Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products From the People's Republic of China: Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Anti-Circumvention Inquiries on the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Orders, 58178-58181 [2017-26607]

Download as PDF 58178 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 236 / Monday, December 11, 2017 / Notices The products subject to the investigation are currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under item numbers: 7304.31.3000, 7304.31.6050, 7304.51.1000, 7304.51.5005, 7304.51.5060, 7306.30.5015, 7306.30.5020, 7306.50.5030. Subject merchandise may also enter under numbers 7306.30.1000 and 7306.50.1000. The HTSUS subheadings above are provided for convenience and customs purposes only. The written description of the scope of the investigation is dispositive. Appendix II daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Period of Investigation IV. Final Determination of Critical Circumstances, in Part A. Background B. Legal Framework C. Critical Circumstances Allegation D. Analysis V. Scope Comments VI. Scope of the Investigation VII. Application of the Countervailing Duty Law to Imports From the PRC VIII. Subsidies Valuation A. Allocation Period B. Attribution of Subsidies C. Denominators IX. Benchmarks and Discount Rates X. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences XI. Analysis of Programs A. Programs Determined To Be Countervailable B. Programs Determined Not To Be Used During the POI by Hongyi and Huacheng I&E XII. Analysis of Comments Comment 1: The Countervailability of the Government Provision of Coking Coal and Steam Coal for Less Than Adequate Remuneration (LTAR) Comment 2: The Provision of Electricity for LTAR Comment 3: The Government Provision of Inputs for LTAR a. Input Producers are ‘‘Authorities’’ b. Inputs are Specific c. Input Industries are Distorted (Tier-One Benchmark for Inputs for LTAR) Comment 4: Benchmarks for Steel Rounds/ Billets, Hot-Rolled and Cold-Rolled Coiled Steel Comment 5: The Appropriate Benchmark for Ocean Freight Comment 6: External Benchmark Interest Rates for Loans Comment 7: GOC Policy Loans During the POI Comment 8: Huacheng I&E’s Bank Acceptance Bills Comment 9: The Export Buyer’s Credit Program Comment 10: Income Tax Deductions for R&D Expenses Comment 11: The GOC’s Claims Regarding Verification Comment 12: The Department’s Investigation of Uninitiated Programs VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Dec 08, 2017 Jkt 244001 Comment 13: Minor Corrections to the Department’s Preliminary Benefit Calculation XIII. Recommendation [FR Doc. 2017–26608 Filed 12–8–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–029, C–570–030] Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products From the People’s Republic of China: Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Anti-Circumvention Inquiries on the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Orders Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that imports of certain coldrolled steel flat products (CRS), produced in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) using carbon hotrolled steel (HRS) manufactured in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), are circumventing the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on CRS from the PRC. DATES: Applicable December 11, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Victoria Cho, Tyler Weinhold, or John Drury, AD/CVD Operations, Office VI, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–5075; (202) 482–1121; or (202) 482–0195, respectively. AGENCY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Certain domestic interested parties, Steel Dynamics, Inc. (SDI), California Steel Industries (CSI), ArcelorMittal USA LLC (AMUSA), Nucor Corporation (Nucor), United States Steel Corporation, and AK Steel Corporation (collectively, the domestic parties), filed submissions 1 alleging that imports of cold-rolled steel from Vietnam made from HRS sourced from the PRC and exported to the United States as cold1 See Domestic Parties’ Letter, ‘‘Certain ColdRolled Steel Flat Products from China: Request for Circumvention Ruling,’’ dated September 22, 2016 (Circumvention Ruling Request September 22, 2017), and Petitioners’ Letter, ‘‘Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products from the People’s Republic of China—Request for Circumvention Ruling Pursuant to Section 781(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930,’’ dated September 27, 2016 (Circumvention Ruling Request September 27, 2017). PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 rolled steel of Vietnamese origin are circumventing the CRS Orders.2 In their submissions, domestic parties requested the Department initiate anticircumvention inquiries pursuant to section 781(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.225(h), to determine whether the importation of the PRC-origin HRS substrate input for finishing into CRS in Vietnam and subsequent sale of that CRS to the United States constitutes circumvention of the CRS Orders. On November 17, 2016, the Department published the notice of initiation of anti-circumvention inquiries on imports of CRS from Vietnam.3 On August 29, 2017, the Department postponed the final determination of these inquiries and the revised final deadlines are now February 15, 2018.4 For a complete description of the events that followed the initiation of these inquiries, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.5 A list of topics included in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix I 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 and the electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. 2 See Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products from Japan and the People’s Republic of China: Antidumping Duty Orders, 81 FR 45955 (July 14, 2016) (CRS AD Order), and Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products from the People’s Republic of China: Countervailing Duty Order, 81 FR 45960 (July 14, 2016) (CRS CVD Order) (collectively, CRS Orders). 3 See Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products from the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of AntiCircumvention Inquiries on the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Orders, 81 FR 81057 (November 17, 2016) (Initiation Notice). 4 See Letter, ‘‘Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products (CRS) from the People’s Republic of China (PRC): Extension of Anti-Circumvention Final Rulings,’’ August 29, 2017. 5 See Memorandum, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determinations in the AntiCircumvention Inquiries of Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Products from the People’s Republic of China,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 236 / Monday, December 11, 2017 / Notices Scope of the Orders The products covered by these orders are certain cold-rolled (cold-reduced), flat-rolled steel products, whether or not annealed, painted, varnished, or coated with plastics or other nonmetallic substances. For a complete description of the scope of the orders, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.6 Scope of the Anti-Circumvention Inquiries These anti-circumvention inquiries cover cold-rolled steel produced in Vietnam from HRS substrate input manufactured in the PRC and subsequently exported from Vietnam to the United States (inquiry merchandise). These preliminary rulings apply to all shipments of inquiry merchandise on or after the date of the initiation of these inquiries. Methodology The Department is conducting these anti-circumvention inquiries in accordance with section 781(b) of the Act. Because Vietnam and the PRC 7 are non-market economy countries, within the meaning of section 771(18) of the Act, the Department has calculated the value of certain processing and merchandise using factors of production and market economy values, as discussed in section 773(c) of the Act. For a full description of the methodology underlying the Department’s preliminary determination, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Preliminary Finding As detailed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, we preliminarily determine that CRS produced in Vietnam from HRS sourced from the PRC is circumventing the CRS Orders. We therefore preliminarily determine that it is appropriate to include this merchandise within the CRS Orders and to instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend any entries of CRS from daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 6 Id. 7 See Antidumping Duty Investigation of Certain Aluminum Foil from the People’s Republic of China: Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less-Than-Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination, 82 FR 50858, 50861 (November 2, 2017) citing Memorandum to Gary Taverman, ‘‘China’s Status as a Non-Market Economy,’’ dated October 26, 2017. See also Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 81 FR 24797 (October 14, 2016) (unchanged in Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014–2015, 82 FR 18611 (April 20, 2017)). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Dec 08, 2017 Jkt 244001 Vietnam produced from HRS from the PRC. Suspension of Liquidation As stated above, the Department has made a preliminary affirmative finding of circumvention of the CRS Orders by exports to the United States of CRS produced in Vietnam from PRC-origin HRS. This circumvention finding applies to CRS produced by any Vietnamese company from PRC-origin HRS substrate input. In accordance with section 19 CFR 351.225(l)(2), the Department will direct CBP to suspend liquidation and to require a cash deposit of estimated duties on unliquidated entries of CRS produced in Vietnam from PRC-origin HRS that were entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after November 4, 2016, the date of initiation of the anticircumvention inquiry. The suspension of liquidation instructions will remain in effect until further notice. In the underlying AD and CVD investigations, there were no cooperating respondents and, accordingly, all producers/exporters, as appropriate, of subject merchandise received the same AD rate of 199.76 and CVD rate of 256.44. Therefore, the Department is using these rates, the only rates on the records of these proceedings. Thus, the Department will instruct CBP to require AD cash deposits equal to the rate of 199.76 percent and CVD cash deposits equal to the rate 256.44 percent. CRS produced in Vietnam from HRS that is not of PRC-origin is not subject to these inquiries. Therefore, cash deposits are not required for such merchandise. If an importer imports CRS from Vietnam and it claims that the CRS was not produced from HRS substrate manufactured in the PRC, in order not to be subject to cash deposit requirements, the importer and exporter are required to meet the certification and documentation requirements described in Appendix II. Exporters of CRS produced from non-PRC origin HRS substrate must prepare and maintain an Exporter Certification and documentation supporting the Certification (see Appendix IV). In addition, importers of such CRS must prepare and maintain an Importer Certification (see Appendix III) as well as documentation supporting the Importer Certification. Besides the Importer Certification, the importer must also maintain a copy of an Exporter Certification (see Appendix IV) and relevant supporting documentation from its exporter of CRS who did not use the PRC-origin HRC substrate. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58179 Verification As provided in 19 CFR 351.307, the Department intends to verify information relied upon in making its final determination. Public Comment 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 last final verification report is issued in these anti-circumvention inquiries, unless the Secretary alters the time limit. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the deadline date for case briefs.8 Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2), parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in these anti-circumvention inquiries 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. 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. 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, 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. International Trade Commission Notification The Department, consistent with section 781(e) of the Act, has notified the International Trade Commission (ITC) of these preliminary determinations to include the merchandise subject to these anticircumvention inquiries within the CRS Orders. Pursuant to section 781(e) of the Act, the ITC may request consultations concerning the Department’s proposed inclusion of the subject merchandise. If, after consultations, the ITC believes that a significant injury issue is presented by the proposed inclusion, it will have 60 8 See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general filing requirements). E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1 58180 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 236 / Monday, December 11, 2017 / Notices days from the date of notification by the Department to provide written advice. Notification to Interested Parties These determinations are issued and published in accordance with section 781(b) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.225(f). Dated: December 5, 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 I List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Voluntary Respondent Treatment IV. Scope of the Orders V. Scope of the Anti-Circumvention Inquiries VI. Period of Review VII. Surrogate Countries and Methodology for Valuing Inputs From the PRC and Processing in Vietnam VIII. Statutory Framework IX. Statutory Analysis X. Country-Wide Determination XI. Certification for Not Using PRC-Origin HRS XII. Recommendation daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Appendix II Certification Requirements If an importer imports certain cold-rolled steel flat products (CRS) from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) and claims that the CRS was not produced from hotrolled steel substrate (substrate) manufactured in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the importer is required to complete and maintain the importer certification attached hereto as Appendix III. The importer and exporter are required to maintain the exporter certification attached hereto as Appendix IV. The importer certification must be completed, signed, and dated at the time of the entry of the CRS product. The exporter certification must be completed, signed, and dated at the time of shipment of the relevant entries. For shipments and/or entries on or after November 4, 2016, but before the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, for which certifications are required, importers and exporters should complete the required certification within 30 days of the publication of this notice in the Federal Register. The importer and Vietnamese exporter are also required to maintain sufficient documentation supporting their certifications. The importer will not be required to submit the certifications or supporting documentation to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as part of the entry process. However, the importer and the exporter will be required to present the certifications and supporting documentation, to the Department and/or CBP, as applicable, upon request by the respective agency. Additionally, the claims made in the certifications and any supporting VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Dec 08, 2017 Jkt 244001 documentation are subject to verification by the Department and/or CBP. The importer and exporter are required to maintain the certifications and supporting documentation for the later of (1) a period of five years from the date of entry or (2) a period of three years after the conclusion of any litigation in United States courts regarding such entries. If it is determined that the certification and/ or documentation requirements in a certification have not been met, the Department intends to instruct CBP to suspend, under the PRC CRS orders (A–570– 029, C–570–030), all unliquidated entries for which these requirements were not met and require the importer to post applicable antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) cash deposits equal to the rates as determined by the Department of Commerce. Entries suspended under A–570– 029 and C–570–030 will be liquidated pursuant to applicable administrative reviews of the PRC orders or through the automatic liquidation process. Appendix III Importer Certification I hereby certify that: • My name is {INSERT COMPANY OFFICIAL’S NAME HERE} and I am an official of {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING COMPANY}; • I have direct personal knowledge of the facts regarding the importation of the coldrolled steel flat products produced in Vietnam that entered under entry number(s) {INSERT ENTRY NUMBER(S)} and are covered by this certification; • I have personal knowledge of the facts regarding the production of the imported products covered by this certification; • These cold-rolled steel flat products produced in Vietnam do not contain hotrolled steel substrate produced in the People’s Republic of China (PRC): • I understand that {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING COMPANY} is required to maintain a copy of this certification and sufficient documentation supporting this certification for the later of (1) a period of five years from the date of entry or (2) a period of three years after the conclusion of any litigation in the United States courts regarding such entries; • I understand that {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING COMPANY} is required to provide this certification and supporting records, upon request, to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and/or the Department of Commerce (the Department); • I understand that {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING COMPANY} is required to maintain a copy of the exporter’s certification for the later of (1) a period of five years from the date of entry or (2) a period of three years after the conclusion of any litigation in United States courts regarding such entries; • I understand that {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING COMPANY} is required to maintain and provide a copy of the exporter’s certification and supporting records, upon request, to CBP and/or the Department; • I understand that the claims made herein, and the substantiating documentation, are subject to verification by CBP and/or the Department; PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 • I understand that failure to maintain the required certification and/or failure to substantiate the claims made herein will result in: Æ suspension of liquidation of all unliquidated entries (and entries for which liquidation has not become final) for which these requirements were not met and Æ the requirement that the importer post applicable antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) cash deposits equal to the rates as determined by the Department; • I understand that agents of the importer, such as brokers, are not permitted to make this certification; • This certification was completed at the time of entry; • I am aware that U.S. law (including, but not limited to, 18 U.S.C. 1001) imposes criminal sanctions on individuals who knowingly and willfully make material false statements to the U.S. government. Signature llllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllll NAME OF COMPANY OFFICIAL lllllllllllllllllllll TITLE lllllllllllllllllllll DATE Appendix IV Exporter Certification I hereby certify that: • My name is {INSERT COMPANY OFFICIAL’S NAME HERE} and I am an official of {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING COMPANY}; • I have direct personal knowledge of the facts regarding the production and exportation of the cold-rolled steel flat products identified below. • These cold-rolled steel flat products produced in Vietnam do not contain hotrolled steel substrate produced in the People’s Republic of China (PRC): • I understand that {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING COMPANY} is required to maintain a copy of this certification and sufficient documentation supporting this certification for the later of (1) a period of five years from the date of entry or (2) a period of three years after the conclusion of any litigation in the United States courts regarding such entries; • I understand that {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING COMPANY} must provide this Exporter Certification to the U.S. importer at the time of shipment; • I understand that {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING COMPANY} is required to provide a copy of this certification and supporting records, upon request, to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and/or the Department of Commerce (the Department); • I understand that the claims made herein, and the substantiating documentation are subject to verification by CBP and/or the Department; • I understand that failure to maintain the required certification and/or failure to substantiate the claims made herein will result in: E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 236 / Monday, December 11, 2017 / Notices Æ suspension of all unliquidated entries (and entries for which liquidation has not become final) for which these requirements were not met and Æ the requirement that the importer post applicable antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) cash deposits equal to the rates as determined by the Department; • This certification was completed at or prior to the time of shipment; • I am aware that U.S. law (including, but not limited to, 18 U.S.C. 1001) imposes criminal sanctions on individuals who knowingly and willfully make material false statements to the U.S. government. Signature llllllllllllllll lllllllllllllllllllll NAME OF COMPANY OFFICIAL lllllllllllllllllllll TITLE lllllllllllllllllllll DATE [FR Doc. 2017–26607 Filed 12–8–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P II. Method of Collection Depending on the permit being requested, various applications, reports, and telephone calls may be required from applicants. Applications and reports can be submitted via email, fax, or traditional mail. Applicants are encouraged to use electronic means to apply for permits and submit reports whenever possible. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; National Marine Sanctuary Permits National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. SUMMARY: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 9, 2018. DATES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at pracomments@doc.gov). ADDRESSES: daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Kate Spidalieri (Kate.Spidalieri@noaa.gov; 240–533– 0679). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:54 Dec 08, 2017 Jkt 244001 I. Abstract This request is for extension of a currently approved information collection. National marine sanctuary regulations at 15 CFR part 922 list specific activities that are prohibited in national marine sanctuaries. These regulations also state that otherwise prohibited activities are permissible if a permit is issued by the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS). Persons desiring a permit must submit an application, and anyone obtaining a permit is generally required to submit one or more reports on the activity allowed under the permit. The recordkeeping and reporting requirements at 15 CFR part 922 form the basis for this collection of information. This information is required by ONMS to protect and manage sanctuary resources as required by the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.). III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0141. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved information collection). 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-029, C-570-030]


Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products From the People's 
Republic of China: Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Anti-
Circumvention Inquiries on the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty 
Orders

AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily 
determines that imports of certain cold-rolled steel flat products 
(CRS), produced in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) using 
carbon hot-rolled steel (HRS) manufactured in the People's Republic of 
China (PRC), are circumventing the antidumping duty (AD) and 
countervailing duty (CVD) orders on CRS from the PRC.

DATES: Applicable December 11, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Victoria Cho, Tyler Weinhold, or John 
Drury, AD/CVD Operations, Office VI, Enforcement and Compliance, 
International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-
5075; (202) 482-1121; or (202) 482-0195, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Certain domestic interested parties, Steel Dynamics, Inc. (SDI), 
California Steel Industries (CSI), ArcelorMittal USA LLC (AMUSA), Nucor 
Corporation (Nucor), United States Steel Corporation, and AK Steel 
Corporation (collectively, the domestic parties), filed submissions \1\ 
alleging that imports of cold-rolled steel from Vietnam made from HRS 
sourced from the PRC and exported to the United States as cold-rolled 
steel of Vietnamese origin are circumventing the CRS Orders.\2\ In 
their submissions, domestic parties requested the Department initiate 
anti-circumvention inquiries pursuant to section 781(b) of the Tariff 
Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.225(h), to determine 
whether the importation of the PRC-origin HRS substrate input for 
finishing into CRS in Vietnam and subsequent sale of that CRS to the 
United States constitutes circumvention of the CRS Orders.
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    \1\ See Domestic Parties' Letter, ``Certain Cold-Rolled Steel 
Flat Products from China: Request for Circumvention Ruling,'' dated 
September 22, 2016 (Circumvention Ruling Request September 22, 
2017), and Petitioners' Letter, ``Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat 
Products from the People's Republic of China--Request for 
Circumvention Ruling Pursuant to Section 781(b) of the Tariff Act of 
1930,'' dated September 27, 2016 (Circumvention Ruling Request 
September 27, 2017).
    \2\ See Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products from Japan and 
the People's Republic of China: Antidumping Duty Orders, 81 FR 45955 
(July 14, 2016) (CRS AD Order), and Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat 
Products from the People's Republic of China: Countervailing Duty 
Order, 81 FR 45960 (July 14, 2016) (CRS CVD Order) (collectively, 
CRS Orders).
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    On November 17, 2016, the Department published the notice of 
initiation of anti-circumvention inquiries on imports of CRS from 
Vietnam.\3\ On August 29, 2017, the Department postponed the final 
determination of these inquiries and the revised final deadlines are 
now February 15, 2018.\4\ For a complete description of the events that 
followed the initiation of these inquiries, see the Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum.\5\ A list of topics included in the Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix I 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 and the electronic versions of 
the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content.
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    \3\ See Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products from the 
People's Republic of China: Initiation of Anti-Circumvention 
Inquiries on the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Orders, 81 
FR 81057 (November 17, 2016) (Initiation Notice).
    \4\ See Letter, ``Certain Cold-Rolled Steel Flat Products (CRS) 
from the People's Republic of China (PRC): Extension of Anti-
Circumvention Final Rulings,'' August 29, 2017.
    \5\ See Memorandum, ``Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary 
Determinations in the Anti-Circumvention Inquiries of Certain Cold-
Rolled Steel Products from the People's Republic of China,'' dated 
concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum).

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Scope of the Orders

    The products covered by these orders are certain cold-rolled (cold-
reduced), flat-rolled steel products, whether or not annealed, painted, 
varnished, or coated with plastics or other nonmetallic substances. For 
a complete description of the scope of the orders, see the Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum.\6\
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    \6\ Id.
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Scope of the Anti-Circumvention Inquiries

    These anti-circumvention inquiries cover cold-rolled steel produced 
in Vietnam from HRS substrate input manufactured in the PRC and 
subsequently exported from Vietnam to the United States (inquiry 
merchandise). These preliminary rulings apply to all shipments of 
inquiry merchandise on or after the date of the initiation of these 
inquiries.

Methodology

    The Department is conducting these anti-circumvention inquiries in 
accordance with section 781(b) of the Act. Because Vietnam and the PRC 
\7\ are non-market economy countries, within the meaning of section 
771(18) of the Act, the Department has calculated the value of certain 
processing and merchandise using factors of production and market 
economy values, as discussed in section 773(c) of the Act. For a full 
description of the methodology underlying the Department's preliminary 
determination, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
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    \7\ See Antidumping Duty Investigation of Certain Aluminum Foil 
from the People's Republic of China: Affirmative Preliminary 
Determination of Sales at Less-Than-Fair Value and Postponement of 
Final Determination, 82 FR 50858, 50861 (November 2, 2017) citing 
Memorandum to Gary Taverman, ``China's Status as a Non-Market 
Economy,'' dated October 26, 2017. See also Certain Oil Country 
Tubular Goods from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Preliminary 
Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 81 FR 24797 
(October 14, 2016) (unchanged in Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods 
from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Final Results of Antidumping 
Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015, 82 FR 18611 (April 20, 
2017)).
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Preliminary Finding

    As detailed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, we 
preliminarily determine that CRS produced in Vietnam from HRS sourced 
from the PRC is circumventing the CRS Orders. We therefore 
preliminarily determine that it is appropriate to include this 
merchandise within the CRS Orders and to instruct U.S. Customs and 
Border Protection (CBP) to suspend any entries of CRS from Vietnam 
produced from HRS from the PRC.

Suspension of Liquidation

    As stated above, the Department has made a preliminary affirmative 
finding of circumvention of the CRS Orders by exports to the United 
States of CRS produced in Vietnam from PRC-origin HRS. This 
circumvention finding applies to CRS produced by any Vietnamese company 
from PRC-origin HRS substrate input. In accordance with section 19 CFR 
351.225(l)(2), the Department will direct CBP to suspend liquidation 
and to require a cash deposit of estimated duties on unliquidated 
entries of CRS produced in Vietnam from PRC-origin HRS that were 
entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after 
November 4, 2016, the date of initiation of the anti-circumvention 
inquiry.
    The suspension of liquidation instructions will remain in effect 
until further notice. In the underlying AD and CVD investigations, 
there were no cooperating respondents and, accordingly, all producers/
exporters, as appropriate, of subject merchandise received the same AD 
rate of 199.76 and CVD rate of 256.44. Therefore, the Department is 
using these rates, the only rates on the records of these proceedings. 
Thus, the Department will instruct CBP to require AD cash deposits 
equal to the rate of 199.76 percent and CVD cash deposits equal to the 
rate 256.44 percent.
    CRS produced in Vietnam from HRS that is not of PRC-origin is not 
subject to these inquiries. Therefore, cash deposits are not required 
for such merchandise. If an importer imports CRS from Vietnam and it 
claims that the CRS was not produced from HRS substrate manufactured in 
the PRC, in order not to be subject to cash deposit requirements, the 
importer and exporter are required to meet the certification and 
documentation requirements described in Appendix II. Exporters of CRS 
produced from non-PRC origin HRS substrate must prepare and maintain an 
Exporter Certification and documentation supporting the Certification 
(see Appendix IV). In addition, importers of such CRS must prepare and 
maintain an Importer Certification (see Appendix III) as well as 
documentation supporting the Importer Certification. Besides the 
Importer Certification, the importer must also maintain a copy of an 
Exporter Certification (see Appendix IV) and relevant supporting 
documentation from its exporter of CRS who did not use the PRC-origin 
HRC substrate.

Verification

    As provided in 19 CFR 351.307, the Department intends to verify 
information relied upon in making its final determination.

Public Comment

    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 last final verification report is 
issued in these anti-circumvention inquiries, unless the Secretary 
alters the time limit. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in 
case briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the 
deadline date for case briefs.\8\ Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and 
(d)(2), parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in these 
anti-circumvention inquiries 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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    \8\ 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, 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. 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, 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.

International Trade Commission Notification

    The Department, consistent with section 781(e) of the Act, has 
notified the International Trade Commission (ITC) of these preliminary 
determinations to include the merchandise subject to these anti-
circumvention inquiries within the CRS Orders. Pursuant to section 
781(e) of the Act, the ITC may request consultations concerning the 
Department's proposed inclusion of the subject merchandise. If, after 
consultations, the ITC believes that a significant injury issue is 
presented by the proposed inclusion, it will have 60

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days from the date of notification by the Department to provide written 
advice.

Notification to Interested Parties

    These determinations are issued and published in accordance with 
section 781(b) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.225(f).

    Dated: December 5, 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 I

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Voluntary Respondent Treatment
IV. Scope of the Orders
V. Scope of the Anti-Circumvention Inquiries
VI. Period of Review
VII. Surrogate Countries and Methodology for Valuing Inputs From the 
PRC and Processing in Vietnam
VIII. Statutory Framework
IX. Statutory Analysis
X. Country-Wide Determination
XI. Certification for Not Using PRC-Origin HRS
XII. Recommendation

Appendix II

Certification Requirements

    If an importer imports certain cold-rolled steel flat products 
(CRS) from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) and claims 
that the CRS was not produced from hot-rolled steel substrate 
(substrate) manufactured in the People's Republic of China (PRC), 
the importer is required to complete and maintain the importer 
certification attached hereto as Appendix III. The importer and 
exporter are required to maintain the exporter certification 
attached hereto as Appendix IV. The importer certification must be 
completed, signed, and dated at the time of the entry of the CRS 
product. The exporter certification must be completed, signed, and 
dated at the time of shipment of the relevant entries. For shipments 
and/or entries on or after November 4, 2016, but before the 
publication of this notice in the Federal Register, for which 
certifications are required, importers and exporters should complete 
the required certification within 30 days of the publication of this 
notice in the Federal Register. The importer and Vietnamese exporter 
are also required to maintain sufficient documentation supporting 
their certifications. The importer will not be required to submit 
the certifications or supporting documentation to U.S. Customs and 
Border Protection (CBP) as part of the entry process. However, the 
importer and the exporter will be required to present the 
certifications and supporting documentation, to the Department and/
or CBP, as applicable, upon request by the respective agency. 
Additionally, the claims made in the certifications and any 
supporting documentation are subject to verification by the 
Department and/or CBP. The importer and exporter are required to 
maintain the certifications and supporting documentation for the 
later of (1) a period of five years from the date of entry or (2) a 
period of three years after the conclusion of any litigation in 
United States courts regarding such entries. If it is determined 
that the certification and/or documentation requirements in a 
certification have not been met, the Department intends to instruct 
CBP to suspend, under the PRC CRS orders (A-570-029, C-570-030), all 
unliquidated entries for which these requirements were not met and 
require the importer to post applicable antidumping duty (AD) and 
countervailing duty (CVD) cash deposits equal to the rates as 
determined by the Department of Commerce. Entries suspended under A-
570-029 and C-570-030 will be liquidated pursuant to applicable 
administrative reviews of the PRC orders or through the automatic 
liquidation process.

Appendix III

Importer Certification

    I hereby certify that:
     My name is {INSERT COMPANY OFFICIAL'S NAME HERE{time}  
and I am an official of {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING COMPANY{time} ;
     I have direct personal knowledge of the facts regarding 
the importation of the cold-rolled steel flat products produced in 
Vietnam that entered under entry number(s) {INSERT ENTRY 
NUMBER(S){time}  and are covered by this certification;
     I have personal knowledge of the facts regarding the 
production of the imported products covered by this certification;
     These cold-rolled steel flat products produced in 
Vietnam do not contain hot-rolled steel substrate produced in the 
People's Republic of China (PRC):
     I understand that {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING 
COMPANY{time}  is required to maintain a copy of this certification 
and sufficient documentation supporting this certification for the 
later of (1) a period of five years from the date of entry or (2) a 
period of three years after the conclusion of any litigation in the 
United States courts regarding such entries;
     I understand that {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING 
COMPANY{time}  is required to provide this certification and 
supporting records, upon request, to U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP) and/or the Department of Commerce (the Department);
     I understand that {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING 
COMPANY{time}  is required to maintain a copy of the exporter's 
certification for the later of (1) a period of five years from the 
date of entry or (2) a period of three years after the conclusion of 
any litigation in United States courts regarding such entries;
     I understand that {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING 
COMPANY{time}  is required to maintain and provide a copy of the 
exporter's certification and supporting records, upon request, to 
CBP and/or the Department;
     I understand that the claims made herein, and the 
substantiating documentation, are subject to verification by CBP 
and/or the Department;
     I understand that failure to maintain the required 
certification and/or failure to substantiate the claims made herein 
will result in:
    [cir] suspension of liquidation of all unliquidated entries (and 
entries for which liquidation has not become final) for which these 
requirements were not met and
    [cir] the requirement that the importer post applicable 
antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) cash deposits 
equal to the rates as determined by the Department;
     I understand that agents of the importer, such as 
brokers, are not permitted to make this certification;
     This certification was completed at the time of entry;
     I am aware that U.S. law (including, but not limited 
to, 18 U.S.C. 1001) imposes criminal sanctions on individuals who 
knowingly and willfully make material false statements to the U.S. 
government.

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Appendix IV

Exporter Certification

    I hereby certify that:
     My name is {INSERT COMPANY OFFICIAL'S NAME HERE{time}  
and I am an official of {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING COMPANY{time} ;
     I have direct personal knowledge of the facts regarding 
the production and exportation of the cold-rolled steel flat 
products identified below.
     These cold-rolled steel flat products produced in 
Vietnam do not contain hot-rolled steel substrate produced in the 
People's Republic of China (PRC):
     I understand that {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING 
COMPANY{time}  is required to maintain a copy of this certification 
and sufficient documentation supporting this certification for the 
later of (1) a period of five years from the date of entry or (2) a 
period of three years after the conclusion of any litigation in the 
United States courts regarding such entries;
     I understand that {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING 
COMPANY{time}  must provide this Exporter Certification to the U.S. 
importer at the time of shipment;
     I understand that {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING 
COMPANY{time}  is required to provide a copy of this certification 
and supporting records, upon request, to U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP) and/or the Department of Commerce (the Department);
     I understand that the claims made herein, and the 
substantiating documentation are subject to verification by CBP and/
or the Department;
     I understand that failure to maintain the required 
certification and/or failure to substantiate the claims made herein 
will result in:

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    [cir] suspension of all unliquidated entries (and entries for 
which liquidation has not become final) for which these requirements 
were not met and
    [cir] the requirement that the importer post applicable 
antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) cash deposits 
equal to the rates as determined by the Department;
     This certification was completed at or prior to the 
time of shipment;
     I am aware that U.S. law (including, but not limited 
to, 18 U.S.C. 1001) imposes criminal sanctions on individuals who 
knowingly and willfully make material false statements to the U.S. 
government.

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