Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that certain steel nails (nails) from the People's Republic of China (China) were Start Printed Page 45884sold in the United States at less than normal value (NV) during the period of review (POR), August 1, 2016, through July 31, 2017.
Applicable September 11, 2018.
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Susan Pulongbarit or Benito Ballesteros, AD/CVD Operations, Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-4031 or (202) 482-7425, respectively.
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On October 16, 2017, Commerce published in the Federal Register the notice of initiation of an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on nails from China 
for the POR, August 1, 2016, through July 31, 2017.
Commerce initiated a review with respect to 145 companies.
Pursuant to section 777A(c)(2)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), Commerce selected three mandatory respondents, The Stanley Works (Langfang) Fastening Systems Co., Ltd. and Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (collectively, Stanley), Dezhou Hualude Hardware Products Co. Ltd. (Dezhou Hualude), and Shandong Dinglong Import & Export Co., Ltd. (Shandong Dinglong).
On April 30, 2018, Commerce extended the deadline for issuing the preliminary results by 90 days.
On August 1, 2018, Commerce fully extended the deadline for issuing the preliminary results to September 4, 2018.
Scope of the Order
The products covered by this review are nails from China. For a full description of the scope, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, dated concurrently with and hereby adopted by this notice.
Preliminary Determination of No Shipments
Based on the no-shipments letters filed by nine companies,
Commerce preliminarily determined that these companies had no shipments during the POR. For additional information regarding this determination, including a list of these companies, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. Consistent with our assessment practice in non-market economy (NME) administrative reviews, Commerce is not rescinding this review for these companies, but intends to complete the review and issue appropriate instructions to CBP based on the final results of the review.
Commerce preliminarily determined that information placed on the record by the three mandatory respondents, as well as by the 19 other separate rate applicants, demonstrates that these companies are entitled to separate rate status. See Preliminary Results of Review section below. For additional information, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
Commerce's policy regarding conditional review of the China-wide entity applies to this administrative review.
Under this policy, the China-wide entity will not be under review unless a party specifically requests, or Commerce self-initiates, a review of the entity. Because no party requested a review of the China-wide entity in this review, the entity is not under review and the weighted-average dumping margin determined for the China-wide entity is not subject to change (i.e., 118.04 percent) as a result of this review.
Aside from the companies discussed above, Commerce considers all other companies for which a review was requested 
to be part of the China-wide entity. For additional information, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum; see also Appendix I for a list of companies considered as part of the China-wide entity.
Sample Rate Calculation
In the Sampling Methodology Notice, we stated that, in order to calculate a rate to assign the non-selected companies when using a sampling procedure, Commerce will calculate a “sample rate” based upon an average of the rates for the selected respondents, weighted by the import share of their corresponding strata.
The respondents selected for individual examination through the sampling process will receive their own rates; all companies in the sample population who were not selected for individual examination will receive the sample rate.
Accordingly, we have calculated the sample rate by averaging the rates for the three selected respondents, weighted by the import share of their corresponding strata.
The non-selected companies entitled to a separate rate have been assigned the sample rate. For additional information and a discussion of the issues examined with regard to the calculation of the sample rate, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
Commerce is conducting this review in accordance with sections 751(a)(1)(B) and 751(a)(2)(A) of the Act. Constructed export prices and export prices have been calculated in accordance with section 772 of the Act. Because China is an NME country within the meaning of section 771(18) of the Act, NV has been calculated in accordance with section 773(c) of the Act.
For a full description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Start Printed Page 45885Decision 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 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 Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the internet at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Preliminary Decision Memorandum and the electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content.
Preliminary Results of Review
Commerce preliminarily determines that the following weighted-average dumping margins exist for the period August 1, 2016, through July 31, 2017:
|Hebei Canzhou New Century Foreign Trade Co. Ltd||36.93|
|Mingguang Ruifeng Hardware Products Co. Ltd||36.93|
|Qingdao D&L Group Ltd||36.93|
|SDC International Australia Pty. Ltd||36.93|
|Shandong Oriental Cherry Hardware Group Co. Ltd||36.93|
|Shanghai Curvet Hardware Products Co. Ltd||36.93|
|Shanghai Yueda Nails Co. Ltd||36.93|
|Shanxi Hairui Trade Co., Ltd||36.93|
|Shanxi Pioneer Hardware Industrial Co. Ltd||36.93|
|Shanxi Tianli Industries Co. Ltd||36.93|
|S-Mart (Tianjin) Technology Development Co. Ltd||36.93|
|Suntec Industries Co. Ltd||36.93|
|Tianjin Huixingshangmao Co. Ltd||36.93|
|Tianjin Jinchi Metal Products Co. Ltd||36.93|
|Tianjin Jinghai County Hongli Industry and Business Co. Ltd||36.93|
|Tianjin Universal Machinery Imp. & Exp||36.93|
|Tianjin Zhonglian Metals Ware Co. Ltd||36.93|
|Xi'An Metals and Minerals Imp. & Exp. Co. Ltd||36.93|
|Zhangjiagang Lianfeng Metals Products Co. Ltd||36.93|
Commerce intends to disclose to interested parties the calculations performed in connection with these preliminary results within five days of its public announcement or, if there is no public announcement, within five days of the date of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).
Case briefs or other written comments may be submitted to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance no later than 30 days after the date of publication of these preliminary results, unless the Secretary alters the time limit. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the deadline date for case briefs.
Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2), parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this administrative review are encouraged to submit with each argument: (1) A statement of the issue; (2) a brief summary of the argument; and (3) a table of authorities.
Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to request a hearing, limited to issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs, must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. Requests should contain the party's name, address, and telephone number, the number of participants, whether any participant is a foreign national, and a list of the issues to be discussed. If a request for a hearing is made, Commerce intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, at a time and date to be determined. Parties should confirm by telephone the date, time, and location of the hearing two days before the scheduled date.
Commerce intends to issue the final results of this administrative review, which will include the results of our analysis of all issues raised in the case briefs, within 120 days of publication of these preliminary results in the Federal Register, pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act, unless extended.
Upon issuance of the final results, Commerce will determine, and CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review.
Commerce intends to issue assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the publication date of the final results of this review.
For any individually examined respondent whose weighted average dumping margin is not zero or de minimis (i.e., less than 0.50 percent) in the final results of this review, Commerce will calculate importer-specific assessment rates on the basis of the ratio of the total amount of dumping calculated for the importer's examined sales to the total entered value of those sales, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1). Where an importer-specific ad valorem rate is not zero or de minimis, Commerce will instruct CBP to collect the appropriate duties at the time of liquidation.
Where either a respondent's weighted-average Start Printed Page 45886dumping margin is zero or de minimis, or an importer-specific ad valorem assessment rate is zero or de minimis, Commerce will instruct CBP to liquidate appropriate entries without regard to antidumping duties.
Cash Deposit Requirements
The following cash deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of the final results of this review for shipments of the subject merchandise from China entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date, as provided by sections 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) For the companies listed above that have a separate rate, the cash deposit rate will be equal to the weighted-average dumping margin established in the final results of this review (except, if the rate is de minimis, then cash deposit rate will be zero); (2) for previously examined China and non-China exporters not listed above that at the time of entry are eligible for a separate rate based on a prior completed segment of this proceeding, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the existing exporter-specific cash deposit rate; (3) for all China exporters of subject merchandise that have not been found to be entitled to a separate rate at the time of entry, the cash deposit rate will be that for the China-wide entity (i.e., 118.04 percent); and (4) for all non-China exporters of subject merchandise which at the time of entry are not eligible for a separate rate, the cash deposit rate will be the rate applicable to the China exporter that supplied that non-China exporter. These deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.
Notification to Importers
This notice also 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 the POR. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in Commerce's presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties.
Notification to Interested Parties
This preliminary determination is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act.
Dated: September 4, 2018.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
1. Air It on Inc.
2. A-Jax Enterprises Ltd.
3. A-Jax International Co. Ltd.
4. Anhui Amigo Imp.& Exp. Co. Ltd.
5. Anhui Tea Imp. & Exp. Co. Ltd.
6. Beijing Catic Industry Ltd.
7. Beijing Qin-Li Jeff Trading Co., Ltd.
8. Bodi Corporation.
9. Cana (Rizhou) Hardward Co. Ltd.
10. Cangzhou Xinqiao Int'l Trade Co. Ltd.
11. Certified Products Taiwan Inc.
12. Changzhou Kya Trading Co. Ltd.
13. Chia Pao Metal Co. Ltd.
14. China Dinghao Co. Ltd.
15. China Staple Enterprise Co. Ltd.
16. Chinapack Ningbo Imp. & Exp. Co. Ltd.
17. Chite Enterprise Co. Ltd.
18. Crelux Int'l Co. Ltd.
19. Daejin Steel Co. Ltd.
20. Dingzhou Baota Metal Products Co. Ltd.
21. Dong E Fuqiang Metal Products Co. Ltd.
22. Ejen Brother Limited.
23. Faithful Engineering Products Co. Ltd.
24. Fastening Care.
25. Fastgrow International Co. Inc.
26. Foshan Hosontool Development Hardware Co. Ltd.
27. Glori-Industry Hong Kong Inc.
28. Guangdong Meite Mechanical Co. Ltd.
29. Hangzhou Spring Washer Co. Ltd.
30. Hebei Handform Plastic Products Co. Ltd.
31. Hebei Minghao Imp. & Exp. Co. Ltd.
32. Hengtuo Metal Products Co. Ltd
33. Hongyi (HK) Hardware Products Co. Ltd.
34. Huaiyang County Yinfeng Plastic Factory.
35. Huanghua Yingjin Hardware Products.
36. Inmax Industries Sdn. Bhd.
37. Jade Shuttle Enterprise Co. Ltd.
38. Jiangsu General Science Technology Co. Ltd.
39. Jiangsu Huaiyin Guex Tools.
40. Jiaxing TSR Hardware Inc.
41. Jinhai Hardware Co. Ltd.
42. Jinsco International Corp.
43. Jinsheung Steel Corporation.
44. Koram Inc.
45. Korea Wire Co. Ltd.
46. Liaocheng Minghui Hardware Products.
47. Maanshan Lilai International Trade. Co. Ltd.
48. Mingguang Abundant Hardware Products Co. Ltd.
49. Nailtech Co. Ltd.
50. Nanjing Nuochun Hardware Co. Ltd.
51. Nanjing Tianxingtong Electronic Technology Co. Ltd.
52. Nanjing Tianyu International Co. Ltd.
53. Nanjing Zeejoe International Trade.
54. Ningbo Adv. Tools Co. Ltd.
55. Ningbo Fine Hardware Production Co. Ltd.
56. Overseas Distribution Services Inc.
57. Overseas International Steel Industry.
58. Paslode Fasteners Co. Ltd.
59. Patek Tool Co. Ltd.
60. President Industrial Inc.
61. Promising Way (Hong Kong) Ltd.
62. Qingda Jisco Co. Ltd.
63. Qingdao D&L Hardware Co. Ltd.
64. Qingdao Gold Dragon Co. Ltd.
65. Qingdao Hongyuan Nail Industry Co. Ltd.
66. Qingdao Meijialucky Industry and Co.
67. Qingdao MST Industry and Commerce Co. Ltd.
68. Qingdao Top Steel Industrial Co. Ltd.
69. Qingdao Uni-Trend International.
70. Quzhou Monsoon Hardware Co. Ltd.
71. Rise Time Industrial Ltd.
72. Romp Coil Nail Industries Inc.
73. R-Time Group Inc.
74. Shandong Liaocheng Minghua Metal Pvt. Ltd.
75. Shanghai Haoray International Trade Co. Ltd.
76. Shanghai Pioneer Speakers Co. Ltd.
77. Shanghai Seti Enterprise Int'l Co. Ltd.
78. Shanxi Easyfix Trade Co. Ltd.
79. Shaoxing Chengye Metal Producing Co. Ltd.
80. Shenzhen Xinjintal Hardware Co. Ltd.
81. Suzhou Xingya Nail Co. Ltd.
82. Taizhou Dajiang Ind. Co. Ltd.
83. Theps International.
84. Tianji Hweschun Fasteners Manufacturing Co. Ltd.
85. Tianjin Baisheng Metal Products Co. Ltd.
86. Tianjin Bluekin Indusries Ltd.
87. Tianjin Coways Metal Products Co. Ltd.
88. Tianjin Dagang Jingang Nail Factory.
89. Tianjin Evangel Imp. & Exp. Co. Ltd.
90. Tianjin Fulida Supply Co. Ltd.
91. Tianjin Jin Xin Sheng Long Metal Products Co. Ltd.
92. Tianjin Jinghai Yicheng Metal Pvt.
93. Tianjin Jinlin Pharmaceutical Factory.
94. Tianjin Jinmao Imp. & Exp. Corp. Ltd.
95. Tianjin Lianda Group Co. Ltd.
96. Tianjin Tianhua Environmental Plastics Co. Ltd.
97. Tianjin Yong Sheng Towel Mill.
98. Tianjin Yongye Furniture Co. Ltd.
99. Tianjin Zhonglian Times Technology.
100. Tianjin Zhongsheng Garment Co. Ltd.
101. Unicore Tianjin Fasteners Co. Ltd.
102. Win Fasteners Manufactory (Thailand) Co. Ltd.
103. Wulian Zhanpeng Metals Co. Ltd.
104. Yongchang Metal Product Co.
105. Yuyao Dingfeng Engineering Co. Ltd.
106. Zhangjiagang Longxiang Industries Co. Ltd.
107. Zhaoqing Harvest Nails Co. Ltd.
108. Zhejiang Best Nail Industry Co. Ltd.
109. Zhejiang Jihengkang (JHK) Door Ind. Co. Ltd.
110. Zhejiang Yiwu Yongzhou Imp. & Exp. Co. Ltd.
111. Zhong Shan Daheng Metal Products Co. Ltd.
112. Zhong Shan Shen Neng Metals Products Co. Ltd.
113. Zhucheng Jinming Metal Products Co. Ltd.
114. Zhucheng Runfang Paper Co. Ltd.
List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum
3. Scope of the OrderStart Printed Page 45887
4. Discussion of the Methodology
a. Preliminary Determination of No Shipments
b. Non-Market Economy Country Status
c. Separate Rates
5. Use of Application of Facts Otherwise Available
6. Use of Adverse Inference
7. Sample Rate Calculation
8. Surrogate Country
9. Date of Sale
10. Normal Value Comparisons
11. Factor Valuation Methodology
12. Comparisons to Normal Value
13. Currency Conversion
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