Quarterly Update to Annual Listing of Foreign Government Subsidies on Articles of Cheese Subject to an In-Quota Rate of Duty, 55988-55989 [2017-25551]

Download as PDF 55988 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 226 / Monday, November 27, 2017 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Also excluded from the scope of the orders are crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, not exceeding 10,000 mm 2 in surface area, that are permanently integrated into a consumer good whose function is other than power generation and that consumes the electricity generated by the integrated crystalline silicon photovoltaic cell. Where more than one cell is permanently integrated into a consumer good, the surface area for purposes of this exclusion shall be the total combined surface area of all cells that are integrated into the consumer good. Modules, laminates, and panels produced in a third-country from cells produced in the PRC are covered by the orders; however, modules, laminates, and panels produced in the PRC from cells produced in a third-country are not covered by the orders. Merchandise covered by these orders is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff System of the United States (HTSUS) under subheadings 8501.61.0000, 8507.20.80, 8541.40.6020, 8541.40.6030, and 8501.31.8000. These HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes; the written description of the scope of the orders is dispositive. Initiation of Changed Circumstances Reviews, and Consideration of Revocation of the Orders in Part Pursuant to section 751(b) of the Act, the Department will conduct a changed circumstances review upon receipt of a request from an interested party 8 that shows changed circumstances sufficient to warrant a review of an order.9 Based on the information provided by Pitsco, the Department has determined that there exist changed circumstances sufficient to warrant changed circumstances reviews of the AD and CVD orders on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into modules, from the PRC. We find that the petitioner’s affirmative statement of no interest in the Orders with respect to the exclusionary text proposed by Pitsco, as revised by the Department and described above, constitutes good cause for the conduct of these reviews. Section 782(h)(2) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.222(g)(1)(i) provide that the Department may revoke an order (in whole or in part) if it determines that producers accounting for substantially all of the production of the domestic like product have expressed a lack of 8 Pitsco stated in its October 6, 2017 CCR request that it is an importer of subject merchandise and as such is an interested party pursuant to 19 CFR 351.102(b)(29). 9 See 19 CFR 351.216. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:59 Nov 24, 2017 Jkt 244001 interest in the order, in whole or in part. In addition, in the event the Department determines that expedited action is warranted, 19 CFR 351.221(c)(3)(ii) permits the Department to combine the notices of initiation and preliminary results. In its administrative practice, the Department has interpreted ‘‘substantially all’’ to mean producers accounting for at least 85 percent of the total U.S. production of the domestic like product covered by the order.10 The petitioner states that it agrees with the exclusion request; however, because the petitioner did not indicate whether it accounts for substantially all of the domestic production of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, we are providing interested parties with the opportunity to address the issue of domestic industry support with respect to this requested partial revocation of the orders, as explained below. After examining comments, if any, concerning domestic industry support, the Department will issue the preliminary results of these changed circumstances reviews. Public Comment Interested parties are invited to provide comments and/or factual information regarding these changed circumstances reviews, including comments concerning industry support. Comments and factual information may be submitted to the Department no later than ten days after the date of publication of this notice. Rebuttal comments and rebuttal factual information may be filed with the Department no later than seven days after the comments and/or factual information are filed.11 All submissions must be filed electronically using Enforcement and Compliance’s AD and CVD Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS).12 An electronically filed document must be received successfully in its entirety by ACCESS, by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on the due dates set forth in this notice. The Department will issue preliminary results of these changed circumstances reviews, which will set forth the factual and legal conclusions upon which the preliminary results are 10 See, e.g., Certain Cased Pencils from the People’s Republic of China: Initiation and Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review, and Intent To Revoke Order in Part, 77 FR 42276 (July 18, 2012), unchanged in Certain Cased Pencils from the People’s Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review, and Determination To Revoke Order, in Part, 77 FR 53176 (August 31, 2012). 11 Submission of rebuttal factual information must comply with 19 CFR 351.301(b)(2). 12 See, generally, 19 CFR 351.303. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 based, and, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.221(c)(3)(i), will include a description of any action proposed because of those results. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.221(b)(4)(ii), interested parties will have an opportunity to comment on the preliminary results of these reviews. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.216(e), the Department intends to issue the final results of these AD and CVD changed circumstance reviews within 270 days after the date on which the reviews are initiated, or within 45 days if all parties to the proceeding agree to the outcome of the review. This initiation is published in accordance with section 751(b)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.221(b)(1). Dated: November 20, 2017. James Maeder, Senior Director performing the duties of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. [FR Doc. 2017–25538 Filed 11–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Quarterly Update to Annual Listing of Foreign Government Subsidies on Articles of Cheese Subject to an InQuota Rate of Duty Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration Department of Commerce. DATES: Applicable November 27, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Moore, 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) 482–3692. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 702 of the Trade Agreements Act of 1979 (as amended) (the Act) requires the Department of Commerce (the Department) to determine, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, whether any foreign government is providing a subsidy with respect to any article of cheese subject to an in-quota rate of duty, as defined in section 702(h) of the Act, and to publish quarterly updates to the type and amount of those subsidies. We hereby provide the Department’s quarterly update of subsidies on articles of cheese that were imported during the periods April 1, 2017, through June 30, 2017. The Department has developed, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, information on subsidies, as defined in section 702(h) of the Act, AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\27NON1.SGM 27NON1 55989 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 226 / Monday, November 27, 2017 / Notices being provided either directly or indirectly by foreign governments on articles of cheese subject to an in-quota rate of duty. The appendix to this notice lists the country, the subsidy program or programs, and the gross and net amounts of each subsidy for which information is currently available. The Department will incorporate additional programs which are found to constitute subsidies, and additional information on the subsidy programs listed, as the information is developed. The Department encourages any person having information on foreign government subsidy programs which benefit articles of cheese subject to an in-quota rate of duty to submit such information in writing to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20230. This determination and notice are in accordance with section 702(a) of the Act. Dated: November 20, 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. Appendix SUBSIDY PROGRAMS ON CHEESE SUBJECT TO AN IN-QUOTA RATE OF DUTY Gross 1 subsidy ($/lb) Net 2 subsidy ($/lb) Country Program(s) 28 European Union Member States 3 .......................... Canada ......................................................................... Norway .......................................................................... European Union Restitution Payments ........................ Export Assistance on Certain Types of Cheese .......... Indirect (Milk) Subsidy Consumer Subsidy .................. $0.00 0.47 0.00 0.00 $0.00 0.47 0.00 0.00 Switzerland ................................................................... Total ....................................................................... Deficiency Payments .................................................... 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1 Defined in 19 U.S.C. 1677(5). in 19 U.S.C. 1677(6). 3 The 28 member states of the European Union are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. 2 Defined BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P Republic of China (PRC).1 Currently, the preliminary determination is due no later than December 20, 2017. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Postponement of Preliminary Determination [FR Doc. 2017–25551 Filed 11–24–17; 8:45 am] International Trade Administration [A–570–062] Cast Iron Soil Pipe Fittings From People’s Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary Determination in the Less-Than-FairValue Investigation Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Applicable November 27, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sergio Balbontin at (202) 482–6478 or Michael Bowen at (202) 482–0768, AD/ CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Background On August 2, 2017, the Department of Commerce (the Department) initiated a less-than-fair-value (LTFV) investigation of imports of cast iron soil pipe fittings (soil pipe fittings) from the People’s VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:59 Nov 24, 2017 Jkt 244001 Section 733(b)(1)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), requires the Department to issue the preliminary determination in a LTFV investigation within 140 days after the date on which the Department initiated the investigation. However, section 733(c)(1) of the Act permits the Department to postpone the preliminary determination until no later than 190 days after the date on which the Department initiated the investigation if: (A) The petitioner makes a timely request for a postponement; or (B) the Department concludes that the parties concerned are cooperating, that the investigation is extraordinarily complicated, and that additional time is necessary to make a preliminary determination. Under 19 CFR 351.205(e), the petitioner must submit a request for postponement 25 days or more before the scheduled date of the preliminary determination and must state the reasons for the request. The Department will grant the request unless 1 See Cast Iron Soil Pipe Fittings from the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair Value Investigation, 82 FR 37053 (August 8, 2017) (Initiation Notice). PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 it finds compelling reasons to deny the request. On November 14, 2017, the Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute 2 (the petitioner) submitted a timely request that the Department postpone the preliminary determination in this LTFV investigation.3 The petitioner stated that it requests postponement because it believes that ‘‘the Department needs more time to analyze the information submitted to date.’’ 4 For the reason stated above, and because there are no compelling reasons to deny the request, the Department, in accordance with section 733(c)(1)(A) of the Act, is postponing the deadline for the preliminary determination by 50 days (i.e., 190 days after the date on which this investigation was initiated). As a result, the Department will issue its preliminary determination no later than February 8, 2018. In accordance with section 735(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(1), the deadline for the final determination of this investigation will continue to be 75 days after the date of the preliminary determination, unless postponed at a later date. 2 The members of the Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute are AB&I Foundry, Charlotte Pipe & Foundry, and Tyler Pipe. 3 See Letter from the petitioner, ‘‘Cast Iron Soil Pipe Fittings from the People’s Republic of China: Request to Extend the Preliminary Determination,’’ dated November 14, 2017. 4 Id. E:\FR\FM\27NON1.SGM 27NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 226 (Monday, November 27, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 55988-55989]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-25551]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration


Quarterly Update to Annual Listing of Foreign Government 
Subsidies on Articles of Cheese Subject to an In-Quota Rate of Duty

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

DATES: Applicable November 27, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Moore, 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) 482-3692.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 702 of the Trade Agreements Act of 
1979 (as amended) (the Act) requires the Department of Commerce (the 
Department) to determine, in consultation with the Secretary of 
Agriculture, whether any foreign government is providing a subsidy with 
respect to any article of cheese subject to an in-quota rate of duty, 
as defined in section 702(h) of the Act, and to publish quarterly 
updates to the type and amount of those subsidies. We hereby provide 
the Department's quarterly update of subsidies on articles of cheese 
that were imported during the periods April 1, 2017, through June 30, 
2017.
    The Department has developed, in consultation with the Secretary of 
Agriculture, information on subsidies, as defined in section 702(h) of 
the Act,

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being provided either directly or indirectly by foreign governments on 
articles of cheese subject to an in-quota rate of duty. The appendix to 
this notice lists the country, the subsidy program or programs, and the 
gross and net amounts of each subsidy for which information is 
currently available. The Department will incorporate additional 
programs which are found to constitute subsidies, and additional 
information on the subsidy programs listed, as the information is 
developed.
    The Department encourages any person having information on foreign 
government subsidy programs which benefit articles of cheese subject to 
an in-quota rate of duty to submit such information in writing to the 
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20230.
    This determination and notice are in accordance with section 702(a) 
of the Act.

    Dated: November 20, 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.

Appendix

                         Subsidy Programs on Cheese Subject to an In-Quota Rate of Duty
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                                                                                     Gross \1\        Net \2\
                    Country                                Program(s)              subsidy  ($/    subsidy  ($/
                                                                                        lb)             lb)
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28 European Union Member States \3\...........  European Union Restitution                 $0.00           $0.00
                                                 Payments.
Canada........................................  Export Assistance on Certain                0.47            0.47
                                                 Types of Cheese.
Norway........................................  Indirect (Milk) Subsidy Consumer            0.00            0.00
                                                 Subsidy.                                   0.00            0.00
                                                                                 -------------------------------
                                                 Total..........................            0.00            0.00
Switzerland...................................  Deficiency Payments.............            0.00            0.00
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\1\ Defined in 19 U.S.C. 1677(5).
\2\ Defined in 19 U.S.C. 1677(6).
\3\ The 28 member states of the European Union are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic,
  Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
  Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

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