Polyethylene Terephthalate Sheet From the Sultanate of Oman: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional Measures, 12513-12515 [2020-04346]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 42 / Tuesday, March 3, 2020 / Notices lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES aluminum extrusions from China.1 On May 6, 2019, in response to a request from Air Master Awning LLC (Air Master), Commerce initiated anticircumvention inquiries regarding the Orders with respect to aluminum window frame extrusions processed into aluminum jalousie shutters (jalousie shutters) in the Dominican Republic, and also self-initiated a scope inquiry to determine whether the jalousie shutters at issue are merchandise covered by the scope of the Orders.2 On May 24, 2019, Commerce invited interested parties to submit comments on whether the jalousie shutters are merchandise covered by the scope of the Orders.3 On June 11, 2019, we received comments from Aluvinsa Industrial SRL (Aluvinsa), a Dominican producer and exporter of jalousie shutters.4 In June 2019, we received comments 5 and rebuttal comments 6 from Air Master. We also received letters in support of Air Master’s submission from the Aluminum Extrusions Fair Trade Committee (the petitioner).7 On October 15, 2019, Commerce issued a final scope ruling, in which it determined that the jalousie shutters processed in the Dominican Republic from Chinese 1 See Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China: Antidumping Duty Order, 76 FR 30650 (May 26, 2011); and Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China: Countervailing Duty Order, 76 FR 30653 (May 26, 2011) (collectively, the Orders). 2 See Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Anti-Circumvention and Scope Inquiries on the Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Orders, 84 FR 19757 (May 6, 2019). 3 See Commerce’s Letter, ‘‘Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China: Initiation of Scope Inquiries on Window Frame Extrusions,’’ dated May 24, 2019. 4 See Aluvinsa’s Letter, dated June 6, 2019. Due to filing deficiencies in Aluvinsa’s submission, on September 30, 2019, we requested that Aluvinsa revise and resubmit its June 6, 2019, submission, consistent with Commerce’s filing requirements. Aluvinsa resubmitted its comments on October 2, 2019, but we rejected these comments from the record because they contained new factual information. On October 2, 2019, Commerce again requested that Aluvinsa submit a revised version of its June 6, 2019, submission. Aluvinsa made that submission on October 8, 2019. 5 See Air Master’s Letter, ‘‘Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China, A–570–967 and C–570–968; Scope Inquiries on Window Frame Extrusions,’’ dated June 13, 2019. 6 See Air Master’s Letter, ‘‘Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China, A–570–967 and C–570–968; Scope Inquiries on Window Frame Extrusions; Rebuttal Comments of Air master Awning LLC,’’ dated June 24, 2019. 7 See Petitioner’s Letters, ‘‘Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China: Letter in Support of Air Master Awning LLC’s Comments in Scope Inquiries on Window Frame Extrusions,’’ dated June 13, 2019, and ‘‘Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China: Letter in Support of Air Master Awning LLC’s Rebuttal Comments,’’ dated June 24, 2019. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:19 Mar 02, 2020 Jkt 250001 aluminum extrusions are merchandise covered by the scope of the Orders.8 Rescission of Circumvention Inquiries In its final scope ruling, Commerce indicated that it intended to rescind the anti-circumvention inquiries as moot.9 This determination is consistent with what Commerce has previously stated to be the purpose of an anti-circumvention inquiry. Specifically, Commerce has stated that ‘‘[t]he purpose of an anticircumvention inquiry . . . is to determine whether a product that is outside the scope should be included within the scope because it was altered in form or appearance in minor respects.’’ 10 Because we have determined that aluminum jalousie shutters processed in the Dominican Republic from aluminum extrusions produced in China are merchandise covered by the scope of the Orders, we are rescinding the anti-circumvention inquiries. Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders This notice will serve as the only reminder to all parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of return/ destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and the terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation. Notification to Interested Parties This notice and determinations are issued and published in accordance with section 781 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and 19 CFR 351.225. Dated: February 25, 2020. Jeffrey I. Kessler, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. 12513 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–523–813] Polyethylene Terephthalate Sheet From the Sultanate of Oman: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional Measures Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that polyethylene terephthalate sheet (PET sheet) from the Sultanate of Oman (Oman) is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation is July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. AGENCY: DATES: Applicable March 3, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Renkey, 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) 482–2312. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 733(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Commerce published the notice of initiation of this investigation on August 27, 2019.1 On December 17, 2019, Commerce postponed the preliminary determination of this investigation and the revised deadline is now February 25, 2020.2 For a complete description of the events that followed the initiation of this investigation, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.3 A list of topics included in the Preliminary Decision [FR Doc. 2020–04345 Filed 3–2–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P 8 See Memorandum, ‘‘Final Scope Ruling on the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders on Aluminum Extrusions from the People’s Republic of China: Aluminum Jalousie Shutters,’’ dated October 15, 2019, at 20. 9 Id. 10 See Certain Uncoated Paper from Australia, Brazil, the People’s Republic of China, Indonesia, and Portugal: Affirmative Final Determination of Circumvention of the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders, 82 FR 41610 (September 1, 2017), and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comment 1. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1 See Polyethylene Terephthalate Sheet from the Republic of Korea, Mexico, and the Sultanate of Oman: Initiation of Less-than-Fair-Value Investigations, 84 FR 44854 (August 27, 2019) (Initiation Notice). 2 See Polyethylene Terephthalate Sheet from the Republic of Korea and the Sultanate of Oman: Postponement of Preliminary Determinations in the Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigations, 84 FR 70941 (December 26, 2019). 3 See Memorandum, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Determination in the Less-thanFair-Value Investigation of Polyethylene Terephthalate Sheet from Oman,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). E:\FR\FM\03MRN1.SGM 03MRN1 12514 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 42 / Tuesday, March 3, 2020 / Notices Memorandum is included as Appendix II to this notice. The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at https://access.trade.gov, and to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed and the electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Scope of the Investigation The product covered by this investigation is PET Sheet from Oman. For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see Appendix I. Scope Comments In accordance with the preamble to Commerce’s regulations,4 the Initiation Notice set aside a period of time for parties to raise issues regarding product coverage (i.e., scope).5 Certain interested parties commented on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. For a summary of the product coverage comments and rebuttal responses submitted to the record for this preliminary determination, and accompanying discussion and analysis of all comments timely received, see the Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum.6 Commerce is not preliminarily modifying the scope language as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. See the scope in Appendix I to this notice. Methodology lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Commerce is conducting this investigation in accordance with section 733(b) of the Act. Commerce has calculated constructed export price in accordance with section 772(b) of the Act. Normal value is calculated in accordance with section 773 of the Act. For a full description of the methodology underlying the preliminary determination, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. 4 See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties Final Rule, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997). 5 See Initiation Notice, 84 FR at 44855. 6 See Memorandum, ‘‘Polyethylene Terephthalate Sheet from Oman and Korea: Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum,’’ dated concurrently with this preliminary determination (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:19 Mar 02, 2020 Jkt 250001 All-Others Rate Section 733(d)(1)(ii) of the Act provides that, in the preliminary determination, Commerce shall determine an estimated all-others rate for all exporters and producers not individually examined. This rate shall be an amount equal to the weighted average of the estimated weightedaverage dumping margins established for exporters and producers individually investigated, excluding any zero and de minimis margins, and any margins determined entirely under section 776 of the Act. In this investigation, Commerce calculated an estimated weightedaverage dumping margin for OCTAL SAOC—FZC (OCTAL) that is not zero, de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise available. Commerce determined the all-others rate using the estimated weighted-average dumping margin calculated for OCTAL, the sole respondent. and exporters will be equal to the allothers estimated weighted-average dumping margin. These suspension of liquidation instructions will remain in effect until further notice. Disclosure Commerce intends to disclose its calculations and analysis performed to interested parties in this preliminary determination within five days of any public announcement or, if there is no public announcement, within five days of the date of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). Verification As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Act, Commerce intends to verify the information relied upon in making its final determination. Public Comment Commerce is setting different deadlines for scope-related case and rebuttal briefs, and case and rebuttal briefs addressing all other issues. Preliminary Determination Scope briefs may be submitted to the Commerce preliminarily determines Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and that the following estimated weightedCompliance no later than 30 days after average dumping margins exist: the publication of the preliminary antidumping duty (AD) determinations Estimated for Korea and Oman in the Federal weighted- Register. Rebuttal scope briefs, limited average Exporter/producer to issues raised in the scope case briefs, dumping may be submitted no later than three margin (percent) days after the deadline for the scope case briefs. These deadlines are based OCTAL SAOC—FZC (OCTAL) .. 2.78 on publication in the Federal Register All Others .................................... 2.78 of the preliminary determinations in the AD investigations of PET sheet. There is Suspension of Liquidation only one briefing schedule for scope In accordance with section 733(d)(2) case and rebuttal briefs in the AD of the Act, Commerce will direct U.S. investigations. For all scope issues, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to parties must file separate and identical suspend liquidation of entries of subject documents on the records of all of the merchandise, as described in Appendix ongoing AD PET sheet investigations. I, entered or withdrawn from No new factual information should be warehouse, for consumption on or after included in scope case briefs or rebuttal the date of publication of this notice in scope briefs, and no proprietary the Federal Register. Further, pursuant information should be submitted in the to section 733(d)(1)(B) of the Act and 19 scope case briefs and rebuttal scope CFR 351.205(d), Commerce will instruct briefs. CBP to require a cash deposit equal to Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), the estimated weighted-average interested parties who wish to request a dumping margin or the estimated allhearing on the revised scope, limited to others rate, as follows: (1) The cash issues raised in the scope case and deposit rate for the respondent listed rebuttal briefs, must submit a written above will be equal to the companyrequest to the Assistant Secretary for specific estimated weighted-average Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. dumping margin determined in this Department of Commerce, separate from preliminary determination; (2) if the the hearing on issues raised in case exporter is not identified above, but the briefs, within five days after the date of producer is, then the cash deposit rate publication of this notice. Requests will be equal to the company-specific should contain the party’s name, estimated weighted-average dumping address, and telephone number, the margin established for that producer of number of participants, whether any the subject merchandise; and (3) the participant is a foreign national, and a cash deposit rate for all other producers list of the issues to be discussed. If a PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\03MRN1.SGM 03MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 42 / Tuesday, March 3, 2020 / Notices lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES request for a hearing is made, Commerce intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, at a time and date to be determined. Parties should confirm by telephone the date, time, and location of the hearing two days before the scheduled date. Scope comments may only be included in the scope case brief and scope rebuttal brief. Should this investigation result in an order, interested parties may submit requests for a scope ruling afterwards. Case briefs or other non-scope written comments may be submitted to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance no later than seven days after the date on which the last verification report is issued in this investigation. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the deadline date for case briefs.7 Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2), parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this investigation are encouraged to submit with each argument: (1) A statement of the issue; (2) a brief summary of the argument; and (3) a table of authorities. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to request a hearing, limited to issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs, must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. Requests should contain the party’s name, address, and telephone number, the number of participants, whether any participant is a foreign national, and a list of the issues to be discussed. If a request for a hearing is made, Commerce intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, at a time and date to be determined. Parties should confirm by telephone the date, time, and location of the hearing two days before the scheduled date. Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures Section 735(a)(2) of the Act provides that a final determination may be postponed until not later than 135 days after the date of the publication of the preliminary determination if, in the event of an affirmative preliminary determination, a request for such postponement is made by exporters who 7 See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general filing requirements). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:19 Mar 02, 2020 Jkt 250001 12515 account for a significant proportion of exports of the subject merchandise, or in the event of a negative preliminary determination, a request for such postponement is made by the petitioner. Section 351.210(e)(2) of Commerce’s regulations requires that a request by exporters for postponement of the final determination be accompanied by a request for extension of provisional measures from a four-month period to a period not more than six months in duration. On February 12, 2020, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.210(b)(2)(ii) and 19 CFR 351.210(e)(2), OCTAL requested that, contingent upon an affirmative preliminary determination of sales at LTFV, Commerce postpone the final determination, and that provisional measures be extended to a period not to exceed six months. In addition, on February 14, 2020, the petitioners 8 requested that Commerce fully postpone the deadline for the final determination in this investigation. In accordance with section 735(a)(2)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(2)(ii), because: (1) The preliminary determination is affirmative; (2) the requesting exporters account for a significant proportion of exports of the subject merchandise; and (3) no compelling reasons for denial exist, Commerce is postponing the final determination and extending the provisional measures from a four-month period to a period not greater than six months. Accordingly, Commerce will make its final determination no later than 135 days after the date of publication of this preliminary determination. Dated: February 25, 2020. Jeffrey I. Kessler, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. International Trade Commission (ITC) Notification [FR Doc. 2020–04346 Filed 3–2–20; 8:45 am] In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, Commerce will notify the ITC of this preliminary determination. If the final determination is affirmative, the ITC will determine before the later of 120 days after the date of this preliminary determination or 45 days after the final determination whether subject imports are materially injuring, or threaten material injury to, the U.S. industry. Notification to Interested Parties This determination is issued and published in accordance with sections 733(f) and 777(i)(1) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.205(c). 8 The petitioners are Advanced Extrusion Inc., ExTech Plastics, Inc., and Multi-Plastics Extrusions, Inc. PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Appendix I Scope of the Investigation The merchandise covered by this investigation is raw, pretreated, or primed polyethylene terephthalate sheet, whether extruded or coextruded, in nominal thicknesses of equal to or greater than 7 mil (0.007 inches or 177.8 mm) and not exceeding 45 mil (0.045 inches or 1143 mm) (PET sheet). The scope includes all PET sheet whether made from prime (virgin) inputs or recycled inputs, as well as any blends thereof. The scope includes all PET sheet meeting the above specifications regardless of width, color, surface treatment, coating, lamination, or other surface finish. The merchandise subject to this investigation is properly classified under statistical reporting number 3920.62.0090 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS statistical reporting number is provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise is dispositive. Appendix II List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Period of Investigation IV. Scope Comments V. Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures VI. Discussion of the Methodology VII. Date of Sale VIII. Product Comparisons IX. Constructed Export Price X. Normal Value XI. Currency Conversion XII. Recommendation BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration Notice of Scope Rulings Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Applicable March 3, 2020. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) hereby publishes a list of scope rulings and anti-circumvention determinations made during the period October 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019. We intend to publish future lists after the close of the next calendar quarter. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marcia E. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-523-813]


Polyethylene Terephthalate Sheet From the Sultanate of Oman: 
Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 
Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional 
Measures

AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines 
that polyethylene terephthalate sheet (PET sheet) from the Sultanate of 
Oman (Oman) is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at 
less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation is July 1, 
2018 through June 30, 2019. Interested parties are invited to comment 
on this preliminary determination.


DATES: Applicable March 3, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Renkey, 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) 482-2312.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 
733(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Commerce 
published the notice of initiation of this investigation on August 27, 
2019.\1\ On December 17, 2019, Commerce postponed the preliminary 
determination of this investigation and the revised deadline is now 
February 25, 2020.\2\ For a complete description of the events that 
followed the initiation of this investigation, see the Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum.\3\ A list of topics included in the Preliminary 
Decision

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Memorandum is included as Appendix II to this notice.
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    \1\ See Polyethylene Terephthalate Sheet from the Republic of 
Korea, Mexico, and the Sultanate of Oman: Initiation of Less-than-
Fair-Value Investigations, 84 FR 44854 (August 27, 2019) (Initiation 
Notice).
    \2\ See Polyethylene Terephthalate Sheet from the Republic of 
Korea and the Sultanate of Oman: Postponement of Preliminary 
Determinations in the Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigations, 84 FR 
70941 (December 26, 2019).
    \3\ See Memorandum, ``Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary 
Determination in the Less-than-Fair-Value Investigation of 
Polyethylene Terephthalate Sheet from Oman,'' dated concurrently 
with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum).
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    The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on 
file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and 
Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). 
ACCESS is available to registered users at https://access.trade.gov, 
and to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main 
Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed and the electronic versions of 
the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is PET Sheet from Oman. 
For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see 
Appendix I.

Scope Comments

    In accordance with the preamble to Commerce's regulations,\4\ the 
Initiation Notice set aside a period of time for parties to raise 
issues regarding product coverage (i.e., scope).\5\ Certain interested 
parties commented on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in 
the Initiation Notice. For a summary of the product coverage comments 
and rebuttal responses submitted to the record for this preliminary 
determination, and accompanying discussion and analysis of all comments 
timely received, see the Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum.\6\ 
Commerce is not preliminarily modifying the scope language as it 
appeared in the Initiation Notice. See the scope in Appendix I to this 
notice.
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    \4\ See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties Final Rule, 62 
FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997).
    \5\ See Initiation Notice, 84 FR at 44855.
    \6\ See Memorandum, ``Polyethylene Terephthalate Sheet from Oman 
and Korea: Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum,'' dated 
concurrently with this preliminary determination (Preliminary Scope 
Decision Memorandum).
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Methodology

    Commerce is conducting this investigation in accordance with 
section 733(b) of the Act. Commerce has calculated constructed export 
price in accordance with section 772(b) of the Act. Normal value is 
calculated in accordance with section 773 of the Act. For a full 
description of the methodology underlying the preliminary 
determination, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.

All-Others Rate

    Section 733(d)(1)(ii) of the Act provides that, in the preliminary 
determination, Commerce shall determine an estimated all-others rate 
for all exporters and producers not individually examined. This rate 
shall be an amount equal to the weighted average of the estimated 
weighted-average dumping margins established for exporters and 
producers individually investigated, excluding any zero and de minimis 
margins, and any margins determined entirely under section 776 of the 
Act.
    In this investigation, Commerce calculated an estimated weighted-
average dumping margin for OCTAL SAOC--FZC (OCTAL) that is not zero, de 
minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise available. Commerce 
determined the all-others rate using the estimated weighted-average 
dumping margin calculated for OCTAL, the sole respondent.

Preliminary Determination

    Commerce preliminarily determines that the following estimated 
weighted-average dumping margins exist:

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                                                               weighted-
                                                                average
                      Exporter/producer                         dumping
                                                                margin
                                                               (percent)
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OCTAL SAOC--FZC (OCTAL).....................................        2.78
All Others..................................................        2.78
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Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 733(d)(2) of the Act, Commerce will 
direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation 
of entries of subject merchandise, as described in Appendix I, entered 
or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of 
publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Further, pursuant 
to section 733(d)(1)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(d), Commerce will 
instruct CBP to require a cash deposit equal to the estimated weighted-
average dumping margin or the estimated all-others rate, as follows: 
(1) The cash deposit rate for the respondent listed above will be equal 
to the company-specific estimated weighted-average dumping margin 
determined in this preliminary determination; (2) if the exporter is 
not identified above, but the producer is, then the cash deposit rate 
will be equal to the company-specific estimated weighted-average 
dumping margin established for that producer of the subject 
merchandise; and (3) the cash deposit rate for all other producers and 
exporters will be equal to the all-others estimated weighted-average 
dumping margin. These suspension of liquidation instructions will 
remain in effect until further notice.

Disclosure

    Commerce intends to disclose its calculations and analysis 
performed to interested parties in this preliminary determination 
within five days of any public announcement or, if there is no public 
announcement, within five days of the date of publication of this 
notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).

Verification

    As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Act, Commerce intends to 
verify the information relied upon in making its final determination.

Public Comment

    Commerce is setting different deadlines for scope-related case and 
rebuttal briefs, and case and rebuttal briefs addressing all other 
issues.
    Scope briefs may be submitted to the Assistant Secretary for 
Enforcement and Compliance no later than 30 days after the publication 
of the preliminary antidumping duty (AD) determinations for Korea and 
Oman in the Federal Register. Rebuttal scope briefs, limited to issues 
raised in the scope case briefs, may be submitted no later than three 
days after the deadline for the scope case briefs. These deadlines are 
based on publication in the Federal Register of the preliminary 
determinations in the AD investigations of PET sheet. There is only one 
briefing schedule for scope case and rebuttal briefs in the AD 
investigations. For all scope issues, parties must file separate and 
identical documents on the records of all of the ongoing AD PET sheet 
investigations. No new factual information should be included in scope 
case briefs or rebuttal scope briefs, and no proprietary information 
should be submitted in the scope case briefs and rebuttal scope briefs.
    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to 
request a hearing on the revised scope, limited to issues raised in the 
scope case and rebuttal briefs, must submit a written request to the 
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, separate from the hearing on issues raised in case briefs, 
within five days after the date of publication of this notice. Requests 
should contain the party's name, address, and telephone number, the 
number of participants, whether any participant is a foreign national, 
and a list of the issues to be discussed. If a

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request for a hearing is made, Commerce intends to hold the hearing at 
the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, 
Washington, DC 20230, at a time and date to be determined. Parties 
should confirm by telephone the date, time, and location of the hearing 
two days before the scheduled date.
    Scope comments may only be included in the scope case brief and 
scope rebuttal brief. Should this investigation result in an order, 
interested parties may submit requests for a scope ruling afterwards.
    Case briefs or other non-scope written comments may be submitted to 
the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance no later than 
seven days after the date on which the last verification report is 
issued in this investigation. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised 
in case briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the 
deadline date for case briefs.\7\ Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and 
(d)(2), parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this 
investigation are encouraged to submit with each argument: (1) A 
statement of the issue; (2) a brief summary of the argument; and (3) a 
table of authorities.
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    \7\ See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general 
filing requirements).
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    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to 
request a hearing, limited to issues raised in the case and rebuttal 
briefs, must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for 
Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, within 30 days 
after the date of publication of this notice. Requests should contain 
the party's name, address, and telephone number, the number of 
participants, whether any participant is a foreign national, and a list 
of the issues to be discussed. If a request for a hearing is made, 
Commerce intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. Department of 
Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, at a time 
and date to be determined. Parties should confirm by telephone the 
date, time, and location of the hearing two days before the scheduled 
date.

Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional 
Measures

    Section 735(a)(2) of the Act provides that a final determination 
may be postponed until not later than 135 days after the date of the 
publication of the preliminary determination if, in the event of an 
affirmative preliminary determination, a request for such postponement 
is made by exporters who account for a significant proportion of 
exports of the subject merchandise, or in the event of a negative 
preliminary determination, a request for such postponement is made by 
the petitioner. Section 351.210(e)(2) of Commerce's regulations 
requires that a request by exporters for postponement of the final 
determination be accompanied by a request for extension of provisional 
measures from a four-month period to a period not more than six months 
in duration.
    On February 12, 2020, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.210(b)(2)(ii) and 19 
CFR 351.210(e)(2), OCTAL requested that, contingent upon an affirmative 
preliminary determination of sales at LTFV, Commerce postpone the final 
determination, and that provisional measures be extended to a period 
not to exceed six months. In addition, on February 14, 2020, the 
petitioners \8\ requested that Commerce fully postpone the deadline for 
the final determination in this investigation. In accordance with 
section 735(a)(2)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(2)(ii), because: 
(1) The preliminary determination is affirmative; (2) the requesting 
exporters account for a significant proportion of exports of the 
subject merchandise; and (3) no compelling reasons for denial exist, 
Commerce is postponing the final determination and extending the 
provisional measures from a four-month period to a period not greater 
than six months. Accordingly, Commerce will make its final 
determination no later than 135 days after the date of publication of 
this preliminary determination.
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    \8\ The petitioners are Advanced Extrusion Inc., Ex-Tech 
Plastics, Inc., and Multi-Plastics Extrusions, Inc.
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International Trade Commission (ITC) Notification

    In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, Commerce will notify 
the ITC of this preliminary determination. If the final determination 
is affirmative, the ITC will determine before the later of 120 days 
after the date of this preliminary determination or 45 days after the 
final determination whether subject imports are materially injuring, or 
threaten material injury to, the U.S. industry.

Notification to Interested Parties

    This determination is issued and published in accordance with 
sections 733(f) and 777(i)(1) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.205(c).

    Dated: February 25, 2020.
Jeffrey I. Kessler,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I

Scope of the Investigation

    The merchandise covered by this investigation is raw, 
pretreated, or primed polyethylene terephthalate sheet, whether 
extruded or coextruded, in nominal thicknesses of equal to or 
greater than 7 mil (0.007 inches or 177.8 [micro]m) and not 
exceeding 45 mil (0.045 inches or 1143 [micro]m) (PET sheet). The 
scope includes all PET sheet whether made from prime (virgin) inputs 
or recycled inputs, as well as any blends thereof. The scope 
includes all PET sheet meeting the above specifications regardless 
of width, color, surface treatment, coating, lamination, or other 
surface finish.
    The merchandise subject to this investigation is properly 
classified under statistical reporting number 3920.62.0090 of the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although 
the HTSUS statistical reporting number is provided for convenience 
and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise is 
dispositive.

Appendix II

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Period of Investigation
IV. Scope Comments
V. Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional 
Measures
VI. Discussion of the Methodology
VII. Date of Sale
VIII. Product Comparisons
IX. Constructed Export Price
X. Normal Value
XI. Currency Conversion
XII. Recommendation

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