Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.
On September 30, 2003 the Department of Commerce (Department) initiated a new shipper review of Shanghai R&R Import/Export Co., Ltd. (Shanghai R&R), under the antidumping duty order on natural bristle paintbrushes and brush heads from the People's Republic of China (PRC) covering the period February 1, 2003, through July 31, 2003. See Natural Bristle Paintbrushes and Brush Heads from the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Antidumping Duty New Shipper Reviews, 68 FR 57875 (October 7, 2003) (Initiation Notice). On August 3, 2004, the Department issued its preliminary intent to rescind the new shipper review. See Natural Bristle Paintbrushes and Brush Heads from the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Determination to Rescind the Antidumping New Shipper Review of Shanghai R&R Import/Export Co., Ltd., 69 FR 46508 (August 3, 2004) (Preliminary Rescission Notice). The Department is now rescinding this new shipper review. See “Rescission of Review” section below.
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Scott Lindsay or Dana Mermelstein at (202) 482-0780 or (202) 482-1391, respectively, Office of AD/CVD Enforcement VI, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Since the Department published its preliminary determination to rescind this new shipper review, the following events have occurred. On September 7, 2004, Shanghai R&R filed a case brief. On September 9, 2004, the Department issued its verification report on the factors of production from Zhejiang Linan Maxiao Brush Factory. See Memorandum For the File: Antidumping New Shipper Review of Natural Bristle Paintbrushes and Brush Heads from the People's Republic of China (PRC) (A-570-501): Factors Verification Report for Shanghai R&R Import/Export Co., Ltd at Zhejiang Linan Maxiao Brush Factory. On September 17, 2004, Shanghai R&R filed comments on the Department's producer verification report. No other briefs were filed. A public hearing was held on September 28, 2004.
Scope of the Antidumping Duty Order
The products covered by this order are natural bristle paint brushes and brush heads from the PRC. Excluded from the scope are paint brushes and brush heads with a blend of 40% natural bristles and 60% synthetic filaments. The merchandise under review is currently classifiable under item 9603.40.40.40 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and customs purposes, the Department's written description of the merchandise is dispositive.
Rescission of Review
Pursuant to sections 351.214(b)(2)(iv)(B-C) of the Department's regulations, a request for a new shipper review must contain documentation which establishes the volume of the exporter's first and subsequent shipments of subject merchandise to the United States and the date of the exporter's first sale of subject merchandise to an unaffiliated customer in the United States. At the time Shanghai R&R requested this new shipper review, it appeared that the regulatory requirements were met and we initiated the new shipper review. See Initiation Notice. 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, do not persuade us to find that the importer documented in the initial request was correctly identified. Moreover, the discrepancies between Shanghai R&R's submissions and the documents reviewed at verification undermined the accuracy and completeness of Shanghai R&R's claim that it made an entry and a sale to an unaffiliated customer in the United States. Therefore, we have determined that we cannot rely on the commercial documents submitted to the Department in Shanghai R&R's request for new shipper review, and 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. We have considered the arguments made by Shanghai R&R, based on the information in the record; however, Shanghai R&R's arguments do not overcome our intent to rescind. Accordingly, we are rescinding this new shipper review pursuant to section 351.214(b)(2)(iv)(C) of the Department's regulations.
All issues raised in the case briefs by parties to this proceeding and to which we have responded are listed in the Appendix to this notice and are addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Rescission of the New Shipper Review of Natural Bristle Paintbrushes and Brush Heads from The People's Republic of China, dated October 25, 2004, which is adopted by this notice. Parties can find a complete discussion of the issues raised in this new shipper review and the corresponding recommendations in this public memorandum, which is on file in the Central Records Unit, room B-099 of the main Commerce Building. In addition, a complete version of the Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the Web at http://ia.ita.doc.gov/frn/index.html. The paper copy and electronic version of the Decision Memorandum are identical in content. Since the Department is rescinding the new shipper review, we are not calculating a company-specific rate for Shanghai R&R.
Cash Deposit Requirements
The Department will notify Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that bonding is no longer permitted to fulfill security requirements for shipments from Shanghai R&R of natural bristle paintbrushes and brush heads from the Start Printed Page 63362PRC entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption in the United States on or after the publication of this notice of rescission of antidumping duty new shipper review in the Federal Register. Further, effective upon publication of this notice for all shipments of the subject merchandise exported by Shanghai R&R, and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption, the cash deposit rate will be the PRC-wide rate of 351.92 percent ad valorem.
Assessment of Antidumping Duties
The Department will instruct CBP to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. Since we are rescinding this antidumping duty new shipper review with respect to Shanghai R&R, the PRC-wide rate of 351.92 percent in effect at the time of entry applies to all exports of natural bristle paintbrushes and brush heads from the PRC by Shanghai R&R entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption during the period of review (February 1, 2003, through July 31, 2003). The Department will issue appropriate assessment instructions directly to CBP within 15 days of publication of this notice of rescission of antidumping duty new shipper review.
Notification to Importers
This notice also serves as a reminder to importers of their responsibility under section 351.402(f) of the Department's regulations to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary's presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties.
This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective orders (APO) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with section 351.305(a)(3) of the Department's regulations. Timely written notification of the return/destruction of APO material 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 sanctions.
We are issuing and publishing this determination and notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(2)(B) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended.Start Signature
Dated: October 25, 2004.
James J. Jochum,
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
Appendix Issues in the Decision Memorandum
1. Whether Shanghai R&R met the requirements for a new shipper review;
2. The bona fides of Shanghai R&R's sale and the use of adverse facts available.End Supplemental Information
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