Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-To-Length Plate From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 8510-8513 [2017-01710]

Download as PDF jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 8510 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 16 / Thursday, January 26, 2017 / Notices (iii) 320–350 HBW; (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 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, VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:10 Jan 25, 2017 Jkt 241001 • 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. 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, 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. [FR Doc. 2017–01712 Filed 1–25–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–047] Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-ToLength Plate From the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Department of Commerce (Department) determines that certain carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate (CTL plate) from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The final dumping margin of sales at LTFV is shown in the ‘‘Final Determination’’ section of this notice. DATES: Effective January 26, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Irene Gorelik, AD/CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–6905. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background On November 14, 2016, the Department published in the Federal Register its preliminary affirmative determination in the LTFV investigation of CTL plate from the PRC.1 For a complete description of the events that followed the Preliminary Determination, see the memorandum that is dated concurrently with this determination and hereby adopted by this notice.2 A summary of the events that occurred since the Department published the Preliminary Determination, as well as a full discussion of the issues raised by parties for this final determination, may be found in the Issues and Decision Memorandum. The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic 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 Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http:// 1 See Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-ToLength Plate from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 81 FR 79450 (November 14, 2016) (Preliminary Determination) and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum. 2 See Memorandum from Gary Taverman, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, re: ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Determination in the Antidumping Duty Investigation of Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-To-Length Plate from the People’s Republic of China’’ (‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum’’), dated concurrently with this notice. E:\FR\FM\26JAN1.SGM 26JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 16 / Thursday, January 26, 2017 / Notices enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Issues and Decision Memorandum and the electronic version are identical in content. Period of Investigation The period of investigation (POI) is October 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016. Scope of the Investigation jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES The product covered by this investigation is CTL plate from the PRC. For a full description of the scope of this investigation, see the ‘‘Scope of the Investigation’’ in Appendix I of this notice. Prior to the Preliminary Determination, the Department issued a Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum, followed by an Additional Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum.3 Subsequently, various interested parties submitted case 4 and rebuttal 5 briefs concerning scope. The Department reviewed these briefs, considered the arguments therein, and is not making any additional changes to the scope of the investigation. For further discussion, see the Department’s Final Scope Decision Memorandum.6 3 See Memorandum to Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, ‘‘Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-to-Length Plate from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey: Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determinations,’’ dated September 6, 2016 (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum), and Memorandum to Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-toLength Plate From Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey: Additional Scope Comments Preliminary Decision Memorandum and Extension of Deadlines for Scope Case Briefs and Scope Rebuttal Briefs,’’ dated October 13, 2016 (Additional Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum), respectively. 4 These parties include Misumi USA, Inc., PCS Company, Hitachi Metals, Ltd., Friedr. Lohmann GmbH, AG der Dillinger Huettenwerke, Dillinger France S.A., voestalpine AG, voestalpine Grobblech GmbH, voestalpine Steel & Service Center GmbH, Bohler Bleche GmbH & Co KG, Bohler Uddeholm Corporation, Simonds International Holding, Inc., and The KnifeSource LLC. 5 These parties include ArcelorMittal USA LLC, Nucor Corporation, and SSAB Enterprises, LLC (collectively, the petitioners). 6 See Memorandum to Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, ‘‘Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-to-Length Plate from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey: Final Scope Comments Decision Memorandum,’’ dated November 29, 2016 (Final Scope Decision Memorandum). VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:10 Jan 25, 2017 Jkt 241001 The scope in Appendix I reflects the final scope language. Analysis of Comments Received All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs that were submitted by parties in this investigation are addressed in either the Final Scope Decision Memorandum or the Issues and Decision Memorandum accompanying this notice, which is hereby adopted by this notice. A list of the issues addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum is attached to this notice at Appendix II. Separate Rates For the final determination, we continue to determine that Jiangyin Xingcheng Special Steel Works Co., Ltd., the sole mandatory respondent in this investigation, is not entitled to a separate rate, and is included within the PRC-wide entity. PRC-Wide Entity For the final determination, we continue to find that the PRC-wide entity, which includes certain PRC exporters and/or producers that did not respond to the Department’s requests for information, failed to provide necessary information, failed to provide information in a timely manner, and significantly impeded this proceeding by not submitting the requested information. We also continue to find that the PRC-wide entity failed to cooperate. As a result, we continue to assign to the PRC-wide entity a dumping margin on the basis of adverse facts available (AFA) pursuant to section 776(b) of the Act.7 Furthermore, we continue to find that the highest petition margin of 68.27 percent is corroborated to the extent practicable within the meaning of section 776(c) of the Act for the reasons articulated in the Preliminary Determination.8 Therefore, for the final determination, we continue to assign this dumping margin (i.e., 68.27 percent) to the PRC-wide entity. Combination Rates In the Initiation Notice,9 the Department stated that it would calculate combination rates for the 7 As stated in the Preliminary Determination, we did not conduct verification pursuant to section 782(i) of the Act because the only rate established in the case is based entirely on AFA. 8 See Preliminary Determination and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum at 10–12. 9 See Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-toLength Plate from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the People’s Republic of China, South Africa, Taiwan, and the Republic of Turkey: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigations, 81 FR 27089, 27095 (May 5, 2016) (Initiation Notice). PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8511 respondents that are eligible for a separate rate in this investigation. Policy Bulletin 05.1 describes this practice.10 However, as stated in the Preliminary Determination, all parties subject to this investigation are found to be part of the PRC-wide entity, to which we do not assign a separate combination rate.11 Final Determination The Department determines that CTL plate from the PRC is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at LTFV, and that the following dumping margin exists: Exporter PRC-Wide Entity ................... Dumping margin (percent) 68.27 Disclosure As stated in the Preliminary Determination, because the Department established only one rate in this investigation based entirely on AFA in accordance with section 776 of the Act, there are no calculations to disclose. The calculations performed in connection with this final determination are not proprietary in nature and are described in the Preliminary Determination, the Petition and in the PRC AD Initiation Checklist.12 Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation In accordance with section 735(c)(1)(B) of the Act, we will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to continue to suspend 10 See Enforcement and Compliance’s Policy Bulletin No. 05.1, regarding, ‘‘Separate-Rates Practice and Application of Combination Rates in Antidumping Investigations involving Non-Market Economy Countries’’ (April 5, 2005) (Policy Bulletin 05.1), available on the Department’s Web site at http://enforcement.trade.gov/policy/bull05-1.pdf. 11 Id.; see also Preliminary Determination, 81 FR at 79451; Calcium Hypochlorite from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination, 79 FR 43393, 43394 (July 25, 2014), unchanged in Calcium Hypochlorite from the People’s Republic of China: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 79 FR 74065 (December 15, 2014). 12 See Preliminary Determination, 81 FR at 79451–52; Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties: Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-To-Length Plate from Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the People’s Republic of China, South Africa, Taiwan, and the Republic of Turkey, dated April 8, 2016 (Petition), Volume IV at 24; Supplement to the Petition, dated April 18, 2016; see also Initiation Notice and accompanying Antidumping Duty Investigation Initiation Checklist: Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-to-Length Plate from the People’s Republic of China (PRC AD Initiation Checklist), at pages 7–11; and Preliminary Decision Memorandum at 11–12. E:\FR\FM\26JAN1.SGM 26JAN1 8512 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 16 / Thursday, January 26, 2017 / Notices liquidation of all entries of CTL plate from the PRC, as described in Appendix I of this notice, which are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after November 14, 2016, the date of publication in the Federal Register of the affirmative Preliminary Determination. Pursuant to section 735(c)(1) of the Act, we will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit equal to the margin indicated in the chart above.13 These suspension of liquidation instructions will remain in effect until further notice. In a LTFV investigation with a companion countervailing duty (CVD) investigation, we normally adjust antidumping duty cash deposit rates by the amount of export subsidies, where appropriate. However, in this investigation, we made no adjustments to the PRC-wide entity’s antidumping cash deposit rate of 68.27 percent because the Department made no findings in the companion CVD investigation that any of the subsidies in question are export subsidies.14 Further, pursuant to section 777A(f) of the Act, we normally adjust cash deposit rates for estimated domestic subsidy pass-through, where appropriate. However, in this case, we continue to determine that there is no record evidence demonstrating that a domestic subsidy pass-through adjustment is warranted.15 Thus, the Department has not made an adjustment to the antidumping duty cash deposit rates under section 777A(f) of the Act. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES International Trade Commission Notification In accordance with section 735(d) of the Act, we intend to notify the International Trade Commission (ITC) of the final affirmative determination of sales at LTFV. As the Department’s final determination is affirmative, in accordance with section 735(b)(2) of the Act, the ITC will determine, within 45 days, whether the domestic industry in 13 See Modification of Regulations Regarding the Practice of Accepting Bonds During the Provisional Measures Period in Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations, 76 FR 61042 (October 3, 2011). 14 See Preliminary Decision Memorandum at 12– 13 and Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-toLength Plate from the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination (unpublished); see also Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe from Pakistan: Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures, 81 FR 36867 (June 8, 2016) and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum at page 13, unchanged in Circular Welded CarbonQuality Steel Pipe from Pakistan: Final Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 81 FR 75028 (October 28, 2016). 15 See Preliminary Decision Memorandum at 12. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:10 Jan 25, 2017 Jkt 241001 the United States is materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by reason of imports of CTL plate from the PRC, or sales (or the likelihood of sales) for importation, of CTL plate from the PRC. If the ITC determines that such injury does not exist, this proceeding will be terminated and all securities posted will be refunded or canceled. If the ITC determines that such injury does exist, the Department intends to issue an antidumping duty order directing CBP to assess, upon further instruction by the Department, antidumping duties on all imports of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the effective date of the suspension of liquidation. Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders This notice will serve as a reminder to the parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of propriety information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. Timely written notification of 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 sanctionable violation. We intend to issue and publish this determination in accordance with sections 735(d) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: January 17, 2017. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I—Scope of the Investigation The products covered by this investigation are certain carbon and alloy steel hot-rolled or forged flat plate products not in coils, whether or not painted, varnished, or coated with plastics or other non-metallic substances (cut-to-length plate). Subject merchandise includes plate that is produced by being cut-to-length from coils or from other discrete length plate and plate that is rolled or forged into a discrete length. The products covered include (1) Universal mill plates (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, which are not in coils and without patterns in relief), and (2) hot-rolled or forged flat steel products of a thickness of 4.75 mm or more and of a width which exceeds 150 mm and measures at least twice the thickness, and which are not in coils, whether or not with patterns in relief. The covered products described above may be rectangular, square, circular or other shapes and include products of either rectangular or non-rectangular cross-section where such non-rectangular cross-section is achieved PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 subsequent to the rolling process, i.e., products which have been ‘‘worked after rolling’’ (e.g., products which have been beveled or rounded at the edges). For purposes of the width and thickness requirements referenced above, the following rules apply: (1) Except where otherwise stated where the nominal and actual thickness or width measurements vary, a product from a given subject country is within the scope if application of either the nominal or actual measurement would place it within the scope based on the definitions set forth above unless the product is already covered by an order existing on that specific country (e.g., Notice of the Antidumping Duty Order: Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products From the People’s Republic of China, 66 FR 59561 (November 29, 2001)); and (2) where the width and thickness vary for a specific product (e.g., the thickness of certain products with non-rectangular crosssection, the width of certain products with non-rectangular shape, etc.), the measurement at its greatest width or thickness applies. Steel products included in the scope of this investigation are products in which: (1) Iron predominates, by weight, over each of the other contained elements; and (2) the carbon content is 2 percent or less by weight. Subject merchandise includes cut-to-length plate that has been further processed in the subject country or a third country, including but not limited to pickling, oiling, levelling, annealing, tempering, temper rolling, skin passing, painting, varnishing, trimming, cutting, punching, beveling, and/or slitting, or any other processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigation if performed in the country of manufacture of the cut-to-length plate. All products that meet the written physical description, are within the scope of this investigation unless specifically excluded or covered by the scope of an existing order. The following products are outside of, and/ or specifically excluded from, the scope of this investigation: (1) Products clad, plated, or coated with metal, whether or not painted, varnished or coated with plastic or other non-metallic substances; (2) military grade armor plate certified to one of the following specifications or to a specification that references and incorporates one of the following specifications: • MIL–A–12560, • MIL–DTL–12560H, • MIL–DTL–12560J, • MIL–DTL–12560K, • MIL–DTL–32332, • MIL–A–46100D, • MIL–DTL–46100–E, • MIL–46177C, • MIL–S–16216K Grade HY80, • MIL–S–16216K Grade HY100, • MIL–S–24645A HSLA–80; • MIL–S–24645A HSLA–100, • T9074–BD–GIB–010/0300 Grade HY80, • T9074–BD–GIB–010/0300 Grade HY100, • T9074–BD–GIB–010/0300 Grade HSLA80, • T9074–BD–GIB–010/0300 Grade HSLA100, and E:\FR\FM\26JAN1.SGM 26JAN1 jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 16 / Thursday, January 26, 2017 / Notices • T9074–BD–GIB–010/0300 Mod. Grade HSLA115, except that any cut-to-length plate certified to one of the above specifications, or to a military grade armor specification that references and incorporates one of the above specifications, will not be excluded from the scope if it is also dual- or multiple-certified to any other non-armor specification that otherwise would fall within the scope of this order; (3) stainless steel plate, containing 10.5 percent or more of chromium by weight and not more than 1.2 percent of carbon by weight; (4) CTL plate meeting the requirements of ASTM A–829, Grade E 4340 that are over 305 mm in actual thickness; (5) Alloy forged and rolled CTL plate greater than or equal to 152.4 mm in actual thickness meeting each of the following requirements: (a) Electric furnace melted, ladle refined & vacuum degassed and having a chemical 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: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:10 Jan 25, 2017 Jkt 241001 (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 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. Excluded from the scope of the antidumping duty investigation on cut-tolength plate from the People’s Republic of China are any products covered by the existing antidumping duty order on certain PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 8513 cut-to-length carbon steel plate from the People’s Republic of China. See Suspension Agreement on Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate From the People’s Republic of China; Termination of Suspension Agreement and Notice of Antidumping Duty Order, 68 FR 60,081 (Dep’t Commerce Oct. 21, 2003), as amended, Affirmative Final Determination of Circumvention of the Antidumping Duty Order on Certain Cut-toLength Carbon Steel Plate From the People’s Republic of China, 76 FR 50,996, 50,996–97 (Dep’t of Commerce Aug. 17, 2011). On August 17, 2011, the U.S. Department of Commerce found that the order covered all imports of certain cut-to-length carbon steel plate products with 0.0008 percent or more boron, by weight, from China not meeting all of the following requirements: aluminum level of 0.02 percent or greater, by weight; a ratio of 3.4 to 1 or greater, by weight, of titanium to nitrogen; and a hardenability test (i.e., Jominy test) result indicating a boron factor of 1.8 or greater. 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, 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 Issues and Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 16 (Thursday, January 26, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 8510-8513]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-047]


Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-To-Length Plate From the 
People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Determination of Sales at 
Less Than Fair Value

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) determines that 
certain carbon and alloy steel cut-to-length plate (CTL plate) from the 
People's Republic of China (PRC) is being, or is likely to be, sold in 
the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The final dumping 
margin of sales at LTFV is shown in the ``Final Determination'' section 
of this notice.

DATES: Effective January 26, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Irene Gorelik, AD/CVD Operations, 
Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue 
NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-6905.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On November 14, 2016, the Department published in the Federal 
Register its preliminary affirmative determination in the LTFV 
investigation of CTL plate from the PRC.\1\ For a complete description 
of the events that followed the Preliminary Determination, see the 
memorandum that is dated concurrently with this determination and 
hereby adopted by this notice.\2\
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    \1\ See Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-To-Length Plate from 
the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative 
Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 81 FR 79450 
(November 14, 2016) (Preliminary Determination) and accompanying 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
    \2\ See Memorandum from Gary Taverman, Associate Deputy 
Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Operations, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and 
Compliance, re: ``Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final 
Determination in the Antidumping Duty Investigation of Certain 
Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-To-Length Plate from the People's 
Republic of China'' (``Issues and Decision Memorandum''), dated 
concurrently with this notice.
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    A summary of the events that occurred since the Department 
published the Preliminary Determination, as well as a full discussion 
of the issues raised by parties for this final determination, may be 
found in the Issues and Decision Memorandum. The Issues and Decision 
Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via 
Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Centralized Electronic 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 Issues and 
Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://

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enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Issues and Decision Memorandum 
and the electronic version are identical in content.

Period of Investigation

    The period of investigation (POI) is October 1, 2015, through March 
31, 2016.

Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is CTL plate from the 
PRC. For a full description of the scope of this investigation, see the 
``Scope of the Investigation'' in Appendix I of this notice. Prior to 
the Preliminary Determination, the Department issued a Preliminary 
Scope Decision Memorandum, followed by an Additional Preliminary Scope 
Decision Memorandum.\3\ Subsequently, various interested parties 
submitted case \4\ and rebuttal \5\ briefs concerning scope. The 
Department reviewed these briefs, considered the arguments therein, and 
is not making any additional changes to the scope of the investigation. 
For further discussion, see the Department's Final Scope Decision 
Memorandum.\6\ The scope in Appendix I reflects the final scope 
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    \3\ See Memorandum to Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, 
``Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-to-Length Plate from Austria, 
Belgium, Brazil, the People's Republic of China, France, the Federal 
Republic of Germany, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the 
Republic of South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey: Scope Comments 
Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determinations,'' dated 
September 6, 2016 (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum), and 
Memorandum to Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for 
Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, Certain Carbon and 
Alloy Steel Cut-to-Length Plate From Austria, Belgium, Brazil, the 
People's Republic of China, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, 
Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of South Africa, 
Taiwan, and Turkey: Additional Scope Comments Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum and Extension of Deadlines for Scope Case Briefs and 
Scope Rebuttal Briefs,'' dated October 13, 2016 (Additional 
Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum), respectively.
    \4\ These parties include Misumi USA, Inc., PCS Company, Hitachi 
Metals, Ltd., Friedr. Lohmann GmbH, AG der Dillinger Huettenwerke, 
Dillinger France S.A., voestalpine AG, voestalpine Grobblech GmbH, 
voestalpine Steel & Service Center GmbH, Bohler Bleche GmbH & Co KG, 
Bohler Uddeholm Corporation, Simonds International Holding, Inc., 
and The KnifeSource LLC.
    \5\ These parties include ArcelorMittal USA LLC, Nucor 
Corporation, and SSAB Enterprises, LLC (collectively, the 
petitioners).
    \6\ See Memorandum to Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant 
Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, 
``Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-to-Length Plate from Austria, 
Belgium, Brazil, the People's Republic of China, France, the Federal 
Republic of Germany, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the 
Republic of South Africa, Taiwan, and Turkey: Final Scope Comments 
Decision Memorandum,'' dated November 29, 2016 (Final Scope Decision 
Memorandum).
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Analysis of Comments Received

    All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs that were 
submitted by parties in this investigation are addressed in either the 
Final Scope Decision Memorandum or the Issues and Decision Memorandum 
accompanying this notice, which is hereby adopted by this notice. A 
list of the issues addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum is 
attached to this notice at Appendix II.

Separate Rates

    For the final determination, we continue to determine that Jiangyin 
Xingcheng Special Steel Works Co., Ltd., the sole mandatory respondent 
in this investigation, is not entitled to a separate rate, and is 
included within the PRC-wide entity.

PRC-Wide Entity

    For the final determination, we continue to find that the PRC-wide 
entity, which includes certain PRC exporters and/or producers that did 
not respond to the Department's requests for information, failed to 
provide necessary information, failed to provide information in a 
timely manner, and significantly impeded this proceeding by not 
submitting the requested information. We also continue to find that the 
PRC-wide entity failed to cooperate. As a result, we continue to assign 
to the PRC-wide entity a dumping margin on the basis of adverse facts 
available (AFA) pursuant to section 776(b) of the Act.\7\ Furthermore, 
we continue to find that the highest petition margin of 68.27 percent 
is corroborated to the extent practicable within the meaning of section 
776(c) of the Act for the reasons articulated in the Preliminary 
Determination.\8\ Therefore, for the final determination, we continue 
to assign this dumping margin (i.e., 68.27 percent) to the PRC-wide 
entity.
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    \7\ As stated in the Preliminary Determination, we did not 
conduct verification pursuant to section 782(i) of the Act because 
the only rate established in the case is based entirely on AFA.
    \8\ See Preliminary Determination and accompanying Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum at 10-12.
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Combination Rates

    In the Initiation Notice,\9\ the Department stated that it would 
calculate combination rates for the respondents that are eligible for a 
separate rate in this investigation. Policy Bulletin 05.1 describes 
this practice.\10\ However, as stated in the Preliminary Determination, 
all parties subject to this investigation are found to be part of the 
PRC-wide entity, to which we do not assign a separate combination 
rate.\11\
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    \9\ See Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-to-Length Plate from 
Austria, Belgium, Brazil, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, 
Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the People's Republic of China, 
South Africa, Taiwan, and the Republic of Turkey: Initiation of 
Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigations, 81 FR 27089, 27095 (May 5, 
2016) (Initiation Notice).
    \10\ See Enforcement and Compliance's Policy Bulletin No. 05.1, 
regarding, ``Separate-Rates Practice and Application of Combination 
Rates in Antidumping Investigations involving Non-Market Economy 
Countries'' (April 5, 2005) (Policy Bulletin 05.1), available on the 
Department's Web site at http://enforcement.trade.gov/policy/bull05-1.pdf.
    \11\ Id.; see also Preliminary Determination, 81 FR at 79451; 
Calcium Hypochlorite from the People's Republic of China: 
Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and 
Postponement of Final Determination, 79 FR 43393, 43394 (July 25, 
2014), unchanged in Calcium Hypochlorite from the People's Republic 
of China: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 79 
FR 74065 (December 15, 2014).
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Final Determination

    The Department determines that CTL plate from the PRC is being, or 
is likely to be, sold in the United States at LTFV, and that the 
following dumping margin exists:

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                                                          Dumping margin
                        Exporter                             (percent)
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PRC-Wide Entity.........................................           68.27
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Disclosure

    As stated in the Preliminary Determination, because the Department 
established only one rate in this investigation based entirely on AFA 
in accordance with section 776 of the Act, there are no calculations to 
disclose. The calculations performed in connection with this final 
determination are not proprietary in nature and are described in the 
Preliminary Determination, the Petition and in the PRC AD Initiation 
Checklist.\12\
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    \12\ See Preliminary Determination, 81 FR at 79451-52; Petitions 
for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties: Certain 
Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-To-Length Plate from Austria, Belgium, 
Brazil, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, Italy, Japan, the 
Republic of Korea, the People's Republic of China, South Africa, 
Taiwan, and the Republic of Turkey, dated April 8, 2016 (Petition), 
Volume IV at 24; Supplement to the Petition, dated April 18, 2016; 
see also Initiation Notice and accompanying Antidumping Duty 
Investigation Initiation Checklist: Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel 
Cut-to-Length Plate from the People's Republic of China (PRC AD 
Initiation Checklist), at pages 7-11; and Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum at 11-12.
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Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 735(c)(1)(B) of the Act, we will direct 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to continue to suspend

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liquidation of all entries of CTL plate from the PRC, as described in 
Appendix I of this notice, which are entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption on or after November 14, 2016, the date of 
publication in the Federal Register of the affirmative Preliminary 
Determination. Pursuant to section 735(c)(1) of the Act, we will 
instruct CBP to require a cash deposit equal to the margin indicated in 
the chart above.\13\ These suspension of liquidation instructions will 
remain in effect until further notice.
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    \13\ See Modification of Regulations Regarding the Practice of 
Accepting Bonds During the Provisional Measures Period in 
Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations, 76 FR 61042 
(October 3, 2011).
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    In a LTFV investigation with a companion countervailing duty (CVD) 
investigation, we normally adjust antidumping duty cash deposit rates 
by the amount of export subsidies, where appropriate. However, in this 
investigation, we made no adjustments to the PRC-wide entity's 
antidumping cash deposit rate of 68.27 percent because the Department 
made no findings in the companion CVD investigation that any of the 
subsidies in question are export subsidies.\14\
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    \14\ See Preliminary Decision Memorandum at 12-13 and Certain 
Carbon and Alloy Steel Cut-to-Length Plate from the People's 
Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty 
Determination (unpublished); see also Circular Welded Carbon-Quality 
Steel Pipe from Pakistan: Affirmative Preliminary Determination of 
Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final 
Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures, 81 FR 36867 
(June 8, 2016) and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum at 
page 13, unchanged in Circular Welded Carbon-Quality Steel Pipe from 
Pakistan: Final Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair 
Value, 81 FR 75028 (October 28, 2016).
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    Further, pursuant to section 777A(f) of the Act, we normally adjust 
cash deposit rates for estimated domestic subsidy pass-through, where 
appropriate. However, in this case, we continue to determine that there 
is no record evidence demonstrating that a domestic subsidy pass-
through adjustment is warranted.\15\ Thus, the Department has not made 
an adjustment to the antidumping duty cash deposit rates under section 
777A(f) of the Act.
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    \15\ See Preliminary Decision Memorandum at 12.
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International Trade Commission Notification

    In accordance with section 735(d) of the Act, we intend to notify 
the International Trade Commission (ITC) of the final affirmative 
determination of sales at LTFV. As the Department's final determination 
is affirmative, in accordance with section 735(b)(2) of the Act, the 
ITC will determine, within 45 days, whether the domestic industry in 
the United States is materially injured, or threatened with material 
injury, by reason of imports of CTL plate from the PRC, or sales (or 
the likelihood of sales) for importation, of CTL plate from the PRC. If 
the ITC determines that such injury does not exist, this proceeding 
will be terminated and all securities posted will be refunded or 
canceled. If the ITC determines that such injury does exist, the 
Department intends to issue an antidumping duty order directing CBP to 
assess, upon further instruction by the Department, antidumping duties 
on all imports of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption on or after the effective date of the 
suspension of liquidation.

Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders

    This notice will serve as a reminder to the parties subject to 
administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility 
concerning the disposition of propriety information disclosed under APO 
in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. Timely written notification of 
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 sanctionable violation.
    We intend to issue and publish this determination in accordance 
with sections 735(d) and 777(i)(1) of the Act.

    Dated: January 17, 2017.
Ronald K. Lorentzen,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I--Scope of the Investigation

    The products covered by this investigation are certain carbon 
and alloy steel hot-rolled or forged flat plate products not in 
coils, whether or not painted, varnished, or coated with plastics or 
other non-metallic substances (cut-to-length plate). Subject 
merchandise includes plate that is produced by being cut-to-length 
from coils or from other discrete length plate and plate that is 
rolled or forged into a discrete length. The products covered 
include (1) Universal mill plates (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, 
which are not in coils and without patterns in relief), and (2) hot-
rolled or forged flat steel products of a thickness of 4.75 mm or 
more and of a width which exceeds 150 mm and measures at least twice 
the thickness, and which are not in coils, whether or not with 
patterns in relief. The covered products described above may be 
rectangular, square, circular or other shapes and include products 
of either rectangular or non-rectangular cross-section where such 
non-rectangular cross-section is achieved subsequent to the rolling 
process, i.e., products which have been ``worked after rolling'' 
(e.g., products which have been beveled or rounded at the edges).
    For purposes of the width and thickness requirements referenced 
above, the following rules apply:
    (1) Except where otherwise stated where the nominal and actual 
thickness or width measurements vary, a product from a given subject 
country is within the scope if application of either the nominal or 
actual measurement would place it within the scope based on the 
definitions set forth above unless the product is already covered by 
an order existing on that specific country (e.g., Notice of the 
Antidumping Duty Order: Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat 
Products From the People's Republic of China, 66 FR 59561 (November 
29, 2001)); and
    (2) where the width and thickness vary for a specific product 
(e.g., the thickness of certain products with non-rectangular cross-
section, the width of certain products with non-rectangular shape, 
etc.), the measurement at its greatest width or thickness applies.
    Steel products included in the scope of this investigation are 
products in which: (1) Iron predominates, by weight, over each of 
the other contained elements; and (2) the carbon content is 2 
percent or less by weight.
    Subject merchandise includes cut-to-length plate that has been 
further processed in the subject country or a third country, 
including but not limited to pickling, oiling, levelling, annealing, 
tempering, temper rolling, skin passing, painting, varnishing, 
trimming, cutting, punching, beveling, and/or slitting, or any other 
processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the 
scope of the investigation if performed in the country of 
manufacture of the cut-to-length plate.
    All products that meet the written physical description, are 
within the scope of this investigation unless specifically excluded 
or covered by the scope of an existing order. The following products 
are outside of, and/or specifically excluded from, the scope of this 
investigation:
    (1) Products clad, plated, or coated with metal, whether or not 
painted, varnished or coated with plastic or other non-metallic 
substances;
    (2) military grade armor plate certified to one of the following 
specifications or to a specification that references and 
incorporates one of the following specifications:

 MIL-A-12560,
 MIL-DTL-12560H,
 MIL-DTL-12560J,
 MIL-DTL-12560K,
 MIL-DTL-32332,
 MIL-A-46100D,
 MIL-DTL-46100-E,
 MIL-46177C,
 MIL-S-16216K Grade HY80,
 MIL-S-16216K Grade HY100,
 MIL-S-24645A HSLA-80;
 MIL-S-24645A HSLA-100,
 T9074-BD-GIB-010/0300 Grade HY80,
 T9074-BD-GIB-010/0300 Grade HY100,
 T9074-BD-GIB-010/0300 Grade HSLA80,
 T9074-BD-GIB-010/0300 Grade HSLA100, and

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 T9074-BD-GIB-010/0300 Mod. Grade HSLA115,

except that any cut-to-length plate certified to one of the above 
specifications, or to a military grade armor specification that 
references and incorporates one of the above specifications, will 
not be excluded from the scope if it is also dual- or multiple-
certified to any other non-armor specification that otherwise would 
fall within the scope of this order;
    (3) stainless steel plate, containing 10.5 percent or more of 
chromium by weight and not more than 1.2 percent of carbon by 
weight;
    (4) CTL plate meeting the requirements of ASTM A-829, Grade E 
4340 that are over 305 mm in actual thickness;
    (5) Alloy forged and rolled CTL plate greater than or equal to 
152.4 mm in actual thickness meeting each of the following 
requirements:
    (a) Electric furnace melted, ladle refined & vacuum degassed and 
having a chemical 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 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.
    Excluded from the scope of the antidumping duty investigation on 
cut-to-length plate from the People's Republic of China are any 
products covered by the existing antidumping duty order on certain 
cut-to-length carbon steel plate from the People's Republic of 
China. See Suspension Agreement on Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon 
Steel Plate From the People's Republic of China; Termination of 
Suspension Agreement and Notice of Antidumping Duty Order, 68 FR 
60,081 (Dep't Commerce Oct. 21, 2003), as amended, Affirmative Final 
Determination of Circumvention of the Antidumping Duty Order on 
Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon Steel Plate From the People's Republic 
of China, 76 FR 50,996, 50,996-97 (Dep't of Commerce Aug. 17, 2011). 
On August 17, 2011, the U.S. Department of Commerce found that the 
order covered all imports of certain cut-to-length carbon steel 
plate products with 0.0008 percent or more boron, by weight, from 
China not meeting all of the following requirements: aluminum level 
of 0.02 percent or greater, by weight; a ratio of 3.4 to 1 or 
greater, by weight, of titanium to nitrogen; and a hardenability 
test (i.e., Jominy test) result indicating a boron factor of 1.8 or 
greater.
    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, 
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 Issues and Decision 
Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Discussion of the Issues
    Comment 1: Separate Rate Treatment of Tiangong
    Comment 2: Separate Rate Treatment of Jiangyin Special
IV. Recommendation

[FR Doc. 2017-01710 Filed 1-25-17; 8:45 am]
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