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Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp from the People's Republic of China: Notice of Final Results of Changed Circumstances Review

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Commerce (the “Department”) has determined that Hilltop International (“Hilltop”) is the successor-in-interest to Yelin Enterprise Co. Hong Kong (“Yelin”). As a result, Hilltop should receive the same antidumping duty treatment with respect to certain frozen warmwater shrimp from the People's Republic of China (“PRC”) as Yelin, as of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

June 18, 2007.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Erin Begnal or Scot Fullerton, AD/CVD Operations, Office 9, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: 202-482-1442 or 202-482-1386, respectively.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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Background

The antidumping duty order for certain frozen warmwater shrimp from the PRC was published on February 1, 2005. See Notice of Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Antidumping Duty Order: Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp From the People's Republic of China, 70 FR 5149 (February 1, 2005) (“PRC Shrimp Order”). As part of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from the PRC, Yelin received a separate rate of 82.27 percent. Id. at 70 FR at 5151. Moreover, as part of the preliminary results of the first administrative review, Yelin preliminarily received a separate rate of 0.00 percent. See Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results and Partial Rescission of the 2004/2006 Administrative Review and Preliminary Intent To Rescind 2004/2006 New Shipper Review, 72 FR 10645 (March 9, 2007).

On March 16, 2007, Yelin filed a submission requesting that the Department conduct a changed circumstances review of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from the PRC to confirm that Hilltop is the successor-in-interest to Yelin.1 In its submission, Yelin provided information on the events leading to the transition from Yelin to Hilltop. Yelin also provided documentation relating to the change in name to Hilltop and documentation relating to the share transfer from Yelin, to its partners, to Hilltop, to carry on the business of Yelin. In addition, Yelin provided documentation relating to the ownership structure and management, organizational structure, customer base, accounting processes, supplier relationships, products, and pricing. As part of its March 16, 2007, submission, Yelin also requested that the Department conduct an expedited changed circumstances review.

On May 2, 2007, the Department published the initiation and preliminary results of this changed circumstances review and preliminarily determined that Hilltop is the successor-in-interest to Yelin. See Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp from the People's Republic of China: Notice of Initiation and Preliminary Results of Changed Circumstances Review, 72 FR 24273 (May 2, 2007) (“Preliminary Results”). As a result, the Department preliminarily determined that Hilltop should receive the same antidumping duty treatment with respect to certain frozen warmwater shrimp from the PRC as Yelin. In the Preliminary Results, we stated that interested parties could request a hearing or submit case briefs and/or written comments to the Department no later than 30 days after publication of the Preliminary Results notice in the Federal Register, and submit rebuttal briefs, limited to the issues raised in the case briefs, five days subsequent to the due date of the case briefs. See Preliminary Results, 72 FR at 24275. However, we did not receive any hearing requests or comments on the Preliminary Results.

Scope of Order

The scope of this order includes certain frozen warmwater shrimp and prawns, whether wild-caught (ocean harvested) or farm-raised (produced by aquaculture), head-on or head-off, shell-on or peeled, tail-on or tail-off,2 deveined or not deveined, cooked or raw, or otherwise processed in frozen form.

The frozen warmwater shrimp and prawn products included in the scope of this investigation, regardless of definitions in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTS”), are products which are processed from warmwater shrimp and prawns through freezing and which are sold in any count size.

The products described above may be processed from any species of warmwater shrimp and prawns. Warmwater shrimp and prawns are generally classified in, but are not limited to, the Penaeidae family. Some examples of the farmed and wild-caught warmwater species include, but are not limited to, white-leg shrimp (Penaeus vannemei), banana prawn (Penaeus merguiensis), fleshy prawn (Penaeus chinensis), giant river prawn (Macrobrachium rosenbergii), giant tiger prawn (Penaeus monodon), redspotted shrimp (Penaeus brasiliensis), southern brown shrimp (Penaeus subtilis), southern pink shrimp (Penaeus notialis), southern rough shrimp (Trachypenaeus curvirostris), southern white shrimp (Penaeus schmitti), blue shrimp (Penaeus stylirostris), western white shrimp (Penaeus occidentalis), and Indian white prawn (Penaeus indicus).

Frozen shrimp and prawns that are packed with marinade, spices or sauce are included in the scope of this investigation. In addition, food preparations, which are not “prepared meals,” that contain more than 20 percent by weight of shrimp or prawn are also included in the scope of this investigation.

Excluded from the scope are: (1) Breaded shrimp and prawns (HTS subheading 1605.20.10.20); (2) shrimp and prawns generally classified in the Pandalidae family and commonly referred to as coldwater shrimp, in any state of processing; (3) fresh shrimp and prawns whether shell-on or peeled (HTS subheadings 0306.23.00.20 and 0306.23.00.40); (4) shrimp and prawns in prepared meals (HTS subheading 1605.20.05.10); (5) dried shrimp and prawns; (6) Lee Kum Kee's shrimp sauce; (7) canned warmwater shrimp and prawns (HTS subheading 1605.20.10.40); (8) certain dusted shrimp; and (9) certain battered shrimp. Dusted shrimp is a shrimp-based product: (1) That is produced from fresh (or thawed-from-frozen) and peeled shrimp; (2) to which a “dusting” layer of rice or wheat flour of at least 95 percent purity has been applied; (3) with the entire surface of the shrimp flesh thoroughly and evenly coated with the flour; (4) with the non-shrimp content of the end product constituting between four and 10 percent of the product's total weight after being dusted, but prior to being frozen; and (5) that is subjected to individually quick frozen (“IQF”) freezing immediately after application of the dusting layer. Battered shrimp is a shrimp-based product that, when dusted in accordance with the definition of dusting above, is coated with a wet viscous layer containing egg and/or milk, and par-fried.

The products covered by this investigation are currently classified under the following HTS subheadings: 0306.13.00.03, 0306.13.00.06, 0306.13.00.09, 0306.13.00.12, 0306.13.00.15, 0306.13.00.18, 0306.13.00.21, 0306.13.00.24, 0306.13.00.27, 0306.13.00.40, 1605.20.10.10, and 1605.20.10.30. These HTS subheadings are provided for convenience and for customs purposes only and are not dispositive, but rather the written description of the scope of this investigation

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Final Results of Changed Circumstances Review

Based on the information provided by Hilltop/Yelin, and the fact that the Department did not receive any comments during the comment period following the preliminary results of this changed circumstances review, the Start Printed Page 33449Department hereby determines that Hilltop is the successor-in-interest to Yelin for antidumping duty cash deposit purposes.

Instructions to U.S. Customs and Border Protection

The Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) to suspend liquidation of all shipments of the subject merchandise produced and exported by Hilltop entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption, on or after the publication date of this notice and apply a cash deposit rate of 82.27 percent (i.e., Yelin's cash deposit rate). See PRC Shrimp Order at 70 FR at 5151. This deposit rate shall remain in effect until publication of the final results of the ongoing 2004/2006 administrative review, in which Yelin is a participant.

This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective orders (“APOs”) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with section 351.306 of the Department's regulations. Timely written notification of the return/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 sanctionable violation.

This notice is in accordance with sections 751(b) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and section 351.216(e) of the Department's regulations.

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Dated: June 11, 2007.

Joseph A. Spetrini,

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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Footnotes

1.  See Letter from Yelin, to the Department, regarding Request for Expedited Changed Circumstances Determination, Certain Frozen and Canned Warmwater Shrimp from China (Case No. A-570-848) (March 16, 2007) (“Yelin's CCR Request”).

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2.  “Tails” in this context means the tail fan, which includes the telson and the uropods.

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[FR Doc. E7-11709 Filed 6-15-07; 8:45 am]

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