Dioctyl Terephthalate From the Republic of Korea: Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Negative Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances, and Postponement of Final Determination, 9195-9197 [2017-02250]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 22 / Friday, February 3, 2017 / Notices set forth at 19 CFR 351.218(d)(3). Note that certain information requirements differ for respondent and domestic parties. Also, note that the Department’s information requirements are distinct from the Commission’s information requirements. Consult the Department’s regulations for information regarding the Department’s conduct of Sunset Reviews. Consult the Department’s regulations at 19 CFR part 351 for definitions of terms and for other general information concerning antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings at the Department. This notice of initiation is being published in accordance with section 751(c) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218(c). Dated: January 27, 2017. Gary Taverman, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. [FR Doc. 2017–02343 Filed 2–1–17; 11:15 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–580–889] Dioctyl Terephthalate From the Republic of Korea: Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Negative Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances, and Postponement of Final Determination Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the ‘‘Department’’) preliminarily determines that dioctyl terephthalate (‘‘DOTP’’) from the Republic of Korea (‘‘Korea’’) is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (‘‘LTFV’’). The period of investigation (‘‘POI’’) is April 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016. The estimated weighted-average dumping margins of sales at LTFV are shown in the ‘‘Preliminary Determination’’ section of this notice. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Effective February 3, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurel LaCivita or Shanah Lee, AD/CVD Operations, Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–4243, (202) 482–6386, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Feb 02, 2017 Jkt 241001 Background The Department published the notice of initiation of this investigation on July 28, 2016.1 For a complete description of the events that followed the initiation of this investigation, see the memorandum that is dated concurrently with this determination and hereby adopted by this notice.2 A list of topics included in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix II to this notice. The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is made available to the public via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (‘‘ACCESS’’). ACCESS is available to registered users at https:// access.trade.gov, and 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 found at http:// enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Scope of the Investigation The product covered by this investigation is DOTP from Korea. For a full description of the scope of this investigation, see the ‘‘Scope of the Investigation,’’ in Appendix I. Scope Comments In accordance with the preamble to the Department’s regulations,3 the Initiation Notice set aside a period of time for parties to raise issues regarding product coverage (i.e., ‘‘scope’’).4 No interested party submitted comments on the scope of this investigation. Methodology The Department is conducting this investigation in accordance with section 731 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (‘‘the Act’’). There are two mandatory respondents participating in 1 See Dioctyl Terephthalate from the Republic of Korea: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigation, 81 FR 49628 (July 28, 2016) (‘‘Initiation Notice’’). 2 See Memorandum from Gary Taverman, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination in the Antidumping Duty Investigation of Dioctyl Terephthalate from the Republic of Korea,’’ dated concurrently with this notice (‘‘Preliminary Decision Memorandum’’). 3 See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997). 4 See Initiation Notice, 81 FR at 49629. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9195 this investigation: Aekyung Petrochemical Co., Ltd. (‘‘AKP’’) and LG Chem Ltd. (‘‘LG Chem’’). Export price and, where appropriate, constructed export price are calculated in accordance with section 772 of the Act. Normal value (‘‘NV’’) is calculated in accordance with section 773 of the Act. For a full description of the methodology underlying our preliminary conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Negative Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances On November 15, 2016, Eastman Chemical Company (‘‘Petitioner’’) filed a timely critical circumstances allegation, pursuant to section 733(e)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.206(c)(1), alleging that critical circumstances exist with respect to imports of DOTP.5 In accordance with 19 CFR 351.206(c)(2)(i), when a critical circumstances allegation is submitted more than 20 days before the scheduled date of the preliminary determination, the Department must issue a preliminary finding whether there is a reasonable basis to believe or suspect that critical circumstances exist no later than the date of the preliminary determination. Section 733(e)(1) of the Act provides that the Department will preliminarily determine that critical circumstances exist in a LTFV investigation if there is a reasonable basis to believe or suspect that: (A)(i) There is a history of dumping and material injury by reason of dumped imports in the United States or elsewhere of the subject merchandise, or (2) the person by whom, or for whose account, the merchandise was imported knew or should have known that the exporter was selling the subject merchandise at less than its fair value and that there was likely to be material injury by reason of such sales; and (B) there have been massive imports of the subject merchandise over a relatively short period. We have conducted an analysis of critical circumstances in accordance with section 733(e) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.206, and preliminarily determine that critical circumstances do not exist with regard to imports of DOTP from Korea. For a full description of this issue, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum at the section, ‘‘Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances.’’ 5 See letter from Petitioner, ‘‘Re: Dioctyl Terephthalate from Korea; Critical Circumstances Allegation,’’ dated November 15, 2016 (‘‘Critical Circumstances Allegation’’). E:\FR\FM\03FEN1.SGM 03FEN1 9196 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 22 / Friday, February 3, 2017 / Notices All-Others Rate Section 735(c)(5)(A) of the Act provides that the estimated ‘‘all-others’’ rate shall be an amount equal to the weighted average of the estimated weighted-average dumping margins established for exporters and producers individually investigated, excluding any zero or de minimis margins, and any margins determined entirely under section 776 of the Act. We calculated the all-others rate based on a weighted average of AKP and LG Chem’s publicly ranged total sales values.6 Preliminary Determination The Department preliminarily determines that DOTP from Korea is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at LTFV, pursuant to section 733 of the Act, and that the following estimated weighted-average dumping margins exist during the POI: Disclosure We intend to disclose the calculations performed to interested parties in this proceeding within five days of the public announcement of this preliminary determination in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). Verification As provided in section 782(i) of the Act, we intend to verify information relied upon in making our final determination. Weightedaverage dumping margins (percent) Public Comment Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. Case briefs or other written comments may be submitted to Aekyung Petrochemical Co., Ltd ..................................... 3.96 the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement LG Chem, Ltd ....................... 5.75 and Compliance no later than seven All Others .............................. 4.47 days after the date on which the final verification report is issued in this Suspension of Liquidation proceeding, and rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case briefs, may be In accordance with section 733(d)(2) submitted no later than five days after of the Act, we will direct U.S. Customs the deadline date for case briefs.7 and Border Protection (‘‘CBP’’) to Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and suspend liquidation of all entries of (d)(2), parties who submit case briefs or DOTP from Korea as described in rebuttal briefs in this proceeding are Appendix I of this notice, which are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, encouraged to submit with each argument: (1) A statement of the issue; for consumption on or after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal (2) a brief summary of the argument; and (3) a table of authorities. Register. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), Pursuant to section 733(d)(1)(B) of the interested parties who wish to request a Act and 19 CFR 351.205(d), we will hearing must submit a written request to instruct CBP to require a cash deposit the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement equal to the weighted-average amount and Compliance, U.S. Department of by which the NV exceeds U.S. price, as indicated in the chart above, as follows: Commerce within 30 days after the date (1) The rate for the mandatory of publication of this notice. Requests respondents listed above will be the should contain the party’s name, address, and telephone number, the 6 With two respondents, we normally calculate number of participants, and a list of the (A) a weighted-average of the dumping margins issues to be discussed. If a request for calculated for the mandatory respondents; (B) a a hearing is made, the Department simple average of the dumping margins calculated intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. for the mandatory respondents; and (C) a weightedaverage of the dumping margins calculated for the Department of Commerce, 1401 mandatory respondents using each company’s Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, publicly-ranged values for the merchandise under DC 20230, at a time and date to be consideration. We compare (B) and (C) to (A) and determined. Parties should confirm by select the rate closest to (A) as the most appropriate rate for all other companies. See Ball Bearings and telephone the date, time, and location of Parts Thereof From France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the hearing two days before the and the United Kingdom: Final Results of scheduled date. Antidumping Duty Administrative Reviews, Final Exporter/Producer asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES respondent-specific rates we determined in this preliminary determination; (2) if the exporter is not a mandatory respondent identified above, but the producer is, the rate will be the specific rate established for the producer of the subject merchandise; and (3) the rate for all other producers or exporters will be the all-others rate. These suspension-ofliquidation instructions will remain in effect until further notice. Results of Changed-Circumstances Review, and Revocation of an Order in Part, 75 FR 53661, 53663 (September 1, 2010). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Feb 02, 2017 Jkt 241001 7 See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general filing requirements). PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 All documents must be filed electronically using ACCESS. An electronically-filed request must be received successfully in its entirety by ACCESS by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures Section 735(a)(2) of the Act provides that a final determination may be postponed until not later than 135 days after the date of the publication of the preliminary determination if, in the event of an affirmative preliminary determination, a request for such postponement is made by exporters who account for a significant proportion of exports of the subject merchandise, or in the event of a negative preliminary determination, a request for such postponement is made by Petitioners. 19 CFR 351.210(e)(2) requires that requests by respondents for postponement of a final antidumping determination be accompanied by a request for extension of provisional measures from a fourmonth period to a period not more than six months in duration. On January 10, 2017, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.210(e), LG Chem, Ltd. requested that, contingent upon an affirmative preliminary determination of sales at LTFV for the respondents, the Department postpone the final determination and that provisional measures be extended from a fourmonth period to a period not to exceed six months.8 In accordance with section 735(a)(2)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(2)(ii), because (1) our preliminary determination is affirmative; (2) the requesting exporter accounts for a significant proportion of exports of the subject merchandise; and (3) no compelling reasons for denial exist, we are postponing the final determination and extending the provisional measures from a four-month period to a period not greater than six months. Accordingly, we will make our final determination no later than 135 days after the date of publication of this preliminary determination, pursuant to section 735(a)(2) of the Act. International Trade Commission (‘‘ITC’’) Notification In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, we are notifying the ITC of our affirmative preliminary determination of sales at LTFV. If our final determination is affirmative, the ITC will determine before the later of 120 days after the date of this preliminary determination or 45 8 See Letter from LG Chem, Ltd. ‘‘LG Chem’s Request for Extension of Final Determination and Provisional Measures,’’ dated January 10, 2017. E:\FR\FM\03FEN1.SGM 03FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 22 / Friday, February 3, 2017 / Notices days after our final determination whether these imports are materially injuring, or threaten material injury to, the U.S. industry.9 This determination is issued and published in accordance with sections 733(f) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c). Dated: January 26, 2017. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2017–02250 Filed 2–2–17; 8:45 am] Appendix I BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P Scope of the Investigation The merchandise covered by this investigation is dioctyl terephthalate (‘‘DOTP’’), regardless of form. DOTP that has been blended with other products is included within this scope when such blends include constituent parts that have not been chemically reacted with each other to produce a different product. For such blends, only the DOTP component of the mixture is covered by the scope of this investigation. DOTP that is otherwise subject to this investigation is not excluded when commingled with DOTP from sources not subject to this investigation. Commingled refers to the mixing of subject and nonsubject DOTP. Only the subject component of such commingled products is covered by the scope of the investigation. DOTP has the general chemical formulation C6H4(C8H17COO)2 and a chemical name of ‘‘bis (2-ethylhexyl) terephthalate’’ and has a Chemical Abstract Service (‘‘CAS’’) registry number of 6422–86– 2. Regardless of the label, all DOTP is covered by this investigation. Subject merchandise is currently classified under subheading 2917.39.2000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (‘‘HTSUS’’). Subject merchandise may also enter under subheadings 2917.39.7000 or 3812.20.1000 of the HTSUS. While the CAS registry number and HTSUS classification are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this investigation is dispositive. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Appendix II List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Period of Investigation IV. Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures V. Scope Comments VI. Selection of Respondents VII. Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances VIII. Discussion of Methodology A. Determination of the Comparison Period B. Results of the Differential Pricing Analysis IX. Product Comparisons X. Date of Sale XI. U.S. Price 9 See section 735(b)(2) of the Act. VerDate Sep<11>2014 A. Export Price B. Constructed Export Price C. Duty Drawback XII. Normal Value A. Comparison Mark Viability B. Affiliated-Party Transactions and Arm’sLength Test C. Level of Trade D. COP Analysis E. Calculation of NV Based on Comparison Market Prices XIII. Currency Conversion XIV. Conclusion 17:26 Feb 02, 2017 Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–549–820] Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand From Thailand: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2015 Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on prestressed concrete steel wire strand (PC strand) from Thailand. The period of review (POR) is January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015. The review covers one producer/exporter of the subject merchandise, The Siam Industrial Wire Co., Ltd. (SIW). We preliminarily determine that SIW did not make sales of subject merchandise at prices below normal value (NV). We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results. DATES: Effective February 3, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sergio Balbontin or Brian Smith, 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) 482–6478 or (202) 482–1677, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Scope of the Order The merchandise covered by the Order 1 is PC strand from Thailand. The product is currently classified under subheadings 7312.10.3010 and 7312.10.3012 of the Harmonized Tariff 1 See Notice of Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Antidumping Duty Order: Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand from Thailand, 69 FR 4111 (January 28, 2004) (Order). PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 9197 System of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of merchandise subject to the scope is dispositive.2 Methodology The Department is conducting this administrative review in accordance with section 751(a)(1)(B) and 751(a)(2) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Constructed export price is calculated in accordance with section 772 of the Act. NV is calculated in accordance with section 773 of the Act. For a full description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is made available to the public via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov, and is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be found at http:// enforcement.trade.gov/frn/index.html. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. A list of the topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is attached as an Appendix to this notice. Preliminary Results of Review As a result of this administrative review, we preliminarily determine that a weighted-average dumping margin of 0.00 percent exists for SIW for the POR. Verification As provided in section 782(i)(3) of the Act, we intend to verify information relied upon in the final results. Disclosure and Public Comment We intend to disclose the calculations performed for these preliminary results to the parties within five days of the 2 A full description of the scope of the Order is contained in the memorandum to Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, from Gary Taverman, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for Preliminary Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand from Thailand’’ (Preliminary Decision Memorandum), dated concurrently with these results and hereby adopted by this notice. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-580-889]


Dioctyl Terephthalate From the Republic of Korea: Affirmative 
Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Negative 
Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances, and Postponement 
of Final Determination

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the ``Department'') preliminarily 
determines that dioctyl terephthalate (``DOTP'') from the Republic of 
Korea (``Korea'') is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United 
States at less than fair value (``LTFV''). The period of investigation 
(``POI'') is April 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016. The estimated 
weighted-average dumping margins of sales at LTFV are shown in the 
``Preliminary Determination'' section of this notice. Interested 
parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination.

DATES: Effective February 3, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurel LaCivita or Shanah Lee, AD/CVD 
Operations, Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Ave. 
NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-4243, (202) 482-6386, 
respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Department published the notice of initiation of this 
investigation on July 28, 2016.\1\ For a complete description of the 
events that followed the initiation of this investigation, see the 
memorandum that is dated concurrently with this determination and 
hereby adopted by this notice.\2\ A list of topics included in the 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix II to this 
notice.
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    \1\ See Dioctyl Terephthalate from the Republic of Korea: 
Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigation, 81 FR 49628 (July 
28, 2016) (``Initiation Notice'').
    \2\ See Memorandum from Gary Taverman, Associate Deputy 
Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Operations, to Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for 
Enforcement and Compliance, ``Decision Memorandum for the 
Preliminary Determination in the Antidumping Duty Investigation of 
Dioctyl Terephthalate from the Republic of Korea,'' dated 
concurrently with this notice (``Preliminary Decision Memorandum'').
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    The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is 
made available to the public via Enforcement and Compliance's 
Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service 
System (``ACCESS''). ACCESS is available to registered users at https://access.trade.gov, and 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 found at 
http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum and the electronic version of the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum are identical in content.

Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is DOTP from Korea. For a 
full description of the scope of this investigation, see the ``Scope of 
the Investigation,'' in Appendix I.

Scope Comments

    In accordance with the preamble to the Department's regulations,\3\ 
the Initiation Notice set aside a period of time for parties to raise 
issues regarding product coverage (i.e., ``scope'').\4\ No interested 
party submitted comments on the scope of this investigation.
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    \3\ See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, 62 FR 27296, 
27323 (May 19, 1997).
    \4\ See Initiation Notice, 81 FR at 49629.
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Methodology

    The Department is conducting this investigation in accordance with 
section 731 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (``the Act''). There 
are two mandatory respondents participating in this investigation: 
Aekyung Petrochemical Co., Ltd. (``AKP'') and LG Chem Ltd. (``LG 
Chem''). Export price and, where appropriate, constructed export price 
are calculated in accordance with section 772 of the Act. Normal value 
(``NV'') is calculated in accordance with section 773 of the Act. For a 
full description of the methodology underlying our preliminary 
conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.

Negative Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances

    On November 15, 2016, Eastman Chemical Company (``Petitioner'') 
filed a timely critical circumstances allegation, pursuant to section 
733(e)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.206(c)(1), alleging that critical 
circumstances exist with respect to imports of DOTP.\5\ In accordance 
with 19 CFR 351.206(c)(2)(i), when a critical circumstances allegation 
is submitted more than 20 days before the scheduled date of the 
preliminary determination, the Department must issue a preliminary 
finding whether there is a reasonable basis to believe or suspect that 
critical circumstances exist no later than the date of the preliminary 
determination. Section 733(e)(1) of the Act provides that the 
Department will preliminarily determine that critical circumstances 
exist in a LTFV investigation if there is a reasonable basis to believe 
or suspect that: (A)(i) There is a history of dumping and material 
injury by reason of dumped imports in the United States or elsewhere of 
the subject merchandise, or (2) the person by whom, or for whose 
account, the merchandise was imported knew or should have known that 
the exporter was selling the subject merchandise at less than its fair 
value and that there was likely to be material injury by reason of such 
sales; and (B) there have been massive imports of the subject 
merchandise over a relatively short period. We have conducted an 
analysis of critical circumstances in accordance with section 733(e) of 
the Act and 19 CFR 351.206, and preliminarily determine that critical 
circumstances do not exist with regard to imports of DOTP from Korea. 
For a full description of this issue, see the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum at the section, ``Preliminary Determination of Critical 
Circumstances.''
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    \5\ See letter from Petitioner, ``Re: Dioctyl Terephthalate from 
Korea; Critical Circumstances Allegation,'' dated November 15, 2016 
(``Critical Circumstances Allegation'').

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All-Others Rate

    Section 735(c)(5)(A) of the Act provides that the estimated ``all-
others'' rate shall be an amount equal to the weighted average of the 
estimated weighted-average dumping margins established for exporters 
and producers individually investigated, excluding any zero or de 
minimis margins, and any margins determined entirely under section 776 
of the Act.
    We calculated the all-others rate based on a weighted average of 
AKP and LG Chem's publicly ranged total sales values.\6\
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    \6\ With two respondents, we normally calculate (A) a weighted-
average of the dumping margins calculated for the mandatory 
respondents; (B) a simple average of the dumping margins calculated 
for the mandatory respondents; and (C) a weighted-average of the 
dumping margins calculated for the mandatory respondents using each 
company's publicly-ranged values for the merchandise under 
consideration. We compare (B) and (C) to (A) and select the rate 
closest to (A) as the most appropriate rate for all other companies. 
See Ball Bearings and Parts Thereof From France, Germany, Italy, 
Japan, and the United Kingdom: Final Results of Antidumping Duty 
Administrative Reviews, Final Results of Changed-Circumstances 
Review, and Revocation of an Order in Part, 75 FR 53661, 53663 
(September 1, 2010).
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Preliminary Determination

    The Department preliminarily determines that DOTP from Korea is 
being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at LTFV, pursuant 
to section 733 of the Act, and that the following estimated weighted-
average dumping margins exist during the POI:

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                    Exporter/Producer                         dumping
                                                              margins
                                                             (percent)
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Aekyung Petrochemical Co., Ltd..........................            3.96
LG Chem, Ltd............................................            5.75
All Others..............................................            4.47
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Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 733(d)(2) of the Act, we will direct 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') to suspend liquidation of 
all entries of DOTP from Korea as described in Appendix I of this 
notice, which are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption 
on or after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register.
    Pursuant to section 733(d)(1)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(d), 
we will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit equal to the weighted-
average amount by which the NV exceeds U.S. price, as indicated in the 
chart above, as follows: (1) The rate for the mandatory respondents 
listed above will be the respondent-specific rates we determined in 
this preliminary determination; (2) if the exporter is not a mandatory 
respondent identified above, but the producer is, the rate will be the 
specific rate established for the producer of the subject merchandise; 
and (3) the rate for all other producers or exporters will be the all-
others rate. These suspension-of-liquidation instructions will remain 
in effect until further notice.

Disclosure

    We intend to disclose the calculations performed to interested 
parties in this proceeding within five days of the public announcement 
of this preliminary determination in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).

Verification

    As provided in section 782(i) of the Act, we intend to verify 
information relied upon in making our final determination.

Public Comment

    Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary 
determination. Case briefs or other written comments may be submitted 
to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance no later than 
seven days after the date on which the final verification report is 
issued in this proceeding, and rebuttal briefs, limited to issues 
raised in case briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after 
the deadline date for case briefs.\7\ Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) 
and (d)(2), parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this 
proceeding are encouraged to submit with each argument: (1) A statement 
of the issue; (2) a brief summary of the argument; and (3) a table of 
authorities.
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    \7\ See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general 
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    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to 
request a hearing must submit a written request to the Assistant 
Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce 
within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. Requests 
should contain the party's name, address, and telephone number, the 
number of participants, and a list of the issues to be discussed. If a 
request for a hearing is made, the Department intends to hold the 
hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue 
NW., Washington, DC 20230, at a time and date to be determined. Parties 
should confirm by telephone the date, time, and location of the hearing 
two days before the scheduled date.
    All documents must be filed electronically using ACCESS. An 
electronically-filed request must be received successfully in its 
entirety by ACCESS by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional 
Measures

    Section 735(a)(2) of the Act provides that a final determination 
may be postponed until not later than 135 days after the date of the 
publication of the preliminary determination if, in the event of an 
affirmative preliminary determination, a request for such postponement 
is made by exporters who account for a significant proportion of 
exports of the subject merchandise, or in the event of a negative 
preliminary determination, a request for such postponement is made by 
Petitioners. 19 CFR 351.210(e)(2) requires that requests by respondents 
for postponement of a final antidumping determination be accompanied by 
a request for extension of provisional measures from a four-month 
period to a period not more than six months in duration.
    On January 10, 2017, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.210(e), LG Chem, Ltd. 
requested that, contingent upon an affirmative preliminary 
determination of sales at LTFV for the respondents, the Department 
postpone the final determination and that provisional measures be 
extended from a four-month period to a period not to exceed six 
months.\8\
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    \8\ See Letter from LG Chem, Ltd. ``LG Chem's Request for 
Extension of Final Determination and Provisional Measures,'' dated 
January 10, 2017.
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    In accordance with section 735(a)(2)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.210(b)(2)(ii), because (1) our preliminary determination is 
affirmative; (2) the requesting exporter accounts for a significant 
proportion of exports of the subject merchandise; and (3) no compelling 
reasons for denial exist, we are postponing the final determination and 
extending the provisional measures from a four-month period to a period 
not greater than six months. Accordingly, we will make our final 
determination no later than 135 days after the date of publication of 
this preliminary determination, pursuant to section 735(a)(2) of the 
Act.

International Trade Commission (``ITC'') Notification

    In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, we are notifying the 
ITC of our affirmative preliminary determination of sales at LTFV. If 
our final determination is affirmative, the ITC will determine before 
the later of 120 days after the date of this preliminary determination 
or 45

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days after our final determination whether these imports are materially 
injuring, or threaten material injury to, the U.S. industry.\9\
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    \9\ See section 735(b)(2) of the Act.
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    This determination is issued and published in accordance with 
sections 733(f) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c).

    Dated: January 26, 2017.
Ronald K. Lorentzen,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I

Scope of the Investigation

    The merchandise covered by this investigation is dioctyl 
terephthalate (``DOTP''), regardless of form. DOTP that has been 
blended with other products is included within this scope when such 
blends include constituent parts that have not been chemically 
reacted with each other to produce a different product. For such 
blends, only the DOTP component of the mixture is covered by the 
scope of this investigation.
    DOTP that is otherwise subject to this investigation is not 
excluded when commingled with DOTP from sources not subject to this 
investigation. Commingled refers to the mixing of subject and non-
subject DOTP. Only the subject component of such commingled products 
is covered by the scope of the investigation.
    DOTP has the general chemical formulation 
C6H4(C8H17COO)2
 and a chemical name of ``bis (2-ethylhexyl) terephthalate'' and has 
a Chemical Abstract Service (``CAS'') registry number of 6422-86-2. 
Regardless of the label, all DOTP is covered by this investigation.
    Subject merchandise is currently classified under subheading 
2917.39.2000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
(``HTSUS''). Subject merchandise may also enter under subheadings 
2917.39.7000 or 3812.20.1000 of the HTSUS. While the CAS registry 
number and HTSUS classification are provided for convenience and 
customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this 
investigation is dispositive.

Appendix II

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Period of Investigation
IV. Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional 
Measures
V. Scope Comments
VI. Selection of Respondents
VII. Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances
VIII. Discussion of Methodology
    A. Determination of the Comparison Period
    B. Results of the Differential Pricing Analysis
IX. Product Comparisons
X. Date of Sale
XI. U.S. Price
    A. Export Price
    B. Constructed Export Price
    C. Duty Drawback
XII. Normal Value
    A. Comparison Mark Viability
    B. Affiliated-Party Transactions and Arm's-Length Test
    C. Level of Trade
    D. COP Analysis
    E. Calculation of NV Based on Comparison Market Prices
XIII. Currency Conversion
XIV. Conclusion

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