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Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review; 2016

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Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.


The Department of Commerce (Commerce) finds that Tianjin Leviathan International Trade Co., Ltd. (Tianjin Leviathan) received countervailable subsidies during the period of review (POR) January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016.


Applicable December 26, 2018.

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Chien-Min Yang, AD/CVD Operations, Office VII, Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-5484.


Commerce published the preliminary results of the administrative review of the countervailing duty order on certain new pneumatic off-the-road tires (OTR Tires) from China on July 11, 2018.[1] The period of review (POR) is January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016. In the Preliminary Results, Commerce partially rescinded the administrative review with respect to two companies and preliminarily applied total adverse facts available (AFA) with regard to Tianjin Leviathan because it failed to submit a timely response to Commerce's questionnaire.[2] No interested party commented on Commerce's preliminary results.

Scope of the Order

The products covered by the scope are new pneumatic tires designed for off-the-road (OTR) and off-highway use. The subject merchandise is currently classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (“HTSUS”) subheadings: 4011.20.10.25, 4011.20.10.35, 4011.20.50.30, 4011.20.50.50, 4011.70.0010, 4011.62.00.00, 4011.80.1020, 4011.90.10, 4011.70.0050, 4011.80.1010, 4011.80.1020, 4011.80.2010, 4011.80.2020, 4011.80.8010, and 4011.80.8020. While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope is dispositive.[3]


Commerce conducted this review in accordance with section 751(a)(1)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). For each of the subsidy programs we found to be countervailable, we determined that there is a subsidy, i.e., a government-provided financial contribution that gives rise to a benefit to the recipient, and that the subsidy is specific.[4]

Final Results of Administrative Review

Our determination to apply AFA in determining a net subsidy rate for Tianjin Leviathan remains unchanged for these final results. However, we have updated the AFA subsidy rates assigned to various programs, which results in an updated net subsidy rate of 129.72 percent.[5]

Assessment and Cash Deposit Requirements

In accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(2), Commerce intends to issue appropriate instructions to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 15 days after publication of the final results of this review. Commerce will instruct CBP to liquidate shipments of subject merchandise produced and/or exported by the companies listed above, entered or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption from January 1, 2016, through December 31, 2016, at the percent rates, as listed above for each of the respective companies, of the entered value.

Commerce intends also to instruct CBP to collect cash deposits of estimated countervailing duties, in the amounts shown above for each of the respective companies shown above, on shipments of subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of the final results of this review. For all non-reviewed firms, we will instruct CBP to continue 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 final reminder to parties subject to an administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibilities 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 or 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.

These final results are issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act.

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Dated: December 14, 2018.

Gary Taverman,

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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1.  See Certain New Pneumatic Off-The-Road Tires from the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results and Partial Rescission of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review; 2016, 83 FR 32080 (July 11, 2018) (Preliminary Results) and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum (PDM).

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2.  See PDM at 5-6.

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3.  For a full description of the scope of the order, see PDM.

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4.  See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity.

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5.  See Memorandum to Thomas Gilgunn, Program Manager, Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations, Office VII, “Final Results of the Countervailing Duty Administrative Review of Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires from the People's Republic of China: Revised Rates for the Application of Adverse Facts Available for Tianjin Leviathan International Trade Co., Ltd.,” dated concurrently with this notice.

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[FR Doc. 2018-27863 Filed 12-21-18; 8:45 am]