Certain Hardwood Plywood Products From the People's Republic of China: Affirmative Final Determination of Circumvention of the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders, 65783-65785 [2019-25889]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 230 / Friday, November 29, 2019 / Notices actual weight (generally referred to as ‘‘ultrapure’’ or ‘‘high purity’’ magnesium); (2) products that contain less than 99.95 percent but not less than 99.8 percent magnesium, by actual weight (generally referred to as ‘‘pure’’ magnesium); and (3) chemical combinations of magnesium and other material(s) in which the magnesium content is 50 percent or greater, but less than 99.8 percent, by actual weight, whether or not conforming to an ‘‘ASTM Specification for Magnesium Alloy.’’ The scope of this investigation excludes mixtures containing 90 percent or less magnesium in granular or powder form by actual weight and one or more of certain nonmagnesium granular materials to make magnesium-based reagent mixtures, including lime, calcium metal, calcium silicon, calcium carbide, calcium carbonate, carbon, slag coagulants, fluorspar, nepheline syenite, feldspar, alumina (A1203), calcium aluminate, soda ash, hydrocarbons, graphite, coke, silicon, rare earth metals/mischmetal, cryolite, silica/fly ash, magnesium oxide, periclase, ferroalloys, dolomite lime, and colemanite. The merchandise subject to this investigation is classifiable under items 8104.11.0000, 8104.19.0000, and 8104.30.0000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS items are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise under investigation is dispositive. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Appendix II—List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum DATES: I. Summary II. Background III. Scope of the Investigation IV. Changes Since the Preliminary Determination V. Discussion of the Issues Comment 1: Whether To Treat Chlorine and Sylvanite as By-products or Coproducts Comment 2: Transfer Price of Wet Carnallite Comment 3: General and Administrative Expenses Ratio Comment 4: Constructed Value Selling Expenses and Profit Comment 5: U.S. Warehousing Expenses Comment 6: Short-term Interest Rate, Credit Expenses and Inventory Carrying Costs VI. Recommendation khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2019–25887 Filed 11–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:49 Nov 27, 2019 Jkt 250001 International Trade Administration [A–570–051, C–570–052] Certain Hardwood Plywood Products From the People’s Republic of China: Affirmative Final Determination of Circumvention of the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that certain plywood products with face and back veneers of radiata and/or agathis pine that: (1) Have a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) or California Air Resources Board (CARB) label certifying that it is compliant with TSCA/CARB requirements; and (2) are made with a resin, the majority of which is comprised of one or more of three product types (urea formaldehyde, polyvinyl acetate, and/or soy), exported from the People’s Republic of China (China), are circumventing the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on certain hardwood plywood products from China. AGENCY: Effective Date: Applicable November 29, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel Greenberg or Nicolas Mayora, AD/CVD Operations, Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–0652 or (202) 482–3053, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Commerce published the Preliminary Determination on June 11, 2019.1 A summary of the events that occurred since Commerce published the Preliminary Determination may be found in the Issues and Decision Memorandum.2 1 See Certain Hardwood Plywood Products from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Circumvention of the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Orders, 84 FR 27081 (June 11, 2019) (Preliminary Determination). 2 See Memorandum, ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Determination of the Anti-Circumvention Inquiry: Certain Hardwood Plywood Products from the People’s Republic of China,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by this notice (Issues and Decision Memorandum). PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65783 Scope of the Anti-Circumvention Inquiry This anti-circumvention inquiry covers certain plywood products with face and back veneers of radiata and/or agathis pine that: (1) Have a TSCA or CARB label certifying that it is compliant with TSCA/CARB requirements; and (2) are made with a resin, the majority of which is comprised of one or more of the following three product types: Urea formaldehyde, polyvinyl acetate, and/or soy exported from China. Such merchandise is referred to as ‘‘inquiry merchandise.’’ This ruling applies to all shipments of inquiry merchandise on or after the date of the initiation of this inquiry. Importers and exporters of plywood from China with both outer veneers made of a softwood species of wood (softwood plywood products), must certify that the softwood plywood products do not meet all three of the following criteria: (1) Have both outer veneers of radiata and/or agathis pine; (2) are made with a resin, the majority of which is comprised of urea formaldehyde, polyvinyl acetate, and/or soy; and (3) have a TSCA or CARB label certifying that they are compliant with TSCA/CARB requirements, as provided in the certifications in the appendices to this Federal Register notice. Analysis of Comments Received All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs are addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum. A list of the issues raised, and to which we respond in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, is attached in Appendix I to this notice. The Issues and Decision memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov and is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http:// enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Issues and Decision Memorandum and the electronic version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Final Affirmative Determination of Circumvention As detailed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, we determine that the inquiry merchandise exported from E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1 65784 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 230 / Friday, November 29, 2019 / Notices List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Scope of the Anti-Circumvention Inquiry IV. Discussion of the Issues V. Recommendation majority of which is comprised of urea formaldehyde, polyvinyl acetate, and/or soy; and (3) have a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) or California Air Resources Board (CARB) label certifying that they are compliant with TSCA/CARB requirements, then the importer is required to complete and maintain the importer certification attached hereto as Appendix III. The importer and exporter are required to maintain the exporter certification attached hereto as Appendix IV. The importer certification must be completed, signed, and dated at the time of the entry of the plywood product. The exporter certification must be completed, signed, and dated at the time of shipment of the relevant entries. The importer and Chinese 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 CBP as part of the entry process. However, the importer and the exporter will be required to present the certifications and supporting documentation to the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and/or U.S. Customs and Border Protection (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. If it is determined that the certification and/ or documentation requirements in a certification have not been met, Commerce intends to instruct CBP to suspend, under the China Plywood orders (A–570–051, C–570– 052), all unliquidated entries for which these requirements were not met and require the importer to post applicable antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) cash deposits equal to the rates as determined by Commerce. Entries suspended under A–570–051 and C–570–052 will be liquidated pursuant to applicable administrative reviews of the China orders or through the automatic liquidation process. Appendix II Appendix III If an importer imports plywood from China with outer veneers both made of softwood plywood, and claims that its softwood plywood products produced in China do not meet all three of the following criteria: (1) Have both outer veneers of radiata and/or agathis pine; (2) are made with a resin, the IMPORTER CERTIFICATION I hereby certify that: • My name is {INSERT COMPANY OFFICIAL’S NAME} and I am an official of {IMPORTING COMPANY}; • This certification pertains to {INSERT ENTRY NUMBER(S), ENTRY LINE NUMBER(S), AND PRODUCT CODE(S) REFERENCED ON ENTRY SUMMARY}; • I have direct personal knowledge of the facts regarding the importation into the Customs territory of the United States of the plywood with both outer veneers made of a softwood species of wood (softwood plywood products) produced in the People’s Republic of China (China) that entered under entry number(s) {INSERT ENTRY NUMBER(S)} and are covered by this certification. ‘‘Direct personal knowledge’’ for purposes of this certification refers to facts in records China is circumventing the Orders.3 As such, we determine that it is appropriate to include this merchandise within the Orders and to continue to instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend any entries of inquiry merchandise from China that entered the United States on or after the date of the initiation of this inquiry. Suspension of Liquidation In accordance with 19 CFR 351.225(1)(3), Commerce will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to continue to suspend liquidation of inquiry merchandise (regardless of producer, exporter, or importer) entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after September 18, 2018, the date of publication of the initiation of this inquiry, until appropriate liquidation instructions are issued.4 Commerce will also instruct CBP to continue to require a cash deposit of estimated duties at the rate applicable to the exporter on all unliquidated entries of inquiry merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after September 18, 2018. Notification to Interested Parties This affirmative anti-circumvention determination is published in accordance with section 781(d) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.225. Dated: November 22, 2019. Jeffrey I. Kessler, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Appendix I 3 See Certain Hardwood Plywood from the People’s Republic of China: Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, and Antidumping Order, 83 FR 504 (January 4, 2018) and Certain Hardwood Plywood from the People’s Republic of China: Countervailing Duty Order, 83 FR 513 (January 4, 2018) (collectively, Orders). 4 See Certain Hardwood Plywood Products from the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of AntiCircumvention Inquiry on the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Orders, 83 FR 47883 (September 21, 2018). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:49 Nov 27, 2019 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 maintained by the importing company in the normal course of its business. 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 softwood plywood products covered by this certification. ‘‘Personal knowledge’’ for purposes of this certification includes facts obtained from another party (e.g., correspondence received by the importer (or exporter) from the producer regarding the materials used to produce the imported softwood plywood products); • The softwood plywood products produced in China that are covered by this certification are not subject to the orders on certain hardwood plywood products from China because they do not meet all three of the following criteria: (1) Have both outer veneers of radiata and/or agathis pine; (2) are made with a resin, the majority of which is comprised of urea formaldehyde, polyvinyl acetate, and/or soy;1 and (3) have a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) or California Air Resources Board (CARB) label certifying that they are compliant with TSCA/CARB requirements; • I understand that {INSERT IMPORTING COMPANY NAME} 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 IMPORTING COMPANY NAME}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 IMPORTING COMPANY NAME} 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 IMPORTING COMPANY NAME} 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 1 Documentation should demonstrate that your resin is not majority urea formaldehyde, polyvinyl acetate, and/or soy, for example, by establishing the chemical composition and relative percentage of the resin’s ingredients. E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 230 / Friday, November 29, 2019 / Notices liquidation has not become final) for which these requirements were not met, and Æ the requirement that the importer post applicable antidumping duty (AD) and/or countervailing duty (CVD) cash deposits (as appropriate) equal to the rates 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 the time of filing the entry summary for the relevant importation; 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. lllllllllllllllllllll Name of Company Official lllllllllllllllllllll Signature lllllllllllllllllllll Title lllllllllllllllllllll Date khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Appendix IV 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 plywood with both outer veneers made of a softwood species of wood (softwood plywood products) identified below; • The softwood plywood products produced in China that are covered by this certification are not subject to the orders on certain hardwood plywood products from China because they do not meet all three of the following criteria: (1) have both outer veneers of radiata and/or agathis pine; (2) are made with a resin, the majority of which is comprised of urea formaldehyde, polyvinyl acetate, and/or soy;1 and (3) have a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) or California Air Resources Board (CARB) label certifying that they are compliant with TSCA/CARB requirements; • I understand that {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING COMPANY} is required to maintain a copy of this certification and sufficient documentation supporting this 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 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 at the time of shipment; • I understand that {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING COMPANY} is required to 1 Documentation should demonstrate that your resin is not majority urea formaldehyde, polyvinyl acetate, and/or soy, for example, by establishing the chemical composition and relative percentage of the resin’s ingredients. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:49 Nov 27, 2019 Jkt 250001 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) and countervailing duty (CVD) cash deposits equal to the rates as determined by Commerce; • This certification was completed at or prior to the time of shipment; 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. lllllllllllllllllllll Name of Company Official lllllllllllllllllllll Signature lllllllllllllllllllll Title lllllllllllllllllllll Date [FR Doc. 2019–25889 Filed 11–27–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–508–813] Magnesium From Israel: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination 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 magnesium from Israel. For information on the estimated subsidy rates, see the ‘‘Final Determination’’ section of this notice. AGENCY: DATES: Applicable November 29, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ethan Talbott or Dana Mermelstein, AD/ CVD Operations, Office I, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482–1030 or (202) 482–1391, respectively. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 65785 Background Commerce published the Preliminary Determination on May 8, 2019.1 A 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 on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov, and is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http:// enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed and the electronic versions of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Period of Investigation The period of investigation is January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Scope of the Investigation In accordance with the Preamble to Commerce’s regulations,3 the Initiation Notice set aside a period of time for parties to raise issues regarding product coverage (i.e., scope of the investigation). No interested party commented on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in the Initiation Notice.4 Therefore, Commerce is not modifying the scope language as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. See the scope in Appendix I to this notice. Analysis of Subsidy Programs and Comments Received The subsidy programs under investigation and the issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties in this investigation are discussed in the 1 See Magnesium from Israel: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, and Alignment of Final Determination with Final Antidumping Duty Determination 84 FR 20092 (May 8, 2019) (Preliminary Determination) and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum (PDM). 2 See Memorandum, ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Magnesium from Israel,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Issues and Decision Memorandum). 3 See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, Final Rule, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997) (Preamble). 4 See Magnesium from Israel: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation 83 FR 58529 (November 20, 2018) (Initiation Notice). E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 230 (Friday, November 29, 2019)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-051, C-570-052]


Certain Hardwood Plywood Products From the People's Republic of 
China: Affirmative Final Determination of Circumvention of the 
Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders

AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that certain 
plywood products with face and back veneers of radiata and/or agathis 
pine that: (1) Have a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) or California 
Air Resources Board (CARB) label certifying that it is compliant with 
TSCA/CARB requirements; and (2) are made with a resin, the majority of 
which is comprised of one or more of three product types (urea 
formaldehyde, polyvinyl acetate, and/or soy), exported from the 
People's Republic of China (China), are circumventing the antidumping 
duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on certain hardwood 
plywood products from China.

DATES: Effective Date: Applicable November 29, 2019.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rachel Greenberg or Nicolas Mayora, 
AD/CVD Operations, Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International 
Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution 
Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-0652 or (202) 
482-3053, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Commerce published the Preliminary Determination on June 11, 
2019.\1\ A summary of the events that occurred since Commerce published 
the Preliminary Determination may be found in the Issues and Decision 
Memorandum.\2\
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    \1\ See Certain Hardwood Plywood Products from the People's 
Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of 
Circumvention of the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty 
Orders, 84 FR 27081 (June 11, 2019) (Preliminary Determination).
    \2\ See Memorandum, ``Issues and Decision Memorandum for the 
Final Determination of the Anti-Circumvention Inquiry: Certain 
Hardwood Plywood Products from the People's Republic of China,'' 
dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by this notice (Issues 
and Decision Memorandum).
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Scope of the Anti-Circumvention Inquiry

    This anti-circumvention inquiry covers certain plywood products 
with face and back veneers of radiata and/or agathis pine that: (1) 
Have a TSCA or CARB label certifying that it is compliant with TSCA/
CARB requirements; and (2) are made with a resin, the majority of which 
is comprised of one or more of the following three product types: Urea 
formaldehyde, polyvinyl acetate, and/or soy exported from China. Such 
merchandise is referred to as ``inquiry merchandise.'' This ruling 
applies to all shipments of inquiry merchandise on or after the date of 
the initiation of this inquiry. Importers and exporters of plywood from 
China with both outer veneers made of a softwood species of wood 
(softwood plywood products), must certify that the softwood plywood 
products do not meet all three of the following criteria: (1) Have both 
outer veneers of radiata and/or agathis pine; (2) are made with a 
resin, the majority of which is comprised of urea formaldehyde, 
polyvinyl acetate, and/or soy; and (3) have a TSCA or CARB label 
certifying that they are compliant with TSCA/CARB requirements, as 
provided in the certifications in the appendices to this Federal 
Register notice.

Analysis of Comments Received

    All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs are addressed in 
the Issues and Decision Memorandum. A list of the issues raised, and to 
which we respond in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, is attached in 
Appendix I to this notice. The Issues and Decision memorandum is a 
public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and 
Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic 
Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at 
http://access.trade.gov and is available to all parties in the Central 
Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. 
In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum 
can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The 
signed Issues and Decision Memorandum and the electronic version of the 
Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

Final Affirmative Determination of Circumvention

    As detailed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, we determine 
that the inquiry merchandise exported from

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China is circumventing the Orders.\3\ As such, we determine that it is 
appropriate to include this merchandise within the Orders and to 
continue to instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to 
suspend any entries of inquiry merchandise from China that entered the 
United States on or after the date of the initiation of this inquiry.
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    \3\ See Certain Hardwood Plywood from the People's Republic of 
China: Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 
and Antidumping Order, 83 FR 504 (January 4, 2018) and Certain 
Hardwood Plywood from the People's Republic of China: Countervailing 
Duty Order, 83 FR 513 (January 4, 2018) (collectively, Orders).
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Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with 19 CFR 351.225(1)(3), Commerce will direct U.S. 
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to continue to suspend liquidation 
of inquiry merchandise (regardless of producer, exporter, or importer) 
entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after 
September 18, 2018, the date of publication of the initiation of this 
inquiry, until appropriate liquidation instructions are issued.\4\ 
Commerce will also instruct CBP to continue to require a cash deposit 
of estimated duties at the rate applicable to the exporter on all 
unliquidated entries of inquiry merchandise entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption on or after September 18, 2018.
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    \4\ See Certain Hardwood Plywood Products from the People's 
Republic of China: Initiation of Anti-Circumvention Inquiry on the 
Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Orders, 83 FR 47883 (September 
21, 2018).
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Notification to Interested Parties

    This affirmative anti-circumvention determination is published in 
accordance with section 781(d) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.225.

    Dated: November 22, 2019.
Jeffrey I. Kessler,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I

List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Scope of the Anti-Circumvention Inquiry
IV. Discussion of the Issues
V. Recommendation

Appendix II

    If an importer imports plywood from China with outer veneers 
both made of softwood plywood, and claims that its softwood plywood 
products produced in China do not meet all three of the following 
criteria: (1) Have both outer veneers of radiata and/or agathis 
pine; (2) are made with a resin, the majority of which is comprised 
of urea formaldehyde, polyvinyl acetate, and/or soy; and (3) have a 
Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) or California Air Resources 
Board (CARB) label certifying that they are compliant with TSCA/CARB 
requirements, then the importer is required to complete and maintain 
the importer certification attached hereto as Appendix III.
    The importer and exporter are required to maintain the exporter 
certification attached hereto as Appendix IV. The importer 
certification must be completed, signed, and dated at the time of 
the entry of the plywood product. The exporter certification must be 
completed, signed, and dated at the time of shipment of the relevant 
entries. The importer and Chinese 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 CBP as part of the entry process. 
However, the importer and the exporter will be required to present 
the certifications and supporting documentation to the Department of 
Commerce (Commerce) and/or U.S. Customs and Border Protection (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. If it is determined that the certification 
and/or documentation requirements in a certification have not been 
met, Commerce intends to instruct CBP to suspend, under the China 
Plywood orders (A-570-051, C-570-052), all unliquidated entries for 
which these requirements were not met and require the importer to 
post applicable antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) 
cash deposits equal to the rates as determined by Commerce. Entries 
suspended under A-570-051 and C-570-052 will be liquidated pursuant 
to applicable administrative reviews of the China orders or through 
the automatic liquidation process.

Appendix III

IMPORTER CERTIFICATION

    I hereby certify that:
     My name is {INSERT COMPANY OFFICIAL'S NAME{time}  and I 
am an official of {IMPORTING COMPANY{time} ;
     This certification pertains to {INSERT ENTRY NUMBER(S), 
ENTRY LINE NUMBER(S), AND PRODUCT CODE(S) REFERENCED ON ENTRY 
SUMMARY{time} ;
     I have direct personal knowledge of the facts regarding 
the importation into the Customs territory of the United States of 
the plywood with both outer veneers made of a softwood species of 
wood (softwood plywood products) produced in the People's Republic 
of China (China) that entered under entry number(s) {INSERT ENTRY 
NUMBER(S){time}  and are covered by this certification. ``Direct 
personal knowledge'' for purposes of this certification refers to 
facts in records maintained by the importing company in the normal 
course of its business. 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 softwood plywood products covered by this 
certification. ``Personal knowledge'' for purposes of this 
certification includes facts obtained from another party (e.g., 
correspondence received by the importer (or exporter) from the 
producer regarding the materials used to produce the imported 
softwood plywood products);
     The softwood plywood products produced in China that 
are covered by this certification are not subject to the orders on 
certain hardwood plywood products from China because they do not 
meet all three of the following criteria: (1) Have both outer 
veneers of radiata and/or agathis pine; (2) are made with a resin, 
the majority of which is comprised of urea formaldehyde, polyvinyl 
acetate, and/or soy;\1\ and (3) have a Toxic Substances Control Act 
(TSCA) or California Air Resources Board (CARB) label certifying 
that they are compliant with TSCA/CARB requirements;
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    \1\ Documentation should demonstrate that your resin is not 
majority urea formaldehyde, polyvinyl acetate, and/or soy, for 
example, by establishing the chemical composition and relative 
percentage of the resin's ingredients.
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     I understand that {INSERT IMPORTING COMPANY NAME{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 IMPORTING COMPANY 
NAME{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 IMPORTING COMPANY NAME{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 IMPORTING COMPANY NAME{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 
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liquidation has not become final) for which these requirements were 
not met, and
    [cir] the requirement that the importer post applicable 
antidumping duty (AD) and/or countervailing duty (CVD) cash deposits 
(as appropriate) equal to the rates 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 the time of filing 
the entry summary for the relevant importation; 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. 
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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 plywood with both outer 
veneers made of a softwood species of wood (softwood plywood 
products) identified below;
     The softwood plywood products produced in China that 
are covered by this certification are not subject to the orders on 
certain hardwood plywood products from China because they do not 
meet all three of the following criteria: (1) have both outer 
veneers of radiata and/or agathis pine; (2) are made with a resin, 
the majority of which is comprised of urea formaldehyde, polyvinyl 
acetate, and/or soy;\1\ and (3) have a Toxic Substances Control Act 
(TSCA) or California Air Resources Board (CARB) label certifying 
that they are compliant with TSCA/CARB requirements;
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    \1\ Documentation should demonstrate that your resin is not 
majority urea formaldehyde, polyvinyl acetate, and/or soy, for 
example, by establishing the chemical composition and relative 
percentage of the resin's ingredients.
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     I understand that {INSERT NAME OF EXPORTING 
COMPANY{time}  is required to maintain a copy of this certification 
and sufficient documentation supporting this 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 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 at 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) and countervailing duty (CVD) cash deposits 
equal to the rates as determined by Commerce;
     This certification was completed at or prior to the 
time of shipment; 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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[FR Doc. 2019-25889 Filed 11-27-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P