Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bars From Belarus and Carbon and Alloy Steel Wire Rod From Belarus: Initiation of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Reviews, 6893-6894 [2020-02361]

Download as PDF 6893 Notices Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 25 Thursday, February 6, 2020 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of Industry and Security Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Technology Letter of Explanation Bureau of Industry and Security, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. 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[FR Doc. 2020–02330 Filed 2–5–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–07–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–822–804; A–822–806] Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bars From Belarus and Carbon and Alloy Steel Wire Rod From Belarus: Initiation of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Reviews Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is initiating changed circumstances reviews (CCRs) to examine whether Belarus is still a nonmarket economy (NME) country for purposes of the antidumping duty (AD) law. DATES: Applicable February 6, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Loopesko, Office of Policy, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–0969. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background Citing changes that have occurred in Belarus in recent years, on December 16, 2019, Commerce received letters from the Government of the Republic of Belarus (GOB) requesting that Commerce conduct a review of Belarus’ status as an NME country within the context of CCRs of the AD orders on steel concrete reinforcing bars and alloy steel wire rod. In the letters, the GOB submitted information supporting its request for market economy (ME) status. E:\FR\FM\06FEN1.SGM 06FEN1 6894 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 25 / Thursday, February 6, 2020 / Notices We find that the GOB has provided sufficient evidence for Commerce to initiate these CCRs. Therefore, in response to this request, Commerce is initiating these CCRs in order to examine whether Belarus is still an NME country for purposes of the AD law, pursuant to sections 751(b) and 771(18)(C)(ii) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Commerce has treated Belarus as an NME country in all past AD investigations and administrative reviews.1 A designation as an NME remains in effect until it is revoked by Commerce.2 Opportunity for Public Comment and Information As part of this inquiry to review Belarus’ NME status, Commerce is interested in receiving public comment and information with respect to Belarus on the following factors enumerated by section 771(18)(B) of the Act, which Commerce must take into account in making an ME/NME determination: (i) The extent to which the currency of the foreign country is convertible into the currency of other countries; (ii) the extent to which wage rates in the foreign country are determined by free bargaining between labor and management; (iii) the extent to which joint ventures or other investments by firms of other foreign countries are permitted in the foreign country; (iv) the extent of government ownership or control of the means of production; (v) the extent of government control over allocation of resources and over price and output decisions of enterprises; and (vi) such other factors as the administering authority considers appropriate. The deadline for the submission of comments is not later than 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. Rebuttal comments, limited to issues raised in parties’ affirmative comments, may be filed not later than 14 days after the date for filing affirmative comments. All submissions to Commerce must be filed electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Centralized lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES 1 See, e.g., Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Belarus, the Russian Federation, and the United Arab Emirates: Affirmative Final Determinations of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Partial Affirmative Finding of Critical Circumstances, 82 FR 56214 (November 28, 2017); and Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bars from Belarus, 66 FR 33528 (June 22, 2001). 2 See section 771(18)(C)(i) of the Act. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:54 Feb 05, 2020 Jkt 250001 Electronic Service System (ACCESS).3 An electronically filed document must be received successfully in its entirety in ACCESS by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the due date set forth in this notice. Documents exempted from the electronic submission requirements must be filed manually (i.e., in paper form) with Enforcement and Compliance’s APO/Dockets Unit, Room 18022, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, and stamped with the date and time of receipt by the applicable deadlines. All such comments must also be filed on the records of both of the concurrent CCRs. ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov, and to all parties in the Central Records Unit, room B8024 of the main Commerce building. After reviewing all comments, Commerce will determine whether a public hearing in these CCRs is warranted, if one is requested in the comments filed by an interested party, as defined by section 771(9) of the Act, or if Commerce otherwise determines that one is warranted. If Commerce determines that a hearing is warranted, it will announce a time for that hearing to be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, in a room to be determined. Unless extended, consistent with 19 CFR 351.216(e), we intend to issue the final results of these CCRs no later than 270 days after the date on which these reviews were initiated or within 45 days of that date if all parties agree to the outcome of the reviews. Notification to Interested Parties This determination is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(b) and 771(18)(C)(ii) of the Act. Dated: January 30, 2020. Jeffrey I. Kessler, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2020–02361 Filed 2–5–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P 3 See Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Electronic Filing Procedures; Administrative Protective Order Procedures, 76 FR 39263 (July 6, 2011); see also Enforcement and Compliance; Change of Electronic Filing System Name, 79 FR 69046 (November 20, 2014) for details of Commerce’s electronic filing requirements, effective August 5, 2011. Information on help using ACCESS can be found at https://access.trade.gov/ help.aspx and a handbook can be found at https:// access.trade.gov/help/ACCESS_User_Guide.pdf. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–201–845] Suspension Agreement on Sugar From Mexico; 2018 Administrative Review of the Agreement Suspending the Antidumping Duty Investigation on Sugar From Mexico (as Amended) Enforcement & Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that the selected respondents Ingenio Adolfo Lopez Mateos S.A. de C.V. and its affiliates (Grupo PIASA) and Ingenio Pa´nuco S.A.P.I. de C.V. (Pa´nuco), are in compliance with the Agreement Suspending the Antidumping Duty Investigation on Sugar from Mexico (AD Agreement), as amended on June 30, 2017 (collectively, amended AD Agreement), for the period January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, when such amended AD Agreement was in effect. Further, Commerce preliminarily determines that the amended AD Agreement in effect during the POR was meeting its statutory requirements under sections 734(c) and (d) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). The preliminary results are set forth in the section titled ‘‘Methodology and Preliminary Results,’’ infra. We intend to issue the final results of review within 120 days after publication of these preliminary results in the Federal Register. DATES: Applicable January 31, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sally C. Gannon or David Cordell, Bilateral Agreements Unit, Enforcement & Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, telephone: (202) 482–0162 or (202) 482–0408, respectively. AGENCY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On December 19, 2014, Commerce signed an agreement under section 734(c) of the Act, with a representative of Mexican producers/exporters accounting for substantially all imports of sugar from Mexico, suspending the antidumping duty (AD) investigation on sugar from Mexico.1 On June 30, 2017, Commerce and a representative of Mexican producers/exporters 1 See Agreement Suspending the Antidumping Duty Investigation of Sugar from Mexico, 79 FR 78039 (December 29, 2014) (AD Agreement). E:\FR\FM\06FEN1.SGM 06FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 25 (Thursday, February 6, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6893-6894]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-02361]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-822-804; A-822-806]


Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bars From Belarus and Carbon and Alloy 
Steel Wire Rod From Belarus: Initiation of Antidumping Duty Changed 
Circumstances Reviews

AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is initiating changed 
circumstances reviews (CCRs) to examine whether Belarus is still a non-
market economy (NME) country for purposes of the antidumping duty (AD) 
law.

DATES: Applicable February 6, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Loopesko, Office of 
Policy, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, 
DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-0969.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    Citing changes that have occurred in Belarus in recent years, on 
December 16, 2019, Commerce received letters from the Government of the 
Republic of Belarus (GOB) requesting that Commerce conduct a review of 
Belarus' status as an NME country within the context of CCRs of the AD 
orders on steel concrete reinforcing bars and alloy steel wire rod. In 
the letters, the GOB submitted information supporting its request for 
market economy (ME) status.

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    We find that the GOB has provided sufficient evidence for Commerce 
to initiate these CCRs. Therefore, in response to this request, 
Commerce is initiating these CCRs in order to examine whether Belarus 
is still an NME country for purposes of the AD law, pursuant to 
sections 751(b) and 771(18)(C)(ii) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as 
amended (the Act). Commerce has treated Belarus as an NME country in 
all past AD investigations and administrative reviews.\1\ A designation 
as an NME remains in effect until it is revoked by Commerce.\2\
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    \1\ See, e.g., Certain Carbon and Alloy Steel Wire Rod from 
Belarus, the Russian Federation, and the United Arab Emirates: 
Affirmative Final Determinations of Sales at Less Than Fair Value 
and Partial Affirmative Finding of Critical Circumstances, 82 FR 
56214 (November 28, 2017); and Notice of Final Determination of 
Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Steel Concrete Reinforcing Bars from 
Belarus, 66 FR 33528 (June 22, 2001).
    \2\ See section 771(18)(C)(i) of the Act.
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Opportunity for Public Comment and Information

    As part of this inquiry to review Belarus' NME status, Commerce is 
interested in receiving public comment and information with respect to 
Belarus on the following factors enumerated by section 771(18)(B) of 
the Act, which Commerce must take into account in making an ME/NME 
determination:
    (i) The extent to which the currency of the foreign country is 
convertible into the currency of other countries;
    (ii) the extent to which wage rates in the foreign country are 
determined by free bargaining between labor and management;
    (iii) the extent to which joint ventures or other investments by 
firms of other foreign countries are permitted in the foreign country;
    (iv) the extent of government ownership or control of the means of 
production;
    (v) the extent of government control over allocation of resources 
and over price and output decisions of enterprises; and
    (vi) such other factors as the administering authority considers 
appropriate.
    The deadline for the submission of comments is not later than 30 
days after the date of publication of this notice. Rebuttal comments, 
limited to issues raised in parties' affirmative comments, may be filed 
not later than 14 days after the date for filing affirmative comments. 
All submissions to Commerce must be filed electronically via 
Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty 
Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS).\3\ An electronically 
filed document must be received successfully in its entirety in ACCESS 
by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the due date set forth in this notice. 
Documents exempted from the electronic submission requirements must be 
filed manually (i.e., in paper form) with Enforcement and Compliance's 
APO/Dockets Unit, Room 18022, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, and stamped with the date 
and time of receipt by the applicable deadlines.
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    \3\ See Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: 
Electronic Filing Procedures; Administrative Protective Order 
Procedures, 76 FR 39263 (July 6, 2011); see also Enforcement and 
Compliance; Change of Electronic Filing System Name, 79 FR 69046 
(November 20, 2014) for details of Commerce's electronic filing 
requirements, effective August 5, 2011. Information on help using 
ACCESS can be found at https://access.trade.gov/help.aspx and a 
handbook can be found at https://access.trade.gov/help/ACCESS_User_Guide.pdf.
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    All such comments must also be filed on the records of both of the 
concurrent CCRs. ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov, and to all parties in the Central Records Unit, room 
B8024 of the main Commerce building.
    After reviewing all comments, Commerce will determine whether a 
public hearing in these CCRs is warranted, if one is requested in the 
comments filed by an interested party, as defined by section 771(9) of 
the Act, or if Commerce otherwise determines that one is warranted. If 
Commerce determines that a hearing is warranted, it will announce a 
time for that hearing to be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, in a room to be 
determined.
    Unless extended, consistent with 19 CFR 351.216(e), we intend to 
issue the final results of these CCRs no later than 270 days after the 
date on which these reviews were initiated or within 45 days of that 
date if all parties agree to the outcome of the reviews.

Notification to Interested Parties

    This determination is issued and published in accordance with 
sections 751(b) and 771(18)(C)(ii) of the Act.

    Dated: January 30, 2020.
Jeffrey I. Kessler,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2020-02361 Filed 2-5-20; 8:45 am]
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