Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.
The Department of Commerce (“Department”) published its Preliminary Rescission for two new shipper reviews (“NSRs”) of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen fish fillets from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (“Vietnam”) on January 28, 2015.
The period of review (“POR”) is August 1, 2013, through January 31, 2014. As discussed below, we preliminarily found that the sales made by Nam Phuong Seafood Co., Ltd. (“Nam Phuong”) and NTACO Corporation (“NTACO”) were non-bona fide, and announced our preliminary intent to rescind their NSRs. For the final results of this review, we continue to find Nam Phuong's and NTACO's sales to be non-bona fide. Therefore, we are rescinding these two NSRs.
Effective date June 29, 2015.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Matthew Renkey (Nam Phuong) or Susan Pulongbarit (NTACO), 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) 482-2312 or (202) 482-4031, respectively.
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As noted above, on January 28, 2015, the Department published the Preliminary Rescission of these NSRs. Thereafter, the Department extended the time period for issuing the final results to June 19, 2015.
On February 27, 2015, the Department received case briefs from Nam Phuong and NTACO. On March 12, 2015, the Department received rebuttal briefs from the Catfish Farmers of America and individual U.S. catfish processors (“Petitioners”).
Scope of the Order
The product covered by the order is frozen fish fillets, including regular, shank, and strip fillets and portions thereof, whether or not breaded or marinated, of the species Pangasius Bocourti, Pangasius Hypophthalmus (also known as Pangasius Pangasius) and Pangasius Micronemus. These products are classifiable under tariff article codes 0304.29.6033, 0304.62.0020, 0305.59.0000, 0305.59.4000, 1604.19.2000, 1604.19.2100, 1604.19.3000, 1604.19.3100, 1604.19.4000, 1604.19.4100, 1604.19.5000, 1604.19.5100, 1604.19.6100 and 1604.19.8100 (Frozen Fish Fillets of the species Pangasius including basa and tra) of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”).
Although the HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and customs purposes, our written description of the scope of the order is dispositive.
For a full description of the scope, see “Certain Frozen Fish Fillets from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Final Results of New Shipper Review,” dated concurrently with this notice (“I&D Memo”).
Analysis of Comments Received
All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties are addressed in the I&D Memo, which is hereby adopted by this Notice.
A list of the issues which parties raised is attached to this notice as an Appendix. The I&D Memo is a public document and is on file in the Central Records Unit (“CRU”), Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building, as well as electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (“ACCESS”). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov and in the CRU. In addition, a complete version of the I&D Memo can be accessed directly on the internet at http://trade.gov/enforcement/frn/index.html. The signed I&D Memo and the electronic versions of the I&D Memo are identical in content.
Bona Fide Analysis
For the Preliminary Rescission, the Department analyzed the bona fides of Start Printed Page 36971Nam Phuong's and NTACO's sales and preliminarily found them to be non-bona fide.
Based on the Department's complete analysis of all the information and comments on the record of this review, the Department continues to find their sales to be non-bona fide. With respect to both Nam Phuong and NTACO, the Department reached this conclusion based on the totality of circumstances, namely: (a) The atypical nature of their prices; (b) the atypical involvement of other entities in the sale; (c) atypical circumstances surrounding production; (d) late payment; and (e) lack of profit on the resale of subject merchandise.
For a complete discussion, see the I&D Memo and each company's Final Bona Fide Memorandum.
Rescission of New Shipper Review
For the foregoing reasons, the Department finds that Nam Phuong's and NTACO's sales are non-bona fide and that these sales do not provide a reasonable or reliable basis for calculating a dumping margin. Because these non-bona fide sales were the only sales of subject merchandise during the POR, the Department is rescinding this NSR pursuant to section 19 CFR 351.214(f).
Cash Deposit Rates
The following cash deposit requirements continue to apply for all shipment of subject merchandise from Nam Phuong and NTACO entered, or withdrawn from warehouse: (1) For subject merchandise produced and exported by Nam Phuong or NTACO, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the Vietnam-wide rate (i.e., 2.39 U.S. Dollars/kg); (2) for subject merchandise exported by Nam Phuong or NTACO but not manufactured by Nam Phuong or NTACO, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the Vietnam-wide rate (i.e., 2.39 U.S. Dollars/kg); and (3) for subject merchandise manufactured by Nam Phuong or NTACO, but exported by any other party, the cash deposit rate will be the rate applicable to the exporter. These cash deposit requirements shall remain in effect until further notice.
Administrative Protective Order
This notice also serves as a 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, which continues to govern business proprietary information in these segments of the proceeding. Timely written notification of the return or 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.
We are issuing and publishing this notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(2)(B) and 777(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and 19 CFR 351.214.
Dated: June 18, 2015.
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
Appendix—Issues and Decision Memorandum
Scope of the Order
Discussion of the Issues
Comment 1: Commerce's Bona Fide Analysis for Nam Phuong and NTACO
Comment 2: Surrogate Country Selection Recommendation
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