Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.
The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain preserved mushrooms from the People's Republic of China (the PRC). The period of review (POR) is February 1, 2015, through January 31, 2016. The Department preliminarily determines that, during the POR, one mandatory respondent, Dezhou Kaihang Agricultural Science Technology Co. Ltd. (Dezhou Kaihang) did not sell subject merchandise below normal value (NV). We also preliminarily determine that the other mandatory respondent, Linyi City Kangfa Foodstuff Drinkable Co., Ltd. (Kangfa) has not demonstrated its eligibility for a separate rate and is, therefore, part of the PRC-wide entity. We preliminarily determine that the following companies had no reviewable shipments during the POR: (1) Zhangzhou Hongda Import & Export Trading Co., Ltd. (Hongda); and (2) Zhangzhou Gangchang Canned Foods Co., Ltd., Fujian and Zhangzhou Gangchang Canned Foods Co., Ltd. (collectively, Gangchang). Finally, we preliminarily find that the remaining 98 companies under review did not demonstrate their eligibility for a separate rate and are part of the PRC-wide entity. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results.
Effective March 6, 2017.
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Michael J. Heaney, AD/CVD Operations, Office VI, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-4475.
On February 19, 1999, the Department published in the Federal Register the antidumping duty order on certain preserved mushrooms from the PRC.
On February 3, 2016, the Department published in the Federal Register an opportunity to request an administrative review of the Order.
On April 7, 2016, the Department published in the Federal Register a notice of initiation of this review, covering 103 separately-named companies.
On June 17, 2016, the Department selected Dezhou Kaihang and Kangfa as mandatory respondents and issued antidumping questionnaires to these companies.
Dezhou Kaihang timely submitted questionnaire responses, but Kangfa did not respond to the Department's request for information.
Scope of the Order
The products covered by this order are certain preserved mushrooms. The merchandise subject to this order is classifiable under subheadings: 2003.10.0127, 2003.10.0131, 2003.10.0137, 2003.10.0143, 2003.10.0147, 2003.10.0153, and 0711.51.0000 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and Customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this order is dispositive.
Preliminary Determination of No Shipments
Two companies that received a separate rate in previous segments of the proceeding and are subject to this review, Hongda and Gangchang,
certified that they did not have any exports of subject merchandise during the POR.
We requested that U.S. Start Printed Page 12565Customs and Border Protection (CBP) report any contrary information regarding these certifications.
To date, we have received no evidence that these companies had any shipments of the subject merchandise sold to the United States during the POR. Further, consistent with our practice, we find that it is not appropriate to rescind the review with respect to these companies but, rather, to complete the review and issue appropriate instructions to CBP based on the final results of review.
The Department preliminarily determines that the information placed on the record by Dezhou Kaihang demonstrates that Dezhou Kaihang is entitled to separate rate status.
No other parties submitted separate rate information in this review.
The Department's change in policy regarding conditional review of the PRC-wide entity applies to this administrative review.
Under this policy, the PRC-wide entity will not be under review unless a party specifically requests, or the Department self-initiates, a review of the entity. Because no party requested a review of the PRC-wide entity in this review, nor did the Department self-initiate a review of the PRC-wide entity, the entity is not under review and the entity's rate (i.e., 308.33 percent) is not subject to change.
Aside from Dezhou Kaihang and the no shipments companies discussed above, the Department considers all other companies for which a review was requested (which did not file a separate rate application or separate rate certfication) to be part of the PRC wide entity.
The Department is conducting this review in accordance with section 751(a)(1)(B) of the Act. For Dezhou Kaihang, export price was calculated in accordance with section 772(a) of the Act. Because the PRC is a non-market economy within the meaning of section 771(18) of the Act, normal value was calculated in accordance with section 773(c) of the Act. Because Kangfa did not demonstrate its elibility for a separate rate, we treated it as part of the PRC-wide entity.
For a full description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file 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 to all parties in the Central Records Unit, room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the internet at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/index.html.
Preliminary Results of Review
The Department preliminarily determines that the following weighted-average dumping margin exists:
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Disclosure and Public Comment
The Department intends to disclose calculations performed for these preliminary results to the parties within five days of the date of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). Interested parties may submit case briefs no later than 30 days after the date of publication of these preliminary results of review.
Parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this proceeding are encouraged to Start Printed Page 12566submit with each argument: (1) A statement of the issue; (2) a brief summary of the argument; and (3) a table of authorities.
Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in the case briefs, may be filed no later than five days after the cases briefs are filed.
Interested parties who wish to request a hearing must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, filed electronically using ACCESS. An electronically filed document must be received successfully in its entirety by the Department's ACCESS by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice.
Hearing requests should contain (1) the party's name, address, and telephone number; (2) the number of participants; and (3) a list of issues to be discussed. Issues raised in the hearing will be limited to those raised in the respective case briefs. Unless extended, the Department intends to issue the final results of this review, including the results of its analysis of issues raised by parties in their comments, within 120 days after the publication of these preliminary results, pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213(h)(1).
Upon issuing the final results of review, the Department will determine, and CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review.
If Dezhou Kaihang's weighted-average dumping margin is above de minimis (i.e., 0.5 percent) in the final results of this review, we will calculate an importer-specific assessment rate on the basis of the ratio of the total amount of dumping calculated for the importer's examined sales and the total entered value of those sales in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1). Specifically, the Department will apply the assessment rate calculation method adopted in Final Modification for Reviews.
Where an importer-specific ad valorem rate is zero or de minimis, we will instruct CBP to liquidate appropriate entries without regard to antidumping duties.
For entries that were not reported in the U.S. sales databases submitted by exporters individually examined during this review, the Department will instruct CBP to liquidate such entries at the PRC-wide rate. In addition, if the Department determines that an exporter under review had no shipments of the subject merchandise, any suspended entries that entered under that exporter's case number (i.e., at that exporter's rate) will be liquidated at the PRC-wide rate of 308.33 percent.
The Department intends to issue appropriate assessment instructions directly to CBP 15 days after publication of the final results of review.
Cash Deposit Requirements
The following cash deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of the final results of this administrative review for shipments of the subject merchandise from the PRC entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date, as provided by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) For subject merchandise exported by Dezhou Kaihang, the cash deposit rate will be that established in the final results of review (except, if the rate is zero or de minimis, then the cash deposit rate will be zero for that exporter); (2) for previously investigated or reviewed PRC and non-PRC exporters not listed above that received a separate rate in a prior segment of this proceeding, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the existing exporter-specific rate; (3) for all PRC exporters of subject merchandise that have not been found to be entitled to a separate rate, the cash deposit rate will be that for the PRC-wide entity; and (4) for all non-PRC exporters of subject merchandise which have not received their own rate, the cash deposit rate will be the rate applicable to the PRC exporter that supplied that non-PRC exporter. These deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.
Notification to Importers
This notice serves as a preliminary 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 POR. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Department's presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties.
We are issuing and publishing these preliminary results in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213.
Dated: February 28, 2016.
Ronald K. Lorentzen,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum
III. Scope of the Order
IV. Preliminary Determination of No Shipments
V. Discussion of the Methodology
A. Non-Market Economy Country Status
B. Separate Rates
C. Surrogate Country
VI. Fair Value Comparisons
A. Determination of Comparison Method
B. Results of the Differential Pricing Analysis
C. U.S. Price
D. Normal Value
E. Factor Valuations
VII. Currency Conversion
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