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Chloropicrin From the People's Republic of China; Final Results of the Expedited Sunset Review of Antidumping Duty Order

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

ACTION:

Expedited sunset review of antidumping duty order on Chloropicrin from the People's Republic of China; final results.

SUMMARY:

On March 1, 2004, the Department of Commerce (“the Department”) published a notice of initiation of sunset review on chloropicrin from the People's Republic of China (“China”). On the basis of the notice of intent to participate, adequate substantive comments filed on behalf of the domestic interested parties, and an inadequate response (in this case, no response) from respondent interested parties, we determined to conduct an expedited, 120-day sunset review. As a result of this review, we find that revocation of the antidumping duty order would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at the levels listed below in the section entitled “Final Results of Review.”

DATES:

Effective July 6, 2004.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Martha V. Douthit, Office of Policy, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC, 20230; telephone: (202) 482-5050.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On March 1, 2004, the Department published the notice of initiation of sunset review of the antidumping duty order on chloropicrin from China pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the “Act”).[1] The Department received Notice of Intent to Participate on behalf of Ashta Chemicals, Inc., Arvesta Corporation, Niklor Chemical Company, and Trinity Manufacturing Inc., (collectively, “the domestic interested parties”), within the deadline specified in section 351.218(d)(1)(i) of the Department's Regulations (“Sunset Regulations”). The domestic interested parties claimed interested party status under Section 771(9)(C) of the Act as U.S. producers of chloropicrin. We received a complete response from the domestic interested parties within the 30-day deadline specified in the Sunset Regulations under section 351.218(d)(3)(i). We received no response from any interested party respondents in this proceeding. As a result, pursuant to section 751(c)(3)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(C)(2), the Department conducted an expedited, 120-day, sunset review of this antidumping duty order.

This order remains in effect for all Chinese manufacturers, producers, and exporters.

Scope of the Order

The merchandise subject to this antidumping duty order is chloropicrin, also known as trichloronitromethane. A major use of the product is as a pre-plant soil fumigant (pesticide). Such merchandise is currently classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) item number 2904.90.50. The HTS item number is provided for convenience and customs purposes. The written description remains dispositive.

Analysis of Comments Received

All issues raised in this case are addressed in the “Issues and Decision Memorandum” (“Decision Memo”) from Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Director, Office of Policy, Import Administration, to Jeffrey A. May, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Start Printed Page 40602Administration, dated June 29, 2004, which is hereby adopted by this notice. The issues discussed in the Decision Memo include the likelihood of continuation or recurrence of dumping and the magnitude of the margin likely to prevail if the finding were to be revoked. Parties can find a complete discussion of all issues raised in this review and the corresponding recommendations in this public memorandum, which is on file in room B-099 of the main Commerce Building.

In addition, a complete version of the Decision Memo can be accessed directly on the Web at http://ia.ita.doc.gov/​frn, under the heading “July 2004.” The paper copy and electronic version of the Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

Final Results of Review

We determine that revocation of the antidumping duty order on chloropicrin from China would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at the following percentage weighted-average percentage margins:

Manufacturers/Exporters/ProducersWeighted-average margin (percent)
China National Chemicals Import and Export Corporation (SINOCHEM)58.00
China-wide rate58.00

This notice also serves as the only reminder to parties subject to administrative protective orders (“APO”) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305 of the Department's regulations. Timely notification of the return or destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction.

We are issuing and publishing the results and notice in accordance with sections 751(c), 752, and 777(i)(I) of the Act.

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Dated: June 29, 2004.

Jeffrey A. May,

Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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Footnotes

1.  See Initiation of Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews, 69 FR 9585 ( March 1, 2004).

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[FR Doc. 04-15230 Filed 7-2-04; 8:45 am]

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