2009 Calculation of Expected Non-Market Economy Wages
On October 7, 2009, the Department of Commerce (``Department'') published the preliminary calculation of the 2009 expected non-market economy (``NME'') wages, and provided the public with an opportunity to comment on potential clerical errors. See Expected Non-Market Economy Wages: Request for Comments on 2009 Calculation, 74 FR 51555 (October 7, 2009) (``2009 preliminary calculation''). The 2009 calculation was based on 2007 data and the methodology described in the Antidumping Methodologies: Market Economy Inputs, Expected Non-Market Economy Wages, Duty Drawback; and Request for Comments, 71 FR 61716, October 19, 2006 (``Antidumping Methodologies Notice''). Subsequently, the Department received comments from King & Spalding LLP on behalf of U.S. domestic industry (``domestic industry'') regarding the Department's 2009 preliminary calculation, as further discussed below. The Department received no other comments. This notice constitutes the Department's announcement of the finalization and effective date of the 2009 calculation.
Fresh Garlic From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of, and Intent To Rescind, in Part, the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
The Department of Commerce (Department) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on fresh garlic from the People's Republic of China (PRC) covering the period of review (POR), November 1, 2007 through October 31, 2008. This review covers the 19 producers/exporters of the subject merchandise listed in Attachment 1 to this notice. As discussed below, the Department has preliminarily applied total adverse facts available (AFA) to the six mandatory respondents who each failed to cooperate to the best of its ability in this proceeding. The Department also preliminarily finds that eight companies subject to this review failed to demonstrate their eligibility for separate rate status. In addition, the Department preliminarily grants a separate rate to the four companies, which demonstrated their eligibility for separate rate status. For the rates assigned to each of these companies, see the ``Preliminary Results of Review'' section of this notice.
Circular Welded Non-Alloy Steel Pipe from the Republic of Korea: Preliminary Results and Rescission in Part of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
In response to requests from interested parties, the Department of Commerce (``the Department'') is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on circular welded non-alloy steel pipe (``CWP'') from the Republic of Korea (``Korea''). The period of review (``POR'') is November 1, 2007, through October 31, 2008. This review covers multiple exporters/producers, one of which is being individually reviewed as a mandatory respondent. We preliminarily determine the mandatory respondent made sales of the subject merchandise at prices below normal value (``NV''). We have assigned the remaining respondents the margin calculated for the mandatory respondent. If these preliminary results are adopted in our final results, we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results.
U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board
On July 24, 2009, the Department of Commerce's International Trade Administration published a notice in the Federal Register (74 FR 36667) soliciting applications for persons to serve on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board (Board). The July 24, 2009 notice provided that all applications must be received by the Office of Advisory Committees of the Department of Commerce by close of business on August 20, 2009. This notice reopens the application period in order to provide the public with an additional opportunity to submit applications. The evaluation criteria for selecting members contained in the July 24, 2009 notice shall continue to apply, with the additional requirement that members cannot be a federally-registered lobbyist. The purpose of the Board is to advise the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the travel and tourism industry.
Certain Circular Welded Non-Alloy Steel Pipe From Mexico; Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
In response to requests by interested parties, the Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain circular welded non-alloy steel pipe from Mexico. This administrative review covers mandatory respondents Mueller Comercial de Mexico, S. de R.L. (Mueller) and Tuberia Nacional, S.A. de C.V. (TUNA). The Department also selected Hylsa S.A. de C.V. (Hylsa) as a mandatory respondent for this review. Hylsa was subject to a concurrent changed circumstances review of this order. In its changed circumstances review the Department determined Ternium Mexico, S.A. de C.V. (Ternium) is the successor-in-interest to Hylsa. See Final Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review: Certain Circular Welded Non-Alloy Steel Pipe and Tube from Mexico, 74 FR 41681 (August 18, 2009) (Final Results Changed Circumstances Review). Therefore, we are treating Ternium as the successor-in-interest to Hylsa for these preliminary results and consider them a single entity (see ``Background'' section of this notice for further explanation). The period of review (POR) is November 1, 2007 through October 31, 2008. We preliminarily determine that sales of subject merchandise have been made at less than normal value (NV) because two of the three companies, Ternium and Mueller, refused to cooperate with the Department in the conduct of this administrative review. We also are preliminarily rescinding this administrative review in part with respect to respondent TUNA, which has claimed it made no shipments of subject merchandise during the POR. The Department's review of import data supported TUNA's claim (see ``TUNA's No-Shipment Claim'' section of this notice for further explanation). Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results.
Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, Final Negative Critical Circumstances Determination
The Department of Commerce (the ``Department'') has determined that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of certain oil country tubular goods from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). For information on the estimated countervailing duty rates, please see the ``Suspension of Liquidation'' section, below.
Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
On July 29, 2009, the Department of Commerce published the preliminary results of the 2007/2008 administrative review of the antidumping duty order on polyethylene retail carrier bags from the People's Republic of China. The review covers one exporter. The period of review is August 1, 2007, through July 31, 2008. We invited interested parties to comment on these preliminary results.
Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags From Indonesia: Amended Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value
On November 3, 2009, the Department of Commerce published the preliminary determination of sales at less than fair value in the antidumping duty investigation of polyethylene retail carrier bags from Indonesia. See Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags from Indonesia: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination, 74 FR 56807 (November 3, 2009) (Preliminary Determination). We are amending our Preliminary Determination to correct certain ministerial errors with respect to the antidumping duty margin calculation for P.T. Super Exim Sari Ltd. (SES) and P.T. Super Makmur (SM) (collectively SESSM). The corrections to the margin for SESSM also affect the calculation of the all-others rate.
Laminated Woven Sacks From the People's Republic of China: Partial Rescission of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review
The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') is rescinding in part the administrative review of the countervailing duty order on laminated woven sacks (``LWS'') from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') for the period December 3, 2007 to December 31, 2008, with respect to Changshu Xinsheng Bags Producing Company Ltd. (``Changshu''). This partial rescission is based on Changshu's withdrawal of its review.
Certain Lined Paper Products From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Final Results of the Second Administrative Review of the Antidumping Duty Order
The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') published its preliminary results of administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain lined paper products (``CLPP'') from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') on July 24, 2009. The period of review (``POR'') is September 1, 2007, through August 31, 2008.
Saccharin From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Changed Circumstances Review
On July 23, 2009, the Department of Commerce (``the Department'') published in the Federal Register a notice of initiation of changed circumstances review for saccharin from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') in response to a request on behalf of PMC Specialties Group, Inc. (``PMCSG'').\1\ The Department has preliminarily determined that there is insufficient evidence of changed circumstances to warrant revocation of this order.
Initiation of Five-Year (“Sunset”) Review
In accordance with section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (``the Act''), the Department of Commerce (``the Department'') is automatically initiating a five-year review (``Sunset Review'') of the antidumping duty orders listed below. The International Trade Commission (``the Commission'') is publishing concurrently with this notice its notice of Institution of Five-Year Review which covers the same orders.