Stainless Steel Flanges From the People's Republic of China: Countervailing Duty Order, 26006-26008 [2018-11908]

Download as PDF 26006 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 108 / Tuesday, June 5, 2018 / Notices Ad Valorem Rate (% de minimis) Company COFCO Biochemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (COFCO) .................................................................................................................... Niran (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (Niran) .................................................................................................................................................. Sunshine Biotech International Co., Ltd. (Sunshine) .................................................................................................................... This notice serves as the only reminder to parties subject to Administrative Protective Order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Failure to comply is a violation of the APO. and regardless of packaging type. The scope also includes blends of citric acid, sodium citrate, and potassium citrate; as well as blends with other ingredients, such as sugar, where the unblended form(s) of citric acid, sodium citrate, and potassium citrate constitute 40 percent or more, by weight, of the blend. The scope also includes all forms of crude calcium citrate, including dicalcium citrate monohydrate, and tricalcium citrate tetrahydrate, which are intermediate products in the production of citric acid, sodium citrate, and potassium citrate. The scope includes the hydrous and anhydrous forms of citric acid, the dihydrate and anhydrous forms of sodium citrate, otherwise known as citric acid sodium salt, and the monohydrate and monopotassium forms of potassium citrate. Sodium citrate also includes both trisodium citrate and monosodium citrate which are also known as citric acid trisodium salt and citric acid monosodium salt, respectively. The scope does not include calcium citrate that satisfies the standards set forth in the United States Pharmacopeia and has been mixed with a functional excipient, such as dextrose or starch, where the excipient constitutes at least 2 percent, by weight, of the product. Citric acid and sodium citrate are classifiable under 2918.14.0000 and 2918.15.1000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS), respectively. Potassium citrate and crude calcium citrate are classifiable under 2918.15.5000 and, if included in a mixture or blend, 3824.99.9295 of the HTSUS. Blends that include citric acid, sodium citrate, and potassium citrate are classifiable under 3824.99.9295 of the HTSUS. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise is dispositive. Notification to Interested Parties Appendix II This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 705(d) and 777(i) of the Act. List of Topics Discussed in the Final Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Scope of the Investigation IV. New Subsidy Allegation V. Subsidies Valuation VI. Benchmark and Discount Rates VII. Analysis of Programs VIII. Discussion of the Issues Comment 1: Whether Commerce Should Include Respondents’ Imports of Chinese-Origin Machinery and Equipment Made Pursuant to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-China Free Trade Area (FTA) in the Benefit Calculation of the IPA Section 28 Program Comment 2: Whether Subsidies Received by The Department has not calculated an all-others rate because it has not reached an affirmative final determination. In the Preliminary Determination, the total net countervailable subsidy rates for the three companies were de minimis and, therefore, we did not suspend liquidation. Because the rates for the three companies remain de minimis, we are not directing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to suspend liquidation of entries of citric acid from Thailand. Disclosure Commerce intends to disclose to interested parties its calculations and analysis performed in this final determination within five days of any public announcement in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). International Trade Commission Notification In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the ITC of our determination. As our final determination is negative, this proceeding is terminated. Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders (APOs) amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 Dated: May 29, 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 I Scope of the Investigation The merchandise covered by this investigation includes all grades and granulation sizes of citric acid, sodium citrate, and potassium citrate in their unblended forms, whether dry or in solution, VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:19 Jun 04, 2018 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 0.00 0.00 0.21 COFCO Biochemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd.’s (COFCO) Predecessor, World Best Biochemical (Thailand) Co., Ltd., (World Best), Are Countervailable Comment 3: Whether Commerce Should Find Duty Exemptions on Imports of Raw Materials Under the Section 36 IPA Program to be Countervailable IX. Recommendation [FR Doc. 2018–12011 Filed 6–4–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–065] Stainless Steel Flanges From the People’s Republic of China: Countervailing Duty Order Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: Based on affirmative final determinations by the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the International Trade Commission (ITC), Commerce is issuing the countervailing duty (CVD) order stainless steel flanges from the People’s Republic of China (China). AGENCY: DATES: Applicable June 5, 2018. Jerry Huang at (202) 482–4047 or Justin Neuman at (202) 482–0486, AD/CVD Operations, Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Background In accordance with sections 705(a), 705(d), and 777(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (Act), and 19 CFR 351.210(c), on April 12, 2018, Commerce published its affirmative final determinations that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of stainless steel flanges from China.1 1 See Countervailing Duty Investigation of Stainless Steel Flanges from the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Determination, 83 FR 15790 (April 12, 2018) (Final Determination) and the accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum. E:\FR\FM\05JNN1.SGM 05JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 108 / Tuesday, June 5, 2018 / Notices On May 29, 2018, the ITC notified Commerce of its affirmative determination that an industry in the United States is materially injured within the meaning of section 705(b)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, by reason of subsidized imports of subject merchandise from China.2 Scope of the Order The scope of this order covers stainless steel flanges from China. For a complete description of the scope, see the Appendix to this notice. Countervailing Duty Order On May 29, 2018, in accordance with sections 705(b)(1)(A)(i) and 705(d) of the Act, the ITC notified Commerce of its final determination in this investigation, in which it found that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of stainless steel flanges from China.3 Therefore, in accordance with section 705(c)(2) of the Act, Commerce is issuing this countervailing duty order. Because the ITC determined that imports of stainless steel flanges from China are materially injuring a U.S. industry, unliquidated entries of such merchandise from China, entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, are subject to the assessment of countervailing duties. Therefore, in accordance with section 706(a) of the Act, Commerce will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assess, upon further instruction by Commerce, countervailing duties for all relevant entries of stainless steel flanges from China. Countervailing duties will be assessed on unliquidated entries of stainless steel flanges from China entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after January 23, 2018, the date of publication of the Preliminary Determinations.4 Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 In accordance with section 706 of the Act, we will instruct CBP to suspend 2 See Letters to Gary Taverman, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Enforcement and Compliance, from Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission, regarding stainless steel flanges from China (May 29, 2018) (ITC Letter). 3 See ITC Letter. 4 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) and the accompanying Preliminary Issues and Decision Memorandum. However, as described further below, countervailing duties will not be assessed on merchandise entered, or withdrawn for consumption, during the period of time between the expiration of provisional measures and the publication of the ITC’s final injury determination in the Federal Register. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:19 Jun 04, 2018 Jkt 241001 liquidation on all relevant entries of stainless steel flanges from China, as further described below. These instructions suspending liquidation will remain in effect until further notice. Commerce will also instruct CBP to require cash deposits equal to the amounts as indicated below. Accordingly, effective on the date of publication of the ITC’s final affirmative injury determinations, CBP will require, at the same time as importers would normally deposit estimated duties on this subject merchandise, a cash deposit equal to the subsidy rates listed below.5 The all-others rate applies to all producers or exporters not specifically listed below. Subsidy rate (percent) 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 .............................. 174.73 174.73 174.73 174.73 174.73 Provisional Measures Section 703(d) of the Act states that instructions issued pursuant to an affirmative preliminary determination may not remain in effect for more than four months. In the underlying investigations, Commerce published the Preliminary Determination on January 23, 2018. As such, the four-month period beginning on the date of the publication of the Preliminary Determinations ended on May 23, 2018. Furthermore, section 707(b) of the Act states that definitive duties are to begin on the date of publication of the ITC’s final injury determination. Therefore, in accordance with section 703(d) of the Act and our practice, we instructed CBP to terminate the suspension of liquidation and to liquidate, without regard to countervailing duties, unliquidated entries of stainless steel flanges from China entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption, on or after May 23, 2018, the date the provisional measures expired, until and through the day preceding the date of publication of the ITC’s final injury determination in the Federal Register. Suspension of liquidation will resume on the date of publication of the ITC’s final determination in the Federal Register. Notifications to Interested Parties This notice constitutes the countervailing duty order with respect 5 See PO 00000 section 706(a)(3) of the Act. Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 26007 to stainless steel flanges from China pursuant to section 706(a) of the Act. Interested parties can find a list of countervailing duty orders currently in effect at https://enforcement.trade.gov/ stats/iastats1.html. This order is issued and published in accordance with section 706(a) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.211(b). Dated: May 29, 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 Scope of the Order The products covered by this order are certain forged stainless steel flanges, whether unfinished, semi-finished, or finished (certain forged stainless steel flanges). Certain forged stainless steel flanges are generally manufactured to, but not limited to, the material specification of ASTM/ASME A/SA182 or comparable domestic or foreign specifications. Certain forged stainless steel flanges are made in various grades such as, but not limited to, 304, 304L, 316, and 316L (or combinations thereof). The term ‘‘stainless steel’’ used in this scope refers to an alloy steel containing, by actual weight, 1.2 percent or less of carbon and 10.5 percent or more of chromium, with or without other elements. Unfinished stainless steel flanges possess the approximate shape of finished stainless steel flanges and have not yet been machined to final specification after the initial forging or like operations. These machining processes may include, but are not limited to, boring, facing, spot facing, drilling, tapering, threading, beveling, heating, or compressing. Semi-finished stainless steel flanges are unfinished stainless steel flanges that have undergone some machining processes. The scope includes six general types of flanges. They are: (1) Weld neck, generally used in butt-weld line connection; (2) threaded, generally used for threaded line connections; (3) slip-on, generally used to slide over pipe; (4) lap joint, generally used with stub-ends/butt-weld line connections; (5) socket weld, generally used to fit pipe into a machine recession; and (6) blind, generally used to seal off a line. The sizes and descriptions of the flanges within the scope include all pressure classes of ASME B16.5 and range from one-half inch to twenty-four inches nominal pipe size. Specifically excluded from the scope of this order are cast stainless steel flanges. Cast stainless steel flanges generally are manufactured to specification ASTM A351. The country of origin for certain forged stainless steel flanges, whether unfinished, semi-finished, or finished is the country where the flange was forged. Subject merchandise includes stainless steel flanges as defined above that have been further processed in a third country. The processing includes, but is not limited to, boring, facing, spot facing, drilling, tapering, threading, E:\FR\FM\05JNN1.SGM 05JNN1 26008 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 108 / Tuesday, June 5, 2018 / Notices beveling, heating, or compressing, and/or any other processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the orders if performed in the country of manufacture of the stainless steel flanges. Merchandise subject to the order is typically imported under headings 7307.21.1000 and 7307.21.5000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). While HTSUS subheadings and ASTM specifications are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope is dispositive. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-065]


Stainless Steel Flanges From the People's Republic of China: 
Countervailing Duty Order

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

SUMMARY: Based on affirmative final determinations by the Department of 
Commerce (Commerce) and the International Trade Commission (ITC), 
Commerce is issuing the countervailing duty (CVD) order stainless steel 
flanges from the People's Republic of China (China).

DATES: Applicable June 5, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerry Huang at (202) 482-4047 or 
Justin Neuman at (202) 482-0486, AD/CVD Operations, Office V, 
Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 
20230.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    In accordance with sections 705(a), 705(d), and 777(i) of the 
Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (Act), and 19 CFR 351.210(c), on April 
12, 2018, Commerce published its affirmative final determinations that 
countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters 
of stainless steel flanges from China.\1\
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    \1\ See Countervailing Duty Investigation of Stainless Steel 
Flanges from the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative 
Determination, 83 FR 15790 (April 12, 2018) (Final Determination) 
and the accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum.

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    On May 29, 2018, the ITC notified Commerce of its affirmative 
determination that an industry in the United States is materially 
injured within the meaning of section 705(b)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, by 
reason of subsidized imports of subject merchandise from China.\2\
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    \2\ See Letters to Gary Taverman, Acting Assistant Secretary of 
Commerce for Enforcement and Compliance, from Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, 
Chairman of the U.S. International Trade Commission, regarding 
stainless steel flanges from China (May 29, 2018) (ITC Letter).
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Scope of the Order

    The scope of this order covers stainless steel flanges from China. 
For a complete description of the scope, see the Appendix to this 
notice.

Countervailing Duty Order

    On May 29, 2018, in accordance with sections 705(b)(1)(A)(i) and 
705(d) of the Act, the ITC notified Commerce of its final determination 
in this investigation, in which it found that an industry in the United 
States is materially injured by reason of imports of stainless steel 
flanges from China.\3\ Therefore, in accordance with section 705(c)(2) 
of the Act, Commerce is issuing this countervailing duty order. Because 
the ITC determined that imports of stainless steel flanges from China 
are materially injuring a U.S. industry, unliquidated entries of such 
merchandise from China, entered or withdrawn from warehouse for 
consumption, are subject to the assessment of countervailing duties.
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    \3\ See ITC Letter.
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    Therefore, in accordance with section 706(a) of the Act, Commerce 
will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assess, upon 
further instruction by Commerce, countervailing duties for all relevant 
entries of stainless steel flanges from China. Countervailing duties 
will be assessed on unliquidated entries of stainless steel flanges 
from China entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or 
after January 23, 2018, the date of publication of the Preliminary 
Determinations.\4\
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    \4\ 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) and the accompanying Preliminary Issues and Decision 
Memorandum. However, as described further below, countervailing 
duties will not be assessed on merchandise entered, or withdrawn for 
consumption, during the period of time between the expiration of 
provisional measures and the publication of the ITC's final injury 
determination in the Federal Register.
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Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 706 of the Act, we will instruct CBP to 
suspend liquidation on all relevant entries of stainless steel flanges 
from China, as further described below. These instructions suspending 
liquidation will remain in effect until further notice. Commerce will 
also instruct CBP to require cash deposits equal to the amounts as 
indicated below. Accordingly, effective on the date of publication of 
the ITC's final affirmative injury determinations, CBP will require, at 
the same time as importers would normally deposit estimated duties on 
this subject merchandise, a cash deposit equal to the subsidy rates 
listed below.\5\ The all-others rate applies to all producers or 
exporters not specifically listed below.
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    \5\ See section 706(a)(3) of the Act.

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                         Company                             (percent)
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Bothwell (Jiangyan) Steel Fittings Co., Ltd.............          174.73
Hydro-Fluids Controls Limited...........................          174.73
Jiangyin Shengda Brite Line Kasugai Flange Co., Ltd.....          174.73
Qingdao I-Flow Co., Ltd.................................          174.73
All-Others..............................................          174.73
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Provisional Measures

    Section 703(d) of the Act states that instructions issued pursuant 
to an affirmative preliminary determination may not remain in effect 
for more than four months. In the underlying investigations, Commerce 
published the Preliminary Determination on January 23, 2018. As such, 
the four-month period beginning on the date of the publication of the 
Preliminary Determinations ended on May 23, 2018. Furthermore, section 
707(b) of the Act states that definitive duties are to begin on the 
date of publication of the ITC's final injury determination.
    Therefore, in accordance with section 703(d) of the Act and our 
practice, we instructed CBP to terminate the suspension of liquidation 
and to liquidate, without regard to countervailing duties, unliquidated 
entries of stainless steel flanges from China entered, or withdrawn 
from warehouse, for consumption, on or after May 23, 2018, the date the 
provisional measures expired, until and through the day preceding the 
date of publication of the ITC's final injury determination in the 
Federal Register. Suspension of liquidation will resume on the date of 
publication of the ITC's final determination in the Federal Register.

Notifications to Interested Parties

    This notice constitutes the countervailing duty order with respect 
to stainless steel flanges from China pursuant to section 706(a) of the 
Act. Interested parties can find a list of countervailing duty orders 
currently in effect at https://enforcement.trade.gov/stats/iastats1.html.
    This order is issued and published in accordance with section 
706(a) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.211(b).

    Dated: May 29, 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

Scope of the Order

    The products covered by this order are certain forged stainless 
steel flanges, whether unfinished, semi-finished, or finished 
(certain forged stainless steel flanges). Certain forged stainless 
steel flanges are generally manufactured to, but not limited to, the 
material specification of ASTM/ASME A/SA182 or comparable domestic 
or foreign specifications. Certain forged stainless steel flanges 
are made in various grades such as, but not limited to, 304, 304L, 
316, and 316L (or combinations thereof). The term ``stainless 
steel'' used in this scope refers to an alloy steel containing, by 
actual weight, 1.2 percent or less of carbon and 10.5 percent or 
more of chromium, with or without other elements.
    Unfinished stainless steel flanges possess the approximate shape 
of finished stainless steel flanges and have not yet been machined 
to final specification after the initial forging or like operations. 
These machining processes may include, but are not limited to, 
boring, facing, spot facing, drilling, tapering, threading, 
beveling, heating, or compressing. Semi-finished stainless steel 
flanges are unfinished stainless steel flanges that have undergone 
some machining processes.
    The scope includes six general types of flanges. They are: (1) 
Weld neck, generally used in butt-weld line connection; (2) 
threaded, generally used for threaded line connections; (3) slip-on, 
generally used to slide over pipe; (4) lap joint, generally used 
with stub-ends/butt-weld line connections; (5) socket weld, 
generally used to fit pipe into a machine recession; and (6) blind, 
generally used to seal off a line. The sizes and descriptions of the 
flanges within the scope include all pressure classes of ASME B16.5 
and range from one-half inch to twenty-four inches nominal pipe 
size. Specifically excluded from the scope of this order are cast 
stainless steel flanges. Cast stainless steel flanges generally are 
manufactured to specification ASTM A351.
    The country of origin for certain forged stainless steel 
flanges, whether unfinished, semi-finished, or finished is the 
country where the flange was forged. Subject merchandise includes 
stainless steel flanges as defined above that have been further 
processed in a third country. The processing includes, but is not 
limited to, boring, facing, spot facing, drilling, tapering, 
threading,

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beveling, heating, or compressing, and/or any other processing that 
would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the 
orders if performed in the country of manufacture of the stainless 
steel flanges.
    Merchandise subject to the order is typically imported under 
headings 7307.21.1000 and 7307.21.5000 of the Harmonized Tariff 
Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). While HTSUS subheadings and 
ASTM specifications are provided for convenience and customs 
purposes, the written description of the scope is dispositive.

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