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Notice of Antidumping Duty Order: Certain Activated Carbon From the People's Republic of China

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY:

Based on affirmative final determinations by the Department of Commerce (“the Department”) and the International Trade Commission (“ITC”), the Department is issuing an antidumping duty order on certain activated carbon from the People's Republic of China (“PRC”). On April 16, 2007, the ITC notified the Department of its affirmative determination of material injury to a U.S. industry (Certain Activated Carbon from China, Investigation No. 731-TA-1103 (Final), Publication 3913, April 2007).

EFFECTIVE DATE:

April 27, 2007.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Catherine Bertrand, AD/CVD Operations, Office 9, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3207.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

In accordance with section 735(d) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“the Act”), on March 2, 2007, the Department published the Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Certain Activated Carbon from the People's Republic of China, 72 FR 9508 (March 2, 2007) (“Final Determination”). An amended final determination was published on March 30, 2007. See Notice of Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Certain Activated Carbon from the People's Republic of China, 72 FR 15099, (March 30, 2007).

Scope of Order

The merchandise subject to this order is certain activated carbon. Certain activated carbon is a powdered, granular, or pelletized carbon product obtained by “activating” with heat and steam various materials containing carbon, including but not limited to coal (including bituminous, lignite, and anthracite), wood, coconut shells, olive stones, and peat. The thermal and steam treatments remove organic materials and create an internal pore structure in the carbon material. The producer can also use carbon dioxide gas (CO2) in place of steam in this process. The vast majority of the internal porosity developed during the high temperature steam (or CO2 gas) activated process is a direct result of oxidation of a portion of the solid carbon atoms in the raw material, converting them into a gaseous form of carbon.

The scope of this order covers all forms of activated carbon that are activated by steam or CO2, regardless of the raw material, grade, mixture, additives, further washing or post-activation chemical treatment (chemical or water washing, chemical impregnation or other treatment), or product form. Unless specifically excluded, the scope of this order covers all physical forms of certain activated carbon, including powdered activated carbon (“PAC”), granular activated carbon (“GAC”), and pelletized activated carbon.

Excluded from the scope of the order are chemically activated carbons. The carbon-based raw material used in the chemical activation process is treated with a strong chemical agent, including but not limited to phosphoric acid, zinc chloride sulfuric acid or potassium hydroxide, that dehydrates molecules in the raw material, and results in the formation of water that is removed from the raw material by moderate heat treatment. The activated carbon created by chemical activation has internal porosity developed primarily due to the action of the chemical dehydration agent. Chemically activated carbons are typically used to activate raw materials with a lignocellulosic component such as cellulose, including wood, sawdust, paper mill waste and peat.

To the extent that an imported activated carbon product is a blend of steam and chemically activated carbons, products containing 50 percent or more steam (or CO2 gas) activated carbons are within this scope, and those containing more than 50 percent chemically activated carbons are outside this scope. This exclusion language regarding blended material applies only to mixtures of steam and chemically activated carbons.

Also excluded from the scope are reactivated carbons. Reactivated carbons are previously used activated carbons that have had adsorbed materials removed from their pore structure after use through the application of heat, steam and/or chemicals.

Also excluded from the scope is activated carbon cloth. Activated carbon cloth is a woven textile fabric made of or containing activated carbon fibers. It is used in masks and filters and clothing of various types where a woven format is required.

Any activated carbon meeting the physical description of subject merchandise provided above that is not expressly excluded from the scope is included within this scope. The products subject to the order are currently classifiable under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”) subheading 3802.10.00. Although the HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this order is dispositive.

Antidumping Duty Order

On April 16, 2007, in accordance with section 735(d) of the Act, the ITC notified the Department of its final determination, pursuant to section 735(b)(1)(A)(i) of the Act, that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of less-than-fair-value imports of subject merchandise from the PRC. Therefore, in accordance with section 736(a)(1) of the Act, the Department will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) to assess, upon further instruction by the Department, antidumping duties equal to the amount by which the normal value of the merchandise exceeds the export price (or constructed export price) of the merchandise for all relevant entries of certain activated carbon from the PRC. These antidumping duties will be assessed on all unliquidated entries of certain activated carbon from the PRC entered, or withdrawn from the warehouse, for consumption on or after October 11, 2006, the date on which the Department published its preliminary determination. See Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination: Certain Activated Carbon from the People's Republic of China, 71 FR 59721 (October 11, 2006) (“Preliminary Determination”).

Section 733(d) of the Act states that instructions issued pursuant to an affirmative preliminary determination may not remain in effect for more than four months except where exporters representing a significant proportion of exports of the subject merchandise request the Department to extend that four-month period to no more than six months. At the request of exporters that account for a significant proportion of the PRC exports of the subject merchandise, we extended the four-month period to no more than six months. See Preliminary Determination, 71 FR 59723. In this investigation, the six-month period beginning on the date Start Printed Page 20989of the publication of the preliminary determination ends on April 8, 2007. Furthermore, section 737 of the Act states that definitive duties are to begin on the date of publication of the ITC's final injury determination. Therefore, in accordance with section 733(d) of the Act and our practice, we will instruct CBP to terminate the suspension of liquidation and to liquidate, without regard to antidumping duties, unliquidated entries of certain activated carbon from the PRC entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after April 9, 2007, and before the date of publication of the ITC 's final injury determination in the Federal Register. Suspension of liquidation will resume on the date of publication of the ITC's final injury determination in the Federal Register.

Effective on the date of publication of the ITC's final affirmative injury determination, CBP officers will require, at the same time as importers would normally deposit estimated duties on this merchandise, a cash deposit equal to the estimated weighted-average antidumping duty margins as listed below. The “PRC-wide” rate applies to all exporters of subject merchandise not specifically listed. The weighted-average dumping margins are as follows:

ExporterSupplierWA margin
Beijing Pacific Activated Carbon Products Co., LtdAlashan Yongtai Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Beijing Pacific Activated Carbon Products Co., LtdChangji Hongke Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Beijing Pacific Activated Carbon Products Co., LtdDatong Forward Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Beijing Pacific Activated Carbon Products Co., LtdDatong Locomotive Coal & Chemicals Co., Ltd67.14
Beijing Pacific Activated Carbon Products Co., LtdDatong Yunguang Chemicals Plant67.14
Beijing Pacific Activated Carbon Products Co., LtdNingxia Guanghua Cherishmet Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Beijing Pacific Activated Carbon Products Co., LtdNingxia Luyuangheng Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdCalgon Carbon Tianjin Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdDatong Carbon Corporation69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdDatong Changtai Activated Carbon Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdDatong Forward Activated Carbon Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdDatong Fuping Activated Carbon Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdDatong Hongtai Activated Carbon Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdDatong Huanqing Activated Carbon Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdDatong Huibao Activated Carbon Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdDatong Kangda Activated Carbon Factory69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdDatong Runmei Activated Carbon Factory69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdDushanzi Chemical Factory69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdFangyuan Carbonization Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdHongke Activated Carbon Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdHuairen Jinbei Chemical Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdJiaocheng Xinxin Purification Material Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdNingxia Guanghua Cherishment Activated Carbon Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdNingxia Guanghua A/C Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdNingxia Honghua Carbon Industrial Corporation69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdNingxia Luyuanheng Activated Carbon Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdNingxia Pingluo Yaofu Activated Carbon Factory69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdNingxia Tianfu Activated Carbon Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdNingxia Yinchuan Lanqiya Activated Carbon Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdNuclear Ningxia Activated Carbon Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdPingluo Xuanzhong Activated Carbon Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdShanxi Xuanzhong Chemical Industry Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdXingtai Coal Chemical Co., Ltd69.54
Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., LtdYuyang Activated Carbon Co., Ltd69.54
Datong Juqiang Activated Carbon Co., LtdDatong Juqiang Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Datong Locomotive Coal & Chemicals Co., LtdDatong Locomotive Coal & Chemicals Co., Ltd67.14
Datong Municipal Yunguang Activated Carbon Co., LtdDatong Municipal Yunguang Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Datong Yunguang Chemicals PlantDatong Yunguang Chemicals Plant67.14
Hebei Foreign Trade and Advertising CorporationDa Neng Zheng Da Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Hebei Foreign Trade and Advertising CorporationShanxi Bluesky Purification Material Co., Ltd67.14
Jacobi Carbons ABDatong Forward Activated Carbon Co., Ltd61.95
Jacobi Carbons ABDatong Hongtai Activated Carbon Co., Ltd61.95
Jacobi Carbons ABDatong Huibao Activated Carbon Co., Ltd61.95
Jacobi Carbons ABNingxia Guanghua Activated Carbon Co., Ltd61.95
Jacobi Carbons ABNingxia Huahui Activated Carbon Company Limited61.95
Jilin Bright Future Chemicals Company, LtdShanxi Xinhua Activated Carbon Co., Ltd228.11
Jilin Bright Future Chemicals Company, LtdTonghua Bright Future Activated Carbon Plant228.11
Jilin Bright Future Chemicals Company, LtdZuoyun Bright Future Activated Carbon Plant228.11
Jilin Province Bright Future Industry and Commerce Co., LtdShanxi Xinhua Activated Carbon Co., Ltd.228.11
Jilin Province Bright Future Industry and Commerce Co., LtdTonghua Bright Future Activated Carbon Plant228.11
Jilin Province Bright Future Industry and Commerce Co., LtdZuoyun Bright Future Activated Carbon Plant228.11
Ningxia Guanghua Cherishmet Activated Carbon Co., LtdNingxia Guanghua Cherishmet Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Ningxia Huahui Activated Carbon Co., LtdNingxia Huahui Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Ningxia Mineral & Chemical LimitedNingxia Baota Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Shanxi DMD CorporationChina Nuclear Ningxia Activated Carbon Plant67.14
Shanxi DMD CorporationNingxia Guanghua Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Shanxi DMD CorporationShanxi Xinhua Chemical Co., Ltd67.14
Shanxi DMD CorporationTonghua Xinpeng Activated Carbon Factory67.14
Shanxi Industry Technology Trading Co., LtdActview Carbon Technology Co., Ltd67.14
Shanxi Industry Technology Trading Co., LtdDatong Forward Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
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Shanxi Industry Technology Trading Co., LtdDatong Tri-Star & Power Carbon Plant67.14
Shanxi Industry Technology Trading Co., LtdFu Yuan Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Shanxi Industry Technology Trading Co., LtdJing Mao (Dongguan) Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Shanxi Industry Technology Trading Co., LtdXi Li Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Shanxi Newtime Co., LtdDatong Forward Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Shanxi Newtime Co., LtdNingxia Guanghua Chemical Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Shanxi Newtime Co., LtdNingxia Tianfu Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Shanxi Qixian Foreign Trade CorporationDatong Locomotive Coal & Chemicals Co., Ltd67.14
Shanxi Qixian Foreign Trade CorporationDatong Tianzhao Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Shanxi Qixian Foreign Trade CorporationNingxia Huinong Xingsheng Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Shanxi Qixian Foreign Trade CorporationNingxia Yirong Alloy Iron Co., Ltd67.14
Shanxi Qixian Foreign Trade CorporationNinxia Tongfu Coking Co., Ltd67.14
Shanxi Qixian Foreign Trade CorporationShanxi Xiaoyi Huanyu Chemicals Co., Ltd67.14
Shanxi Sincere Industrial Co., LtdDatong Guanghua Activated Co., Ltd67.14
Shanxi Sincere Industrial Co., LtdNingxia Guanghua-Cherishmet Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Shanxi Sincere Industrial Co., LtdNingxia Pingluo County YaoFu Activated Carbon Factory67.14
Shanxi Xuanzhong Chemical Industry Co., LtdNingxia Pingluo Xuanzhong Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Tangshan Solid Carbon Co., LtdDatong Zuoyun Biyun Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Tangshan Solid Carbon Co., LtdNingxia Guanghua Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Tangshan Solid Carbon Co., LtdNingxia Xingsheng Coal and Active Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Tangshan Solid Carbon Co., LtdPingluo Yu Yang Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
Tianjin Maijin Industries Co., LtdHegongye Ninxia Activated Carbon Factory67.14
Tianjin Maijin Industries Co., LtdNingxia Pingluo County YaoFu Activated Carbon Plant67.14
Tianjin Maijin Industries Co., LtdYinchuan Lanqiya Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
United Manufacturing International (Beijing) LtdDatong Fu Ping Activated Carbon Co., Ltd67.14
United Manufacturing International (Beijing) LtdDatong Locomotive Coal & Chemical Co. Ltd67.14
United Manufacturing International (Beijing) LtdXinhua Chemical Company Ltd67.14
Xi'an Shuntong International Trade & Industrials Co., LtdDaTong Tri-Star & Power Carbon Plant67.14
Xi'an Shuntong International Trade & Industrials Co., LtdNingxia Huahui Activated Carbon Company Limited67.14
PRC-Wide Rate228.11

This notice constitutes the antidumping duty order with respect to certain activated carbon from the PRC pursuant to section 736(a) of the Act. Interested parties may contact the Department's Central Records Unit, Room B-099 of the main Commerce building, for copies of an updated list of antidumping duty orders currently in effect.

This order is published in accordance with section 736(a) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.211.

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Dated: April 20, 2007.

Joseph A. Spetrini,

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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