Certain Corrosion-Resistant Steel Products From Taiwan: Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Anti-Circumvention Inquiry on the Antidumping Duty Order, 32864-32867 [2019-14695]

Download as PDF 32864 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 132 / Wednesday, July 10, 2019 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–583–856] Certain Corrosion-Resistant Steel Products From Taiwan: Affirmative Preliminary Determination of AntiCircumvention Inquiry on the Antidumping Duty Order Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that imports of certain corrosionresistant steel products (CORE), produced in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) using hot-rolled steel (HRS) and/or cold-rolled steel (CRS) flat products manufactured in Taiwan, are circumventing the antidumping duty (AD) order on CORE from Taiwan. DATES: Applicable July 10, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shanah Lee and Peter Zukowski, 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) 482–6386 and (202) 482–0189, respectively. AGENCY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Certain domestic interested parties, ArcelorMittal USA LLC, California Steel Industries, Nucor Corporation, Steel Dynamics, Inc., and United States Steel Corporation (collectively, the petitioners) filed an allegation 1 that imports of CORE from Vietnam made from HRS and/or CRS sourced from Taiwan and exported to the United States as CORE from Vietnam are circumventing the Taiwan CORE Order.2 In their allegation, the petitioners requested that Commerce initiate an anti-circumvention inquiry pursuant to section 781(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.225(h), to determine whether the importation of the Taiwanese-origin HRS and/or CRS substrate for completing into CORE in Vietnam and subsequent sale of that 1 See Petitioners’ letter, ‘‘Certain CorrosionResistant Steel Products from Taiwan: Request for Circumvention Ruling,’’ dated June 12, 2018. 2 See Certain Corrosion-Resistant Steel Products from India, Italy, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and Taiwan: Amended Final Affirmative Antidumping Determination for India and Taiwan, and Antidumping Duty Orders, 81 FR 48390 (July 25, 2016) (Taiwan CORE Order). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:32 Jul 09, 2019 Jkt 247001 CORE to the United States constitutes circumvention of the Taiwan CORE Order. On August 2, 2018, Commerce published the notice of initiation of anti-circumvention inquiry on imports of CORE from Vietnam.3 For a complete description of the events that followed the initiation of this inquiry, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.4 A list of topics included in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix I 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 https://access.trade.gov, and to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main 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 the electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum 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, 2019.5 If the new deadline falls on a non-business day, in accordance with Commerce’s practice, the deadline will become the next business day. Scope of the Order The products covered by this order are certain flat-rolled steel products, either clad, plated, or coated with corrosion-resistant metals such as zinc, aluminum, or zinc-, aluminum-, nickelor iron-based alloys, whether or not corrugated or painted, varnished, laminated, or coated with plastics or other non-metallic substances in addition to the metallic coating. For a 3 See Certain Corrosion-Resistant Steel Products from the Republic of Korea and Taiwan: Initiation of Anti-Circumvention Inquiries on the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Orders, 83 FR 37785 (August 2, 2018) (Initiation Notice). 4 See Memorandum, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination in the AntiCircumvention Inquiry of Certain CorrosionResistant Steel Products from Taiwan,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). 5 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 29, 2019. All deadlines in this segment have been extended by 40 days. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 complete description of the scope of the order, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Scope of the Anti-Circumvention Inquiry This anti-circumvention inquiry covers CORE produced in Vietnam from HRS and/or CRS substrate input manufactured in Taiwan and subsequently exported from Vietnam to the United States (merchandise under consideration). This preliminary ruling applies to all shipments of merchandise under consideration on or after the date of initiation of this inquiry. Importers and exporters of CORE produced in Vietnam using: (1) HRS manufactured in Vietnam or third countries, (2) CRS manufactured in Vietnam using HRS produced in Vietnam or third countries, or (3) CRS manufactured in third countries, must certify that the HRS and/or CRS processed into CORE in Vietnam did not originate in Taiwan, as provided for in the certifications attached to the Federal Register notice. Otherwise, their merchandise may be subject to antidumping duties if Commerce makes an affirmative final determination in this inquiry. Methodology Commerce is conducting this anticircumvention inquiry in accordance with section 781(b) of the Act. Because Vietnam is a non-market economy country, within the meaning of section 771(18) of the Act,6 Commerce has calculated the value of certain processing and merchandise using factors of production and marketeconomy values, as discussed in section 773(c) of the Act. For a full description of the methodology underlying Commerce’s preliminary determination, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Preliminary Finding As detailed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, we preliminarily determine that CORE produced in Vietnam from HRS and/or CRS sourced from Taiwan is circumventing the Taiwan CORE Order. We therefore preliminarily determine that it is appropriate to include this merchandise within the Taiwan CORE Order and to instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend any 6 See, e.g., Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 81 FR 24797 (October 14, 2016) (unchanged in Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Final Results Antidumping Administrative Review; 2014–2015, 82 FR 18611 (April 20, 2017)). E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 132 / Wednesday, July 10, 2019 / Notices entries of CORE from Vietnam produced from HRS and/or CRS from Taiwan. jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Suspension of Liquidation As stated above, Commerce has made a preliminary affirmative finding of circumvention of the Taiwan CORE Order by exports to the United States of CORE produced by any Vietnamese company from Taiwanese-origin HRS and/or CRS inputs. In accordance with 19 CFR 351.225(l)(2), Commerce will direct CBP to suspend liquidation and to require a cash deposit of estimated duties on unliquidated entries of CORE produced in Vietnam, as appropriate, that were entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after August 2, 2018, the date of initiation of the anti-circumvention inquiry. The suspension of liquidation instructions will remain in effect until further notice. CORE produced in Vietnam from HRS and/or CRS that is not of Taiwaneseorigin is not subject to this inquiry. Therefore, cash deposits are not required for such merchandise. However, CORE produced in Vietnam from HRS and/or CRS from China is subject to the AD/CVD orders on CORE from China,7 and CORE produced in Vietnam from HRS and/or CRS from Korea has preliminarily been found to be circumventing the AD/CVD orders on CORE from Korea.8 Imports of such merchandise are also subject to certification requirements and cash deposits may be required. If an importer imports CORE from Vietnam and claims that the CORE was not produced from HRS and/or CRS substrate manufactured in Taiwan, in order not to be subject to cash deposit requirements, the importer and exporter are required to meet the certification and documentation requirements described in Appendix II. Exporters of CORE produced from nonTaiwanese-origin HRS and/or CRS substrate must prepare and maintain an Exporter Certification and documentation supporting the Certification (see Appendix IV). In addition, importers of such CORE must prepare and maintain an Importer Certification (see Appendix III) as well as documentation supporting the Importer Certification. Besides the 7 See Certain Corrosion-Resistant Products from the People’s Republic of China: Affirmative Final Determination of Circumvention of the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Orders, 83 FR 23895 (May 23, 2018) (CORE China Circumvention Final). 8 See Federal Register notice, ‘‘Certain CorrosionResistant Steel Products from Republic of Korea: Affirmative Preliminary Determination of AntiCircumvention Inquiry on the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Orders,’’ and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum, dated concurrently with this notice. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:32 Jul 09, 2019 Jkt 247001 32865 Importer Certification, the importer must also maintain a copy of the Exporter Certification (see Appendix IV) and relevant supporting documentation from the exporter of CORE who did not use the Taiwanese-origin HRS and/or CRS substrate. In the situation where no certification is provided for an entry, and AD/CVD orders from three countries (China, Korea, or Taiwan) potentially apply to that entry, Commerce intends to instruct CBP to suspend the entry and collect cash deposits at the CORE China Circumvention Final rates (i.e., the AD rate established for the China-wide entity (199.43 percent) and the CVD rate established for the China all-others rate (39.05 percent)).9 This is to prevent evasion, given that the CORE China Circumvention Final rates are higher than the AD and CVD rates established for CORE from Korea and Taiwan. In the situation where a certification is provided for the AD/CVD orders on CORE from China (stating that the merchandise was not produced from HRS and/or CRS from China), but no other certification is provided, then Commerce intends to instruct CBP to suspend the entry and collect cash deposits at the AD and CVD all-others rates (i.e., 8.31 percent and 1.19 percent, respectively) applicable to the AD/CVD orders on CORE from Korea.10 This is to prevent evasion, given that the AD and CVD rates established for CORE from Korea are higher than the AD rate established for CORE from Taiwan. verification report is issued in this anticircumvention inquiry, unless the Secretary alters the time limit. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the deadline date for case briefs.11 Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2), parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this anti-circumvention inquiry 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. Verification International Trade Commission Notification As provided in 19 CFR 351.307, Commerce intends to verify 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 final 9 See CORE China Circumvention Final, 83 FR at 23896. 10 See Certain Corrosion-Resistant Steel Flat Products from India, Italy, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, and Taiwan: Amended Final Affirmative Antidumping Duty Determination for India and Taiwan, and Antidumping Duty Orders, 81 FR 48390 (July 25, 2016). The ‘‘all-others rate’’ was subsequently amended as the result to litigation. See Certain Corrosion-Resistant Steel Products from the Republic of Korea: Notice of Court Decision Not in Harmony with Final Determination of Investigation and Notice of Amended Final Results, 83 FR 39054 (August 8, 2018). See also Certain CorrosionResistant Steel Products from India, Italy, Republic of Korea, and the People’s Republic of China: Countervailing Duty Order, 81 FR 48387 (July 25, 2016) (collectively, Korea CORE Orders). PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Commerce, consistent with section 781(e) of the Act, has notified the International Trade Commission (ITC) of this preliminary determination to include the merchandise subject to this anti-circumvention inquiry within the Taiwan CORE Order. Pursuant to section 781(e) of the Act, the ITC may request consultations concerning Commerce’s proposed inclusion of the merchandise under consideration. If, after consultations, the ITC believes that a significant injury issue is presented by the proposed inclusion, it will have 60 days from the date of notification by Commerce to provide written advice. Notification to Interested Parties This determination is issued and published in accordance with section 781(b) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.225(f). 11 See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general filing requirements). E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 32866 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 132 / Wednesday, July 10, 2019 / Notices Dated: June 28, 2019. Jeffrey I. Kessler, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix I List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Scope of the Order IV. Scope of the Anti-Circumvention Inquiry V. Period of Inquiry VI. Surrogate Countries and Methodology for Valuing Inputs from Taiwan and Processing in Vietnam VII. Statutory Framework VIII. Use of Facts of Available with An Adverse Inference IX. Statutory Analysis X. Country-Wide Determination XI. Certification for Not Using TaiwaneseOrigin HRS and/or CRS XII. Recommendation jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Appendix II Certification Requirements If an importer imports certain corrosionresistant steel products (CORE) from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) and claims that the CORE was not produced from hot-rolled steel and/or cold-rolled steel substrate (substrate) manufactured in Taiwan, the importer is required to complete and maintain the importer certification attached hereto as Appendix III and all supporting documentation. Where the importer uses a broker to facilitate the entry process, it should obtain the entry number from the broker. Agents of the importer, such as brokers, however, are not permitted to make this certification on behalf of the importer. The exporter is required to complete and maintain the exporter certification, attached as Appendix IV, and is further required to provide the importer a copy of that certification and all supporting documentation. For shipments and/or entries on or after August 2, 2018 through July 18, 2019 for which certifications are required, importers and exporters should complete the required certification within 30 days of the publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Accordingly, where appropriate, the relevant bullet in the certification should be edited to reflect that the certification was completed within the time frame specified above. For example, the bullet in the importer certification that reads: ‘‘This certification was completed at or prior to the time of Entry,’’ could be edited as follows: ‘‘The imports referenced herein entered before July 19, 2019. This certification was completed on mm/dd/yyyy, within 30 days of the Federal Register notice publication of the preliminary determination of circumvention.’’ Similarly, the bullet in the exporter certification that reads, ‘‘This certification was completed at or prior to the time of shipment,’’ could be edited as follows: ‘‘The shipments/products referenced herein shipped before July 19, 2019. This certification was completed on mm/dd/yyyy, VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:32 Jul 09, 2019 Jkt 247001 within 30 days of the Federal Register notice publication of the preliminary determination of circumvention.’’ For such entries/ shipments, importers and exporters each have the option to complete a blanket certification covering multiple entries/ shipments, individual certifications for each entry/shipment, or a combination thereof. For shipments and/or entries on or after July 19, 2019, for which certifications are required, importers should complete the required certification at or prior to the date of Entry and exporters should complete the required certification and provide it to the importer at or prior to the date of shipment. The importer and Vietnamese exporter are also required to maintain sufficient documentation supporting their certifications. The importer will not be required to submit the certifications or supporting documentation to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as part of the entry process at this time. However, the importer and the exporter will be required to present the certifications and supporting documentation, to Commerce and/or CBP, as applicable, upon request by the respective agency. Additionally, the claims made in the certifications and any supporting documentation are subject to verification by Commerce and/or CBP. The importer and exporter are required to maintain the certifications and supporting documentation for the later of (1) a period of five years from the date of entry or (2) a period of three years after the conclusion of any litigation in United States courts regarding such entries. In the situation where no certification is provided for an entry, and AD/CVD orders from three countries (China, Korea, or Taiwan) potentially apply to that entry, Commerce intends to instruct CBP to suspend the entry and collect cash deposits at the CORE China Circumvention Final rates (i.e., the AD rate established for the Chinawide entity (199.43 percent) and the CVD rate established for China all-others rate (39.05 percent)).12 In the situation where a certification is provided for the AD/CVD orders on CORE from China (stating that the merchandise was not produced from HRS and/or CRS from China), but no other certification is provided, then Commerce intends to instruct CBP to suspend the entry and collect cash deposits at the AD and CVD all-others rates (i.e., 8.31 percent and 1.19 percent, respectively) applicable to the AD/ CVD orders on CORE from Korea. Appendix III Importer Certification I hereby certify that: • My name is {INSERT COMPANY OFFICIAL’S NAME HERE} and I am an official of {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING COMPANY}; • I have direct personal knowledge of the facts regarding the importation into the Customs territory of the United States of the corrosion-resistant steel products produced in Vietnam that entered under entry number(s) {INSERT ENTRY NUMBER(S)} and are covered by this certification. ‘‘Direct 12 See CORE China Circumvention Final, 83 FR at 23896. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 personal knowledge’’ refers to facts the certifying party is expected to have in its own records. For example, the importer should have ‘‘direct personal knowledge’’ of the importation of the product (e.g., the name of the exporter) in its records; • I have personal knowledge of the facts regarding the production of the imported products covered by this certification. ‘‘Personal knowledge’’ includes facts obtained from another party, (e.g., correspondence received by the importer (or exporter) from the producer regarding the source of the input used to produce the imported products); • These corrosion-resistant steel products produced in Vietnam do not contain hotrolled steel and/or cold-rolled steel substrate produced in Taiwan: • I understand that {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING COMPANY} is required to maintain a copy of this certification and sufficient documentation supporting this certification (i.e., documents maintained in the normal course of business, or documents obtained by the certifying party, for example, mill certificates, productions records, invoices, etc.) for the later of (1) a period of five years from the date of entry or (2) a period of three years after the conclusion of any litigation in the United States courts regarding such entries; • I understand that {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING COMPANY} is required to provide this certification and supporting records, upon request, to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and/or the Department of Commerce (Commerce); • I understand that {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING COMPANY} is required to maintain a copy of the exporter’s certification for the later of (1) a period of five years from the date of entry or (2) a period of three years after the conclusion of any litigation in United States courts regarding such entries; • I understand that {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING COMPANY} is required to maintain and provide a copy of the exporter’s certification and supporting records, upon request, to CBP and/or Commerce; • I understand that the claims made herein, and the substantiating documentation, are subject to verification by CBP and/or Commerce; • I understand that failure to maintain the required certification and/or failure to substantiate the claims made herein will result in: Æ Suspension of liquidation of all unliquidated entries (and entries for which liquidation has not become final) for which these requirements were not met and Æ the requirement that the importer post applicable antidumping duty (AD) cash deposits equal to the rates as determined by Commerce; • I understand that agents of the importer, such as brokers, are not permitted to make this certification; • This certification was completed at or prior to the time of Entry; and • I am aware that U.S. law (including, but not limited to, 18 U.S.C. 1001) imposes criminal sanctions on individuals who knowingly and willfully make material false statements to the U.S. government. E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 132 / Wednesday, July 10, 2019 / Notices Signature llllllllllllllll NAME OF COMPANY OFFICIAL lllllllllllllllllllll TITLE lllllllllllllllllllll DATE Signature llllllllllllllll NAME OF COMPANY OFFICIAL lllllllllllllllllllll TITLE lllllllllllllllllllll DATE Appendix IV [FR Doc. 2019–14695 Filed 7–9–19; 8:45 am] Exporter Certification I hereby certify that: • My name is {INSERT COMPANY OFFICIAL’S NAME HERE} and I am an official of {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING COMPANY}; • I have direct personal knowledge of the facts regarding the production and exportation of the corrosion-resistant steel products that were sold to the United States under invoice number(s) INSERT INVOICE NUMBER(S). ‘‘Direct personal knowledge’’ refers to facts the certifying party is expected to have in its own books and records. For example, an exporter should have ‘‘direct personal knowledge’’ of the producer’s identity and location. • These corrosion-resistant steel products produced in Vietnam do not contain hotrolled steel and/or cold-rolled steel substrate produced in Taiwan: • I understand that {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING COMPANY} is required to maintain a copy of this certification and sufficient documentation supporting this certification (i.e., documents maintained in the normal course of business, or documents obtained by the certifying party, for example, mill certificates, productions records, invoices, etc.) for the later of (1) a period of five years from the date of entry or (2) a period of three years after the conclusion of any litigation in the United States courts regarding such entries; • I understand that {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING COMPANY} must provide this Exporter Certification to the U.S. importer by the time of shipment; • I understand that {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING COMPANY} is required to provide a copy of this certification and supporting records, upon request, to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and/or the Department of Commerce (Commerce); • I understand that the claims made herein, and the substantiating documentation are subject to verification by CBP and/or Commerce; • I understand that failure to maintain the required certification and/or failure to substantiate the claims made herein will result in: Æ Suspension of all unliquidated entries (and entries for which liquidation has not become final) for which these requirements were not met and Æ the requirement that the importer post applicable antidumping duty (AD) cash deposits equal to the rates as determined by Commerce; • This certification was completed at or prior to the time of shipment; • I am aware that U.S. law (including, but not limited to, 18 U.S.C. 1001) imposes criminal sanctions on individuals who knowingly and willfully make material false statements to the U.S. government. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:32 Jul 09, 2019 Jkt 247001 BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–570–092] Mattresses From the People’s Republic of China: Amended Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is amending the preliminary determination of the lessthan-fair-value investigation of mattresses from the People’s Republic of China (China) to correct significant ministerial errors. DATES: Applicable July 10, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Hill, Lilit Astvatsatrian, or Stephen Bailey, AD/CVD Operations, Office IV, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–3518, (202) 482–6412, or (202) 482–0193, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background On June 4, 2019, Commerce published its notice of preliminary determination in the antidumping duty investigation of mattresses from China.1 On May 30, 2019, Foshan City Shunde Haozuan Furniture Co., Ltd. (Foshan Haozuan) submitted comments alleging significant ministerial errors in our preliminary determination.2 On May 31, 2019, Jiashan Nova Co., Ltd. (Nova) and Foshan Suilong Furniture Co., Ltd. (Suilong) submitted comments alleging 1 See Mattresses from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination and Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances, 84 FR 25732 (June 4, 2019) (Preliminary Determination) and the accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum. 2 See letter from Foshan Haozuan, ‘‘Antidumping Duty Investigation of Mattresses from the People’s Republic of China: Ministerial Error Comments and Request to Immediately Correct Federal Register Notice Prior to Publication,’’ dated May 30, 2019 (Foshan Haozuan’s ME Allegation). PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 32867 significant ministerial errors in our preliminary determination.3 On June 5, 2019, Zinus (Xiamen) Inc. and Zinus (Zhangzhou) Inc., and their affiliated sellers and U.S. importers (collectively, Zinus), Healthcare Co., Ltd. and its affiliated exporters and U.S. importers (collectively, Healthcare), and Corsicana Mattress Company, Elite Comfort Solutions, Future Foam Inc., FXI, Inc., Innocor, Inc., Kolcraft Enterprises Inc., Leggett & Platt, Incorporated, Serta Simmons Bedding, LLC, and Tempur Sealy International, Inc. (collectively, the petitioners), submitted comments alleging significant ministerial errors in our calculation of the preliminary margins for Healthcare and Zinus and in our assignment of separate rates to certain companies.4 Period of Investigation The period of investigation is January 1, 2018, through June 30, 2018. Scope of the Investigation The product covered by this investigation is mattresses from China. For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see the Appendix to this notice. Analysis of Significant Ministerial Error Allegation Commerce will analyze any comments received and, if appropriate, correct any significant ministerial error by amending the preliminary determination according to 19 CFR 351.224(e). A ministerial error is defined in 19 CFR 351.224(f) as ‘‘an error in addition, subtraction, or other arithmetic function, clerical error resulting from inaccurate copying, duplication, or the like, and any other similar type of unintentional error which the Secretary considers ministerial.’’ 5 A significant ministerial error is defined as a ministerial error, 3 See letter from Nova, ‘‘Mattresses from People’s Republic of China: Omission from Notice of Preliminary Determination,’’ dated May 31, 2019 (Nova’s ME Allegation); see letter from Suilong, ‘‘Mattresses from People’s Republic of China: Omission from Notice of Preliminary Determination,’’ dated May 31, 2019 (Suilong’s ME Allegation). 4 See letter from Zinus, ‘‘Mattresses from the People’s Republic of China: Ministerial Error Allegation,’’ dated June 5, 2019 (Zinus’ ME Allegation); see letter from Healthcare, ‘‘Mattresses from People’s Republic of China: Ministerial Error Comments for the Preliminary Determination,’’ dated June 5, 2019 (Healthcare’s ME Allegation); see also letter from the petitioners, ‘‘Mattresses from the People’s Republic of China: Mattress Petitioners’ Request for Correction of a Significant Ministerial Error in the Preliminary Determination Margin Calculation of Healthcare,’’ dated June 5, 2019 (the petitioners’ ME Allegation). 5 See also section 735(e) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-583-856]


Certain Corrosion-Resistant Steel Products From Taiwan: 
Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Anti-Circumvention Inquiry on 
the Antidumping Duty Order

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines 
that imports of certain corrosion-resistant steel products (CORE), 
produced in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) using hot-
rolled steel (HRS) and/or cold-rolled steel (CRS) flat products 
manufactured in Taiwan, are circumventing the antidumping duty (AD) 
order on CORE from Taiwan.

DATES: Applicable July 10, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shanah Lee and Peter Zukowski, 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) 482-6386 and (202) 482-0189, 
respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Certain domestic interested parties, ArcelorMittal USA LLC, 
California Steel Industries, Nucor Corporation, Steel Dynamics, Inc., 
and United States Steel Corporation (collectively, the petitioners) 
filed an allegation \1\ that imports of CORE from Vietnam made from HRS 
and/or CRS sourced from Taiwan and exported to the United States as 
CORE from Vietnam are circumventing the Taiwan CORE Order.\2\ In their 
allegation, the petitioners requested that Commerce initiate an anti-
circumvention inquiry pursuant to section 781(b) of the Tariff Act of 
1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.225(h), to determine whether 
the importation of the Taiwanese-origin HRS and/or CRS substrate for 
completing into CORE in Vietnam and subsequent sale of that CORE to the 
United States constitutes circumvention of the Taiwan CORE Order.
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    \1\ See Petitioners' letter, ``Certain Corrosion-Resistant Steel 
Products from Taiwan: Request for Circumvention Ruling,'' dated June 
12, 2018.
    \2\ See Certain Corrosion-Resistant Steel Products from India, 
Italy, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and 
Taiwan: Amended Final Affirmative Antidumping Determination for 
India and Taiwan, and Antidumping Duty Orders, 81 FR 48390 (July 25, 
2016) (Taiwan CORE Order).
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    On August 2, 2018, Commerce published the notice of initiation of 
anti-circumvention inquiry on imports of CORE from Vietnam.\3\ For a 
complete description of the events that followed the initiation of this 
inquiry, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.\4\ A list of topics 
included in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix 
I 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 https://access.trade.gov, and to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room 
B8024 of the main 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 the electronic versions of 
the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content.
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    \3\ See Certain Corrosion-Resistant Steel Products from the 
Republic of Korea and Taiwan: Initiation of Anti-Circumvention 
Inquiries on the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Orders, 83 
FR 37785 (August 2, 2018) (Initiation Notice).
    \4\ See Memorandum, ``Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary 
Determination in the Anti-Circumvention Inquiry of Certain 
Corrosion-Resistant Steel Products from Taiwan,'' dated concurrently 
with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum).
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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.\5\ If the new 
deadline falls on a non-business day, in accordance with Commerce's 
practice, the deadline will become the next business day.
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    \5\ 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 29, 2019. All deadlines in this segment have been extended 
by 40 days.
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Scope of the Order

    The products covered by this order are certain flat-rolled steel 
products, either clad, plated, or coated with corrosion-resistant 
metals such as zinc, aluminum, or zinc-, aluminum-, nickel- or iron-
based alloys, whether or not corrugated or painted, varnished, 
laminated, or coated with plastics or other non-metallic substances in 
addition to the metallic coating. For a complete description of the 
scope of the order, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.

Scope of the Anti-Circumvention Inquiry

    This anti-circumvention inquiry covers CORE produced in Vietnam 
from HRS and/or CRS substrate input manufactured in Taiwan and 
subsequently exported from Vietnam to the United States (merchandise 
under consideration). This preliminary ruling applies to all shipments 
of merchandise under consideration on or after the date of initiation 
of this inquiry. Importers and exporters of CORE produced in Vietnam 
using: (1) HRS manufactured in Vietnam or third countries, (2) CRS 
manufactured in Vietnam using HRS produced in Vietnam or third 
countries, or (3) CRS manufactured in third countries, must certify 
that the HRS and/or CRS processed into CORE in Vietnam did not 
originate in Taiwan, as provided for in the certifications attached to 
the Federal Register notice. Otherwise, their merchandise may be 
subject to antidumping duties if Commerce makes an affirmative final 
determination in this inquiry.

Methodology

    Commerce is conducting this anti-circumvention inquiry in 
accordance with section 781(b) of the Act. Because Vietnam is a non-
market economy country, within the meaning of section 771(18) of the 
Act,\6\ Commerce has calculated the value of certain processing and 
merchandise using factors of production and market-economy values, as 
discussed in section 773(c) of the Act. For a full description of the 
methodology underlying Commerce's preliminary determination, see the 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
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    \6\ See, e.g., Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods from the 
Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Preliminary Results of Antidumping 
Duty Administrative Review, 81 FR 24797 (October 14, 2016) 
(unchanged in Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods from the Socialist 
Republic of Vietnam: Final Results Antidumping Administrative 
Review; 2014-2015, 82 FR 18611 (April 20, 2017)).
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Preliminary Finding

    As detailed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, we 
preliminarily determine that CORE produced in Vietnam from HRS and/or 
CRS sourced from Taiwan is circumventing the Taiwan CORE Order. We 
therefore preliminarily determine that it is appropriate to include 
this merchandise within the Taiwan CORE Order and to instruct U.S. 
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend any

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entries of CORE from Vietnam produced from HRS and/or CRS from Taiwan.

Suspension of Liquidation

    As stated above, Commerce has made a preliminary affirmative 
finding of circumvention of the Taiwan CORE Order by exports to the 
United States of CORE produced by any Vietnamese company from 
Taiwanese-origin HRS and/or CRS inputs. In accordance with 19 CFR 
351.225(l)(2), Commerce will direct CBP to suspend liquidation and to 
require a cash deposit of estimated duties on unliquidated entries of 
CORE produced in Vietnam, as appropriate, that were entered, or 
withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after August 2, 2018, 
the date of initiation of the anti-circumvention inquiry. The 
suspension of liquidation instructions will remain in effect until 
further notice.
    CORE produced in Vietnam from HRS and/or CRS that is not of 
Taiwanese-origin is not subject to this inquiry. Therefore, cash 
deposits are not required for such merchandise. However, CORE produced 
in Vietnam from HRS and/or CRS from China is subject to the AD/CVD 
orders on CORE from China,\7\ and CORE produced in Vietnam from HRS 
and/or CRS from Korea has preliminarily been found to be circumventing 
the AD/CVD orders on CORE from Korea.\8\ Imports of such merchandise 
are also subject to certification requirements and cash deposits may be 
required. If an importer imports CORE from Vietnam and claims that the 
CORE was not produced from HRS and/or CRS substrate manufactured in 
Taiwan, in order not to be subject to cash deposit requirements, the 
importer and exporter are required to meet the certification and 
documentation requirements described in Appendix II. Exporters of CORE 
produced from non-Taiwanese-origin HRS and/or CRS substrate must 
prepare and maintain an Exporter Certification and documentation 
supporting the Certification (see Appendix IV). In addition, importers 
of such CORE must prepare and maintain an Importer Certification (see 
Appendix III) as well as documentation supporting the Importer 
Certification. Besides the Importer Certification, the importer must 
also maintain a copy of the Exporter Certification (see Appendix IV) 
and relevant supporting documentation from the exporter of CORE who did 
not use the Taiwanese-origin HRS and/or CRS substrate.
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    \7\ See Certain Corrosion-Resistant Products from the People's 
Republic of China: Affirmative Final Determination of Circumvention 
of the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Orders, 83 FR 23895 
(May 23, 2018) (CORE China Circumvention Final).
    \8\ See Federal Register notice, ``Certain Corrosion-Resistant 
Steel Products from Republic of Korea: Affirmative Preliminary 
Determination of Anti-Circumvention Inquiry on the Antidumping Duty 
and Countervailing Duty Orders,'' and accompanying Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum, dated concurrently with this notice.
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    In the situation where no certification is provided for an entry, 
and AD/CVD orders from three countries (China, Korea, or Taiwan) 
potentially apply to that entry, Commerce intends to instruct CBP to 
suspend the entry and collect cash deposits at the CORE China 
Circumvention Final rates (i.e., the AD rate established for the China-
wide entity (199.43 percent) and the CVD rate established for the China 
all-others rate (39.05 percent)).\9\ This is to prevent evasion, given 
that the CORE China Circumvention Final rates are higher than the AD 
and CVD rates established for CORE from Korea and Taiwan. In the 
situation where a certification is provided for the AD/CVD orders on 
CORE from China (stating that the merchandise was not produced from HRS 
and/or CRS from China), but no other certification is provided, then 
Commerce intends to instruct CBP to suspend the entry and collect cash 
deposits at the AD and CVD all-others rates (i.e., 8.31 percent and 
1.19 percent, respectively) applicable to the AD/CVD orders on CORE 
from Korea.\10\ This is to prevent evasion, given that the AD and CVD 
rates established for CORE from Korea are higher than the AD rate 
established for CORE from Taiwan.
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    \9\ See CORE China Circumvention Final, 83 FR at 23896.
    \10\ See Certain Corrosion-Resistant Steel Flat Products from 
India, Italy, the People's Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, 
and Taiwan: Amended Final Affirmative Antidumping Duty Determination 
for India and Taiwan, and Antidumping Duty Orders, 81 FR 48390 (July 
25, 2016). The ``all-others rate'' was subsequently amended as the 
result to litigation. See Certain Corrosion-Resistant Steel Products 
from the Republic of Korea: Notice of Court Decision Not in Harmony 
with Final Determination of Investigation and Notice of Amended 
Final Results, 83 FR 39054 (August 8, 2018). See also Certain 
Corrosion-Resistant Steel Products from India, Italy, Republic of 
Korea, and the People's Republic of China: Countervailing Duty 
Order, 81 FR 48387 (July 25, 2016) (collectively, Korea CORE 
Orders).
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Verification

    As provided in 19 CFR 351.307, Commerce intends to verify 
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 final verification report is 
issued in this anti-circumvention inquiry, unless the Secretary alters 
the time limit. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case 
briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the deadline 
date for case briefs.\11\ Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2), 
parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this anti-
circumvention inquiry 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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    \11\ 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

    Commerce, consistent with section 781(e) of the Act, has notified 
the International Trade Commission (ITC) of this preliminary 
determination to include the merchandise subject to this anti-
circumvention inquiry within the Taiwan CORE Order. Pursuant to section 
781(e) of the Act, the ITC may request consultations concerning 
Commerce's proposed inclusion of the merchandise under consideration. 
If, after consultations, the ITC believes that a significant injury 
issue is presented by the proposed inclusion, it will have 60 days from 
the date of notification by Commerce to provide written advice.

Notification to Interested Parties

    This determination is issued and published in accordance with 
section 781(b) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.225(f).


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    Dated: June 28, 2019.
Jeffrey I. Kessler,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Scope of the Order
IV. Scope of the Anti-Circumvention Inquiry
V. Period of Inquiry
VI. Surrogate Countries and Methodology for Valuing Inputs from 
Taiwan and Processing in Vietnam
VII. Statutory Framework
VIII. Use of Facts of Available with An Adverse Inference
IX. Statutory Analysis
X. Country-Wide Determination
XI. Certification for Not Using Taiwanese-Origin HRS and/or CRS
XII. Recommendation

Appendix II

Certification Requirements

    If an importer imports certain corrosion-resistant steel 
products (CORE) from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) and 
claims that the CORE was not produced from hot-rolled steel and/or 
cold-rolled steel substrate (substrate) manufactured in Taiwan, the 
importer is required to complete and maintain the importer 
certification attached hereto as Appendix III and all supporting 
documentation. Where the importer uses a broker to facilitate the 
entry process, it should obtain the entry number from the broker. 
Agents of the importer, such as brokers, however, are not permitted 
to make this certification on behalf of the importer.
    The exporter is required to complete and maintain the exporter 
certification, attached as Appendix IV, and is further required to 
provide the importer a copy of that certification and all supporting 
documentation.
    For shipments and/or entries on or after August 2, 2018 through 
July 18, 2019 for which certifications are required, importers and 
exporters should complete the required certification within 30 days 
of the publication of this notice in the Federal Register. 
Accordingly, where appropriate, the relevant bullet in the 
certification should be edited to reflect that the certification was 
completed within the time frame specified above. For example, the 
bullet in the importer certification that reads: ``This 
certification was completed at or prior to the time of Entry,'' 
could be edited as follows: ``The imports referenced herein entered 
before July 19, 2019. This certification was completed on mm/dd/
yyyy, within 30 days of the Federal Register notice publication of 
the preliminary determination of circumvention.'' Similarly, the 
bullet in the exporter certification that reads, ``This 
certification was completed at or prior to the time of shipment,'' 
could be edited as follows: ``The shipments/products referenced 
herein shipped before July 19, 2019. This certification was 
completed on mm/dd/yyyy, within 30 days of the Federal Register 
notice publication of the preliminary determination of 
circumvention.'' For such entries/shipments, importers and exporters 
each have the option to complete a blanket certification covering 
multiple entries/shipments, individual certifications for each 
entry/shipment, or a combination thereof.
    For shipments and/or entries on or after July 19, 2019, for 
which certifications are required, importers should complete the 
required certification at or prior to the date of Entry and 
exporters should complete the required certification and provide it 
to the importer at or prior to the date of shipment.
    The importer and Vietnamese exporter are also required to 
maintain sufficient documentation supporting their certifications. 
The importer will not be required to submit the certifications or 
supporting documentation to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 
as part of the entry process at this time. However, the importer and 
the exporter will be required to present the certifications and 
supporting documentation, to Commerce and/or CBP, as applicable, 
upon request by the respective agency. Additionally, the claims made 
in the certifications and any supporting documentation are subject 
to verification by Commerce and/or CBP. The importer and exporter 
are required to maintain the certifications and supporting 
documentation for the later of (1) a period of five years from the 
date of entry or (2) a period of three years after the conclusion of 
any litigation in United States courts regarding such entries.
    In the situation where no certification is provided for an 
entry, and AD/CVD orders from three countries (China, Korea, or 
Taiwan) potentially apply to that entry, Commerce intends to 
instruct CBP to suspend the entry and collect cash deposits at the 
CORE China Circumvention Final rates (i.e., the AD rate established 
for the China-wide entity (199.43 percent) and the CVD rate 
established for China all-others rate (39.05 percent)).\12\ In the 
situation where a certification is provided for the AD/CVD orders on 
CORE from China (stating that the merchandise was not produced from 
HRS and/or CRS from China), but no other certification is provided, 
then Commerce intends to instruct CBP to suspend the entry and 
collect cash deposits at the AD and CVD all-others rates (i.e., 8.31 
percent and 1.19 percent, respectively) applicable to the AD/CVD 
orders on CORE from Korea.
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Appendix III

Importer Certification

    I hereby certify that:
     My name is {INSERT COMPANY OFFICIAL'S NAME HERE{time}  
and I am an official of {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING COMPANY{time} ;
     I have direct personal knowledge of the facts regarding 
the importation into the Customs territory of the United States of 
the corrosion-resistant steel products produced in Vietnam that 
entered under entry number(s) {INSERT ENTRY NUMBER(S){time}  and are 
covered by this certification. ``Direct personal knowledge'' refers 
to facts the certifying party is expected to have in its own 
records. For example, the importer should have ``direct personal 
knowledge'' of the importation of the product (e.g., the name of the 
exporter) in its records;
     I have personal knowledge of the facts regarding the 
production of the imported products covered by this certification. 
``Personal knowledge'' includes facts obtained from another party, 
(e.g., correspondence received by the importer (or exporter) from 
the producer regarding the source of the input used to produce the 
imported products);
     These corrosion-resistant steel products produced in 
Vietnam do not contain hot-rolled steel and/or cold-rolled steel 
substrate produced in Taiwan:
     I understand that {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING 
COMPANY{time}  is required to maintain a copy of this certification 
and sufficient documentation supporting this certification (i.e., 
documents maintained in the normal course of business, or documents 
obtained by the certifying party, for example, mill certificates, 
productions records, invoices, etc.) for the later of (1) a period 
of five years from the date of entry or (2) a period of three years 
after the conclusion of any litigation in the United States courts 
regarding such entries;
     I understand that {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING 
COMPANY{time}  is required to provide this certification and 
supporting records, upon request, to U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP) and/or the Department of Commerce (Commerce);
     I understand that {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING 
COMPANY{time}  is required to maintain a copy of the exporter's 
certification for the later of (1) a period of five years from the 
date of entry or (2) a period of three years after the conclusion of 
any litigation in United States courts regarding such entries;
     I understand that {INSERT NAME OF IMPORTING 
COMPANY{time}  is required to maintain and provide a copy of the 
exporter's certification and supporting records, upon request, to 
CBP and/or Commerce;
     I understand that the claims made herein, and the 
substantiating documentation, are subject to verification by CBP 
and/or Commerce;
     I understand that failure to maintain the required 
certification and/or failure to substantiate the claims made herein 
will result in:
    [cir] Suspension of liquidation of all unliquidated entries (and 
entries for which liquidation has not become final) for which these 
requirements were not met and
    [cir] the requirement that the importer post applicable 
antidumping duty (AD) cash deposits equal to the rates as determined 
by Commerce;
     I understand that agents of the importer, such as 
brokers, are not permitted to make this certification;
     This certification was completed at or prior to the 
time of Entry; and
     I am aware that U.S. law (including, but not limited 
to, 18 U.S.C. 1001) imposes criminal sanctions on individuals who 
knowingly and willfully make material false statements to the U.S. 
government.


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Appendix IV

Exporter Certification

    I hereby certify that:
     My name is {INSERT COMPANY OFFICIAL'S NAME HERE{time}  
and I am an official of {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING COMPANY{time} ;
     I have direct personal knowledge of the facts regarding 
the production and exportation of the corrosion-resistant steel 
products that were sold to the United States under invoice number(s) 
INSERT INVOICE NUMBER(S). ``Direct personal knowledge'' refers to 
facts the certifying party is expected to have in its own books and 
records. For example, an exporter should have ``direct personal 
knowledge'' of the producer's identity and location.
     These corrosion-resistant steel products produced in 
Vietnam do not contain hot-rolled steel and/or cold-rolled steel 
substrate produced in Taiwan:
     I understand that {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING 
COMPANY{time}  is required to maintain a copy of this certification 
and sufficient documentation supporting this certification (i.e., 
documents maintained in the normal course of business, or documents 
obtained by the certifying party, for example, mill certificates, 
productions records, invoices, etc.) for the later of (1) a period 
of five years from the date of entry or (2) a period of three years 
after the conclusion of any litigation in the United States courts 
regarding such entries;
     I understand that {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING 
COMPANY{time}  must provide this Exporter Certification to the U.S. 
importer by the time of shipment;
     I understand that {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING 
COMPANY{time}  is required to provide a copy of this certification 
and supporting records, upon request, to U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP) and/or the Department of Commerce (Commerce);
     I understand that the claims made herein, and the 
substantiating documentation are subject to verification by CBP and/
or Commerce;
     I understand that failure to maintain the required 
certification and/or failure to substantiate the claims made herein 
will result in:
    [cir] Suspension of all unliquidated entries (and entries for 
which liquidation has not become final) for which these requirements 
were not met and
    [cir] the requirement that the importer post applicable 
antidumping duty (AD) cash deposits equal to the rates as determined 
by Commerce;
     This certification was completed at or prior to the 
time of shipment;
     I am aware that U.S. law (including, but not limited 
to, 18 U.S.C. 1001) imposes criminal sanctions on individuals who 
knowingly and willfully make material false statements to the U.S. 
government.

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