Preliminary Results of Changed Circumstances Reviews of the Antidumping Duty Orders on Large Residential Washers From the Republic of Korea and Mexico, and the Countervailing Duty Order on Large Residential Washers From the Republic of Korea, 56808-56811 [2018-24798]

Download as PDF 56808 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 220 / Wednesday, November 14, 2018 / Notices Scope of the Order The merchandise covered by the order is certain uncoated paper from Indonesia.4 Imports of the subject merchandise are provided for under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) categories 4802.56.1000, 4802.56.2000, 4802.56.3000, 4802.56.4000, 4802.56.6000, 4802.56.7020, 4802.56.7040, 4802.57.1000, 4802.57.2000, 4802.57.3000, and 4802.57.4000. Some imports of subject merchandise may also be classified under 4802.62.1000, 4802.62.2000, 4802.62.3000, 4802.62.5000, 4802.62.6020, 4802.62.6040, 4802.69.1000, 4802.69.2000, 4802.69.3000, 4811.90.8050 and 4811.90.9080. While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope is dispositive. Ministerial Error Section 751(h) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), defines ‘‘ministerial errors’’ as including ‘‘errors in addition, subtraction, or other arithmetic function, clerical errors resulting from inaccurate copying, duplication, or the like, and any other type of unintentional error which the administering authority considers ministerial.’’ 5 The domestic interested parties allege that we made ministerial errors in our calculation of the 2015 and 2016 countervailable subsidy rates for APRIL by: (1) Correcting the freight adjustments for one of the benchmark prices used to calculate the 2015 Log Export Ban benefit; (2) correcting the inland freight adjustments for two benchmark prices used to calculate the 2015 and 2016 Provision of Standing Timber for Less Than Adequate Remuneration (Stumpage) benefit; and (3) incorporating all of the revised 2015 harvesting cost data provided at verification to calculate the benefit under the Stumpage program.6 After analyzing these comments, we find that we made the alleged ministerial errors in the Final Results, within the meaning of section 751(h) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.224(f).7 Correction of these errors in APRIL’s benefit calculations results in a revised countervailable subsidy rate for 2015, but no change in the 2016 countervailable subsidy rate. For a detailed discussion of these ministerial errors, see the Ministerial Error Memorandum. Amended Final Results of the Review As a result of correcting the ministerial errors decribed above, we determine the following countervailable subsidy rates for 2015 and 2016: Company APRIL Fine Paper Macao Commercial Offshore Limited/PT Anugrah Kertas Utama/PT Riau Andalan Kertas/ PT Intiguna Primatama/PT Riau Andalan Pulp & Paper/PT Esensindo Cipta Cemerlang/PT Sateri Viscose International/ PT ITCI Hutani Manunggal ............................................................................................................ Assessment Rates In accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(2), Commerce intends to issue appropriate instructions to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in accordance with the amended final results of this review. Cash Deposit Requirements Commerce instructed CBP to collect cash deposits of estimated countervailing duties at the 2016 ad valorem rate shown above for APRIL, on shipments of subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of the final results of this review. After correcting the ministerial errors noted above, the 2016 ad valorem rate calculated for APRIL did not change; therefore, we will not issue revised cash deposit intructions to CBP because the cash deposit rate for APRIL remains unchanged from the Final Results. For all non-reviewed firms, Commerce instructed CBP to continue to collect cash deposits at the most recent company-specific or all-others PCA and the USW’s Ministerial Error Comments,’’ dated October 16, 2018 (Ministerial Error Allegation). 4 For a complete description of the scope of the order, see IDM. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:29 Nov 13, 2018 Jkt 247001 rate applicable to the company, as appropriate. Accordingly, the cash deposit requirements applied to companies covered by this order, but not examined in this administrative review, are those established in the most recently completed segment of the proceeding for each company. These cash deposit requirements shall remain in effect until further notice. Administrative Protective Orders This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of the return or destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation. These amended final results are issued and published in accordance with sections 751(h) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.224(e). 5 See also 19 CFR 351.224(f). Ministerial Error Allegation. 7 See Memorandum, ‘‘Ministerial Error Allegations,’’ dated concurrently with this notice (Ministerial Error Memorandum). 6 See PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2015 Ad valorem rate (%) 2016 Ad valorem rate 8 (%) 11.73 5.13 Dated: November 7, 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. [FR Doc. 2018–24800 Filed 11–13–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–201–842; A–580–868; C–580–869] Preliminary Results of Changed Circumstances Reviews of the Antidumping Duty Orders on Large Residential Washers From the Republic of Korea and Mexico, and the Countervailing Duty Order on Large Residential Washers From the Republic of Korea Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. AGENCY: 8 The 2016 ad valorem rate for APRIL is unchanged from the Final Results. E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 220 / Wednesday, November 14, 2018 / Notices The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines not to revoke the antidumping duty (AD) orders on large residential washers (LRWs) from the Republic of Korea (Korea) and Mexico and the countervailing duty (CVD) order on large residential washers from Korea, in part, with respect to LRWs that (1) have a horizontal rotational axis; (2) are front loading; and (3) have a drive train consisting, inter alia, of (a) a controlled induction motor and (b) a belt drive (hereinafter, FL CIM/Belt washers), because Whirlpool Corporation (Whirlpool), the requestor, does not account for substantially all of the production of domestic like product to which these orders pertain. SUMMARY: DATES: Applicable November 14, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Miller or Ajay Menon, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482–3906 or (202) 482–1993, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On May 11, 2018, in response to a request by Whirlpool, a domestic producer of the subject merchandise, Commerce published a notice of initiation of changed circumstances reviews to consider the possible revocation, in part, of the AD orders on LRWs from Korea and Mexico and the CVD order on large residential washers from Korea (collectively, the Orders 1) with respect to FL CIM/Belt washers.2 In the Initiation Notice, we invited comments from: (1) Members of the domestic industry, including their domestic production data of LRWs for 2017; and (2) other interested parties regarding industry support.3 On May 21, 2018, we received comments from Haier U.S. Appliance Solutions, Inc., d/b/a GE Appliances 1 See Large Residential Washers from Mexico and the Republic of Korea: Antidumping Duty Orders, 78 FR 11148 (February 15, 2013); and Large Residential Washers from the Republic of Korea: Countervailing Duty Order, 78 FR 11154 (February 15, 2013) (the Orders). 2 See Large Residential Washers from the Republic of Korea and Mexico: Initiation of Changed Circumstances Reviews, and Consideration of Revocation, in Part, of the Antidumping Duty Orders on Large Residential Washers from the Republic of Korea and Mexico and the Countervailing Duty Order on Large Residential Washers from the Republic of Korea, 83 FR 22006 (May 11, 2018) (Initiation Notice). 3 Id., 83 FR at 22007. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:29 Nov 13, 2018 Jkt 247001 (GE); 4 LG Electronics USA, Inc., LG Electronics Alabama, Inc., and LG Electronics, Inc. (collectively, LGE); 5 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung Electronics America, and Samsung Electronics Home Appliances America (collectively, Samsung); 6 and Whirlpool.7 Samsung opposed Whirlpool’s request, noting that the U.S. International Trade Commission defined FL CIM/Belt washers as part of the domestic like product.8 LGE also opposed Whirlpool’s request, and argued that partially revoking the Orders would harm domestic producers.9 Additionally, Samsung and LGE each argued that their potential 2018 and 2019 production should be included in Commerce’s analysis because they started producing LRWs in the United States in 2018.10 GE also opposed Whirlpool’s request and provided its 2017 production data.11 Finally, Whirlpool submitted additional comments in support of its request and provided its 2017 production data.12 On May 29, 2018, we received rebuttal comments from LGE,13 Samsung,14 and Whirlpool.15 In their rebuttal comments, LGE and Samsung reiterated that Whirlpool does not account for substantially all of the 4 See GE’s Letter, ‘‘Large Residential Washers from the Republic of Korea and Mexico—GE Appliances Entry of Appearance and Substantive Response,’’ (GE’s Comments) dated May 21, 2018, at 2. 5 See LGE’s Letter, ‘‘LGE’s Comments on Initiation of Changed Circumstances Review (CCR) Large Residential Washers from Korea,’’ (LGE’s Comments) dated May 21, 2018, at 2–11. 6 See Samsung’s Letter, ‘‘Large Residential Washers from Korea and Mexico: Belt Drive CCR Response to Request for Information and Comments,’’ (Samsung’s Comments) dated May 21, 2018, at 2–7. 7 See Whirlpool Corporation’s (Whirlpool) Letter, ‘‘Large Residential Washers from Korea and Mexico: Response of Whirlpool Corporation to U.S. Department of Commerce Request for 2017 Production Data to Support Partial Revocation of AD/CVD Orders,’’ (Whirlpool’s Comments) dated May 21, 2018, at 2. 8 See Samsung’s Comments at 3. 9 See LGE’s Comments at 6. 10 Id. at 3; see also Samsung’s Comments at 6. 11 See GE’s Comments at 2. 12 See Whirlpool’s Comments at 2. 13 See LGE’s Letter, ‘‘LG Electronics’ Rebuttal Comments (Changed Circumstances Review) Large Residential Washers from Korea and Mexico,’’ (LGE’s Rebuttal Comments) dated May 29, 2018, at 2–5. 14 See Samsung’s Letter, ‘‘Large Residential Washers from Korea and Mexico: Belt Drive CCR Response to Comments and Information,’’ (Samsung’s Rebuttal Comments) dated May 29, 2018. 15 See Whirlpool’s Letter, ‘‘Large Residential Washers (‘‘LRWs’’) from Korea and Mexico: Rebuttal Comments of Whirlpool Corporation,’’ (Whirlpool’s Rebuttal Comments) dated May 29, 2018. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56809 domestic industry.16 Conversely, in its rebuttal comments, Whirlpool argued that Commerce should use 2017 production data in determining industry support and not speculative future production.17 Whirlpool further asserted that Commerce should disregard GE’s 2017 production data and exercise its discretion to find that Whirlpool constitutes ‘‘substantially all’’ of the domestic industry.18 Scope of the Orders The products covered by the Orders are all large residential washers and certain subassemblies thereof from Mexico and Korea. For purposes of these Orders, the term ‘‘large residential washers’’ denotes all automatic clothes washing machines, regardless of the orientation of the rotational axis, except as noted below, with a cabinet width (measured from its widest point) of at least 24.5 inches (62.23 cm) and no more than 32.0 inches (81.28 cm). Also covered are certain subassemblies used in large residential washers, namely: (1) All assembled cabinets designed for use in large residential washers which incorporate, at a minimum: (a) At least three of the six cabinet surfaces; and (b) a bracket; (2) all assembled tubs 19 designed for use in large residential washers which incorporate, at a minimum: (a) a tub; and (b) a seal; (3) all assembled baskets 20 designed for use in large residential washers which incorporate, at a minimum: (a) A side wrapper; 21 (b) a base; and (c) a drive hub; 22 and (4) any combination of the foregoing subassemblies. Excluded from the scope are stacked washer-dryers and commercial washers. The term ‘‘stacked washer-dryers’’ denotes distinct washing and drying machines that are built on a unitary frame and share a common console that controls both the washer and the dryer. The term ‘‘commercial washer’’ denotes an automatic clothes washing machine designed for the ‘‘pay per use’’ market meeting either of the following two definitions: 16 See LGE’s Rebuttal Comments at 4; see also Samsung’s Rebuttal Comments at 2. 17 See Whirlpool’s Rebuttal Comments at 2. 18 Id. at 6. 19 A ‘‘tub’’ is the part of the washer designed to hold water. 20 A ‘‘basket’’ (sometimes referred to as a ‘‘drum’’) is the part of the washer designed to hold clothing or other fabrics. 21 A ‘‘side wrapper’’ is the cylindrical part of the basket that actually holds the clothing or other fabrics. 22 A ‘‘drive hub’’ is the hub at the center of the base that bears the load from the motor. E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1 56810 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 220 / Wednesday, November 14, 2018 / Notices (1) (a) it contains payment system electronics; 23 (b) it is configured with an externally mounted steel frame at least six inches high that is designed to house a coin/ token operated payment system (whether or not the actual coin/token operated payment system is installed at the time of importation); (c) it contains a push button user interface with a maximum of six manually selectable wash cycle settings, with no ability of the end user to otherwise modify water temperature, water level, or spin speed for a selected wash cycle setting; and (d) the console containing the user interface is made of steel and is assembled with security fasteners; 24 or (2) (a) it contains payment system electronics; (b) the payment system electronics are enabled (whether or not the payment acceptance device has been installed at the time of importation) such that, in normal operation,25 the unit cannot begin a wash cycle without first receiving a signal from a bona fide payment acceptance device such as an electronic credit card reader; (c) it contains a push button user interface with a maximum of six manually selectable wash cycle settings, with no ability of the end user to otherwise modify water temperature, water level, or spin speed for a selected wash cycle setting; and (d) the console containing the user interface is made of steel and is assembled with security fasteners. Also excluded from the scope are automatic clothes washing machines with a vertical rotational axis and a rated capacity of less than 3.7 cubic feet, as certified to the U.S. Department of Energy pursuant to 10 CFR 429.12 and 10 CFR 429.20, and in accordance with the test procedures established in 10 CFR Part 430. The products subject to these Orders are currently classifiable under subheadings 8450.20.0040 and 8450.20.0080 of the Harmonized Tariff System of the United States (HTSUS). Products subject to these Orders may also enter under HTSUS subheadings 8450.11.0040, 8450.11.0080, 8450.90.2000, and 8450.90.6000. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise subject to this scope is dispositive. 23 ‘‘Payment system electronics’’ denotes a circuit board designed to receive signals from a payment acceptance device and to display payment amount, selected settings, and cycle status. Such electronics also capture cycles and payment history and provide for transmission to a reader. 24 A ‘‘security fastener’’ is a screw with a nonstandard head that requires a non-standard driver. Examples include those with a pin in the center of the head as a ‘‘center pin reject’’ feature to prevent standard Allen wrenches or Torx drivers from working. 25 ‘‘Normal operation’’ refers to the operating mode(s) available to end users (i.e., not a mode designed for testing or repair by a technician). VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:42 Nov 13, 2018 Jkt 247001 Scope of Changed Circumstances Reviews Whirlpool requests that Commerce revoke the Orders, in part, with respect to FL CIM/Belt washers.26 Should Commerce determine to revoke the Orders, in part, Whirlpool proposes that Commerce amend the scope language as follows: ‘‘{A}lso excluded from the scope are automatic clothes washing machines that meet all of the following conditions: (1) have a horizontal rotational axis; (2) are front loading; and (3) have a drive train consisting, inter alia, of (a) a controlled induction motor and (b) a belt drive.’’ 27 Preliminary Results of Changed Circumstances Reviews Pursuant to sections 751(d)(1) and 782(h) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.222(g), Commerce may revoke an AD or CVD order, in whole or in part, based on a review under section 751(b) of the Act (i.e., a changed circumstances review). Section 751(b)(1) of the Act requires that a changed circumstances review be conducted upon receipt of a request which shows changed circumstances sufficient to warrant a review. Section 782(h)(2) of the Act gives Commerce the authority to revoke an order if producers accounting for substantially all of the production of the domestic like product have expressed a lack of interest in the order. Section 351.222(g) of Commerce’s regulations provides that Commerce will conduct a changed circumstances review under 19 CFR 351.216, and may revoke an order (in whole or in part), if it concludes that: (i) Producers accounting for substantially all of the production of the domestic like product to which the order pertains have expressed a lack of interest in the relief provided by the order, in whole or in part, or (ii) if other changed circumstances sufficient to warrant revocation exist. Both the Act and Commerce’s regulations require that ‘‘substantially all’’ domestic producers express a lack of interest in the order for Commerce to revoke the order, in whole or in part.28 Commerce has interpreted ‘‘substantially all’’ to represent producers accounting for at least 85 26 See Whirlpool’s Comments at 2. proposes that the following words be defined as follows: (1) ‘‘front loading’’ means that ‘‘access to the basket is from the front of the washer;’’ and (3) a ‘‘controlled induction motor’’ is ‘‘an asynchronous, alternating current, polyphase induction motor.’’ 28 See Section 782(h) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.222(g). 27 Whirlpool PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 percent of U.S. production of the domestic like product.29 Record evidence indicates that Whirlpool does not account for at least 85 percent of the production of the domestic like product, and therefore, does not account for ‘‘substantially all’’ of the production of the domestic like product.30 We based our analysis on actual 2017 production volumes, the most recent complete year for which we have actual production data.31 Information on the record of this proceeding shows that in 2017, only GE and Whirlpool had actual domestic production of LRWs.32 GE opposed Whirlpool’s request. We find no basis to disregard GE’s 2017 production volume for purposes of our preliminary analysis, as suggested by Whirlpool. Therefore, based on our analysis of the 2017 production volumes of the domestic industry, we preliminarily determine not to revoke the Orders, in part, with respect to FL/CIM Belt washers. Public Comment Interested parties may submit case briefs no later than 21 days after the date of publication of this notice.33 Rebuttals briefs, limited to arguments raised in the case briefs, may be submitted no later than seven days after the deadline for case briefs.34 Parties who submit case or rebuttal briefs are requested to submit, as part of that submission, (a) a statement of the issues, (b) a summary of the arguments, and (c) a table of authorities.35 Any interested party may request a hearing within 30 days of publication of this notice.36 Hearing requests should 29 See, e.g., Honey from Argentina; Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Changed Circumstances Reviews; Preliminary Intent to Revoke Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders, 77 FR 67790, 67791 (November 14, 2012), unchanged in Honey from Argentina; Final Results of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Changed Circumstances Reviews; Revocation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders, 77 FR 77029 (December 31, 2012). 30 See Memorandum, ‘‘Analysis of U.S. Production Data for the Preliminary Results of the Changed Circumstances Reviews: Large Residential Washers from the Republic of Korea and Mexico’’ (Analysis Memorandum), dated concurrently with this notice, at 1. 31 LGE and Samsung argue that we should base our determination on projected production data for 2018 and 2019. However, we need not reach this issue, given that even the 2017 data demonstrate that Whirlpool did not account for ‘‘substantially all’’ of the domestic production. 32 The data on each company’s 2017 production volumes and values are business proprietary information that cannot be discussed here. For more information, see Analysis Memorandum. 33 See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(1)(ii). 34 See 19 CFR 351.309(d). 35 See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2). 36 See 19 CFR 351.310(c). E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 220 / Wednesday, November 14, 2018 / Notices contain the following information: (1) The party’s name, address, and telephone number; (2) the number of participants; and (3) a list of the issues to be discussed. Oral presentations at the hearing will be limited to issues raised in the case and rebuttal 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 20230.37 All submissions, with limited exceptions, must be filed electronically using Enforcement and Compliance’s AD and CVD Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS).38 ACCESS is available to registered users at https:// access.trade.gov and in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. An electronically filed document must be received successfully in its entirety by ACCESS, by 5 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the due date. Documents excepted from the electronic submission requirements must be filed manually (i.e., in paper form) with the APO/ Dockets Unit in Room 18022 and stamped with the date and time of receipt by 5 p.m. ET on the due date.39 Commerce will issue the final results of these changed circumstances reviews, which will include its analysis of any written comments, no later than 270 days after the date on which this review was initiated. The current requirement for cash deposits of estimated antidumping and countervailing duties on all entries of subject merchandise will continue unless until they are modified pursuant to the final results of these changed circumstances reviews. This notice is published in accordance with sections 751(b) and 777(i) of the Act. 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 [FR Doc. 2018–24798 Filed 11–13–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P 37 See 19 CFR 351.310(d). generally 19 CFR 351.303. 39 See Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Electronic Filing Procedures; Administrative Protective Order Procedures, 76 FR 39263 (July 6, 2011). 38 See VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:29 Nov 13, 2018 Jkt 247001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–533–881] Large Diameter Welded Pipe From India: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value; 2017 Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that imports of large diameter welded pipe from India are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV) for the period of investigation January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017 DATES: Applicable November 14, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kate Johnson at (202) 482–4929 or Jaron Moore at (202) 482–3640, AD/CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background On August 27, 2018, Commerce published in the Federal Register the Preliminary Determination of sales at LTFV of large diameter welded pipe from India and invited interested parties to comment.1 We received comments from the petitioners,2 agreeing with our affirmative preliminary determination to apply total adverse facts available (AFA) to the non-responsive companies.3 No other interested party submitted comments. Accordingly, we made no changes to the Preliminary Determination. Period of Investigation The period of investigation is January 1, 2017, through December 31, 2017. Scope of the Investigation The product covered by this investigation is large diameter welded pipe from India. For a full description of the scope of this investigation, see the 1 See Large Diameter Welded Pipe from India: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 83 FR 43653 (August 27, 2018) (Preliminary Determination) and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum. 2 The petitioners are American Cast Iron Pipe Company, Berg Steel Pipe Corp., Berg Spiral Pipe Corp., Dura-Bond Industries, and Stupp Corporation, individually and as members of American Line Pipe Producers Association; Greens Bayou Pipe Mill, LP; JSW Steel (USA) Inc.; Skyline Steel; and Trinity Products LLC. 3 See Petitioners Letter, ‘‘Case Brief of Petitioners,’’ dated September 26, 2018. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 56811 ‘‘Scope of the Investigation,’’ at the Appendix to this notice. Scope Comments During the course of this investigation and the concurrent LTFV investigations of large diameter welded pipe from Canada, Greece, Korea, the People’s Republic of China (China) and Turkey, and the concurrent countervailing duty investigations of large diameter welded pipe from China, India, Korea and Turkey, Commerce received scope comments from interested parties. Commerce issued a Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum 4 to address these comments. In the Preliminary Determination, Commerce set aside a period of time for parties to address scope issues in scope case and rebuttal briefs. No interested parties submitted scope comments in scope case or scope rebuttal briefs. Therefore, for this final determination, the scope of this investigation remains unchanged from that published in the Preliminary Determination. Use of Adverse Facts Available The mandatory respondents Bhushan Steel (Bhushan) and Welspun Trading Limited (Welspun) failed to participate in this investigation.5 Therefore, in the Preliminary Determination, pursuant to sections 776(a)(1), 776(a)(2)(A)–(C), and 776(b) of the Act, we determined for Bhushan and Welspun an estimated dumping rate based on AFA. No parties filed comments in opposition to our Preliminary Determination with respect to Bhushan and Welspun and there are no comments or information on the record that would cause us to revisit our preliminary AFA determinations. Accordingly, we continue to find that the application of AFA pursuant to sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act is warranted with respect to Bhushan and Welspun. In applying total AFA, we have determined for Bhushan’s and Welspun’s exports of the subject merchandise an estimated dumping margin of 50.55 percent, which is the only dumping margin alleged in the Petition 6 and which has been corroborated to the extent practicable 4 See Memorandum, ‘‘Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determinations,’’ dated June 19, 2018 (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum). 5 See Preliminary Determination Memorandum at 4–8. 6 See Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties: Large Diameter Welded Pipe from Canada, Greece, India, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, and the Republic of Turkey, dated January 17, 2018 (Petition). E:\FR\FM\14NON1.SGM 14NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-201-842; A-580-868; C-580-869]


Preliminary Results of Changed Circumstances Reviews of the 
Antidumping Duty Orders on Large Residential Washers From the Republic 
of Korea and Mexico, and the Countervailing Duty Order on Large 
Residential Washers From the Republic of Korea

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


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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines 
not to revoke the antidumping duty (AD) orders on large residential 
washers (LRWs) from the Republic of Korea (Korea) and Mexico and the 
countervailing duty (CVD) order on large residential washers from 
Korea, in part, with respect to LRWs that (1) have a horizontal 
rotational axis; (2) are front loading; and (3) have a drive train 
consisting, inter alia, of (a) a controlled induction motor and (b) a 
belt drive (hereinafter, FL CIM/Belt washers), because Whirlpool 
Corporation (Whirlpool), the requestor, does not account for 
substantially all of the production of domestic like product to which 
these orders pertain.

DATES: Applicable November 14, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Miller or Ajay Menon, AD/CVD 
Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue 
NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482-3906 or (202) 482-1993, 
respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On May 11, 2018, in response to a request by Whirlpool, a domestic 
producer of the subject merchandise, Commerce published a notice of 
initiation of changed circumstances reviews to consider the possible 
revocation, in part, of the AD orders on LRWs from Korea and Mexico and 
the CVD order on large residential washers from Korea (collectively, 
the Orders \1\) with respect to FL CIM/Belt washers.\2\ In the 
Initiation Notice, we invited comments from: (1) Members of the 
domestic industry, including their domestic production data of LRWs for 
2017; and (2) other interested parties regarding industry support.\3\
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    \1\ See Large Residential Washers from Mexico and the Republic 
of Korea: Antidumping Duty Orders, 78 FR 11148 (February 15, 2013); 
and Large Residential Washers from the Republic of Korea: 
Countervailing Duty Order, 78 FR 11154 (February 15, 2013) (the 
Orders).
    \2\ See Large Residential Washers from the Republic of Korea and 
Mexico: Initiation of Changed Circumstances Reviews, and 
Consideration of Revocation, in Part, of the Antidumping Duty Orders 
on Large Residential Washers from the Republic of Korea and Mexico 
and the Countervailing Duty Order on Large Residential Washers from 
the Republic of Korea, 83 FR 22006 (May 11, 2018) (Initiation 
Notice).
    \3\ Id., 83 FR at 22007.
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    On May 21, 2018, we received comments from Haier U.S. Appliance 
Solutions, Inc., d/b/a GE Appliances (GE); \4\ LG Electronics USA, 
Inc., LG Electronics Alabama, Inc., and LG Electronics, Inc. 
(collectively, LGE); \5\ Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Samsung 
Electronics America, and Samsung Electronics Home Appliances America 
(collectively, Samsung); \6\ and Whirlpool.\7\ Samsung opposed 
Whirlpool's request, noting that the U.S. International Trade 
Commission defined FL CIM/Belt washers as part of the domestic like 
product.\8\ LGE also opposed Whirlpool's request, and argued that 
partially revoking the Orders would harm domestic producers.\9\ 
Additionally, Samsung and LGE each argued that their potential 2018 and 
2019 production should be included in Commerce's analysis because they 
started producing LRWs in the United States in 2018.\10\ GE also 
opposed Whirlpool's request and provided its 2017 production data.\11\ 
Finally, Whirlpool submitted additional comments in support of its 
request and provided its 2017 production data.\12\
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    \4\ See GE's Letter, ``Large Residential Washers from the 
Republic of Korea and Mexico--GE Appliances Entry of Appearance and 
Substantive Response,'' (GE's Comments) dated May 21, 2018, at 2.
    \5\ See LGE's Letter, ``LGE's Comments on Initiation of Changed 
Circumstances Review (CCR) Large Residential Washers from Korea,'' 
(LGE's Comments) dated May 21, 2018, at 2-11.
    \6\ See Samsung's Letter, ``Large Residential Washers from Korea 
and Mexico: Belt Drive CCR Response to Request for Information and 
Comments,'' (Samsung's Comments) dated May 21, 2018, at 2-7.
    \7\ See Whirlpool Corporation's (Whirlpool) Letter, ``Large 
Residential Washers from Korea and Mexico: Response of Whirlpool 
Corporation to U.S. Department of Commerce Request for 2017 
Production Data to Support Partial Revocation of AD/CVD Orders,'' 
(Whirlpool's Comments) dated May 21, 2018, at 2.
    \8\ See Samsung's Comments at 3.
    \9\ See LGE's Comments at 6.
    \10\ Id. at 3; see also Samsung's Comments at 6.
    \11\ See GE's Comments at 2.
    \12\ See Whirlpool's Comments at 2.
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    On May 29, 2018, we received rebuttal comments from LGE,\13\ 
Samsung,\14\ and Whirlpool.\15\ In their rebuttal comments, LGE and 
Samsung reiterated that Whirlpool does not account for substantially 
all of the domestic industry.\16\ Conversely, in its rebuttal comments, 
Whirlpool argued that Commerce should use 2017 production data in 
determining industry support and not speculative future production.\17\ 
Whirlpool further asserted that Commerce should disregard GE's 2017 
production data and exercise its discretion to find that Whirlpool 
constitutes ``substantially all'' of the domestic industry.\18\
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    \13\ See LGE's Letter, ``LG Electronics' Rebuttal Comments 
(Changed Circumstances Review) Large Residential Washers from Korea 
and Mexico,'' (LGE's Rebuttal Comments) dated May 29, 2018, at 2-5.
    \14\ See Samsung's Letter, ``Large Residential Washers from 
Korea and Mexico: Belt Drive CCR Response to Comments and 
Information,'' (Samsung's Rebuttal Comments) dated May 29, 2018.
    \15\ See Whirlpool's Letter, ``Large Residential Washers 
(``LRWs'') from Korea and Mexico: Rebuttal Comments of Whirlpool 
Corporation,'' (Whirlpool's Rebuttal Comments) dated May 29, 2018.
    \16\ See LGE's Rebuttal Comments at 4; see also Samsung's 
Rebuttal Comments at 2.
    \17\ See Whirlpool's Rebuttal Comments at 2.
    \18\ Id. at 6.
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Scope of the Orders

    The products covered by the Orders are all large residential 
washers and certain subassemblies thereof from Mexico and Korea.
    For purposes of these Orders, the term ``large residential 
washers'' denotes all automatic clothes washing machines, regardless of 
the orientation of the rotational axis, except as noted below, with a 
cabinet width (measured from its widest point) of at least 24.5 inches 
(62.23 cm) and no more than 32.0 inches (81.28 cm).
    Also covered are certain subassemblies used in large residential 
washers, namely: (1) All assembled cabinets designed for use in large 
residential washers which incorporate, at a minimum: (a) At least three 
of the six cabinet surfaces; and (b) a bracket; (2) all assembled tubs 
\19\ designed for use in large residential washers which incorporate, 
at a minimum: (a) a tub; and (b) a seal; (3) all assembled baskets \20\ 
designed for use in large residential washers which incorporate, at a 
minimum: (a) A side wrapper; \21\ (b) a base; and (c) a drive hub; \22\ 
and (4) any combination of the foregoing subassemblies.
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    \19\ A ``tub'' is the part of the washer designed to hold water.
    \20\ A ``basket'' (sometimes referred to as a ``drum'') is the 
part of the washer designed to hold clothing or other fabrics.
    \21\ A ``side wrapper'' is the cylindrical part of the basket 
that actually holds the clothing or other fabrics.
    \22\ A ``drive hub'' is the hub at the center of the base that 
bears the load from the motor.
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    Excluded from the scope are stacked washer-dryers and commercial 
washers. The term ``stacked washer-dryers'' denotes distinct washing 
and drying machines that are built on a unitary frame and share a 
common console that controls both the washer and the dryer. The term 
``commercial washer'' denotes an automatic clothes washing machine 
designed for the ``pay per use'' market meeting either of the following 
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    (1) (a) it contains payment system electronics; \23\ (b) it is 
configured with an externally mounted steel frame at least six 
inches high that is designed to house a coin/token operated payment 
system (whether or not the actual coin/token operated payment system 
is installed at the time of importation); (c) it contains a push 
button user interface with a maximum of six manually selectable wash 
cycle settings, with no ability of the end user to otherwise modify 
water temperature, water level, or spin speed for a selected wash 
cycle setting; and (d) the console containing the user interface is 
made of steel and is assembled with security fasteners; \24\ or
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    \23\ ``Payment system electronics'' denotes a circuit board 
designed to receive signals from a payment acceptance device and to 
display payment amount, selected settings, and cycle status. Such 
electronics also capture cycles and payment history and provide for 
transmission to a reader.
    \24\ A ``security fastener'' is a screw with a non-standard head 
that requires a non-standard driver. Examples include those with a 
pin in the center of the head as a ``center pin reject'' feature to 
prevent standard Allen wrenches or Torx drivers from working.
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    (2) (a) it contains payment system electronics; (b) the payment 
system electronics are enabled (whether or not the payment 
acceptance device has been installed at the time of importation) 
such that, in normal operation,\25\ the unit cannot begin a wash 
cycle without first receiving a signal from a bona fide payment 
acceptance device such as an electronic credit card reader; (c) it 
contains a push button user interface with a maximum of six manually 
selectable wash cycle settings, with no ability of the end user to 
otherwise modify water temperature, water level, or spin speed for a 
selected wash cycle setting; and (d) the console containing the user 
interface is made of steel and is assembled with security fasteners.
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    \25\ ``Normal operation'' refers to the operating mode(s) 
available to end users (i.e., not a mode designed for testing or 
repair by a technician).

    Also excluded from the scope are automatic clothes washing machines 
with a vertical rotational axis and a rated capacity of less than 3.7 
cubic feet, as certified to the U.S. Department of Energy pursuant to 
10 CFR 429.12 and 10 CFR 429.20, and in accordance with the test 
procedures established in 10 CFR Part 430.
    The products subject to these Orders are currently classifiable 
under subheadings 8450.20.0040 and 8450.20.0080 of the Harmonized 
Tariff System of the United States (HTSUS). Products subject to these 
Orders may also enter under HTSUS subheadings 8450.11.0040, 
8450.11.0080, 8450.90.2000, and 8450.90.6000. Although the HTSUS 
subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the 
written description of the merchandise subject to this scope is 
dispositive.

Scope of Changed Circumstances Reviews

    Whirlpool requests that Commerce revoke the Orders, in part, with 
respect to FL CIM/Belt washers.\26\ Should Commerce determine to revoke 
the Orders, in part, Whirlpool proposes that Commerce amend the scope 
language as follows: ``{A{time} lso excluded from the scope are 
automatic clothes washing machines that meet all of the following 
conditions: (1) have a horizontal rotational axis; (2) are front 
loading; and (3) have a drive train consisting, inter alia, of (a) a 
controlled induction motor and (b) a belt drive.'' \27\
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    \26\ See Whirlpool's Comments at 2.
    \27\ Whirlpool proposes that the following words be defined as 
follows: (1) ``front loading'' means that ``access to the basket is 
from the front of the washer;'' and (3) a ``controlled induction 
motor'' is ``an asynchronous, alternating current, polyphase 
induction motor.''
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Preliminary Results of Changed Circumstances Reviews

    Pursuant to sections 751(d)(1) and 782(h) of the Tariff Act of 
1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.222(g), Commerce may revoke 
an AD or CVD order, in whole or in part, based on a review under 
section 751(b) of the Act (i.e., a changed circumstances review). 
Section 751(b)(1) of the Act requires that a changed circumstances 
review be conducted upon receipt of a request which shows changed 
circumstances sufficient to warrant a review. Section 782(h)(2) of the 
Act gives Commerce the authority to revoke an order if producers 
accounting for substantially all of the production of the domestic like 
product have expressed a lack of interest in the order. Section 
351.222(g) of Commerce's regulations provides that Commerce will 
conduct a changed circumstances review under 19 CFR 351.216, and may 
revoke an order (in whole or in part), if it concludes that: (i) 
Producers accounting for substantially all of the production of the 
domestic like product to which the order pertains have expressed a lack 
of interest in the relief provided by the order, in whole or in part, 
or (ii) if other changed circumstances sufficient to warrant revocation 
exist. Both the Act and Commerce's regulations require that 
``substantially all'' domestic producers express a lack of interest in 
the order for Commerce to revoke the order, in whole or in part.\28\ 
Commerce has interpreted ``substantially all'' to represent producers 
accounting for at least 85 percent of U.S. production of the domestic 
like product.\29\
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    \28\ See Section 782(h) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.222(g).
    \29\ See, e.g., Honey from Argentina; Antidumping and 
Countervailing Duty Changed Circumstances Reviews; Preliminary 
Intent to Revoke Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders, 77 FR 
67790, 67791 (November 14, 2012), unchanged in Honey from Argentina; 
Final Results of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Changed 
Circumstances Reviews; Revocation of Antidumping and Countervailing 
Duty Orders, 77 FR 77029 (December 31, 2012).
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    Record evidence indicates that Whirlpool does not account for at 
least 85 percent of the production of the domestic like product, and 
therefore, does not account for ``substantially all'' of the production 
of the domestic like product.\30\ We based our analysis on actual 2017 
production volumes, the most recent complete year for which we have 
actual production data.\31\ Information on the record of this 
proceeding shows that in 2017, only GE and Whirlpool had actual 
domestic production of LRWs.\32\ GE opposed Whirlpool's request. We 
find no basis to disregard GE's 2017 production volume for purposes of 
our preliminary analysis, as suggested by Whirlpool.
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    \30\ See Memorandum, ``Analysis of U.S. Production Data for the 
Preliminary Results of the Changed Circumstances Reviews: Large 
Residential Washers from the Republic of Korea and Mexico'' 
(Analysis Memorandum), dated concurrently with this notice, at 1.
    \31\ LGE and Samsung argue that we should base our determination 
on projected production data for 2018 and 2019. However, we need not 
reach this issue, given that even the 2017 data demonstrate that 
Whirlpool did not account for ``substantially all'' of the domestic 
production.
    \32\ The data on each company's 2017 production volumes and 
values are business proprietary information that cannot be discussed 
here. For more information, see Analysis Memorandum.
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    Therefore, based on our analysis of the 2017 production volumes of 
the domestic industry, we preliminarily determine not to revoke the 
Orders, in part, with respect to FL/CIM Belt washers.

Public Comment

    Interested parties may submit case briefs no later than 21 days 
after the date of publication of this notice.\33\ Rebuttals briefs, 
limited to arguments raised in the case briefs, may be submitted no 
later than seven days after the deadline for case briefs.\34\ Parties 
who submit case or rebuttal briefs are requested to submit, as part of 
that submission, (a) a statement of the issues, (b) a summary of the 
arguments, and (c) a table of authorities.\35\
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    \33\ See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(1)(ii).
    \34\ See 19 CFR 351.309(d).
    \35\ See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2).
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    Any interested party may request a hearing within 30 days of 
publication of this notice.\36\ Hearing requests should

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contain the following information: (1) The party's name, address, and 
telephone number; (2) the number of participants; and (3) a list of the 
issues to be discussed. Oral presentations at the hearing will be 
limited to issues raised in the case and rebuttal 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.\37\
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    \36\ See 19 CFR 351.310(c).
    \37\ See 19 CFR 351.310(d).
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    All submissions, with limited exceptions, must be filed 
electronically using Enforcement and Compliance's AD and CVD 
Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS).\38\ ACCESS is available 
to registered users at https://access.trade.gov and in the Central 
Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. 
An electronically filed document must be received successfully in its 
entirety by ACCESS, by 5 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the due date. 
Documents excepted from the electronic submission requirements must be 
filed manually (i.e., in paper form) with the APO/Dockets Unit in Room 
18022 and stamped with the date and time of receipt by 5 p.m. ET on the 
due date.\39\
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    \38\ See generally 19 CFR 351.303.
    \39\ See Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: 
Electronic Filing Procedures; Administrative Protective Order 
Procedures, 76 FR 39263 (July 6, 2011).
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    Commerce will issue the final results of these changed 
circumstances reviews, which will include its analysis of any written 
comments, no later than 270 days after the date on which this review 
was initiated.
    The current requirement for cash deposits of estimated antidumping 
and countervailing duties on all entries of subject merchandise will 
continue unless until they are modified pursuant to the final results 
of these changed circumstances reviews.
    This notice is published in accordance with sections 751(b) and 
777(i) of the Act.

    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
[FR Doc. 2018-24798 Filed 11-13-18; 8:45 am]
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