Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.
On October 22, 2018, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) published in the Federal Register the final results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty (AD) order on certain activated carbon from the People's Republic of China (China). Commerce is amending the final results of the administrative review to correct ministerial errors.
Applicable November 19, 2018.
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On October 22, 2018, Commerce published in the Federal Register the final results of the administrative review of certain activated carbon from China.
On October 23, 2018, Datong Juqiang submitted timely ministerial error allegations regarding the Final Results. In addition, Tianjin Channel Filters Co., Ltd. (TCF), Jilin Bright Future Chemicals Co. Ltd (Jilin Bright Future), Datong Municipal Yunguang Activated Carbon Co., Ltd. (Datong Yunguang), Shanxi Industry Technology Trading Co., Ltd. (SITT), and Shanxi Dapu International Trade Co., Ltd. (Shanxi Dapu) (collectively, No Shipment Companies) submitted timely ministerial error allegations regarding the Final Results.
A ministerial error, as defined in section 751(h) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), includes “errors in addition, subtraction, or other arithmetic function, clerical errors resulting from inaccurate copying, duplication, or the like, and any other type of unintentional error which the administering authority considers ministerial.” 
With respect to final results, 19 CFR 351.224(e) provides that Commerce “will analyze any comments received and, if appropriate, correct any ministerial error by amending . . . the final results of review. . . .”
A. No Shipment Companies
The No Shipment Companies allege that, in Appendix II of the Final Results, Commerce erroneously listed TCF, Jilin Bright Future, Datong Yunguang, SITT, and Shanxi Dapu as companies not eligible for a separate rate and, therefore, part of the China-Wide entity. With regard to the No Shipment Companies' allegation, we agree that the inclusion of their names in Appendix II of the Final Results constitutes a ministerial error. In the Final Results, we determined that these companies made no shipments of subject merchandise during the period of review, based on their respective certifications of no shipments and our inquiry with CBP. Thus, the inclusion of these companies in Appendix II of the Final Results, which identified the companies that were not eligible for a separate rate and would be treated as part of the China-wide entity, was an unintentional error, and constitutes a ministerial error within the meaning of section 751(h) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.224(f), which warrants a correction. Consequently, we revised Appendix II to remove TCF, Jilin Bright Future, Datong Yunguang, SITT, and Shanxi Dapu from the list of companies not eligible for a separate rate as part of the China-Wide entity.
B. Carbon Activated Tianjin Co., Ltd.
In reviewing the ministerial error allegations in the Final Results, we noted that we inadvertently we applied the margin corresponding to the incorrect comparison method, inconsistent with the results of our differential pricing test and analysis. This error resulted in assigning the incorrect weighted-average dumping margin to Carbon Activated Tianjin Co., Ltd. (Carbon Activated). In the Final Results, we inadvertently listed a dumping margin calculated based on the average-to-transaction (A-T) comparison method, which resulted in a $0.45/kilogram weighted-average dumping margin.
However, we should have listed the dumping margin calculated using the mixed alternative methodology (i.e., average-to-average and A-T method),
which results in a weighted-average dumping margin of $0.23/kilogram. We find that our application of the margin corresponding to the A-T comparison method is an unintentional error constituting a ministerial error within the meaning of section 751(h) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.224(f), and warranting correction.
Consequently, as explained in the Ministerial Error Memorandum, we are amending the final weighted-average dumping margin for Carbon Activated pursuant to 19 CFR 351.224(e) to reflect the correct methodology and weighted-average dumping margin.
Furthermore, in the Final Results, we assigned to the non-individually examined companies that qualified for a separate rate (Separate Rate Companies), the weighted-average dumping margin calculated for Carbon Activated.
Consistent with our practice, because we are amending Carbon Activated's final weighted-average dumping margin to reflect the correct differential pricing methodology, we are also amending the separate rate assigned to the Separate Rate Companies.
Revisions Not Covered by Section 751(h) of the Act
In its timely filed ministerial allegation letter, Datong Juqiang alleges that, in the Datong Juqiang-specific draft liquidation instructions, Commerce identified one importer/customer by its short name, not its full legal name. In the final Datong Juqiang-specific liquidation instructions, Datong Juqiang requests that Commerce identify the importer/customer by both its full legal name and short name. Datong Juqiang also requests that Commerce revise the instruction to include an additional customer reported by Datong Juqiang in its responses, to avoid any confusion with United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) when liquidating entries.
We find that Datong Juqiang's alleged errors do not constitute a ministerial error within the meaning of section 751(h) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.224(f) because they are comments on the draft liquidation instructions, rather than allegations of error in the final results of this administrative review. Nevertheless, we have considerd Datong Juqiang's comment on the draft liquidation instructions and have revised Datong Juqiang's liquidation instruction to include both the full legal name and short name of one importer/customer as identified by Datong Juqiang. However, consistent with our practice, we decline to include the name of the additional customer reported by Datong Juqiang in its responses because this customer was not reported as importer of record, which is the information upon which importer-specific assessment and liquidation instructions are based, unless the importer of record is unknown. In this case, this additional customer was not reported as an importer of record.
Amended Final Results
The amended weighted-average dumping margins are as follows:
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|Beijing Pacific Activated Carbon Products Co., Ltd||0.23|
|Carbon Activated Tianjin Co., Ltd||0.23|
|Datong Juqiang Activated Carbon Co., Ltd 8||0.00|
|Jacobi Carbons AB 9||0.23|
|Ningxia Guanghua Cherishmet Activated Carbon Co., Ltd||0.23|
|Ningxia Huahui Activated Carbon Co., Ltd||0.23|
|Ningxia Mineral & Chemical Limited||0.23|
|Shanxi Sincere Industrial Co., Ltd||0.23|
These amended final results are published in accordance with sections 751(h) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.224(e) and (g).
Dated: November 13, 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.
Companies Not Eligible for a Separate Rate and To Be Treated as Part of China-Wide Entity
1. Beijing Embrace Technology Co., Ltd.
2. Meadwestvaco (China) Holding Co., Ltd.
3. Ningxia Guanghua A/C Co., Ltd.
4. Ningxia Guanghua Activated Carbon Co., Ltd.
5. Ningxia Guanghua Chemical Activated Carbon Co., Ltd.
6. Ningxia Jirui Activated Carbon
7. Shanxi DMD Corporation
8. Tancarb Activated Carbon Co., Ltd.
9. Tangshan Solid Carbon Co., Ltd.
10. Tianjin Jacobi International Trading Co., Ltd.
11. Tianjin Maijin Industries Co., Ltd.
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