Cast Iron Soil Pipe From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 30914-30916 [2018-14180]

Download as PDF 30914 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 127 / Monday, July 2, 2018 / Notices rate, the cash deposit rate will be Chinawide rate of 90.83 percent; and (4) for all non-China exporters of subject merchandise which 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. Assessment Rates Upon issuance of the final results, Commerce will determine, and CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. Commerce intends to issue assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the date of publication of the final results of review. For any individually examined respondent whose weighted average dumping margin is above de minimis (i.e., 0.50 percent) in the final results of this review, Commerce will calculate importer-specific assessment rates on the basis of the ratio of the total amount of dumping calculated for the importer’s examined sales to the total entered value of sales, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1). Where an importer(or customer-) specific ad valorem rate is greater than de minimis, Commerce will instruct CBP to collect the appropriate duties at the time of liquidation.9 Where either a respondent’s weighted average dumping margin is zero or de minimis, or an importer- (or customer-) specific ad valorem is zero or de minimis, Commerce will instruct CBP to liquidate appropriate entries without regard to antidumping duties.10 daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES the hearing will be limited to those raised in the respective case and rebuttal briefs. Commerce will issue the final results of this administrative review, including the results of its analysis of the issues raised in any written briefs, not later than 120 days after the date of publication of this notice, pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act. Notification to Importers This notice also serves as a preliminary 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 review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in Commerce’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties. Commerce is issuing and publishing these results in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. 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 by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) For Baosteel, Shanghai Meishan Iron & Steel, and Union Steel China, which did not qualify for separate rate, the cash deposit rate will be China-wide rate of 90.83 percent; (2) for previously investigated or reviewed China and nonChina exporters not listed above that have separate rates, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the exporter-specific rate published for the most recent period; (3) for all China exporters of subject merchandise which have not been found to be entitled to a separate 9 See 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1). 19 CFR 351.106(c)(2). 10 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Jun 29, 2018 Jkt 244001 Dated: June 25, 2018. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2018–14179 Filed 6–29–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–080] Cast Iron Soil Pipe From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of cast iron soil pipe (soil pipe) from the People’s Republic of China (China). The period of investigation is January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017. DATES: Applicable July 2, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Omar Qureshi or Annathea Cook, AD/ CVD Operations, Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (202) 482–5307 or (202) 482–0250, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 703(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Commerce published the notice of initiation of this investigation on February 23, 2018.1 On April 9, 2018, Commerce postponed the preliminary determination of this investigation and the revised deadline is now June 25, 2018.2 For a complete description of the events that followed the initiation of this investigation, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.3 A list of topics discussed 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 http:// access.trade.gov, and is 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 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 soil pipe from China. For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see Appendix I. Scope Comments In accordance with the preamble to Commerce’s regulations,4 the Initiation Notice set aside a period of time for parties to raise issues regarding product coverage, (i.e., scope).5 No interested party commented on the scope of the 1 See Cast Iron Soil Pipe from the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation, 83 FR 8047 (February 23, 2018) (Initiation Notice). 2 See Countervailing Duty Investigation of Cast Iron Soil Pipe from the People’s Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary Determination, 83 FR 15129 (April 9, 2018). 3 See Memorandum, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Affirmative Determination: Countervailing Duty Investigation of Cast Iron Soil Pipe from the People’s Republic of China,’’ 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\02JYN1.SGM 02JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 127 / Monday, July 2, 2018 / Notices investigation as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. Methodology Commerce is conducting this investigation in accordance with section 701 of the Act. For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, Commerce preliminarily determines that there is a subsidy, i.e., a financial contribution by an ‘‘authority’’ that gives rise to a benefit to the recipient, and that the subsidy is specific.6 Commerce notes that, in making these findings, it relied, in part, on facts available and, because it finds that one or more respondents did not act to the best of their ability to respond to Commerce’s requests for information, it drew an adverse inference where appropriate in selecting from among the facts otherwise available.7 For further information, see ‘‘Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences’’ in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Alignment As noted in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, in accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4), Commerce is aligning the final countervailing duty (CVD) determination in this investigation with the final determination in the companion antidumping duty (AD) investigation of soil pipe from China based on a request made by the petitioner.8 Consequently, the final CVD determination will be issued on the same date as the final AD determination, which is currently scheduled to be issued no later than November 7, 2018, unless postponed. All-Others Rate daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Sections 703(d) and 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act provide that in the preliminary determination, Commerce shall determine an estimated all-others rate for companies not individually examined. This rate shall be an amount equal to the weighted average of the estimated subsidy rates established for those companies individually examined, excluding any zero and de minimis rates and any rates based entirely under section 776 of the Act. Commerce calculated an individual estimated countervailable subsidy rate 6 See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity. 7 See sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act. 8 See the petitioner’s Letter, ‘‘Cast Iron Soil Pipe from the People’s Republic of China: Request to Align Preliminary Determinations,’’ dated June 12, 2018. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Jun 29, 2018 Jkt 244001 30915 for Yuncheng Jiangxian Economic Development Zone HengTong Casting Co. Ltd. (HengTong), the only individually examined exporter/ producer in this investigation. Because the only individually calculated rate is not zero, de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise available, the estimated weighted-average rate calculated for HengTong is the rate assigned to all-other producers and exporters, pursuant to section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act. Compliance no later than seven days after the date on which the last verification report is issued in this investigation. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the deadline date for case briefs.10 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. Preliminary Determination Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), Commerce preliminarily determines interested parties who wish to request a that the following estimated hearing, limited to issues raised in the countervailable subsidy rates exist: case and rebuttal briefs, must submit a written request to the Assistant Subsidy rate Secretary for Enforcement and Company (percent) Compliance, U.S. Department of Kingway Pipe Co., Ltd .......... 111.20 Commerce within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. Requests Yuncheng Jiangxian Economic Development Zone should contain the party’s name, HengTong Casting Co. address, and telephone number, the 9 ................................... Ltd 13.11 number of participants, whether any All-Others .............................. 13.11 participant is a foreign national, and a list of the issues to be discussed. If a Suspension of Liquidation request for a hearing is made, Commerce In accordance with section intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, Department of Commerce, 1401 Commerce will direct U.S. Customs and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, Border Protection (CBP) to suspend DC 20230, at a time and date to be liquidation of entries of subject determined. Parties should confirm by merchandise as described in the scope telephone the date, time, and location of of the investigation section entered, or the hearing two days before the withdrawn from warehouse, for scheduled date. consumption on or after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal International Trade Commission Notification Register. Further, pursuant to 19 CFR In accordance with section 703(f) of 351.205(d), Commerce will instruct CBP the Act, Commerce will notify the to require a cash deposit equal to the International Trade Commission (ITC) of rates indicated above. its determination. If the final Disclosure determination is affirmative, the ITC Commerce intends to disclose its will determine before the later of 120 calculations and analysis performed to days after the date of this preliminary interested parties in this preliminary determination or 45 days after the final determination within five days of its determination. public announcement, or if there is no Notification to Interested Parties public announcement, within five days of the date of this notice in accordance This determination is issued and with 19 CFR 351.224(b). published pursuant to sections 703(f) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR Verification 351.205(c). As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Dated: June 25, 2018. Act, Commerce intends to verify the Christian Marsh, information relied upon in making its Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement final determination. Public Comment Case briefs or other written comments may be submitted to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and 9 As discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, Commerce has found Yuncheng Jiangxian Economic Development Zone HengTong Casting Co. Ltd. to be cross-owned with Quwo Hengtong Casting Limited Company. PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and Compliance. Appendix I—Scope of the Investigation The merchandise covered by this investigation is cast iron soil pipe, whether finished or unfinished, regardless of industry or proprietary specifications, and regardless of wall thickness, length, diameter, surface 10 See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general filing requirements). E:\FR\FM\02JYN1.SGM 02JYN1 30916 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 127 / Monday, July 2, 2018 / Notices finish, end finish, or stenciling. The scope of this investigation includes, but is not limited to, both hubless and hub and spigot cast iron soil pipe. Cast iron soil pipe is nonmalleable iron pipe of various designs and sizes. Cast iron soil pipe is generally distinguished from other types of nonmalleable cast iron pipe by the manner in which it is connected to cast iron soil pipe fittings. Cast iron soil pipe is classified into two major types—hubless and hub and spigot. Hubless cast iron soil pipe is manufactured without a hub, generally in compliance with Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute (CISPI) specification 301 and/or American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specification A888, including any revisions to those specifications. Hub and spigot pipe has one or more hubs into which the spigot (plain end) of a fitting is inserted. All pipe meeting the physical description set forth above is covered by the scope of this investigation, whether or not produced according to a particular standard. The subject imports are currently classified in subheading 7303.00.0030 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS): Cast iron soil pipe. The HTSUS subheading and specifications are provided for convenience and customs purposes only; 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. Scope of the Investigation IV. New Subsidy Allegations V. Alignment VI. Injury Test VII. Application of the CVD Law to Imports From the China VIII. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences IX. Subsidies Valuation X. Benchmarks XI. Analysis of Programs XII. Calculation of All-Others Rate XIII. ITC Notification XIV. Recommendation [FR Doc. 2018–14180 Filed 6–29–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XG319 Marine Mammals; File Nos. 22292 and 22294 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of applications. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that Icon Films, 3rd Floor College House, 32–36 College Green, Bristol, BS1 5SP, SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Jun 29, 2018 Jkt 244001 United Kingdom (Responsible Party: Laura Marshall) (File No. 22292), and Plimsoll Productions, Whiteladies House, 51–55 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2LY, United Kingdom (Responsible Party: Bill Markham) (File No. 22294) have applied in due form for permits to conduct commercial or educational photography on marine mammals. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before August 1, 2018. ADDRESSES: These documents are available upon written request or by appointment in the Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 EastWest Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427– 8401; fax (301) 713–0376. Written comments on these applications should be submitted to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, at the address listed above. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713–0376, or by email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please include the File No. in the subject line of the email comment. Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division at the address listed above. The request should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on these applications would be appropriate. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Hubard or Sara Young, (301) 427– 8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permits are requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216). Icon Films (File No. 22292) proposes to film killer whales (Orcinus orca) and harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) in the waters off Seward, AK. Filmmakers may approach up to 100 killer whales to film from boats, pole cameras, or an unmanned aircraft system. Fifty harbor seals may be approached and filmed from a boat. The goal of the project is to obtain footage of killer whales feeding on Chinook salmon for use in a documentary television show to air on Animal Planet in 2019. The permit would be valid until August 30, 2018. Plimsoll Productions (File No. 22294) proposes to film bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in and around Indian River Lagoon, the Banana River, and Mosquito Lagoon, FL. Filming would occur after sunset, from PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 approximately 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. over 14 days in August and September 2018. Specialized cameras onboard a boat, attached to poles for underwater filming, and on an unmanned aircraft system would be used to film dolphins swimming through bioluminescence. Up to 84 dolphins may be harassed during filming. The footage would be used in a wildlife documentary series about unique animal behaviors and adaptations to living in the dark. The permit would be valid until October 1, 2018. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an initial determination has been made that the activities proposed are categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of the applications to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. Dated: June 26, 2018. Julia Marie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2018–14106 Filed 6–29–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XG271 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Exempted Fishing Permits National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of receipt of an application for exempted fishing permit; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS announces the receipt of an application for an exempted fishing permit (EFP) from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). If granted, the EFP would authorize the deployment of modified wire spiny lobster traps in the Federal waters of the South Atlantic. The project would seek to determine the effectiveness of these traps, as applicable, for attracting and collecting invasive lionfish while avoiding impacts to non-target species, protected species, and habitats. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\02JYN1.SGM 02JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-080]


Cast Iron Soil Pipe From the People's Republic of China: 
Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment 
of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines 
that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and 
exporters of cast iron soil pipe (soil pipe) from the People's Republic 
of China (China). The period of investigation is January 1, 2017, 
through December 31, 2017.

DATES: Applicable July 2, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Omar Qureshi or Annathea Cook, 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) 482-5307 or (202) 482-0250, 
respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 
703(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Commerce 
published the notice of initiation of this investigation on February 
23, 2018.\1\ On April 9, 2018, Commerce postponed the preliminary 
determination of this investigation and the revised deadline is now 
June 25, 2018.\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 discussed 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 http://access.trade.gov, and 
is 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 
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 Cast Iron Soil Pipe from the People's Republic of China: 
Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation, 83 FR 8047 
(February 23, 2018) (Initiation Notice).
    \2\ See Countervailing Duty Investigation of Cast Iron Soil Pipe 
from the People's Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary 
Determination, 83 FR 15129 (April 9, 2018).
    \3\ See Memorandum, ``Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary 
Affirmative Determination: Countervailing Duty Investigation of Cast 
Iron Soil Pipe from the People's Republic of China,'' dated 
concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum).
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Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is soil pipe from China. 
For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see 
Appendix I.

Scope Comments

    In accordance with the preamble to Commerce's regulations,\4\ the 
Initiation Notice set aside a period of time for parties to raise 
issues regarding product coverage, (i.e., scope).\5\ No interested 
party commented on the scope of the

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investigation as it appeared in the Initiation Notice.
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    \4\ See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, Final Rule, 
62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997).
    \5\ See Initiation Notice.
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Methodology

    Commerce is conducting this investigation in accordance with 
section 701 of the Act. For each of the subsidy programs found 
countervailable, Commerce preliminarily determines that there is a 
subsidy, i.e., a financial contribution by an ``authority'' that gives 
rise to a benefit to the recipient, and that the subsidy is 
specific.\6\
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    \6\ See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding 
financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding 
benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity.
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    Commerce notes that, in making these findings, it relied, in part, 
on facts available and, because it finds that one or more respondents 
did not act to the best of their ability to respond to Commerce's 
requests for information, it drew an adverse inference where 
appropriate in selecting from among the facts otherwise available.\7\ 
For further information, see ``Use of Facts Otherwise Available and 
Adverse Inferences'' in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
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    \7\ See sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act.
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Alignment

    As noted in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, in accordance with 
section 705(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4), Commerce is 
aligning the final countervailing duty (CVD) determination in this 
investigation with the final determination in the companion antidumping 
duty (AD) investigation of soil pipe from China based on a request made 
by the petitioner.\8\ Consequently, the final CVD determination will be 
issued on the same date as the final AD determination, which is 
currently scheduled to be issued no later than November 7, 2018, unless 
postponed.
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    \8\ See the petitioner's Letter, ``Cast Iron Soil Pipe from the 
People's Republic of China: Request to Align Preliminary 
Determinations,'' dated June 12, 2018.
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All-Others Rate

    Sections 703(d) and 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act provide that in the 
preliminary determination, Commerce shall determine an estimated all-
others rate for companies not individually examined. This rate shall be 
an amount equal to the weighted average of the estimated subsidy rates 
established for those companies individually examined, excluding any 
zero and de minimis rates and any rates based entirely under section 
776 of the Act.
    Commerce calculated an individual estimated countervailable subsidy 
rate for Yuncheng Jiangxian Economic Development Zone HengTong Casting 
Co. Ltd. (HengTong), the only individually examined exporter/producer 
in this investigation. Because the only individually calculated rate is 
not zero, de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise available, 
the estimated weighted-average rate calculated for HengTong is the rate 
assigned to all-other producers and exporters, pursuant to section 
705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act.

Preliminary Determination

    Commerce preliminarily determines that the following estimated 
countervailable subsidy rates exist:

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                         Company                             (percent)
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Kingway Pipe Co., Ltd...................................          111.20
Yuncheng Jiangxian Economic Development Zone HengTong              13.11
 Casting Co. Ltd \9\....................................
All-Others..............................................           13.11
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Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, 
Commerce will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to 
suspend liquidation of entries of subject merchandise as described in 
the scope of the investigation section entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of this 
notice in the Federal Register. Further, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.205(d), 
Commerce will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit equal to the rates 
indicated above.
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    \9\ As discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, 
Commerce has found Yuncheng Jiangxian Economic Development Zone 
HengTong Casting Co. Ltd. to be cross-owned with Quwo Hengtong 
Casting Limited Company.
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Disclosure

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

Verification

    As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Act, Commerce intends to 
verify the information relied upon in making its final determination.

Public Comment

    Case briefs or other written comments may be submitted to the 
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance no later than seven 
days after the date on which the last verification report is issued in 
this investigation. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case 
briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the deadline 
date for case briefs.\10\ 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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    \10\ See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general 
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    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to 
request a hearing, limited to issues raised in the case and rebuttal 
briefs, must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for 
Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce within 30 days 
after the date of publication of this notice. Requests should contain 
the party's name, address, and telephone number, the number of 
participants, whether any participant is a foreign national, and a list 
of the issues to be discussed. If a request for a hearing is made, 
Commerce intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. Department of 
Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, at a time 
and date to be determined. Parties should confirm by telephone the 
date, time, and location of the hearing two days before the scheduled 
date.

International Trade Commission Notification

    In accordance with section 703(f) of the Act, Commerce will notify 
the International Trade Commission (ITC) of its 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.

Notification to Interested Parties

    This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 
703(f) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c).

    Dated: June 25, 2018.
Christian Marsh,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I--Scope of the Investigation

    The merchandise covered by this investigation is cast iron soil 
pipe, whether finished or unfinished, regardless of industry or 
proprietary specifications, and regardless of wall thickness, 
length, diameter, surface

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finish, end finish, or stenciling. The scope of this investigation 
includes, but is not limited to, both hubless and hub and spigot 
cast iron soil pipe. Cast iron soil pipe is nonmalleable iron pipe 
of various designs and sizes. Cast iron soil pipe is generally 
distinguished from other types of nonmalleable cast iron pipe by the 
manner in which it is connected to cast iron soil pipe fittings.
    Cast iron soil pipe is classified into two major types--hubless 
and hub and spigot. Hubless cast iron soil pipe is manufactured 
without a hub, generally in compliance with Cast Iron Soil Pipe 
Institute (CISPI) specification 301 and/or American Society for 
Testing and Materials (ASTM) specification A888, including any 
revisions to those specifications. Hub and spigot pipe has one or 
more hubs into which the spigot (plain end) of a fitting is 
inserted. All pipe meeting the physical description set forth above 
is covered by the scope of this investigation, whether or not 
produced according to a particular standard.
    The subject imports are currently classified in subheading 
7303.00.0030 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
(HTSUS): Cast iron soil pipe. The HTSUS subheading and 
specifications are provided for convenience and customs purposes 
only; 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. Scope of the Investigation
IV. New Subsidy Allegations
V. Alignment
VI. Injury Test
VII. Application of the CVD Law to Imports From the China
VIII. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences
IX. Subsidies Valuation
X. Benchmarks
XI. Analysis of Programs
XII. Calculation of All-Others Rate
XIII. ITC Notification
XIV. Recommendation

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