Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bar From Japan: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 12796-12798 [2017-04415]

Download as PDF 12796 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 43 / Tuesday, March 7, 2017 / Notices transactions. In addition, the Department will calculate an estimated ad valorem importer-specific assessment rate to determine whether this rate is de minimis, however, the Department will direct CBP to assess importer-specific assessment rates based on the resulting per-unit rates.15 Where an importer-specific ad valorem assessment rate is not zero or de minimis, the Department will instruct CBP to collect the appropriate duties at the time of liquidation. Where either the respondent’s weighted average dumping margin is zero or de minimis, or an importer-specific ad valorem assessment rate is zero or de minimis, the Department will instruct CBP to liquidate appropriate entries without regard to antidumping duties.16 Pursuant to Departmental practice, for entries that were not reported in the U.S. sales database submitted by an exporter individually examined during this review, the Department will instruct CBP to liquidate such entries at the rate for the PRC-wide entity.17 Because no party requested a review of the PRC-wide entity, the entity is not under review and the entity’s rate (i.e., 165.04 percent) is not subject to change.18 Additionally, if the Department determines that an exporter under review had no shipments of the subject merchandise, any suspended entries that entered under that exporter’s CBP case number will be liquidated at the rate for the PRC-wide entity. In accordance with section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act, the final results of this review shall be the basis for the assessment of antidumping duties on entries of merchandise covered by the final results of this review and for future deposits of estimated antidumping duties, where applicable. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Cash Deposit Requirements The Department will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit for antidumping duties equal to the weighted-average amount by which the normal value exceeds U.S. price. The following cash deposit requirements will be effective for shipments of the subject merchandise from the PRC entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication 15 Id. 16 See Final Modification, 77 FR at 8103. Non-Market Economy Antidumping Proceedings: Assessment of Antidumping Duties, 76 FR 65694 (October 24, 2011), for a full discussion of this practice. 18 See Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products From the People’s Republic of China: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 79 FR 76970 (December 23, 2014). 17 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:01 Mar 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 date of this notice, as provided by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) For the exporters listed above, the cash deposit rate will be equal to the weighted-average dumping margin established in the final results of this review (except, if the rate is de minimis (i.e., less than 0.5 percent), then the cash deposit rate will be zero for that exporter); (2) for previously investigated or reviewed PRC and non-PRC exporters not listed above that have separate rates, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the exporter-specific rate published for the most recently completed segment of this proceeding; (3) for all PRC exporters of subject merchandise which have not been found to be entitled to a separate rate, the cash deposit rate will be the rate for the PRC-wide entity (i.e., 165.04 percent) 19 and (4) for all non-PRC exporters of subject merchandise that have not received their own rate, the cash deposit rate will be the rate applicable to the PRC exporter that supplied that non-PRC exporter. These deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice. Notification to Importers This notice also serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties and/or countervailing duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this POR. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Department’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties and/or countervailing duties has occurred, and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties and/or increase the amount of antidumping duties by the amount of the countervailing duties. Notification to Interested Parties We are issuing and publishing these results in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213 and 351.221(b)(4). Dated: February 28, 2017. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix—List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum 1. Summary 2. Background 3. Period of Review 4. Extension of Preliminary Results 5. Scope of the Order 19 See PO 00000 Final Determination at 76973. Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6. Preliminary Determination of No Shipments 7. Selection of Respondents 8. Single Entity Treatment 9. Discussion of the Methodology a. Non-Market Economy Country b. Separate Rates c. Rate for Non-Examined, Separate Rate Respondents d. Application of Facts Available e. Surrogate Country Selection f. Date of Sale g. Fair Value Comparisons h. U.S. Price i. Normal Value j. Adjustments for Countervailable Subsidies k. Currency Conversion 10. Recommendation [FR Doc. 2017–04420 Filed 3–6–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–588–876] Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bar From Japan: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that steel concrete reinforcing bar (rebar) from Japan is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016. The estimated dumping margins of sales at LTFV are listed in the ‘‘Preliminary Determination’’ section of this notice. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Effective March 7, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Lindgren, AD/CVD Operations, Office VII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–3870. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 733(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). The Department published the notice of initiation of this investigation on October 18, 2016.1 For a complete 1 See Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bar From Japan, Taiwan and the Republic of Turkey: Initiation of E:\FR\FM\07MRN1.SGM 07MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 43 / Tuesday, March 7, 2017 / Notices description of the events that followed the initiation of this investigation, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, 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 on file electronically 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 accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/ frn/. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic version are identical in content. Scope of the Investigation The product covered by this investigation is rebar from Japan. For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see 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 commented on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. However, because the investigation pertains to rebar from Japan, the Department preliminarily modified the scope language as it appeared in the Initiation Notice to remove the language pertaining to the scope of the countervailing duty investigation of rebar from Turkey. See the scope in Appendix I to this notice. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Methodology The Department is conducting this investigation in accordance with section 731 of the Act. Both mandatory respondents, Jonan Steel Corporation (Jonan) and Kyoei Steel Ltd. (Kyoei), failed to participate in this investigation by not responding to the Deparment’s Less-Than-Fair Value Investigations, 81 FR 71697 (October 18, 2016) (Initiation Notice). 2 See Memorandum, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination in the Less-ThanFair-Value Investigation of Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bar From Japan’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). 3 See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties; Final Rule, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997). 4 See Initiation Notice. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:01 Mar 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 initial questionnaire.5 As a result, pursuant to section 776(a) and (b) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.308, the Department has preliminarily relied upon facts otherwise available, with adverse inferences, to assign an estimated weighted-average dumping margin to the Jonan and Kyoei. For a full description of the methodology underlying our preliminary conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. full description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Preliminary Determination The Department preliminarily determines that rebar from Japan 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 weighted-average dumping margins exist: All-Others Rate Sections 733(d)(1)(A)(ii) and 735(c)(5)(A) of the Act provide that, in the preliminary determination, the Department shall determine an estimated all-others rate for all exporters and producers not individually investigated, which 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 and de minimis margins, and any margins determined entirely under section 776 of the Act. Pursuant to section 735(c)(5)(B) of the Act, if the estimated weighted-average dumping margins established for all exporters and producers individually examined are zero, de minimis or determined based entirely under section 776 of the Act, the Department may use any reasonable method to establish the estimated dumping margin for all other producers or exporters. As noted above, we determined the dumping margin for the individually examined companies Jonan and Kyoei under section 776 of the Act. Consequently, the only available dumping margins for this preliminary determination are found in the petition and are margins upon which we initiated this investigation. Pursuant to section 735(c)(5)(B) of the Act, the Department’s practice under these circumstances has been to calculate the ‘‘all-others’’’ rate as a simple average of these margins from the petition.6 For a 5 See Preliminary Decision Memorandum. e.g., Notice of Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Sodium Nitrite From the Federal Republic of Germany, 73 FR 21909, 21912 (April 23, 2008), unchanged in Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Sodium Nitrite From the Federal Republic of Germany, 73 FR 38986, 38987 (July 8, 2008), and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comment 2; see also Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Raw Flexible Magnets From Taiwan, 73 FR 39673, 39674 (July 10, 2008); Steel Threaded Rod From Thailand: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances, 78 FR 79670, 79671 (December 31, 2013), unchanged in Steel Threaded Rod From Thailand: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and 6 See, PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12797 Exporter/producer Jonan Steel Corporation ............. Kyoei Steel Ltd ........................... All-Others .................................... Weightedaverage dumping margin (percent) 209.46 209.46 206.43 Suspension of Liquidation In accordance with section 733(d)(2) of the Act, the Department will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of all entries of subject merchandise as described in the ‘‘scope of the investigation’’ section of this notice entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register, as discussed below.7 Further, pursuant to section 733(d)(1)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(d), the Department will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit equal to the dumping margins, 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. This suspension of liquidation instruction will remain in effect until further notice.8 Disclosure Normally, the Department discloses to interested parties the calculations performed in connection with a preliminary determination within five days of its public announcement or, if Affirmative Final Determination of Critical Circumstances, 79 FR 14476, 14477 (March 14, 2014). 7 See Appendix I. 8 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). E:\FR\FM\07MRN1.SGM 07MRN1 12798 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 43 / Tuesday, March 7, 2017 / Notices there is no public announcement, within five days of the date of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). However, because the Department preliminarily applied AFA to both Jonan and Kyoei, in accordance with section 776 of the Act, there are no calculations to disclose. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Verification Because the mandatory respondents in this investigation did not provide information requested by the Department and the Department preliminarily determines each of the mandatory respondents to have been uncooperative, verification will not be conducted. 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 30 days after the date of publication of this notice, 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.9 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. All documents must be filed electronically using ACCESS. An electronically filed document must be received successfully in its entirety by ACCESS by 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the date the document is due. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to request a hearing, limited to issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs, 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.10 Requests should contain the party’s name, address, and telephone number, the number of participants, whether any participant is a foreign national, 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 20230,11 at a time and 9 See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general filing requirements). 10 See 19 CFR 351.310(c). 11 Id. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:01 Mar 06, 2017 Jkt 241001 date to be determined. Parties should confirm by telephone the date, time, and location of the hearing two days before the scheduled date. Final Determination In accordance with Section 735(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(1), we will make the final determination no later than 75 days after the signature date of this preliminary determination. International Trade Commission Notification In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, we are notifying the International Trade Commission (ITC) of our preliminary determination. 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 days after our final determination whether these imports are materially injuring, or threaten material injury to, the U.S. industry. 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: February 28, 2017. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I Scope of the Investigation The merchandise subject to this investigation is steel concrete reinforcing bar imported in either straight length or coil form (rebar) regardless of metallurgy, length, diameter, or grade or lack thereof. Subject merchandise includes deformed steel wire with bar markings (e.g., mill mark, size, or grade) and which has been subjected to an elongation test. The subject merchandise includes rebar that has been further processed in the subject country or a third country, including but not limited to cutting, grinding, galvanizing, painting, coating, 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 rebar. Specifically excluded are plain rounds (i.e., nondeformed or smooth rebar). Also excluded from the scope is deformed steel wire meeting ASTM A1064/A1064M with no bar markings (e.g., mill mark, size, or grade) and without being subject to an elongation test. The subject merchandise is classifiable in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) primarily under item numbers 7213.10.0000, 7214.20.0000, and 7228.30.8010. The subject merchandise may also enter under other HTSUS numbers including 7215.90.1000, 7215.90.5000, 7221.00.0017, 7221.00.0018, 7221.00.0030, 7221.00.0045, 7222.11.0001, 7222.11.0057, 7222.11.0059, 7222.30.0001, 7227.20.0080, PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7227.90.6030, 7227.90.6035, 7227.90.6040, 7228.20.1000, and 7228.60.6000. HTSUS numbers are provided for convenience and customs purposes; however, the written description of the scope remains dispositive. Appendix II List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Period of Investigation IV. Scope of the Investigation V. Use of Facts Available with Adverse Inferences A. Application of Facts Available B. Use of Adverse Inferences C. Selection and Corroboration of the AFA Rate VI. All-Others Rate VII. Verification VIII. Conclusion [FR Doc. 2017–04415 Filed 3–6–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–580–810 and A–583–815] Welded ASTM A–312 Stainless Steel Pipe From South Korea and Taiwan: Final Results of the Expedited Fourth Sunset Reviews of the Antidumping Duty Orders Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Effective March 7, 2017. SUMMARY: As a result of these sunset reviews, the Department of Commerce (the Department) finds that revocation of the antidumping duty orders on welded ASTM A–312 stainless steel pipe from South Korea and Taiwan would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping. The magnitude of the dumping margins likely to prevail is indicated in the ‘‘Final Results of Sunset Review’’ section of this notice. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacqueline Arrowsmith, AD/CVD Operations, Office VII, Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482–5255. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background The antidumping duty orders on welded ASTM A–312 stainless steel pipe from South Korea and Taiwan were published on December 30, 1992.1 On 1 See Antidumping Duty Order and Clarification of Final Determination: Certain Welded Stainless E:\FR\FM\07MRN1.SGM 07MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 43 (Tuesday, March 7, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 12796-12798]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-588-876]


Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bar From Japan: Preliminary 
Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily 
determines that steel concrete reinforcing bar (rebar) from Japan is 
being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair 
value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is July 1, 2015, 
through June 30, 2016. The estimated dumping margins of sales at LTFV 
are listed in the ``Preliminary Determination'' section of this notice. 
Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary 
determination.

DATES: Effective March 7, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Lindgren, AD/CVD Operations, 
Office VII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue 
NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3870.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 
733(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). The Department 
published the notice of initiation of this investigation on October 18, 
2016.\1\ For a complete

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description of the events that followed the initiation of this 
investigation, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, 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 on file electronically 
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 accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic 
version are identical in content.
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    \1\ See Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bar From Japan, Taiwan and 
the Republic of Turkey: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair Value 
Investigations, 81 FR 71697 (October 18, 2016) (Initiation Notice).
    \2\ See Memorandum, ``Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary 
Determination in the Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigation of Steel 
Concrete Reinforcing Bar From Japan'' dated concurrently with, and 
hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum).
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Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is rebar from Japan. For 
a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see 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 
commented on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in the 
Initiation Notice. However, because the investigation pertains to rebar 
from Japan, the Department preliminarily modified the scope language as 
it appeared in the Initiation Notice to remove the language pertaining 
to the scope of the countervailing duty investigation of rebar from 
Turkey. See the scope in Appendix I to this notice.
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    \3\ See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties; Final Rule, 
62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997).
    \4\ See Initiation Notice.
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Methodology

    The Department is conducting this investigation in accordance with 
section 731 of the Act. Both mandatory respondents, Jonan Steel 
Corporation (Jonan) and Kyoei Steel Ltd. (Kyoei), failed to participate 
in this investigation by not responding to the Deparment's initial 
questionnaire.\5\ As a result, pursuant to section 776(a) and (b) of 
the Act and 19 CFR 351.308, the Department has preliminarily relied 
upon facts otherwise available, with adverse inferences, to assign an 
estimated weighted-average dumping margin to the Jonan and Kyoei. For a 
full description of the methodology underlying our preliminary 
conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
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    \5\ See Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
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All-Others Rate

    Sections 733(d)(1)(A)(ii) and 735(c)(5)(A) of the Act provide that, 
in the preliminary determination, the Department shall determine an 
estimated all-others rate for all exporters and producers not 
individually investigated, which 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 and de minimis margins, and any margins determined 
entirely under section 776 of the Act.
    Pursuant to section 735(c)(5)(B) of the Act, if the estimated 
weighted-average dumping margins established for all exporters and 
producers individually examined are zero, de minimis or determined 
based entirely under section 776 of the Act, the Department may use any 
reasonable method to establish the estimated dumping margin for all 
other producers or exporters.
    As noted above, we determined the dumping margin for the 
individually examined companies Jonan and Kyoei under section 776 of 
the Act. Consequently, the only available dumping margins for this 
preliminary determination are found in the petition and are margins 
upon which we initiated this investigation. Pursuant to section 
735(c)(5)(B) of the Act, the Department's practice under these 
circumstances has been to calculate the ``all-others''' rate as a 
simple average of these margins from the petition.\6\ For a full 
description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
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    \6\ See, e.g., Notice of Preliminary Determination of Sales at 
Less Than Fair Value: Sodium Nitrite From the Federal Republic of 
Germany, 73 FR 21909, 21912 (April 23, 2008), unchanged in Notice of 
Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Sodium Nitrite 
From the Federal Republic of Germany, 73 FR 38986, 38987 (July 8, 
2008), and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comment 2; 
see also Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair 
Value: Raw Flexible Magnets From Taiwan, 73 FR 39673, 39674 (July 
10, 2008); Steel Threaded Rod From Thailand: Preliminary 
Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Affirmative 
Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances, 78 FR 79670, 
79671 (December 31, 2013), unchanged in Steel Threaded Rod From 
Thailand: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and 
Affirmative Final Determination of Critical Circumstances, 79 FR 
14476, 14477 (March 14, 2014).
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Preliminary Determination

    The Department preliminarily determines that rebar from Japan 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 weighted-average 
dumping margins exist:

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                                                                average
                      Exporter/producer                         dumping
                                                                margin
                                                               (percent)
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Jonan Steel Corporation.....................................      209.46
Kyoei Steel Ltd.............................................      209.46
All-Others..................................................      206.43
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Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 733(d)(2) of the Act, the Department 
will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend 
liquidation of all entries of subject merchandise as described in the 
``scope of the investigation'' section of this notice entered, or 
withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of 
publication of this notice in the Federal Register, as discussed 
below.\7\ Further, pursuant to section 733(d)(1)(B) of the Act and 19 
CFR 351.205(d), the Department will instruct CBP to require a cash 
deposit equal to the dumping margins, 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. This suspension of liquidation instruction will remain 
in effect until further notice.\8\
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    \7\ See Appendix I.
    \8\ 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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Disclosure

    Normally, the Department discloses to interested parties the 
calculations performed in connection with a preliminary determination 
within five days of its public announcement or, if

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there is no public announcement, within five days of the date of 
publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). 
However, because the Department preliminarily applied AFA to both Jonan 
and Kyoei, in accordance with section 776 of the Act, there are no 
calculations to disclose.

Verification

    Because the mandatory respondents in this investigation did not 
provide information requested by the Department and the Department 
preliminarily determines each of the mandatory respondents to have been 
uncooperative, verification will not be conducted.

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 
30 days after the date of publication of this notice, 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.\9\ 
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. All documents must be 
filed electronically using ACCESS. An electronically filed document 
must be received successfully in its entirety by ACCESS by 5 p.m. 
Eastern Standard Time on the date the document is due.
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    \9\ See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general 
filing requirements).
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    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to 
request a hearing, limited to issues raised in the case and rebuttal 
briefs, 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.\10\ Requests should 
contain the party's name, address, and telephone number, the number of 
participants, whether any participant is a foreign national, 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,\11\ 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.
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    \10\ See 19 CFR 351.310(c).
    \11\ Id.
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Final Determination

    In accordance with Section 735(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.210(b)(1), we will make the final determination no later than 75 
days after the signature date of this preliminary determination.

International Trade Commission Notification

    In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, we are notifying the 
International Trade Commission (ITC) of our preliminary determination. 
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 days after our final determination whether these 
imports are materially injuring, or threaten material injury to, the 
U.S. industry.
    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: February 28, 2017.
Ronald K. Lorentzen,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I

Scope of the Investigation

    The merchandise subject to this investigation is steel concrete 
reinforcing bar imported in either straight length or coil form 
(rebar) regardless of metallurgy, length, diameter, or grade or lack 
thereof. Subject merchandise includes deformed steel wire with bar 
markings (e.g., mill mark, size, or grade) and which has been 
subjected to an elongation test.
    The subject merchandise includes rebar that has been further 
processed in the subject country or a third country, including but 
not limited to cutting, grinding, galvanizing, painting, coating, 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 rebar.
    Specifically excluded are plain rounds (i.e., nondeformed or 
smooth rebar). Also excluded from the scope is deformed steel wire 
meeting ASTM A1064/A1064M with no bar markings (e.g., mill mark, 
size, or grade) and without being subject to an elongation test.
    The subject merchandise is classifiable in the Harmonized Tariff 
Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) primarily under item numbers 
7213.10.0000, 7214.20.0000, and 7228.30.8010. The subject 
merchandise may also enter under other HTSUS numbers including 
7215.90.1000, 7215.90.5000, 7221.00.0017, 7221.00.0018, 
7221.00.0030, 7221.00.0045, 7222.11.0001, 7222.11.0057, 
7222.11.0059, 7222.30.0001, 7227.20.0080, 7227.90.6030, 
7227.90.6035, 7227.90.6040, 7228.20.1000, and 7228.60.6000.
    HTSUS numbers are provided for convenience and customs purposes; 
however, the written description of the scope remains dispositive.

Appendix II

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Period of Investigation
IV. Scope of the Investigation
V. Use of Facts Available with Adverse Inferences
    A. Application of Facts Available
    B. Use of Adverse Inferences
    C. Selection and Corroboration of the AFA Rate
VI. All-Others Rate
VII. Verification
VIII. Conclusion

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