Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is amending the final results of the countervailing duty administrative review of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or Start Printed Page 54567not assembled into modules (solar cells), from the People's Republic of China (China) to correct a ministerial error.
Applicable October 30, 2018.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Gene H. Calvert, 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) 482-3586.
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In accordance with section 751(a)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.221(b)(5), on July 23, 2018, Commerce published its final results in the administrative review of the countervailing duty order on solar cells from China for the period of review (POR) January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015.
On August 2, 2018, Canadian Solar Inc. (Canadian Solar), a respondent in this administrative review, submitted timely ministerial error allegations concerning the Final Results.
On August 7, 2018, SolarWorld Americas, Inc. timely filed rebuttal comments to Canadian Solar's allegations.
No other parties submitted ministerial allegations or comments on Canadian Solar's allegations. Complaints were filed with the U.S. Court of International Trade (the Court, or CIT) challenging the Final Results. The United States sought leave from the Court to address these ministerial error allegations. The Court granted the United States' request and allowed until November 5, 2018, to issue any amended final results.
Scope of the Order
The merchandise covered by this order is crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, and modules, laminates, and panels, consisting of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products, including, but not limited to, modules, laminates, panels and building integrated materials. Merchandise covered by this order is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under subheadings 8501.61.0000, 8507.20.80, 8541.40.6020, 8541.40.6030, and 8501.31.8000. These HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes; the written description of the scope of this order is dispositive. A full description of the scope of the order is contained in the Final Results Decision Memorandum.
Section 751(h) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.224(f) define a “ministerial error” as an error in addition, subtraction, or other arithmetic function, clerical error resulting from inaccurate copying, duplication, or the like, and any other similar type of unintentional error which the Secretary considers ministerial. Commerce finds that an error alleged by Canadian Solar regarding the calculation of the benchmark used to calculate benefits in the Aluminum Extrusions for Less Than Adequate Remuneration (LTAR) Program constitutes a ministerial error within the meaning of 19 CFR 351.224(f).
In accordance with section 751(h) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.224(e), we are amending the Final Results to correct the ministerial error. Specifically, we are amending the net subsidy rates for the mandatory company respondents (i.e., Canadian Solar and Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd.) and for the companies for which a review was requested that were not selected as mandatory company respondents (i.e., the non-selected companies subject to this review).
The revised net subsidy rates are provided below.
Amended Final Results
As a result of correcting the ministerial error, we determine the countervailable subsidy rates for the producers/exporters under review to be as follows:
|Producer/exporter||Subsidy rate (percent ad valorem)|
|Canadian Solar and its Cross-Owned Affiliates 7||11.59|
|Trina Solar and its Cross-Owned Affiliates 8||9.12|
Review-Specific Average Rate Applicable to the Non-Selected Companies Subject to this Review:
|Producer/exporter||Subsidy rate (percent ad valorem)|
|Baoding Jiasheng Photovoltaic Technology Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Baoding Tianwei Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Beijing Tianneng Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Canadian Solar International, Ltd.||10.64|
|Chint Solar (Zhejiang) Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Dongguan Sunworth Solar Energy Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|ERA Solar Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|ET Solar Energy Limited||10.64|
|ET Solar Industry Limited||10.64|
|Hainan Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Hangzhou Sunny Energy Science and Technology Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Hangzhou Zhejiang University Sunny Energy Science and Technology Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Hengdian Group DMEGC Magnetics Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Hengshui Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|JA Solar Technology Yangzhou Co., Ltd.||10.64|
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|Jiangsu High Hope Int'l Group||10.64|
|Jiawei Solarchina Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Jiawei Solarchina (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|JingAo Solar Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Jinko Solar Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Jinko Solar Import and Export Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Jinko Solar International Limited||10.64|
|Jinko Solar (U.S.) Inc.||10.64|
|Lightway Green New Energy Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Lixian Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Luoyang Suntech Power Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Ningbo Qixin Solar Electrical Appliance Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Risen Energy Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Shanghai JA Solar Technology Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Shenzhen Glory Industries Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Shenzhen Topray Solar Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Sumec Hardware & Tools Co. Ltd.||10.64|
|Systemes Versilis, Inc.||10.64|
|Taizhou BD Trade Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|tenKsolar (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Tianjin Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Toenergy Technology Hangzhou Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Yingli Energy (China) Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Zhejiang Era Solar Technology Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Zhejiang Jinko Solar Co., Ltd.||10.64|
|Zhejiang Sunflower Light Energy Science & Technology Limited Liability Company||10.64|
Assessment Rates/Cash Deposits
Normally, Commerce would issue appropriate assessment instructions to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 15 days after the date of publication of these amended final results of review, to liquidate shipments of subject merchandise produced and/or exported by the companies listed above entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015. However, on August 31, 2018, and on September 20 and 24, 2018, the CIT enjoined liquidation of certain entries that are subject to the Final Results.
Accordingly, Commerce will not instruct CBP to assess countervailing duties on those enjoined entries pending resolution of the associated litigation.
Commerce intends to instruct CBP to collect cash deposits of estimated countervailing duties, in the amounts shown above for the companies listed above, on shipments of subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after July 23, 2018, which is the date of publication of the Final Results. For all non-reviewed firms, we will instruct CBP to collect cash deposits at the most recent company-specific or all-others rate applicable to the company, as appropriate. These cash deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.
Administrative Protective Order
This notice also serves as a reminder to parties that are subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under 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 the terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation.
We intend to disclose the calculations performed for these amended final results to interested parties within five business days of the date of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).
We are issuing and publishing these results in accordance with section 751(h) and 777(i)(1) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.224(e).
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Dated: October 25, 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.
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