Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products From Japan: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Preliminary Determination of No Shipments; 2016-2017, 56813-56815 [2018-24794]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 220 / Wednesday, November 14, 2018 / Notices is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation. purposes, the written description of the scope of this investigation is dispositive. Notification to Interested Parties This determination is issued and published in accordance with sections 735(d) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(c). BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P Dated: November 5, 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 Investigation The merchandise covered by this investigation is welded carbon and alloy steel pipe (including stainless steel pipe), more than 406.4 mm (16 inches) in nominal outside diameter (large diameter welded pipe), regardless of wall thickness, length, surface finish, grade, end finish, or stenciling. Large diameter welded pipe may be used to transport oil, gas, slurry, steam, or other fluids, liquids, or gases. It may also be used for structural purposes, including, but not limited to, piling. Specifically, not included is large diameter welded pipe produced only to specifications of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) for water and sewage pipe. Large diameter welded pipe used to transport oil, gas, or natural gas liquids is normally produced to the American Petroleum Institute (API) specification 5L. Large diameter welded pipe may also be produced to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards A500, A252, or A53, or other relevant domestic specifications, grades and/or standards. Large diameter welded pipe can be produced to comparable foreign specifications, grades and/or standards or to proprietary specifications, grades and/or standards, or can be non-graded material. 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. Subject merchandise also includes large diameter welded pipe that has been further processed in a third country, including but not limited to coating, painting, notching, beveling, cutting, punching, welding, or any other processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigation if performed in the country of manufacture of the in-scope large diameter welded pipe. The large diameter welded pipe that is subject to this investigation is currently classifiable in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under subheadings 7305.11.1030, 7305.11.1060, 7305.11.5000, 7305.12.1030, 7305.12.1060, 7305.12.5000, 7305.19.1030, 7305.19.1060, 7305.19.5000, 7305.31.4000, 7305.31.6010, 7305.31.6090, 7305.39.1000 and 7305.39.5000. While the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:29 Nov 13, 2018 Jkt 247001 [FR Doc. 2018–24806 Filed 11–13–18; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–588–874] Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products From Japan: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Preliminary Determination of No Shipments; 2016–2017 Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (Nippon Steel) and Tokyo Steel Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Steel), the two companies selected for individual examination, sold subject merchandise in the United States at prices below normal value during the period of review (POR). Additionally, Commerce preliminarily determines that three other companies for which we initiated reviews had no shipments during the POR. We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results. DATES: Applicable November 14, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Myrna Lobo or Jack Zhao, AD/CVD Operations, Office VII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–2371 or (202) 482–1396, respectively. AGENCY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Commerce is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain hotrolled steel flat products (hot-rolled steel) from Japan. The notice of initiation of this administrative review was published on December 7, 2017.1 This review covers 20 producers and exporters of the subject merchandise. The POR is March 22, 2016, through September 30, 2017. Commerce selected two mandatory respondents for individual examination: Nippon Steel and Tokyo Steel. 1 See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 82 FR 57705 (December 7, 2017). PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56813 Scope of the Order The merchandise covered by the order is certain hot-rolled steel flat products. For a complete description of the scope of the order, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.2 Methodology Commerce is conducting this review in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Export price and constructed export price are calculated in accordance with section 772 of the Act. NV is calculated in accordance with section 773 of the Act. For a full description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. 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 accessed directly at https://enforcement.trade.gov/ frn/. The signed and electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. A list of the topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is attached as the Appendix to this notice. Preliminary Determination of No Shipments Among the companies under review, four companies, Hitachi Metals, Ltd. (Hitachi), Honda Trading Canada, Inc. (Honda), Mitsui & Co. Ltd. (Mitsui), and Panasonic Corporation (Panasonic) properly filed statements reporting that they made no shipments of subject merchandise to the United States during the POR. Based on the certifications submitted and our analysis of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) information, we preliminarily determine that Hitachi, Honda, and Panasonic had no shipments during the POR.3 2 See Memorandum, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Preliminary Determination of No Shipments: Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products from Japan; 2016–2017,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). 3 See Hitachi Letter, ‘‘Antidumping Duty Administrative Review of Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products: Hitachi No Shipment Letter,’’ dated December 18, 2017; see also Honda Letter, ‘‘Administrative Review of Certain Hot-Rolled Steel E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM Continued 14NON1 56814 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 220 / Wednesday, November 14, 2018 / Notices Consistent with its practice, Commerce finds that it is not appropriate to preliminarily rescind the review with respect to these companies but, rather, to complete the review and issue appropriate instructions to CBP based on the final results of this review. We intend to solicit more information and comments with respect to Mitsui’s no shipment certification.4 Preliminary Results of the Review As a result of this review, we preliminarily determine the following weighted-average dumping margins for the period March 22, 2016, through September 30, 2017: Exporter/producer Weighted-average dumping margin (percent) Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation 5 ............................................................................ 0.54. Nisshin Steel Co., Ltd. 6 ................................................................................................................ 3/22/2016 to ................ 3/12/2017 .................... 1.46 7 ........................... Tokyo Steel Manufacturing Co., Ltd ............................................................................................. 3/13/2017 to 9/30/2017. 0.54. 8 7.64 Review-Specific Average Rate Applicable to the Following Companies: 9 Weightedaverage dumping margin (percent) Exporter/producer Hanwa Co., Ltd .................................................................................................................................................................................... JFE Steel Corporation 10 ..................................................................................................................................................................... JFE Shoji Trade America .................................................................................................................................................................... Kanematsu Corporation ....................................................................................................................................................................... Kobe Steel, Ltd. ................................................................................................................................................................................... Mitsui & Co., Ltd. ................................................................................................................................................................................. Miyama Industry Co., Ltd. ................................................................................................................................................................... Nippon Steel & Sumikin Logistics Co., Ltd. ........................................................................................................................................ Okaya & Co. Ltd. ................................................................................................................................................................................. Saint-Gobain KK .................................................................................................................................................................................. Shinsho Corporation ............................................................................................................................................................................ Sumitomo Corporation ......................................................................................................................................................................... Suzukaku Corporation ......................................................................................................................................................................... Toyota Tsusho Corporation Nagoya ................................................................................................................................................... Assessment Rates Upon completion of the administrative review, Commerce shall determine, and CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. Flat Products from Japan: Honda Trading Canada, Inc.’s No Shipment Certification,’’ dated December 22, 2017; see also Mitsui Letter, ‘‘Antidumping Administrative Review of Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products: Mitsui No Shipment Notification,’’ dated January 5, 2018; see also Panasonic Letter, ‘‘Administrative Review of Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products from Japan: Panasonic Corporation No Shipment Certification,’’ dated January 5, 2018. See also Public Memorandum, ‘‘Re: No shipment inquiry with respect to the companies below during the period 03/22/2016 through 09/30/2017,’’ dated October 23, 2018. 4 See Business Proprietary Memorandum, ‘‘Re: No shipment inquiry with respect to the companies below during the period 03/22/2016 through 09/30/ 2017,’’ dated October 23, 2018. 5 We collapsed Nippon Steel & Sumikin Bussan Corporation with Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation in the underlying investigation. See Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products from Japan: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less than VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:29 Nov 13, 2018 Jkt 247001 1.46 1.46 1.46 1.46 1.46 1.46 1.46 1.46 1.46 1.46 1.46 1.46 1.46 1.46 Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1), where the mandatory respondents reported the entered value for their U.S. sales, we calculated importer-specific ad valorem duty assessment rates based on the ratio of the total amount of dumping calculated for the examined sales to the total entered value of the sales for which entered value was reported. Where the mandatory respondents did not report entered value, we calculated the entered value Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination, 81 FR 15222 (March 22, 2016) and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum at 6–7. 6 We have collapsed Nisshin Steel Co., Ltd. and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation as of March 13, 2017. See Preliminary Decision Memorandum at 9. 7 Entries of subject merchandise produced/ exported by Nisshin Steel Co., Ltd. made prior to March 13, 2017 are subject to the all others rate calculated in this administrative review. See Memorandum re: Calculation of the ReviewSpecific Average Rate for the Preliminary Results, dated concurrently with this notice. 8 Entries of subject merchandise produced/ exported by Nisshin Steel Co., Ltd. made on/or after March 13, 2017 are subject to the AD rate assigned to Nippon Steel in this administrative review. 9 This rate is based on the weighted-average margin using the publicly-ranged sales value of mandatory respondents, and is the best proxy of the actual weighted-average margin determined for the mandatory respondents. Due to requests to protect business proprietary information, we cannot apply our normal methodology of calculating a weightedaverage margin. See Ball Bearings and Parts Thereof from France, et al.: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Reviews, Final Results of Changed-Circumstances Review, and Revocation of an Order in Part, 75 FR 53661, 53663 (September 1, 2010); see also Memorandum re: Calculation of the Review-Specific Average Rate for the Preliminary Results, dated concurrently with this notice. 10 We collapsed JFE Shoji Trade Corporation with JFE Steel Corporation in the underlying investigation. See Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products from Japan: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination, 81 FR 15222 (March 22, 2016) and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum at 8–9. PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 220 / Wednesday, November 14, 2018 / Notices in order to calculate the assessment rate. Where either the respondent’s weightedaverage dumping margin is zero or de minimis within the meaning of 19 CFR 351.106(c)(1), or an importer-specific rate is zero or de minimis, we will instruct CBP to liquidate the appropriate entries without regard to antidumping duties. For the companies which were not selected for individual review, we will assign an assessment rate based on the average 11 of the cash deposit rates calculated for the two mandatory respondents. The final results of this review shall be the basis for the assessment of antidumping duties on entries of merchandise covered by the final results of this review and for future deposits of estimated duties, where applicable.12 We intend to issue liquidation instructions to CBP 15 days after publication of the final results of this review. Cash Deposit Requirements The following deposit requirements will be effective for all shipments of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date of the final results of this administrative review, as provided by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for each specific company listed above will be that established in the final results of this review, except if the rate is less than 0.50 percent and, therefore, de minimis within the meaning of 19 CFR 351.106(c)(1), in which case the cash deposit rate will be zero; (2) for previously investigated companies not participating in this review, the cash deposit will continue to be the company-specific rate published for the most recently completed segment of this proceeding in which the company participated; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, or the underlying investigation, but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent segment for the manufacturer of the merchandise; and (4) the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers or exporters will continue to be 5.58 percent, the all-others rate established in the underlying investigation.13 These 11 This rate was calculated as discussed in footnote 8, above. 12 See section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act. 13 See Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products from Australia, Brazil, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, the Republic of Turkey, and the United Kingdom: Amended Final Affirmative Antidumping Determinations for Australia, the Republic of Korea, and the Republic of Turkey and VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:29 Nov 13, 2018 Jkt 247001 deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice. Disclosure and Public Comment Commerce intends to disclose the calculations performed in connection with these preliminary results to interested parties within five days after the date of publication of this notice.14 Interested parties may submit case briefs not later than 30 days after the date of publication of this notice.15 Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in the case briefs, may be filed no later than five days after the time limit for filing case briefs.16 Parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this proceeding are 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.17 Case and rebuttal briefs should be filed using ACCESS.18 Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to request a hearing must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, filed electronically via ACCESS. An electronically-filed request for a hearing must be received successfully in its entirety by ACCESS by 5 p.m. Eastern Time within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice.19 Hearing requests should contain: (1) The party’s name, address, and telephone number; (2) the number of participants; and (3) a list of issues to be discussed. Issues raised in the hearing will be limited to issues raised in the briefs. If a request for a hearing is made, parties will be notified of the time and date for the hearing to be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230.20 Commerce intends to issue the final results of this administrative review, including the results of its analysis of issues raised in any written briefs, not later than 120 days after the publication of these preliminary results in the Federal Register, unless otherwise extended.21 Notification to Importers This notice also serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR Antidumping Duty Orders, 81 FR 67962 (October 3, 2016). 14 See 19 CFR 351.224(b). 15 See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(1)(ii). 16 See 19 CFR 351.309(d)(1). 17 See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2). 18 See 19 CFR 351.303. 19 See 19 CFR 351.310(c); 19 CFR 351.303(b)(1). 20 See 19 CFR 351.310(c). 21 See Section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 56815 351.402(f) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in Commerce’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties. We are issuing and publishing these results in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: November 1, 2018. James Maeder, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, performing the duties of Deputy Assistant Secretary, for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. Appendix List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Period of Review IV. Scope of the Order V. Preliminary Determination of No Shipments VI. Single Entity Analysis VII. Use of Facts Available and Adverse Facts Available A. Legal Authority B. Application of Facts Available to Nippon Steel C. Application of Facts Available with an Adverse Inference VIII. Review-Specific Average Rate for NonExamined Companies IX. Discussion of the Methodology A. Normal Value Comparisons 1. Determination of Comparison Method 2. Results of the Differential Pricing Analysis B. Date of Sale C. Product Comparisons D. Export Price and Constructed Export Price E. Normal Value 1. Home Market Viability 2. Affiliated Party Transactions and Arm’sLength Test 3. Level of Trade 4. Cost of Production Analysis 5. Calculation of Normal Value Based on Home Market Prices X. Currency Conversion XI. Recommendation [FR Doc. 2018–24794 Filed 11–13–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-588-874]


Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products From Japan: Preliminary 
Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Preliminary 
Determination of No Shipments; 2016-2017

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines 
that Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation (Nippon Steel) and Tokyo 
Steel Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Tokyo Steel), the two companies selected 
for individual examination, sold subject merchandise in the United 
States at prices below normal value during the period of review (POR). 
Additionally, Commerce preliminarily determines that three other 
companies for which we initiated reviews had no shipments during the 
POR. We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary 
results.

DATES: Applicable November 14, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Myrna Lobo or Jack Zhao, AD/CVD 
Operations, Office VII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue 
NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-2371 or (202) 482-1396, 
respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Commerce is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping 
duty order on certain hot-rolled steel flat products (hot-rolled steel) 
from Japan. The notice of initiation of this administrative review was 
published on December 7, 2017.\1\ This review covers 20 producers and 
exporters of the subject merchandise. The POR is March 22, 2016, 
through September 30, 2017. Commerce selected two mandatory respondents 
for individual examination: Nippon Steel and Tokyo Steel.
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    \1\ See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Administrative Reviews, 82 FR 57705 (December 7, 2017).
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Scope of the Order

    The merchandise covered by the order is certain hot-rolled steel 
flat products. For a complete description of the scope of the order, 
see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.\2\
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    \2\ See Memorandum, ``Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary 
Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Preliminary 
Determination of No Shipments: Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat 
Products from Japan; 2016-2017,'' dated concurrently with, and 
hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum).
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Methodology

    Commerce is conducting this review in accordance with section 
751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Export price 
and constructed export price are calculated in accordance with section 
772 of the Act. NV is calculated in accordance with section 773 of the 
Act.
    For a full description of the methodology underlying our 
conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. 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 accessed directly at https://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed and electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum are identical in content. A list of the topics discussed in 
the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is attached as the Appendix to this 
notice.

Preliminary Determination of No Shipments

    Among the companies under review, four companies, Hitachi Metals, 
Ltd. (Hitachi), Honda Trading Canada, Inc. (Honda), Mitsui & Co. Ltd. 
(Mitsui), and Panasonic Corporation (Panasonic) properly filed 
statements reporting that they made no shipments of subject merchandise 
to the United States during the POR. Based on the certifications 
submitted and our analysis of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 
information, we preliminarily determine that Hitachi, Honda, and 
Panasonic had no shipments during the POR.\3\

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Consistent with its practice, Commerce finds that it is not appropriate 
to preliminarily rescind the review with respect to these companies 
but, rather, to complete the review and issue appropriate instructions 
to CBP based on the final results of this review. We intend to solicit 
more information and comments with respect to Mitsui's no shipment 
certification.\4\
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    \3\ See Hitachi Letter, ``Antidumping Duty Administrative Review 
of Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products: Hitachi No Shipment 
Letter,'' dated December 18, 2017; see also Honda Letter, 
``Administrative Review of Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products 
from Japan: Honda Trading Canada, Inc.'s No Shipment 
Certification,'' dated December 22, 2017; see also Mitsui Letter, 
``Antidumping Administrative Review of Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat 
Products: Mitsui No Shipment Notification,'' dated January 5, 2018; 
see also Panasonic Letter, ``Administrative Review of Certain Hot-
Rolled Steel Flat Products from Japan: Panasonic Corporation No 
Shipment Certification,'' dated January 5, 2018. See also Public 
Memorandum, ``Re: No shipment inquiry with respect to the companies 
below during the period 03/22/2016 through 09/30/2017,'' dated 
October 23, 2018.
    \4\ See Business Proprietary Memorandum, ``Re: No shipment 
inquiry with respect to the companies below during the period 03/22/
2016 through 09/30/2017,'' dated October 23, 2018.
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Preliminary Results of the Review

    As a result of this review, we preliminarily determine the 
following weighted-average dumping margins for the period March 22, 
2016, through September 30, 2017:

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        Exporter/producer             Weighted-average dumping margin
                                                 (percent)
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Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal                      0.54.
 Corporation \5\.
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Nisshin Steel Co., Ltd. \6\.....  3/22/2016 to......  3/13/2017 to
                                  3/12/2017.........  9/30/2017.
                                  1.46 \7\..........  0.54. \8\
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Tokyo Steel Manufacturing Co.,                     7.64
 Ltd.
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    Review-Specific Average Rate Applicable to the Following Companies: 
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    \5\ We collapsed Nippon Steel & Sumikin Bussan Corporation with 
Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation in the underlying 
investigation. See Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products from 
Japan: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less than Fair Value 
and Postponement of Final Determination, 81 FR 15222 (March 22, 
2016) and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum at 6-7.
    \6\ We have collapsed Nisshin Steel Co., Ltd. and Nippon Steel & 
Sumitomo Metal Corporation as of March 13, 2017. See Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum at 9.
    \7\ Entries of subject merchandise produced/exported by Nisshin 
Steel Co., Ltd. made prior to March 13, 2017 are subject to the all 
others rate calculated in this administrative review. See Memorandum 
re: Calculation of the Review-Specific Average Rate for the 
Preliminary Results, dated concurrently with this notice.
    \8\ Entries of subject merchandise produced/exported by Nisshin 
Steel Co., Ltd. made on/or after March 13, 2017 are subject to the 
AD rate assigned to Nippon Steel in this administrative review.
    \9\ This rate is based on the weighted-average margin using the 
publicly-ranged sales value of mandatory respondents, and is the 
best proxy of the actual weighted-average margin determined for the 
mandatory respondents. Due to requests to protect business 
proprietary information, we cannot apply our normal methodology of 
calculating a weighted-average margin. See Ball Bearings and Parts 
Thereof from France, et al.: Final Results of Antidumping Duty 
Administrative Reviews, Final Results of Changed-Circumstances 
Review, and Revocation of an Order in Part, 75 FR 53661, 53663 
(September 1, 2010); see also Memorandum re: Calculation of the 
Review-Specific Average Rate for the Preliminary Results, dated 
concurrently with this notice.

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                                                              average
                    Exporter/producer                     dumping margin
                                                             (percent)
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Hanwa Co., Ltd..........................................            1.46
JFE Steel Corporation \10\..............................            1.46
JFE Shoji Trade America.................................            1.46
Kanematsu Corporation...................................            1.46
Kobe Steel, Ltd.........................................            1.46
Mitsui & Co., Ltd.......................................            1.46
Miyama Industry Co., Ltd................................            1.46
Nippon Steel & Sumikin Logistics Co., Ltd...............            1.46
Okaya & Co. Ltd.........................................            1.46
Saint-Gobain KK.........................................            1.46
Shinsho Corporation.....................................            1.46
Sumitomo Corporation....................................            1.46
Suzukaku Corporation....................................            1.46
Toyota Tsusho Corporation Nagoya........................            1.46
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Assessment Rates
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    \10\ We collapsed JFE Shoji Trade Corporation with JFE Steel 
Corporation in the underlying investigation. See Certain Hot-Rolled 
Steel Flat Products from Japan: Preliminary Determination of Sales 
at Less than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination, 81 
FR 15222 (March 22, 2016) and accompanying Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum at 8-9.
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    Upon completion of the administrative review, Commerce shall 
determine, and CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate 
entries.
    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1), where the mandatory respondents 
reported the entered value for their U.S. sales, we calculated 
importer-specific ad valorem duty assessment rates based on the ratio 
of the total amount of dumping calculated for the examined sales to the 
total entered value of the sales for which entered value was reported. 
Where the mandatory respondents did not report entered value, we 
calculated the entered value

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in order to calculate the assessment rate. Where either the 
respondent's weighted-average dumping margin is zero or de minimis 
within the meaning of 19 CFR 351.106(c)(1), or an importer-specific 
rate is zero or de minimis, we will instruct CBP to liquidate the 
appropriate entries without regard to antidumping duties.
    For the companies which were not selected for individual review, we 
will assign an assessment rate based on the average \11\ of the cash 
deposit rates calculated for the two mandatory respondents. The final 
results of this review shall be the basis for the assessment of 
antidumping duties on entries of merchandise covered by the final 
results of this review and for future deposits of estimated duties, 
where applicable.\12\
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    \11\ This rate was calculated as discussed in footnote 8, above.
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    We intend to issue liquidation instructions to CBP 15 days after 
publication of the final results of this review.

Cash Deposit Requirements

    The following deposit requirements will be effective for all 
shipments of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date of the 
final results of this administrative review, as provided by section 
751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for each specific 
company listed above will be that established in the final results of 
this review, except if the rate is less than 0.50 percent and, 
therefore, de minimis within the meaning of 19 CFR 351.106(c)(1), in 
which case the cash deposit rate will be zero; (2) for previously 
investigated companies not participating in this review, the cash 
deposit will continue to be the company-specific rate published for the 
most recently completed segment of this proceeding in which the company 
participated; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, 
or the underlying investigation, but the manufacturer is, the cash 
deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent segment 
for the manufacturer of the merchandise; and (4) the cash deposit rate 
for all other manufacturers or exporters will continue to be 5.58 
percent, the all-others rate established in the underlying 
investigation.\13\ These deposit requirements, when imposed, shall 
remain in effect until further notice.
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    \13\ See Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products from Australia, 
Brazil, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, the Republic 
of Turkey, and the United Kingdom: Amended Final Affirmative 
Antidumping Determinations for Australia, the Republic of Korea, and 
the Republic of Turkey and Antidumping Duty Orders, 81 FR 67962 
(October 3, 2016).
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Disclosure and Public Comment

    Commerce intends to disclose the calculations performed in 
connection with these preliminary results to interested parties within 
five days after the date of publication of this notice.\14\ Interested 
parties may submit case briefs not later than 30 days after the date of 
publication of this notice.\15\ Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues 
raised in the case briefs, may be filed no later than five days after 
the time limit for filing case briefs.\16\ Parties who submit case 
briefs or rebuttal briefs in this proceeding are 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.\17\ Case and rebuttal 
briefs should be filed using ACCESS.\18\
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    \14\ See 19 CFR 351.224(b).
    \15\ See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(1)(ii).
    \16\ See 19 CFR 351.309(d)(1).
    \17\ See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2).
    \18\ See 19 CFR 351.303.
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    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to 
request a hearing must submit a written request to the Assistant 
Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, filed electronically via 
ACCESS. An electronically-filed request for a hearing must be received 
successfully in its entirety by ACCESS by 5 p.m. Eastern Time within 30 
days after the date of publication of this notice.\19\ Hearing requests 
should contain: (1) The party's name, address, and telephone number; 
(2) the number of participants; and (3) a list of issues to be 
discussed. Issues raised in the hearing will be limited to issues 
raised in the briefs. If a request for a hearing is made, parties will 
be notified of the time and date for the hearing to be held at the U.S. 
Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 
20230.\20\
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    \19\ See 19 CFR 351.310(c); 19 CFR 351.303(b)(1).
    \20\ See 19 CFR 351.310(c).
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    Commerce intends to issue the final results of this administrative 
review, including the results of its analysis of issues raised in any 
written briefs, not later than 120 days after the publication of these 
preliminary results in the Federal Register, unless otherwise 
extended.\21\
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    \21\ See Section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act.
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Notification to Importers

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

    Dated: November 1, 2018.
James Maeder,
Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary, for Antidumping and 
Countervailing Duty Operations, performing the duties of Deputy 
Assistant Secretary, for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Operations.

Appendix

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Period of Review
IV. Scope of the Order
V. Preliminary Determination of No Shipments
VI. Single Entity Analysis
VII. Use of Facts Available and Adverse Facts Available
    A. Legal Authority
    B. Application of Facts Available to Nippon Steel
    C. Application of Facts Available with an Adverse Inference
VIII. Review-Specific Average Rate for Non-Examined Companies
IX. Discussion of the Methodology
    A. Normal Value Comparisons
    1. Determination of Comparison Method
    2. Results of the Differential Pricing Analysis
    B. Date of Sale
    C. Product Comparisons
    D. Export Price and Constructed Export Price
    E. Normal Value
    1. Home Market Viability
    2. Affiliated Party Transactions and Arm's-Length Test
    3. Level of Trade
    4. Cost of Production Analysis
    5. Calculation of Normal Value Based on Home Market Prices
X. Currency Conversion
XI. Recommendation

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