.213(h). 16 See 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1). 17 See Antidumping Proceedings: Calculation of the Weighted-Average Dumping Margin and Assessment Rate in Certain Antidumping Proceedings: Final Modification, 77 FR 8101, 8102 (February 14, 2012) (Final Modification for Reviews). 13 See PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1319 of this review and for future deposits of estimated duties, where applicable. We intend to issue liquidation instructions to CBP 15 days after publication of the final results of this review. Cash Deposit Requirements The following cash deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of the final results of this administrative review for all shipments of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date of the final results of this administrative review, as provided by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for Severstal will be that established in the final results of this administrative review; (2) for previously reviewed or investigated companies not listed above, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate published for the most recent period; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a prior review, or in the investigation but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent period for the manufacturer of the merchandise; and (4) the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers or exporters will continue to be the allothers rate of 184.56 percent, which is the all-others rate established in the investigation.18 These cash deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice. Notification to Importers This notice also serves as a reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Department’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties. We are issuing and publishing this notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. 18 See Termination of the Suspension Agreement on Hot-Rolled Flat-Rolled Carbon-Quality Steel Products from the Russian Federation, Rescission of 2013–2014 Administrative Review, and Issuance of Antidumping Duty Order, 79 FR 77455 (December 24, 2014). E:\FR\FM\05JAN1.SGM 05JAN1 1320 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 3 / Thursday, January 5, 2017 / Notices Dated: December 27, 2016. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I Scope of the Investigation For the purposes of this Administrative Review, ‘‘hot-rolled steel’’ means certain hotrolled flat-rolled carbon-quality steel products of a rectangular shape, of a width of 0.5 inch or greater, neither clad, plated, nor coated with metal and whether or not painted, varnished, or coated with plastics or other non-metallic substances, in coils (whether or not in successively superimposed layers) regardless of thickness, and in straight lengths, of a thickness less than 4.75 mm and of a width measuring at least 10 times the thickness. Universal mill plate (i.e., flat-rolled products rolled on four faces or in a closed box pass, of a width exceeding 150 mm but not exceeding 1250 mm and of a thickness of not less than 4 mm, not in coils and without patterns in relief) of a thickness not less than 4.0 mm is not included within the scope of this administrative review. Specifically included in this scope are vacuum degassed, fully stabilized (commonly referred to as interstitial-free (‘‘IF’’)) steels, high strength low alloy (‘‘HSLA’’) steels, and the substrate for motor lamination steels. IF steels are recognized as low carbon steels with micro-alloying levels of elements such as titanium and/or niobium added to stabilize carbon and nitrogen elements. HSLA steels are recognized as steels with micro-alloying levels of elements such as chromium, copper, niobium, titanium, vanadium, and molybdenum. The substrate for motor lamination steels contains microalloying levels of elements such as silicon and aluminum. Steel products to be included in the scope of this administrative review, regardless of Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (‘‘HTSUS’’) definitions, are products in which: (1) Iron predominates, by weight, over each of the other contained elements; (2) the carbon content is 2 percent or less, by weight; and (3) none of the elements listed below exceeds the quantity, by weight, respectively indicated: 1.80 percent of manganese, or 1.50 percent of silicon, or 1.00 percent of copper, or 0.50 percent of aluminum, or 1.25 percent of chromium, or 0.30 percent of cobalt, or 0.40 percent of lead, or 1.25 percent of nickel, or 0.30 percent of tungsten, or 0.012 percent of boron, or 0.10 percent of molybdenum, or 0.10 percent of niobium, or 0.41 percent of titanium, or 0.15 percent of vanadium, or 0.15 percent of zirconium. All products that meet the physical and chemical description provided above are within the scope of this order unless otherwise excluded. The following products, by way of example, are outside and/or specifically excluded from the scope of this order: —Alloy hot-rolled steel products in which at least one of the chemical elements exceeds those listed above (including e.g., ASTM specifications A543, A387, A514, A517, and A506). —SAE/AISI grades of series 2300 and higher. —Ball bearing steels, as defined in the HTSUS. —Tool steels, as defined in the HTSUS. —Silica-manganese (as defined in the HTSUS) or silicon electrical steel with a silicon level exceeding 1.50 percent. —ASTM specifications A710 and A736. —USS Abrasion-resistant steels (USS AR 400, USS AR 500). —Hot-rolled steel coil which meets the following chemical, physical and mechanical specifications: C Mn P S Si Cr Cu Ni 0.10–0.14% 0.90% Max 0.025% Max 0.005% Max 0.30–0.50% 0.50–0.70% 0.20–0.40% 0.20% Max Width = 44.80 inches maximum; Thickness = 0.063—0.198 inches; Yield Strength = 50,000 ksi minimum; Tensile Strength = 70,000–88,000 psi. —Hot-rolled steel coil which meets the following chemical, physical and mechanical specifications: C Mn P S Si Cr Cu Ni 0.10–0.16% 0.70%–0.90% 0.025% Max 0.006% Max 0.30–0.50% 0.50–0.70% 0.25% Max 0.20% Max Mo 0.21% Max Width = 44.80 inches maximum; Thickness = 0.350 inches maximum; Yield Strength = 80,000 ksi minimum; Tensile Strength = 105,000 psi Aim. —Hot-rolled steel coil which meets the following chemical, physical and mechanical specifications: C Mn P S Si Cr Cu Ni 0.10–0.14% 1.30–1.80% 0.025% Max 0.005% Max 0.30–0.50% 0.50–0.70% 0.20–0.70% 0.20% Max V(wt.) Cb 0.10% Max 0.08% Max mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Width = 44.80 inches maximum; Thickness = 0.350 inches maximum; Yield Strength = 80,000 ksi minimum; Tensile Strength = 105,000 psi Aim. —Hot-rolled steel coil which meets the following chemical, physical and mechanical specifications: C Mn P S Si Cr Cu Ni 0.15% Max 1.40% Max 0.025% Max 0.010% Max 0.50% Max 1.00% Max 0.50% Max .20% Max Nb Ca Al 0.005% Max Treated 0.01–0.07% VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:06 Jan 04, 2017 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\05JAN1.SGM 05JAN1 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 3 / Thursday, January 5, 2017 / Notices Width = 39.37 inches; Thickness = 0.181 inches maximum; Yield Strength = 70,000 psi minimum for thicknesses ≤ 0.148 inches and 65,000 psi minimum for thicknesses > 0.148 inches; Tensile Strength = 80,000 psi minimum. Hot-rolled dual phase steel, phasehardened, primarily with a ferriticmartensitic microstructure, contains 0.9 percent up to and including 1.5 percent silicon by weight, further characterized by either (i) tensile strength between 540 N/mm2 and 640 N/mm2 and an elongation percentage ≥ 26 percent for thicknesses of 2 mm and above, or (ii) a tensile strength between 590 N/mm2 and 690 N/mm2 and an elongation percentage ≥ 25 percent for thicknesses of 2mm and above. Hot-rolled bearing quality steel, SAE grade 1050, in coils, with an inclusion rating of 1.0 maximum per ASTM E 45, Method A, with excellent surface quality and chemistry restrictions as follows: 0.012 percent maximum phosphorus, 0.015 percent maximum sulfur, and 0.20 percent maximum residuals including 0.15 percent maximum chromium. Grade ASTM A570–50 hot-rolled steel sheet in coils or cut lengths, width of 74 inches (nominal, within ASTM tolerances), thickness of 11 gauge (0.119 inches nominal), mill edge and skin passed, with a minimum copper content of 0.20 percent. The covered merchandise is classified in the HTSUS at subheadings: 7208.10.15.00, 7208.10.30.00, 7208.10.60.00, 7208.25.30.00, 7208.25.60.00, 7208.26.00.30, 7208.26.00.60, 7208.27.00.30, 7208.27.00.60, 7208.36.00.30, 7208.36.00.60, 7208.37.00.30, 7208.37.00.60, 7208.38.00.15, 7208.38.00.30, 7208.38.00.90, 7208.39.00.15, 7208.39.00.30, 7208.39.00.90, 7208.40.60.30, 7208.40.60.60, 7208.53.00.00, 7208.54.00.00, 7208.90.00.00, 7210.70.30.00, 7210.90.90.00, 7211.14.00.30, 7211.14.00.90, 7211.19.15.00, 7211.19.20.00, 7211.19.30.00, 7211.19.45.00, 7211.19.60.00, 7211.19.75.30, 7211.19.75.60, 7211.19.75.90, 7212.40.10.00, 7212.40.50.00, 7212.50.00.00. Certain hot-rolled flat-rolled carbon-quality steel covered include: Vacuum degassed, fully stabilized; high strength low alloy; and the substrate for motor lamination steel may also enter under the following tariff numbers: 7225.11.00.00, 7225.19.00.00, 7225.30.30.50, 7225.30.70.00, 7225.40.70.00, 7225.99.00.90, 7226.11.10.00, 7226.11.90.30, 7226.11.90.60, 7226.19.10.00, 7226.19.90.00, 7226.91.50.00, 7226.91.70.00, 7226.91.80.00, and 7226.99.01.80. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and Customs purposes, the written description of the covered merchandise is dispositive. Appendix II List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum 1. Adverse Facts Available. [FR Doc. 2016–31995 Filed 1–4–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:06 Jan 04, 2017 Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–815, A–533–806] Sulfanilic Acid From India and the People’s Republic of China: Final Results of Expedited Fourth Sunset Reviews of Antidumping Duty Orders Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce SUMMARY: As a result of these sunset reviews, the Department of Commerce (‘‘Department’’) finds that revocation of the antidumping duty (‘‘AD’’) orders would be likely to lead to the continuation or recurrence of dumping at the dumping margins identified in the ‘‘Final Results of Reviews’’ section of this notice. DATES: Effective January 5, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mandy Mallott, AD/CVD Operations, Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–6430. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background On September 1, 2016, the Department published the notice of initiation of the fourth sunset reviews of the AD Orders 1 on sulfanilic acid from India and the People’s Republic of China (‘‘PRC’’), pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (‘‘the Act’’).2 On September 14, 2016, Nation Ford Chemical Company (‘‘Petitioner’’) notified the Department of its intent to participate within the 15-day period specified in section 351.218(d)(1)(i) of the Department’s regulations. Archroma, U.S., Inc. (‘‘Archroma’’) claimed interested-party status under section 771(9)(A) of the Act as a domestic importer of subject merchandise to the United States. On September 30, 2016, the Department received from Petitioner complete substantive responses to the Notice of Initiation, with respect to both of the Orders, within the 30-day period specified in 19 CFR 351.218(d)(3)(i).3 1 See Antidumping Duty Order: Sulfanilic Acid from India, 58 FR 12025 (March 2, 1993) (‘‘India Order’’), and Antidumping Duty Order: Sulfanilic Acid from the People’s Republic from China, 57 FR 37524 (August 19, 1992) (‘‘PRC Order’’) (collectively, ‘‘Orders’’). 2 See Initiation of Five-Year (‘‘Sunset’’) Reviews, 81 FR 60386 (September 1, 2016) (‘‘Notice of Initiation’’). 3 See Submissions from Petitioner to the Department, ‘‘Sulfanilic Acid from the People’s PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1321 Also on September 30, 2016 the Department received a response from Archroma, which the Department determined did not adequately meet the requirements of a substantive response under 19 CFR 351.218(d)–(e).4 Specifically, Archroma failed to address and/or provide additional information required of a respondent interested party pursuant to 19 CFR 351.218(d)(3)(iii), nor did it demonstrate whether the substantive submission is eligible to be considered adequate pursuant to 19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(A).5 No other interested parties submitted substantive responses. As a result, pursuant to section 751(c)(3)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(C)(2), the Department has conducted expedited (120-day) sunset reviews of the AD orders on sulfanilic acid from India and the PRC. Scope of the Orders Imports covered by the antidumping duty orders are all grades of sulfanilic acid, which include technical (or crude) sulfanilic acid, refined (or purified) sulfanilic acid and sodium salt of sulfanilic acid. Sulfanilic acid is a synthetic organic chemical produced from the direct sulfonation of aniline with sulfuric acid. Sulfanilic acid is used as a raw material in the production of optical brighteners, food colors, specialty dyes, and concrete additives. The principal differences between the grades are the undesirable quantities of residual aniline and alkali insoluble materials present in the sulfanilic acid. All grades are available as dry, free flowing powders. Technical sulfanilic acid, classifiable under the subheading 2921.42.22 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (‘‘HTS’’), contains 96 percent minimum sulfanilic acid, 1.0 percent maximum aniline, and 1.0 percent maximum alkali insoluble materials. Refined sulfanilic acid, also classifiable under the subheading 2921.42.22 of the HTS, contains 98 percent minimum sulfanilic acid, 0.5 percent maximum aniline and 0.25 percent maximum alkali insoluble materials. Republic of China/Petitioner’s Substantive Response’’ (‘‘PRC Substantive Response’’), and ‘‘Sulfanilic Acid from India/Petitioner’s Substantive Response’’ (‘‘India Substantive Response’’), each dated September 30, 2016. 4 See Submissions from Archroma to the Department, both titled ‘‘Sulfanilic Acid from India and China: Archroma’s Substantive Response to Notice of Initiation,’’ each dated September 30, 2016. See letter from the Department to Archroma, ‘‘Sunset Reviews of Sulfanilic Acid from the People’s Republic of China and India,’’ dated October 24, 2016. 5 Id. E:\FR\FM\05JAN1.SGM 05JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-821-809]


Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products From the Russian 
Federation: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative 
Review; 2014-2015

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an 
administrative review of the antidumping duty order on hot-rolled 
carbon steel flat products (hot-rolled steel) from the Russian 
Federation (Russia). The period of review (POR) is December 19, 2014, 
through November 30, 2015. The review covers one producer/exporter of 
the subject merchandise, Severstal PAO and Severstal Export 
(collectively, Severstal). We preliminarily determine that sales of 
subject merchandise by Severstal were made at less than normal value 
during the POR. Interested parties are invited to comment on these 
preliminary results.

DATES: Effective January 5, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, CONTACT: John Drury or Madeline Heeren, AD/CVD 
Operations, Office VI, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-
0195 or (202) 482-9179, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Department published the notice of initiation of this review on 
February 9, 2016.\1\ Pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Tariff Act 
of 1930, as amended (the Act), the Department extended these 
preliminary results by 106 days until December 16, 2016.\2\ The 
Department then extended the preliminary results by an additional 14 
days until December 31, 2016.\3\
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    \1\ See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Administrative Reviews, 81 FR 6832 (February 9, 2016) (Initiation 
Notice).
    \2\ See Memorandum to Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, 
entitled ``Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from the 
Russian Federation: Extension of Deadline for Preliminary Results of 
Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014/2015,'' dated August 
17, 2016.
    \3\ See Memorandum to Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, 
entitled ``Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from the 
Russian Federation: Extension of Deadline for Preliminary Results of 
Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014/2015,'' dated December 
16, 2016.
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    For a description of the events that occurred prior, and 
subsequent, to the initiation of this review, see the memorandum dated 
concurrently with and hereby adopted by this notice \4\ and Appendix I 
of 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 to 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 on the Internet at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/index.html. A list of topics discussed in the 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum is attached as an Appendix to this 
notice. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic 
versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in 
content.
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    \4\ See Memorandum to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for 
Enforcement and Compliance, from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations 
entitled: ``Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Results of 
Review of Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products from the 
Russian Federation'' (Preliminary Decision Memorandum).
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Scope of the Order

    The product covered by this order is hot-rolled steel from Russia. 
The full text of the scope of the order is contained in the Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum.

Methodology

    The Department is conducting this review in accordance with section 
751(a)(2) of the Act. For a full description of the methodology and 
rationale underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum.

Application of Facts Available and Adverse Facts Available

    We preliminarily determine that the only respondent being 
individually reviewed, Severstal, failed to cooperate to the best of 
its ability in participating in the review, warranting the

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application of facts otherwise available with adverse inferences, 
pursuant to section 776(a)-(b) of the Act. For a full description of 
the rationale underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum.

Preliminary Results of Review

    We preliminarily determine that, for the period December 19, 2014, 
through November 30, 2015, the following weighted -average dumping 
margin exist:

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                                                               average
                     Exporter/producer                         dumping
                                                                margin
                                                              (percent)
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Severstal PAO and Severstal Export (collectively,                184.56
 Severstal)................................................
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Disclosure and Public Comment

    The Department will disclose to parties to the proceeding any 
calculations performed in connection with these preliminary results of 
review within five days after the date of publication of this 
notice.\5\ Interested parties may submit case briefs to the Department 
in response to these preliminary results no later than 30 days after 
the publication of these preliminary results.\6\ Rebuttal briefs, the 
content of which is limited to the issues raised in the case briefs, 
must be filed within five days from the deadline date for the 
submission of case briefs.\7\
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    \5\ See 19 CFR 351.224(b).
    \6\ See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(1)(ii).
    \7\ See 19 CFR 351.309(d)(1) and (2).
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    Parties who submit arguments in this proceeding are requested to 
submit with each argument: (1) A statement of the issue; (2) a brief 
summary of the argument; and (3) a table of authorities.\8\ Executive 
summaries should be limited to five pages total, including footnotes. 
Case and rebuttal briefs should be filed using ACCESS.\9\ In order to 
be properly filed, ACCESS must successfully receive an electronically-
filed document in its entirety by 5 p.m. Eastern Time. Case and 
rebuttal briefs must be served on interested parties.\10\
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    \8\ See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2).
    \9\ See generally 19 CFR 351.303.
    \10\ See 19 CFR 351.303(f).
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    Within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice, 
interested parties may request a public hearing on arguments raised in 
the case and rebuttal briefs.\11\ Unless the Department specifies 
otherwise, the hearing, if requested, will be held two days after the 
date for submission of rebuttal briefs.\12\ Written argument and 
hearing requests should be electronically submitted to the Department 
via ACCESS.\13\ The Department's electronic records system, ACCESS, 
must successfully receive an electronically-filed document in its 
entirety by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time within 30 days after the 
date of publication of this notice.\14\ Requests should contain: (1) 
The party's name, address, and telephone number; (2) the number of 
participants; and (3) a list of issues to be discussed. Issues raised 
in the hearing will be limited to those raised in the respective case 
briefs. Parties will be notified of the time and location of the 
hearing.
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    \11\ See 19 CFR 351.310(c).
    \12\ See 19 CFR 351.310(d)(1).
    \13\ See generally 19 CFR 351.303.
    \14\ See 19 CFR 351.310(c).
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    The Department intends to publish the final results of this 
administrative review, including the results of its analysis of issues 
addressed in any case or rebuttal brief, no later than 120 days after 
publication of the preliminary results, unless extended.\15\
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    \15\ See section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act; 19 CFR 351.213(h).
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Assessment Rates

    Upon completion of this administrative review, the Department shall 
determine, and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, 
antidumping duties on all appropriate entries.\16\ If Severstal's 
weighted-average dumping margin is not zero or de minimis in the final 
results of this review, we will calculate importer-specific assessment 
rates on the basis of the ratio of the total amount of antidumping 
duties calculated for an importer's examined sales and the total 
entered value of such sales in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1). If 
Severstal's weighted-average dumping margin is zero or de minimis in 
the final results of review, we will instruct CBP not to assess duties 
on any of its entries in accordance with the Final Modification for 
Reviews, i.e., ``{w{time} here the weighted-average margin of dumping 
for the exporter is determined to be zero or de minimis, no antidumping 
duties will be assessed.'' \17\ The final results of this review shall 
be the basis for the assessment of antidumping duties on entries of 
merchandise covered by the final results of this review and for future 
deposits of estimated duties, where applicable.
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    \16\ See 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1).
    \17\ See Antidumping Proceedings: Calculation of the Weighted-
Average Dumping Margin and Assessment Rate in Certain Antidumping 
Proceedings: Final Modification, 77 FR 8101, 8102 (February 14, 
2012) (Final Modification for Reviews).
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    We intend to issue liquidation instructions to CBP 15 days after 
publication of the final results of this review.

Cash Deposit Requirements

    The following cash deposit requirements will be effective upon 
publication of the final results of this administrative review for all 
shipments of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date of the 
final results of this administrative review, as provided by section 
751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for Severstal will 
be that established in the final results of this administrative review; 
(2) for previously reviewed or investigated companies not listed above, 
the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate 
published for the most recent period; (3) if the exporter is not a firm 
covered in this review, a prior review, or in the investigation but the 
manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for 
the most recent period for the manufacturer of the merchandise; and (4) 
the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers or exporters will 
continue to be the all-others rate of 184.56 percent, which is the all-
others rate established in the investigation.\18\ These cash deposit 
requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further 
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    \18\ See Termination of the Suspension Agreement on Hot-Rolled 
Flat-Rolled Carbon-Quality Steel Products from the Russian 
Federation, Rescission of 2013-2014 Administrative Review, and 
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Notification to Importers

    This notice also serves as a reminder to importers of their 
responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate 
regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation 
of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply 
with this requirement could result in the Department's presumption that 
reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent 
assessment of double antidumping duties.
    We are issuing and publishing this notice in accordance with 
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    Dated: December 27, 2016.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I

Scope of the Investigation

    For the purposes of this Administrative Review, ``hot-rolled 
steel'' means certain hot-rolled flat-rolled carbon-quality steel 
products of a rectangular shape, of a width of 0.5 inch or greater, 
neither clad, plated, nor coated with metal and whether or not 
painted, varnished, or coated with plastics or other non-metallic 
substances, in coils (whether or not in successively superimposed 
layers) regardless of thickness, and in straight lengths, of a 
thickness less than 4.75 mm and of a width measuring at least 10 
times the thickness.
    Universal mill plate (i.e., flat-rolled products rolled on four 
faces or in a closed box pass, of a width exceeding 150 mm but not 
exceeding 1250 mm and of a thickness of not less than 4 mm, not in 
coils and without patterns in relief) of a thickness not less than 
4.0 mm is not included within the scope of this administrative 
review.
    Specifically included in this scope are vacuum degassed, fully 
stabilized (commonly referred to as interstitial-free (``IF'')) 
steels, high strength low alloy (``HSLA'') steels, and the substrate 
for motor lamination steels. IF steels are recognized as low carbon 
steels with micro-alloying levels of elements such as titanium and/
or niobium added to stabilize carbon and nitrogen elements. HSLA 
steels are recognized as steels with micro-alloying levels of 
elements such as chromium, copper, niobium, titanium, vanadium, and 
molybdenum. The substrate for motor lamination steels contains 
micro-alloying levels of elements such as silicon and aluminum.
    Steel products to be included in the scope of this 
administrative review, regardless of Harmonized Tariff Schedule of 
the United States (``HTSUS'') definitions, are products in which: 
(1) Iron predominates, by weight, over each of the other contained 
elements; (2) the carbon content is 2 percent or less, by weight; 
and (3) none of the elements listed below exceeds the quantity, by 
weight, respectively indicated: 1.80 percent of manganese, or 1.50 
percent of silicon, or 1.00 percent of copper, or 0.50 percent of 
aluminum, or 1.25 percent of chromium, or 0.30 percent of cobalt, or 
0.40 percent of lead, or 1.25 percent of nickel, or 0.30 percent of 
tungsten, or 0.012 percent of boron, or 0.10 percent of molybdenum, 
or 0.10 percent of niobium, or 0.41 percent of titanium, or 0.15 
percent of vanadium, or 0.15 percent of zirconium.
    All products that meet the physical and chemical description 
provided above are within the scope of this order unless otherwise 
excluded. The following products, by way of example, are outside 
and/or specifically excluded from the scope of this order:

--Alloy hot-rolled steel products in which at least one of the 
chemical elements exceeds those listed above (including e.g., ASTM 
specifications A543, A387, A514, A517, and A506).
--SAE/AISI grades of series 2300 and higher.
--Ball bearing steels, as defined in the HTSUS.
--Tool steels, as defined in the HTSUS.
--Silica-manganese (as defined in the HTSUS) or silicon electrical 
steel with a silicon level exceeding 1.50 percent.
--ASTM specifications A710 and A736.
--USS Abrasion-resistant steels (USS AR 400, USS AR 500).
--Hot-rolled steel coil which meets the following chemical, physical 
and mechanical specifications:

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         C                  Mn                  P                  S                  Si                 Cr                 Cu                 Ni
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      0.10-0.14%           0.90% Max         0.025% Max         0.005% Max         0.30-0.50%         0.50-0.70%         0.20-0.40%          0.20% Max
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    Width = 44.80 inches maximum; Thickness = 0.063--0.198 inches;
    Yield Strength = 50,000 ksi minimum; Tensile Strength = 70,000-
88,000 psi.

--Hot-rolled steel coil which meets the following chemical, physical 
and mechanical specifications:

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         C                  Mn                  P                  S                  Si                 Cr                 Cu                 Ni
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      0.10-0.16%         0.70%-0.90%         0.025% Max         0.006% Max         0.30-0.50%         0.50-0.70%          0.25% Max          0.20% Max
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              Mo
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       0.21% Max
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    Width = 44.80 inches maximum; Thickness = 0.350 inches maximum;
    Yield Strength = 80,000 ksi minimum; Tensile Strength = 105,000 
psi Aim.

--Hot-rolled steel coil which meets the following chemical, physical 
and mechanical specifications:

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         C                  Mn                  P                  S                  Si                 Cr                 Cu                 Ni
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      0.10-0.14%          1.30-1.80%         0.025% Max         0.005% Max         0.30-0.50%         0.50-0.70%         0.20-0.70%          0.20% Max
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       0.10% Max           0.08% Max
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    Width = 44.80 inches maximum; Thickness = 0.350 inches maximum;
    Yield Strength = 80,000 ksi minimum; Tensile Strength = 105,000 
psi Aim.

--Hot-rolled steel coil which meets the following chemical, physical 
and mechanical specifications:

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         C                  Mn                  P                  S                  Si                 Cr                 Cu                 Ni
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       0.15% Max           1.40% Max         0.025% Max         0.010% Max          0.50% Max          1.00% Max          0.50% Max           .20% Max
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      0.005% Max             Treated         0.01-0.07%
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    Width = 39.37 inches; Thickness = 0.181 inches maximum; Yield 
Strength = 70,000 psi minimum for thicknesses <= 0.148 inches and 
65,000 psi minimum for thicknesses > 0.148 inches; Tensile Strength 
= 80,000 psi minimum.
    Hot-rolled dual phase steel, phase-hardened, primarily with a 
ferritic-martensitic microstructure, contains 0.9 percent up to and 
including 1.5 percent silicon by weight, further characterized by 
either (i) tensile strength between 540 N/mm\2\ and 640 N/mm\2\ and 
an elongation percentage >= 26 percent for thicknesses of 2 mm and 
above, or (ii) a tensile strength between 590 N/mm\2\ and 690 N/
mm\2\ and an elongation percentage >= 25 percent for thicknesses of 
2mm and above.
    Hot-rolled bearing quality steel, SAE grade 1050, in coils, with 
an inclusion rating of 1.0 maximum per ASTM E 45, Method A, with 
excellent surface quality and chemistry restrictions as follows: 
0.012 percent maximum phosphorus, 0.015 percent maximum sulfur, and 
0.20 percent maximum residuals including 0.15 percent maximum 
chromium.
    Grade ASTM A570-50 hot-rolled steel sheet in coils or cut 
lengths, width of 74 inches (nominal, within ASTM tolerances), 
thickness of 11 gauge (0.119 inches nominal), mill edge and skin 
passed, with a minimum copper content of 0.20 percent.
    The covered merchandise is classified in the HTSUS at 
subheadings: 7208.10.15.00,
    7208.10.30.00, 7208.10.60.00, 7208.25.30.00, 7208.25.60.00, 
7208.26.00.30, 7208.26.00.60, 7208.27.00.30, 7208.27.00.60, 
7208.36.00.30, 7208.36.00.60, 7208.37.00.30, 7208.37.00.60, 
7208.38.00.15, 7208.38.00.30, 7208.38.00.90, 7208.39.00.15, 
7208.39.00.30, 7208.39.00.90, 7208.40.60.30, 7208.40.60.60, 
7208.53.00.00, 7208.54.00.00, 7208.90.00.00, 7210.70.30.00, 
7210.90.90.00, 7211.14.00.30, 7211.14.00.90, 7211.19.15.00, 
7211.19.20.00, 7211.19.30.00, 7211.19.45.00, 7211.19.60.00, 
7211.19.75.30, 7211.19.75.60, 7211.19.75.90, 7212.40.10.00, 
7212.40.50.00, 7212.50.00.00. Certain hot-rolled flat-rolled carbon-
quality steel covered include: Vacuum degassed, fully stabilized; 
high strength low alloy; and the substrate for motor lamination 
steel may also enter under the following tariff numbers: 
7225.11.00.00, 7225.19.00.00, 7225.30.30.50, 7225.30.70.00, 
7225.40.70.00, 7225.99.00.90, 7226.11.10.00, 7226.11.90.30, 
7226.11.90.60, 7226.19.10.00, 7226.19.90.00, 7226.91.50.00, 
7226.91.70.00, 7226.91.80.00, and 7226.99.01.80. Although the HTSUS 
subheadings are provided for convenience and Customs purposes, the 
written description of the covered merchandise is dispositive.

Appendix II

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

1. Adverse Facts Available.

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