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Sodium Hexametaphosphate From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Expedited First Sunset Review of the Antidumping Duty Order

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AGENCY:

Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY:

On February 1, 2013, the Department of Commerce (the “Department”) initiated the first five-year (“sunset”) review of the antidumping duty order on sodium hexametaphosphate from the People's Republic of China (“PRC”) pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the “Act”).[1] As a result of this sunset review, the Department finds that revocation of the antidumping duty order on sodium hexametaphosphate from the PRC would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at the levels indicated in the “Final Results of Review” section of this notice.

DATES:

Effective Date: June 11, 2013.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Paul Walker, AD/CVD Operations, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: 202.482.0413.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On March 4, 2013, the Department received an adequate substantive response from domestic interested parties ICL Performance Products LP and Innophos, Inc. (collectively, “Petitioners”) within the deadline specified in 19 CFR 351.218(d)(3)(i).[2] We received no responses from respondent interested parties. As a result, the Department conducted an expedited (120-day) sunset review of the order, pursuant to section 751(c)(3)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(C)(2).

Scope of the Order

The merchandise subject to the order is sodium hexametaphosphate. Sodium hexametaphosphate is a water-soluble polyphosphate glass that consists of a distribution of polyphosphate chain lengths. It is a collection of sodium polyphosphate polymers built on repeating NaPO3 units. Sodium Start Printed Page 34990hexametaphosphate has a P2 O5 content from 60 to 71 percent. Alternate names for sodium hexametaphosphate include the following: Calgon; Calgon S; Glassy Sodium Phosphate; Sodium Polyphosphate, Glassy; Metaphosphoric Acid; Sodium Salt; Sodium Acid Metaphosphate; Graham's Salt; Sodium Hex; Polyphosphoric Acid, Sodium Salt; Glass H; Hexaphos; Sodaphos; Vitrafos; and BAC-N-FOS. Sodium hexametaphosphate is typically sold as a white powder or granule (crushed) and may also be sold in the form of sheets (glass) or as a liquid solution. It is imported under heading 2835.39.5000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”). It may also be imported as a blend or mixture under heading 3824.90.3900, HTSUS. The American Chemical Society, Chemical Abstract Service (“CAS”) has assigned the name “Polyphosphoric Acid, Sodium Salt” to sodium hexametaphosphate. The CAS registry number is 68915-31-1. However, sodium hexametaphosphate is commonly identified by CAS No. 10124-56-8 in the market. For purposes of the order, the narrative description is dispositive, not the tariff heading, CAS registry number or CAS name.

The product covered by the order includes sodium hexametaphosphate in all grades, whether food grade or technical grade. The product covered by the order includes sodium hexametaphosphate without regard to chain length, i.e., whether regular or long chain. The product covered by the order includes sodium hexametaphosphate without regard to physical form, whether glass, sheet, crushed, granule, powder, fines, or other form, and whether or not in solution.

However, the product covered by the order does not include sodium hexametaphosphate when imported in a blend with other materials in which the sodium hexametaphosphate accounts for less than 50 percent by volume of the finished product.

Analysis of Comments Received

All issues raised in this review are addressed in the “Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Expedited First Sunset Review of the Antidumping Duty Order on Sodium Hexametaphosphate from the People's Republic of China” from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (“Decision Memorandum”). The issues discussed in the Decision Memorandum include the likelihood of continuation or recurrence of dumping and the magnitude of the margins likely to prevail if the order was to be revoked. Parties may find a complete discussion of all issues raised in the review and the corresponding recommendations in this public memorandum which is on file electronically via Import Administration's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Services System (“IA ACCESS”). Access to IA ACCESS is available to registered users at http://iaaccess.trade.gov and is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, room 7046 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Decision Memorandum can be access directly on the Web at http://ia.ita.doc.gov/​frn. The signed Decision Memorandum and the electronic versions of the Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

Final Results of Review

We determine that revocation of the order would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping at the following weighted-average percentage margins:

ExporterWeighted- Average Dumping Margin (percent)
Jiangyin Chengxing International Trading Co., Ltd.92.02
Sichuan Mianzhu Norwest Phosphate Chemical Co.92.02
PRC-Wide Rate188.05

Administrative Protective Order

This notice also serves as the only reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (“APO”) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. Timely notification of the return of 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 violation which is subject to sanction.

This sunset review and notice are in accordance with sections 751(c), 752(c), and 771(i)(1) of the Act.

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Dated: June 3, 2013.

Paul Piquado,

Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.

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Footnotes

1.  See Initiation of Five-Year (“Sunset”) Review, 78 FR 7400 (February 1, 2013).

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2.  See Petitioners' March 4, 2013 submission.

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[FR Doc. 2013-13877 Filed 6-10-13; 8:45 am]

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