Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber From the Republic of Korea: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional Measures, 660-662 [2017-28257]

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Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. entries of subject merchandise from these companies will be liquidated at the China-wide rate.13 Cash Deposit Requirements The following cash deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of the final results of this administrative review for all shipments of the subject merchandise from China entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date, as provided for by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) For the companies listed above that have a separate rate, the cash deposit rate will be that rate established in the final results of this review (except, if the rate is zero or de minimis, then a cash deposit rate of zero will be established for that company); (2) for previously investigated or reviewed China and nonChina exporters that received a separate rate in a prior segment of this proceeding, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the existing exporterspecific rate; (3) for all China exporters of subject merchandise that have not been found to be entitled to a separate rate, the cash deposit rate will be the rate for the China-wide entity, which is 76.45 percent; and (4) for all non-China exporters of subject merchandise that have not received their own rate, the cash deposit rate will be the rate applicable to China exporter(s) that supplied that non-China exporter. These deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Notification to Importers Appendix List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Scope of the Order IV. Discussion of Methodology A. Preliminary Determination of No Shipments B. Non-Market Economy Country Status C. Separate Rates Determination 1. Absence of De Jure Control 2. Absence of De Facto Control 3. Companies Not Eligible for a Separate Rate 4. Separate Rate for Eligible, Non-Selected Companies V. Recommendation [FR Doc. 2018–00016 Filed 1–4–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–580–893] Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber From the Republic of Korea: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional Measures Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that fine denier polyester staple fiber (fine denier PSF) from the Republic of Korea (Korea) are being, or is likely to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karine Gziryan or Celeste Chen, 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) 482–4081 or (202) 482–0890, respectively. AGENCY: 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 and/ or countervailing duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping and/or countervailing duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties. We are issuing and publishing these preliminary results of review in accordance with sections 751(a)(l) and 777(i)(l) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213. Background 13 For a full discussion of this practice, see NME AD Assessment. This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 733(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). The Department published the notice of initiation of this investigation VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Jan 04, 2018 Jkt 244001 DATES: Applicable January 5, 2018. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 on June 27, 2017.1 On October 24, 2017, the Department postponed the preliminary determination of this investigation and the revised deadline is now December 18, 2017.2 For a complete description of the events that followed the initiation of this investigation, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.3 A list of topics included in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix II to this notice. The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at https:// access.trade.gov, and to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be found at http:// enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed and electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Scope of the Investigation The product covered by this investigation is fine denier polyester staple fiber from Korea. For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see Appendix I. Scope Comments In accordance with the preamble to the Department’s regulations,4 the Initiation Notice set aside a period of time for parties to raise issues regarding product coverage (i.e., scope).5 Certain interested parties commented on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. For a summary of the product coverage comments and rebuttal responses submitted to the record for this preliminary determination, and accompanying discussion and analysis of all comments 1 See Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber from the People’s Republic of China, India, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigations, 82 FR 29023 (June 27, 2017) (Initiation Notice). 2 See Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber from the People’s Republic of China, India, the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan: Postponement of Preliminary Determinations in Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigations, 82 FR 49178 (October 24, 2017). 3 See Memorandum, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination in the Less-ThanFair Value Investigation of Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber from the Republic of Korea,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). 4 See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties: Final Rule, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997). 5 See Initiation Notice. E:\FR\FM\05JAN1.SGM 05JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 4 / Friday, January 5, 2018 / Notices timely received, see the Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum.6 The Department is preliminarily modifying the scope language as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. See the revised scope in Appendix I to this notice. Methodology The Department is conducting this investigation in accordance with section 731 of the Act. The Department has calculated export prices in accordance with section 772(a) of the Act. Normal value (NV) is calculated in accordance with section 773 of the Act. Furthermore, pursuant to section 776(a) and (b) of the Act, the Department has preliminarily relied upon facts otherwise available, with adverse inferences, for Huvis Corporation (Huvis) and Down Nara, Co. Ltd. (Down Nara) which did not respond to the Department’s questionnaire.7 For a full description of the methodology underlying the preliminary determination, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES All-Others Rate In accordance with section 735(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, the Department determined weightedaverage dumping margins for each of the producers/exporters of the subject merchandise individually investigated. Pursuant to sections 733(d)(1)(A)(ii) and 735(c)(5)(A) of the Act, the Department shall determine an estimated all-others rate for all exporters and producers not individually examined equal to the weighted average of the estimated weighted-average dumping margins established for exporters and producers individually investigated, excluding any zero and de minimis margins, and any margins determined entirely under section 776 of the Act. Where the rates for the individually investigated companies are all zero or de minimis, or determined entirely using facts otherwise available, section 735(c)(5)(B) of the Act instructs the Department to establish ‘‘any reasonable method to establish the estimated all-others rate for exporters and producers not individually investigated, including averaging the estimated weighted average dumping margins determined for the exporters and producers 6 See Memorandum, ‘‘Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber from the Republic of Korea: Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination’’ (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum), dated December 8, 2017. 7 Toray Chemical Korea Inc. (TCK), Huvis, and Down Nara are the mandatory respondents in this investigation. See Huvis Corporation’s Letter, ‘‘Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber from the Republic of Korea: Notice of Intent Not to Participate,’’ dated August 10, 2017 (Huvis Notice of Intent). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Jan 04, 2018 Jkt 244001 individually investigated.’’ The Department has preliminarily determined the estimated weightedaverage dumping margins for the two non-responsive companies, Huvis and Down Nara, under section 776 of the Act and determined that the estimated weighted-average dumping margin for TCK is zero. Pursuant to section 735(c)(5)(B) of the Act, we calculated the ‘‘all-others’’’ rate as a simple average of the zero percent dumping margin and the two dumping margins based totally on AFA. For a full description of the methodology underlying the Department’s analysis, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. 661 that producer of the subject merchandise, except as explained below; and (3) the cash deposit rate for all other producers and exporters will be equal to the all-others estimated weighted-average dumping margin. Because the estimated weightedaverage dumping margin for TCK is zero, entries of shipments of subject merchandise produced and exported by TCK will not be subject to suspension of liquidation or cash deposit requirements. In such situations, the Department applies the exclusion to the provisional measures to the producer/ exporter combination that was examined in the investigation. Accordingly, the Department is Preliminary Determination directing CBP not to suspend The Department preliminarily liquidation of entries of subject determines that the following estimated merchandise produced and exported by weighted-average dumping margins TCK. Entries of shipments of subject exist: merchandise from TCK in any other producer/exporter combination, or by Estimated third parties that sourced subject weightedmerchandise from the excluded average Exporter/producer dumping producer/exporter combination, are margin subject to the provisional measures at (percent) the all others rate. Should the final estimated weightedToray Chemical Korea Inc ........ (*) Huvis Corporation ..................... 45.23 average dumping margin be zero or de Down Nara, Co., Ltd ................. 45.23 minimis for subject merchandise All-Others .................................. 30.15 exported and produced by TCK, entries of shipments of subject merchandise * de minimis. from this producer/exporter Consistent with section 733(b)(3) of combination will be excluded from the the Act, the Department disregards de potential antidumping duty order. Such minimis rates and preliminarily exclusions are not applicable to determines that the individually merchandise exported to the United examined respondent with a de minimis States by TCK in any other producer/ rate did not sell subject merchandise at exporter combinations or by third LTFV. parties that sourced subject merchandise from the excluded Suspension of Liquidation producer/exporter combinations. In accordance with section 733(d)(2) Disclosure of the Act, the Department will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection The Department intends to disclose (CBP) to suspend liquidation of entries its calculations and analysis performed of subject merchandise, as described in to interested parties in this preliminary Appendix I, entered, or withdrawn from determination within five days of any warehouse, for consumption on or after public announcement or, if there is no the date of publication of this notice in public announcement, within five days the Federal Register. Further, pursuant of the date of publication of this notice to section 733(d)(1)(B) of the Act and 19 in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). CFR 351.205(d), the Department will Verification instruct CBP to require a cash deposit equal to the estimated weighted-average As provided in section 782(i) of the dumping margin or the estimated allAct, the Department intends to verify others rate, as follows: (1) The cash TCK ’s information relied upon in deposit rate for the respondents listed making its final determination. above will be equal to the companyPublic Comment specific estimated weighted-average dumping margins determined in this Case briefs or other written comments preliminary determination; (2) if the may be submitted to the Assistant exporter is not a respondent identified Secretary for Enforcement and above, but the producer is, then the cash Compliance no later than seven days deposit rate will be equal to the after the date on which the final company-specific estimated weightedverification report is issued in this average dumping margin established for proceeding, unless the Secretary alters PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\05JAN1.SGM 05JAN1 662 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 4 / Friday, January 5, 2018 / Notices the time limit. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the deadline for case briefs.8 Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2), parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this investigation 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 for a hearing 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. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures Section 735(a)(2) of the Act provides that a final determination may be postponed until not later than 135 days after the date of the publication of the preliminary determination if, in the event of an affirmative preliminary determination, a request for such postponement is made by exporters who account for a significant proportion of exports of the subject merchandise, or in the event of a negative preliminary determination, a request for such postponement is made by the petitioner. Section 351.210(e)(2) of the Department’s regulations requires that a request by exporters for postponement of the final antidumping determination be accompanied by a request for extension of provisional measures from a four-month period to a period not more than six months in duration. On November 13, 2017, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.210(e), TCK requested that the Department postpone the final determination and that provisional measures be extended to a period not to exceed six months.9 In accordance with 8 See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general filing requirements). 9 See Petitioner’s Letter, ‘‘Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber from India, the People’s Republic of VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:30 Jan 04, 2018 Jkt 244001 section 735(a)(2)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(2)(ii), because: (1) Our preliminary determination is affirmative; (2) the requesting exporter accounts for a significant proportion of exports of the subject merchandise; and (3) no compelling reasons for denial exist, the Department is postponing the final determination and extending the provisional measures from a four-month period to a period not greater than six months. Accordingly, we will make our final determination no later than 135 days after the date of publication of this preliminary determination.10 International Trade Commission Notification In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, the Department will notify the International Trade Commission (ITC) of its preliminary determination. If the final determination is affirmative, the ITC will determine before the later of 120 days after the date of this preliminary determination or 45 days after the final determination whether these imports are materially injuring, or threaten material injury to, the U.S. industry. Notification to Interested Parties This determination is issued and published in accordance with sections 733(f) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c). Dated: December 18, 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 China, the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan— Petitioners’ Request to Postpone the Antidumping Duty Preliminary Determinations,’’ dated October 13, 2017. 10 See also 19 CFR 351.210(e). Frm 00009 Appendix II List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Period of Investigation IV. Postponement of Preliminary Determination V. Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures VI. Scope of the Investigation VII. Scope Comments VIII. Discussion of Methodology Application of Adverse Facts Available (AFA) Corroboration of Secondary Information All-Others Rate Comparisons to Normal Value A. Determination of the Comparison Method B. Results of the Differential Pricing Analysis IX. Date of Sale X. U.S. Price XI. Normal Value A. Home Market Viability B. Level of Trade C. Calculation of Normal Value Based on Comparison-Market Prices D. Calculation of NV Based on CV E. Cost of Production Analysis 1. Calculation of COP 2. Results of COP Test XII. Currency Conversion XIII. Verification XIV. Recommendation [FR Doc. 2017–28257 Filed 1–4–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Scope of the Investigation The merchandise covered by this ` investigation is fıne denier polyester staple fiber (fine denier PSF), not carded, combed, or pre-opened, measuring less than 3.3 decitex (3 denier) in diameter. The scope covers all fine denier PSF, whether coated or uncoated. The following products are excluded from the scope: (1) PSF equal to or greater than 3.3 decitex (more than 3 denier, inclusive) currently classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings 5503.20.0045 and 5503.20.0065. (2) Low-melt PSF defined as a bicomponent polyester fiber having a polyester fiber component that melts at a lower temperature than the other polyester fiber component, which is currently classifiable under HTSUS subheading 5503.20.0015. PO 00000 Fine denier PSF is classifiable under the HTSUS subheading 5503.20.0025. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this investigation is dispositive. Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 International Trade Administration [A–533–875] Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber From India: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional Measures Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that fine denier polyester staple fiber (fine denier PSF) from India is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017. DATES: Applicable January 5, 2018. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\05JAN1.SGM 05JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-580-893]


Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber From the Republic of Korea: 
Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 
Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional 
Measures

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily 
determines that fine denier polyester staple fiber (fine denier PSF) 
from the Republic of Korea (Korea) are being, or is likely to be sold 
in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of 
investigation (POI) is April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karine Gziryan or Celeste Chen, 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) 482-4081 or (202) 482-0890, 
respectively.

DATES: Applicable January 5, 2018.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 
733(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). The Department 
published the notice of initiation of this investigation on June 27, 
2017.\1\ On October 24, 2017, the Department postponed the preliminary 
determination of this investigation and the revised deadline is now 
December 18, 2017.\2\ For a complete description of the events that 
followed the initiation of this investigation, see the Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum.\3\ A list of topics included in the Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix II to this notice. The 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file 
electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and 
Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). 
ACCESS is available to registered users at https://access.trade.gov, 
and to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main 
Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be found at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed and electronic versions of the 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content.
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    \1\ See Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber from the People's 
Republic of China, India, the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, and the 
Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value 
Investigations, 82 FR 29023 (June 27, 2017) (Initiation Notice).
    \2\ See Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber from the People's 
Republic of China, India, the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan: 
Postponement of Preliminary Determinations in Less-Than-Fair-Value 
Investigations, 82 FR 49178 (October 24, 2017).
    \3\ See Memorandum, ``Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary 
Determination in the Less-Than-Fair Value Investigation of Fine 
Denier Polyester Staple Fiber from the Republic of Korea,'' dated 
concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum).
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Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is fine denier polyester 
staple fiber from Korea. For a complete description of the scope of 
this investigation, see Appendix I.

Scope Comments

    In accordance with the preamble to the Department's regulations,\4\ 
the Initiation Notice set aside a period of time for parties to raise 
issues regarding product coverage (i.e., scope).\5\ Certain interested 
parties commented on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in 
the Initiation Notice. For a summary of the product coverage comments 
and rebuttal responses submitted to the record for this preliminary 
determination, and accompanying discussion and analysis of all comments

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timely received, see the Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum.\6\ The 
Department is preliminarily modifying the scope language as it appeared 
in the Initiation Notice. See the revised scope in Appendix I to this 
notice.
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    \4\ See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties: Final Rule, 
62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997).
    \5\ See Initiation Notice.
    \6\ See Memorandum, ``Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber from 
the Republic of Korea: Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for the 
Preliminary Determination'' (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum), 
dated December 8, 2017.
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Methodology

    The Department is conducting this investigation in accordance with 
section 731 of the Act. The Department has calculated export prices in 
accordance with section 772(a) of the Act. Normal value (NV) is 
calculated in accordance with section 773 of the Act. Furthermore, 
pursuant to section 776(a) and (b) of the Act, the Department has 
preliminarily relied upon facts otherwise available, with adverse 
inferences, for Huvis Corporation (Huvis) and Down Nara, Co. Ltd. (Down 
Nara) which did not respond to the Department's questionnaire.\7\ For a 
full description of the methodology underlying the preliminary 
determination, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
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    \7\ Toray Chemical Korea Inc. (TCK), Huvis, and Down Nara are 
the mandatory respondents in this investigation. See Huvis 
Corporation's Letter, ``Fine Denier Polyester Staple Fiber from the 
Republic of Korea: Notice of Intent Not to Participate,'' dated 
August 10, 2017 (Huvis Notice of Intent).
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All-Others Rate

    In accordance with section 735(d)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, the 
Department determined weighted-average dumping margins for each of the 
producers/exporters of the subject merchandise individually 
investigated. Pursuant to sections 733(d)(1)(A)(ii) and 735(c)(5)(A) of 
the Act, the Department shall determine an estimated all-others rate 
for all exporters and producers not individually examined equal to the 
weighted average of the estimated weighted-average dumping margins 
established for exporters and producers individually investigated, 
excluding any zero and de minimis margins, and any margins determined 
entirely under section 776 of the Act. Where the rates for the 
individually investigated companies are all zero or de minimis, or 
determined entirely using facts otherwise available, section 
735(c)(5)(B) of the Act instructs the Department to establish ``any 
reasonable method to establish the estimated all-others rate for 
exporters and producers not individually investigated, including 
averaging the estimated weighted average dumping margins determined for 
the exporters and producers individually investigated.'' The Department 
has preliminarily determined the estimated weighted-average dumping 
margins for the two non-responsive companies, Huvis and Down Nara, 
under section 776 of the Act and determined that the estimated 
weighted-average dumping margin for TCK is zero. Pursuant to section 
735(c)(5)(B) of the Act, we calculated the ``all-others''' rate as a 
simple average of the zero percent dumping margin and the two dumping 
margins based totally on AFA. For a full description of the methodology 
underlying the Department's analysis, see the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum.

Preliminary Determination

    The Department preliminarily determines that the following 
estimated weighted-average dumping margins exist:

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                                                              weighted-
                                                               average
                     Exporter/producer                         dumping
                                                                margin
                                                              (percent)
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Toray Chemical Korea Inc...................................          (*)
Huvis Corporation..........................................        45.23
Down Nara, Co., Ltd........................................        45.23
All-Others.................................................        30.15
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* de minimis.

    Consistent with section 733(b)(3) of the Act, the Department 
disregards de minimis rates and preliminarily determines that the 
individually examined respondent with a de minimis rate did not sell 
subject merchandise at LTFV.

Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 733(d)(2) of the Act, the Department 
will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend 
liquidation of entries of subject merchandise, as described in Appendix 
I, entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after 
the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. 
Further, pursuant to section 733(d)(1)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.205(d), the Department will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit 
equal to the estimated weighted-average dumping margin or the estimated 
all-others rate, as follows: (1) The cash deposit rate for the 
respondents listed above will be equal to the company-specific 
estimated weighted-average dumping margins determined in this 
preliminary determination; (2) if the exporter is not a respondent 
identified above, but the producer is, then the cash deposit rate will 
be equal to the company-specific estimated weighted-average dumping 
margin established for that producer of the subject merchandise, except 
as explained below; and (3) the cash deposit rate for all other 
producers and exporters will be equal to the all-others estimated 
weighted-average dumping margin.
    Because the estimated weighted-average dumping margin for TCK is 
zero, entries of shipments of subject merchandise produced and exported 
by TCK will not be subject to suspension of liquidation or cash deposit 
requirements. In such situations, the Department applies the exclusion 
to the provisional measures to the producer/exporter combination that 
was examined in the investigation. Accordingly, the Department is 
directing CBP not to suspend liquidation of entries of subject 
merchandise produced and exported by TCK. Entries of shipments of 
subject merchandise from TCK in any other producer/exporter 
combination, or by third parties that sourced subject merchandise from 
the excluded producer/exporter combination, are subject to the 
provisional measures at the all others rate.
    Should the final estimated weighted-average dumping margin be zero 
or de minimis for subject merchandise exported and produced by TCK, 
entries of shipments of subject merchandise from this producer/exporter 
combination will be excluded from the potential antidumping duty order. 
Such exclusions are not applicable to merchandise exported to the 
United States by TCK in any other producer/exporter combinations or by 
third parties that sourced subject merchandise from the excluded 
producer/exporter combinations.

Disclosure

    The Department intends to disclose its calculations and analysis 
performed to interested parties in this preliminary determination 
within five days of any public announcement or, if there is no public 
announcement, within five days of the date of publication of this 
notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).

Verification

    As provided in section 782(i) of the Act, the Department intends to 
verify TCK 's 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 final verification report is issued in 
this proceeding, unless the Secretary alters

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the time limit. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case 
briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the deadline for 
case briefs.\8\ Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2), parties 
who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this investigation 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 
filing requirements).
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    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to 
request a hearing, limited to issues raised in the case and rebuttal 
briefs, must submit a written request for a hearing 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.

Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional 
Measures

    Section 735(a)(2) of the Act provides that a final determination 
may be postponed until not later than 135 days after the date of the 
publication of the preliminary determination if, in the event of an 
affirmative preliminary determination, a request for such postponement 
is made by exporters who account for a significant proportion of 
exports of the subject merchandise, or in the event of a negative 
preliminary determination, a request for such postponement is made by 
the petitioner. Section 351.210(e)(2) of the Department's regulations 
requires that a request by exporters for postponement of the final 
antidumping determination be accompanied by a request for extension of 
provisional measures from a four-month period to a period not more than 
six months in duration.
    On November 13, 2017, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.210(e), TCK requested 
that the Department postpone the final determination and that 
provisional measures be extended to a period not to exceed six 
months.\9\ In accordance with section 735(a)(2)(A) of the Act and 19 
CFR 351.210(b)(2)(ii), because: (1) Our preliminary determination is 
affirmative; (2) the requesting exporter accounts for a significant 
proportion of exports of the subject merchandise; and (3) no compelling 
reasons for denial exist, the Department is postponing the final 
determination and extending the provisional measures from a four-month 
period to a period not greater than six months. Accordingly, we will 
make our final determination no later than 135 days after the date of 
publication of this preliminary determination.\10\
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    \9\ See Petitioner's Letter, ``Fine Denier Polyester Staple 
Fiber from India, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of 
Korea, and Taiwan--Petitioners' Request to Postpone the Antidumping 
Duty Preliminary Determinations,'' dated October 13, 2017.
    \10\ See also 19 CFR 351.210(e).
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International Trade Commission Notification

    In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, the Department will 
notify the International Trade Commission (ITC) of its preliminary 
determination. If the final determination is affirmative, the ITC will 
determine before the later of 120 days after the date of this 
preliminary determination or 45 days after the final determination 
whether these imports are materially injuring, or threaten material 
injury to, the U.S. industry.

Notification to Interested Parties

    This determination is issued and published in accordance with 
sections 733(f) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c).

    Dated: December 18, 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

Scope of the Investigation

    The merchandise covered by this investigation is f[igrave]ne 
denier polyester staple fiber (fine denier PSF), not carded, combed, 
or pre-opened, measuring less than 3.3 decitex (3 denier) in 
diameter. The scope covers all fine denier PSF, whether coated or 
uncoated. The following products are excluded from the scope:
    (1) PSF equal to or greater than 3.3 decitex (more than 3 
denier, inclusive) currently classifiable under Harmonized Tariff 
Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings 5503.20.0045 and 
5503.20.0065.
    (2) Low-melt PSF defined as a bi-component polyester fiber 
having a polyester fiber component that melts at a lower temperature 
than the other polyester fiber component, which is currently 
classifiable under HTSUS subheading 5503.20.0015.
    Fine denier PSF is classifiable under the HTSUS subheading 
5503.20.0025. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for 
convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the 
scope of this investigation is dispositive.

Appendix II

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Period of Investigation
IV. Postponement of Preliminary Determination
V. Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional 
Measures
VI. Scope of the Investigation
VII. Scope Comments
VIII. Discussion of Methodology
    Application of Adverse Facts Available (AFA)
    Corroboration of Secondary Information
    All-Others Rate
    Comparisons to Normal Value
    A. Determination of the Comparison Method
    B. Results of the Differential Pricing Analysis
IX. Date of Sale
X. U.S. Price
XI. Normal Value
    A. Home Market Viability
    B. Level of Trade
    C. Calculation of Normal Value Based on Comparison-Market Prices
    D. Calculation of NV Based on CV
    E. Cost of Production Analysis
    1. Calculation of COP
    2. Results of COP Test
XII. Currency Conversion
XIII. Verification
XIV. Recommendation

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