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Calcium Hypochlorite From the People's Republic of China: Countervailing Duty Order

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AGENCY:

Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY:

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

DATES:

Effective Date: January 30, 2015.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Katie Marksberry, AD/CVD Operations, Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-7906.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

In accordance with section 705(d) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“the Act”), on December 15, 2014, the Department published its final determination that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of calcium hypochlorite from the PRC.[1] On January 21, 2015, the ITC notified the Department of its final determination pursuant to section 705(d) of the Act that an industry in the United States is materially injured within the meaning of section 705(b)(1)(A)(i) of the Act by reason of subsidized imports of subject merchandise from the PRC.[2]

Scope of the Order

The product covered by this order is calcium hypochlorite, regardless of form (e.g., powder, tablet (compressed), crystalline (granular), or in liquid solution), whether or not blended with other materials, containing at least 10 percent available chlorine measured by actual weight. The scope also includes bleaching powder and hemibasic calcium hypochlorite.

Calcium hypochlorite has the general chemical formulation Ca(OCl)2, but may also be sold in a more dilute form as bleaching powder with the chemical formulation, Ca(OCl)2.CaCl2.Ca(OH)2.2H2 O or hemibasic calcium hypochlorite with the chemical formula of 2Ca(OCl)2.Ca(OH)2 or Ca(OCl)2.0.5Ca(OH)2. Calcium hypochlorite has a Chemical Abstract Service (“CAS”) registry number of 7778-54-3, and a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Pesticide Code (“PC”) Number of 014701. The subject calcium hypochlorite has an International Maritime Dangerous Goods (“IMDG”) code of Class 5.1 UN 1748, 2880, or 2208 or Class 5.1/8 UN 3485, 3486, or 3487.

Calcium hypochlorite is currently classifiable under the subheading 2828.10.0000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”). The subheading covers commercial calcium hypochlorite and other calcium hypochlorite. When tableted or blended with other materials, calcium hypochlorite may be entered under other tariff classifications, such as 3808.94.5000 and 3808.99.9500, which cover disinfectants and similar products. While the HTSUS subheadings, the CAS registry number, the U.S. EPA PC number, and the IMDG codes are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this order 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 Start Printed Page 5083final determination that the industry in the United States producing calcium hypochlorite is materially injured by reason of subsidized imports of calcium hypochlorite from the PRC. Therefore, in accordance with section 705(c)(2) and 706(a) of the Act, we are publishing this countervailing duty order.

Pursuant to 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 calcium hypochlorite entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after May 27, 2014, the date on which the Department published its affirmative preliminary countervailing duty determination in the Federal Register,[3] and before September 24, 2014, 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. Entries of calcium hypochlorite made on or after September 24, 2014, 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 September 24, 2014, of the suspension of liquidation.

Suspension of Liquidation

In accordance with section 706 of the Act, the Department will direct CBP to reinstitute suspension of liquidation, effective on the date of publication of the ITC's notice of final determination in the Federal Register, and to assess, upon further instruction 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. The Department will also direct CBP to require a cash deposit for each entry of subject merchandise in an amount equal to the net countervailable subsidy rates listed below. The all-others rate applies to all producers and exporters of subject merchandise not specifically listed.

Producer/exporterNet subsidy ad valorem rate (percent)
Hubei Dinglong Chemical Co., Ltd.65.85
W&W Marketing Corporation65.85
Tianjin Jinbin International Trade Co., Ltd.65.85
All Others65.85

This notice constitutes the countervailing duty order with respect to calcium hypochlorite 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: January 26, 2015.

Paul Piquado,

Assistant Secretary, for Enforcement and Compliance.

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Footnotes

1.  See Calcium Hypochlorite from the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination; 79 FR 74064 (December 15, 2014) (“Final Determination”).

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2.  See Calcium Hypochlorite from China, USITC Investigation Nos. 701-TA-510 and 731-TA-1245 (Final), USITC Publication 4515 (January 2015).

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3.  See Calcium Hypochlorite from the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, and Alignment of Final Countervailing Duty Determination with Final Antidumping Duty Determination, 79 FR 30082 (May 27, 2014).

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[FR Doc. 2015-01795 Filed 1-29-15; 8:45 am]

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