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Petroleum Wax Candles From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Intent To Rescind the Antidumping New Shipper Review of Shanghai R&R Import/Export Co. Ltd.

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY:

On September 30, 2003 the Department of Commerce (the Department) initiated three new shipper reviews of the antidumping duty order on petroleum wax candles from the People's Republic of China (PRC) covering the period August 1, 2002, through July 31, 2003. See Petroleum Wax Candles from the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Antidumping Duty New Shipper Reviews, 68 FR 57876 (October 7, 2004) (Initiation Notice). These new shipper reviews covered three exporters: Shanghai R&R Imp./Exp. Co., Ltd. (Shanghai R&R); Changshan Import/Export Co., Ltd. (Changshan); and Shandong Huihe., Ltd (Shandong). For the reasons discussed below, we preliminarily intend to rescind the new shipper review of Shanghai R&R. The Department is addressing the preliminary determination for Changshan and Shandong in separate notices.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

August 3, 2004.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Scott Lindsay or Dana Mermelstein at (202) 482-0780 and (202) 482-1391, respectively; Office of AD/CVD Enforcement 7, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On August 28, 1986, the Department issued an antidumping duty order on petroleum wax candles from the PRC. See Antidumping Duty Order: Petroleum Wax Candles From the People's Republic of China, 51 FR 30686 (February 14, 1986) On August 14, 2003, the Department received a timely request for a new shipper review of the antidumping duty order on petroleum wax candles from the PRC from Shanghai R&R, an exporter of subject merchandise to the United States. Pursuant to section 351.214(b)(2)(iv) of the Department's regulations, this request included documentation establishing the volume of Shanghai R&R's first shipment to the United States and the date of the first sale to an unaffiliated customer in the United States. On September 30, 2003, the Department initiated this new shipper review covering the period August 1, 2002, through July 31, 2003. See Initiation Notice. On January 7, 2004, we received Shanghai R&R's response to the Department's initial questionnaire. On April 26, 2004, the Department received Shanghai R&R's response to the Department's supplemental questionnaire. On June 14, 2004, we received Shanghai R&R's response to the Department's second supplemental questionnaire.

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On March 17, 2004, the Department extended the time limit for the completion of the preliminary results to July 26, 2004, in accordance with section 751(a)(2)(B)(iv) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and section 351.214(i)(2) of the Department's regulations. See Petroleum Wax Candles from the People's Republic of China: Notice of Extension of Time Limit for Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty New Shipper Reviews, 69 FR 12641 (March 17, 2004).

On July 21, 2004, the National Candle Association, petitioner, submitted comments regarding the sales under review. We received these comments too late for them to be considered for these preliminary results. These comments will be fully considered and addressed for the final results of this new shipper review.

Verification

As provided in section 782(i) of the Act, we conducted verification of the questionnaire responses of Shanghai R&R. We used standard verification procedures, including on-site inspection of the production and sales facilities, and an examination of relevant sales and financial records. Our verification results are outlined in the New Shipper Review of Petroleum Wax Candles from the People's Republic of China: Sales Verification Report for Shanghai R&R Import/Export Co., Ltd., dated July 15, 2004. A public version of this report is on file in the Central Records Unit located in room B-099 of the Main Commerce Building.

Intent to Rescind Review

With every new shipper review request, the Department has an obligation to analyze the documentation and certifications to establish that they meet the conditions of section 351.214(b)(2)(iv) of the Department's regulations. At the time Shanghai R&R requested this new shipper review, we determined that the regulatory requirements were met and we initiated the new shipper review. At verification, the Department found documentation which brings into question that this sale was in fact made to the importer identified in Shanghai R&R's initial request for review and in all subsequent questionnaire responses. Shanghai R&R's explanation that mistakes were made in identifying the importer in certain sales and accounting records does not persuade us to find that the importer documented in the initial request was correctly identified. As such, we find that our initiation of this new shipper review was based on documents that failed to establish the date of the first sale to an unaffiliated customer in the United States. Therefore, pursuant to section 351.214(b)(2)(iv)(C) of the Department's regulations, the requirements for initiation have not been satisfied.

Accordingly, we preliminarily intend to rescind this new shipper review. Because much of the information pertinent to our preliminary decision to rescind this review is business proprietary, we have set forth our complete analysis in a separate memorandum. See Memorandum from Scott Lindsay, Case Analyst, through Barbara E. Tillman, Director of Office of AD/CVD Enforcement VII, to Gary Taverman, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, Group I, “Petroleum Wax Candles from the People's Republic of China (PRC): Preliminary Intent to Rescind the New Shipper Review for Shanghai R&R Import/Export Co., Ltd. (8/1/02 - 7/31/03),” dated July 23, 2004.

Notification

At the completion of this new shipper review, either with a final rescission or a notice of final results, the Department will notify U.S. Customs and Border Protection that bonding is no longer permitted to fulfill security requirements of shipments with the exporter/producer combination of Shanghai R&R/Qingyuan County Artistic and Candle Factory of petroleum wax candles from the PRC entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption in the United States on or after the date of publication of the final rescission or results notice in the Federal Register. After the publication of the final rescission notice, a cash deposit of 108.30 percent ad valorem shall be collected for any entries exported by Shanghai R&R. Should the Department reach a final result other than a rescission, an appropriate antidumping duty rate will be calculated for both assessment and cash deposit purposes.

Schedule for Final Results of Review

Pursuant to section 351.309 of the Department's regulations, interested parties may submit written comments in response to these preliminary results. Normally, case briefs are to be submitted within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice, and rebuttal briefs, limited to arguments raised in case briefs, are to be submitted no later than five days after the time limit for filing case briefs. Parties who submit arguments in this proceeding are requested to submit with the argument: (1) a statement of the issues, and (2) a brief summary of the argument. Case and rebuttal briefs must be served on interested parties in accordance with section 351.303(f) of the Department's regulations.

Also, pursuant to section 351.310 of the Department's regulations, within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice, interested parties may request a public hearing on arguments to be raised in the case and rebuttal briefs. Unless the Secretary specifies otherwise, the hearing, if requested, will be held two days after the date for submission of rebuttal briefs. Parties will be notified of the time and location. The Department will issue the final results of this new shipper review, which will include the results of its analysis of issues raised in the briefs, within 90 days from the date of the preliminary results, unless the time limit is extended.

We are issuing and publishing this determination is accordance with sections 751(a)(2)(B) and 777(i) of the Act.

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Dated: July 26, 2004.

Jeffrey A. May,

Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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[FR Doc. 04-17560 Filed 8-2-04; 8:45 am]

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