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Monosodium Glutamate From Indonesia: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015

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


On November 25, 2016, the Department of Commerce (Department) published its preliminary results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on monosodium glutamate (MSG) from Indonesia. The administrative review covers one exporter of the subject merchandise, PT Cheil Jedang Indonesia (CJI). The period of review (POR) is May 8, 2014, through October 31, 2015. We Start Printed Page 11343continue to find that sales of subject merchandise by CJI were not made at prices less than normal value during the POR. The final weighted-average dumping margin is listed below in the section entitled “Final Results of Review.”


Effective February 22, 2017.

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David Lindgren or Joseph Traw, AD/CVD Operations, Office VII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3870 or (202) 482-6079, respectively.

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This review covers one exporter of the subject merchandise, CJI. On November 25, 2016, the Department published the Preliminary Results of this administrative review.[1] Subsequent to the Preliminary Results, the Department issued a supplemental questionnaire to CJI, the response to which was filed on December 21, 2016.[2] On January 12, 2017, we invited parties to submit comments on the Preliminary Results, but no case briefs were submitted to the Department.[3] Further, no party submitted a request for a hearing in the instant review. The Department conducted this administrative review in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act).

Scope of the Order

The merchandise covered by this order is monosodium glutamate (MSG), whether or not blended or in solution with other products. Specifically, MSG that has been blended or is in solution with other product(s) is included in this order when the resulting mix contains 15 percent or more of MSG by dry weight. Products with which MSG may be blended include, but are not limited to, salts, sugars, starches, maltodextrins, and various seasonings. Further, MSG is included in this order regardless of physical form (including, but not limited to, in monohydrate or anhydrous form, or as substrates, solutions, dry powders of any particle size, or unfinished forms such as MSG slurry), end-use application, or packaging.

MSG in monohydrate form has a molecular formula of C5H8NO4Na -H2O, a Chemical Abstract Service (CAS) registry number of 6106-04-3, and a Unique Ingredient Identifier (UNII) number of W81N5U6R6U. MSG in anhydrous form has a molecular formula of C5H8NO4 Na, a CAS registry number of l42-47-2, and a UNII number of C3C196L9FG.

Merchandise covered by this order is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) at subheading 2922.42.10.00. Merchandise covered by this order may also enter under HTSUS subheadings 2922.42.50.00, 2103.90.72.00, 2103.90.74.00, 2103.90.78.00, 2103.90.80.00, and 2103.90.90.91. These tariff classifications, CAS registry numbers, and UNII numbers are provided for convenience and customs purposes; however, the written description of the scope is dispositive.

Analysis of Comments Received

As noted above, we received no comments since the publication of the Preliminary Results.

Changes Since the Preliminary Results

As no parties submitted any comments on the Department's methodology in the Preliminary Results, the Department has made no adjustments to the margin calculation methodology for CJI.[4]

Final Results of Review

The Department determines that the following weighted-average dumping margin exists for entries of subject merchandise that were produced and/or exported by the following company during the POR:

Manufacturer/ exporterWeighted- average margin (percent)
PT Cheil Jedang Indonesia0.00

Assessment Rates

The Department shall determine, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries of subject merchandise in accordance with the final results of this review, in accordance with section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.212(b). CJI's weighted-average dumping margin in these final results is zero percent. Therefore, we will instruct CBP to liquidate all appropriate entries without regard to antidumping duties. The Department intends to issue the appropriate assessment instructions for CJI to CBP 15 days after the date of publication of these final results.

Cash Deposit Requirements

The following deposit requirements will be effective for all shipments of subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of the final results of this administrative review, as provided for by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for CJI will be the weighted-average dumping margin listed above; (2) for previously reviewed or investigated companies not listed above, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate published for the most recent period; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a prior review, or the less-than-fair-value investigation, but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent period for the manufacturer of the merchandise; and, (4) if neither the exporter nor the manufacturer is a firm covered in this or any previous review, the cash deposit rate will be the all others rate for this proceeding, 6.19 percent, as established in the less-than-fair-value investigation.[5] These cash deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.


We will disclose the calculations performed within five days of the date of publication of this notice to parties in this proceeding in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).

Notification to Importers

This notice also serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary's presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties Start Printed Page 11344occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties.

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 the APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3), which continues to govern business proprietary information in this segment 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 the terms of an APO is a violation subject to sanction.

Notification to Interested Parties

These final results are in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213(h) and 351.221(b)(5).

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Dated: February 14, 2017.

Ronald K. Lorentzen,

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

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1.  See Monosodium Glutamate from Indonesia: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015, 81 FR 85206 (November 25, 2016) (Preliminary Results).

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2.  See Letter from CJI “Monosodium Glutamate (“MSG”) from Indonesia; 1st Administrative Review; CJ Response to Second Supplemental Questionnaire,” December 21, 2016.

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3.  See Memorandum to the File “Antidumping Duty Administrative Review of Monosodium Glutamate from Indonesia: Case Brief Schedule,” January 12, 2017.

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4.  The Department notes that, subsequent to the Preliminary Results, we received updated sales and cost information from CJI in response to a supplemental questionnaire. While we have made no changes to the calculation methodology, we have incorporated this updated information into the calculations. For more information, see Final Analysis Memorandum.

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5.  See Monosodium Glutamate from the Republic of Indonesia: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value 79 FR 58329 (September 29, 2014).

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