Granular Polytetrafluoroethylene Resin From the Russian Federation: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 35476-35478 [2021-14328]

Download as PDF 35476 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 126 / Tuesday, July 6, 2021 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES mail to John Seo, Senior Economist, International Trade Administration, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20230, or by email to john.seo@trade.gov or PRAcomments@ doc.gov. Please reference OMB Control Number 0625–0275 in the subject line of your comments. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to John Seo (john.seo@ trade.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract The International Trade Administration provides a multitude of international trade related programs to help U.S. businesses. These programs include information products, services, and trade events. 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[FR Doc. 2021–14298 Filed 7–2–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–FP–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [C–821–830] Granular Polytetrafluoroethylene Resin From the Russian Federation: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty Determination Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of granular polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) resin from the Russian Federation (Russia). The period of investigation is January 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination. DATES: Applicable July 6, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: George Ayache or Joseph Dowling, AD/ CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–2623 or (202) 482–1646, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 703(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Commerce published the notice of initiation of this investigation on February 23, 2021.1 On March 19, 2021, Commerce postponed the preliminary determination of this investigation and the revised deadline is now June 28, 2021.2 For a complete description of the events that followed 1 See Granular Polytetrafluoroethylene Resin from India and the Russian Federation: Initiation of Countervailing Duty Investigations, 86 FR 10931 (February 23, 2021) (Initiation Notice). 2 See Granular Polytetrafluoroethylene Resin from India and the Russian Federation: Postponement of Preliminary Determinations in the Countervailing Duty Investigations, 86 FR 14871 (March 19, 2021). E:\FR\FM\06JYN1.SGM 06JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 126 / Tuesday, July 6, 2021 / Notices the initiation of this investigation, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.3 A list of topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision 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 http:// access.trade.gov. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. Scope of the Investigation The product covered by this investigation is granular PTFE resin from Russia. 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 An interested party commented on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. For a summary of these comments and the rebuttal response submitted to the record for this preliminary determination, and accompanying discussion and analysis of the 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 scope in Appendix I. The Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum establishes the deadline to submit scope case briefs.7 There will be no further opportunity to comment on scope-related issues. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Methodology Commerce is conducting this investigation in accordance with section 701 of the Act. For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, Commerce preliminarily determines 3 See Memorandum, ‘‘Decision Memorandum for the Affirmative Preliminary Determination of the Countervailing Duty Investigation of Granular Polytetrafluoroethylene Resin from the Russian Federation,’’ dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum). 4 See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, Final Rule, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997). 5 See Initiation Notice. 6 See Memorandum, ‘‘Comments on Scope of Investigations,’’ dated concurrently with this notice (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum). 7 Id. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:42 Jul 02, 2021 Jkt 253001 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.8 Alignment Company Joint Stock Company ‘‘HaloPolymer’’ 10 ............... All Others .............................. 35477 Subsidy rate (percent) 2.36 2.36 In accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(4), Commerce is aligning the final determination in this countervailing duty (CVD) investigation with the final determination in the companion antidumping duty (AD) investigation of granular PTFE resin from Russia based on a request made by the petitioner.9 Consequently, the final CVD determination will be issued on the same date as the final AD determination, which is currently scheduled to be issued no later than November 8, 2021, unless postponed. Suspension of Liquidation All-Others Rate Disclosure Sections 703(d) and 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act provide that in the preliminary determination, Commerce shall determine an estimated all-others rate for companies not individually examined. This rate shall be an amount equal to the weighted average of the estimated subsidy rates established for those companies individually examined, excluding any rates that are zero, de minimis, or based entirely under section 776 of the Act. Commerce calculated an individual estimated countervailable subsidy rate for Joint Stock Company ‘‘HaloPolymer’’ (HaloPolymer), the only individually examined exporter/producer in this investigation. Because the only individually calculated rate is not zero, de minimis, or based entirely on facts otherwise available, the rate calculated for HaloPolymer is the rate assigned to all other producers and exporters not individually examined in this investigation, pursuant to section 705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act. Commerce intends to disclose to interested parties its calculations and analysis performed in this preliminary determination within five days of the date 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). Preliminary Determination 8 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. 9 See Petitioner’s Letter, ‘‘Request for Alignment,’’ dated April 9, 2021. 10 As discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, Commerce has found the following companies to be cross-owned with Joint Stock Company ‘‘HaloPolymer’’: Limited Liability Company ‘‘HaloPolymer Kirovo-Chepetsk,’’ Joint Stock Company ‘‘HaloPolymer Perm,’’ and URALCHEM JSC. Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Verification As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Act, Commerce intends to verify the information relied upon in making its final determination. Normally, Commerce verifies information using standard procedures, including an onsite examination of original accounting, financial, and sales documentation. However, due to current travel restrictions in response to the global COVID–19 pandemic, Commerce is unable to conduct on-site verification in this investigation. Accordingly, we intend to verify the information relied upon in making the final determination through alternative means in lieu of an on-site verification. Public Comment Commerce preliminarily determines that the following estimated countervailable subsidy rates exist: PO 00000 In accordance with section 703(d)(1)(B) and (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 the scope of the investigation section entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Further, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.205(d), Commerce will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit equal to the rates indicated above. Case briefs or other written comments may be submitted to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Interested parties will be notified of the timeline for the submission of case briefs and written comments on non-scope issues at a later date. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in these case briefs, may be submitted no later than seven days after the deadline date for case briefs.11 Note 11 See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general filing requirements); and Temporary E:\FR\FM\06JYN1.SGM Continued 06JYN1 35478 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 126 / Tuesday, July 6, 2021 / Notices that Commerce has temporarily modified certain of its requirements for serving documents containing business proprietary information, until further notice.12 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 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. included is PTFE wet raw polymer. The chemical formula for granular PTFE resin is C2F4, and the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) Registry number is 9002–84–0. Subject merchandise includes material matching the above description that has been finished, packaged, or otherwise processed in a third country, including by filling, modifying, compounding, packaging with another product, or performing any other finishing, packaging, or processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigation if performed in the country of manufacture of the granular PTFE resin. The product covered by this investigation does not include dispersion or coagulated dispersion (also known as fine powder) PTFE. PTFE further processed into micropowder, having particle size typically ranging from 1 to 25 microns, and a melt-flow rate no less than 0.1 gram/10 minutes, is excluded from the scope of this investigation. Granular PTFE resin is classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under subheading 3904.61.0010. Subject merchandise may also be classified under HTSUS subheading 3904.69.5000. Although the HTSUS subheadings and CAS Number are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope is dispositive. International Trade Commission Notification In accordance with section 703(f) of the Act, Commerce will notify the International Trade Commission (ITC) of its determination. If Commerce’s final determination is affirmative, the ITC will make its final injury determination before the later of 120 days after the date of this preliminary determination or 45 days after the final determination. List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum I. Summary II. Background III. Injury Test IV. Subsidies Valuation V. Benchmarks and Interest Rates VI. Analysis of Programs VII. Recommendation Notification to Interested Parties This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 703(f) and 777(i) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.205(c). [A–560–822, A–557–813, A–570–886, A–583– 843, A–549–821, A–552–806] jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Scope of the Investigation The product covered by this investigation is granular polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) resin. Granular PTFE resin is covered by the scope of this investigation whether filled or unfilled, whether or not modified, and whether or not containing co-polymer, additives, pigments, or other materials. Also Rule Modifying AD/CVD Service Requirements Due to COVID–19, 85 FR 17006, 17007 (March 26, 2020). 12 See Temporary Rule Modifying AD/CVD Service Requirements Due to COVID–19; Extension of Effective Period, 85 FR 41363 (July 10, 2020). Jkt 253001 BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P International Trade Administration Appendix I 17:42 Jul 02, 2021 [FR Doc. 2021–14328 Filed 7–2–21; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Dated: June 28, 2021. Christian Marsh, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. VerDate Sep<11>2014 Appendix II Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags From Indonesia, Malaysia, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Final Results of the Expedited Sunset Reviews of the Antidumping Duty Orders Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: As a result of these expedited sunset reviews, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) finds that revocation of the antidumping duty (AD) orders on polyethylene retail carrier bags from Indonesia, Malaysia, the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Thailand, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping as indicated in the ‘‘Final Results of Sunset Review’’ section of this notice. DATES: Applicable July 6, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Allison Hollander or Minoo Hatten, 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) 482–2805 or (202) 482–1690, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On March 31, 2021, Commerce published the notice of initiation of the sunset reviews of the AD orders on polyethylene retail carrier bags (PRCBs) from Indonesia, Malaysia, the People’s Republic of China (China), Taiwan, Thailand, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) 1 pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act).2 In accordance with 19 CFR 351.218(d)(1)(i) and (ii), Commerce received notices of intent to participate in these sunset reviews from the Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bag Committee (the domestic interested party) within 15 days after the date of publication of the Initiation Notice.3 1 See Antidumping Duty Orders: Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from Indonesia, Taiwan, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, 75 FR 23667 (May 4, 2010); see also Antidumping Duty Order: Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from Malaysia, 69 FR 48203 (August 9, 2004); Antidumping Duty Order: Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from The People’s Republic of China, 69 FR 48201 (August 9, 2004); Antidumping Duty Order: Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from Thailand, 69 FR 48204 (August 9, 2004) (collectively, AD Orders). 2 See Initiation Notice of Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews, 86 FR 16701 (March 31, 2021) (Initiation Notice). 3 See Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bag Committee’s Letters, ‘‘Five-Year (‘‘Sunset’’) Review of Antidumping Duty Order on Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from Indonesia: Domestic Industry Notice of Intent to Participate in Sunset Review,’’ dated April 9, 2021; ‘‘Five-Year (‘‘Sunset’’) Review of Antidumping Duty Order on Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from Malaysia: Domestic Industry Notice of Intent to Participate in Sunset Review,’’ dated April 9, 2021; ‘‘Five-Year (‘‘Sunset’’) Review Of Antidumping Duty Order On Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the People’s Republic of China: Domestic Industry Notice Of Intent to Participate in Sunset Review,’’ dated April 9, 2021; ‘‘Five-Year (‘‘Sunset’’) Review Of Antidumping Duty Order on Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from Taiwan: Domestic Industry Notice of Intent to Participate In Sunset Review,’’ dated April 9, 2021; ‘‘Five-Year (‘‘Sunset’’) Review of Antidumping Duty Order on Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from Thailand: Domestic Industry Notice of Intent to Participate in Sunset Review,’’ dated April 9, 2021; ‘‘Five-Year (‘‘Sunset’’) Review Of Antidumping Duty Order on Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Domestic Industry Notice of E:\FR\FM\06JYN1.SGM 06JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-821-830]


Granular Polytetrafluoroethylene Resin From the Russian 
Federation: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination 
and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Duty 
Determination

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines 
that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and 
exporters of granular polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) resin from the 
Russian Federation (Russia). The period of investigation is January 1, 
2020, through December 31, 2020. Interested parties are invited to 
comment on this preliminary determination.

DATES: Applicable July 6, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: George Ayache or Joseph Dowling, AD/
CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International 
Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution 
Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-2623 or (202) 
482-1646, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 
703(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Commerce 
published the notice of initiation of this investigation on February 
23, 2021.\1\ On March 19, 2021, Commerce postponed the preliminary 
determination of this investigation and the revised deadline is now 
June 28, 2021.\2\ For a complete description of the events that 
followed

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the initiation of this investigation, see the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum.\3\ A list of topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision 
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 http://access.trade.gov. In addition, a complete 
version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly 
at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/.
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    \1\ See Granular Polytetrafluoroethylene Resin from India and 
the Russian Federation: Initiation of Countervailing Duty 
Investigations, 86 FR 10931 (February 23, 2021) (Initiation Notice).
    \2\ See Granular Polytetrafluoroethylene Resin from India and 
the Russian Federation: Postponement of Preliminary Determinations 
in the Countervailing Duty Investigations, 86 FR 14871 (March 19, 
2021).
    \3\ See Memorandum, ``Decision Memorandum for the Affirmative 
Preliminary Determination of the Countervailing Duty Investigation 
of Granular Polytetrafluoroethylene Resin from the Russian 
Federation,'' dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this 
notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum).
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Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is granular PTFE resin 
from Russia. 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\ An interested party 
commented on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in the 
Initiation Notice. For a summary of these comments and the rebuttal 
response submitted to the record for this preliminary determination, 
and accompanying discussion and analysis of the 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 scope in Appendix I.
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    \4\ See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, Final Rule, 
62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997).
    \5\ See Initiation Notice.
    \6\ See Memorandum, ``Comments on Scope of Investigations,'' 
dated concurrently with this notice (Preliminary Scope Decision 
Memorandum).
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    The Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum establishes the deadline 
to submit scope case briefs.\7\ There will be no further opportunity to 
comment on scope-related issues.
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    \7\ Id.
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Methodology

    Commerce is conducting this investigation in accordance with 
section 701 of the Act. For each of the subsidy programs found 
countervailable, Commerce preliminarily 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.\8\
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    \8\ 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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Alignment

    In accordance with section 705(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.210(b)(4), Commerce is aligning the final determination in this 
countervailing duty (CVD) investigation with the final determination in 
the companion antidumping duty (AD) investigation of granular PTFE 
resin from Russia based on a request made by the petitioner.\9\ 
Consequently, the final CVD determination will be issued on the same 
date as the final AD determination, which is currently scheduled to be 
issued no later than November 8, 2021, unless postponed.
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    \9\ See Petitioner's Letter, ``Request for Alignment,'' dated 
April 9, 2021.
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All-Others Rate

    Sections 703(d) and 705(c)(5)(A) of the Act provide that in the 
preliminary determination, Commerce shall determine an estimated all-
others rate for companies not individually examined. This rate shall be 
an amount equal to the weighted average of the estimated subsidy rates 
established for those companies individually examined, excluding any 
rates that are zero, de minimis, or based entirely under section 776 of 
the Act.
    Commerce calculated an individual estimated countervailable subsidy 
rate for Joint Stock Company ``HaloPolymer'' (HaloPolymer), the only 
individually examined exporter/producer in this investigation. Because 
the only individually calculated rate is not zero, de minimis, or based 
entirely on facts otherwise available, the rate calculated for 
HaloPolymer is the rate assigned to all other producers and exporters 
not individually examined in this investigation, pursuant to section 
705(c)(5)(A)(i) of the Act.

Preliminary Determination

    Commerce preliminarily determines that the following estimated 
countervailable subsidy rates exist:
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    \10\ As discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, 
Commerce has found the following companies to be cross-owned with 
Joint Stock Company ``HaloPolymer'': Limited Liability Company 
``HaloPolymer Kirovo-Chepetsk,'' Joint Stock Company ``HaloPolymer 
Perm,'' and URALCHEM JSC.

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                         Company                             (percent)
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Joint Stock Company ``HaloPolymer'' \10\................            2.36
All Others..............................................            2.36
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Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 703(d)(1)(B) and (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 
the scope of the investigation section entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of this 
notice in the Federal Register. Further, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.205(d), 
Commerce will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit equal to the rates 
indicated above.

Disclosure

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

Verification

    As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Act, Commerce intends to 
verify the information relied upon in making its final determination. 
Normally, Commerce verifies information using standard procedures, 
including an on-site examination of original accounting, financial, and 
sales documentation. However, due to current travel restrictions in 
response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Commerce is unable to conduct 
on-site verification in this investigation. Accordingly, we intend to 
verify the information relied upon in making the final determination 
through alternative means in lieu of an on-site verification.

Public Comment

    Case briefs or other written comments may be submitted to the 
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Interested parties 
will be notified of the timeline for the submission of case briefs and 
written comments on non-scope issues at a later date. Rebuttal briefs, 
limited to issues raised in these case briefs, may be submitted no 
later than seven days after the deadline date for case briefs.\11\ Note

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that Commerce has temporarily modified certain of its requirements for 
serving documents containing business proprietary information, until 
further notice.\12\ 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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    \11\ See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general 
filing requirements); and Temporary Rule Modifying AD/CVD Service 
Requirements Due to COVID-19, 85 FR 17006, 17007 (March 26, 2020).
    \12\ See Temporary Rule Modifying AD/CVD Service Requirements 
Due to COVID-19; Extension of Effective Period, 85 FR 41363 (July 
10, 2020).
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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 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.

International Trade Commission Notification

    In accordance with section 703(f) of the Act, Commerce will notify 
the International Trade Commission (ITC) of its determination. If 
Commerce's final determination is affirmative, the ITC will make its 
final injury determination before the later of 120 days after the date 
of this preliminary determination or 45 days after the final 
determination.

Notification to Interested Parties

    This determination is issued and published pursuant to sections 
703(f) and 777(i) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.205(c).

    Dated: June 28, 2021.
Christian Marsh,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I

Scope of the Investigation

    The product covered by this investigation is granular 
polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) resin. Granular PTFE resin is covered 
by the scope of this investigation whether filled or unfilled, 
whether or not modified, and whether or not containing co-polymer, 
additives, pigments, or other materials. Also included is PTFE wet 
raw polymer. The chemical formula for granular PTFE resin is C2F4, 
and the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) Registry number is 9002-84-
0.
    Subject merchandise includes material matching the above 
description that has been finished, packaged, or otherwise processed 
in a third country, including by filling, modifying, compounding, 
packaging with another product, or performing any other finishing, 
packaging, or processing that would not otherwise remove the 
merchandise from the scope of the investigation if performed in the 
country of manufacture of the granular PTFE resin.
    The product covered by this investigation does not include 
dispersion or coagulated dispersion (also known as fine powder) 
PTFE.
    PTFE further processed into micropowder, having particle size 
typically ranging from 1 to 25 microns, and a melt-flow rate no less 
than 0.1 gram/10 minutes, is excluded from the scope of this 
investigation.
    Granular PTFE resin is classified in the Harmonized Tariff 
Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under subheading 3904.61.0010. 
Subject merchandise may also be classified under HTSUS subheading 
3904.69.5000. Although the HTSUS subheadings and CAS Number are 
provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written 
description of the scope is dispositive.

Appendix II

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Injury Test
IV. Subsidies Valuation
V. Benchmarks and Interest Rates
VI. Analysis of Programs
VII. Recommendation

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