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Raw Flexible Magnets from the People's Republic of China: Countervailing Duty Order

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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 a countervailing duty order on raw flexible magnets (RFM) from the People's Republic of China (PRC).

We released a Notice of Countervailing Duty Order to the parties released on August 28, 2008. The notice we released contained incorrect language regarding suspension of liquidation. This notice contains the correct language. See “Countervailing Duty Order” section below. The error was discovered prior to publication in the Federal Register. Consequently, this notice is being published in its place.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

December 17, 2008.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Kristen Johnson, AD/CVD Operations, Office 3, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-4793.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On July 10, 2008, the Department published its final determination in the countervailing duty investigation on RFM from the PRC. See Raw Flexible Magnets from the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, 73 FR 39667 (July 10, 2008).

On August 25, 2008, the ITC notified the Department of its final determination pursuant to section 705(b)(1)(A)(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), that an industry in the United States is threatened with material injury by reason of subsidized imports of subject merchandise from the PRC. See Letter from the ITC to the Secretary of Commerce, Notification of Final Affirmative Determination of Raw Flexible Magnets from the People's Republic of China and Taiwan (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-452, 731-TA-1129, 731-TA-1130), dated August 25, 2008. Pursuant to section 736(a) of the Act, the Department is publishing a Start Printed Page 53850countervailing duty order on the subject merchandise.

Scope of the Order

The products covered by this order are certain flexible magnets regardless of shape,[1] color, or packaging.2 Subject flexible magnets are bonded magnets composed (not necessarily exclusively) of (i) any one or combination of various flexible binders (such as polymers or co-polymers, or rubber) and (ii) a magnetic element, which may consist of a ferrite permanent magnet material (commonly, strontium or barium ferrite, or a combination of the two), a metal alloy (such as NdFeB or Alnico), any combination of the foregoing with each other or any other material, or any other material capable of being permanently magnetized.

Subject flexible magnets may be in either magnetized or unmagnetized (including demagnetized) condition, and may or may not be fully or partially laminated or fully or partially bonded with paper, plastic, or other material, of any composition and/or color. Subject flexible magnets may be uncoated or may be coated with an adhesive or any other coating or combination of coatings.

Specifically excluded from the scope of this order are printed flexible magnets, defined as flexible magnets (including individual magnets) that are laminated or bonded with paper, plastic, or other material if such paper, plastic, or other material bears printed text and/or images, including but not limited to business cards, calendars, poetry, sports event schedules, business promotions, decorative motifs, and the like. This exclusion does not apply to such printed flexible magnets if the printing concerned consists of only the following: a trade mark or trade name; country of origin; border, stripes, or lines; any printing that is removed in the course of cutting and/or printing magnets for retail sale or other disposition from the flexible magnet; manufacturing or use instructions (e.g., “print this side up,” “this side up,” “laminate here”); printing on adhesive backing (that is, material to be removed in order to expose adhesive for use such as application of laminate) or on any other covering that is removed from the flexible magnet prior or subsequent to final printing and before use; non-permanent printing (that is, printing in a medium that facilitates easy removal, permitting the flexible magnet to be re-printed); printing on the back (magnetic) side; or any combination of the above.

All products meeting the physical description of subject merchandise that are not specifically excluded are within the scope of this order. The products covered by the order are currently classifiable principally under subheadings 8505.19.10 and 8505.19.20 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). The HTSUS subheadings are provided only for convenience and customs purposes; the written description of the scope of this order is dispositive.

Countervailing Duty Order

In accordance with section 706(a)(1) of the Act, the Department will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assess, upon further instruction by the Department, countervailing duties equal to the amount of the net countervailable subsidy for all relevant entries of RFM from the PRC.

According to section 706(b)(2) of the Act, duties shall be assessed on subject merchandise entered or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after September 2, 2008, the date of publication of the ITC's notice of final determination if that determination is based on the threat of material injury and is no accompanied by a finding that injury would have resulted without the imposition of suspension of liquidation of entries since the Department's preliminary determination. In addition, section 706(b)(2) of the Act requires CBP to refund any cash deposits or bonds of estimated countervailing duties posted since the Department's preliminary countervailing duty determination if the ITC's final determination is threat-based.

Because the ITC's final determination in this case is based on the threat of material injury and is not accompanied by a finding that injury would have resulted but for the imposition of suspension of liquidation of entries since the Department's preliminary determination,[3] section 706(b)(2) of the Act is applicable. Therefore, the Department will direct CBP to assess countervailing duties on all unliquidated entries of RFM from the PRC entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after September 2, 2008, the date of publication of the ITC's notice of final determination of threat of material injury in the Federal Register,4 based on the net countervailable subsidy rates listed below:

Producer/exporterNet Subsidy Rate (percent)
China Ningbo Cixi Import Export Corporation109.95 percent ad valorem
Polyflex Magnets Ltd.109.95 percent ad valorem
All Others109.95 percent ad valorem

Effective September 2, 2008, CBP will require, at the same time as importers would normally deposit estimated duties, cash deposits for the subject merchandise equal to the net subsidy rates listed above. The all-others rate applies to all producers and exporters of subject merchandise not specifically listed.

The Department will also instruct CBP to terminate the suspension of liquidation for entries of RFM from the PRC entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption prior to September 2, 2008, and refund any cash deposit made and release any bonds posted between the publication of the Department's preliminary determination on February 25, 2008, and the publication of the ITC's final determination on September 2, 2008.

This notice constitutes the countervailing duty order with respect to RFM from the PRC pursuant to section 706(a) of the Act. Interested parties may contact the Department's Central Records Unit, Room 1117 of the main Department Building, for copies of an updated list of countervailing duty orders currently in effect.

This countervailing duty order is issued and published in accordance with section 706(a) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.211.

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Dated: September 9, 2008.

Stephen J. Claeys,

Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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Footnotes

1.  The term “shape” includes, but is not limited to profiles, which are flexible magnets with a non-rectangular cross-section.

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2. “Packaging includes retail or specialty packaging such as digital printer cartridges.

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3.  See Raw Flexible Magnets from the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Alignment of Final Countervailing Duty Determination with Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 73 FR 9998 (February 25, 2008).

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4.  See Raw Flexible Magnets from China and Taiwan, 73 FR 51317 (September 2, 2008).

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[FR Doc. E8-21719 Filed 9-16-08; 8:45 am]

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