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Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Requests for Revocation in Part

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Commerce (the Department) has received requests to conduct administrative reviews of various antidumping and countervailing duty orders and findings with February anniversary dates. In accordance with the Department's regulations, we are initiating those administrative reviews. The Department also received requests to revoke one antidumping duty and one countervailing duty order in part.

DATES:

Effective Date: March 24, 2009.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Sheila E. Forbes, Office of AD/CVD Operations, Customs Unit, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230, telephone: (202) 482-4697.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The Department has received timely requests, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(b)(2004), for administrative reviews of various antidumping and countervailing duty orders and findings with February anniversary dates. With respect to the antidumping duty orders on Frozen Warmwater Shrimp from Brazil, India, Thailand, the People's Republic of China and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, the initiation of the antidumping duty administrative review for these cases will be published in a separate initiation notice. The Department also received timely requests to revoke in part the antidumping duty order on Stainless Steel Bars from India with respect to one exporter and the countervailing duty order on Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon Quality Steel Plate from the Republic of Korea with respect to one exporter.

Notice of No Sales

Under 19 CFR 351.213(d)(3), the Department may rescind a review where Start Printed Page 12311there are no exports, sales, or entries of subject merchandise during the respective period of review (POR) listed below. If a producer or exporter named in this notice of initiation had no exports, sales, or entries during the POR, it should notify the Department within 30 days of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. The Department will consider rescinding the review only if the producer or exporter, as appropriate, submits a properly filed and timely statement certifying that it had no exports, sales, or entries of subject merchandise during the POR. All submissions must be made in accordance with 19 CFR 351.303 and are subject to verification in accordance with section 782(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Six copies of the submission should be submitted to the Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Room 1870, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230. Further, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.303(f)(1)(i), a copy of each request must be served on every party on the Department's service list.

Respondent Selection

In the event the Department limits the number of respondents for individual examination for administrative reviews, the Department intends to select respondents based on U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data for U.S. imports during the POR. We intend to release the CBP data under Administrative Protective Order (APO) to all parties having an APO within five days of publication of this initiation notice and to make our decision regarding respondent selection within 20 days of publication of this Federal Register notice. The Department invites comments regarding the CBP data and respondent selection within 10 calendar days of publication of this Federal Register notice.

Separate Rates

In proceedings involving non-market economy (NME) countries, the Department begins with a rebuttable presumption that all companies within the country are subject to government control and, thus, should be assigned a single antidumping duty deposit rate. It is the Department's policy to assign all exporters of merchandise subject to an administrative review in an NME country this single rate unless an exporter can demonstrate that it is sufficiently independent so as to be entitled to a separate rate.

To establish whether a firm is sufficiently independent from government control of its export activities to be entitled to a separate rate, the Department analyzes each entity exporting the subject merchandise under a test arising from the Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Sparklers from the People's Republic of China, 56 FR 20588 (May 6, 1991), as amplified by Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Silicon Carbide from the People's Republic of China, 59 FR 22585 (May 2, 1994). In accordance with the separate-rates criteria, the Department assigns separate rates to companies in NME cases only if respondents can demonstrate the absence of both de jure and de facto government control over export activities.

All firms listed below that wish to qualify for separate-rate status in the administrative reviews involving NME countries must complete, as appropriate, either a separate-rate application or certification, as described below. For these administrative reviews, in order to demonstrate separate-rate eligibility, the Department requires entities for whom a review was requested, that were assigned a separate rate in the most recent segment of this proceeding in which they participated, to certify that they continue to meet the criteria for obtaining a separate rate. The Separate Rate Certification form will be available on the Department's Web site at http://ia.ita.doc.gov/​nme/​nme-sep-rate.html on the date of publication of this Federal Register notice. In responding to the certification, please follow the “Instructions for Filing the Certification” in the Separate Rate Certification. Separate Rate Certifications are due to the Department no later than 30 calendar days after publication of this Federal Register notice. The deadline and requirement for submitting a Certification applies equally to NME-owned firms, wholly foreign-owned firms, and foreign sellers who purchase and export subject merchandise to the United States.

Entities that currently do not have a separate rate from a completed segment of the proceeding [1] should timely file a Separate Rate Application to demonstrate eligibility for a separate rate in this proceeding. In addition, companies that received a separate rate in a completed segment of the proceeding that have subsequently made changes, including, but not limited to, changes to corporate structure, acquisitions of new companies or facilities, or changes to their official company name [2] , should timely file a Separate Rate Application to demonstrate eligibility for a separate rate in this proceeding. The Separate Rate Status Application will be available on the Department's Web site at http://ia.ita.doc.gov/​nme/​nme-sep-rate.html on the date of publication of this Federal Register notice. In responding to the Separate Rate Status Application, refer to the instructions contained in the application. Separate Rate Status Applications are due to the Department no later than 60 calendar days of publication of this Federal Register notice. The deadline and requirement for submitting a Separate Rate Status Application applies equally to NME-owned firms, wholly foreign-owned firms, and foreign sellers that purchase and export subject merchandise to the United States.

Initiation of Reviews:

In accordance with 19 CFR 351.221(c)(1)(i), we are initiating administrative reviews of the following antidumping and countervailing duty orders and findings. We intend to issue the final results of these reviews not later than February 28, 2010.

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Period to be reviewed
Antidumping Duty Proceedings
BRAZIL:
Stainless Steel Bar, A-351-8252/1/08-1/31/09
Villares Metals S.A.
Frozen Warmwater Shrimp 3, A-351-8382/1/08-1/31/09
FRANCE:
Low Enriched Uranium 4, A-427-8182/1/08-1/31/09
2/1/07-1/31/08
2/1/05-1/31/06
Eurodif S.A./AREVA NC (formerly known as Cogema)
INDIA:
Stainless Steel Bar, A-533-8102/1/08-1/31/09
Ambica Steels Limited
Venus Wire Industries Pvt. Ltd.
Frozen Warmwater Shrimp 5, A-533-8402/1/08-1/31/09
ITALY:
Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon-Quality Steel Plate, A-475-8262/1/08-1/31/09
Evraz Palini e Bertoli S.p.A.
JAPAN:
Carbon Steel Butt-Weld Pipe Fittings, A-588-6022/1/08-1/31/09
Benex Corporation
Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon-Quality Steel Plate, A-588-8472/1/08-1/31/09
Kawasaki Steel Corporation (and its alleged successor-in-interest JFE Steel Corporation)
REPUBLIC OF KOREA:
Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon-Quality Steel Plate, A-580-8362/1/08-1/31/09
Daewoo International Corporation
Dongkuk Steel Mill Co., Ltd.
Hyosung Corporation
Hyundai Mipo Dockyard Co., Ltd.
JeongWoo Industrial Machine Co., Ltd.
THAILAND: Frozen Warmwater Shrimp 6, A-549-8222/1/08-1/31/09
THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA:
Axes/Adzes 7, A-570-8032/1/08-1/31/09
Greenguard Industry Co., Ltd.
Frozen Warmwater Shrimp 8, A-570-8932/1/08-1/31/09
SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM: Frozen Warmwater Shrimp 9, A-552-8022/1/08-1/31/09
Countervailing Duty Proceedings
REPUBLIC OF KOREA:
Certain Cut-to-Length Carbon-Quality Steel Plate, C-580-8371/1/08-12/31/08
Dongkuk Steel Mill Co., Ltd.
Suspension Agreements
None.

During any administrative review covering all or part of a period falling between the first and second or third and fourth anniversary of the publication of an antidumping duty order under 19 CFR 351.211 or a determination under 19 CFR 351.218(f)(4) to continue an order or suspended investigation (after sunset review), the Secretary, if requested by a domestic interested party within 30 days of the date of publication of the notice of initiation of the review, will determine, consistent with FAG Italia S.p.A. v. United States, 291 F.3d 806 (Fed. Cir. 2002), as appropriate, whether antidumping duties have been absorbed by an exporter or producer subject to the review if the subject merchandise is sold in the United States through an importer that is affiliated with such exporter or producer. The request must include the name(s) of the exporter or producer for which the inquiry is requested.

Interested parties must submit applications for disclosure under administrative protective orders in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. On January 22, 2008, the Department published Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Documents Submission Procedures; APO Procedures (73 FR 3634). Those procedures apply to administrative reviews included in this notice of initiation. Parties wishing to participate in any of these administrative reviews should ensure that they meet the requirements of these procedures (e.g., the filing of separate letters of appearance as discussed at 19 CFR 351.103(d)).

These initiations and this notice are in accordance with section 751(a) of the Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1675(a)), and 19 CFR 351.221(c)(1)(i).

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Dated: March 17, 2009.

John M. Andersen,

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations,

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Footnotes

1.  Such entities include entities that have not participated in the proceeding, entities that were preliminarily granted a separate rate in any currently incomplete segment of the proceeding (e.g., an ongoing administrative review, new shipper review, etc.) and entities that lost their separate rate in the most recently complete segment of the proceeding in which they participated.

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2.  Only changes to the official company name, rather than trade names, need to be addressed via a Separate Rate Application. Information regarding new trade names may be submitted via a Separate Rate Certification.

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3.  The initiation of the administrative review for the above referenced case will be published in a separate initiation notice.

4.  The Department had previously deferred the initiation of the reviews for the 05/06 and 07/08 periods. See 71 FR 17077 (April 5, 2006) and 73 FR 16837 (March 31, 2008).

5.  The initiation of the administrative review for the above referenced case will be published in a separate initiation notice.

6.  The initiation of the administrative review for the above referenced case will be published in a separate initiation notice.

7.  If the above-named company does not qualify for a separate rate, all other exporters of Heavy Forged Hand Tools from the People's Republic of China who have not qualified for a separate rate are deemed to be covered by this review as part of the single PRC entity of which the named exporters are a part.

8.  The initiation of the administrative review for the above referenced case will be published in a separate initiation notice.

9.  The initiation of the administrative review for the above referenced case will be published in a separate initiation notice.

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[FR Doc. E9-6347 Filed 3-23-09; 8:45 am]

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