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Certain Lined Paper Products From the People's Republic of China; Notice of Preliminary Intent To Rescind the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY:

The Department of Commerce (“the Department”) is conducting the fourth administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain lined paper products (“lined paper”) from the People's Republic of China (“PRC”) with respect to three producers/exporters for the period September 1, 2009, through August 31, 2010. We are preliminarily rescinding the review with respect to Shanghai Lian Li Paper Products Co. Ltd. (“Lian Li”); Leo's Quality Products Co., Ltd./Denmax Plastic Stationery Factory (“Leo/Denmax”); and the Watanabe Group (consisting of Watanabe Paper Products (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (“Watanabe Shanghai”); Watanabe Paper Products (Linqing) Co., Ltd. (“Watanabe Linqing”); and Hotrock Stationery (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. (“Hotrock Shenzhen”) (hereafter referred to as “Watanabe” or the “Watanabe Group”)).

Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results. We intend to issue the final results no later than 120 days from the date of publication of this notice, pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“the Act”).

DATES:

Effective Date: June 13, 2011.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Joy Zhang or Victoria Cho, AD/CVD Operations, Office 3, Import Administration, International Trade Start Printed Page 34205Administration, Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-1168 or (202) 482-5075, respectively.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On September 1, 2010, the Department published in the Federal Register a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on lined paper from the PRC, for the period September 1, 2009, through August 31, 2010. See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation: Opportunity to Request Administrative Review, 75 FR 53635 (September 1, 2010). On September 30, 2010, we received a request from petitioner [1] to review the following four companies: Lian Li, Hwa Fuh Plastics Co., Ltd./Li Teng Plastics (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd. (“Hwa Fuh/Li Teng”),[2] Leo/Denmax; and the Watanabe Group (consisting of Watanabe Shanghai, Watanabe Linqing, and Hotrock Shenzhen). On October 28, 2010, we published in the Federal Register the notice of initiation of this antidumping duty administrative review with respect to Lian Li, Leo/Denmax, and the Watanabe Group. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part, 75 FR 66349 (October 28, 2010) (“Initiation Notice”).

On November 12, 2010, we issued the non-market economy antidumping questionnaire to Leo/Denmax, Lian Li, and the Watanabe Group via FedEx Express.

Scope of the Order

The scope of this order includes certain lined paper products, typically school supplies (for purposes of this scope definition, the actual use of or labeling these products as school supplies or non-school supplies is not a defining characteristic) composed of or including paper that incorporates straight horizontal and/or vertical lines on ten or more paper sheets (there shall be no minimum page requirement for looseleaf filler paper) including but not limited to such products as single- and multi-subject notebooks, composition books, wireless notebooks, looseleaf or glued filler paper, graph paper, and laboratory notebooks, and with the smaller dimension of the paper measuring 6 inches to 15 inches (inclusive) and the larger dimension of the paper measuring 83/4 inches to 15 inches (inclusive). Page dimensions are measured size (not advertised, stated, or “tear-out” size), and are measured as they appear in the product (i.e., stitched and folded pages in a notebook are measured by the size of the page as it appears in the notebook page, not the size of the unfolded paper). However, for measurement purposes, pages with tapered or rounded edges shall be measured at their longest and widest points. Subject lined paper products may be loose, packaged or bound using any binding method (other than case bound through the inclusion of binders board, a spine strip, and cover wrap). Subject merchandise may or may not contain any combination of a front cover, a rear cover, and/or backing of any composition, regardless of the inclusion of images or graphics on the cover, backing, or paper. Subject merchandise is within the scope of this order whether or not the lined paper and/or cover are hole punched, drilled, perforated, and/or reinforced. Subject merchandise may contain accessory or informational items including but not limited to pockets, tabs, dividers, closure devices, index cards, stencils, protractors, writing implements, reference materials such as mathematical tables, or printed items such as sticker sheets or miniature calendars, if such items are physically incorporated, included with, or attached to the product, cover and/or backing thereto.

Specifically excluded from the scope of this order are:

  • Unlined copy machine paper;
  • Writing pads with a backing (including but not limited to products commonly known as “tablets,” “note pads,” “legal pads,” and “quadrille pads”), provided that they do not have a front cover (whether permanent or removable). This exclusion does not apply to such writing pads if they consist of hole-punched or drilled filler paper;
  • Three-ring or multiple-ring binders, or notebook organizers incorporating such a ring binder provided that they do not include subject paper;
  • Index cards;
  • Printed books and other books that are case bound through the inclusion of binders board, a spine strip, and cover wrap;
  • Newspapers;
  • Pictures and photographs;
  • Desk and wall calendars and organizers (including but not limited to such products generally known as “office planners,” “time books,” and “appointment books”);
  • Telephone logs;
  • Address books;
  • Columnar pads & tablets, with or without covers, primarily suited for the recording of written numerical business data;
  • Lined business or office forms, including but not limited to: pre-printed business forms, lined invoice pads and paper, mailing and address labels, manifests, and shipping log books;
  • Lined continuous computer paper;
  • Boxed or packaged writing stationery (including but not limited to products commonly known as “fine business paper,” “parchment paper”, and “letterhead”), whether or not containing a lined header or decorative lines;
  • Stenographic pads (“steno pads”), Gregg ruled (“Gregg ruling” consists of a single- or double-margin vertical ruling line down the center of the page. For a six-inch by nine-inch stenographic pad, the ruling would be located approximately three inches from the left of the book.), measuring 6 inches by 9 inches;

Also excluded from the scope of this order are the following trademarked products:

  • Fly TM lined paper products: A notebook, notebook organizer, loose or glued note paper, with papers that are printed with infrared reflective inks and readable only by a Fly TM pen-top computer. The product must bear the valid trademark Fly TM (products found to be bearing an invalidly licensed or used trademark are not excluded from the scope).
  • Zwipes TM: A notebook or notebook organizer made with a blended polyolefin writing surface as the cover and pocket surfaces of the notebook, suitable for writing using a specially-developed permanent marker and erase system (known as a Zwipes TM pen). This system allows the marker portion to mark the writing surface with a permanent ink. The eraser portion of the marker dispenses a solvent capable of solubilizing the permanent ink allowing the ink to be removed. The product must bear the valid trademark Zwipes TM (products found to be bearing an invalidly licensed or used trademark are not excluded from the scope).
  • FiveStar®Advance TM: A notebook or notebook organizer bound by a continuous spiral, or helical, wire and with plastic front and rear covers made of a blended polyolefin plastic material joined by 300 denier polyester, coated Start Printed Page 34206on the backside with PVC (poly vinyl chloride) coating, and extending the entire length of the spiral or helical wire. The polyolefin plastic covers are of specific thickness; front cover is 0.019 inches (within normal manufacturing tolerances) and rear cover is 0.028 inches (within normal manufacturing tolerances). Integral with the stitching that attaches the polyester spine covering, is captured both ends of a 1″ wide elastic fabric band. This band is located 2-3/8″ from the top of the front plastic cover and provides pen or pencil storage. Both ends of the spiral wire are cut and then bent backwards to overlap with the previous coil but specifically outside the coil diameter but inside the polyester covering. During construction, the polyester covering is sewn to the front and rear covers face to face (outside to outside) so that when the book is closed, the stitching is concealed from the outside. Both free ends (the ends not sewn to the cover and back) are stitched with a turned edge construction. The flexible polyester material forms a covering over the spiral wire to protect it and provide a comfortable grip on the product. The product must bear the valid trademarks FiveStar®Advance TM (products found to be bearing an invalidly licensed or used trademark are not excluded from the scope).
  • FiveStar Flex TM: A notebook, a notebook organizer, or binder with plastic polyolefin front and rear covers joined by 300 denier polyester spine cover extending the entire length of the spine and bound by a 3-ring plastic fixture. The polyolefin plastic covers are of a specific thickness; front cover is 0.019 inches (within normal manufacturing tolerances) and rear cover is 0.028 inches (within normal manufacturing tolerances). During construction, the polyester covering is sewn to the front cover face to face (outside to outside) so that when the book is closed, the stitching is concealed from the outside. During construction, the polyester cover is sewn to the back cover with the outside of the polyester spine cover to the inside back cover. Both free ends (the ends not sewn to the cover and back) are stitched with a turned edge construction. Each ring within the fixture is comprised of a flexible strap portion that snaps into a stationary post which forms a closed binding ring. The ring fixture is riveted with six metal rivets and sewn to the back plastic cover and is specifically positioned on the outside back cover. The product must bear the valid trademark FiveStar Flex TM (products found to be bearing an invalidly licensed or used trademark are not excluded from the scope).

Merchandise subject to this order is typically imported under headings 4820.10.2050, 4810.22.5044, 4811.90.9090, 4820.10.2010, 4820.10.2020 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”). The HTSUS headings are provided for convenience and customs purposes; however, the written description of the scope of this order is dispositive.

Preliminary Intent To Rescind the Administrative Review

On December 15 and December 22, 2010, Lian Li and the Watanabe Group submitted letters, respectively, certifying that they did not export the subject merchandise to the United States during the period of review (“POR”). On December 22, 2010, the petitioner submitted a letter pointing out that Lian Li's certification referenced the incorrect POR. On December 27, 2010, Lian Li submitted a letter clarifying the correct POR. On January 03, 2011, Leo/Denmax also certified that it did not export the subject merchandise to the United States during the POR. Both Lian Li and Leo/Denmax requested that the Department rescind the administrative review with respect to each company. On January 5, 2011, the petitioner submitted a letter questioning the Watanabe Group's no shipment claim. The petitioner requested that the Department obtain from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) copies of any entry documents during the POR that list any Watanabe Group companies as the exporter of record.

On February 7, 2011, we conducted an internal query of the CBP entry data with respect to the three companies. The CBP data entry confirms the claims of no shipments from Lian Li, Leo/Denmax and the Watanabe Group, and we issued a memorandum explaining our analysis.[3] We did not receive any comments regarding these CBP data results. On May 18, 2011, the Department sent an inquiry to CBP requesting notification as to whether it had information indicating that there were shipments of subject merchandise into the United States by Watanabe, Lian Li, or Leo/Denmax during the POR. The Department did not receive notification from CBP indicating that there were any shipments by the Watanabe Group, Lian Li, or Leo/Denmax during the POR.

In this case, as stated above, the Watanabe Group, Lian Li and Leo/Denmax certified that they had no shipments and the Department has confirmed through its examination of data from CBP that there were no shipments of subject merchandise during the POR by the Watanabe Group and/or Lian Li and/or Leo/Denmax.

Therefore, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(d)(3) and consistent with our practice, we are preliminarily rescinding this review of the antidumping duty order on lined paper from the PRC, for the period September 1, 2009, through August 31, 2010. If the rescission is confirmed in our final results, the cash deposit rate for the Watanabe Group, Lian Li, and Leo/Denmax will continue to be the rate established in the most recently completed segment of this proceeding.

Comments

In accordance with 19 CFR 351.301(c)(1), for the final results of these NSRs, interested parties may submit factual information to rebut, clarify, or correct factual information submitted by an interested party less than ten days before, on, or after, the applicable deadline for submission of such factual information. However, the Department notes that 19 CFR 351.301(c)(1) permits new information only insofar as it rebuts, clarifies, or corrects information recently placed on the record.[4]

Interested parties may submit case briefs and/or written comments for consideration in the Department's final results not later than 30 days after publication of this notice. See 19 CFR 351.309(c). Rebuttal briefs and rebuttals to written comments, limited to issues raised in such briefs or comments, may be submitted not later than five days following submission of the comments. See 19 CFR 351.309(d). All written comments must be submitted in accordance with 19 CFR 351.303, and must be served on interested parties on the Department's service list in accordance with 19 CFR 351.303(f)(3).

Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to request a hearing, or to participate if one is requested, must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, Room 1117, Start Printed Page 34207within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice. Requests should contain: (1) The party's name, address and telephone number; (2) the number of participants; and (3) a list of issues to be discussed. Id. Issues raised in the hearing will be limited to those raised in the respective case briefs. The Department will issue the final results of this administrative review, including the results of its analysis of the issues raised in any written briefs, not later than 120 days after the date of publication of this notice, pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act.

The Department will issue the final results of this administrative review, which will include the results of its analysis of issues raised in any such comments, within 120 days of publication of the preliminary results, and will publish these results in the Federal Register.

Assessment Rates

The Department will instruct CBP to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. The Department intends to issue assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the date of publication of the final results of this review.

Notification of Interested Parties

This notice also serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 351.402(f) of the Department's regulations 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 the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties.

This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4).

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Dated: June 2, 2011.

Ronald K. Lorentzen,

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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Footnotes

1.  The petitioner is the Association of American School Paper Suppliers (“AASPS”).

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2.  The Department was unable to locate Hwa Fuh/Li Teng in prior segments. The petitioner did not provide any new information as to Hwa Fuh/Li Teng's location in its review request letter. Accordingly, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.303(f)(3)(ii), the Department did not accept a request for an administrative review of Hwa Fuh/Li Teng.

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3.  See Memorandum to the File, through Melissa Skinner, Office Director and James Terpstra, Program Manager, AD/CVD Operations, Office 3, from Joy Zhang, Case Analyst, titled “Certain Lined Paper Products from the People's Republic of China—Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) Data for Corroboration of Claims of No Shipments,” dated April 6, 2011.

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4.  See Glycine from the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Final Rescission in Part, 72 FR 58809 (October 17, 2007), and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comment 2.

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