Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.
On July 6, 2015, the United States Court of International Trade (“CIT”) issued Changzhou Hawd Flooring Co. v. United States, Ct. No. 12-20, Slip Op. 15-71 (CIT July 6, 2015), affirming the Department of Commerce's (the “Department”) amended final determination of sales at less than fair value in the antidumping duty investigation on multilayered wood flooring from the People's Republic of China (“Amended Final Start Printed Page 44030Determination”),
as modified by the Department's fourth remand redetermination pursuant to court order.
Consistent with the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (“CAFC”) in Timken Co. v. United States, 893 F.2d 337 (Fed. Cir. 1990) (“Timken”), as clarified by Diamond Sawblades Mfrs. Coalition v. United States, 626 F.3d 1374 (Fed. Cir. 2010) (“Diamond Sawblades”), the Department is notifying the public that the Court's final judgment in this case is not in harmony with the Amended Final Determination, and that the Department is revising its Amended Final Determination.
Effective Date: July 16, 2015.
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Robert Galantucci and Brandon Farlander, Office IV, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-2923 and (202) 482-0182, respectively.
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The litigation in this case relates to the Department's final determination in the antidumping duty investigation covering multilayered wood flooring from the People's Republic of China (“PRC”),
which was later amended.
Pursuant to a series of remand orders issued by the CIT 
that resulted in four remand redeterminations,
the Department: (1) Revised its calculation of dumping margins for two mandatory respondents and the PRC-wide entity; and (2) the Department made certain findings regarding the dumping margins for eight separate rate respondents that were plaintiffs in the litigation, as summarized below.
Regarding the dumping margins for two mandatory respondents in the investigation, on April 23, 2014, the CIT granted a consent motion for severance and entered final judgment in Baroque Timber Industries (Zhongshan) Company, Limited v. United States and Zhejiang Layo Wood Industry Co., Ltd. v. United States with respect to Layo Wood and the Samling Group.
The Department previously gave notice of this decision, as well as the amended dumping margins of zero percent calculated for Layo Wood and Samling Group, in accordance with the notice requirements of Timken.
Further, because we changed the surrogate values in our first remand redetermination for mandatory respondents Layo Wood and Samling Group, the highest calculated transaction-specific rate on the record became 25.62 percent, and we assigned that rate to the PRC-wide entity.
Regarding the dumping margins for the eight separate rate respondents that were plaintiffs to this litigation, the CIT issued a series of a remand orders before affirming the Department's fourth remand redetermination.
As a result of the Department's second redetermination on remand, the Department assigned to seven of the eight separate rate respondents above de minimis antidumping duty rates for the investigation, but found that it was unnecessary to calculate an exact rate for those respondents because any rate assigned for the investigation stage of the proceeding would be superseded by the rates assigned to those companies in the first administrative review and would not be used for liquidation purposes. The CIT affirmed this portion of the Department's remand redetermination on January 23, 2015.
However, the eighth separate rate respondent, Changzhou Hawd Flooring Co. (“Changzhou Hawd”), did not have any shipments of subject merchandise during the first period of review and the Department did not assign Changzhou Hawd a separate rate from the first administrative review. Thus, in a fourth remand redetermination, the Department assigned Changzhou Hawd a margin of 3.30 percent (Changzhou Hawd's original rate from the Department's Amended Final Determination in the investigation),
effective for cash deposit purposes only, pending final establishment in the second administrative review of Changzhou Hawd's new cash deposit rate and assessment rate. On July 6, 2015, the CIT found that the Department's methodology in applying this rate was supported by substantial evidence and in accordance with law.
Subsequent to the CIT's entry of judgment, the Department published the final results of the second administrative review, which have superseded the cash deposit rate of 3.30 percent assigned to Changzhou Hawd for purposes of this litigation.
In its decision in Timken, as clarified by Diamond Sawblades, the CAFC held that, pursuant to section 516A(e) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“the Act”), the Department must publish a notice of a court decision that is not “in harmony” with a Department determination and must suspend Start Printed Page 44031liquidation of entries pending a “conclusive” court decision.
The CIT's July 6, 2015 final judgment affirming the Department's redetermination constitutes a final decision of the Court that is not in harmony with the original Amended Final Determination. This notice is published in fulfillment of the publication requirements of Timken.
Amended Final Determination
There is now a final court decision with respect to the Amended Final Determination as it concerns the eight separate rate respondents and the PRC-wide entity in this matter. For the eight separate rate respondents, as of the date of this notice, all eight companies have received updated cash deposit rates, and their rates will not change as a result of this litigation. However, for the PRC-wide entity, the Department is amending the Amended Final Determination and the revised cash deposit rate for this entity is as follows:
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This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 516A(e)(1), 751(a)(1), and 777(i)(1) of the Act.
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Dated: July 20, 2015.
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2015-18214 Filed 7-23-15; 8:45 am]
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