Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 13634-13637 [2019-06703]

Download as PDF 13634 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 66 / Friday, April 5, 2019 / Notices these requests, on November 11, 2018, in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), Commerce published in the Federal Register a notice of initiation of an administrative review covering the period September 1, 2017, through August 31, 2018.3 On December 17, 2018, Xiongying submitted a timely request to withdraw its request for administrative review.4 On February 4, 2019, Triangle submitted a timely request to withdraw its request for administrative review.5 On March 19, 2019, Jinhaoyang submitted a timely request to withdraw its request for administrative review.6 Additionally, Commerce exercised its discretion to toll all deadlines affected by the partial federal government closure from December 22, 2018, through the resumption of operations on January 29, 2019.7 If the new deadline falls on a non-business day, in accordance with Commerce’s practice, the deadline will become the next business day. In this case, the original deadline for parties to withdraw requests for administrative review was February 13, 2019. Therefore, the revised deadline to withdraw a review request was March 25, 2019. The revised deadline for the preliminary results in this review is now Friday, July 12, 2019. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Partial Rescission of Review Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), the Secretary will rescind an administrative review, in part, if a party who requested the review withdraws the request within 90 days of the date of publication of the Zhongwei’s letter, ‘‘Certain New Pneumatic Off-theRoad Tires from the People’s Republic of China: Request for Administrative Review,’’ dated October 1, 2018; and Super Grip’s letter, ‘‘Certain New Pneumatic Off-The-Road Tires People’s Republic of China Request for Administrative Review,’’ dated October 1, 2018 (Super Grip, a U.S. importer, requested a review of Zhongwei). 3 See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 83 FR 45888 (November 11, 2018). 4 See Xiongying’s letter, ‘‘Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires from the People’s Republic of China: Withdrawal of Request for Review,’’ dated December 17, 2018. 5 See Triangle Tyre’s letter, ‘‘New Pneumatic OffThe-Road Tires from the People’s Republic of China –Withdrawal of Triangle Tyre Request for Administrative Review,’’ dated February 4, 2019. 6 See Jinhoayang’s letter, ‘‘Jinhaoyang’s Withdrawal of Request for AD Administrative Review Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires from China (A–570–912),’’ dated March 19, 2019. 7 See memorandum to the Record from 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, ‘‘Deadlines Affected by the Partial Shutdown of the Federal Government,’’ dated January 28, 2019. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by 40 days. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Apr 04, 2019 Jkt 247001 notice of initiation of the requested review. Xiongying, Triangle, and Jinhaoyang timely withdrew their requests for an administrative review, and no other party requested a review of these companies. Accordingly, we are rescinding this review, in part, with respect to these companies, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1). The review will continue with respect to Honghua Tyre, Zhongwei, and Super Grip. Assessment Notification to Importers This notice serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping and/or countervailing 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 the antidumping and/or countervailing duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties. Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Order This notice serves as a final reminder to parties subject to an administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under an APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305, which continues to govern business proprietary information in this segment of the proceeding. Timely written notification of the return/destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction. This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4). Frm 00010 [FR Doc. 2019–06702 Filed 4–4–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries of OTR tires at rates equal to the cash deposit of estimated antidumping duties required at the time of entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for consumption, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(c)(1)(i). Commerce intends to issue appropriate assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, if appropriate. PO 00000 Dated: April 2, 2019. 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. Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [C–570–094] Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs 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 refillable stainless steel kegs (kegs) from the People’s Republic of China (China) for the period of investigation (POI) January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. AGENCY: DATES: Applicable April 5, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nicholas Czajkowski or Robert Brown at (202) 482–1395 or (202) 482–3702, respectively, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230. 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 October 16, 2018.1 On December 4, 2018, Commerce postponed the preliminary determination in this investigation to February 19, 2019.2 1 See Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs from the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation, 83 FR 52192 (October 16, 2018) (Initiation Notice). 2 See Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs from the People’s Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation, 83 FR 62560 (December 4, 2018). In accordance with Commerce’s practice, where a deadline falls on a weekend or federal E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 66 / Friday, April 5, 2019 / Notices Commerce exercised its discretion to toll all deadlines affected by the partial federal government closure from December 22, 2018, through the resumption of operations on January 29, 2019.3 Accordingly, the revised deadline for the preliminary determination is March 29, 2019. For a complete description of the events that followed the initiation of this investigation, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.4 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 products covered by this investigation are kegs from China. For a full description of the scope of this investigation, see Appendix I to this notice. Scope Comments In accordance with the preamble to Commerce’s regulations,5 the Initiation Notice set aside a period of time for parties to raise issues regarding product coverage (i.e., scope).6 Certain interested parties commented on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. For a summary of the product coverage comments and rebuttal responses submitted to the record for this preliminary determination and accompanying discussion and analysis of all comments timely received, see the Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum.7 Commerce is preliminarily modifying the scope language as it appeared in the initiation notice.8 See the revised scope in Appendix I to this 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.9 In making these findings, Commerce relied, in part, on facts available, and because one or more respondents did not act to the best of their ability to respond to Commerce’s requests for information, Commerce drew an adverse inference where appropriate in selecting from among the facts otherwise available.10 For further information, see ‘‘Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences’’ in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Alignment In accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4), and based on the petitioner’s request,11 Commerce is aligning the final countervailing duty determination in this investigation with the final determination in the companion antidumping duty investigation of refillable stainless steel kegs from China. All-Others Rate Sections 703(d)(1)(A)(i) 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. In this investigation, Commerce preliminarily assigned rates based entirely on facts available for Penglai Jinfu Stainless Steel Products (Penglai Jinfu) and 18 companies that failed to respond to our quantity and value (Q&V) questionnaire.12 Commerce calculated an individual estimated countervailable subsidy rate for Ningbo Master International Trade Co., Ltd. (Ningbo Master) and its cross-owned affiliates Tomorrow Industrial Limited (Tomorrow Industrial), Ningbo Major Draft Beer Equipment Co., Ltd. (Ningbo Major), and Zhejiang Major Technology Co., Ltd. (Major Technology). Because the only individually calculated rate is not zero, de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise available, the rate calculated for Ningbo Master is also assigned to all-other producers and exporters. Preliminary Determination Net subsidy rate (percent) Company khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Equipmentines (Dalian) E-Commerce Co., Ltd ................................................................................................................................... holiday, the appropriate deadline is the next business day. See Notice of Clarification: Application of ‘‘Next Business Day’’ Rule for Administrative Determination Deadlines Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 2930, As Amended,’’ 70 FR 24533 (May 10, 2005). 3 See Memorandum from 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 ‘‘Deadlines Affected by the Partial Shutdown of the Federal Government’’, dated January 28, 2019. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended by 40 days. 4 See ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Affirmative Determination: Countervailing Duty Investigation of Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs from the People’s Republic of China,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Apr 04, 2019 Jkt 247001 5 See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, Final Rule, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997). 6 See Initiation Notice. 7 See Memorandum, Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs from the People’s Republic of China, Germany, and Mexico: Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determinations (March 29, 2019) (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum). 8 Id. at 3–4. 9 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. 10 See sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act. 11 See Letter, ‘‘Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs from the People’s Republic of China: Request for Alignment of the Countervailing Duty Final Determination with the Companion Antidumping Duty Final Determination,’’ dated March 19, 2019. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 13635 Sfmt 4703 144.30 12 Commerce issued Q&V questionnaires to 20 companies. The 18 companies that did not respond to our Q&V questionnaire are: Equipmentines (Dalian) E-Commerce Co., Ltd.; Jinan HaoLu Machinery Equipment Co., Ltd.; NDL Keg Qingdao Inc.; Ningbo Direct Import & Export Co., Ltd.; Ningbo Hefeng Container Manufacture Co., Ltd.; Ningbo Hefeng Kitchen Utensils Manufacture Co., Ltd.; Ningbo HGM Food Machinery Co., Ltd.; Ningbo Jiangbei Bei Fu Industry and Trade Co., Ltd.; Ningbo Sanfino Import & Export Co., Ltd.; Ningbo Shimaotong International Co., Ltd.; Ningbo Sunburst International Trading Co., Ltd.; Orient Equipment (Taizhou) Co., Ltd.; Qingdao Henka Precision Technology Co., Ltd.; Shandong Tiantai Beer Equipment; Sino Dragon Trading International; Wenzhou Deli Machinery Equipment Co.; Wuxi Taihu Lamps and Lanterns Co., Ltd.; and Yantai Trano New Material Co., Ltd. E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1 13636 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 66 / Friday, April 5, 2019 / Notices Net subsidy rate (percent) Company Jinan HaoLu Machinery Equipment Co., Ltd ...................................................................................................................................... NDL Keg Qingdao Inc ......................................................................................................................................................................... Ningbo Direct Import & Export Co., Ltd .............................................................................................................................................. Ningbo Hefeng Container Manufacture Co., Ltd ................................................................................................................................. Ningbo Hefeng Kitchen Utensils Manufacture Co., Ltd ...................................................................................................................... Ningbo HGM Food Machinery Co., Ltd ............................................................................................................................................... Ningbo Jiangbei Bei Fu Industry and Trade Co., Ltd ......................................................................................................................... Ningbo Master International Trade Co., Ltd 13 .................................................................................................................................... Ningbo Sanfino Import & Export Co., Ltd ............................................................................................................................................ Ningbo Shimaotong International Co., Ltd .......................................................................................................................................... Ningbo Sunburst International Trading Co., Ltd .................................................................................................................................. Orient Equipment (Taizhou) Co., Ltd .................................................................................................................................................. Penglai Jinfu Stainless Steel Products ................................................................................................................................................ Qingdao Henka Precision Technology Co., Ltd .................................................................................................................................. Shandong Tiantai Beer Equipment ..................................................................................................................................................... Sino Dragon Trading International ...................................................................................................................................................... Wenzhou Deli Machinery Equipment Co. ........................................................................................................................................... Wuxi Taihu Lamps and Lanterns Co., Ltd .......................................................................................................................................... Yantai Trano New Material Co., Ltd .................................................................................................................................................... All Others ............................................................................................................................................................................................. Commerce preliminarily determines that the following estimated countervailable subsidy rates exist: 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. 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). khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES 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 13 As discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, Commerce has found Ningbo Major Draft Beer Equipment Co., Ltd., Tomorrow Industrial Limited and Zhejiang Major Technology Co., Ltd. to be cross-owned with Ningbo Master International Trade Co., Ltd. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Apr 04, 2019 Jkt 247001 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.14 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. 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. 14 See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general filing requirements). PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 144.30 144.30 144.30 144.30 144.30 144.30 144.30 15.78 144.30 144.30 144.30 144.30 144.30 144.30 144.30 144.30 144.30 144.30 144.30 15.78 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: March 29, 2019. Gary Taverman, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I Scope of the Investigation The merchandise covered by this investigation are kegs, vessels, or containers with bodies that are approximately cylindrical in shape, made from stainless steel (i.e., steel containing at least 10.5 percent chromium by weight and less than 1.2 percent carbon by weight, with or without other elements), and that are compatible with a ‘‘D Sankey’’ extractor (refillable stainless steel kegs) with a nominal liquid volume capacity of 10 liters or more, regardless of the type of finish, gauge, thickness, or grade of stainless steel, and whether or not covered by or encased in other materials. Refillable stainless steel kegs may be imported assembled or unassembled, with or without all components (including spears, couplers or taps, necks, collars, and valves), and be filled or unfilled. E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 66 / Friday, April 5, 2019 / Notices ‘‘Unassembled’’ or ‘‘unfinished’’ refillable stainless steel kegs include drawn stainless steel cylinders that have been welded to form the body of the keg and attached to an upper (top) chime and/or lower (bottom) chime. Unassembled refillable stainless steel kegs may or may not be welded to a neck, may or may not have a valve assembly attached, and may be otherwise complete except for testing, certification, and/or marking. Subject merchandise also includes refillable stainless steel kegs that have been further processed in a third country, including but not limited to, attachment of necks, collars, spears or valves, heat treatment, pickling, passivation, painting, testing, certification or any other processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigations if performed in the country of manufacture of the in-scope refillable stainless steel keg. Specifically excluded are the following: (1) Vessels or containers that are not approximately cylindrical in nature (e.g., box, ‘‘hopper’’ or ‘‘cone’’ shaped vessels); (2) stainless steel kegs, vessels, or containers that have either a ‘‘ball lock’’ valve system or a ‘‘pin lock’’ valve system (commonly known as ‘‘Cornelius,’’ ‘‘corny’’ or ‘‘ball lock’’ kegs); (3) necks, spears, couplers or taps, collars, and valves that are not imported with the subject merchandise; and (4) stainless steel kegs that are filled with beer, wine, or other liquid and that are designated by the Commissioner of Customs as Instruments of International Traffic within the meaning of section 332(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended. The merchandise covered by this investigation is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under subheadings 7310.10.0010, 7310.00.0050, 7310.29.0025, and 7310.29.0050. These HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes; the written description of the scope of this investigation is dispositive. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Appendix II List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum Summary Background A. Initiation and Case History B. Postponement of Preliminary Determination C. Period of Investigation Scope Comments A. Scope of the Investigation B. Alignment C. Injury Test Application of the CVD Law to Imports From China Diversification of China’s Economy Subsidies Valuation A. Allocation Period B. Attribution of Subsidies C. Denominators Benchmarks and Interest Rates A. Short-Term and Long-Term Renminbi (RMB)-Denominated Loans B. Long-Term RMB-Dominated Loans C. Discount Rates VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Apr 04, 2019 Jkt 247001 D. Input Benchmarks Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences A. Legal Standard B. Application of AFA: Non-Responsive Q&V Questionnaire Recipients C. Application of AFA: Penglai Jinfu D. Application of AFA: Provision of Electricity for LTAR E. Application of AFA: Provision of Stainless Steel Coil for LTAR F. Application of AFA: Export Assistance Grants and Special Funds for International Market Expansion Analysis of Programs A. Programs Preliminarily Determined to be Countervailable B. Programs Preliminarily Determined Not to Confer a Measurable Benefit C. Programs Preliminarily Determined to Be Not Used by Ningbo Master Calculation of the All-Others Rate ITC Notification Disclosure and Public Comment Verification Recommendation Appendix [FR Doc. 2019–06703 Filed 4–4–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Institute of Standards and Technology Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Application (MBNQA) National Institute of Standards and Technology, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before June 4, 2019. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230 (or via the internet at docpra@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Dawn Bailey, Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 1020, Gaithersburg, MD 20899, 301–975–3074, dawn.bailey@nist.gov. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13637 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The Department of Commerce is responsible for the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program (BPEP) and the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA), the nation’s highest award for organizational performance excellence. Directly associated with this award is the Board of Examiners, an integral volunteer workforce for BPEP. NIST manages BPEP. An applicant organization for the MBNQA is required to perform two steps: (1) The applicant organization self-certifies that it meets eligibility requirements with an eligibility form; and (2) the applicant organization prepares and completes an application package. BPEP will assist with or offer advice on any questions or issues that the applicant may have concerning the eligibility or application processes; this includes BPEP staff manning a hotline during the week and on weekends for organizations to call or email. With the help of the Board of Examiners, BPEP will use the eligibility forms and application package to assess and provide feedback on the applicant’s performance excellence practices. These practices could lead to a MBNQA awarded by the President of the United States or his delegate. Per Public Law 100–107 (Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Act of 1987), the MBNQA helps to stimulate American companies to improve quality and productivity for the pride of recognition while obtaining a competitive edge through increased profits; recognizes the achievements of those companies that improve the quality of their goods and services and provide an example to others; establishes guidelines and criteria that can be used by business, industrial, governmental, and other organizations in evaluating their own quality improvement efforts; and provides specific guidance for other American organizations that wish to learn how to manage for high quality by making available detailed information on how winning organizations were able to change their cultures and achieve eminence. The application to be a member of the Board of Examiners is a one-step, secure, online process. Each year, BPEP recruits highly skilled experts in the fields of manufacturing, service, small business, health care, education, and nonprofit, the six Award eligibility categories, to evaluate the applications that BPEP receives. Examiners serve for a one-year term; participation on the board is entirely voluntary. Examiners E:\FR\FM\05APN1.SGM 05APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-094]


Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs 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 refillable stainless steel kegs (kegs) from the People's 
Republic of China (China) for the period of investigation (POI) January 
1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Interested parties are invited to 
comment on this preliminary determination.

DATES: Applicable April 5, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nicholas Czajkowski or Robert Brown at 
(202) 482-1395 or (202) 482-3702, respectively, AD/CVD Operations, 
Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 
20230.

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 October 16, 
2018.\1\ On December 4, 2018, Commerce postponed the preliminary 
determination in this investigation to February 19, 2019.\2\

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Commerce exercised its discretion to toll all deadlines affected by the 
partial federal government closure from December 22, 2018, through the 
resumption of operations on January 29, 2019.\3\ Accordingly, the 
revised deadline for the preliminary determination is March 29, 2019.
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    \1\ See Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs from the People's 
Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation, 
83 FR 52192 (October 16, 2018) (Initiation Notice).
    \2\ See Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs from the People's 
Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary Determination in the 
Countervailing Duty Investigation, 83 FR 62560 (December 4, 2018). 
In accordance with Commerce's practice, where a deadline falls on a 
weekend or federal holiday, the appropriate deadline is the next 
business day. See Notice of Clarification: Application of ``Next 
Business Day'' Rule for Administrative Determination Deadlines 
Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 2930, As Amended,'' 70 FR 24533 (May 
10, 2005).
    \3\ See Memorandum from 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 ``Deadlines Affected by the 
Partial Shutdown of the Federal Government'', dated January 28, 
2019. All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been 
extended by 40 days.
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    For a complete description of the events that followed the 
initiation of this investigation, see the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum.\4\ 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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    \4\ See ``Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Affirmative 
Determination: Countervailing Duty Investigation of Refillable 
Stainless Steel Kegs 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 products covered by this investigation are kegs from China. For 
a full description of the scope of this investigation, see Appendix I 
to this notice.

Scope Comments

    In accordance with the preamble to Commerce's regulations,\5\ the 
Initiation Notice set aside a period of time for parties to raise 
issues regarding product coverage (i.e., scope).\6\ Certain interested 
parties commented on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in 
the Initiation Notice. For a summary of the product coverage comments 
and rebuttal responses submitted to the record for this preliminary 
determination and accompanying discussion and analysis of all comments 
timely received, see the Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum.\7\ 
Commerce is preliminarily modifying the scope language as it appeared 
in the initiation notice.\8\ See the revised scope in Appendix I to 
this notice.
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    \5\ See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, Final Rule, 
62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997).
    \6\ See Initiation Notice.
    \7\ See Memorandum, Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs from the 
People's Republic of China, Germany, and Mexico: Scope Comments 
Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determinations (March 29, 
2019) (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum).
    \8\ Id. at 3-4.
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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.\9\ In making these findings, Commerce relied, in part, on 
facts available, and because one or more respondents did not act to the 
best of their ability to respond to Commerce's requests for 
information, Commerce drew an adverse inference where appropriate in 
selecting from among the facts otherwise available.\10\ For further 
information, see ``Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse 
Inferences'' in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
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    \9\ 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.
    \10\ See sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act.
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Alignment

    In accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.210(b)(4), and based on the petitioner's request,\11\ Commerce is 
aligning the final countervailing duty determination in this 
investigation with the final determination in the companion antidumping 
duty investigation of refillable stainless steel kegs from China.
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    \11\ See Letter, ``Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs from the 
People's Republic of China: Request for Alignment of the 
Countervailing Duty Final Determination with the Companion 
Antidumping Duty Final Determination,'' dated March 19, 2019.
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All-Others Rate

    Sections 703(d)(1)(A)(i) 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.
    In this investigation, Commerce preliminarily assigned rates based 
entirely on facts available for Penglai Jinfu Stainless Steel Products 
(Penglai Jinfu) and 18 companies that failed to respond to our quantity 
and value (Q&V) questionnaire.\12\ Commerce calculated an individual 
estimated countervailable subsidy rate for Ningbo Master International 
Trade Co., Ltd. (Ningbo Master) and its cross-owned affiliates Tomorrow 
Industrial Limited (Tomorrow Industrial), Ningbo Major Draft Beer 
Equipment Co., Ltd. (Ningbo Major), and Zhejiang Major Technology Co., 
Ltd. (Major Technology). Because the only individually calculated rate 
is not zero, de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise 
available, the rate calculated for Ningbo Master is also assigned to 
all-other producers and exporters.
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    \12\ Commerce issued Q&V questionnaires to 20 companies. The 18 
companies that did not respond to our Q&V questionnaire are: 
Equipmentines (Dalian) E[hyphen]Commerce Co., Ltd.; Jinan HaoLu 
Machinery Equipment Co., Ltd.; NDL Keg Qingdao Inc.; Ningbo Direct 
Import & Export Co., Ltd.; Ningbo Hefeng Container Manufacture Co., 
Ltd.; Ningbo Hefeng Kitchen Utensils Manufacture Co., Ltd.; Ningbo 
HGM Food Machinery Co., Ltd.; Ningbo Jiangbei Bei Fu Industry and 
Trade Co., Ltd.; Ningbo Sanfino Import & Export Co., Ltd.; Ningbo 
Shimaotong International Co., Ltd.; Ningbo Sunburst International 
Trading Co., Ltd.; Orient Equipment (Taizhou) Co., Ltd.; Qingdao 
Henka Precision Technology Co., Ltd.; Shandong Tiantai Beer 
Equipment; Sino Dragon Trading International; Wenzhou Deli Machinery 
Equipment Co.; Wuxi Taihu Lamps and Lanterns Co., Ltd.; and Yantai 
Trano New Material Co., Ltd.
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Preliminary Determination

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                         Company                          rate (percent)
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Equipmentines (Dalian) E[hyphen]Commerce Co., Ltd.......          144.30

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Jinan HaoLu Machinery Equipment Co., Ltd................          144.30
NDL Keg Qingdao Inc.....................................          144.30
Ningbo Direct Import & Export Co., Ltd..................          144.30
Ningbo Hefeng Container Manufacture Co., Ltd............          144.30
Ningbo Hefeng Kitchen Utensils Manufacture Co., Ltd.....          144.30
Ningbo HGM Food Machinery Co., Ltd......................          144.30
Ningbo Jiangbei Bei Fu Industry and Trade Co., Ltd......          144.30
Ningbo Master International Trade Co., Ltd \13\.........           15.78
Ningbo Sanfino Import & Export Co., Ltd.................          144.30
Ningbo Shimaotong International Co., Ltd................          144.30
Ningbo Sunburst International Trading Co., Ltd..........          144.30
Orient Equipment (Taizhou) Co., Ltd.....................          144.30
Penglai Jinfu Stainless Steel Products..................          144.30
Qingdao Henka Precision Technology Co., Ltd.............          144.30
Shandong Tiantai Beer Equipment.........................          144.30
Sino Dragon Trading International.......................          144.30
Wenzhou Deli Machinery Equipment Co.....................          144.30
Wuxi Taihu Lamps and Lanterns Co., Ltd..................          144.30
Yantai Trano New Material Co., Ltd......................          144.30
All Others..............................................           15.78
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    Commerce preliminarily determines that the following estimated 
countervailable subsidy rates exist:
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    \13\ As discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, 
Commerce has found Ningbo Major Draft Beer Equipment Co., Ltd., 
Tomorrow Industrial Limited and Zhejiang Major Technology Co., Ltd. 
to be cross-owned with Ningbo Master International Trade Co., Ltd.
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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.

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.\14\ 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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    \14\ 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: March 29, 2019.
Gary Taverman,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Operations, performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the 
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I

Scope of the Investigation

    The merchandise covered by this investigation are kegs, vessels, 
or containers with bodies that are approximately cylindrical in 
shape, made from stainless steel (i.e., steel containing at least 
10.5 percent chromium by weight and less than 1.2 percent carbon by 
weight, with or without other elements), and that are compatible 
with a ``D Sankey'' extractor (refillable stainless steel kegs) with 
a nominal liquid volume capacity of 10 liters or more, regardless of 
the type of finish, gauge, thickness, or grade of stainless steel, 
and whether or not covered by or encased in other materials. 
Refillable stainless steel kegs may be imported assembled or 
unassembled, with or without all components (including spears, 
couplers or taps, necks, collars, and valves), and be filled or 
unfilled.

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    ``Unassembled'' or ``unfinished'' refillable stainless steel 
kegs include drawn stainless steel cylinders that have been welded 
to form the body of the keg and attached to an upper (top) chime 
and/or lower (bottom) chime. Unassembled refillable stainless steel 
kegs may or may not be welded to a neck, may or may not have a valve 
assembly attached, and may be otherwise complete except for testing, 
certification, and/or marking.
    Subject merchandise also includes refillable stainless steel 
kegs that have been further processed in a third country, including 
but not limited to, attachment of necks, collars, spears or valves, 
heat treatment, pickling, passivation, painting, testing, 
certification or any other processing that would not otherwise 
remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigations if 
performed in the country of manufacture of the in-scope refillable 
stainless steel keg.
    Specifically excluded are the following:
    (1) Vessels or containers that are not approximately cylindrical 
in nature (e.g., box, ``hopper'' or ``cone'' shaped vessels);
    (2) stainless steel kegs, vessels, or containers that have 
either a ``ball lock'' valve system or a ``pin lock'' valve system 
(commonly known as ``Cornelius,'' ``corny'' or ``ball lock'' kegs);
    (3) necks, spears, couplers or taps, collars, and valves that 
are not imported with the subject merchandise; and
    (4) stainless steel kegs that are filled with beer, wine, or 
other liquid and that are designated by the Commissioner of Customs 
as Instruments of International Traffic within the meaning of 
section 332(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended.
    The merchandise covered by this investigation is currently 
classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
(HTSUS) under subheadings 7310.10.0010, 7310.00.0050, 7310.29.0025, 
and 7310.29.0050.
    These HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs 
purposes; the written description of the scope of this investigation 
is dispositive.

Appendix II

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

Summary
Background
    A. Initiation and Case History
    B. Postponement of Preliminary Determination
    C. Period of Investigation
Scope Comments
    A. Scope of the Investigation
    B. Alignment
    C. Injury Test
Application of the CVD Law to Imports From China
Diversification of China's Economy
Subsidies Valuation
    A. Allocation Period
    B. Attribution of Subsidies
    C. Denominators
Benchmarks and Interest Rates
    A. Short-Term and Long-Term Renminbi (RMB)-Denominated Loans
    B. Long-Term RMB-Dominated Loans
    C. Discount Rates
    D. Input Benchmarks
Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences
    A. Legal Standard
    B. Application of AFA: Non-Responsive Q&V Questionnaire 
Recipients
    C. Application of AFA: Penglai Jinfu
    D. Application of AFA: Provision of Electricity for LTAR
    E. Application of AFA: Provision of Stainless Steel Coil for 
LTAR
    F. Application of AFA: Export Assistance Grants and Special 
Funds for International Market Expansion
Analysis of Programs
    A. Programs Preliminarily Determined to be Countervailable
    B. Programs Preliminarily Determined Not to Confer a Measurable 
Benefit
    C. Programs Preliminarily Determined to Be Not Used by Ningbo 
Master
Calculation of the All-Others Rate
ITC Notification
Disclosure and Public Comment
Verification
Recommendation
Appendix

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