Certain Chassis and Subassemblies Thereof From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, 15186-15188 [2021-05815]

Download as PDF 15186 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 53 / Monday, March 22, 2021 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–570–136] Certain Chassis and Subassemblies Thereof 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 certain chassis and subassemblies thereof (chassis) from the People’s Republic of China (China). The period of investigation is January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019. DATES: Applicable March 22, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Langley or Nicholas Czajkowski, 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) 482–3861 or (202) 482–1395, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Background The petitioner in this investigation is the Coalition of American Chassis Manufacturers. In addition to the Government of China (GOC), the selected mandatory respondents are Qingdao CIMC Special Vehicles Co., Ltd. (QCVC) and Dongguan CIMC Vehicle Co., Ltd. (DCVC) (collectively, with other cross-owned companies, CIMC). On January 4, 2021 Commerce published in the Federal Register the Preliminary Determination of this investigation.1 A summary of the events that occurred since Commerce published the Preliminary Determination, as well as a full discussion of the issues raised by parties for this final determination, may be found in the Issues and Decision Memorandum.2 The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public document and 1 See Certain Chassis and Subassemblies Thereof from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, 86 FR 56 (January 4, 2021) (Preliminary Determination), and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum. 2 See Memorandum, ‘‘Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Chassis and Subassemblies Thereof from the People’s Republic of China,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Issues and Decision Memorandum). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Mar 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 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. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at https://enforcement.trade.gov/ frn/. Scope of the Investigation The products covered by this investigation are certain chassis and subassemblies thereof from China. For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see Appendix I. Scope Comments During the course of this and the concurrent antidumping duty (AD) investigation, Commerce received scope comments from interested parties. Commerce issued a Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum to address these comments.3 Subsequently, we received comments from interested parties on the Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum, which we address in the Final Scope Decision Memorandum, dated contemporaneously with, and hereby adopted by, this final determination.4 Commerce is modifying the scope language as it appeared in the Preliminary Determination. See Appendix I for the final scope of this investigation. 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. A list of the issues raised by parties raised is attached to this notice at Appendix II. Methodology Commerce conducted this investigation in accordance with section 701 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (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, 3 See Memorandum, ‘‘Certain Chassis and Subassemblies Thereof from the People’s Republic of China: Scope Comments Preliminary Decision Memorandum,’’ dated February 9, 2021 (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum). 4 See Memorandum, ‘‘Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Investigations of Certain Chassis and Subassemblies Thereof from the People’s Republic of China: Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for the Final Determinations,’’ dated March 15, 2021 (Final Scope Decision Memorandum). PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and that the subsidy is specific.5 For a full description of the methodology underlying our final determination, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum. In making this final determination, Commerce is relying, in part, on facts otherwise available, including adverse facts available (AFA), pursuant to sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act. For a full discussion of our application of AFA, see the Preliminary Determination and the section ‘‘Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inference’’ in the accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum.6 Changes Since the Preliminary Determination Based on our review and analysis of the comments received from parties, as well as additional information collected in questionnaires issued subsequent to the Preliminary Determination, we made certain changes to CIMC’s subsidy rate calculations. For a discussion of these changes, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum. Verification Commerce was unable to conduct onsite verification of the information relied upon in making its final determination in this investigation. However, we took additional steps in lieu of an on-site verification to verify the information relied upon in making this final determination, in accordance with section 782(i) of the Act.7 All-Others Rate As discussed in the Preliminary Determination, Commerce selected the all-others rate using the countervailable subsidy rate calculated for the mandatory respondent in accordance with section 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act.8 Section 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act provides that this rate shall be an amount equal to the weighted average of the estimated subsidy rates established for those companies individually examined, excluding any zero and de minimis rates and any rates based entirely under section 776 of the Act. In this investigation, Commerce calculated a rate for CIMC that is not 5 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. 6 See Preliminary Decision Memorandum at ‘‘Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences’’; see also Issues and Decision Memorandum at ‘‘Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inference.’’ 7 See Commerce’s Letter, ‘‘Countervailing Duty Investigation of Certain Chassis and Subassemblies Thereof: CIMC Vehicles (Group) Co., Ltd. Verification Questionnaire,’’ dated February 3, 2021. 8 See Preliminary Determination. E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 53 / Monday, March 22, 2021 / Notices zero, de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise available. Consequently, the rate calculated for CIMC is also assigned as the rate for all other producers and exporters. Final Determination Commerce determines that the following estimated countervailable subsidy rates exist: Subsidy rate (percent) Company Qingdao CIMC Special Vehicles Co., Ltd. and Dongguan CIMC Vehicles Co., Ltd.9 .................. All Others .................................... 39.14 39.14 Disclosure Commerce intends to disclose to interested parties its calculations and analysis performed in this final determination within five days of its 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). Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 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 entries of subject merchandise from China that were entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption, effective January 4, 2020, which is the date of publication of the Preliminary Determination in the Federal Register. In accordance with section 705(c)(1)(C) of the Act, we are directing CBP to continue to suspend liquidation of all imports of the subject merchandise from China that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. The suspension of liquidation instructions will remain in effect until further notice. We are also directing CBP to collect countervailing duty deposits at the rates described above. 9 Commerce finds the following companies to be cross-owned with Qingdao CIMC Special Vehicles Co., Ltd. and Dongguan CIMC Vehicle Co., Ltd.: CIMC Vehicles (Group) Co., Ltd.; Shenzhen CIMC Vehicle Co., Ltd.; Zhumadian CIMC Huajun Casting Co., Ltd.; China International Marine Containers (Group) Co., Ltd.; Liangshan CIMC Dongyue Vehicles Co., Ltd.; Shandong Wanshida Special Vehicle Manufacturing Co., Ltd.; Yangzhou CIMC Tonghua Special Vehicles Co., Ltd.; Zhumadian CIMC Huajun Vehicle Co., Ltd.; Gansu CIMC Huajun Vehicles Co., Ltd.; CIMC Vehicles (Liaoning) Co., Ltd.; and Zhumadian CIMC Wanjia Axle Co., Ltd. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Mar 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 15187 If the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issues a final affirmative injury determination, we will issue a CVD order, and continue to require a cash deposit of estimated countervailing duties for such entries of subject merchandise in the amounts indicated above, in accordance with section 706(a) of the Act. If the ITC determines that material injury, or threat of material injury, does not exist, this proceeding will be terminated, and all estimated duties deposited or securities posted as a result of the suspension of liquidation will be refunded or canceled. destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of the return/ 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 violation which is subject to sanction. ITC Notification In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the ITC of its final affirmative determination that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of chassis from China. 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 corrosion inhibitors from China no later than 45 days after our final determination. In addition, we are making available to the ITC all nonprivileged and nonproprietary information related to this investigation. 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. If the ITC determines that such injury does exist, Commerce will issue a countervailing duty order directing CBP to assess, upon further instruction by Commerce, countervailing duties on all imports of the subject merchandise that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the effective date of the suspension of liquidation, as discussed above in the ‘‘Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation’’ section. 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. Dated: March 15, 2021. Christian Marsh, Acting 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 parties subject to the APO of their responsibility concerning the PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Notification to Interested Parties This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 705(d) and 771(i) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.210(c). Appendix I Scope of the Investigation The merchandise covered by this investigation is chassis and subassemblies thereof, whether finished or unfinished, whether assembled or unassembled, whether coated or uncoated, regardless of the number of axles, for carriage of containers, or other payloads (including self-supporting payloads) for road, marine roll-on/roll-off (RORO) and/or rail transport. Chassis are typically, but are not limited to, rectangular framed trailers with a suspension and axle system, wheels and tires, brakes, a lighting and electrical system, a coupling for towing behind a truck tractor, and a locking system or systems to secure the shipping container or containers to the chassis using twistlocks, slide pins or similar attachment devices to engage the corner fittings on the container or other payload. Subject merchandise includes, but is not limited to, the following subassemblies: • Chassis frames, or sections of chassis frames, including kingpin assemblies, bolsters consisting of transverse beams with locking or support mechanisms, goosenecks, drop assemblies, extension mechanisms and/ or rear impact guards; • Running gear assemblies or axle assemblies for connection to the chassis frame, whether fixed in nature or capable of sliding fore and aft or lifting up and lowering down, which may or may not include suspension(s) (mechanical or pneumatic), wheel end components, slack adjusters, axles, brake chambers, locking pins, and tires and wheels; • Landing gear assemblies, for connection to the chassis frame, capable of supporting the chassis when it is not engaged to a tractor; and • Assemblies that connect to the chassis frame or a section of the chassis frame, such as, but not limited to, pintle hooks or B-trains (which include a fifth wheel), which are capable of connecting a chassis to a converter dolly or another chassis. Importation of any of these subassemblies, whether assembled or unassembled, constitutes an unfinished chassis for purposes of this investigation. E:\FR\FM\22MRN1.SGM 22MRN1 15188 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 53 / Monday, March 22, 2021 / Notices Subject merchandise also includes chassis, whether finished or unfinished, entered with or for further assembly with components such as, but not limited to: Hub and drum assemblies, brake assemblies (either drum or disc), axles, brake chambers, suspensions and suspension components, wheel end components, landing gear legs, spoke or disc wheels, tires, brake control systems, electrical harnesses and lighting systems. Processing of finished and unfinished chassis and components such as trimming, cutting, grinding, notching, punching, drilling, painting, coating, staining, finishing, assembly, or any other processing either in the country of manufacture of the in-scope product or in a third country does not remove the product from the scope. Inclusion of other components not identified as comprising the finished or unfinished chassis does not remove the product from the scope. Individual components entered and sold by themselves are not subject to the investigation, but components entered with or for further assembly with a finished or unfinished chassis are subject merchandise. A finished chassis is ultimately comprised of several different types of subassemblies. Within each subassembly there are numerous components that comprise a given subassembly. This scope excludes dry van trailers, refrigerated van trailers and flatbed trailers. Dry van trailers are trailers with a wholly enclosed cargo space comprised of fixed sides, nose, floor and roof, with articulated panels (doors) across the rear and occasionally at selected places on the sides, with the cargo space being permanently incorporated in the trailer itself. Refrigerated van trailers are trailers with a wholly enclosed cargo space comprised of fixed sides, nose, floor and roof, with articulated panels (doors) across the rear and occasionally at selected places on the sides, with the cargo space being permanently incorporated in the trailer and being insulated, possessing specific thermal properties intended for use with selfcontained refrigeration systems. Flatbed (or platform) trailers consist of load-carrying main frames and a solid, flat or stepped loading deck or floor permanently incorporated with and supported by frame rails and cross members. The finished and unfinished chassis subject to this investigation are typically classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) at subheadings: 8716.39.0090 and 8716.90.5060. Imports of finished and unfinished chassis may also enter under HTSUS subheading 8716.90.5010. While the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise under investigation is dispositive. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Appendix II List of Topics Discussed in the Final Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Subsidies Valuation IV. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:46 Mar 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 V. Analysis of Programs VI. Analysis of Comments Comment 1: Whether CIMC and Its CrossOwned Affiliates are State-Owned Comment 2: Whether the Provision of International Ocean Shipping Services for LTAR is Countervailable Comment 3: Whether Shipping Services Provided by Non-Chinese Firms and For Merchandise Not Subject to the Investigation are Countervailable Comment 4: Whether the Application of Adverse Facts Available to the Export Buyer’s Credit Program is Warranted Comment 5: Whether the Application of Adverse Facts Available is Warranted in Finding the Provision of Electricity for LTAR Countervailable Comment 6: Whether Electricity Surcharges are Countervailable Comment 7: Whether Commerce Should use Alternative Benchmark Rates for Land-Use Rights Comment 8: Whether Intercompany Loans are Countervailable Comment 9: Whether Commercial Loans are Countervailable Comment 10: Whether Subsidies to Huajun Casting’s Production are Attributable to Chassis Production Comment 11: Whether Commerce Should Have Initiated an Investigation into Currency Undervaluation Comment 12: Whether CIMC Failed Verification with Respect to Reported Input Purchases VII. Recommendation [FR Doc. 2021–05815 Filed 3–19–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P (202) 482–2437 and (202) 482–1168, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On October 30, 2020, Commerce published its Preliminary Determination in the antidumping duty investigation of non-refillable cylinders from China.1 A summary of the events that occurred since Commerce published the Preliminary Determination, as well as a full discussion of the issues raised by parties for this final determination, may be found in the Issues and Decision Memorandum.2 Period of Investigation The POI is July 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019. Scope of the Investigation The products covered by this investigation are certain non-refillable steel cylinders from China. For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see Appendix I. Scope Comments On October 23, 2020, we issued the Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum.3 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. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Analysis of Comments Received International Trade Administration All issues raised in the case briefs and rebuttal briefs submitted by interested parties in this proceeding are discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum. A list of the issues raised by parties and responded to by Commerce in the Issues and Decision Memorandum is attached to this notice as Appendix II. The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public document and is available electronically via Enforcement and Compliance’s [A–570–126] Non-Refillable Steel Cylinders from the People’s Republic of China: Final Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that nonrefillable steel cylinders (non-refillable cylinders) from the People’s Republic of China (China) are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is July 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019. DATES: Applicable March 22, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katherine Sliney and Joy Zhang, AD/ CVD Operations, Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1 See Certain Non-Refillable Steel Cylinders from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures, 85 FR 68852 (October 30, 2020) (Preliminary Determination), and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum (PDM). 2 See Memorandum, ‘‘Certain Non-Refillable Steel Cylinders from the People’s Republic of China: Decision Memorandum for the Final Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less-Than-Fair-Value,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Issues and Decision Memorandum). 3 See Memorandum, ‘‘Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Investigations on Certain NonRefillable Steel Cylinders from the People’s Republic of China: Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum,’’ dated October 23, 2020 (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum). 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-136]


Certain Chassis and Subassemblies Thereof 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 certain chassis and subassemblies thereof (chassis) from the 
People's Republic of China (China). The period of investigation is 
January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019.

DATES: Applicable March 22, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Langley or Nicholas 
Czajkowski, 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) 482-3861 
or (202) 482-1395, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The petitioner in this investigation is the Coalition of American 
Chassis Manufacturers. In addition to the Government of China (GOC), 
the selected mandatory respondents are Qingdao CIMC Special Vehicles 
Co., Ltd. (QCVC) and Dongguan CIMC Vehicle Co., Ltd. (DCVC) 
(collectively, with other cross-owned companies, CIMC).
    On January 4, 2021 Commerce published in the Federal Register the 
Preliminary Determination of this investigation.\1\ A summary of the 
events that occurred since Commerce published the Preliminary 
Determination, as well as a full discussion of the issues raised by 
parties for this final determination, may be found in the Issues and 
Decision Memorandum.\2\ The Issues and Decision Memorandum is a public 
document and is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's 
Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service 
System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at https://access.trade.gov. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and 
Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at https://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/.
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    \1\ See Certain Chassis and Subassemblies Thereof from the 
People's Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing 
Duty Determination, 86 FR 56 (January 4, 2021) (Preliminary 
Determination), and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
    \2\ See Memorandum, ``Issues and Decision Memorandum for the 
Final Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation of 
Certain Chassis and Subassemblies Thereof from the People's Republic 
of China,'' dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this 
notice (Issues and Decision Memorandum).
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Scope of the Investigation

    The products covered by this investigation are certain chassis and 
subassemblies thereof from China. For a complete description of the 
scope of this investigation, see Appendix I.

Scope Comments

    During the course of this and the concurrent antidumping duty (AD) 
investigation, Commerce received scope comments from interested 
parties. Commerce issued a Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum to 
address these comments.\3\ Subsequently, we received comments from 
interested parties on the Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum, which 
we address in the Final Scope Decision Memorandum, dated 
contemporaneously with, and hereby adopted by, this final 
determination.\4\ Commerce is modifying the scope language as it 
appeared in the Preliminary Determination. See Appendix I for the final 
scope of this investigation.
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    \3\ See Memorandum, ``Certain Chassis and Subassemblies Thereof 
from the People's Republic of China: Scope Comments Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum,'' dated February 9, 2021 (Preliminary Scope 
Decision Memorandum).
    \4\ See Memorandum, ``Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty 
Investigations of Certain Chassis and Subassemblies Thereof from the 
People's Republic of China: Scope Comments Decision Memorandum for 
the Final Determinations,'' dated March 15, 2021 (Final Scope 
Decision Memorandum).
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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. A list of the issues 
raised by parties raised is attached to this notice at Appendix II.

Methodology

    Commerce conducted this investigation in accordance with section 
701 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (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.\5\ For a full description of the methodology underlying our 
final determination, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum.
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    \5\ 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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    In making this final determination, Commerce is relying, in part, 
on facts otherwise available, including adverse facts available (AFA), 
pursuant to sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act. For a full discussion 
of our application of AFA, see the Preliminary Determination and the 
section ``Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inference'' in 
the accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum.\6\
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    \6\ See Preliminary Decision Memorandum at ``Use of Facts 
Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences''; see also Issues and 
Decision Memorandum at ``Use of Facts Otherwise Available and 
Adverse Inference.''
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Changes Since the Preliminary Determination

    Based on our review and analysis of the comments received from 
parties, as well as additional information collected in questionnaires 
issued subsequent to the Preliminary Determination, we made certain 
changes to CIMC's subsidy rate calculations. For a discussion of these 
changes, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum.

Verification

    Commerce was unable to conduct on-site verification of the 
information relied upon in making its final determination in this 
investigation. However, we took additional steps in lieu of an on-site 
verification to verify the information relied upon in making this final 
determination, in accordance with section 782(i) of the Act.\7\
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    \7\ See Commerce's Letter, ``Countervailing Duty Investigation 
of Certain Chassis and Subassemblies Thereof: CIMC Vehicles (Group) 
Co., Ltd. Verification Questionnaire,'' dated February 3, 2021.
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All-Others Rate

    As discussed in the Preliminary Determination, Commerce selected 
the all-others rate using the countervailable subsidy rate calculated 
for the mandatory respondent in accordance with section 705(c)(5)(A) of 
the Act.\8\ Section 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act provides that this rate 
shall be an amount equal to the weighted average of the estimated 
subsidy rates established for those companies individually examined, 
excluding any zero and de minimis rates and any rates based entirely 
under section 776 of the Act.
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    \8\ See Preliminary Determination.
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    In this investigation, Commerce calculated a rate for CIMC that is 
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zero, de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise available. 
Consequently, the rate calculated for CIMC is also assigned as the rate 
for all other producers and exporters.

Final Determination

    Commerce determines that the following estimated countervailable 
subsidy rates exist:
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    \9\ Commerce finds the following companies to be cross-owned 
with Qingdao CIMC Special Vehicles Co., Ltd. and Dongguan CIMC 
Vehicle Co., Ltd.: CIMC Vehicles (Group) Co., Ltd.; Shenzhen CIMC 
Vehicle Co., Ltd.; Zhumadian CIMC Huajun Casting Co., Ltd.; China 
International Marine Containers (Group) Co., Ltd.; Liangshan CIMC 
Dongyue Vehicles Co., Ltd.; Shandong Wanshida Special Vehicle 
Manufacturing Co., Ltd.; Yangzhou CIMC Tonghua Special Vehicles Co., 
Ltd.; Zhumadian CIMC Huajun Vehicle Co., Ltd.; Gansu CIMC Huajun 
Vehicles Co., Ltd.; CIMC Vehicles (Liaoning) Co., Ltd.; and 
Zhumadian CIMC Wanjia Axle Co., Ltd.

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                           Company                               rate
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Qingdao CIMC Special Vehicles Co., Ltd. and Dongguan CIMC          39.14
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All Others..................................................       39.14
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Disclosure

    Commerce intends to disclose to interested parties its calculations 
and analysis performed in this final determination within five days of 
its 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).

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 entries of 
subject merchandise from China that were entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption, effective January 4, 2020, which is the 
date of publication of the Preliminary Determination in the Federal 
Register.
    In accordance with section 705(c)(1)(C) of the Act, we are 
directing CBP to continue to suspend liquidation of all imports of the 
subject merchandise from China that are entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of this 
notice in the Federal Register. The suspension of liquidation 
instructions will remain in effect until further notice. We are also 
directing CBP to collect countervailing duty deposits at the rates 
described above.
    If the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issues a final 
affirmative injury determination, we will issue a CVD order, and 
continue to require a cash deposit of estimated countervailing duties 
for such entries of subject merchandise in the amounts indicated above, 
in accordance with section 706(a) of the Act. If the ITC determines 
that material injury, or threat of material injury, does not exist, 
this proceeding will be terminated, and all estimated duties deposited 
or securities posted as a result of the suspension of liquidation will 
be refunded or canceled.

ITC Notification

    In accordance with section 705(d) of the Act, we will notify the 
ITC of its final affirmative determination that countervailable 
subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of chassis from 
China. 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 corrosion inhibitors from China no 
later than 45 days after our final determination. In addition, we are 
making available to the ITC all non-privileged and nonproprietary 
information related to this investigation. 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. 
If the ITC determines that such injury does exist, Commerce will issue 
a countervailing duty order directing CBP to assess, upon further 
instruction by Commerce, countervailing duties on all imports of the 
subject merchandise that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for 
consumption on or after the effective date of the suspension of 
liquidation, as discussed above in the ``Continuation of Suspension of 
Liquidation'' section. 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 parties 
subject to the 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 the return/
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 violation which is subject to sanction.

Notification to Interested Parties

    This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 
705(d) and 771(i) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.210(c).

    Dated: March 15, 2021.
Christian Marsh,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I

Scope of the Investigation

    The merchandise covered by this investigation is chassis and 
subassemblies thereof, whether finished or unfinished, whether 
assembled or unassembled, whether coated or uncoated, regardless of 
the number of axles, for carriage of containers, or other payloads 
(including self-supporting payloads) for road, marine roll-on/roll-
off (RORO) and/or rail transport. Chassis are typically, but are not 
limited to, rectangular framed trailers with a suspension and axle 
system, wheels and tires, brakes, a lighting and electrical system, 
a coupling for towing behind a truck tractor, and a locking system 
or systems to secure the shipping container or containers to the 
chassis using twistlocks, slide pins or similar attachment devices 
to engage the corner fittings on the container or other payload.
    Subject merchandise includes, but is not limited to, the 
following subassemblies:
     Chassis frames, or sections of chassis frames, 
including kingpin assemblies, bolsters consisting of transverse 
beams with locking or support mechanisms, goosenecks, drop 
assemblies, extension mechanisms and/or rear impact guards;
     Running gear assemblies or axle assemblies for 
connection to the chassis frame, whether fixed in nature or capable 
of sliding fore and aft or lifting up and lowering down, which may 
or may not include suspension(s) (mechanical or pneumatic), wheel 
end components, slack adjusters, axles, brake chambers, locking 
pins, and tires and wheels;
     Landing gear assemblies, for connection to the chassis 
frame, capable of supporting the chassis when it is not engaged to a 
tractor; and
     Assemblies that connect to the chassis frame or a 
section of the chassis frame, such as, but not limited to, pintle 
hooks or B-trains (which include a fifth wheel), which are capable 
of connecting a chassis to a converter dolly or another chassis.
    Importation of any of these subassemblies, whether assembled or 
unassembled, constitutes an unfinished chassis for purposes of this 
investigation.

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    Subject merchandise also includes chassis, whether finished or 
unfinished, entered with or for further assembly with components 
such as, but not limited to: Hub and drum assemblies, brake 
assemblies (either drum or disc), axles, brake chambers, suspensions 
and suspension components, wheel end components, landing gear legs, 
spoke or disc wheels, tires, brake control systems, electrical 
harnesses and lighting systems.
    Processing of finished and unfinished chassis and components 
such as trimming, cutting, grinding, notching, punching, drilling, 
painting, coating, staining, finishing, assembly, or any other 
processing either in the country of manufacture of the in-scope 
product or in a third country does not remove the product from the 
scope. Inclusion of other components not identified as comprising 
the finished or unfinished chassis does not remove the product from 
the scope.
    Individual components entered and sold by themselves are not 
subject to the investigation, but components entered with or for 
further assembly with a finished or unfinished chassis are subject 
merchandise. A finished chassis is ultimately comprised of several 
different types of subassemblies. Within each subassembly there are 
numerous components that comprise a given subassembly.
    This scope excludes dry van trailers, refrigerated van trailers 
and flatbed trailers. Dry van trailers are trailers with a wholly 
enclosed cargo space comprised of fixed sides, nose, floor and roof, 
with articulated panels (doors) across the rear and occasionally at 
selected places on the sides, with the cargo space being permanently 
incorporated in the trailer itself. Refrigerated van trailers are 
trailers with a wholly enclosed cargo space comprised of fixed 
sides, nose, floor and roof, with articulated panels (doors) across 
the rear and occasionally at selected places on the sides, with the 
cargo space being permanently incorporated in the trailer and being 
insulated, possessing specific thermal properties intended for use 
with self-contained refrigeration systems. Flatbed (or platform) 
trailers consist of load-carrying main frames and a solid, flat or 
stepped loading deck or floor permanently incorporated with and 
supported by frame rails and cross members.
    The finished and unfinished chassis subject to this 
investigation are typically classified in the Harmonized Tariff 
Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) at subheadings: 8716.39.0090 
and 8716.90.5060. Imports of finished and unfinished chassis may 
also enter under HTSUS subheading 8716.90.5010. While the HTSUS 
subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the 
written description of the merchandise under investigation is 
dispositive.

Appendix II

List of Topics Discussed in the Final Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Subsidies Valuation
IV. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences
V. Analysis of Programs
VI. Analysis of Comments
    Comment 1: Whether CIMC and Its Cross-Owned Affiliates are 
State-Owned
    Comment 2: Whether the Provision of International Ocean Shipping 
Services for LTAR is Countervailable
    Comment 3: Whether Shipping Services Provided by Non-Chinese 
Firms and For Merchandise Not Subject to the Investigation are 
Countervailable
    Comment 4: Whether the Application of Adverse Facts Available to 
the Export Buyer's Credit Program is Warranted
    Comment 5: Whether the Application of Adverse Facts Available is 
Warranted in Finding the Provision of Electricity for LTAR 
Countervailable
    Comment 6: Whether Electricity Surcharges are Countervailable
    Comment 7: Whether Commerce Should use Alternative Benchmark 
Rates for Land-Use Rights
    Comment 8: Whether Intercompany Loans are Countervailable
    Comment 9: Whether Commercial Loans are Countervailable
    Comment 10: Whether Subsidies to Huajun Casting's Production are 
Attributable to Chassis Production
    Comment 11: Whether Commerce Should Have Initiated an 
Investigation into Currency Undervaluation
    Comment 12: Whether CIMC Failed Verification with Respect to 
Reported Input Purchases
VII. Recommendation

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