Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam; Scheduling of the Final Phase of Countervailing Duty and Anti-Dumping Duty Investigations, 7561-7564 [2021-01983]

Download as PDF khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 18 / Friday, January 29, 2021 / Notices the hearing and will also assist the court reporter in preparing an accurate transcript of the hearing (e.g., names spelled correctly). (3) Posthearing briefs refers to submissions filed after the hearing by persons who appeared at the hearing. Such briefs: (a) Should be limited to matters that arose during the hearing, (b) should respond to any Commissioner and staff questions addressed to you at the hearing, (c) should clarify, amplify, or correct any statements you made at the hearing, and (d) may, at your option, address or rebut statements made by other participants in the hearing. (4) Other written submissions refer to any other written submissions that interested persons wish to make, regardless of whether they appeared at the hearing, and may include new information or updates of information previously provided. There is no standard format that briefs or other written submissions must follow. However, each such document must identify on its cover (1) the type of document filed (i.e., prehearing brief, oral statement of (name), posthearing brief, or written submission), (2) the name of the person or organization filing it, and (3) whether it contains confidential business information (CBI). If it contains CBI, it must comply with the marking and other requirements set out below in this notice relating to CBI. Submitters of written documents (other than oral hearing statements) are encouraged to include a short summary of their position or interest at the beginning of the document, and a table of contents when the document addresses multiple issues. Confidential Business Information: Any submissions that contain confidential business information must also conform to the requirements of section 201.6 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 201.6). Section 201.6 of the rules requires that the cover of the document and the individual pages be clearly marked as to whether they are the ‘‘confidential’’ or ‘‘non-confidential’’ version, and that the confidential business information is clearly identified by means of brackets. All written submissions, except for confidential business information, will be made available for inspection by interested parties. As requested by the Committee on Finance, the Commission will not include any confidential business information in its report. However, all information, including confidential business information, submitted in this investigation may be disclosed to and used: (i) By the Commission, its VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:43 Jan 28, 2021 Jkt 253001 employees and Offices, and contract personnel (a) for developing or maintaining the records of this or a related proceeding, or (b) in internal investigations, audits, reviews, and evaluations relating to the programs, personnel, and operations of the Commission including under 5 U.S.C. Appendix 3; or (ii) by U.S. government employees and contract personnel for cybersecurity purposes. The Commission will not otherwise disclose any confidential business information in a way that would reveal the operations of the firm supplying the information. Summaries of Written Submissions: Persons wishing to have a summary of their position included in the report should include a summary with their written submission on or before October 1, 2021 and should mark the summary as having been provided for that purpose. The summary should be clearly marked as ‘‘summary for inclusion in the report’’ at the top of the page. The summary may not exceed 500 words, should be in MS Word format or a format that can be easily converted to MS Word, and should not include any confidential business information. The summary will be published as provided if it meets these requirements and is germane to the subject matter of the investigation. The Commission will list the name of the organization furnishing the summary and will include a link to the Commission’s Electronic Document Information System (EDIS) where the written submission can be found. By order of the Commission. Issued: January 26, 2021. Lisa Barton, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2021–01965 Filed 1–28–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–647 and 731– TA–1517–1520 (Final)] Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam; Scheduling of the Final Phase of Countervailing Duty and AntiDumping Duty Investigations United States International Trade Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Commission hereby gives notice of the scheduling of the final phase of antidumping and countervailing duty investigation Nos. 701–TA–647 and 731–TA–1517–1520 (Final) pursuant to the Tariff Act of SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7561 1930 (‘‘the Act’’) to determine whether an industry in the United States is materially injured or threatened with material injury, or the establishment of an industry in the United States is materially retarded, by reason of imports of passenger vehicle and light truck tires from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, provided for in subheadings 4011.10.10, 4011.10.50, 4011.20.10, and 4011.20.50 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, preliminarily determined by the Department of Commerce (‘‘Commerce’’) to be sold at less-thanfair-value and subsidized by the government of Vietnam. DATES: January 6, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Keysha Martinez ((202) 205–2136), Office of Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Hearing-impaired persons can obtain information on this matter by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal on 202– 205–1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact the Office of the Secretary at 202–205–2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server (https:// www.usitc.gov). The public record for these investigations may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Scope.—For purposes of these investigations, Commerce has defined the subject merchandise as ‘‘passenger vehicle and light truck tires. Passenger vehicle and light truck tires are new pneumatic tires, of rubber, with a passenger vehicle or light truck size designation. Tires covered by this investigation may be tube-type, tubeless, radial, or non-radial, and they may be intended for sale to original equipment manufacturers or the replacement market. Subject tires have, at the time of importation, the symbol ‘‘DOT’’ on the sidewall, certifying that the tire conforms to applicable motor vehicle safety standards. Subject tires may also have the following prefixes or suffix in their tire size designation, which also appears on the sidewall of the tire: Prefix designations: P—Identifies a tire intended primarily for service on passenger cars. LT—Identifies a tire intended primarily for service on light trucks. Suffix letter designations: LT—Identifies light truck tires for service on trucks, buses, trailers, and multipurpose E:\FR\FM\29JAN1.SGM 29JAN1 7562 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 18 / Friday, January 29, 2021 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES passenger vehicles used in nominal highway service. All tires with a ‘‘P’’ or ‘‘LT’’ prefix, and all tires with an ‘‘LT’’ suffix in their sidewall markings are covered by these investigations regardless of their intended use. In addition, all tires that lack a ‘‘P’’ or ‘‘LT’’ prefix or suffix in their sidewall markings, as well as all tires that include any other prefix or suffix in their sidewall markings, are included in the scope, regardless of their intended use, as long as the tire is of a size that fits passenger cars or light trucks. Sizes that fit passenger cars and light trucks include, but are not limited to, the numerical size designations listed in the passenger car section or light truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, as updated annually. The scope includes all tires that are of a size that fits passenger cars or light trucks, unless the tire falls within one of the specific exclusions set out below. Passenger vehicle and light truck tires, whether or not attached to wheels or rims, are included in the scope. However, if a subject tire is imported attached to a wheel or rim, only the tire is covered by the scope. Specifically excluded from the scope are the following types of tires: (1) Racing car tires; such tires do not bear the symbol ‘‘DOT’’ on the sidewall and may be marked with ‘‘ZR’’ in size designation; (2) pneumatic tires, of rubber, that are not new, including recycled and retreaded tires; (3) non-pneumatic tires, such as solid rubber tires; (4) tires designed and marketed exclusively as temporary use spare tires for passenger vehicles which, in addition, exhibit each of the following physical characteristics: (a) The size designation and load index combination molded on the tire’s sidewall are listed in Table PCT–1R (‘‘T’’ Type Spare Tires for Temporary Use on Passenger Vehicles) or PCT–1B (‘‘T’’ Type Diagonal (Bias) Spare Tires for Temporary Use on Passenger Vehicles) of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, (b) the designation ‘‘T’’ is molded into the tire’s sidewall as part of the size designation, and, (c) the tire’s speed rating is molded on the sidewall, indicating the rated speed in MPH or a letter rating as listed by Tire and Rim Association Year Book, and the rated speed is 81 MPH or a ‘‘M’’ rating; (5) tires designed and marketed exclusively as temporary use spare tires for light trucks which, in addition, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:43 Jan 28, 2021 Jkt 253001 exhibit each of the following physical characteristics: (a) The tires have a 265/70R17, 255/ 80R17, 265/70R16, 245/70R17, 245/ 75R17, 265/70R18, or 265/70R18 size designation; (b) ‘‘Temporary Use Only’’ or ‘‘Spare’’ is molded into the tire’s sidewall; (c) the tread depth of the tire is no greater than 6.2 mm; and (d) Uniform Tire Quality Grade Standards (‘‘UTQG’’) ratings are not molded into the tire’s sidewall with the exception of 265/70R17 and 255/80R17 which may have UTGC molded on the tire sidewall; (6) tires designed and marketed exclusively for specialty tire (ST) use which, in addition, exhibit each of the following conditions: (a) The size designation molded on the tire’s sidewall is listed in the ST sections of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, (b) the designation ‘‘ST’’ is molded into the tire’s sidewall as part of the size designation, (c) the tire incorporates a warning, prominently molded on the sidewall, that the tire is ‘‘For Trailer Service Only’’ or ‘‘For Trailer Use Only’’, (d) the load index molded on the tire’s sidewall meets or exceeds those load indexes listed in the Tire and Rim Association Year Book for the relevant ST tire size, and (e) either (i) the tire’s speed rating is molded on the sidewall, indicating the rated speed in MPH or a letter rating as listed by Tire and Rim Association Year Book, and the rated speed does not exceed 81 MPH or an ‘‘M’’ rating; or (ii) the tire’s speed rating molded on the sidewall is 87 MPH or an ‘‘N’’ rating, and in either case the tire’s maximum pressure and maximum load limit are molded on the sidewall and either (1) both exceed the maximum pressure and maximum load limit for any tire of the same size designation in either the passenger car or light truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book; or (2) if the maximum cold inflation pressure molded on the tire is less than any cold inflation pressure listed for that size designation in either the passenger car or light truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, the maximum load limit molded on the tire is higher than the maximum load limit listed at that cold inflation pressure for that size designation in either the passenger car or light truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book; (7) tires designed and marketed exclusively for off-road use and which, PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 in addition, exhibit each of the following physical characteristics: (a) The size designation and load index combination molded on the tire’s sidewall are listed in the off-the-road, agricultural, industrial or ATV section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, (b) in addition to any size designation markings, the tire incorporates a warning, prominently molded on the sidewall, that the tire is ‘‘Not For Highway Service’’ or ‘‘Not for Highway Use’’, (c) the tire’s speed rating is molded on the sidewall, indicating the rated speed in MPH or a letter rating as listed by the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, and the rated speed does not exceed 55 MPH or a ‘‘G’’ rating, and (d) the tire features a recognizable offroad tread design; (8) Tires designed and marketed for off-road use as all-terrain-vehicle (ATV) tires or utility-terrain-vehicle (UTV) tires, and which, in addition, exhibit each of the following characteristics: (a) The tire’s speed rating is molded on the sidewall, indicating the rated speed in MPH or a letter rating as listed by the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, and the rated speed does not exceed 87 MPH or an ‘‘N’’ rating, and (b) both of the following physical characteristics are satisfied: (i) The size designation and load index combination molded on the tire’s sidewall does not match any of those listed in the passenger car or light truck sections of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, and (ii) The size designation and load index combination molded on the tire’s sidewall matches any of the following size designation (American standard or metric) and load index combinations: American standard size 26x10R12 ............... 27x10R14 ............... 28x10R14 ............... 28x10R14 ............... 30x10R14 ............... 30x10R15 ............... 30x10R14 ............... 31x10R14 ............... 32x10R14 ............... 32x10R15 ............... 32x10R15 ............... 33x10R15 ............... 33x10R15 ............... 35x9.50R15 ............ 35x10R15 ............... Metric size 254/70R/12 254/65R/14 254/70R/14 254/70R/14 254/80R/14 254/75R/15 254/80R/14 254/85R/14 254/90R/14 254/85R/15 254/85R/15 254/90R/15 254/90R/15 241/105R/15 254/100R/15 Load index 72 73 75 86 79 78 90 81 95 83 94 86 95 82 97 The products covered by this investigation are currently classified under the following Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings: 4011.10.10.10, E:\FR\FM\29JAN1.SGM 29JAN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 18 / Friday, January 29, 2021 / Notices 4011.10.10.20, 4011.10.10.30, 4011.10.10.40, 4011.10.10.50, 4011.10.10.60, 4011.10.10.70, 4011.10.50.00, 4011.20.10.05, and 4011.20.50.10. Tires meeting the scope description may also enter under the following HTSUS subheadings: 4011.90.10.10, 4011.90.10.50, 4011.90.20.10, 4011.90.20.50, 4011.90.80.10, 4011.90.80.50, 8708.70.45.30, 8708.70.45.46, 8708.70.45.48, 8708.70.45.60, 8708.70.60.30, 8708.70.60.45, and 8708.70.60.60. While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and for customs purposes, the written description of the subject merchandise is dispositive.’’ Background.—The final phase of these investigations is being scheduled pursuant to sections 705(b) and 731(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1671d(b) and 1673d(b)), as a result of affirmative preliminary determinations by Commerce that certain benefits which constitute subsidies within the meaning of § 703 of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671b) are being provided to manufacturers, producers, or exporters in Vietnam of passenger vehicle and light truck tires, and that such products from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam are being sold in the United States at less than fair value within the meaning of § 733 of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1673b). The investigations were requested in petitions filed on May 13, 2020, by the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL–CIO, CLC (‘‘USW’’), Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For further information concerning the conduct of this phase of the investigations, hearing procedures, and rules of general application, consult the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure, part 201, subparts A and B (19 CFR part 201), and part 207, subparts A and C (19 CFR part 207). Participation in the investigations and public service list.—Persons, including industrial users of the subject merchandise and, if the merchandise is sold at the retail level, representative consumer organizations, wishing to participate in the final phase of these investigations as parties must file an entry of appearance with the Secretary to the Commission, as provided in § 201.11 of the Commission’s rules, no later than 21 days prior to the hearing date specified in this notice. A party that filed a notice of appearance during the preliminary phase of the investigations need not file an additional notice of appearance during this final phase. The Secretary will maintain a public service list containing VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:43 Jan 28, 2021 Jkt 253001 the names and addresses of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to the investigations. Please note the Secretary’s Office will accept only electronic filings during this time. Filings must be made through the Commission’s Electronic Document Information System (EDIS, https:// edis.usitc.gov.) No in-person paperbased filings or paper copies of any electronic filings will be accepted until further notice. Limited disclosure of business proprietary information (BPI) under an administrative protective order (APO) and BPI service list.—Pursuant to § 207.7(a) of the Commission’s rules, the Secretary will make BPI gathered in the final phase of these investigations available to authorized applicants under the APO issued in the investigations, provided that the application is made no later than 21 days prior to the hearing date specified in this notice. Authorized applicants must represent interested parties, as defined by 19 U.S.C. 1677(9), who are parties to the investigations. A party granted access to BPI in the preliminary phase of the investigations need not reapply for such access. A separate service list will be maintained by the Secretary for those parties authorized to receive BPI under the APO. Staff report.—The prehearing staff report in the final phase of these investigations will be placed in the nonpublic record on May 11, 2021, and a public version will be issued thereafter, pursuant to § 207.22 of the Commission’s rules. Hearing.—The Commission will hold a hearing in connection with the final phase of these investigations beginning at 9:30 a.m. on May 25, 2021. Information about the place and form of the hearing, including about how to participate in and/or view the hearing, will be posted on the Commission’s website at https://www.usitc.gov/ calendarpad/calendar.html. Interested parties should check the Commission’s website periodically for updates. Requests to appear at the hearing should be filed in writing with the Secretary to the Commission on or before May 19, 2021. A nonparty who has testimony that may aid the Commission’s deliberations may request permission to present a short statement at the hearing. All parties and nonparties desiring to appear at the hearing and make oral presentations should attend a prehearing conference to be held at 9:30 a.m. on May 21, 2021. Oral testimony and written materials to be submitted at the public hearing are governed by sections 201.6(b)(2), 201.13(f), and 207.24 of the Commission’s rules. PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7563 Parties must submit any request to present a portion of their hearing testimony in camera no later than 7 business days prior to the date of the hearing. Written submissions.—Each party who is an interested party shall submit a prehearing brief to the Commission. Prehearing briefs must conform with the provisions of § 207.23 of the Commission’s rules; the deadline for filing is May 18, 2021. Parties may also file written testimony in connection with their presentation at the hearing, as provided in § 207.24 of the Commission’s rules, and posthearing briefs, which must conform with the provisions of § 207.25 of the Commission’s rules. The deadline for filing posthearing briefs is June 2, 2021. In addition, any person who has not entered an appearance as a party to the investigations may submit a written statement of information pertinent to the subject of the investigations, including statements of support or opposition to the petition, on or before June 2, 2021. On June 16, 2021, the Commission will make available to parties all information on which they have not had an opportunity to comment. Parties may submit final comments on this information on or before June 18, 2021, but such final comments must not contain new factual information and must otherwise comply with § 207.30 of the Commission’s rules. All written submissions must conform with the provisions of § 201.8 of the Commission’s rules; any submissions that contain BPI must also conform with the requirements of §§ 201.6, 207.3, and 207.7 of the Commission’s rules. The Commission’s Handbook on Filing Procedures, available on the Commission’s website at https:// www.usitc.gov/documents/handbook_ on_filing_procedures.pdf, elaborates upon the Commission’s procedures with respect to filings. Additional written submissions to the Commission, including requests pursuant to § 201.12 of the Commission’s rules, shall not be accepted unless good cause is shown for accepting such submissions, or unless the submission is pursuant to a specific request by a Commissioner or Commission staff. In accordance with §§ 201.16(c) and 207.3 of the Commission’s rules, each document filed by a party to the investigations must be served on all other parties to the investigations (as identified by either the public or BPI service list), and a certificate of service must be timely filed. The Secretary will not accept a document for filing without a certificate of service. E:\FR\FM\29JAN1.SGM 29JAN1 7564 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 18 / Friday, January 29, 2021 / Notices Authority: These investigations are being conducted under authority of title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930; this notice is published pursuant to § 207.21 of the Commission’s rules. By order of the Commission. Issued: January 26, 2021. Lisa Barton, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2021–01983 Filed 1–28–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–632–635 and 731–TA–1466 and 731–TA–1468 (Final)] Fluid End Blocks From China, Germany, India, and Italy; Determinations khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES On the basis of the record 1 developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission (‘‘Commission’’) determines, pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (‘‘the Act’’), that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of fluid end blocks from China, Germany, India, and Italy that have been found by the U.S. Department of Commerce (‘‘Commerce’’) to be subsidized by the respective governments of those countries and imports of fluid end blocks from Germany and Italy that have been found by Commerce to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (‘‘LTFV’’). Imports of fluid end blocks are provided for in subheadings 7218.91.00, 7218.99.00, 7224.90.00, 7326.19.00, 7326.90.86, and 8413.91.90 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States. Background The Commission instituted these investigations effective December 19, 2019, following receipt of petitions filed with the Commission and Commerce by Ellwood City Forge Company, Ellwood Quality Steels Company, and Ellwood National Steel Company, Ellwood City, Pennsylvania; A. Finkl & Sons, Chicago, Illinois; and FEB Fair Trade Coalition, Cleveland, Ohio. The final phase of the investigations was scheduled by the Commission following notification of preliminary determinations by Commerce that imports of fluid end blocks from China, Germany, India, and Italy were subsidized within the meaning of section 703(b) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671b(b)) and imports from 1 The record is defined in § 207.2(f) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:43 Jan 28, 2021 Jkt 253001 Germany and Italy sold at LTFV within the meaning of 733(b) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1673b(b)).2 Notice of the scheduling of the final phase of the Commission’s investigations and of a public hearing to be held in connection therewith was by publishing the notice in the Federal Register on August 24, 2020 (85 FR 52151). In light of the restrictions on access to the Commission building due to the COVID–19 pandemic, the Commission conducted its hearing through written testimony and video conference on December 1, 2020. All persons who requested the opportunity were permitted to participate. The Commission made these determinations pursuant to §§ 705(b) and 735(b) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671d(b) and 19 U.S.C. 1673d(b)). It completed and filed its determinations in these investigations on January 25, 2021. The views of the Commission are contained in USITC Publication 5152 (January 2021), entitled Fluid End Blocks from China, Germany, India, and Italy: Investigation Nos. 701–TA–632– 635 and 731–TA–1466 and 731–TA– 1468 (Final). By order of the Commission. Issued: January 25, 2021. Lisa Barton, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2021–01949 Filed 1–28–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7020–02–P INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION [Investigation Nos. 701–TA–646 and 731– TA–1502–1504, 1508–1509, 1512, 1514, and 1516] (Final)] Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand From Argentina, Colombia, Egypt, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates Determinations On the basis of the record 1 developed in the subject investigations, the United States International Trade Commission (‘‘Commission’’) determines, pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (‘‘the Act’’), that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of imports of prestressed concrete steel wire strand (‘‘PC strand’’) from Argentina, Colombia, Egypt, Netherlands, Saudi 2 Commerce issued negative preliminary and final determinations of sales at LTFV with regard to fluid end blocks from India (85 FR 44517, July 23, 2020, and 85 FR 80003, December 11, 2020). 1 The record is defined in § 207.2(f) of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (19 CFR 207.2(f)). PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates, provided for in subheading 7312.10.30 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that have been found by the U.S. Department of Commerce (‘‘Commerce’’) to be sold in the United States at less than fair value (‘‘LTFV’’), and to be subsidized by the government of Turkey.2 Background The Commission instituted these investigations effective April 16, 2020, following receipt of petitions filed with the Commission and Commerce by Insteel Wire Products Company, Mount Airy, North Carolina, Sumiden Wire Products Corporation, Dickson, Tennessee, and Wire Mesh Corporation, Houston, Texas. The final phase of the investigations was scheduled by the Commission following notification of a preliminary determinations by Commerce that imports of PC strand from Turkey were subsidized within the meaning of section 703(b) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671b(b)) and that imports of PC strand from Argentina, Colombia, Egypt, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates were being sold at LTFV within the meaning of 733(b) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1673b(b)). Notice of the scheduling of the final phase of the Commission’s investigations and of a public hearing to be held in connection therewith was given by posting copies of the notice in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, Washington, DC, and by publishing the notice in the Federal Register on October 8, 2020 (85 FR 63576). In light of the restrictions on access to the Commission building due to the COVID–19 pandemic, the Commission conducted its hearing through written testimony and video conference on December 10, 2020. All persons who requested the opportunity were permitted to participate. The Commission made these determinations pursuant to §§ 705(b) and 735(b) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671d(b) and 19 U.S.C. 1673d(b)). It completed and filed its determinations in these investigations on January 25, 2021. The views of the Commission are contained in USITC Publication 5153 (January 2021), entitled Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand from Argentina, Colombia, Egypt, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, 2 The Commission also finds that imports subject to Commerce’s affirmative critical circumstances determinations are not likely to undermine seriously the remedial effect of the antidumping duty orders on PC strand from Colombia, Egypt, Netherlands, and Turkey. E:\FR\FM\29JAN1.SGM 29JAN1

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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

[Investigation Nos. 701-TA-647 and 731-TA-1517-1520 (Final)]


Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From Korea, Taiwan, 
Thailand, and Vietnam; Scheduling of the Final Phase of Countervailing 
Duty and Anti-Dumping Duty Investigations

AGENCY: United States International Trade Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Commission hereby gives notice of the scheduling of the 
final phase of antidumping and countervailing duty investigation Nos. 
701-TA-647 and 731-TA-1517-1520 (Final) pursuant to the Tariff Act of 
1930 (``the Act'') to determine whether an industry in the United 
States is materially injured or threatened with material injury, or the 
establishment of an industry in the United States is materially 
retarded, by reason of imports of passenger vehicle and light truck 
tires from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, provided for in 
subheadings 4011.10.10, 4011.10.50, 4011.20.10, and 4011.20.50 of the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, preliminarily 
determined by the Department of Commerce (``Commerce'') to be sold at 
less-than-fair-value and subsidized by the government of Vietnam.

DATES: January 6, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Keysha Martinez ((202) 205-2136), 
Office of Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E 
Street SW, Washington, DC 20436. Hearing-impaired persons can obtain 
information on this matter by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal 
on 202-205-1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need 
special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact 
the Office of the Secretary at 202-205-2000. General information 
concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its 
internet server (https://www.usitc.gov). The public record for these 
investigations may be viewed on the Commission's electronic docket 
(EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Scope.--For purposes of these investigations, Commerce has defined 
the subject merchandise as ``passenger vehicle and light truck tires. 
Passenger vehicle and light truck tires are new pneumatic tires, of 
rubber, with a passenger vehicle or light truck size designation. Tires 
covered by this investigation may be tube-type, tubeless, radial, or 
non-radial, and they may be intended for sale to original equipment 
manufacturers or the replacement market.
    Subject tires have, at the time of importation, the symbol ``DOT'' 
on the sidewall, certifying that the tire conforms to applicable motor 
vehicle safety standards. Subject tires may also have the following 
prefixes or suffix in their tire size designation, which also appears 
on the sidewall of the tire:
    Prefix designations:

    P--Identifies a tire intended primarily for service on passenger 
cars.
    LT--Identifies a tire intended primarily for service on light 
trucks.

    Suffix letter designations:

    LT--Identifies light truck tires for service on trucks, buses, 
trailers, and multipurpose

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passenger vehicles used in nominal highway service.

    All tires with a ``P'' or ``LT'' prefix, and all tires with an 
``LT'' suffix in their sidewall markings are covered by these 
investigations regardless of their intended use.
    In addition, all tires that lack a ``P'' or ``LT'' prefix or suffix 
in their sidewall markings, as well as all tires that include any other 
prefix or suffix in their sidewall markings, are included in the scope, 
regardless of their intended use, as long as the tire is of a size that 
fits passenger cars or light trucks. Sizes that fit passenger cars and 
light trucks include, but are not limited to, the numerical size 
designations listed in the passenger car section or light truck section 
of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, as updated annually. The 
scope includes all tires that are of a size that fits passenger cars or 
light trucks, unless the tire falls within one of the specific 
exclusions set out below.
    Passenger vehicle and light truck tires, whether or not attached to 
wheels or rims, are included in the scope. However, if a subject tire 
is imported attached to a wheel or rim, only the tire is covered by the 
scope.
    Specifically excluded from the scope are the following types of 
tires:
    (1) Racing car tires; such tires do not bear the symbol ``DOT'' on 
the sidewall and may be marked with ``ZR'' in size designation;
    (2) pneumatic tires, of rubber, that are not new, including 
recycled and retreaded tires;
    (3) non-pneumatic tires, such as solid rubber tires;
    (4) tires designed and marketed exclusively as temporary use spare 
tires for passenger vehicles which, in addition, exhibit each of the 
following physical characteristics:
    (a) The size designation and load index combination molded on the 
tire's sidewall are listed in Table PCT-1R (``T'' Type Spare Tires for 
Temporary Use on Passenger Vehicles) or PCT-1B (``T'' Type Diagonal 
(Bias) Spare Tires for Temporary Use on Passenger Vehicles) of the Tire 
and Rim Association Year Book,
    (b) the designation ``T'' is molded into the tire's sidewall as 
part of the size designation, and,
    (c) the tire's speed rating is molded on the sidewall, indicating 
the rated speed in MPH or a letter rating as listed by Tire and Rim 
Association Year Book, and the rated speed is 81 MPH or a ``M'' rating;
    (5) tires designed and marketed exclusively as temporary use spare 
tires for light trucks which, in addition, exhibit each of the 
following physical characteristics:
    (a) The tires have a 265/70R17, 255/80R17, 265/70R16, 245/70R17, 
245/75R17, 265/70R18, or 265/70R18 size designation;
    (b) ``Temporary Use Only'' or ``Spare'' is molded into the tire's 
sidewall;
    (c) the tread depth of the tire is no greater than 6.2 mm; and
    (d) Uniform Tire Quality Grade Standards (``UTQG'') ratings are not 
molded into the tire's sidewall with the exception of 265/70R17 and 
255/80R17 which may have UTGC molded on the tire sidewall;
    (6) tires designed and marketed exclusively for specialty tire (ST) 
use which, in addition, exhibit each of the following conditions:
    (a) The size designation molded on the tire's sidewall is listed in 
the ST sections of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book,
    (b) the designation ``ST'' is molded into the tire's sidewall as 
part of the size designation,
    (c) the tire incorporates a warning, prominently molded on the 
sidewall, that the tire is ``For Trailer Service Only'' or ``For 
Trailer Use Only'',
    (d) the load index molded on the tire's sidewall meets or exceeds 
those load indexes listed in the Tire and Rim Association Year Book for 
the relevant ST tire size, and
    (e) either
    (i) the tire's speed rating is molded on the sidewall, indicating 
the rated speed in MPH or a letter rating as listed by Tire and Rim 
Association Year Book, and the rated speed does not exceed 81 MPH or an 
``M'' rating; or
    (ii) the tire's speed rating molded on the sidewall is 87 MPH or an 
``N'' rating, and in either case the tire's maximum pressure and 
maximum load limit are molded on the sidewall and either
    (1) both exceed the maximum pressure and maximum load limit for any 
tire of the same size designation in either the passenger car or light 
truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book; or
    (2) if the maximum cold inflation pressure molded on the tire is 
less than any cold inflation pressure listed for that size designation 
in either the passenger car or light truck section of the Tire and Rim 
Association Year Book, the maximum load limit molded on the tire is 
higher than the maximum load limit listed at that cold inflation 
pressure for that size designation in either the passenger car or light 
truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book;
    (7) tires designed and marketed exclusively for off-road use and 
which, in addition, exhibit each of the following physical 
characteristics:
    (a) The size designation and load index combination molded on the 
tire's sidewall are listed in the off-the-road, agricultural, 
industrial or ATV section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book,
    (b) in addition to any size designation markings, the tire 
incorporates a warning, prominently molded on the sidewall, that the 
tire is ``Not For Highway Service'' or ``Not for Highway Use'',
    (c) the tire's speed rating is molded on the sidewall, indicating 
the rated speed in MPH or a letter rating as listed by the Tire and Rim 
Association Year Book, and the rated speed does not exceed 55 MPH or a 
``G'' rating, and
    (d) the tire features a recognizable off-road tread design;
    (8) Tires designed and marketed for off-road use as all-terrain-
vehicle (ATV) tires or utility-terrain-vehicle (UTV) tires, and which, 
in addition, exhibit each of the following characteristics:
    (a) The tire's speed rating is molded on the sidewall, indicating 
the rated speed in MPH or a letter rating as listed by the Tire and Rim 
Association Year Book, and the rated speed does not exceed 87 MPH or an 
``N'' rating, and
    (b) both of the following physical characteristics are satisfied:
    (i) The size designation and load index combination molded on the 
tire's sidewall does not match any of those listed in the passenger car 
or light truck sections of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, and
    (ii) The size designation and load index combination molded on the 
tire's sidewall matches any of the following size designation (American 
standard or metric) and load index combinations:

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                   Load
             American standard size                 Metric size    index
------------------------------------------------------------------------
26x10R12........................................      254/70R/12      72
27x10R14........................................      254/65R/14      73
28x10R14........................................      254/70R/14      75
28x10R14........................................      254/70R/14      86
30x10R14........................................      254/80R/14      79
30x10R15........................................      254/75R/15      78
30x10R14........................................      254/80R/14      90
31x10R14........................................      254/85R/14      81
32x10R14........................................      254/90R/14      95
32x10R15........................................      254/85R/15      83
32x10R15........................................      254/85R/15      94
33x10R15........................................      254/90R/15      86
33x10R15........................................      254/90R/15      95
35x9.50R15......................................     241/105R/15      82
35x10R15........................................     254/100R/15      97
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    The products covered by this investigation are currently classified 
under the following Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States 
(HTSUS) subheadings: 4011.10.10.10,

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4011.10.10.20, 4011.10.10.30, 4011.10.10.40, 4011.10.10.50, 
4011.10.10.60, 4011.10.10.70, 4011.10.50.00, 4011.20.10.05, and 
4011.20.50.10. Tires meeting the scope description may also enter under 
the following HTSUS subheadings: 4011.90.10.10, 4011.90.10.50, 
4011.90.20.10, 4011.90.20.50, 4011.90.80.10, 4011.90.80.50, 
8708.70.45.30, 8708.70.45.46, 8708.70.45.48, 8708.70.45.60, 
8708.70.60.30, 8708.70.60.45, and 8708.70.60.60. While HTSUS 
subheadings are provided for convenience and for customs purposes, the 
written description of the subject merchandise is dispositive.''
    Background.--The final phase of these investigations is being 
scheduled pursuant to sections 705(b) and 731(b) of the Tariff Act of 
1930 (19 U.S.C. 1671d(b) and 1673d(b)), as a result of affirmative 
preliminary determinations by Commerce that certain benefits which 
constitute subsidies within the meaning of Sec.  703 of the Act (19 
U.S.C. 1671b) are being provided to manufacturers, producers, or 
exporters in Vietnam of passenger vehicle and light truck tires, and 
that such products from Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam are being 
sold in the United States at less than fair value within the meaning of 
Sec.  733 of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1673b). The investigations were 
requested in petitions filed on May 13, 2020, by the United Steel, 
Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial 
and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC (``USW''), 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
    For further information concerning the conduct of this phase of the 
investigations, hearing procedures, and rules of general application, 
consult the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, part 201, 
subparts A and B (19 CFR part 201), and part 207, subparts A and C (19 
CFR part 207).
    Participation in the investigations and public service list.--
Persons, including industrial users of the subject merchandise and, if 
the merchandise is sold at the retail level, representative consumer 
organizations, wishing to participate in the final phase of these 
investigations as parties must file an entry of appearance with the 
Secretary to the Commission, as provided in Sec.  201.11 of the 
Commission's rules, no later than 21 days prior to the hearing date 
specified in this notice. A party that filed a notice of appearance 
during the preliminary phase of the investigations need not file an 
additional notice of appearance during this final phase. The Secretary 
will maintain a public service list containing the names and addresses 
of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to the 
investigations.
    Please note the Secretary's Office will accept only electronic 
filings during this time. Filings must be made through the Commission's 
Electronic Document Information System (EDIS, https://edis.usitc.gov.) 
No in-person paper-based filings or paper copies of any electronic 
filings will be accepted until further notice.
    Limited disclosure of business proprietary information (BPI) under 
an administrative protective order (APO) and BPI service list.--
Pursuant to Sec.  207.7(a) of the Commission's rules, the Secretary 
will make BPI gathered in the final phase of these investigations 
available to authorized applicants under the APO issued in the 
investigations, provided that the application is made no later than 21 
days prior to the hearing date specified in this notice. Authorized 
applicants must represent interested parties, as defined by 19 U.S.C. 
1677(9), who are parties to the investigations. A party granted access 
to BPI in the preliminary phase of the investigations need not reapply 
for such access. A separate service list will be maintained by the 
Secretary for those parties authorized to receive BPI under the APO.
    Staff report.--The prehearing staff report in the final phase of 
these investigations will be placed in the nonpublic record on May 11, 
2021, and a public version will be issued thereafter, pursuant to Sec.  
207.22 of the Commission's rules.
    Hearing.--The Commission will hold a hearing in connection with the 
final phase of these investigations beginning at 9:30 a.m. on May 25, 
2021. Information about the place and form of the hearing, including 
about how to participate in and/or view the hearing, will be posted on 
the Commission's website at https://www.usitc.gov/calendarpad/calendar.html. Interested parties should check the Commission's website 
periodically for updates. Requests to appear at the hearing should be 
filed in writing with the Secretary to the Commission on or before May 
19, 2021. A nonparty who has testimony that may aid the Commission's 
deliberations may request permission to present a short statement at 
the hearing. All parties and nonparties desiring to appear at the 
hearing and make oral presentations should attend a prehearing 
conference to be held at 9:30 a.m. on May 21, 2021. Oral testimony and 
written materials to be submitted at the public hearing are governed by 
sections 201.6(b)(2), 201.13(f), and 207.24 of the Commission's rules. 
Parties must submit any request to present a portion of their hearing 
testimony in camera no later than 7 business days prior to the date of 
the hearing.
    Written submissions.--Each party who is an interested party shall 
submit a prehearing brief to the Commission. Prehearing briefs must 
conform with the provisions of Sec.  207.23 of the Commission's rules; 
the deadline for filing is May 18, 2021. Parties may also file written 
testimony in connection with their presentation at the hearing, as 
provided in Sec.  207.24 of the Commission's rules, and posthearing 
briefs, which must conform with the provisions of Sec.  207.25 of the 
Commission's rules. The deadline for filing posthearing briefs is June 
2, 2021. In addition, any person who has not entered an appearance as a 
party to the investigations may submit a written statement of 
information pertinent to the subject of the investigations, including 
statements of support or opposition to the petition, on or before June 
2, 2021. On June 16, 2021, the Commission will make available to 
parties all information on which they have not had an opportunity to 
comment. Parties may submit final comments on this information on or 
before June 18, 2021, but such final comments must not contain new 
factual information and must otherwise comply with Sec.  207.30 of the 
Commission's rules. All written submissions must conform with the 
provisions of Sec.  201.8 of the Commission's rules; any submissions 
that contain BPI must also conform with the requirements of Sec. Sec.  
201.6, 207.3, and 207.7 of the Commission's rules. The Commission's 
Handbook on Filing Procedures, available on the Commission's website at 
https://www.usitc.gov/documents/handbook_on_filing_procedures.pdf, 
elaborates upon the Commission's procedures with respect to filings.
    Additional written submissions to the Commission, including 
requests pursuant to Sec.  201.12 of the Commission's rules, shall not 
be accepted unless good cause is shown for accepting such submissions, 
or unless the submission is pursuant to a specific request by a 
Commissioner or Commission staff.
    In accordance with Sec. Sec.  201.16(c) and 207.3 of the 
Commission's rules, each document filed by a party to the 
investigations must be served on all other parties to the 
investigations (as identified by either the public or BPI service 
list), and a certificate of service must be timely filed. The Secretary 
will not accept a document for filing without a certificate of service.

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    Authority: These investigations are being conducted under authority 
of title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930; this notice is published 
pursuant to Sec.  207.21 of the Commission's rules.

    By order of the Commission.

    Issued: January 26, 2021.
Lisa Barton,
Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. 2021-01983 Filed 1-28-21; 8:45 am]
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