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

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION:

Notice of Rescission of the Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review.

SUMMARY:

In response to requests from Xiamen Zhongjia Imp. & Exp. Co., Ltd. and Zhangzhou Longhai Minhui Industry and Trade Co., Ltd., the Department of Commerce initiated a new shipper review of the antidumping duty order on certain preserved mushrooms from the People's Republic of China. The period of review is February 1, 2002, through July 31, 2002.

For the reasons discussed below, this review has now been rescinded. No party submitted comments in response to our intent to rescind this review.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

October 8, 2003.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Brian C. Smith or James Mathews, Office of AD/CVD Enforcement 1, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C., 20230; telephone: (202) 482-1766 and (202) 482-2778, respectively.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The Department of Commerce (“the Department”) initiated a new shipper review covering Xiamen Zhongjia Imp. & Exp. Co., Ltd. (“Zhongjia”) and Zhangzhou Longhai Minhui Industry and Trade Co., Ltd. (“Minhui”) on September 30, 2002. This initiation was based on, among other things, each company's certification that it was both the exporter and producer of the subject merchandise for which it requested a new shipper review. See Certain Preserved Mushrooms from the People's Republic of China: Initiation of New Shipper Antidumping Duty Review, 67 FR 62438 (October 7, 2002) (“Initiation Notice”). On July 28, 2003, we notified parties of our intent to rescind this review because during the course of conducting this review, both Zhongjia and Minhui revealed that they were not the producer of the subject merchandise they exported to the United States during the period of review (“POR”) (see Certain Preserved Mushrooms from the People's Republic of China: Intent to Rescind Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review, 68 FR 45792 (August 4, 2003). Therefore, neither respondent provided the Department with the producer certification required for initiating this review. See 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(ii).

Scope of the Order

The products covered by this order are certain preserved mushrooms whether imported whole, sliced, diced, or as stems and pieces. The preserved mushrooms covered under this order are the species Agaricus bisporus and Agaricus bitorquis. “Preserved mushrooms” refer to mushrooms that have been prepared or preserved by cleaning, blanching, and sometimes slicing or cutting. These mushrooms are then packed and heated in containers including, but not limited to, cans or glass jars in a suitable liquid medium, including, but not limited to, water, brine, butter or butter sauce. Preserved mushrooms may be imported whole, sliced, diced, or as stems and pieces. Included within the scope of this order are “brined” mushrooms, which are presalted and packed in a heavy salt solution to provisionally preserve them for further processing.

Excluded from the scope of this order are the following: (1) All other species Start Printed Page 58072of mushroom, including straw mushrooms; (2) all fresh and chilled mushrooms, including “refrigerated” or “quick blanched mushrooms”; (3) dried mushrooms; (4) frozen mushrooms; and (5) “marinated,” “acidified” or “pickled” mushrooms, which are prepared or preserved by means of vinegar or acetic acid, but may contain oil or other additives.1

The merchandise subject to this order is classifiable under subheading: 2003.10.0127, 2003.10.0131, 2003.10.0137, 2003.10.0143, 2003.10.0147, 2003.10.0153, and 0711.51.0000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”). Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this order is dispositive.

Rescission of Review

As mentioned above, both Minhui and Zhongjia stated in their respective requests for a new shipper review that each company was an exporter and producer of the subject merchandise during the POR. Therefore, for purposes of initiating this review and based on the certifications provided by both Zhongjia and Minhui in accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(i), the Department was led to believe that both companies also produced the merchandise for which each requested a review. However, in the course of conducting this review, both Minhui and Zhongjia's responses to the Department's antidumping questionnaire indicated that neither company is a producer of the subject merchandise. Consequently, Zhongjia and Minhui misstated the facts when each claimed in its respective new shipper review request that it was both the exporter and producer of the merchandise subject to this review.

In order to qualify for a new shipper review under 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(ii), a company that exports but does not produce the subject merchandise for which it requests such a review must provide, among other things, (1) a certification that it did not export subject merchandise to the United States during the period of investigation (“POI”), and (2) a certification from the person or company which produced or supplied the subject merchandise that the producer or supplier did not export the subject merchandise to the United States during the POI. See 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(ii)(A) and (B).

Because Zhongjia and Minhui did not provide a certification from the respective producers of the subject merchandise they sold or exported to the United States during the POR in accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(ii)(B), neither respondent met the minimum requirements for an entitlement to a new shipper review.

Therefore, for the reasons stated above and absent comments submitted by the parties in this segment of the proceeding, we have rescinded this new shipper review with respect to Zhongjia and Minhui.

Notification

Bonding will no longer be permitted to fulfill security requirements for shipments from Minhui or Zhongjia of certain preserved mushrooms from the PRC entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date of the final rescission notice. The cash-deposit rate required for subject merchandise from the PRC NME entity (including Zhongjia and Minhui), entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication of the final rescission notice will continue to be the PRC-wide rate of 198.63 percent. These deposit requirements shall remain in effect until publication of the final results of the next administrative review.

This rescission notice is in accordance with sections 751(a)(2)(B) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.214.

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Dated: October 2, 2003.

James J. Jochum,

Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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Footnotes

1.  On June 19, 2000, the Department affirmed that “marinated,” “acidified,” or “pickled” mushrooms containing less than 0.5 percent acetic acid are within the scope of the antidumping duty order. See “Recommendation Memorandum-Final Ruling of Request by Tak Fat, et al. for Exclusion of Certain Marinated, Acidified Mushrooms from the Scope of the Antidumping Duty Order on Certain Preserved Mushrooms from the People's Republic of China,” dated June 19, 2000.

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[FR Doc. 03-25518 Filed 10-7-03; 8:45 am]

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