Department of Commerce March 16, 2016 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Cuba: Revisions to License Exceptions and Licensing Policy
Document Number: 2016-06019
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
This rule allows vessels departing the United States on temporary sojourn to Cuba with cargo for other destinations to travel to Cuba under a license exception rather than having to obtain a license for the cargo bound for those other destinations to transit Cuba. This rule also authorizes exports of certain items to persons authorized by the Department of the Treasury to establish and maintain a physical or business presence in Cuba. Finally, the rule would adopt a licensing policy of case-by-case review for exports and reexports of items that would enable or facilitate export of items produced by the private sector in Cuba, subject to certain limitations.
Certain Steel Nails From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2013-2014
Document Number: 2016-05994
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the ``Department'') published the Preliminary Results of the sixth administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain steel nails from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') on September 4, 2015.\1\ We gave interested parties an opportunity to comment on the Preliminary Results. Based upon our analysis of the comments and information received, we made changes to the margin calculation for these final results regarding one of the mandatory respondents, Stanley.\2\ We also continue to find that the other mandatory respondent, Shandong Oriental Cherry Hardware Group Co., Ltd. (``Shandong Oriental Cherry''), withheld requested information, significantly impeded this administrative review, and did not cooperate to the best of its ability. Accordingly, pursuant to sections 776(a) and (b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (``the Act''), we continue to apply total adverse facts available (``AFA'') to Shandong Oriental Cherry and find that it is not eligible for separate rate status and, thus, is part of the PRC-wide entity. The final dumping margins are listed below in the ``Final Results of Administrative Review'' section of this notice. The period of review (``POR'') is August 1, 2013, through July 31, 2014.
Brass Sheet and Strip From France: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015
Document Number: 2016-05992
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On December 1, 2015, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published the preliminary results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on brass sheet and strip from France.\1\ The review covers Griset SA (Griset) and KME France SAS (KME France). The period of review (POR) is March 1, 2014, through February 28, 2015. We invited interested parties to comment on our Preliminary Results. No parties commented, and our final results remain unchanged from our Preliminary Results. The final results are listed in the section entitled ``Final Results of Review'' below.
Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan
Document Number: 2016-05948
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), on behalf of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), publishes annual management measures governing the Pacific halibut fishery recommended as regulations by the IPHC and accepted by the Secretary of State. This action is intended to enhance the conservation of Pacific halibut and further the goals and objectives of the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC).
Heavy Walled Rectangular Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes From Mexico: Amended Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value
Document Number: 2016-05943
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
As a result of the correction of a significant ministerial error, the Department of Commerce (the Department) continues to preliminarily determine that heavy walled rectangular carbon steel pipes and tubes (HWR pipes and tubes) from Mexico are being sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV), as provided in section 733(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). The period of investigation is July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015. Interested parties are invited to comment on this amended preliminary determination.
Wooden Bedroom Furniture From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Court Decision Not in Harmony With Final Scope Ruling and Notice of Amended Final Scope Ruling Pursuant to Court Decision
Document Number: 2016-05942
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On February 29, 2016, the United States Court of International Trade (``CIT'' or ``Court'') sustained the Department of Commerce's (``Department'') final results of redetermination \1\ in which the Department determined, under protest, that four chests of Ethan Allen Operations, Inc. (``Ethan Allen'') are not subject to the scope of the WBF Order,\2\ pursuant to the CIT's remand order in Ethan Allen Operations, Inc. v. United States, Consol. Court No. 14-00147 (December 1, 2015) (``Ethan Allen'').
Seamless Carbon Alloy Steel Standard Line and Pressure Pipes From the People's Republic of China: Continuation of Antidumping Duty Order and Countervailing Duty Order
Document Number: 2016-05941
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
As a result of the determinations by the Department of Commerce (the Department) and the International Trade Commission (ITC) that revocation of the antidumping duty (AD) order and countervailing duty (CVD) order on seamless carbon alloy steel standard line and pressure pipes (seamless pipe) from the People's Republic of China (PRC) would likely lead to a continuation or recurrence of dumping and countervailable subsidies and material injury to an industry in the United States, the Department is publishing a notice of continuation of the antidumping duty order and the countervailing duty order.
Large Power Transformers From the Republic of Korea: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2013-2014
Document Number: 2016-05940
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On September 4, 2015, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published the preliminary results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on large power transformers from the Republic of Korea.\1\ The review covers five producers/exporters of the subject merchandise, Hyosung Corporation (Hyosung), Hyundai Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (Hyundai), ILJIN, ILJIN Electric Co., Ltd. (ILJIN Electric), and LSIS Co., Ltd. (LSIS). ILJIN, ILJIN Electric, and LSIS, were not selected for individual examination. The period of review (POR) is August 1, 2013, through July 31, 2014. As a result of our analysis of the comments and information received, these final results differ from the Preliminary Results. For the final weighted-average dumping margins, see the ``Final Results of Review'' section below.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Trawl Catcher Vessels in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2016-05929
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2016 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to trawl catcher vessels in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2016-05923
Type: Rule
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the B season allowance of the 2016 total allowable catch of pollock for Statistical Area 630 in the GOA.
Draft Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing-Acoustic Threshold Levels for Onset of Permanent and Temporary Threshold Shifts
Document Number: 2016-05886
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), on behalf of NMFS and the National Ocean Service (referred collectively here as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)), announces the availability of a document containing proposed changes to its Draft Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing. The Guidance provides updated received levels, or thresholds, at which individual marine mammals under NOAA's management authority are predicted to experience changes in their hearing sensitivity (either temporary or permanent) for all underwater anthropogenic sound sources. NOAA has re-evaluated and modified several parts of the Draft Guidance and is soliciting public comment on the proposed changes.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Amendment 17 to the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery Management Plan
Document Number: 2016-05846
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 17 to the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery Management Plan. Amendment 17 management measures were developed by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council to: Add cost recovery provisions for the Individual Transferable Quota component of the fishery; modify how biological reference points are incorporated into the fishery management plan; and remove the plan's optimum yield range. These changes are intended to make the management plan consistent with requirements of the Magnuson- Stevens Act, and to improve the management of these fisheries.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits
Document Number: 2016-05823
Type: Notice
Date: 2016-03-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We have made a preliminary determination that an Exempted Fishing Permit application contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration. This EFP would allow two commercial fishing vessels to trawl for summer flounder using an experimental Turtle Excluder Device to test target species catch retention rates, and exempt the vessels from minimum size requirements and possession limits found at 50 CFR part 648 in order to sample the catch for scientific purposes. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act requires publication of this notice to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed Exempted Fishing Permit.