Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products From Taiwan: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2016-2017, 60370-60373 [2017-27405]

Download as PDF sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 60370 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 20, 2017 / Notices proposed production activity to the FTZ Board on behalf of AFE, Inc., located in Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin. The notification conforming to the requirements of the regulations of the FTZ Board (15 CFR 400.22) was received on November 30, 2017. The applicant has submitted a separate application for subzone designation at AFE, Inc.’s facility under 15 CFR 400.38. The facility would be used to produce whiteboard monitors/ interactive displays and televisions with and without tuners. Pursuant to 15 CFR 400.14(b), FTZ activity would be limited to the specific foreign-status materials and components and specific finished products described in the submitted notification (as described below) and subsequently authorized by the FTZ Board. 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Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the Board’s Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their receipt is January 29, 2018. A copy of the notification will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 21013, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230–0002, and in the ‘‘Reading Room’’ section of the Board’s website, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ftz. For further information, contact Christopher Wedderburn at Chris.Wedderburn@trade.gov or (202) 482–1963. Dated: December 14, 2017. Andrew McGilvray, Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2017–27406 Filed 12–19–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–583–853] Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products From Taiwan: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2016–2017 Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty (AD) order on certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products (solar products) from Taiwan. The period of review (POR) is February 1, 2016, through January 31, 2017. This administrative review covers 11 exporters of the subject merchandise, including one mandatory respondent, Motech Industries, Inc. (Motech). The Department preliminarily determines that Motech made sales of subject merchandise at less than normal value during the POR. Additionally, we are rescinding this administrative review AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 with respect to 23 companies that timely withdrew their requests for administrative review. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results. DATES: Applicable December 20, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ariela Garvett or Thomas Martin, AD/ CVD Operations, Office IV, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–3609 or (202) 482–3936, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On February 8, 2017, the Department notified interested parties of the opportunity to request an administrative review of orders, findings, or suspended investigations with anniversaries in February 2017, including the antidumping duty order on solar products from Taiwan.1 On February 28, 2017, SolarWorld Americas Inc. (the petitioner), as well as various exporters and exporters, requested that the Department conduct an administrative review of certain exporters covering the POR. On April 10, 2017, the Department published a notice initiating an AD administrative review of solar products from Taiwan covering 34 companies for the POR.2 In the Initiation Notice, the Department stated that if it limited the number of respondents for individual examination, it intended to select respondents based on volume data contained in responses to its quantity and value (Q&V) questionnaire.3 On April 10, 2017, the Department issued Q&V questionnaires to all 11 companies that appeared in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data for import and merchandise value.4 We received Q&V questionnaire responses from 11 companies 5 named in the Initiation 1 See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation; Opportunity To Request Administrative Review, 82 FR 9709 (February 8, 2017). 2 See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 82 FR 17188, 17189 (April 10, 2017) (Initiation Notice). 3 Id. at 17189. 4 The Department explained in the Initiation Notice that the units used to measure the imported quantities of solar cells and solar modules in the CBP data are in ‘‘piece’’ units, and it would not be meaningful to sum the number of imported solar cells and the number of imported solar modules in attempting to determine the largest Taiwan exporters of subject merchandise by volume. Id. Therefore, the Department stated that it would limit the number of Q&V questionnaires issued based on the import values in CBP data. Id. 5 The 11 companies that submitted a Q&V questionnaire response include: AU Optronics E:\FR\FM\20DEN1.SGM 20DEN1 60371 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 20, 2017 / Notices Notice. The remaining 23 companies withdrew their requests for administrative review, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1). On May 24, 2017, the Department selected Motech as a mandatory respondent.6 From May 25, 2017, through November 16, 2017, the Department issued questionnaires to, and received timely responses from, Motech.7 The petitioner commented on these responses between July 6, July 28, October 3, and October 24, 2017. Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), the Department will rescind an administrative review, in whole or in part, if a party that requested the review withdraws its request within 90 days of the date of publication of the notice of initiation of the requested review. Twenty-three companies 8 withdrew their respective requests for an administrative review within 90 days of the date of publication of Initiation Notice. Accordingly, the Department is rescinding this review with respect to these 23 companies. Scope of the Order The merchandise covered by this order is crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, and modules, laminates and/or panels consisting of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products, including building integrated materials.9 Merchandise covered by this order is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under subheadings 8501.61.0000, 8507.20.8030, 8507.20.8040, 8507.20.8060, 8507.20.8090, 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 is dispositive. Methodology The Department is conducting this review in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Export price and constructed export price are calculated in accordance with section 772 of the Act. Normal value is calculated in accordance with section 773 of the Act. For a full description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.10 A list of topics included in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as an Appendix to this notice. Preliminary Results of Review As a result of this review, we preliminarily determine the following weighted-average dumping margins for the period February 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017: Weighted-average margin (percent) Manufacturer/exporter Motech Industries, Inc ................................................................................................................................................................. AU Optronics Corporation ........................................................................................................................................................... EEPV Corp .................................................................................................................................................................................. Gintech Energy Corporation ........................................................................................................................................................ Inventec Solar Energy Corporation ............................................................................................................................................. Kyocera Mexicana S.A. de C.V ................................................................................................................................................... Neo Solar Power Corporation ..................................................................................................................................................... Sino-American Silicon Products Inc. and Solartech Energy Corp .............................................................................................. TSEC Corporation ....................................................................................................................................................................... Vina Solar Technology Co., Ltd .................................................................................................................................................. 1.07 1.07 1.07 1.07 1.07 1.07 1.07 1.07 1.07 1.07 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Rate for Companies Not Individually Examined The statute and the Department’s regulations do not address the establishment of a rate to be applied to respondents not selected for individual examination when the Department limits its examination of companies subject to the administrative review pursuant to section 777A(c)(2)(B) of the Act. Generally, the Department looks to section 735(c)(5) of the Act, which provides instructions for calculating the all-others rate in an investigation, for guidance when calculating the rate for respondents not individually examined in an administrative review. Section 735(c)(5)(A) of the Act articulates a Corporation, EEPV Corp., Gintech Energy Corporation, Inventec Solar Energy Corporation, Kyocera Mexicana S.A. de C.V., Motech Industries, Inc., Neo Solar Power Corporation, Sino-American Silicon Products Inc., Solartech Energy Corp. group, TSEC Corporation, and Vina Solar Technology Co., Ltd. 6 See memorandum from Thomas Martin, Senior International Trade Compliance Analyst, Office IV, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance to Abdelali Elouaradia, Director, Office IV, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance regarding ‘‘2016–2017 Antidumping Duty Administrative Review of Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from Taiwan: Respondent Selection,’’ dated May 24, 2017 (Respondent Selection Memorandum) at 4–5. 7 See Letters from Motech to the Department dated June 22, July 13, September 20, October 3, October 13, November 6, November 13, and November 16, 2017. 8 Baoding Jiasheng Photovoltaic Technology Co Ltd., Baoding Tianwei Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd., Beijing Tianneng Yingli New Energy Resources Co Ltd., Boviet Solar Technology Co., Ltd., Canadian Solar Inc., Canadian Solar International, Ltd., Canadian Solar Manufacturing (Changshu), Inc., Canadian Solar Manufacturing (Luoyang), Inc., Canadian Solar Solution Inc., E– TON Solar Tech. Co., Ltd., Hainan Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd., Hengshui Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd., Inventec Energy Corporation., Lixian Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd., Shenzhen Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd., Sunengine Corporation Ltd., Sunrise Global Solar Energy., Tianjin Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd., Trina Solar (Schweiz) AG., Trina Solar (Singapore) Science and Technology Pte Ltd., Win Win Precision Technology Co., Ltd., Yingli Energy (China) Co., Ltd., and Yingli Green Energy International Trading Company Limited. 9 For a complete description of the scope of the products under review, see Memorandum from James Maeder, Senior Director, performing the duties of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to 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, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for Preliminary Results of the 2016–2017 Antidumping Duty Administrative Review of Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from Taiwan,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). 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 http://access.trade.gov and available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the internet at http:// enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed and electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. 10 See Preliminary Decision Memorandum. VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:36 Dec 19, 2017 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\20DEN1.SGM 20DEN1 60372 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 20, 2017 / Notices preference for not calculating an allothers rate using rates which are zero, de minimis or based entirely on facts available (FA).11 Accordingly, the Department’s usual practice has been to determine the dumping margin for companies not individually examined by averaging the weighted-average dumping margins for the individually examined respondents, excluding rates that are zero, de minimis, or based entirely on facts available.12 Consistent with this practice, we preliminarily calculated a weighted-average dumping margin for Motech that is above de minimis and not based entirely on FA; therefore, the Department preliminarily assigns to the non-selected companies the weighted-average margin calculated for Motech as the non-selected respondent rate for this review. Assessment Rates sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES As noted above, we are rescinding the review with respect to 23 companies that withdrew their requests for an administrative review within 90 days of the date of publication of the Initiation Notice. As such, the Department intends to issue appropriate assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the date of publication of this notice for these 23 companies. Antidumping duties shall be assessed at rates equal to the cash deposit of estimated antidumping duties required at the time of entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for consumption in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(c)(1)(i). Upon completion of the administrative review, the Department shall determine, and CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review. The Department intends to issue assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the date of publication of the final results of this review. For any individually examined respondents whose weighted-average dumping margin is above de minimis (i.e., 0.50 percent), we will calculate importer-specific ad valorem duty assessment rates based on the ratio of the total amount of dumping calculated for the importer’s examined sales to the total entered value of those same sales in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1).13 For entries of subject 11 See Ball Bearings and Parts Thereof from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Reviews and Rescission of Reviews in Part, 73 FR 52823, 52824 (September 11, 2008), and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comment 16. 12 Id. 13 In these preliminary results, the Department applied the assessment rate calculation VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:36 Dec 19, 2017 Jkt 244001 merchandise during the POR produced by each respondent for which it did not know its merchandise was destined for the United States, we will instruct CBP to liquidate un-reviewed entries at the all-others rate if there is no rate for the intermediate company involved in the transaction.14 We will instruct CBP to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review when the importer-specific assessment rate calculated in the final results of this review is above de minimis. Where either the respondent’s weighted-average dumping margin is zero or de minimis, or an importerspecific assessment rate is zero or de minimis, we will instruct CBP to liquidate the appropriate entries without regard to antidumping duties. 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 duties, where applicable. Cash Deposit Requirements The following deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of the notice of final results of administrative review for all shipments of solar products from Taiwan entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of the final results of this administrative review, as provided for by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for the companies under review will be the rate established in the final results of this review (except, if the rate is zero or de minimis, no cash deposit will be required); (2) for merchandise exported by manufacturers or exporters not covered in this review but covered in a prior segment of the proceeding, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate published for the most recently completed segment of this proceeding in which the manufacturer or exporter participated; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a prior review, or the less-thanfair-value investigation, but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recently completed segment of the proceeding for the manufacturer of the merchandise; and (4) the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers or methodology adopted in Antidumping Proceedings: Calculation of the Weighted-Average Dumping Margin and Assessment Rate in Certain Antidumping Proceedings: Final Modification, 77 FR 8101 (February 14, 2012). 14 See Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Assessment of Antidumping Duties, 68 FR 23954 (May 6, 2003). PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 exporters will continue to be 19.50 percent ad valorem, the all-others rate established in the less-than-fair-value investigation.15 These cash deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice. Disclosure and Public Comment The Department intends to disclose the calculations used in our analysis to interested parties in this review within five days of the date of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). Interested parties are invited to comment on the preliminary results of this review. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(1)(ii), interested parties may submit case briefs no later than 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in the case briefs, may be filed no later than five days after the time limit for filing case briefs.16 Parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this proceeding are requested to submit with each brief: (1) A statement of the issue, (2) a brief summary of the argument, and (3) a table of authorities.17 Executive summaries should be limited to five pages total, including footnotes.18 Case and rebuttal briefs should be filed using ACCESS.19 Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), any interested party may request a hearing within 30 days of the publication of this notice in the Federal Register. If a hearing is requested, the Department will notify interested parties of the hearing schedule. Interested parties who wish to request a hearing, or to participate if one is requested, must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, filed electronically via ACCESS within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. Requests should contain: (1) The party’s name, address, and telephone number; (2) the number of participants; and (3) a list of the issues to be discussed. Issues raised in the hearing will be limited to those raised in the respective case and rebuttal briefs. We intend to issue the final results of this administrative review, including the results of our analysis of issues raised by the parties in the written comments, within 120 days of publication of these preliminary results in the Federal Register, unless otherwise extended.20 15 See Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 79 FR 76966 (December 23, 2014). 16 See 19 CFR 351.309(d)(1). 17 See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2). 18 Id. 19 See 19 CFR 351.303. 20 See section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act. E:\FR\FM\20DEN1.SGM 20DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 243 / Wednesday, December 20, 2017 / Notices Notification to Importers This notice also serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Department’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties. These preliminary results of administrative review are issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213(h)(1). Dated: December 13, 2017. Gary Taverman, Deputy Assistance Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum 1. Summary 2. Background 3. Scope of the Order 4. Selection of Respondents 5. Affiliation and Collapsing of Affiliates 6. Unexamined Respondents 7. Discussion of Methodology 8. Product Comparisons 9. Date of Sale 10. Export Price 11. Normal Value 12. Revisions to SAS-Solartech’s Reported Home Market Sales 13. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-583-853]


Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products From Taiwan: 
Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and 
Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2016-2017

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an 
administrative review of the antidumping duty (AD) order on certain 
crystalline silicon photovoltaic products (solar products) from Taiwan. 
The period of review (POR) is February 1, 2016, through January 31, 
2017. This administrative review covers 11 exporters of the subject 
merchandise, including one mandatory respondent, Motech Industries, 
Inc. (Motech). The Department preliminarily determines that Motech made 
sales of subject merchandise at less than normal value during the POR. 
Additionally, we are rescinding this administrative review with respect 
to 23 companies that timely withdrew their requests for administrative 
review. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary 
results.

DATES: Applicable December 20, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ariela Garvett or Thomas Martin, AD/
CVD Operations, Office IV, Enforcement and Compliance, International 
Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution 
Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3609 or (202) 
482-3936, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On February 8, 2017, the Department notified interested parties of 
the opportunity to request an administrative review of orders, 
findings, or suspended investigations with anniversaries in February 
2017, including the antidumping duty order on solar products from 
Taiwan.\1\ On February 28, 2017, SolarWorld Americas Inc. (the 
petitioner), as well as various exporters and exporters, requested that 
the Department conduct an administrative review of certain exporters 
covering the POR. On April 10, 2017, the Department published a notice 
initiating an AD administrative review of solar products from Taiwan 
covering 34 companies for the POR.\2\
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    \1\ See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or 
Suspended Investigation; Opportunity To Request Administrative 
Review, 82 FR 9709 (February 8, 2017).
    \2\ See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Administrative Reviews, 82 FR 17188, 17189 (April 10, 2017) 
(Initiation Notice).
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    In the Initiation Notice, the Department stated that if it limited 
the number of respondents for individual examination, it intended to 
select respondents based on volume data contained in responses to its 
quantity and value (Q&V) questionnaire.\3\ On April 10, 2017, the 
Department issued Q&V questionnaires to all 11 companies that appeared 
in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data for import and 
merchandise value.\4\ We received Q&V questionnaire responses from 11 
companies \5\ named in the Initiation

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Notice. The remaining 23 companies withdrew their requests for 
administrative review, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1).
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    \3\ Id. at 17189.
    \4\ The Department explained in the Initiation Notice that the 
units used to measure the imported quantities of solar cells and 
solar modules in the CBP data are in ``piece'' units, and it would 
not be meaningful to sum the number of imported solar cells and the 
number of imported solar modules in attempting to determine the 
largest Taiwan exporters of subject merchandise by volume. Id. 
Therefore, the Department stated that it would limit the number of 
Q&V questionnaires issued based on the import values in CBP data. 
Id.
    \5\ The 11 companies that submitted a Q&V questionnaire response 
include: AU Optronics Corporation, EEPV Corp., Gintech Energy 
Corporation, Inventec Solar Energy Corporation, Kyocera Mexicana 
S.A. de C.V., Motech Industries, Inc., Neo Solar Power Corporation, 
Sino-American Silicon Products Inc., Solartech Energy Corp. group, 
TSEC Corporation, and Vina Solar Technology Co., Ltd.
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    On May 24, 2017, the Department selected Motech as a mandatory 
respondent.\6\ From May 25, 2017, through November 16, 2017, the 
Department issued questionnaires to, and received timely responses 
from, Motech.\7\ The petitioner commented on these responses between 
July 6, July 28, October 3, and October 24, 2017.
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    \6\ See memorandum from Thomas Martin, Senior International 
Trade Compliance Analyst, Office IV, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement 
and Compliance to Abdelali Elouaradia, Director, Office IV, AD/CVD 
Operations, Enforcement and Compliance regarding ``2016-2017 
Antidumping Duty Administrative Review of Certain Crystalline 
Silicon Photovoltaic Products from Taiwan: Respondent Selection,'' 
dated May 24, 2017 (Respondent Selection Memorandum) at 4-5.
    \7\ See Letters from Motech to the Department dated June 22, 
July 13, September 20, October 3, October 13, November 6, November 
13, and November 16, 2017.
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Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review

    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), the Department will rescind an 
administrative review, in whole or in part, if a party that requested 
the review withdraws its request within 90 days of the date of 
publication of the notice of initiation of the requested review. 
Twenty-three companies \8\ withdrew their respective requests for an 
administrative review within 90 days of the date of publication of 
Initiation Notice. Accordingly, the Department is rescinding this 
review with respect to these 23 companies.
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    \8\ Baoding Jiasheng Photovoltaic Technology Co Ltd., Baoding 
Tianwei Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd., Beijing Tianneng 
Yingli New Energy Resources Co Ltd., Boviet Solar Technology Co., 
Ltd., Canadian Solar Inc., Canadian Solar International, Ltd., 
Canadian Solar Manufacturing (Changshu), Inc., Canadian Solar 
Manufacturing (Luoyang), Inc., Canadian Solar Solution Inc., E-TON 
Solar Tech. Co., Ltd., Hainan Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd., 
Hengshui Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd., Inventec Energy 
Corporation., Lixian Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd., Shenzhen 
Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd., Sunengine Corporation Ltd., 
Sunrise Global Solar Energy., Tianjin Yingli New Energy Resources 
Co., Ltd., Trina Solar (Schweiz) AG., Trina Solar (Singapore) 
Science and Technology Pte Ltd., Win Win Precision Technology Co., 
Ltd., Yingli Energy (China) Co., Ltd., and Yingli Green Energy 
International Trading Company Limited.
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Scope of the Order

    The merchandise covered by this order is crystalline silicon 
photovoltaic cells, and modules, laminates and/or panels consisting of 
crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not partially or 
fully assembled into other products, including building integrated 
materials.\9\ Merchandise covered by this order is currently classified 
in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under 
subheadings 8501.61.0000, 8507.20.8030, 8507.20.8040, 8507.20.8060, 
8507.20.8090, 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 is dispositive.
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    \9\ For a complete description of the scope of the products 
under review, see Memorandum from James Maeder, Senior Director, 
performing the duties of Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping 
and Countervailing Duty Operations, to 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, ``Decision 
Memorandum for Preliminary Results of the 2016-2017 Antidumping Duty 
Administrative Review of Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic 
Products from Taiwan,'' dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted 
by this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). 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 http://access.trade.gov 
and available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 
of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete 
version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed 
directly on the internet at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The 
signed and electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum are identical in content.
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Methodology

    The Department is conducting this review in accordance with section 
751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Export price 
and constructed export price are calculated in accordance with section 
772 of the Act. Normal value is calculated in accordance with section 
773 of the Act.
    For a full description of the methodology underlying our 
conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.\10\ A list of 
topics included in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as 
an Appendix to this notice.
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    \10\ See Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
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Preliminary Results of Review

    As a result of this review, we preliminarily determine the 
following weighted-average dumping margins for the period February 1, 
2016 through January 31, 2017:

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                                                       Weighted-average
                Manufacturer/exporter                  margin  (percent)
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Motech Industries, Inc..............................                1.07
AU Optronics Corporation............................                1.07
EEPV Corp...........................................                1.07
Gintech Energy Corporation..........................                1.07
Inventec Solar Energy Corporation...................                1.07
Kyocera Mexicana S.A. de C.V........................                1.07
Neo Solar Power Corporation.........................                1.07
Sino-American Silicon Products Inc. and Solartech                   1.07
 Energy Corp........................................
TSEC Corporation....................................                1.07
Vina Solar Technology Co., Ltd......................                1.07
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Rate for Companies Not Individually Examined

    The statute and the Department's regulations do not address the 
establishment of a rate to be applied to respondents not selected for 
individual examination when the Department limits its examination of 
companies subject to the administrative review pursuant to section 
777A(c)(2)(B) of the Act. Generally, the Department looks to section 
735(c)(5) of the Act, which provides instructions for calculating the 
all-others rate in an investigation, for guidance when calculating the 
rate for respondents not individually examined in an administrative 
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preference for not calculating an all-others rate using rates which are 
zero, de minimis or based entirely on facts available (FA).\11\ 
Accordingly, the Department's usual practice has been to determine the 
dumping margin for companies not individually examined by averaging the 
weighted-average dumping margins for the individually examined 
respondents, excluding rates that are zero, de minimis, or based 
entirely on facts available.\12\ Consistent with this practice, we 
preliminarily calculated a weighted-average dumping margin for Motech 
that is above de minimis and not based entirely on FA; therefore, the 
Department preliminarily assigns to the non-selected companies the 
weighted-average margin calculated for Motech as the non-selected 
respondent rate for this review.
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    \11\ See Ball Bearings and Parts Thereof from France, Germany, 
Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom: Final Results of Antidumping 
Duty Administrative Reviews and Rescission of Reviews in Part, 73 FR 
52823, 52824 (September 11, 2008), and accompanying Issues and 
Decision Memorandum at Comment 16.
    \12\ Id.
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Assessment Rates

    As noted above, we are rescinding the review with respect to 23 
companies that withdrew their requests for an administrative review 
within 90 days of the date of publication of the Initiation Notice. As 
such, the Department intends to issue appropriate assessment 
instructions to CBP 15 days after the date of publication of this 
notice for these 23 companies. Antidumping duties shall be assessed at 
rates equal to the cash deposit of estimated antidumping duties 
required at the time of entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for 
consumption in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(c)(1)(i).
    Upon completion of the administrative review, the Department shall 
determine, and CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate 
entries covered by this review. The Department intends to issue 
assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the date of publication of 
the final results of this review.
    For any individually examined respondents whose weighted-average 
dumping margin is above de minimis (i.e., 0.50 percent), we will 
calculate importer-specific ad valorem duty assessment rates based on 
the ratio of the total amount of dumping calculated for the importer's 
examined sales to the total entered value of those same sales in 
accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1).\13\ For entries of subject 
merchandise during the POR produced by each respondent for which it did 
not know its merchandise was destined for the United States, we will 
instruct CBP to liquidate un-reviewed entries at the all-others rate if 
there is no rate for the intermediate company involved in the 
transaction.\14\ We will instruct CBP to assess antidumping duties on 
all appropriate entries covered by this review when the importer-
specific assessment rate calculated in the final results of this review 
is above de minimis. Where either the respondent's weighted-average 
dumping margin is zero or de minimis, or an importer-specific 
assessment rate is zero or de minimis, we will instruct CBP to 
liquidate the appropriate entries without regard to antidumping duties.
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    \13\ In these preliminary results, the Department applied the 
assessment rate calculation methodology adopted in Antidumping 
Proceedings: Calculation of the Weighted-Average Dumping Margin and 
Assessment Rate in Certain Antidumping Proceedings: Final 
Modification, 77 FR 8101 (February 14, 2012).
    \14\ See Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: 
Assessment of Antidumping Duties, 68 FR 23954 (May 6, 2003).
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    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 
duties, where applicable.

Cash Deposit Requirements

    The following deposit requirements will be effective upon 
publication of the notice of final results of administrative review for 
all shipments of solar products from Taiwan entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of the 
final results of this administrative review, as provided for by section 
751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for the companies 
under review will be the rate established in the final results of this 
review (except, if the rate is zero or de minimis, no cash deposit will 
be required); (2) for merchandise exported by manufacturers or 
exporters not covered in this review but covered in a prior segment of 
the proceeding, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company-
specific rate published for the most recently completed segment of this 
proceeding in which the manufacturer or exporter participated; (3) if 
the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a prior review, or 
the less-than-fair-value investigation, but the manufacturer is, the 
cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recently 
completed segment of the proceeding for the manufacturer of the 
merchandise; and (4) the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers 
or exporters will continue to be 19.50 percent ad valorem, the all-
others rate established in the less-than-fair-value investigation.\15\ 
These cash deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect 
until further notice.
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    \15\ See Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products: 
Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 79 FR 76966 
(December 23, 2014).
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Disclosure and Public Comment

    The Department intends to disclose the calculations used in our 
analysis to interested parties in this review within five days of the 
date of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 
351.224(b). Interested parties are invited to comment on the 
preliminary results of this review. Pursuant to 19 CFR 
351.309(c)(1)(ii), interested parties may submit case briefs no later 
than 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. Rebuttal 
briefs, limited to issues raised in the case briefs, may be filed no 
later than five days after the time limit for filing case briefs.\16\ 
Parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this proceeding 
are requested to submit with each brief: (1) A statement of the issue, 
(2) a brief summary of the argument, and (3) a table of 
authorities.\17\ Executive summaries should be limited to five pages 
total, including footnotes.\18\ Case and rebuttal briefs should be 
filed using ACCESS.\19\
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    \16\ See 19 CFR 351.309(d)(1).
    \17\ See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2).
    \18\ Id.
    \19\ See 19 CFR 351.303.
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    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), any interested party may request a 
hearing within 30 days of the publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register. If a hearing is requested, the Department will notify 
interested parties of the hearing schedule. Interested parties who wish 
to request a hearing, or to participate if one is requested, must 
submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and 
Compliance, filed electronically via ACCESS within 30 days after the 
date of publication of this notice. Requests should contain: (1) The 
party's name, address, and telephone number; (2) the number of 
participants; and (3) a list of the issues to be discussed. Issues 
raised in the hearing will be limited to those raised in the respective 
case and rebuttal briefs.
    We intend to issue the final results of this administrative review, 
including the results of our analysis of issues raised by the parties 
in the written comments, within 120 days of publication of these 
preliminary results in the Federal Register, unless otherwise 
extended.\20\
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Notification to Importers

    This notice also serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of 
their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) to file a certificate 
regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation 
of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply 
with this requirement could result in the Department's presumption that 
reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent 
assessment of double antidumping duties.
    These preliminary results of administrative review are issued and 
published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the 
Act and 19 CFR 351.213(h)(1).

    Dated: December 13, 2017.
Gary Taverman,
Deputy Assistance Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Operations, performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the 
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

1. Summary
2. Background
3. Scope of the Order
4. Selection of Respondents
5. Affiliation and Collapsing of Affiliates
6. Unexamined Respondents
7. Discussion of Methodology
8. Product Comparisons
9. Date of Sale
10. Export Price
11. Normal Value
12. Revisions to SAS-Solartech's Reported Home Market Sales
13. Cost of Production Analysis
14. Calculation of NV Based on Comparison-Market Prices
15. Currency Conversions
16. Conclusion

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