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Certain Steel Nails From the Republic of Korea: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2017-2018

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


The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that Daejin Steel Co. (Daejin), Je-il Wire Production Co., Ltd. (Je-il), Koram Inc. (Koram), and Korea Wire Co., Ltd. (Kowire), producers/exporters of merchandise subject to this administrative review, made sales of subject merchandise at less than normal value during the period of review (POR) July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.


Applicable June 18, 2019.

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Ariela Garvett (Daejin), Lilit Astvatsatrian (Je-il and Koram), and Maliha Khan (Kowire), AD/CVD Operations, Office IV, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3609, (202) 482-6412, or (202) 482-0895, respectively.

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On July 3, 2017, Commerce published in the Federal Register a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review of the antidumping duty (AD) order on certain steel nails (steel nails) from Korea.[1] On July 13 and July 31, Start Printed Page 282792018, Koram,[2] Daejin,[3] and Kowire [4] each requested an administrative review, and the petitioner [5] requested an administrative review of 154 producers and/or exporters, including Daejin, Koram, Kowire, and Je-il. On September 24, 2018, the petitioner withdrew its administrative review request with respect to 150 of the 154 companies and maintained its administrative review request with respect to: Daejin, Je-il, Koram, and Kowire.[6]

Partial Rescission of Administrative Review

Commerce received timely requests to conduct an administrative review of certain exporters covering the POR. Because the petitioner timely withdrew its request for review of all of the companies listed in the Initiation Notic e, with the exception of Daejin, Je-il, Koram, and Kowire, we are rescinding this administrative review with respect to the remaining companies on which we initiated a review pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1).[7] For a list of the companies for which we are rescinding this review, see Appendix II to this notice. Accordingly, the four companies subject to the instant review are: Daejin, Je-il, Koram, and Kowire.

The Preliminary Decision Memorandum, which is hereby adopted by this notice, 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 and available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, room B8024 of the main Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the internet at​frn/​. The signed and electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

Scope of the Order

The merchandise covered by this order is certain steel nails having a nominal shaft length not exceeding 12 inches.[8] Merchandise covered by the order is currently classified under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings 7317.00.55.02, 7317.00.55.03, 7317.00.55.05, 7317.00.55.07, 7317.00.55.08, 7317.00.55.11, 7317.00.55.18, 7317.00.55.19, 7317.00.55.20, 7317.00.55.30, 7317.00.55.40, 7317.00.55.50, 7317.00.55.60, 7317.00.55.70, 7317.00.55.80, 7317.00.55.90, 7317.00.65.30, 7317.00.65.60 and 7317.00.75.00. Certain steel nails subject to this order also may be classified under HTSUS subheadings 7907.00.60.00, 8206.00.00.00 or other HTSUS subheadings. While the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this order is dispositive. For a full description of the scope of the order, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.


Commerce is conducting this review in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Export price is calculated in accordance with section 772 of the Act. Normal value is calculated in accordance with section 773 of the Act.

For a full description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. A list of topics included in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix I to this notice.

Preliminary Results of Review

Commerce preliminarily determines that the following weighted-average dumping margins exist for the period July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018:

Exporter and/or producerWeighted- average dumping margin (percent)
Daejin Steel Company5.43
Je-il Wire Production Co., Ltd6.06
Koram Inc7.34
Korea Wire Co., Ltd5.47

Assessment Rates

Upon completion of the administrative review, Commerce shall determine, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. Commerce intends to issue assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the date of publication of the final results of this review.

For any individually examined respondents whose weighted-average dumping margin is above de minimis (i.e., 0.50 percent), we will calculate importer-specific ad valorem duty assessment rates based on the ratio of the total amount of dumping calculated for the importer's examined sales to the total entered value of those same sales in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1).[9] For entries of subject merchandise during the POR produced by each respondent for which it did not know its merchandise was destined for the United States, we will instruct CBP to liquidate un-reviewed entries at the all-others rate if there is no rate for the intermediate company involved in the transaction.[10] We will instruct CBP to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review when the importer-specific assessment rate calculated in the final results of this review is above de minimis. Where either the respondent's weighted-average dumping margin is zero or de minimis, or an importer-specific assessment rate is zero or de minimis, we will instruct CBP to liquidate the appropriate entries without regard to antidumping duties.

For the 150 companies for which this review is rescinded, antidumping duties will be assessed at rates equal to the cash deposit of estimated antidumping duties in effect at the time of entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for consumption, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(c)(1)(i). Commerce intends to issue appropriate assessment instructions directly to CBP 15 days after publication of this notice. 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 deposits of estimated duties, where applicable.Start Printed Page 28280

Cash Deposit Requirement

The following deposit requirements will be effective upon publication of the notice of the final results of administrative review for all shipments of steel nails from Korea entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of the final results of this administrative review, as provided by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for the companies under review will be the rate established in the final results of this review (except, if the rate is zero or de minimis, no cash deposit will be required); (2) for merchandise exported by manufacturers or exporters not covered in this review but covered in a prior segment of the proceeding, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate published for the most recently completed segment of this proceeding in which the manufacturer or exporter participated; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a prior review, or the less-than-fair-value investigation, but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recently completed segment of the proceeding for the manufacturer of the merchandise; and (4) the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers or exporters will continue to be 11.80 percent ad valorem, the all-others rate established in the less-than-fair value investigation.[11]

Disclosure and Public Comment

Commerce intends to disclose the calculations used in our analysis to interested parties in this review within five days of the date of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). Interested parties are invited to comment on the preliminary results of this review. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(1)(ii), interested parties may submit case briefs no later than 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in the case briefs, may be filed no later than five days after the time limit for filing case briefs.[12] Parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this proceeding are requested to submit with each brief: (1) A statement of the issues, (2) a brief summary of the argument, and (3) a table of authorities.[13] Executive summaries should be limited to five pages total, including footnotes.[14] Case and rebuttal briefs should be filed using ACCESS.[15]

Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), any interested party may request a hearing within 30 days of the publication of this notice in the Federal Register. If a hearing is requested, Commerce will notify interested parties of the hearing schedule. Interested parties who wish to request a hearing, or to participate if one is requested, must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, filed electronically via ACCESS within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. Requests should contain: (1) The party's name, address, and telephone number; (2) the number of participants; and (3) a list of the issues to be discussed. Issues raised in the hearing will be limited to those raised in the respective case and rebuttal briefs.

We intend to issue the final results of this administrative review, including the results of our analysis of issues raised by the parties in the written comments, within 120 days of publication of these preliminary results in the Federal Register, unless otherwise extended.[16]

Notification to Importers

This notice also serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) 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 Commerce's presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties.

Notification to Interested Parties

We are issuing and publishing this notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.221(b)(4).

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Dated: June 11, 2019.

Jeffrey I. Kessler,

Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

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Appendix I

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary

II. Background

III. Scope of the Order

IV. Rescission of Review, In Part

V. Discussion of the Methodology

A. Comparisons to Normal Value

B. Product Comparisons

C. Date of Sale

D. Level of Trade

E. Export Price

F. Normal Value

VI. Currency Conversions

VII. Recommendation

Appendix II

Ahri International

Aironware Enterprise (China) Ltd.

Ansing Fasteners Co., Ltd.

Ansing Rich Tech & Trade Co. Ltd.

Astrotech Steels Private Limited

Baoding Jieboshun Trading Corp. Ltd.

Beijing Catic Industry Ltd.

Beijing Jin Heung Co. Ltd.

Beijing Qin Li Jeff Trading Co., Ltd.

Bestbond International Limited

Bipex Co., Ltd.

Bolung International Trading Co., Ltd.

Cana (Rizhao) Hardware Co. Ltd.

Canaxy Asia Inc.

Cangzhou Nandagang Guotai Hardware Products Co., Ltd.

Caribbean International Co. Ltd.

China Dinghao Co., Ltd.

China Staple Enterprise Co. Ltd

Chinatrans International Ltd.

Chongqing Welluck Trading Co. Ltd.

CKX Co. Ltd.

Crelux International Co. Ltd.

Dezhou Hualude Hardware Products Co., Ltd.

Dong E Fuqiang Metal Products Co. Ltd.

Dong Yang Diecasting Co., Ltd.

Duo-Fast Korea Co., Ltd.

ECI Taiwan Co., Ltd.

Eco Steel Co., Ltd.

Eco-Friendly Floor Ltd.

Ejem Brothers Limited

England Rich Group (China) Ltd.

Expeditors Korea Ltd.

Faithful Engineering Products Co. Ltd.

Fastgrow International Co.

General Merchandise Consolidators Inc.

Glovis America

Guangdong Meite Mechanical Co., Ltd.

Guangdong TC Meite Intelligent Tool Co., Ltd.

Hebei Cangzhou New Century Foreign Trade Co., Ltd.

Hanmi Staple Co., Ltd.

Hanon Systems

Hebei Minmetals Co., Ltd.

Hebei Tinlin Metal Products Co., Ltd.

Hebei Tuohua Metal Products Co., Ltd.

Heilongjiang Linke Wooden Products Co., Ltd.

Hengtuo Metal Products Co Ltd.

Hi-Sharp Industrial Co., Ltd.

Hong Kong Hong Xing Da Trading Co. Ltd.

Hongyi Hardware Products Co., Ltd.

Huanghua Yingjin Hardware Products Co., Ltd.

Inmax Industries Sdn. Bhd

Inmax Sdn. Bhd.

Integral Building Products Inc.

Jeil Tacker Co. Ltd.

Jiaxing Slk Import & Export Co., Ltd.

Jinhai Hardware Co., Ltd.

Jinheung Steel Corporation

Jinkaiyi International Industry Co.

Jinsco International Corp.

Konad Co., Ltd.

Kuehne Nagel Ltd.

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Leling Taishan Artificial Turf Industry

Liaocheng Minghui Hardware Products

Linyi Flying Arrow Imp. & Exp. Ltd.

Mingguang Ruifeng Hardware Products Co., Ltd.

Nailtech Co. Ltd.

Nanjing Caiqing Hardware Co., Ltd.

Neo Gls

Nexen Corporation

Nexen L&C Corp.

OEC World Wide Korea Co. Ltd.

Oman Fasteners LLC

Overseas Distribution Services Inc.

Overseas International Steel Industry

Pantainer (H.K.) Limited

Peace Industries, Ltd.

Promising Way (Hong Kong) Limited

Qingdao Cheshire Trading Co. Ltd.

Qingdao D&L Group Ltd.

Qingdao Hongyuan Nail Industry Co. Ltd.

Qingdao JCD Machinery Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Jisco Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Master Metal Products Co. Ltd.

Qingdao Meijialucky Industry and Commerce Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Mst Industry and Commerce Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Rainbow Bird Metal Products Co., Ltd. West

Qingdao Tiger Hardware Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Top Steel Industrial Co., Ltd.

Rise Time Industrial Co. Ltd.

Sam Un Co. Ltd.

SDC International AUST. PTY Ltd.

Shandong Dinglong Imp. & Exp. Co. Ltd.

Shandong Liaocheng Minghua Metal PR

Shandong Oriental Cherry Hardware Group Co. Ltd.

Shandong Oriental Cherry Hardware Import & Export Co., Ltd.

Shandong Qingyun Hongyi Hardware Products Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Haoray International Trade Co. Ltd.

Shanghai Jade Shuttle Hardware Tools Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Lucky Angle Handicraft & Gift Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Pinnacle International Trading Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Zoonlion Industrial Co., Ltd.

Shanxi Fasteners & Hardware Products Co., Ltd.

Shanxi Hairui Trade Co., Ltd.

Shanxi Pioneer Hardware Industry Co., Ltd.

Shanxi Tianli Industries Co., Ltd.


Shijiazhuang Shuangjian Tools Co. Ltd.

Shijiazhuang Tops Hardware Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

S-Mart (Tianjin) Technology Development Co., Ltd.

Smile Industries Ltd.

Speedmark International Ltd.

Suntec Industries Co., Ltd.

Tianjin Coways Metal Products Co.

The Stanley Works (Langfang) Fastening System Co., Ltd.

T.H.I. Group Ltd.

Tianjin Bluekin Industries Limited

Tianjin Consol International Co., Ltd.

Tianjin Fulida Supply Co. Ltd.

Tianjin Huixinshangmao Co. Ltd.

Tianijn Hweschun Fasteners Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

Tianjin Jinchi Metal Products Co., Ltd.

Tianjin Lianda Group Co., Ltd.

Tianjin Liweitian Metal Technology

Tianjin Long Sheng Tai

Tianjin Zehui Hardware Co. Ltd.

Tianjin Zhonglian Metals Ware Co. Ltd.

Tianjin Jinzhuang Hardware Factory

Tianjin M&C Electronics Co., Ltd.

Tianjin Universal Machinery Imp. & Exp.

Tianjin Zhonglian Times Technology

Toyo Boeki Co. Ltd.

Trim International Inc.

Unicorn (Tianjin) Fasteners Co., Ltd.

W&K Corporation Limited

Weifang Wenhe Pneumatic Tools Co., Ltd.

Wire Products Manufacturing Co., Ltd.

Wulian Zhanpeng Metals Co., Ltd.

Xi'an Metals and Minerals Imp. Exp. Co., Ltd.

Xinjiayuan International Trade Co.

Xuzhou CIP International Group Co., Ltd.

Xinjiayuan Trading Co., Limited

You-One Fastening Systems

Youngwoo (Cangzhou) Fasteners Co., Ltd.

Youngwoo Fasteners Co., Ltd.

Yumark Enterprises Corp.

Zhaoqing Harvest Nails Co. Ltd.

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1.  See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation; Opportunity to Request Administrative Review, 83 FR 31121 (July 3, 2018).

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2.  See Letter from Koram, “Certain Steel Nails from Korea: Request for Administrative Review,” dated July 13, 2018.

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3.  See Letter from Daejin, “Administrative Review of the Antidumping Duty Order on Certain Steel Nails from Korea—Request for Review,” dated July 31, 2018.

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4.  See Letter from Kowire, “Steel Nails from the Republic of Korea—Request for Administrative Review,” dated July 31, 2018.

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5.  See Letter from the petitioner, “Certain Steel Nails from Korea: Request for Administrative Reviews,” dated July 31, 2018. The petitioner, Mid-Continent Steel & Wire, Inc., (the petitioner) a domestic producer of steel nails.

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6.  See Letter from the petitioner, “Certain Steel Nails from Korea: Withdrawal of Requests for Administrative Reviews,” dated September 24, 2018.

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8.  The shaft length of certain steel nails with flat heads or parallel shoulders under the head shall be measured from under the head or shoulder to the tip of the point. The shaft length of all other certain steel nails shall be measured overall.

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9.  In these preliminary results, Commerce applied the assessment rate calculation methodology adopted in Antidumping Proceedings: Calculation of the Weighted-Average Dumping Margin and Assessment Rate in Certain Antidumping Proceedings: Final Modification, 77 FR 8101 (February 14, 2012).

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10.  See Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Assessment of Antidumping Duties, 68 FR 23954 (May 6, 2003).

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11.  See Certain Steel Nails from the Republic of Korea: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 80 FR 28955 (May 20, 2015).

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13.  See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2).

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16.  See section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act.

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[FR Doc. 2019-12839 Filed 6-17-19; 8:45 am]