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Certain Preserved Mushrooms From the People's Republic of China: Initiation of New Shipper Antidumping Duty Review

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Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.


The Department of Commerce has received a request to conduct a new shipper review of the antidumping duty order on certain preserved mushrooms from the People's Republic of China. In accordance with 19 C.F.R. 351.214(d), we are initiating this review.


March 31, 2000.

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David J. Goldberger or Katherine Johnson, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, D.C. 20230; telephone (202) 482-4136 or 482-4929, respectively.

Applicable Statute and Regulations

Unless otherwise indicated, all citations to the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“the Act”), are references to the provisions effective January 1, 1995, the effective date of the amendments made to the Act by the Uruguay Round Agreements Act. In addition, unless otherwise indicated, all citations to the Department of Commerce (“the Department”) regulations are to the provisions codified at 19 CFR part 351 (1999).

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The Department has received a timely request from Raoping Xingyu Foods Co., Ltd. (“Raoping Xingyu”), in accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(c), for a new shipper review of the antidumping duty order on certain preserved mushrooms from the People's Republic of China (“PRC”), which has a February anniversary date. As required by 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(i) and (iii)(A), Raoping Xingyu (“the respondent”) has certified that it did not export certain preserved mushrooms to the United States during the period of investigation (“POI”), and that it has never been affiliated with any exporter or producer which exported certain preserved mushrooms during the POI. Raoping Xingyu further certified that its export activities are not controlled by the central government of the PRC, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(iii)(B). Pursuant to the Department's regulations at 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(iv), Raoping Xingyu submitted documentation establishing the date on which it first shipped the subject merchandise to the United States, the volume of that first shipment, and the date of its first sale to an unaffiliated customer in the United States.

In accordance with section 751(a)(2)(B) of the Act, as amended, and 19 CFR 351.214(b), and based on information on the record, we are initiating the new shipper review as requested.

It is the Department's usual practice in cases involving non-market economies to require that a company seeking to establish eligibility for an antidumping duty rate separate from the country-wide rate provide de jure and de facto evidence of an absence of government control over the company's export activities. Accordingly we will issue a separate rates questionnaire to the above-named respondent. If respondent Raoping Xingyu provides sufficient evidence that it is not subject to either de jure or de facto government control with respect to its exports of certain preserved mushrooms, this review will proceed. If, on the other hand, Raoping Xingyu does not meet its burden to demonstrate its eligibility for a separate rate, then Raoping Xingyu will be deemed to be affiliated with other companies that exported during the POI and that did not establish entitlement to a separate rate. This review will then be terminated due to failure of the exporter or producer to meet the requirements of section 751(a)(2)(B)(i)(II) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.214(iii)(B).

Initiation of Review

In accordance with section 751(a)(2)(B)(ii) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.214(d)(1), we are initiating a new shipper review of the antidumping duty order on certain preserved mushrooms from the PRC. On March 17, 2000, Raoping Xingyu agreed to waive the time limits in order that the Department, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(j)(3), may conduct this review concurrently with the first annual administrative review of this order, that is being conducted pursuant to section 751(a)(1) of the Act. Therefore, we intend to issue the final results of this review not later than 245 days after the last day of the anniversary month.

Antidumping duty proceedingPeriod to be reviewed
PRC: Certain Preserved Mushrooms, A-570-851: Raoping Xingyu Foods Co., Ltd.08/05/1998-01/31/2000

Based upon the receipt of an adequate separate rates questionnaire response from the respondent, we will instruct the U.S. Customs Service to allow, at the option of the importer, the posting of a bond or security in lieu of a cash deposit for each entry of the merchandise exported by the above-listed company until the completion of the review. This action is in accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(e) and (j)(3).

Interested parties that need access to the proprietary information in this new shipper review should submit applications for disclosure under administrative protective orders in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305 and 351.306.

This initiation and this notice are in accordance with section 751(a) of the Start Printed Page 17258Act (19 U.S.C. 1675(a)) and 19 CFR 351.214(d).

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Dated: March 27, 2000.

Richard W. Moreland,

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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