Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, 8833-8835 [2020-03047]

Download as PDF lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 32 / Tuesday, February 18, 2020 / Notices • I understand that {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, production 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 {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 {NAME OF IMPORTING COMPANY} is required to maintain a copy of the exporter’s certification (attesting to the production and/or export of the imported merchandise identified above), and any supporting records provided by the exporter to the importer, 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 {NAME OF IMPORTING COMPANY} is required to maintain and, upon request, provide a copy of the exporter’s certification and any supporting records provided by the exporter to the importer, 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 certifications, and/or failure to substantiate the claims made herein, and/or failure to allow CBP and/or Commerce to verify the claims made herein, may result in a de facto determination that all entries to which this certification applies are within the scope of the antidumping/countervailing duty order on corrosion resistant steel products from China. I understand that such finding 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 and/or countervailing duty cash deposits (as appropriate) equal to the rates determined by Commerce; the revocation of {NAME OF IMPORTING COMPANY}’s privilege to certify future imports of corrosion resistant steel products from Costa Rica as not manufactured using hot-rolled steel and/or cold-rolled steel substrate from China. • 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. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Feb 14, 2020 Jkt 250001 Signature NAME OF COMPANY OFFICIAL TITLE DATE [FR Doc. 2020–03139 Filed 2–14–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–105] Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod From the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of carbon and alloy steel threaded rod (steel threaded rod) from the People’s Republic of China (China). DATES: Applicable February 18, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Schauer or Allison Hollander, 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) 482–0410 or (202) 482–2805, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background On July 29, 2019, Commerce published the Preliminary Determination in the Federal Register.1 In addition to the Government of China (GOC), the selected mandatory respondents in this investigation are Ningbo Zhongjiang High Strength Bolts Co., Ltd. (Zhongjiang Bolts) and Zhejiang Junyue Standard Part Co., Ltd. (Junyue). In the Preliminary Determination, and in accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4), Commerce aligned the final countervailable duty (CVD) determination with the final antidumping duty (AD) determination. The revised deadline for the final determination of this investigation is now February 7, 2020. On October 2, 1 See Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final Determination with Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 84 FR 36578 (July 29, 2019) (Preliminary Determination), and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum. PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8833 2019, Commerce issued its PostPreliminary Analysis.2 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.3 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 to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main 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 electronic versions of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Period of Investigation The period of investigation is January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018. Scope of the Investigation The products covered by this investigation are steel threaded rod from China. For a full description of the scope of the investigation, see Appendix I. Scope Comments On July 22, 2019, we issued a Preliminary Scope Memorandum.4 The scope case briefs were due on August 28, 2019.5 We received no scope case briefs from interested parties. Therefore, Commerce has made no changes to the scope of this investigation since the Preliminary Determination. Verification As provided in section 782(i) of the Act, in November 2019, Commerce 2 See Memorandum, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Post-Preliminary Analysis in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod from the People’s Republic of China,’’ dated October 2, 2019 (Post-Preliminary Analysis). 3 See Memorandum, ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod from the People’s Republic of China,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Issues and Decision Memorandum). 4 See Memorandum, ‘‘Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod from India, Taiwan, Thailand, and the People’s Republic of China: Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determinations,’’ dated July 22, 2019 (Preliminary Scope Memorandum). 5 The scope case briefs were due 30 days after the publication of the Preliminary Determination. See Preliminary Scope Memorandum at 3. E:\FR\FM\18FEN1.SGM 18FEN1 8834 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 32 / Tuesday, February 18, 2020 / Notices verified the subsidy information reported by Zhongjiang Bolts and Junyue. We used standard verification procedures, including an examination of relevant accounting and production records, and original source documents provided by Junyue and Zhongjiang Bolts. 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 Issues and Decision Memorandum. For a list of the issues raised by parties, and to which we responded in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, see Appendix II of this notice. Methodology Commerce conducted this investigation in accordance with section 701 of the Act. For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, Commerce determines that there is a subsidy, i.e., a financial contribution by an ‘‘authority’’ that gives rise to a benefit to the recipient, and that the subsidy is specific.6 Use of Adverse Facts Available In making this final determination, Commerce relied, in part, on facts available and, because the GOC and Junyue did not act to the best of their ability in responding to Commerce’s requests for information, we drew an adverse inference where appropriate in selecting from among the facts otherwise available, pursuant to sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act. For further information, see the section ‘‘Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences’’ and Comments 1 through 3, 6, and 7 in the Issues and Decision Memorandum. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Changes Since the Preliminary Determination Based on our analysis of our findings at verification and the comments received, we have made certain changes to the countervailable subsidy rate calculations. For discussion of these changes, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum. All-Others Rate In accordance with section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act, for companies not individually examined, we apply an all-others rate, which is normally calculated by weighting the subsidy 6 See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Feb 14, 2020 Jkt 250001 rates of the mandatory respondents by those companies’ exports of the subject merchandise to the United States. Under section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act, the allothers rate should exclude zero and de minimis rates or any rates based entirely on facts otherwise available pursuant to section 776 of the Act. Commerce calculated individual estimated countervailable subsidy rates for Junyue and Zhongjiang Bolts that are not zero, de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise available. Commerce calculated the all-others rate using a weighted-average of the estimated subsidy rates calculated for the examined respondents using each company’s publicly ranged U.S. sales quantities for the merchandise under consideration.7 Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation We intend to disclose the calculations performed to parties in this proceeding within five days after public announcement of the final determination in the Federal Register, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). ITC Notification As a result of our Preliminary Determination and pursuant to section 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, we instructed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of all steel threaded rod from China, that were entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after July 29, 2019, the date of the publication of the Preliminary Determination in the Federal Register. In accordance with section 703(d) of the Act, we instructed CBP to discontinue the suspension of liquidation for CVD purposes for subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, on or after November 26, 2019, but continue the suspension of liquidation of all entries from July 29 through November 25, 2019. Final Determination If the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issues a final Net subsidy affirmative injury determination, we Company rate will issue a CVD order and will reinstate (percent) the suspension of liquidation under section 706(a) of the Act and will Ningbo Zhongjiang High Strength Bolts Co., Ltd ........... 31.02 require a cash deposit of estimated Zhejiang Junyue Standard Part countervailable duties for such entries Co., Ltd ................................... 66.81 of subject merchandise in the amounts All Others .................................... 41.17 indicated above. If the ITC determines that material injury, or threat of material We determine the countervailable injury, does not exist, this proceeding subsidy rates to be: will be terminated, and all cash deposits will be refunded or canceled. Disclosure 7 With two respondents under examination, Commerce normally calculates (A) a weightedaverage of the estimated subsidy rates calculated for the examined respondents; (B) a simple average of the estimated subsidy rates calculated for the examined respondents; and (C) a weighted-average of the estimated subsidy rates calculated for the examined respondents using each company’s publicly-ranged U.S. sale quantities for the merchandise under consideration. Commerce then compares (B) and (C) to (A) and selects the rate closest to (A) as the most appropriate rate for all other producers and exporters. See, e.g., Ball Bearings and Parts Thereof from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Reviews, Final Results of Changed-Circumstances Review, and Revocation of an Order in Part, 75 FR 53661, 53663 (September 1, 2010). As complete publicly ranged sales data was available, Commerce based the allothers rate on the publicly ranged sales data of the mandatory respondents. In addition, using the same methodology, Commerce calculated an all-others export subsidy rate of 16.52 percent, an all-others subsidy rate for the provision of steel bar at less than adequate remuneration (LTAR) of 12.75 percent, and an all-others subsidy rate for the provision of wire rod at LTAR of 9.75 percent. For a complete analysis of the data, see the All-Others’ Rate Calculation Memorandum, dated concurrently with this notice. PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the ITC of our determination. Because the final determination in this proceeding is affirmative, in accordance with section 705(b) of the Act, the ITC will make its final determination as to whether the domestic industry in the United States is materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by reason of imports of steel threaded rod from China no later than 45 days after our final determination. In addition, we are making available to the ITC all nonprivileged and non-proprietary information related to this investigation. We will allow the ITC access to all privileged and business proprietary information in our files, provided the ITC confirms that it will not disclose such information, either publicly or under an administrative protective order (APO), without the written consent of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Notification Regarding APO In the event that the ITC issues a final negative injury determination, this notice will serve as the only reminder to the parties subject to APO of their E:\FR\FM\18FEN1.SGM 18FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 32 / Tuesday, February 18, 2020 / Notices responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of return or destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation. Notification to Interested Parties This determination is issued and published in accordance with sections 705(d) and 77(i)(1) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.210(c). Dated: February 7, 2020. Jeffrey I. Kessler, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Appendix I Scope of the Investigation The merchandise covered by the scope of this investigation is carbon and alloy steel threaded rod. Steel threaded rod is certain threaded rod, bar, or studs, of carbon or alloy steel, having a solid, circular cross section of any diameter, in any straight length. Steel threaded rod is normally drawn, cold-rolled, threaded, and straightened, or it may be hotrolled. In addition, the steel threaded rod, bar, or studs subject to this investigation are non-headed and threaded along greater than 25 percent of their total actual length. A variety of finishes or coatings, such as plain oil finish as a temporary rust protectant, zinc coating (i.e., galvanized, whether by electroplating or hot-dipping), paint, and other similar finishes and coatings, may be applied to the merchandise. Steel threaded rod is normally produced to American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications ASTM A36, ASTM A193 B7/B7m, ASTM A193 B16, ASTM A307, ASTM A320 L7/L7M, ASTM A320 L43, ASTM A354 BC and BD, ASTM A449, ASTM F1554–36, ASTM F1554–55, ASTM F1554 Grade 105, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) specification ASME B18.31.3, and American Petroleum Institute (API) specification API 20E. All steel threaded rod meeting the physical description set forth above is covered by the scope of this investigation, whether or not produced according to a particular standard. Subject merchandise includes material matching the above description that has been finished, assembled, or packaged in a third country, including by cutting, chamfering, coating, or painting the threaded rod, by attaching the threaded rod to, or packaging it with, another product, or any other finishing, assembly, or packaging operation that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigation if performed in the country of manufacture of the threaded rod. Carbon and alloy steel threaded rod are also included in the scope of this investigation whether or not imported attached to, or in conjunction with, other parts and accessories such as nuts and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Feb 14, 2020 Jkt 250001 washers. If carbon and alloy steel threaded rod are imported attached to, or in conjunction with, such non-subject merchandise, only the threaded rod is included in the scope. Excluded from the scope of this investigation are: (1) Threaded rod, bar, or studs which are threaded only on one or both ends and the threading covers 25 percent or less of the total actual length; and (2) stainless steel threaded rod, defined as steel threaded rod containing, by weight, 1.2 percent or less of carbon and 10.5 percent or more of chromium, with our without other elements. Excluded from the scope of the antidumping investigation on steel threaded rod from the People’s Republic of China is any merchandise covered by the existing antidumping order on Certain Steel Threaded Rod from the People’s Republic of China. See Certain Steel Threaded Rod from the People’s Republic of China: Notice of Antidumping Duty Order, 74 FR 17154 (April 14, 2009). Specifically excluded from the scope of this investigation is threaded rod that is imported as part of a package of hardware in conjunction with a ready-to-assemble piece of furniture. Steel threaded rod is currently classifiable under subheadings 7318.15.5051, 7318.15.5056, and 7318.15.5090 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Subject merchandise may also enter under subheading 7318.15.2095 and 7318.19.0000 of the HTSUS. The HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and U.S. Customs purposes only. The written description of the scope is dispositive. Appendix II List of Topics Discussed in the Final Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Scope of the Investigation IV. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences V. Subsidies Valuation Information VI. Analysis of Programs VII. Analysis of Comments Comment 1: Whether the Provision of Steel Bar and Wire Rod at Less Than Adequate Remuneration (LTAR) Is Specific Comment 2: Whether the Chinese Market for Steel Bar and Wire Rod Is Distorted Comment 3: Whether Certain Chinese Producers of Steel Bar and Wire Rod Are Authorities Comment 4: Whether To Revise the Steel Bar and Wire Rod Benchmarks Comment 5: Whether To Revise the Ocean Freight Benchmark Comment 6: Whether To Countervail Export Buyer’s Credit Comment 7: Whether To Apply Adverse Facts Available (AFA) to Junyue Comment 8: Whether To Countervail Electricity Junyue Purchased from a Private Supplier Comment 9: Whether To Treat One of Zhongjiang Bolt’s Self-Reported Subsidies as an Export Subsidy. VIII. Recommendation [FR Doc. 2020–03047 Filed 2–14–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8835 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–120] Certain Vertical Shaft Engines Between 223cc and 999cc, and Parts Thereof From the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigation Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Applicable February 4, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Huston, AD/CVD Operations, Office VII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–4261. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: The Petition On January 15, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) received a countervailing duty (CVD) petition concerning imports of certain vertical shaft engines between 223cc and 999cc, and parts thereof (vertical shaft engines) from the People’s Republic of China (China) filed in proper form on behalf of the Coalition of American Vertical Engine Producers and its individual members (the petitioner or the Coalition).1 The Petition was accompanied by an antidumping duty (AD) petition concerning imports of vertical shaft engines from China. On January 17, 2020, Commerce requested supplemental information pertaining to certain aspects of the Petition,2 to which the petitioner filed its response on January 22, 2020.3 On January 27, 2020, Commerce had a phone conversation with the petitioner requesting that it address certain 1 See Petitioner’s Letter, ‘‘Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Certain Vertical Shaft Engines Between 225cc and 999cc, and Parts Thereof from the People’s Republic of China,’’ dated January 15, 2020 (the Petition). 2 See Commerce’s Letter, ‘‘Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties on Imports of Certain Vertical Shaft Engines Between 223cc and 999cc, and Parts Thereof from the People’s Republic of China: Supplemental Questions,’’ dated January 17, 2020. 3 See Petitioner’s Letter, ‘‘Response to Supplemental Questions Concerning Volume I of the Petitions for the Imposition of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties Pursuant to Sections 701 and 731 of the Tariff Act of 1930, As Amended on Certain Vertical Shaft Engines Between 223cc and 999cc, and Parts Thereof from the People’s Republic of China,’’ dated January 22, 2020 (General Issues Supplement). 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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 32 (Tuesday, February 18, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-105]


Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod From the People's Republic of 
China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination

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

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

DATES: Applicable February 18, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Schauer or Allison Hollander, 
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) 482-0410 or (202) 
482-2805, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On July 29, 2019, Commerce published the Preliminary Determination 
in the Federal Register.\1\ In addition to the Government of China 
(GOC), the selected mandatory respondents in this investigation are 
Ningbo Zhongjiang High Strength Bolts Co., Ltd. (Zhongjiang Bolts) and 
Zhejiang Junyue Standard Part Co., Ltd. (Junyue). In the Preliminary 
Determination, and in accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Tariff 
Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4), Commerce 
aligned the final countervailable duty (CVD) determination with the 
final antidumping duty (AD) determination. The revised deadline for the 
final determination of this investigation is now February 7, 2020. On 
October 2, 2019, Commerce issued its Post-Preliminary Analysis.\2\
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    \1\ See Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod from the People's 
Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty 
Determination and Alignment of Final Determination with Final 
Antidumping Duty Determination, 84 FR 36578 (July 29, 2019) 
(Preliminary Determination), and accompanying Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum.
    \2\ See Memorandum, ``Decision Memorandum for the Post-
Preliminary Analysis in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of 
Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod from the People's Republic of 
China,'' dated October 2, 2019 (Post-Preliminary Analysis).
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    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.\3\ 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 to all parties in the Central Records 
Unit, Room B8024 of the main 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 electronic 
versions of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in 
content.
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    \3\ See Memorandum, ``Issues and Decision Memorandum for the 
Final Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of 
Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod from the People's Republic of 
China,'' dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice 
(Issues and Decision Memorandum).
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Period of Investigation

    The period of investigation is January 1, 2018 through December 31, 
2018.

Scope of the Investigation

    The products covered by this investigation are steel threaded rod 
from China. For a full description of the scope of the investigation, 
see Appendix I.

Scope Comments

    On July 22, 2019, we issued a Preliminary Scope Memorandum.\4\ The 
scope case briefs were due on August 28, 2019.\5\ We received no scope 
case briefs from interested parties. Therefore, Commerce has made no 
changes to the scope of this investigation since the Preliminary 
Determination.
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    \4\ See Memorandum, ``Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod from 
India, Taiwan, Thailand, and the People's Republic of China: Scope 
Comments Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determinations,'' 
dated July 22, 2019 (Preliminary Scope Memorandum).
    \5\ The scope case briefs were due 30 days after the publication 
of the Preliminary Determination. See Preliminary Scope Memorandum 
at 3.
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Verification

    As provided in section 782(i) of the Act, in November 2019, 
Commerce

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verified the subsidy information reported by Zhongjiang Bolts and 
Junyue. We used standard verification procedures, including an 
examination of relevant accounting and production records, and original 
source documents provided by Junyue and Zhongjiang Bolts.

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 Issues and Decision Memorandum. For a list of the 
issues raised by parties, and to which we responded in the Issues and 
Decision Memorandum, see Appendix II of this notice.

Methodology

    Commerce conducted this investigation in accordance with section 
701 of the Act. For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, 
Commerce determines that there is a subsidy, i.e., a financial 
contribution by an ``authority'' that gives rise to a benefit to the 
recipient, and that the subsidy is specific.\6\
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    \6\ See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding 
financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding 
benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity.
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Use of Adverse Facts Available

    In making this final determination, Commerce relied, in part, on 
facts available and, because the GOC and Junyue did not act to the best 
of their ability in responding to Commerce's requests for information, 
we drew an adverse inference where appropriate in selecting from among 
the facts otherwise available, pursuant to sections 776(a) and (b) of 
the Act. For further information, see the section ``Use of Facts 
Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences'' and Comments 1 through 3, 
6, and 7 in the Issues and Decision Memorandum.

Changes Since the Preliminary Determination

    Based on our analysis of our findings at verification and the 
comments received, we have made certain changes to the countervailable 
subsidy rate calculations. For discussion of these changes, see the 
Issues and Decision Memorandum.

All-Others Rate

    In accordance with section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act, for 
companies not individually examined, we apply an all-others rate, which 
is normally calculated by weighting the subsidy rates of the mandatory 
respondents by those companies' exports of the subject merchandise to 
the United States. Under section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act, the all-
others rate should exclude zero and de minimis rates or any rates based 
entirely on facts otherwise available pursuant to section 776 of the 
Act.
    Commerce calculated individual estimated countervailable subsidy 
rates for Junyue and Zhongjiang Bolts that are not zero, de minimis, or 
based entirely on facts otherwise available. Commerce calculated the 
all-others rate using a weighted-average of the estimated subsidy rates 
calculated for the examined respondents using each company's publicly 
ranged U.S. sales quantities for the merchandise under 
consideration.\7\
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    \7\ With two respondents under examination, Commerce normally 
calculates (A) a weighted-average of the estimated subsidy rates 
calculated for the examined respondents; (B) a simple average of the 
estimated subsidy rates calculated for the examined respondents; and 
(C) a weighted-average of the estimated subsidy rates calculated for 
the examined respondents using each company's publicly-ranged U.S. 
sale quantities for the merchandise under consideration. Commerce 
then compares (B) and (C) to (A) and selects the rate closest to (A) 
as the most appropriate rate for all other producers and exporters. 
See, e.g., Ball Bearings and Parts Thereof from France, Germany, 
Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom: Final Results of Antidumping 
Duty Administrative Reviews, Final Results of Changed-Circumstances 
Review, and Revocation of an Order in Part, 75 FR 53661, 53663 
(September 1, 2010). As complete publicly ranged sales data was 
available, Commerce based the all-others rate on the publicly ranged 
sales data of the mandatory respondents. In addition, using the same 
methodology, Commerce calculated an all-others export subsidy rate 
of 16.52 percent, an all-others subsidy rate for the provision of 
steel bar at less than adequate remuneration (LTAR) of 12.75 
percent, and an all-others subsidy rate for the provision of wire 
rod at LTAR of 9.75 percent. For a complete analysis of the data, 
see the All-Others' Rate Calculation Memorandum, dated concurrently 
with this notice.
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Final Determination

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                                                                  Net
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                           Company                               rate
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Ningbo Zhongjiang High Strength Bolts Co., Ltd..............       31.02
Zhejiang Junyue Standard Part Co., Ltd......................       66.81
All Others..................................................       41.17
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    We determine the countervailable subsidy rates to be:

Disclosure

    We intend to disclose the calculations performed to parties in this 
proceeding within five days after public announcement of the final 
determination in the Federal Register, in accordance with 19 CFR 
351.224(b).

Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation

    As a result of our Preliminary Determination and pursuant to 
section 703(d)(1)(B) and (d)(2) of the Act, we instructed U.S. Customs 
and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of all steel 
threaded rod from China, that were entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption on or after July 29, 2019, the date of the 
publication of the Preliminary Determination in the Federal Register. 
In accordance with section 703(d) of the Act, we instructed CBP to 
discontinue the suspension of liquidation for CVD purposes for subject 
merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, on or after November 
26, 2019, but continue the suspension of liquidation of all entries 
from July 29 through November 25, 2019.
    If the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issues a final 
affirmative injury determination, we will issue a CVD order and will 
reinstate the suspension of liquidation under section 706(a) of the Act 
and will require a cash deposit of estimated countervailable duties for 
such entries of subject merchandise in the amounts indicated above. If 
the ITC determines that material injury, or threat of material injury, 
does not exist, this proceeding will be terminated, and all cash 
deposits will be refunded or canceled.

ITC Notification

    In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the 
ITC of our determination. Because the final determination in this 
proceeding is affirmative, in accordance with section 705(b) of the 
Act, the ITC will make its final determination as to whether the 
domestic industry in the United States is materially injured, or 
threatened with material injury, by reason of imports of steel threaded 
rod from China no later than 45 days after our final determination. In 
addition, we are making available to the ITC all non-privileged and 
non-proprietary information related to this investigation. We will 
allow the ITC access to all privileged and business proprietary 
information in our files, provided the ITC confirms that it will not 
disclose such information, either publicly or under an administrative 
protective order (APO), without the written consent of the Assistant 
Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Notification Regarding APO

    In the event that the ITC issues a final negative injury 
determination, this notice will serve as the only reminder to the 
parties subject to APO of their

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responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information 
disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely 
written notification of return or destruction of APO materials or 
conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to 
comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a sanctionable 
violation.

Notification to Interested Parties

    This determination is issued and published in accordance with 
sections 705(d) and 77(i)(1) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.210(c).

    Dated: February 7, 2020.
Jeffrey I. Kessler,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I

Scope of the Investigation

    The merchandise covered by the scope of this investigation is 
carbon and alloy steel threaded rod. Steel threaded rod is certain 
threaded rod, bar, or studs, of carbon or alloy steel, having a 
solid, circular cross section of any diameter, in any straight 
length. Steel threaded rod is normally drawn, cold-rolled, threaded, 
and straightened, or it may be hot-rolled. In addition, the steel 
threaded rod, bar, or studs subject to this investigation are non-
headed and threaded along greater than 25 percent of their total 
actual length. A variety of finishes or coatings, such as plain oil 
finish as a temporary rust protectant, zinc coating (i.e., 
galvanized, whether by electroplating or hot-dipping), paint, and 
other similar finishes and coatings, may be applied to the 
merchandise.
    Steel threaded rod is normally produced to American Society for 
Testing and Materials (ASTM) specifications ASTM A36, ASTM A193 B7/
B7m, ASTM A193 B16, ASTM A307, ASTM A320 L7/L7M, ASTM A320 L43, ASTM 
A354 BC and BD, ASTM A449, ASTM F1554-36, ASTM F1554-55, ASTM F1554 
Grade 105, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) 
specification ASME B18.31.3, and American Petroleum Institute (API) 
specification API 20E. All steel threaded rod meeting the physical 
description set forth above is covered by the scope of this 
investigation, whether or not produced according to a particular 
standard.
    Subject merchandise includes material matching the above 
description that has been finished, assembled, or packaged in a 
third country, including by cutting, chamfering, coating, or 
painting the threaded rod, by attaching the threaded rod to, or 
packaging it with, another product, or any other finishing, 
assembly, or packaging operation that would not otherwise remove the 
merchandise from the scope of the investigation if performed in the 
country of manufacture of the threaded rod.
    Carbon and alloy steel threaded rod are also included in the 
scope of this investigation whether or not imported attached to, or 
in conjunction with, other parts and accessories such as nuts and 
washers. If carbon and alloy steel threaded rod are imported 
attached to, or in conjunction with, such non-subject merchandise, 
only the threaded rod is included in the scope.
    Excluded from the scope of this investigation are: (1) Threaded 
rod, bar, or studs which are threaded only on one or both ends and 
the threading covers 25 percent or less of the total actual length; 
and (2) stainless steel threaded rod, defined as steel threaded rod 
containing, by weight, 1.2 percent or less of carbon and 10.5 
percent or more of chromium, with our without other elements.
    Excluded from the scope of the antidumping investigation on 
steel threaded rod from the People's Republic of China is any 
merchandise covered by the existing antidumping order on Certain 
Steel Threaded Rod from the People's Republic of China. See Certain 
Steel Threaded Rod from the People's Republic of China: Notice of 
Antidumping Duty Order, 74 FR 17154 (April 14, 2009).
    Specifically excluded from the scope of this investigation is 
threaded rod that is imported as part of a package of hardware in 
conjunction with a ready-to-assemble piece of furniture. Steel 
threaded rod is currently classifiable under subheadings 
7318.15.5051, 7318.15.5056, and 7318.15.5090 of the Harmonized 
Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Subject merchandise 
may also enter under subheading 7318.15.2095 and 7318.19.0000 of the 
HTSUS. The HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and U.S. 
Customs purposes only. The written description of the scope is 
dispositive.

Appendix II

List of Topics Discussed in the Final Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Scope of the Investigation
IV. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences
V. Subsidies Valuation Information
VI. Analysis of Programs
VII. Analysis of Comments
    Comment 1: Whether the Provision of Steel Bar and Wire Rod at 
Less Than Adequate Remuneration (LTAR) Is Specific
    Comment 2: Whether the Chinese Market for Steel Bar and Wire Rod 
Is Distorted
    Comment 3: Whether Certain Chinese Producers of Steel Bar and 
Wire Rod Are Authorities
    Comment 4: Whether To Revise the Steel Bar and Wire Rod 
Benchmarks
    Comment 5: Whether To Revise the Ocean Freight Benchmark
    Comment 6: Whether To Countervail Export Buyer's Credit
    Comment 7: Whether To Apply Adverse Facts Available (AFA) to 
Junyue
    Comment 8: Whether To Countervail Electricity Junyue Purchased 
from a Private Supplier
    Comment 9: Whether To Treat One of Zhongjiang Bolt's Self-
Reported Subsidies as an Export Subsidy.
VIII. Recommendation

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