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Heavy Forged Hand Tools From the People's Republic of China: Initiation of New Shipper Antidumping Administrative Review

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION:

Notice of initiation of New Shipper Antidumping Administrative Review.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Commerce (“the Department”) has received a request from Shandong Jinma Industrial Group Co., Ltd. (“Jinma”) to conduct a new shipper administrative review of the antidumping duty order on hammers/sledges, one of the four classes or kinds of subject merchandise covered by the antidumping duty orders on heavy forged hand tools (“HFHTs”) from the People's Republic of China (“PRC”). In accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(d) of the Department's regulations, we are initiating this administrative review.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

October 6, 2000.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Frank Thomson or Howard Smith, AD/CVD Enforcement, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-4793 or (202) 482-5193 respectively.

The Applicable Statute and Regulations

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

Background

On July 20, 2000, the Department received a timely request, in accordance with section 751(a)(2)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.214(c), for a new shipper review of the antidumping duty order on hammers/sledges. The antidumping duty orders on HFHTs from the PRC have a February anniversary month and an August semiannual anniversary month. See Antidumping Duty Orders: Heavy Forged Hand Tools, Finished or Unfinished, With or Without Handles From the People's Republic of China, 56 FR 6622 (February 19, 1991).

Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(i) and 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(iii)(A), Jinma's July 20, 2000 request for review certified that it did not export the subject merchandise to the United States during the period of investigation (“POI”) and that it is not affiliated with any company which exported subject merchandise to the United States during the POI. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(iii)(B), Jinma's request certified that its export activities are not controlled by the central government of the PRC.

In addition, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(iv), Jinma's request contained documentation establishing: the date after the POI on which Jinma first shipped the subject merchandise for export to the United States, the volume of that shipment, and the date of the first sale to an unaffiliated customer in the United States.

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. See Certain Preserved Mushrooms from the People's Republic of China: Initiation of New Shipper Antidumping Duty Review, 65 FR 17257 (March 31, 2000). Accordingly, we will issue a separate rates questionnaire to the above-named respondent. If respondent Jinma provides sufficient evidence that it is not subject to either de jure or de facto government control with respect to its exports of HFHTs, this review will proceed. If, on the other hand, Jinma does not meet its burden to demonstrate its eligibility for a separate rate, then Jinma 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). Start Printed Page 59825

Initiation of Review

In accordance with section 751(a)(2)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.214(d), we are initiating a new shipper review of the antidumping duty order on hammers/sledges from the PRC. Therefore, we intend to issue the preliminary results of this review not later than 180 days after the date on which the review is initiated.

Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(g)(1)(i)(B) of the Department's regulations, the period of review (“POR”) for a new shipper review initiated in the month immediately following the semiannual anniversary month will be the six-month period immediately preceding the semiannual anniversary month. Therefore, the POR for this new shipper is:

Antidumping duty proceedingPeriod to be reviewed
HFHTs from the PRC, A-570-803: Shandong Jinma Industrial Group Co., Ltd2/1/00-7/31/00

Subject to receipt of an adequate separate rates questionnaire response from the respondent, we will instruct the U.S. Customs Service to suspend liquidation of unliquidated entries of subject merchandise from the above company and 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 companies listed above, until the completion of the review.

Interested parties must submit applications for disclosure under administrative protective order in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305 and 351.306.

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

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Dated: September 28, 2000.

Holly A. Kuga,

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary For Import Administration.

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[FR Doc. 00-25791 Filed 10-5-00; 8:45 am]

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