Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.
On November 21, 2016, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published the preliminary results and rescission, in part, of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain cased pencils (pencils) from the People's Republic of China (PRC). This review covers one company, Shandong Rongxin Import & Export Co., Ltd. (Rongxin), for the period of review (POR) December 1, 2014, through November 30, 2015. The Department continues to find that Rongxin has not established its eligibility for a separate rate, and, thus, should be treated as part of the PRC-wide entity.
Effective May 30, 2017.
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Mary Kolberg, AD/CVD Operations, Office I, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-1785.
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The Department published its Preliminary Results in this administrative review on November 21, 2016.
We invited interested parties to comment on the preliminary results. Rongxin filed a case brief on December 21, 2016.
We received a rebuttal brief from Dixon Ticonderoga Company (Dixon), a petitioner in the underlying Start Printed Page 24676investigation, on December 28, 2016.
The Department found that Dixon's rebuttal brief contained untimely filed new factual information and requested that Dixon resubmit its rebuttal brief without this information.
Dixon submitted its revised rebuttal brief on January 17, 2017.
On March 10, 2017, we determined that additional time was necessary to analyze the arguments submitted by parties and extended the deadline for completion of the final results by 60 days to May 22, 2017.
Scope of the Order
The merchandise subject to the order includes certain cased pencils from the PRC. The subject merchandise is currently classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading 9609.1010. A full description of the scope of the order is contained in the Issues and Decision Memorandum.
Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written product description is dispositive.
Analysis of Comments Received
All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs by parties in this review are addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, which is hereby adopted by this notice. A list of the issues which parties raised is attached to this notice as an appendix. The Issues and 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 https://access.trade.gov, and it is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the Internet at http://trade.gov/enforcement.
Final Results of Review
The Department continues to find that Rongxin has not established its eligibility for a separate rate and is part of the PRC-wide entity. The rate applicable to the PRC-wide entity is 114.90 percent.
Upon issuing the final results of review, the Department will determine, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review.
The Department intends to issue appropriate assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after publication of the final results of review. In particular, we intend to instruct CBP to liquidate entries of subject merchandise exported by Rongxin during the POR, at the current rate for the PRC-wide entity (i.e., 114.90 percent).
The final results of this review shall be the basis for the assessment of antidumping duties on entries of merchandise covered by the final results of this review and for future cash deposits of estimated antidumping duties, where applicable.
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 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; (2) for all PRC exporters of subject merchandise that have not established their eligibility for a separate rate, the cash deposit rate will be that for the PRC-wide entity (i.e., 114.90 percent); and (3) 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 cash deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.
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 Department's presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties.
Administrative Protective Orders
This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective orders (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/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 these results in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act, 19 CFR 351.213, and 351.221(b)(5).
Dated: May 22, 2017.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations.
List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum
III. Scope of the Order
IV. Discussion of the Issues
Comment 1: Whether Dixon Has Standing as an Interested Party to Request an Administrative Review of Rongxin
Comment 2: Whether Rongxin is Eligible for a Separate RateStart Printed Page 24677
Comment 3: Whether the Department is Required to Treat China as a Market-Economy Country
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