Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Court Decision Not in Harmony With Amended Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, 52276-52277 [2017-24516]

Download as PDF 52276 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 217 / Monday, November 13, 2017 / Notices purposes. The written product description remains dispositive.7 Scope of the Orders Large Diameter Pipe From Japan The products covered by this order are large diameter seamless carbon and alloy (other than stainless) steel standard, line, and pressure pipes. The seamless pipes subject to this order are currently classifiable under the subheadings 7304.10.10.30, 7304.10.10.45, 7304.10.10.60, 7304.10.50.50, 7304.19.10.30, 7304.19.10.45, 7304.19.10.60, 7304.19.50.50, 7304.31.60.10, 7304.31.60.50, 7304.39.00.04, 7304.39.00.06, 7304.39.00.08, 7304.39.00.36, 7304.39.00.40, 7304.39.00.44, 7304.39.00.48, 7304.39.00.52, 7304.39.00.56, 7304.39.00.62, 7304.39.00.68, 7304.39.00.72, 7304.51.50.15, 7304.51.50.45, 7304.51.50.60, 7304.59.20.30, 7304.59.20.55, 7304.59.20.60, 7304.59.20.70, 7304.59.60.00, 7304.59.80.30, 7304.59.80.35, 7304.59.80.40, 7304.59.80.45, 7304.59.80.50, 7304.59.80.55, 7304.59.80.60, 7304.59.80.65, and 7304.59.80.70 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). The HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and customs purposes. The written product description remains dispositive.6 Small Diameter Pipe From Japan and Romania asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES The products covered by these orders include small diameter seamless carbon and alloy (other than stainless) steel standard, line, and pressure pipes and redraw hollows. The seamless pipes subject to these orders are currently classifiable under the subheadings 7304.10.10.20, 7304.10.50.20, 7304.19.10.20, 7304.19.50.20, 7304.31.30.00, 7304.31.60.50, 7304.39.00.16, 7304.39.00.20, 7304.39.00.24, 7304.39.00.28, 7304.39.00.32, 7304.51.50.05, 7304.51.50.60, 7304.59.60.00, 7304.59.80.10, 7304.59.80.15, 7304.59.80.20, and 7304.59.80.25 of the HTSUS. The HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and customs Pressure Pipe from Japan and Romania, Investigation Nos. 731–TA–847 and 849 (Third Review). 6 A full description of the scope of the order is contained in the Memorandum, ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Results of the Expedited Third Sunset Reviews of the Antidumping Duty Orders on Certain Large Diameter Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard, Line and Pressure Pipe from Japan (A–588–850), Certain Small Diameter Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard, Line and Pressure Pipe from Japan (A– 588–851) and Romania (A–485–805),’’ dated December 15, 2016. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:38 Nov 09, 2017 Jkt 244001 Continuation of the Orders As a result of these determinations by the Department and the USITC that revocation of the antidumping duty orders would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping and material injury to an industry in the United States, pursuant to section 751(d)(2) of the Act, the Department hereby orders the continuation of the antidumping orders on large diameter pipe from Japan and small diameter pipe from Japan and Romania. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will continue to collect antidumping duty cash deposits at the rates in effect at the time of entry for all imports of subject merchandise. The effective date of the continuation of these orders will be the date of publication in the Federal Register of this notice of continuation. Pursuant to section 751(c)(2) of the Act, the Department intends to initiate the next five-year review of the orders not later than 30 days prior to the fifth anniversary of the effective date of continuation. These five-year (sunset) reviews and this notice are in accordance with section 751(c) of the Act and published pursuant to section 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: November 6, 2017. Gary Taverman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, Performing the Non-exclusive Functions and Duties of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2017–24515 Filed 11–9–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–011] Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products From the People’s Republic of China: Notice of Court Decision Not in Harmony With Amended Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: On September 8, 2017, the United States Court of International Trade (CIT) entered final judgment sustaining the Department of Commerce’s (the Department’s) final results of remand redetermination pertaining to the countervailing duty AGENCY: 7 Id. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (CVD) investigation of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products (solar products) from the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The Department is notifying the public that the CIT’s final judgment in this case is not in harmony with the Department’s final determination, as amended, in the CVD investigation of solar products from the PRC. DATES: Applicable September 18, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gene H. Calvert, 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) 482–3586. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On December 23, 2014, the Department published its final determination in the CVD investigation of solar products from the PRC.1 On February 18, 2015, the Department published an amended final determination and CVD order.2 In the Final Determination, the Department found that certain unreported assistance discovered during the investigation was countervailable using adverse facts available (AFA) pursuant to section 776 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act).3 Additionally, the Department determined not to initiate investigations into the mandatory respondents’ creditworthinesss in certain years, finding that SolarWorld Americas, Inc.’s (SolarWorld) creditworthiness allegation failed to satisfy the threshold initiation requirements of 19 CFR 351.505(a)(6)(i).4 In the Amended Final Determination, the Department found that it made a ministerial error in countervailing one of the unreported programs, and removed that program from the net countervailable subsidy rate calculated for Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd. (Trina Solar).5 Trina Solar and SolarWorld appealed the Amended Final Determination to the CIT, and on December 30, 2016, the CIT 1 See Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, 79 FR 76962 (December 23, 2014) (Final Determination). 2 See Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from the People’s Republic of China: Antidumping Duty Order; and Amended Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Countervailing Duty Order, 80 FR 8592 (February 18, 2015) (Amended Final Determination). 3 See Final Determination, and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comment 15. 4 Id. at Comment 17. 5 See Amended Final Determination, 80 FR at 8593. E:\FR\FM\13NON1.SGM 13NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 217 / Monday, November 13, 2017 / Notices sustained, in part, and remanded, in part, the Amended Final Determination.6 First, the CIT remanded the Amended Final Determination for the Department to make the necessary factual findings to support its determinations, based upon AFA, to countervail the unreported government subsidies discovered during the investigation.7 The CIT further held that should the Department continue to find those government subsidies countervailable on remand, the Department must then explain how it selected the AFA rates for those subsidies.8 Second, the CIT granted the Department’s request for a voluntary remand to reconsider its determination not to initiate creditworthiness investigations for Trina Solar and the other mandatory company respondent, Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd. (Suntech). In accordance with the CIT’s remand order, the Department reconsidered these issues and submitted its Final Remand Results with the CIT on April 28, 2017.9 In the Final Remand Results, the Department continued to countervail all but one of the unreported programs using AFA. The Department also revised its determination regarding whether to initiate creditworthiness investigations for Trina Solar and Suntech, in part, and ultimately found Trina Solar and Suntech to be uncreditworthy in certain years. As a result of these changes, on remand, the Department determined revised countervailable subsidy rates of 39.50 percent for Trina Solar, 27.65 percent for Suntech, and 33.58 percent for all other producers/exporters of solar products from the PRC.10 On September 8, 2017, the CIT sustained the Department’s Final Remand Results in full.11 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Timken Notice In its decision in Timken,12 as clarified in Diamond Sawblades,13 the 6 See Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd. et al. v. United States, Consol. Court No. 15–00068; Slip Op. 16–121 (CIT December 30, 2016) (Remand Opinion and Order). 7 Id. at 24–25. 8 Id. at 26–28. 9 See Final Results of Redetermination Pursuant to Court Remand, Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd. et al. v. United States, Consol. Court No. 15–00068; Slip Op. 161–121 (April 28, 2017) (Final Remand Results). 10 See Final Remand Results at 48. 11 See Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd. et al., v. United States, Consol. Court No. 15–00068; Slip Op. 17–122 (CIT September 8, 2017). 12 See Timken Co. v. United States, 893 F.2d 337, 341 (Fed. Cir. 1990) (Timken). 13 See Diamond Sawblades Mfrs. Coalition v. United States, 626 F.3d. 1374 (Fed. Cir. 2010) Diamond Sawblades. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:38 Nov 09, 2017 Jkt 244001 Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that, pursuant to section 516A(e) of the Act, the Department must publish a notice of a court decision that is not ‘‘in harmony’’ with a Department determination and must suspend liquidation of entries pending a ‘‘conclusive’’ court decision. The CIT’s September 8, 2017, judgment sustaining the Final Remand Results constitutes a final decision of the CIT that is not in harmony with the Department’s Amended Final Determination. This notice is published in fulfillment of the publication requirement of Timken. Amended Final Determination As there is now a final court decision with respect to the Amended Final Determination, the Department amends its Amended Final Determination. The Department finds that the revised net countervailable subsidy rates exist: 52277 Dated: November 6, 2017. Gary Taverman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, Performing the Non-exclusive Functions and Duties of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2017–24516 Filed 11–9–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board: Meeting of the United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of an open meeting. AGENCY: The United States Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (Board or Subsidy TTAB) will hold an open meeting via rate (ad Company teleconference on Wednesday, valorem) (%) November 29, 2017. The Board advises the Secretary of Commerce on matters Changzhou Trina Solar Energy relating to the U.S. travel and tourism Co., Ltd ................................... 33.50 industry. The purpose of the meeting is Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd .... 27.65 for Board members to consider All Others .................................... 33.58 recommendations being developed by the Hurricane Recovery subcommittee Cash Deposit Requirements on how to accelerate recovery in destinations affected by the recent Because there has been a subsequent hurricanes. The final agenda will be administrative review for Trina Solar, the cash deposit rate for Trina Solar will posted on the Department of Commerce Web site for the Board at http:// remain the rate established in the final trade.gov/ttab at least one week in results of the administrative review of advance of the meeting. solar products from the PRC covering DATES: Wednesday, November 29, 2017, the period June 10, 2014, through 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. EST. The deadline December 31, 2015, which is 13.93 for members of the public to register, 14 As there have been no percent. including requests to make comments subsequent administrative reviews for during the meeting and for auxiliary Suntech, the Department will instruct aids, or to submit written comments for U.S. Customs and Border Protection dissemination prior to the meeting, is (CBP) to set the cash deposit rate for 5:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Suntech as listed above. November 22, 2017. Finally, the Department will instruct ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held CBP that the all-others cash deposit rate via conference call. The call-in number and passcode will be provided by email is to be amended to reflect the simple to registrants. Requests to register average of the revised subsidy rates (including to speak or for auxiliary aids) calculated for Trina Solar and for and any written comments should be Suntech, as listed above. submitted to: National Travel and This notice is issued and published in Tourism Office, U.S. Department of accordance with sections 516(e), Commerce, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW., 705(c)(1)(B), and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Room 10003, Washington, DC 20230 or by email to TTAB@trade.gov. Members of the public are encouraged to submit 14 See Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic registration requests and written Products from the People’s Republic of China: Final comments via email to ensure timely Results of Countervailing Duty Administrative receipt. Review, and Partial Rescission of Countervailing FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Duty Administrative Review; 2014–2015, 82 FR 42792 (September 12, 2017). Brian Beall, the United States Travel PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13NON1.SGM 13NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 217 (Monday, November 13, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 52276-52277]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-011]


Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products From the 
People's Republic of China: Notice of Court Decision Not in Harmony 
With Amended Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination

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

SUMMARY: On September 8, 2017, the United States Court of International 
Trade (CIT) entered final judgment sustaining the Department of 
Commerce's (the Department's) final results of remand redetermination 
pertaining to the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of certain 
crystalline silicon photovoltaic products (solar products) from the 
People's Republic of China (PRC). The Department is notifying the 
public that the CIT's final judgment in this case is not in harmony 
with the Department's final determination, as amended, in the CVD 
investigation of solar products from the PRC.

DATES: Applicable September 18, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gene H. Calvert, 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) 482-3586.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On December 23, 2014, the Department published its final 
determination in the CVD investigation of solar products from the 
PRC.\1\ On February 18, 2015, the Department published an amended final 
determination and CVD order.\2\ In the Final Determination, the 
Department found that certain unreported assistance discovered during 
the investigation was countervailable using adverse facts available 
(AFA) pursuant to section 776 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended 
(the Act).\3\ Additionally, the Department determined not to initiate 
investigations into the mandatory respondents' creditworthinesss in 
certain years, finding that SolarWorld Americas, Inc.'s (SolarWorld) 
creditworthiness allegation failed to satisfy the threshold initiation 
requirements of 19 CFR 351.505(a)(6)(i).\4\ In the Amended Final 
Determination, the Department found that it made a ministerial error in 
countervailing one of the unreported programs, and removed that program 
from the net countervailable subsidy rate calculated for Changzhou 
Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd. (Trina Solar).\5\
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    \1\ See Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Crystalline 
Silicon Photovoltaic Products from the People's Republic of China: 
Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, 79 FR 76962 
(December 23, 2014) (Final Determination).
    \2\ See Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from 
the People's Republic of China: Antidumping Duty Order; and Amended 
Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and 
Countervailing Duty Order, 80 FR 8592 (February 18, 2015) (Amended 
Final Determination).
    \3\ See Final Determination, and accompanying Issues and 
Decision Memorandum at Comment 15.
    \4\ Id. at Comment 17.
    \5\ See Amended Final Determination, 80 FR at 8593.
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    Trina Solar and SolarWorld appealed the Amended Final Determination 
to the CIT, and on December 30, 2016, the CIT

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sustained, in part, and remanded, in part, the Amended Final 
Determination.\6\ First, the CIT remanded the Amended Final 
Determination for the Department to make the necessary factual findings 
to support its determinations, based upon AFA, to countervail the 
unreported government subsidies discovered during the investigation.\7\ 
The CIT further held that should the Department continue to find those 
government subsidies countervailable on remand, the Department must 
then explain how it selected the AFA rates for those subsidies.\8\ 
Second, the CIT granted the Department's request for a voluntary remand 
to reconsider its determination not to initiate creditworthiness 
investigations for Trina Solar and the other mandatory company 
respondent, Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd. (Suntech).
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    \6\ See Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd. et al. v. United 
States, Consol. Court No. 15-00068; Slip Op. 16-121 (CIT December 
30, 2016) (Remand Opinion and Order).
    \7\ Id. at 24-25.
    \8\ Id. at 26-28.
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    In accordance with the CIT's remand order, the Department 
reconsidered these issues and submitted its Final Remand Results with 
the CIT on April 28, 2017.\9\ In the Final Remand Results, the 
Department continued to countervail all but one of the unreported 
programs using AFA. The Department also revised its determination 
regarding whether to initiate creditworthiness investigations for Trina 
Solar and Suntech, in part, and ultimately found Trina Solar and 
Suntech to be uncreditworthy in certain years. As a result of these 
changes, on remand, the Department determined revised countervailable 
subsidy rates of 39.50 percent for Trina Solar, 27.65 percent for 
Suntech, and 33.58 percent for all other producers/exporters of solar 
products from the PRC.\10\ On September 8, 2017, the CIT sustained the 
Department's Final Remand Results in full.\11\
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    \9\ See Final Results of Redetermination Pursuant to Court 
Remand, Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd. et al. v. United 
States, Consol. Court No. 15-00068; Slip Op. 161-121 (April 28, 
2017) (Final Remand Results).
    \10\ See Final Remand Results at 48.
    \11\ See Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd. et al., v. 
United States, Consol. Court No. 15-00068; Slip Op. 17-122 (CIT 
September 8, 2017).
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Timken Notice

    In its decision in Timken,\12\ as clarified in Diamond 
Sawblades,\13\ the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that, 
pursuant to section 516A(e) of the Act, the Department must publish a 
notice of a court decision that is not ``in harmony'' with a Department 
determination and must suspend liquidation of entries pending a 
``conclusive'' court decision. The CIT's September 8, 2017, judgment 
sustaining the Final Remand Results constitutes a final decision of the 
CIT that is not in harmony with the Department's Amended Final 
Determination. This notice is published in fulfillment of the 
publication requirement of Timken.
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    \12\ See Timken Co. v. United States, 893 F.2d 337, 341 (Fed. 
Cir. 1990) (Timken).
    \13\ See Diamond Sawblades Mfrs. Coalition v. United States, 626 
F.3d. 1374 (Fed. Cir. 2010) Diamond Sawblades.
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Amended Final Determination

    As there is now a final court decision with respect to the Amended 
Final Determination, the Department amends its Amended Final 
Determination. The Department finds that the revised net 
countervailable subsidy rates exist:

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                           Company                             valorem)
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Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd.......................       33.50
Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd.................................       27.65
All Others..................................................       33.58
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Cash Deposit Requirements

    Because there has been a subsequent administrative review for Trina 
Solar, the cash deposit rate for Trina Solar will remain the rate 
established in the final results of the administrative review of solar 
products from the PRC covering the period June 10, 2014, through 
December 31, 2015, which is 13.93 percent.\14\ As there have been no 
subsequent administrative reviews for Suntech, the Department will 
instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to set the cash 
deposit rate for Suntech as listed above.
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    \14\ See Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from 
the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Countervailing Duty 
Administrative Review, and Partial Rescission of Countervailing Duty 
Administrative Review; 2014-2015, 82 FR 42792 (September 12, 2017).
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    Finally, the Department will instruct CBP that the all-others cash 
deposit rate is to be amended to reflect the simple average of the 
revised subsidy rates calculated for Trina Solar and for Suntech, as 
listed above.
    This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 
516(e), 705(c)(1)(B), and 777(i)(1) of the Act.

     Dated: November 6, 2017.
Gary Taverman,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Operations, Performing the Non-exclusive Functions and Duties of the 
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
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