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Drawn Stainless Steel Sinks From the People's Republic of China: Countervailing Duty Order

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY:

Based on affirmative final determinations by the Department of Commerce (the “Department”) and the International Trade Commission (“ITC”), the Department is issuing a countervailing duty order on drawn stainless steel sinks (“drawn sinks”) from the People's Republic of China (“PRC”).

DATES:

Effective Date: April 11, 2013.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Shane Subler or Austin Redington, AD/CVD Operations, Office 1, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-0189 and (202) 482-1664, respectively.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On February 26, 2013, the Department published its final determination in the countervailing duty investigation of drawn sinks from the PRC.[1] On April 4, 2013, the ITC notified the Department of its final determination pursuant to section 705(b)(1)(A)(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“the Act”), that an industry in the United States is materially injured by reason of subsidized imports of subject merchandise from the PRC.[2]

Scope of the Order

The products covered by the scope of this order are drawn stainless steel sinks with single or multiple drawn bowls, with or without drain boards, whether finished or unfinished, regardless of type of finish, gauge, or grade of stainless steel. Mounting clips, fasteners, seals, and sound-deadening pads are also covered by the scope of this order if they are included within the sales price of the drawn stainless steel sinks.[3] For purposes of this scope definition, the term “drawn” refers to a manufacturing process using metal forming technology to produce a smooth basin with seamless, smooth, and rounded corners. Drawn stainless steel sinks are available in various shapes and configurations and may be described in a number of ways including flush mount, top mount, or undermount (to indicate the attachment relative to the countertop). Stainless steel sinks with multiple drawn bowls that are joined through a welding operation to form one unit are covered by the scope of the order. Drawn stainless steel sinks are covered by the scope of the order whether or not they are sold in conjunction with non-subject accessories such as faucets (whether attached or unattached), strainers, strainer sets, rinsing baskets, bottom grids, or other accessories.

Excluded from the scope of the order are stainless steel sinks with fabricated bowls. Fabricated bowls do not have seamless corners, but rather are made by notching and bending the stainless steel, and then welding and finishing the vertical corners to form the bowls. Stainless steel sinks with fabricated bowls may sometimes be referred to as “zero radius” or “near zero radius” sinks.

The products covered by this order are currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”) under statistical reporting number 7324.10.0000 and 7324.10.00.10. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope is dispositive.

Countervailing Duty Order

In accordance with sections 705(b)(1)(A)(i) and 705(d) of the Act, the ITC has notified the Department of its final determination that the industry in the United States producing drawn sinks is materially injured by reason of subsidized imports of drawn sinks from the PRC. Therefore, in accordance with section 705(c)(2) of the Act, we are publishing this countervailing duty order.

As a result of the ITC's final determination, in accordance with section 706(a) of the Act, the Department will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) to assess, upon further instruction by the Department, countervailing duties on unliquidated entries of drawn sinks from the PRC entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after August 6, 2012, the date on which the Department published its preliminary countervailing duty determination in the Federal Register,[4] and before December 4, 2012, the date on which the Department instructed CBP to discontinue the suspension of liquidation in accordance with section 703(d) of the Act. Section 703(d) of the Act states that the suspension of liquidation pursuant to a preliminary determination may not remain in effect for more than four months. Therefore, entries of drawn sinks made on or after December 4, 2012, and prior to the date of publication of the ITC's final determination in the Federal Register are not liable for the assessment of countervailing duties due to the Department's discontinuation, effective December 4, 2012, of the suspension of liquidation.

Suspension of Liquidation

In accordance with section 706 of the Act, the Department will direct CBP to reinstitute the suspension of liquidation of drawn sinks from the PRC, effective the date of publication of the ITC's notice of final determination in the Federal Register, and to assess, upon further advice by the Department pursuant to section 706(a)(1) of the Act, countervailing duties for each entry of the subject merchandise in an amount based on the net countervailable subsidy rates for the subject merchandise. On or after the date of publication of the ITC's final injury determination in the Federal Register, CBP must require, at the same time as importers would normally deposit estimated duties on this merchandise, a cash deposit equal to the rates noted below:Start Printed Page 21597

Producer/ExporterNet subsidy rate %
Guangdong Yingao Kitchen Utensils Co., Ltd., and Foshan Magang Kitchen Utensils Co., Ltd.4.80
Zhongshan Superte Kitchenware Co., Ltd.12.21
Foshan Zhaoshun Trade Co., Ltd.12.26
All Others8.51

This notice constitutes the countervailing duty order with respect to drawn sinks from the PRC, pursuant to section 706(a) of the Act. Interested parties may contact the Department's Central Records Unit, Room 7046 of the main Commerce Building, for copies of an updated list of countervailing duty orders currently in effect.

This order is issued and published in accordance with section 706(a) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.211(b).

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Dated: April 8, 2013.

Paul Piquado,

Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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Footnotes

1.  See Drawn Stainless Steel Sinks From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, 78 FR 13017 (February 26, 2013).

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2.  See Drawn Stainless Steel Sinks from China, USITC Pub. 4390, Investigation Nos. 701-TA-489 and 731-TA-1201 (Final) (April 2013).

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3.  Mounting clips, fasteners, seals, and sound deadening pads are not covered by the scope of this order if they are not included within the sales price of the drawn stainless steel sinks, regardless of whether they are shipped with or entered with drawn stainless steel sinks.

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4.  See Drawn Stainless Steel Sinks From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, 77 FR 46717 (August 6, 2012).

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[FR Doc. 2013-08643 Filed 4-10-13; 8:45 am]

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