Pursuant to section 751(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“the Act”), and 19 CFR 351.216 and 351.221(b)(1), the Department of Commerce (“Department”) is initiating a changed circumstances review of the antidumping duty order on certain pasta from Italy (“pasta”) with respect to Delverde Industire Alimentari S.p.A. (“Delverde Industrie”).
Effective Date: August 10, 2012.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Christopher Hargett, AD/CVD Operations, Office 3, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street & Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-4161.
On July 24, 1996, the Department published in the Federal Register the antidumping duty order on pasta from Italy.
On remand, Del Verde S.p.A. was found to have a de minimis dumping margin, and was therefore excluded from the antidumping order.
On July 18, 2012, Delverde Industrie requested that the Department initiate a changed circumstances review to determine that, for purposes of the antidumping law, Delverde Industrie is the successor-in-interest to Del Verde S.p.A.
Scope of the Order
Imports covered by this order are shipments of certain non-egg dry pasta in packages of five pounds four ounces or less, whether or not enriched or fortified or containing milk or other optional ingredients such as chopped vegetables, vegetable purees, milk, gluten, diastasis, vitamins, coloring and flavorings, and up to two percent egg white. The pasta covered by this scope is typically sold in the retail market, in fiberboard or cardboard cartons, or polyethylene or polypropylene bags of varying dimensions.
Excluded from the scope of this order are refrigerated, frozen, or canned pastas, as well as all forms of egg pasta, with the exception of non-egg dry pasta containing up to two percent egg white. Also excluded are imports of organic pasta from Italy that are accompanied by the appropriate certificate issued by the Instituto Mediterraneo Di Certificazione, by QC&I International Services, by Ecocert Italia, by Consorzio per il Controllo dei Prodotti Biologici, by Associazione Italiana per l'Agricoltura Biologica, by Codex S.r.L., by Bioagricert S.r.L., or by Instituto per la Certificazione Etica e Ambientale. Effective July 1, 2008, gluten free pasta is also excluded from this order.
The merchandise subject to this order is currently classifiable under items 1902.19.20 and 1901.90.9095 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”). Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise subject to the order is dispositive.
Initiation of Changed Circumstances Review
Pursuant to section 751(b)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.216(d), the Department will conduct a changed circumstances review upon receipt of information concerning, or a request from an interested party for a review of, an antidumping duty order which shows changed circumstances sufficient to warrant a review of the order. In antidumping duty changed circumstances reviews involving a successor-in-interest determination, the Department typically examines several factors including, but not limited to: (1) Management; (2) production facilities; (3) supplier relationships; and (4) customer base.
Based on the information Delverde Industrie submitted in its July 18, 2012, letter, we find that we have received information which shows changed circumstances sufficient to warrant initiation of such a review in order to determine whether Delverde Industrie is the successor-in-interest to Del Verde S.p.A.
Therefore, in accordance with the above-referenced statute and regulation, the Department is initiating a changed circumstances review.
We intend to issue the final results of the changed circumstances review within 270 days from the date of initiation of this changed circumstance review, or within 45 days if all parties to the proceeding agree to the outcome of the review.
During the course of this review, we will not change the cash deposit requirements for the subject merchandise. The cash deposit rate will be changed, if warranted, pursuant only to the final results of the changed circumstances review.
This notice of initiation is in accordance with section 751(b)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.221(b)(1).
Dated: August 6, 2012.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations.
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