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Certain Polyester Staple Fiber from Korea: Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review

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Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.


August 9, 2010.

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Seth Isenberg or Patricia Tran, AD/CVD Operations, Office 1, Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482-0588 and (202) 482-1503, respectively.

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On May 3, 2010, the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Department”) issued a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review of this order for the period of review May 1, 2009, through April 30, 2010. See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation; Opportunity To Request Administrative Review, 75 FR 23236-37 (May 3, 2010). On May 27, 2010, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(b), the Department received a timely request from DAK Americas LLC, and Invista, S.a.r.L (collectively, “Petitioners”) to conduct an administrative review of Huvis Corporation (“Huvis”), and Woongjin Chemical Co., Ltd. (“Woongjin”). On May 28, 2010, the Department also received an administrative review request from Huvis.

On June 30, 2010, the Department published the notice of initiation of this antidumping duty administrative review, covering Huvis and Woongjin. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Requests for Revocation in Part, 75 FR 37759 (June 30, 2010).

Scope of the Order

Polyester staple fiber (“PSF”) covered by the scope of the order is defined as synthetic staple fibers, not carded, combed or otherwise processed for spinning, of polyesters measuring 3.3 decitex (3 denier, inclusive) or more in diameter. This merchandise is cut to lengths varying from one inch (25 mm) to five inches (127 mm). The merchandise subject to the order may be coated, usually with a silicon, or other finish, or not coated. PSF is generally used as stuffing in sleeping bags, mattresses, ski jackets, comforters, cushions, pillows, and furniture. Merchandise of less than 3.3 decitex (less than 3 denier) currently classifiable in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”) at subheading 5503.20.00.25 is specifically excluded from the order. Also, specifically excluded from the order are polyester staple fibers of 10 to 18 denier that are cut to lengths of 6 to 8 inches (fibers used in the manufacture of carpeting). In addition, low-melt PSF is excluded from the order. Low-melt PSF is defined as a bi-component fiber with an outer sheath that melts at a significantly lower temperature than its inner core.

The merchandise subject to the order is currently classifiable in the HTSUS at subheadings 5503.20.00.45 and 5503.20.00.65. The HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes only; the written description of the merchandise covered by the scope of the order is dispositive.

Rescission of Antidumping Administrative Review

Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), the Secretary will rescind an administrative review, in whole or in part, if the party who requested the administrative review withdraws the request within 90 days of the date of publication of the notice of initiation of the requested administrative review. On June 30, 2010, Petitioners withdrew their request for an administrative review of Huvis. On July 1, 2010, Huvis also withdrew its request for an administrative review.

On July 19, 2010, Petitioners withdrew their request for an administrative review of Woongjin. Because Petitioners withdrew its request for an administrative review of Huvis and Woongjin within the 90-day period, and Huvis withdrew their request within this time period as well, the Department is rescinding this administrative review in full in accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1).

Assessment Instructions

The Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) to assess antidumping duties at the cash deposit rate in effect on the date of entry, for entries during the period May 1, 2009 through April 30, 2010. The Department intends to issue appropriate assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after publication of this notice of rescission of administrative review.

Notification to Importers

This notice serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) 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 subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties.

Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Order

This notice serves as a final reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (“APO”) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). 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 issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4).

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Dated: July 29, 2010.

Edward C. Yang,

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations.

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[FR Doc. 2010-19610 Filed 8-6-10; 8:45 am]