Rubber Bands From Thailand and the People's Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary Determinations in the Countervailing Duty Investigations, 15789-15790 [2018-07588]

Download as PDF 15789 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 71 / Thursday, April 12, 2018 / Notices in accordance with section 772(c)(1)(C) of the Act. Final Results of the Review Commerce determines that, for the period of December 1, 2015, through November 30, 2016, the following dumping margin exists: Exporter/producer Dumping margin (percent) Rate adjusted for export subsidies (percent) Pidilite Industries Limited ......................................................................................................................................... 66.59 49.57 VI. Conclusion Assessment Rates Notification to Importers Commerce shall determine, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries of subject merchandise in accordance with the final results of this review.9 For entries of the subject merchandise from Pidilite, we will instruct CBP to assess antidumping duties at the adjusted rate of 49.57 percent. We intend to issue instructions to CBP 15 days after the date of publication of the final results of this review. This notice serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this POR. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Cash Deposit Requirements The following deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of the notice of the final results of this administrative review for all shipments of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date of the final results, as provided by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for Pidilite will be the rate established in the final results of this review; (2) for previously reviewed or investigated companies not participating in this review, 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 company was reviewed; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a prior review, or the less-than-fair value (LTFV) investigation, but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recentlycompleted segment of this proceeding for the manufacturer of subject merchandise; and (4) the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers or exporters will continue to be 27.48 percent, the all-others rate established in the LTFV investigation.10 These cash deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice. 9 See section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.212(b). 10 See Order. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:20 Apr 11, 2018 Jkt 244001 Administrative Protective Order In accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3), this notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under the APO, which continues to govern business proprietary information in this segment of the proceeding. Timely written notification of the return or destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation subject to sanction. We are issuing and publishing this notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.213(h). Dated: April 6, 2018. 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—List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Affiliation IV. Use of Facts Otherwise Available With Adverse Inferences V. Analysis of Comments Comment 1: Whether Pidilite and Its U.S. Customer Are Affiliated Comment 2: Whether To Continue To Apply AFA to Pidilite for the Final Results PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [FR Doc. 2018–07616 Filed 4–11–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–549–836, C–570–070] Rubber Bands From Thailand and the People’s Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary Determinations in the Countervailing Duty Investigations Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. AGENCY: DATES: Applicable April 12, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shanah Lee at (202) 482–6386 (Thailand) and Kristen Johnson at (202) 482–4793 (the People’s Republic of China), AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On February 20, 2018, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) initiated countervailing duty (CVD) investigations on rubber bands from Thailand and the People’s Republic of China.1 Currently, the preliminary determinations of these investigations are due no later than April 26, 2018. 1 See Rubber Bands from Thailand, the People’s Republic of China, and Sri Lanka: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigations, 83 FR 8429 (February 27, 2018). Pursuant to section 703(a)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, the countervailing duty investigation on rubber bands from Sri Lanka was terminated following the International Trade Commission’s determination that imports of rubber bands from Sri Lanka that are alleged to be sold at less than fair value and subsidized by the government of Sri Lanka are negligible. See Rubber Bands from China, Sri Lanka, and Thailand; Determinations, 83 FR 12594 (March 22, 2018). E:\FR\FM\12APN1.SGM 12APN1 15790 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 71 / Thursday, April 12, 2018 / Notices Postponement of Preliminary Determinations Section 703(b)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act) requires Commerce to issue the preliminary determination in a CVD investigation within 65 days after the date on which Commerce initiated the investigation. However, section 703(c)(1)(A) of the Act permits Commerce to postpone the preliminary determination until no later than 130 days after the date on which Commerce initiated the investigation if a petitioner makes a timely request for a postponement. Under 19 CFR 351.205(e), a petitioner must submit a request for postponement 25 days or more before the scheduled date of the preliminary determination and must state the reason for the request. Commerce will grant the request unless it finds compelling reasons to deny the request.2 On March 27, 2018, Alliance Rubber Co. (the petitioner) submitted a timely request, pursuant to section 703(c)(1)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(e), to postpone fully the preliminary determinations.3 The petitioner stated that the purpose of its request is to provide Commerce with adequate time to analyze fully ‘questionnaire responses to determine the extent to which countervailable subsidies are used by the respondents.4 In accordance with 19 CFR 351.205(e), the petitioner stated the reason for requesting a postponement of the preliminary determinations and the record does not present any compelling reasons to deny the request. Therefore, in accordance with section 703(c)(1)(A) of the Act, Commerce is postponing the deadline for the preliminary determinations to July 2, 2018.5 In accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(1), the deadline for the final determinations of these investigations will continue to be 75 days after the date of the preliminary determinations, unless postponed at a later date. This notice is issued and published pursuant to section 703(c)(2) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(f)(1). 2 See 19 CFR 351.205(e). Letter from the petitioner, ‘‘Petitioner’s Request for Postponement of the Preliminary Determinations,’’ dated March 27, 2018. 4 Id. at 2. 5 The actual deadline is June 30, 2018, which is a Saturday. Commerce’s practice dictates that where a deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday, the appropriate deadline is the next business day. See Notice of Clarification: Application of ‘‘Next Business Day’’ Rule for Administrative Determination Deadlines Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930, As Amended, 70 FR 24533 (May 10, 2005). sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 3 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:20 Apr 11, 2018 Jkt 244001 Dated: April 6, 2018. Gary Taverman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2018–07588 Filed 4–11–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–065] Countervailing Duty Investigation of Stainless Steel Flanges From the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Determination Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers/exporters of stainless steel flanges from the People’s Republic of China (China). The period of investigation is January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016. DATES: Applicable April 12, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Justin Neuman or Jerry Huang, AD/CVD Operations, Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482–0486 or (202) 482–4047, respectively. AGENCY: Background The Preliminary Determination in this investigation was published on January 23, 2018.1 Commerce exercised its discretion to toll all deadlines affected by the closure of the Federal Government from January 20 through 22, 2018. As a result, the revised deadline for the final determination of this investigation is now April 4, 2018.2 We invited interested parties to comment on the Preliminary Determination. However, we received 1 See Countervailing Duty Investigation of Stainless Steel Flanges from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Determination, 83 FR 3124 (January 23, 2018) (Preliminary Determination). 2 See Memorandum, ‘‘Deadlines Affected by the Shutdown of the Federal Government’’ (Tolling Memorandum), dated January 23, 2018. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by 3 days. Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Scope of the Investigation The products covered by this investigation are stainless steel flanges from China. For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see the Appendix to this notice. Analysis of Subsidy Programs and Comments Received As noted above, we received no comments pertaining to the Preliminary Determination. As stated in the Preliminary Determination, we found that the mandatory respondents in these investigations, Bothwell (Jiangyan) Steel Fittings Co., Ltd.; Hydro Fluids Controls Limited; Jiangyin Shengda Brite Line Kasugai Flange Co., Ltd.; and Qingdao IFlow Co., Ltd.; did not cooperate to the best of their abilities and, accordingly, we determined it appropriate to apply facts otherwise available with adverse inferences, in accordance with section 776(a)–(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act).3 For the purposes of the final determination, Commerce has made no changes to the Preliminary Determination. All-Others Rate As discussed in the Preliminary Determination, Commerce based the selection of the ‘‘All-Others’’ rate on the countervailable subsidy rate established for the mandatory respondents in accordance with section 705(c)(5)(A)(ii) of the Act.4 We made no changes to the selection of this rate for this final determination. Final Determination Commerce determines that the following estimated countervailable subsidy rates exist: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 no comments from any interested parties. Company Bothwell (Jiangyan) Steel Fittings Co., Ltd ........................... Hydro-Fluids Controls Limited .... Jiangyin Shengda Brite Line Kasugai Flange Co., Ltd ......... Qingdao I-Flow Co., Ltd ............. All-Others .................................... Subsidy rate (percent) 174.73 174.73 174.73 174.73 174.73 Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation As a result of our Preliminary Determination and pursuant to section 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, Commerce directed U.S. Customs and 3 See Preliminary Determination, 83 FR at 3124– 3125. 4 Id., 83 FR at 3125. E:\FR\FM\12APN1.SGM 12APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 71 (Thursday, April 12, 2018)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-549-836, C-570-070]


Rubber Bands From Thailand and the People's Republic of China: 
Postponement of Preliminary Determinations in the Countervailing Duty 
Investigations

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

DATES: Applicable April 12, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shanah Lee at (202) 482-6386 
(Thailand) and Kristen Johnson at (202) 482-4793 (the People's Republic 
of China), AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International 
Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution 
Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On February 20, 2018, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) 
initiated countervailing duty (CVD) investigations on rubber bands from 
Thailand and the People's Republic of China.\1\ Currently, the 
preliminary determinations of these investigations are due no later 
than April 26, 2018.
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    \1\ See Rubber Bands from Thailand, the People's Republic of 
China, and Sri Lanka: Initiation of Countervailing Duty 
Investigations, 83 FR 8429 (February 27, 2018). Pursuant to section 
703(a)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, the countervailing 
duty investigation on rubber bands from Sri Lanka was terminated 
following the International Trade Commission's determination that 
imports of rubber bands from Sri Lanka that are alleged to be sold 
at less than fair value and subsidized by the government of Sri 
Lanka are negligible. See Rubber Bands from China, Sri Lanka, and 
Thailand; Determinations, 83 FR 12594 (March 22, 2018).

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Postponement of Preliminary Determinations

    Section 703(b)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act) 
requires Commerce to issue the preliminary determination in a CVD 
investigation within 65 days after the date on which Commerce initiated 
the investigation. However, section 703(c)(1)(A) of the Act permits 
Commerce to postpone the preliminary determination until no later than 
130 days after the date on which Commerce initiated the investigation 
if a petitioner makes a timely request for a postponement. Under 19 CFR 
351.205(e), a petitioner must submit a request for postponement 25 days 
or more before the scheduled date of the preliminary determination and 
must state the reason for the request. Commerce will grant the request 
unless it finds compelling reasons to deny the request.\2\
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    \2\ See 19 CFR 351.205(e).
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    On March 27, 2018, Alliance Rubber Co. (the petitioner) submitted a 
timely request, pursuant to section 703(c)(1)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.205(e), to postpone fully the preliminary determinations.\3\ The 
petitioner stated that the purpose of its request is to provide 
Commerce with adequate time to analyze fully `questionnaire responses 
to determine the extent to which countervailable subsidies are used by 
the respondents.\4\
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    \3\ See Letter from the petitioner, ``Petitioner's Request for 
Postponement of the Preliminary Determinations,'' dated March 27, 
2018.
    \4\ Id. at 2.
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    In accordance with 19 CFR 351.205(e), the petitioner stated the 
reason for requesting a postponement of the preliminary determinations 
and the record does not present any compelling reasons to deny the 
request. Therefore, in accordance with section 703(c)(1)(A) of the Act, 
Commerce is postponing the deadline for the preliminary determinations 
to July 2, 2018.\5\ In accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Act and 
19 CFR 351.210(b)(1), the deadline for the final determinations of 
these investigations will continue to be 75 days after the date of the 
preliminary determinations, unless postponed at a later date.
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    \5\ The actual deadline is June 30, 2018, which is a Saturday. 
Commerce's practice dictates that where a deadline falls on a 
weekend or federal holiday, the appropriate deadline is the next 
business day. See Notice of Clarification: Application of ``Next 
Business Day'' Rule for Administrative Determination Deadlines 
Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930, As Amended, 70 FR 24533 (May 10, 
2005).
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    This notice is issued and published pursuant to section 703(c)(2) 
of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(f)(1).

    Dated: April 6, 2018.
Gary Taverman,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Operations, performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the 
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
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