Steel Propane Cylinders From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, 29159-29161 [2019-13257]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 120 / Friday, June 21, 2019 / Notices Dated: June 11, 2019. Jeffrey I. Kessler, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance Alternate Chairman, ForeignTrade Zones Board. countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of steel propane cylinders from the People’s Republic of China (China). DATES: Applicable June 21, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Samuel Brummitt, AD/CVD Operations, Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–7851. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [FR Doc. 2019–13124 Filed 6–20–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Initiation of Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews; Correction Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: On June 4, 2019, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) published the Initiation of Five-Year (‘‘Sunset’’) Reviews (June 4, 2019), in which Commerce inadvertently omitted Oil Country Tubular Goods from Vietnam (A–552–817) from the list of cases that initiate June 2019. This notice serves to correct the June 2019 Initiation of Five-Year (‘‘Sunset’’) Reviews Sunset Notice for the aforementioned item. DATES: Applicable (June 1, 2019). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda E. Brown, Office of AD/CVD Operations, Customs and Liaison Unit, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–4735. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This correction notice for the advance notification of sunset reviews is being published in accordance with section 751(c) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218 (c). AGENCY: Dated: June 17, 2019. James Maeder, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. [FR Doc. 2019–13254 Filed 6–20–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES [C–570–087] Steel Propane Cylinders From the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Jun 20, 2019 Jkt 247001 Background On October 26, 2018, Commerce published the Preliminary Determination.1 In the Preliminary Determination, Commerce aligned the final determination in this countervailing duty investigation with the final determination in the companion less-than-fair-value investigation, in accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4). A complete summary of the events that occurred since Commerce published the Preliminary Determination, as well as a full discussion of the issues raised by parties for this final determination, may be found in the Issues and Decision Memorandum.2 The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public document and is available electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at https:// access.trade.gov and to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B–8024 of Commerce’s main building. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Issues and Decision Memorandum and electronic version are identical in content. 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, 1 See Steel Propane Cylinders From the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 83 FR 54086 (October 26, 2018) (Preliminary Determination), and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum. 2 See Memorandum, ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Affirmative Determination of the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Steel Propane Cylinders from the People’s Republic of China,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Issues and Decision Memorandum). PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29159 2019.3 If the new deadline falls on a non-business day, in accordance with Commerce’s practice, the deadline will become the next business day. The revised deadline for the final determination of this investigation is now June 17, 2019. Period of Investigation The period of investigation is January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Scope of the Investigation The merchandise covered by this investigation is steel propane cylinders from China. For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see Appendix I of this notice. Scope Comments During the course of this investigation and the concurrent less-than-fair-value investigations, Commerce received scope comments from interested parties. Certain interested parties commented on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in the Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum,4 which was issued concurrently with the Preliminary Determination. We did not receive any scope comments after the Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum; therefore, the preliminary scope determination remains unchanged in the final determination. Verification As provided in section 782(i) of the Act, Commerce verified the subsidy information reported by the Government of China (GOC) and Shandong Huanri Group Co. Ltd. (Huanri) for use in our final determination. We used standard verification procedures, including an examination of relevant accounting records and original source documents provided by the respondents. Analysis of Subsidy Programs and Comments Received All issues raised in the case briefs and rebuttal briefs submitted by interested parties in this proceeding are discussed in the Issues and Decision 3 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. 4 See Memorandum, ‘‘Steel Propane Cylinders from the People’s Republic of China (China) and Thailand: Scope Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Antidumping Duty (AD) and Countervailing Duty (CVD) Determinations,’’ dated December 18, 2018 (Preliminary Scope Memorandum). E:\FR\FM\21JNN1.SGM 21JNN1 29160 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 120 / Friday, June 21, 2019 / Notices Memorandum. A list of the issues raised by parties and responded to by Commerce are in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, attached at Appendix II. Changes Since the Preliminary Determination Based on our analysis of the comments received from the interested parties and our findings at verification, we made certain changes to the respondents’ subsidy rate calculations since the Preliminary Determination. For a discussion of these changes, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum. jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Methodology Commerce conducted this investigation in accordance with section 701 of the Act. For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, Commerce 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.5 In making these findings, Commerce relied, in part, on facts otherwise available and, because it finds that one or more respondents did not act to the best of their ability to respond to Commerce’s requests for information, Commerce drew an adverse inference where appropriate in selecting from among the facts otherwise available.6 For a full description of the methodology underlying our final determination, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum. Final Determination In accordance with section 705(c)(l)(B)(i)(I) of the Act, we calculated a rate for Huanri, a producer/ exporter of subject merchandise selected for individual examination in this investigation. With regard to TPA Metals and Machinery (SZ) Co. Ltd., an additional producer/exporter selected for individual examination, as well as Guangzhou Lion Cylinders Co. Ltd.; Hubei Daly LPG Cylinder Manufacturer Co. Ltd.; Taishan Machinery Factory Ltd.; Wuyi Xilinde Machinery Manufacture Co., Ltd.; and Zhejiang Jucheng Steel Cylinder Co., Ltd., for the reasons described in the Preliminary Determination, Commerce assigned a rate based entirely on adverse facts available (AFA) pursuant to section 776(b) of the Act. No interested party commented on our preliminary decision to assign these six companies a rate based entirely on AFA, and so for 5 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. 6 See sections 776(a), (b), and 782(d) of the Act. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Jun 20, 2019 Jkt 247001 purposes of this final determination, we continue to assign the non-cooperating companies a rate based entirely on AFA. Section 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act provides that in the final 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 countervailable 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. Huanri is the only respondent for which Commerce calculated a weightedaverage countervailable subsidy rate that is not zero, de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise available. Therefore, for purposes of determining the ‘‘all-others’’ rate, and pursuant to section 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act, we are using the subsidy rate calculated for Huanri. Commerce determines the total estimated net countervailable subsidy rates to be the following: Subsidy rate (percent) Company Guangzhou Lion Cylinders Co. Ltd ........................................... Hubei Daly LPG Cylinder Manufacturer Co. Ltd ....................... Shandong Huanri Group Co. Ltd Taishan Machinery Factory Ltd .. TPA Metals and Machinery (SZ) Co. Ltd .................................... Wuyi Xilinde Machinery Manufacture Co., Ltd ....................... Zhejiang Jucheng Steel Cylinder Co., Ltd ................................... All Others .................................... 142.37 142.37 37.91 142.37 142.37 142.37 142.37 37.91 Disclosure We will disclose the calculations performed within five days of public announcement of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). Suspension of Liquidation As a result of our Preliminary Determination and pursuant to sections 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, we instructed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of all appropriate entries of steel propane cylinders from China, as described in Appendix I of this notice, which were entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after October 26, 2018, the date of publication of the Preliminary Determination of this investigation in the Federal Register. In accordance with section 703(d) of the Act, we issued instructions to CBP to discontinue the suspension of liquidation for CVD PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 purposes for subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, on or after February 23, 2019, but to continue the suspension of liquidation of all entries from October 26, 2018 through February 22, 2019. If the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issues a final affirmative injury determination, we will issue a countervailing duty order, will reinstate the suspension of liquidation under section 706(a) of the Act, and will require a cash deposit of estimated countervailing duties for such entries of subject merchandise in the amounts indicated above. If the ITC determines that material injury, or threat of material injury, does not exist, this proceeding will be terminated, and all estimated duties deposited or securities posted as a result of the suspension of liquidation will be refunded or canceled. International Trade Commission Notification In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the ITC of our final affirmative determination that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of steel propane cylinders from China. Because the final determination in this proceeding is affirmative, in accordance with section 705(b) of the Act, the ITC will make its final determination as to whether the domestic industry in the United States is materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by reason of imports, or sales (or the likelihood of sales) for importation of steel propane cylinders from China no later than 45 days after this final determination. If the ITC determines that material injury or threat of material injury does not exist, the proceeding will be terminated, and all cash deposits will be refunded. If the ITC determines that such injury does exist, Commerce will issue a countervailing duty order directing CBP to assess, upon further instruction by Commerce, countervailing duties on all imports of the subject merchandise, entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the effective date of the suspension of liquidation. Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders This notice serves as the only reminder to parties subject to the 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 notification of the return or destruction of APO materials or conversion to E:\FR\FM\21JNN1.SGM 21JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 120 / Friday, June 21, 2019 / Notices judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation. Notification to Interested Parties This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 705(d) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(c). Dated: June 17, 2019. Jeffrey I. Kessler, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Appendix I—Scope of the Investigation The products subject to this investigation are steel cylinders for compressed or liquefied propane or other gases (Steel Propane Cylinders) meeting the requirements of, or produced to meet the requirements of, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Specifications 4B, 4BA, or 4BW, or Transport Canada Specification 4BM, 4BAM, or 4BWM, or United Nations pressure receptacle standard ISO 4706 and otherwise meeting the description provided below. The scope includes steel propane cylinders regardless of whether they have been certified to these specifications before importation. Steel propane cylinders range from 2.5 pound nominal gas capacity (approximate 6 pound water capacity and approximate 4–6 pound tare weight) to 42 pound nominal gas capacity (approximate 100 pound water capacity and approximate 28–32 pound tare weight). Steel propane cylinders have two or fewer ports and may be imported assembled or unassembled (i.e., welded or brazed before or after importation), with or without all components (including collars, valves, gauges, tanks, foot rings, and overfill prevention devices), and coated or uncoated. Also included within the scope are drawn cylinder halves, unfinished propane cylinders, collars, and foot rings for steel propane cylinders. An ‘‘unfinished’’ or ‘‘unassembled’’ propane cylinder includes drawn cylinder halves that have not been welded into a cylinder, cylinders that have not had flanges welded into the port hole(s), cylinders that are otherwise complete but have not had collars or foot rings welded to them, otherwise complete cylinders without a valve assembly attached, and cylinders that are otherwise complete except for testing, certification, and/or marking. This investigation also covers steel propane cylinders that meet, are produced to meet, or are certified as meeting, other U.S. or Canadian government, international, or industry standards (including, for example, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), or American National Standard Institute (ANSI)), if they also meet, are produced to meet, or are certified as meeting USDOT Specification 4B, 4BA, or 4BW, or Transport Canada Specification 4BM, 4BAM, or 4BWM, or a United Nations pressure receptacle standard ISO 4706. Subject merchandise also includes steel propane cylinders that have been further processed in a third country, including but VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:30 Jun 20, 2019 Jkt 247001 not limited to, attachment of collars, foot rings, or handles by welding or brazing, heat treatment, painting, testing, certification, or any other processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigation if performed in the country of manufacture of the in-scope steel propane cylinders. Specifically excluded are seamless steel propane cylinders and propane cylinders 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), aluminum, or composite fiber material. Composite fiber material is material consisting of the mechanical combination of two components: fiber (typically glass, carbon, or aramid (synthetic polymer)) and a matrix material (typically polymer resin, ceramic, or metallic). The merchandise subject to this investigation is properly classified under statistical reporting numbers 7311.00.0060 and 7311.00.0090 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS statistical reporting numbers are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise is dispositive. Appendix II—List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Scope of the Investigation IV. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences V. Subsidies Valuation VI. Analysis of Programs VII. Discussion of the Issues Comment 1: Whether to Apply Adverse Facts Available (AFA) to Shandong Huanri Group Co. Ltd. (Huanri) for the Export Buyer’s Credit (EBC) Program Comment 2: Whether to Apply AFA to Huanri for Policy Lending Comment 3: Whether Policy Loans Provided by State-Owned Commercial Banks (SOCBs) to the Steel Propane Cylinder Industry are Specific Comment 4: Whether All Hot-Rolled Steel (HRS) Producers are ‘‘Authorities’’ Under Section 771(5)(B) of the Act Comment 5: Whether the Provision of HRS for Less Than Adequate Remuneration (LTAR) is Specific Comment 6: Whether the Chinese Domestic HRS Market is Distorted Comment 7: Whether to Fill in Certain Months with Missing Data in the Ocean Freight Benchmark Comment 8: Whether to Exclude Routes to Xiamen from the Ocean Freight Benchmark Comment 9: Whether to Exclude the Tokyo to Qingdao Route from the Ocean Freight Benchmark Comment 10: Which Ports to Use for the Calculation of Inland Freight Comment 11: Whether to Include Value Added Tax (VAT) in Huanri’s Inland Freight Costs Comment 12: Which HRS Import Tariff Rates to Select PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29161 Comment 13: Whether to Use the Government of China’s (GOC) Coaster Freight Rates in the Ocean Freight Benchmark Comment 14: Whether to Apply AFA to Find the Provision of Electricity for LTAR to be Specific Comment 15: Whether to Remove Shandong Laizhou Steel Cylinder Factory’s (SC Factory) Loans from Huanri’s Reported Loans Comment 16: Which Benchmark Interest Rates to Apply in the Export Seller’s Credit and Policy Loan Benefit Calculations Comment 17: Whether to Adjust Huanri’s Sales Denominator Comment 18: Whether to Correct a Translation Error in the Electricity for LTAR Benefit Calculation Comment 19: Which AFA Program Rates to Apply to the Non-Cooperating Companies VIII. Recommendation [FR Doc. 2019–13257 Filed 6–20–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–086] Steel Propane Cylinders From the People’s Republic of China: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that steel propane cylinders from the People’s Republic of China (China) are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). DATES: Applicable June 21, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Berger or Laura Griffith, AD/ CVD Operations, Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–2483 or (202) 482–6430, respectively. AGENCY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On December 27, 2018, Commerce published its Preliminary Determination of sales at LTFV of steel propane cylinders from China.1 A complete 1 See Steel Propane Cylinders from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination Measures, 83 FR 66675 (December 27, 2018) (Preliminary E:\FR\FM\21JNN1.SGM Continued 21JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-087]


Steel Propane Cylinders From the People's Republic of China: 
Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that 
countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters 
of steel propane cylinders from the People's Republic of China (China).

DATES: Applicable June 21, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Samuel Brummitt, AD/CVD Operations, 
Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue 
NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-7851.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On October 26, 2018, Commerce published the Preliminary 
Determination.\1\ In the Preliminary Determination, Commerce aligned 
the final determination in this countervailing duty investigation with 
the final determination in the companion less-than-fair-value 
investigation, in accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Tariff Act 
of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4). A complete 
summary of the events that occurred since Commerce published the 
Preliminary Determination, as well as a full discussion of the issues 
raised by parties for this final determination, may be found in the 
Issues and Decision Memorandum.\2\
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    \1\ See Steel Propane Cylinders From the People's Republic of 
China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and 
Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty 
Determination, 83 FR 54086 (October 26, 2018) (Preliminary 
Determination), and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
    \2\ See Memorandum, ``Issues and Decision Memorandum for the 
Final Affirmative Determination of the Countervailing Duty 
Investigation of Steel Propane Cylinders from the People's Republic 
of China,'' dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this 
notice (Issues and Decision Memorandum).
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    The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public document and is 
available electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping 
and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). 
ACCESS is available to registered users at https://access.trade.gov and 
to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B-8024 of Commerce's 
main building. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and 
Decision Memorandum can be accessed at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Issues and Decision Memorandum and electronic version 
are identical in content.
    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\ If the new 
deadline falls on a non-business day, in accordance with Commerce's 
practice, the deadline will become the next business day. The revised 
deadline for the final determination of this investigation is now June 
17, 2019.
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    \3\ 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.
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Period of Investigation

    The period of investigation is January 1, 2017 through December 31, 
2017.

Scope of the Investigation

    The merchandise covered by this investigation is steel propane 
cylinders from China. For a complete description of the scope of this 
investigation, see Appendix I of this notice.

Scope Comments

    During the course of this investigation and the concurrent less-
than-fair-value investigations, Commerce received scope comments from 
interested parties. Certain interested parties commented on the scope 
of the investigation as it appeared in the Preliminary Scope Decision 
Memorandum,\4\ which was issued concurrently with the Preliminary 
Determination. We did not receive any scope comments after the 
Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum; therefore, the preliminary scope 
determination remains unchanged in the final determination.
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    \4\ See Memorandum, ``Steel Propane Cylinders from the People's 
Republic of China (China) and Thailand: Scope Decision Memorandum 
for the Preliminary Antidumping Duty (AD) and Countervailing Duty 
(CVD) Determinations,'' dated December 18, 2018 (Preliminary Scope 
Memorandum).
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Verification

    As provided in section 782(i) of the Act, Commerce verified the 
subsidy information reported by the Government of China (GOC) and 
Shandong Huanri Group Co. Ltd. (Huanri) for use in our final 
determination. We used standard verification procedures, including an 
examination of relevant accounting records and original source 
documents provided by the respondents.

Analysis of Subsidy Programs and Comments Received

    All issues raised in the case briefs and rebuttal briefs submitted 
by interested parties in this proceeding are discussed in the Issues 
and Decision

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Memorandum. A list of the issues raised by parties and responded to by 
Commerce are in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, attached at 
Appendix II.

Changes Since the Preliminary Determination

    Based on our analysis of the comments received from the interested 
parties and our findings at verification, we made certain changes to 
the respondents' subsidy rate calculations since the Preliminary 
Determination. For a discussion of these changes, see the Issues and 
Decision Memorandum.

Methodology

    Commerce conducted this investigation in accordance with section 
701 of the Act. For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, 
Commerce 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.\5\ In making these 
findings, Commerce relied, in part, on facts otherwise available and, 
because it finds that one or more respondents did not act to the best 
of their ability to respond to Commerce's requests for information, 
Commerce drew an adverse inference where appropriate in selecting from 
among the facts otherwise available.\6\ For a full description of the 
methodology underlying our final determination, see the Issues and 
Decision Memorandum.
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    \5\ 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.
    \6\ See sections 776(a), (b), and 782(d) of the Act.
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Final Determination

    In accordance with section 705(c)(l)(B)(i)(I) of the Act, we 
calculated a rate for Huanri, a producer/exporter of subject 
merchandise selected for individual examination in this investigation. 
With regard to TPA Metals and Machinery (SZ) Co. Ltd., an additional 
producer/exporter selected for individual examination, as well as 
Guangzhou Lion Cylinders Co. Ltd.; Hubei Daly LPG Cylinder Manufacturer 
Co. Ltd.; Taishan Machinery Factory Ltd.; Wuyi Xilinde Machinery 
Manufacture Co., Ltd.; and Zhejiang Jucheng Steel Cylinder Co., Ltd., 
for the reasons described in the Preliminary Determination, Commerce 
assigned a rate based entirely on adverse facts available (AFA) 
pursuant to section 776(b) of the Act. No interested party commented on 
our preliminary decision to assign these six companies a rate based 
entirely on AFA, and so for purposes of this final determination, we 
continue to assign the non-cooperating companies a rate based entirely 
on AFA.
    Section 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act provides that in the final 
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 countervailable 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. Huanri is the only respondent for which Commerce 
calculated a weighted-average countervailable subsidy rate that is not 
zero, de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise available. 
Therefore, for purposes of determining the ``all-others'' rate, and 
pursuant to section 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act, we are using the subsidy 
rate calculated for Huanri.
    Commerce determines the total estimated net countervailable subsidy 
rates to be the following:

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                                                                Subsidy
                           Company                               rate
                                                               (percent)
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Guangzhou Lion Cylinders Co. Ltd............................      142.37
Hubei Daly LPG Cylinder Manufacturer Co. Ltd................      142.37
Shandong Huanri Group Co. Ltd...............................       37.91
Taishan Machinery Factory Ltd...............................      142.37
TPA Metals and Machinery (SZ) Co. Ltd.......................      142.37
Wuyi Xilinde Machinery Manufacture Co., Ltd.................      142.37
Zhejiang Jucheng Steel Cylinder Co., Ltd....................      142.37
All Others..................................................       37.91
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Disclosure

    We will disclose the calculations performed within five days of 
public announcement of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 
351.224(b).

Suspension of Liquidation

    As a result of our Preliminary Determination and pursuant to 
sections 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, we instructed U.S. Customs 
and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of all appropriate 
entries of steel propane cylinders from China, as described in Appendix 
I of this notice, which were entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for 
consumption on or after October 26, 2018, the date of publication of 
the Preliminary Determination of this investigation in the Federal 
Register. In accordance with section 703(d) of the Act, we issued 
instructions to CBP to discontinue the suspension of liquidation for 
CVD purposes for subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, on or after February 23, 2019, but to continue the 
suspension of liquidation of all entries from October 26, 2018 through 
February 22, 2019.
    If the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issues a final 
affirmative injury determination, we will issue a countervailing duty 
order, will reinstate the suspension of liquidation under section 
706(a) of the Act, and will require a cash deposit of estimated 
countervailing duties for such entries of subject merchandise in the 
amounts indicated above. If the ITC determines that material injury, or 
threat of material injury, does not exist, this proceeding will be 
terminated, and all estimated duties deposited or securities posted as 
a result of the suspension of liquidation will be refunded or canceled.

International Trade Commission Notification

    In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the 
ITC of our final affirmative determination that countervailable 
subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of steel 
propane cylinders from China. Because the final determination in this 
proceeding is affirmative, in accordance with section 705(b) of the 
Act, the ITC will make its final determination as to whether the 
domestic industry in the United States is materially injured, or 
threatened with material injury, by reason of imports, or sales (or the 
likelihood of sales) for importation of steel propane cylinders from 
China no later than 45 days after this final determination. If the ITC 
determines that material injury or threat of material injury does not 
exist, the proceeding will be terminated, and all cash deposits will be 
refunded. If the ITC determines that such injury does exist, Commerce 
will issue a countervailing duty order directing CBP to assess, upon 
further instruction by Commerce, countervailing duties on all imports 
of the subject merchandise, entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for 
consumption on or after the effective date of the suspension of 
liquidation.

Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders

    This notice serves as the only reminder to parties subject to the 
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 notification of the 
return or destruction of APO materials or conversion to

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judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with 
the regulations and terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation.

Notification to Interested Parties

    This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 
705(d) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(c).

    Dated: June 17, 2019.
Jeffrey I. Kessler,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I--Scope of the Investigation

    The products subject to this investigation are steel cylinders 
for compressed or liquefied propane or other gases (Steel Propane 
Cylinders) meeting the requirements of, or produced to meet the 
requirements of, U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) 
Specifications 4B, 4BA, or 4BW, or Transport Canada Specification 
4BM, 4BAM, or 4BWM, or United Nations pressure receptacle standard 
ISO 4706 and otherwise meeting the description provided below. The 
scope includes steel propane cylinders regardless of whether they 
have been certified to these specifications before importation. 
Steel propane cylinders range from 2.5 pound nominal gas capacity 
(approximate 6 pound water capacity and approximate 4-6 pound tare 
weight) to 42 pound nominal gas capacity (approximate 100 pound 
water capacity and approximate 28-32 pound tare weight). Steel 
propane cylinders have two or fewer ports and may be imported 
assembled or unassembled (i.e., welded or brazed before or after 
importation), with or without all components (including collars, 
valves, gauges, tanks, foot rings, and overfill prevention devices), 
and coated or uncoated. Also included within the scope are drawn 
cylinder halves, unfinished propane cylinders, collars, and foot 
rings for steel propane cylinders.
    An ``unfinished'' or ``unassembled'' propane cylinder includes 
drawn cylinder halves that have not been welded into a cylinder, 
cylinders that have not had flanges welded into the port hole(s), 
cylinders that are otherwise complete but have not had collars or 
foot rings welded to them, otherwise complete cylinders without a 
valve assembly attached, and cylinders that are otherwise complete 
except for testing, certification, and/or marking.
    This investigation also covers steel propane cylinders that 
meet, are produced to meet, or are certified as meeting, other U.S. 
or Canadian government, international, or industry standards 
(including, for example, American Society of Mechanical Engineers 
(ASME), or American National Standard Institute (ANSI)), if they 
also meet, are produced to meet, or are certified as meeting USDOT 
Specification 4B, 4BA, or 4BW, or Transport Canada Specification 
4BM, 4BAM, or 4BWM, or a United Nations pressure receptacle standard 
ISO 4706.
    Subject merchandise also includes steel propane cylinders that 
have been further processed in a third country, including but not 
limited to, attachment of collars, foot rings, or handles by welding 
or brazing, heat treatment, painting, testing, certification, or any 
other processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise 
from the scope of the investigation if performed in the country of 
manufacture of the in-scope steel propane cylinders.
    Specifically excluded are seamless steel propane cylinders and 
propane cylinders 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), aluminum, or composite fiber material. Composite 
fiber material is material consisting of the mechanical combination 
of two components: fiber (typically glass, carbon, or aramid 
(synthetic polymer)) and a matrix material (typically polymer resin, 
ceramic, or metallic).
    The merchandise subject to this investigation is properly 
classified under statistical reporting numbers 7311.00.0060 and 
7311.00.0090 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
(HTSUS). Although the HTSUS statistical reporting numbers are 
provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written 
description of the merchandise is dispositive.

Appendix II--List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision 
Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Scope of the Investigation
IV. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences
V. Subsidies Valuation
VI. Analysis of Programs
VII. Discussion of the Issues
    Comment 1: Whether to Apply Adverse Facts Available (AFA) to 
Shandong Huanri Group Co. Ltd. (Huanri) for the Export Buyer's 
Credit (EBC) Program
    Comment 2: Whether to Apply AFA to Huanri for Policy Lending
    Comment 3: Whether Policy Loans Provided by State-Owned 
Commercial Banks (SOCBs) to the Steel Propane Cylinder Industry are 
Specific
    Comment 4: Whether All Hot-Rolled Steel (HRS) Producers are 
``Authorities'' Under Section 771(5)(B) of the Act
    Comment 5: Whether the Provision of HRS for Less Than Adequate 
Remuneration (LTAR) is Specific
    Comment 6: Whether the Chinese Domestic HRS Market is Distorted
    Comment 7: Whether to Fill in Certain Months with Missing Data 
in the Ocean Freight Benchmark
    Comment 8: Whether to Exclude Routes to Xiamen from the Ocean 
Freight Benchmark
    Comment 9: Whether to Exclude the Tokyo to Qingdao Route from 
the Ocean Freight Benchmark
    Comment 10: Which Ports to Use for the Calculation of Inland 
Freight
    Comment 11: Whether to Include Value Added Tax (VAT) in Huanri's 
Inland Freight Costs
    Comment 12: Which HRS Import Tariff Rates to Select
    Comment 13: Whether to Use the Government of China's (GOC) 
Coaster Freight Rates in the Ocean Freight Benchmark
    Comment 14: Whether to Apply AFA to Find the Provision of 
Electricity for LTAR to be Specific
    Comment 15: Whether to Remove Shandong Laizhou Steel Cylinder 
Factory's (SC Factory) Loans from Huanri's Reported Loans
    Comment 16: Which Benchmark Interest Rates to Apply in the 
Export Seller's Credit and Policy Loan Benefit Calculations
    Comment 17: Whether to Adjust Huanri's Sales Denominator
    Comment 18: Whether to Correct a Translation Error in the 
Electricity for LTAR Benefit Calculation
    Comment 19: Which AFA Program Rates to Apply to the Non-
Cooperating Companies
VIII. Recommendation

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