Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products From the Republic of Korea: Notice of Court Decision Not in Harmony With Amended Final Determination of the Countervailing Duty Investigation, 23019-23020 [2019-10544]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / Notices reimbursement of antidumping and/or countervailing duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Notifications to Interested Parties Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products From the Republic of Korea: Notice of Court Decision Not in Harmony With Amended Final Determination of the Countervailing Duty Investigation 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. We are issuing and publishing this notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.221. Dated: May 15, 2019. Jeffrey I. Kessler, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix List of Topics Discussed in the Final Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. List of Comments III. Background IV. Scope of the Order V. Changes Made Since the Preliminary Results VI. Analysis of Comments Comments Concerning Navneet Comment 1: Whether Commerce Should Apply Total or Partial Adverse Facts Available to Navneet in the Final Results Comment 2: Whether Commerce Should Make a Central Excise Tax (CET) Adjustment for Navneet’s Home Market Price and/or Navneet’s Total Cost of Manufacture (TCOM) Comments Concerning Kokuyo Comment 3: Whether Commerce Should Grant a Full Scrap Offset to Kokuyo Comment 4: Whether Commerce Used the Correct Version of Kokuyo’s Comparison Market Database VII. Recommendation [FR Doc. 2019–10546 Filed 5–20–19; 8:45 am] jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:50 May 20, 2019 Jkt 247001 International Trade Administration [C–580–884] Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: On May 1, 2019, the United States Court of International Trade (CIT) sustained the final remand results pertaining to the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation on certain hotrolled steel flat products from the Republic of Korea covering the period January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014. The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is notifying the public that the final judgment in this case is not in harmony with the Amended Final Determination of the CVD investigation and that Commerce is amending the Amended Final Determination with respect to the CVD rate assigned to POSCO. DATES: Applicable May 11, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Bethea, AD/CVD Operations, Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–1491. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background On August 12, 2016, Commerce published its Final Determination.1 Upon consideration of ministerial error allegations, Commerce issued an Amended Final Determination and calculated a subsidy rate of 56.68 percent for POSCO.2 On September 11, 2018, the CIT remanded various aspects of the Amended Final Determination to Commerce.3 In its Remand Order, the CIT held that substantial evidence supports Commerce’s decision to apply adverse facts available (AFA).4 The CIT 1 See Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products from the Republic of Korea: Final Affirmative Determination, 81 FR 53439 (August 12, 2016) (Final Determination) and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum. 2 See Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products from Brazil and the Republic of Korea: Amended Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determinations and Countervailing Duty Order, 81 FR 67960 (October 3, 2016) (Amended Final Determination). 3 See POSCO v. United States, Consol. Court No. 16–00227, Slip Op. 18–117 (CIT 2018) (Remand Order). 4 See Remand Order at 15. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 23019 held that the record demonstrated that POSCO failed to provide requested information in a timely manner, reflecting a failure to act to the best of its ability.5 However, the CIT also held that Commerce had not conducted a ‘‘factspecific inquiry,’’ under the relatively new statutory language of section 776(d)(2) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act) and had not ‘‘provide{d} its reasons for selecting the highest rate out of all potential countervailable subsidy rates.’’ 6 The CIT, therefore, instructed Commerce to conduct this fact-specific inquiry.7 In addition, because the CIT remanded Commerce’s Amended Final Determination on this basis, the CIT reserved consideration of whether Commerce failed to corroborate the two selected rates in calculating POSCO’s total AFA margin.8 Pursuant to the Remand Order, Commerce issued its Final Redetermination, which addressed the CIT’s holdings and revised the CVD rate for POSCO to 41.57 percent.9 Specifically, we continued to find it appropriate to select the highest rate as an AFA rate, but selected the 1.05 percent rate from Washers from Korea to address concerns regarding the corroboration of the 1.64 percent rate used in the Amended Final Determination.10 On May 1, 2019, the CIT sustained in whole Commerce’s Final Redetermination.11 Timken Notice In its decision in Timken,12 as clarified by Diamond Sawblades,13 the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that, pursuant to section 516A(e) of the Act, Commerce must publish a notice of court decision that is not ‘‘in harmony’’ with Commerce’s determination and must suspend liquidation of entries pending a ‘‘conclusive’’ court decision. The CIT’s May 1, 2019 final judgment, sustaining Commerce’s selection of the 1.05 percent rate from Washers from Korea as the subsidy rate for programs that were calculated on the basis of adverse facts 5 Id. at 13–14, 17. at 19. 7 Id. at 15. 8 Id. 9 See POSCO v. United States, Consol. Court No. 16–00227, Slip Op. 18–117 (CIT 2018) Final Results of Redetermination Pursuant to Court Remand, dated November 13, 2018, at 24. 10 Id. at 17–19. 11 See POSCO v. United States, Consol. Court No. 16–00227, Slip Op. 19–52 (CIT May 1, 2019). 12 See Timken Co. v. United States, 893 F.2d 337 (Fed. Cir. 1990) (Timken). 13 See Diamond Sawblades Mfrs. Coalition v. United States, 626 F.3d 1374 (Fed. Cir. 2010) (Diamond Sawblades). 6 Id. E:\FR\FM\21MYN1.SGM 21MYN1 23020 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 98 / Tuesday, May 21, 2019 / Notices available and the resulting 41.57 percent CVD rate for POSCO, constitutes a final decision of that court that is not in harmony with the Final Amended Determination. This notice is published in fulfillment of the publication requirements of Timken. This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 516A(e)(1), 705(c)(1)(B), and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: May 15, 2019. Jeffrey I. Kessler, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2019–10544 Filed 5–20–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF862 Endangered Species; File No. 21367 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for a permit modification. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that Christopher Marshall, Ph.D., Texas A&M University at Galveston, 200 Seawolf Parkway, Galveston, TX 77553, has requested a modification to scientific research Permit No. 21367. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before June 20, 2019. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 98 (Tuesday, May 21, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-580-884]


Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products From the Republic of 
Korea: Notice of Court Decision Not in Harmony With Amended Final 
Determination of the Countervailing Duty Investigation

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

SUMMARY: On May 1, 2019, the United States Court of International Trade 
(CIT) sustained the final remand results pertaining to the 
countervailing duty (CVD) investigation on certain hot-rolled steel 
flat products from the Republic of Korea covering the period January 1, 
2014, through December 31, 2014. The Department of Commerce (Commerce) 
is notifying the public that the final judgment in this case is not in 
harmony with the Amended Final Determination of the CVD investigation 
and that Commerce is amending the Amended Final Determination with 
respect to the CVD rate assigned to POSCO.

DATES: Applicable May 11, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Bethea, AD/CVD Operations, 
Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue 
NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-1491.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On August 12, 2016, Commerce published its Final Determination.\1\ 
Upon consideration of ministerial error allegations, Commerce issued an 
Amended Final Determination and calculated a subsidy rate of 56.68 
percent for POSCO.\2\
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    \1\ See Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Hot-Rolled 
Steel Flat Products from the Republic of Korea: Final Affirmative 
Determination, 81 FR 53439 (August 12, 2016) (Final Determination) 
and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum.
    \2\ See Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products from Brazil and 
the Republic of Korea: Amended Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty 
Determinations and Countervailing Duty Order, 81 FR 67960 (October 
3, 2016) (Amended Final Determination).
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    On September 11, 2018, the CIT remanded various aspects of the 
Amended Final Determination to Commerce.\3\ In its Remand Order, the 
CIT held that substantial evidence supports Commerce's decision to 
apply adverse facts available (AFA).\4\ The CIT held that the record 
demonstrated that POSCO failed to provide requested information in a 
timely manner, reflecting a failure to act to the best of its 
ability.\5\
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    \3\ See POSCO v. United States, Consol. Court No. 16-00227, Slip 
Op. 18-117 (CIT 2018) (Remand Order).
    \4\ See Remand Order at 15.
    \5\ Id. at 13-14, 17.
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    However, the CIT also held that Commerce had not conducted a 
``fact-specific inquiry,'' under the relatively new statutory language 
of section 776(d)(2) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act) 
and had not ``provide{d{time}  its reasons for selecting the highest 
rate out of all potential countervailable subsidy rates.'' \6\ The CIT, 
therefore, instructed Commerce to conduct this fact-specific 
inquiry.\7\ In addition, because the CIT remanded Commerce's Amended 
Final Determination on this basis, the CIT reserved consideration of 
whether Commerce failed to corroborate the two selected rates in 
calculating POSCO's total AFA margin.\8\ Pursuant to the Remand Order, 
Commerce issued its Final Redetermination, which addressed the CIT's 
holdings and revised the CVD rate for POSCO to 41.57 percent.\9\ 
Specifically, we continued to find it appropriate to select the highest 
rate as an AFA rate, but selected the 1.05 percent rate from Washers 
from Korea to address concerns regarding the corroboration of the 1.64 
percent rate used in the Amended Final Determination.\10\ On May 1, 
2019, the CIT sustained in whole Commerce's Final Redetermination.\11\
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    \6\ Id. at 19.
    \7\ Id. at 15.
    \8\ Id.
    \9\ See POSCO v. United States, Consol. Court No. 16-00227, Slip 
Op. 18-117 (CIT 2018) Final Results of Redetermination Pursuant to 
Court Remand, dated November 13, 2018, at 24.
    \10\ Id. at 17-19.
    \11\ See POSCO v. United States, Consol. Court No. 16-00227, 
Slip Op. 19-52 (CIT May 1, 2019).
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Timken Notice

    In its decision in Timken,\12\ as clarified by Diamond 
Sawblades,\13\ the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that, 
pursuant to section 516A(e) of the Act, Commerce must publish a notice 
of court decision that is not ``in harmony'' with Commerce's 
determination and must suspend liquidation of entries pending a 
``conclusive'' court decision. The CIT's May 1, 2019 final judgment, 
sustaining Commerce's selection of the 1.05 percent rate from Washers 
from Korea as the subsidy rate for programs that were calculated on the 
basis of adverse facts

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available and the resulting 41.57 percent CVD rate for POSCO, 
constitutes a final decision of that court that is not in harmony with 
the Final Amended Determination. This notice is published in 
fulfillment of the publication requirements of Timken.
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    \12\ See Timken Co. v. United States, 893 F.2d 337 (Fed. Cir. 
1990) (Timken).
    \13\ See Diamond Sawblades Mfrs. Coalition v. United States, 626 
F.3d 1374 (Fed. Cir. 2010) (Diamond Sawblades).
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    This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 
516A(e)(1), 705(c)(1)(B), and 777(i)(1) of the Act.

    Dated: May 15, 2019.
Jeffrey I. Kessler,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2019-10544 Filed 5-20-19; 8:45 am]
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