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Fresh Garlic From the People's Republic of China: Final Rescission of New Shipper Reviews of Jining Yifa Garlic Produce Co., Ltd., Shenzhen Bainong Co., Ltd., and Yantai Jinyan Trading Inc.

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY:

On May 3, 2011, the Department of Commerce (Department) published a preliminary intent to rescind the new shipper reviews (NSRs) of fresh garlic from the People's Republic of China (PRC) covering the period of review (POR) November 1, 2009, through April 30, 2010, for Jining Yifa Garlic Produce Co., Ltd. (Jining Yifa) and Shenzhen Bainong Co., Ltd. (Shenzhen Bainong) and November 1, 2009, through May 31, 2010, for Yantai Jinyan Trading Inc. (Yantai Jinyan). See Fresh Garlic From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Intent To Rescind New Shipper Reviews, 76 FR 24857 (May 3, 2011) (Preliminary Intent to Rescind). The Department preliminarily found that Jining Yifa's and Shenzhen Bainong's sales were not bona fide. The Department preliminarily found that Yantai Jinyan was not entitled to an NSR.

The Department continues to find that the U.S. sales of subject merchandise exported by Jining Yifa and Shenzhen Bainong during the POR were not bona fide and is rescinding the NSRs of Jining Yifa and Shenzhen Bainong. After analyzing the comments submitted by parties with respect to Yantai Jinyan, the Department continues to find that Yantai Jinyan was not entitled to an NSR. Therefore, the Department is rescinding Yantai Jinyan's NSR.

DATES:

Effective Date: August 22, 2011.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jacqueline Arrowsmith, Milton Koch, or Justin Neuman, AD/CVD Operations, Office 6, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-5255, (202) 482-2584, and (202) 482-0486, respectively.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

Since the Department issued the Preliminary Intent to Rescind, the following events have occurred with respect to Jining Yifa, Shenzhen Bainong, and Yantai Jinyan. On May 16, 2011, the Department issued a supplemental questionnaire to Jining Yifa. On May 18, 2011, Jining Yifa informed the Department that it would not respond to the supplemental questionnaire. On May 19, 2011, the Department issued a supplemental questionnaire to Shenzhen Bainong. On June 9, 2011, Shenzhen Bainong filed its response to our supplemental questionnaire. No parties filed case briefs with respect to Jining Yifa. Yantai Jinyan and Shenzhen Bainong timely filed case briefs. The Fresh Garlic Producers Association and its individual Members, Christopher Ranch LLC, The Garlic Company, Valley Garlic, and Vessey and Company (collectively, Petitioners) timely filed rebuttal briefs separately addressing the parties' case briefs.

Scope of the Order

The products covered by the order are all grades of garlic, whole or separated into constituent cloves, whether or not peeled, fresh, chilled, frozen, provisionally preserved, or packed in water or other neutral substance, but not prepared or preserved by the addition of other ingredients or heat processing. The differences between grades are based on color, size, sheathing, and level of decay. The scope of the order does not include the following: (a) Garlic that has been mechanically harvested and that is primarily, but not exclusively, destined for non-fresh use; or (b) garlic that has been specially prepared and cultivated prior to planting and then harvested and otherwise prepared for use as seed. The subject merchandise is used principally as a food product and for seasoning. The subject garlic is currently classifiable under subheadings 0703.20.0010, 0703.20.0020, 0703.20.0090, 0710.80.7060, 0710.80.9750, 0711.90.6000, and 2005.90.9700 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, our written description of the scope of the order is dispositive. In order to be excluded from the order, garlic entered under the HTSUS subheadings listed above that is (1) mechanically harvested and primarily, but not exclusively, destined for non-fresh use or (2) specially prepared and cultivated prior to planting and then harvested and otherwise prepared for use as seed must be accompanied by declarations to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to that effect.

Final Rescission of NSR: Jining Yifa

In the Preliminary Intent to Rescind, the Department analyzed the bona fides of Jining Yifa's sales, and preliminarily found Jining Yifa's sales to the United States to be not bona fide. In the Preliminary Intent to Rescind, we stated that we would continue to gather information with respect to this issue. The Department subsequently issued a supplemental questionnaire to Jining Yifa; in response, Jining Yifa provided a letter explaining that it would not respond. No party submitted briefs regarding Jining Yifa.

Absent any new information on the record or arguments regarding Jining Yifa and the Preliminary Intent to Rescind, the Department continues to find that the sales by Jining Yifa are not bona fide; therefore, these sales do not provide a reasonable or reliable basis for calculating a dumping margin. Thus, the Department is rescinding the NSR of Jining Yifa.

Final Rescission of NSR: Shenzhen Bainong

In the Preliminary Intent to Rescind, the Department analyzed the bona fides of Shenzhen Bainong's sales and preliminarily found Shenzhen Bainong's sales to the United States to be not bona fide. In the Preliminary Intent to Rescind, we stated that we would continue to gather information with respect to this issue. The Department subsequently issued a supplemental questionnaire to Shenzhen Bainong, to which Shenzhen Bainong responded. Shenzhen Bainong filed a case brief and Petitioners filed a rebuttal brief. The Department has analyzed Shenzhen Bainong's supplemental questionnaire response and the case and rebuttal briefs. We continue to find that Shenzhen Bainong's sale is not bona fide and does not provide a reasonable or reliable basis for calculating a dumping margin. Thus we are rescinding the NSR for Shenzhen Bainong.

Final Rescission of NSR: Yantai Jinyan

As noted above, the Department received a case brief and a rebuttal brief from Yantai Jinyan and Petitioners, respectively. In the Preliminary Intent to Rescind, the Department stated that its decision to initiate the NSR and to extend the POR was based on the information provided by Yantai Jinyan in its request for an NSR. The Department reached a preliminary decision to rescind the NSR of Yantai Jinyan because the Department found that Yantai Jinyan's request for review contained a misrepresentation regarding Start Printed Page 52316the timing of the sale at issue. The Department continues to find that Yantai Jinyan's request for an NSR did not meet the minimum requirements for an NSR under 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(iv)(C). Specifically, the sale that Yantai Jinyan certified in its request as the first sale to an unaffiliated customer in the United States was later identified by Yantai Jinyan as a sale to an affiliated customer. In order to qualify for an NSR under 19 CFR 351.214, a company must certify and document, among other things, the date of the first sale to an unaffiliated customer in the United States. Once all the facts surrounding the transaction were established, it became clear that Yantai Jinyan did not have a sale or entry during the standard POR; as such, there was in fact no basis upon which to initiate an NSR. Consequently, we preliminarily determined that the Department's decision to initiate the NSR of Yantai Jinyan was based on inaccurate information provided by Yantai Jinyan. See Preliminary Intent to Rescind, 76 FR at 24858. After analyzing Yantai Jinyan's case brief and Petitioners' rebuttal brief, the Department continues to find that Yantai Jinyan's request for an NSR did not meet the requirements for initiation. As such, it is appropriate to rescind the NSR of Yantai Jinyan.

The Department is currently conducting an antidumping duty administrative review for the POR November 1, 2009, through October 31, 2010, to which Yantai Jinyan is subject. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part, 75 FR 81565, 81569 (December 28, 2010). As indicated in the Preliminary Intent to Rescind, the Department has moved Yantai Jinyan's separate rate application from the record of this NSR to the record of the 2009-2010 administrative review, and will consider it in the context of the administrative review. See “Memorandum from Jacqueline Arrowsmith to the File through Dana S. Mermelstein, Program Manager, AD/CVD Operations 6, Moving Yantai Jinyan's Separate Rates Application to the November 1, 2009 through October 31, 2010 (16th) Administrative Review,” dated concurrently with this notice.

Analysis of Comments Received

All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs are addressed in the “Memorandum to Ronald K. Lorentzen, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, Issues and Decision Memorandum: Fresh Garlic from the People's Republic of China; Final Rescission of New Shipper Reviews of Jining Yifa Garlic Produce Co. Ltd., Shenzhen Bainong Co., Ltd., and Yantai Jinyan Trading Inc.” (Decision Memorandum), dated concurrently with this notice and hereby adopted by this notice. A list of the issues raised in the briefs and addressed in the Decision Memorandum is appended to this notice. The Decision Memorandum is a public document on file in the Central Records Unit (CRU) main Commerce building, Room 7046, and is also accessible directly on the Web at http://ia.ita.doc.gov/​frn. The paper copy and electronic version of the Decision Memorandum are identical in content. The Department has made the transition to an electronic filing system, IA ACCESS; CRU will continue to maintain the official record in paper form for those documents that were filed prior to the implementation of IA ACCESS. See Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Electronic Filing Procedures; Administrative Protective Order Procedures, 76 FR 39263, 39264 (July 6, 2011).

Cash Deposit Requirements

Effective upon publication of the final rescission of the NSRs of Jining Yifa, Shenzhen Bainong, and Yantai Jinyan, the Department will instruct CBP to discontinue the option of posting a bond or security in lieu of a cash deposit for entries of subject merchandise by Jining Yifa, Shenzhen Bainong, and Yantai Jinyan. Cash deposits will be required for exports of subject merchandise by Jining Yifa, Shenzhen Bainong, and Yantai Jinyan entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date at the per-unit PRC-wide rate, $4.71 per kilogram.

Assessment Instructions

As a result of the rescission of the NSR of Jining Yifa and Shenzhen Bainong, the entries of subject merchandise by Jining Yifa and Shenzhen Bainong covered by these NSRs will be assessed at the PRC-wide rate. Because these entries are also covered by the POR of the 2009-2010 administrative review currently being conducted (see Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part, 75 FR 81565), we will issue liquidation instructions for Jining Yifa's and Shenzhen Bainong's entries upon completion of the administrative review. Upon completion of the administrative review, the Department will instruct CBP to assess antidumping duties on entries for Jining Yifa and Shenzhen Bainong at the PRC-wide rate pursuant to the final results of the 2009-2010 administrative review.

In addition, the Department has moved Yantai Jinyan's separate rate application from the record of this NSR to the record of the 2009-2010 administrative review, and, during the course of the administrative review, the Department will evaluate whether Yantai Jinyan's separate rate application establishes its eligibility for a separate rate. Upon completion of the administrative review, the Department will instruct CBP to assess antidumping duties on entries of subject merchandise by Yantai Jinyan now covered by the administrative review, at the appropriate rate pursuant to the final results of the 2009-2010 administrative review.

Notification to Importers

This notice serves as a reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) 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.

Return or Destruction of Proprietary Information

This notice serves as a reminder to parties subject to the administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under the APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of return or destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and the terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation.

This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(2)(B) and 777(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and 19 CFR 351.214.

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Dated: August 15, 2011.

Christian Marsh,

Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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Appendix I—List of Issues Addressed in the Decision Memorandum

Comment 1: Whether Yantai Jinyan's NSR Request Satisfied the Requirements for Initiation

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Comment 3: Whether Yantai Jinyan's Sale to Its Unaffiliated Customer Should Be Reviewed Because the POR Was Expanded

Comment 4: Whether the Department Has the Discretion To Continue Yantai Jinyan's NSR or Initiate Another NSR

Comment 5: Yantai Jinyan's Cash Deposit and Assessment Rate

Comment 6: Whether the Department's Authority To Rescind Shenzhen Bainong's New Shipper Review Is Limited to a Sale That Is Unrepresentative and Extremely Distortive

Comment 7: Whether the Pricing of Shenzhen Bainong's Sale Is Commercially Reasonable

Comment 8: Whether the Quantity of Shenzhen Bainong's Sale Is Commercially Reasonable

Comment 9: Whether the Department's Concerns Regarding Shenzhen Bainong's Importer as Legitimate Ongoing Business Concern Are Justified

Comment 10: Whether Shenzhen Bainong's Importer Behaved in a Commercially Reasonable Manner

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[FR Doc. 2011-21377 Filed 8-19-11; 8:45 am]

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