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Wooden Bedroom Furniture From the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review

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AGENCY:

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

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SUMMARY:

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) has determined that a request for a new shipper review (NSR) of the antidumping duty order on wooden bedroom furniture (WBF) from the People's Republic of China (China) meets the statutory and regulatory requirements for initiation. The period of review (POR) for the NSR is January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.

DATES:

Applicable February 27, 2020.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jonathan Hill, 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) 482-3518.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

Commerce published the Order on January 4, 2005.[1] On January 28, 2020, pursuant to section 751(a)(2)(B)(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.214(c), Commerce received a timely NSR request from Kunshan Jujia Decoration Design Co., Ltd (Kunshan Jujia).[2] The deadline for publication of the NSR initiation is February 28, 2020.

In its submission, Kunshan Jujia certified that it is the producer and exporter of the subject merchandise upon which its request for a NSR is based.[3] Pursuant to section 751(a)(2)(B)(i)(I) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(i), Kunshan Jujia certified that it did not export WBF to the United States during the period of investigation (POI).[4] Additionally, pursuant to section 751(a)(2)(B)(i)(II) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(iii)(A), Kunshan Jujia certified that, since the initiation of the investigation, it has never been affiliated with any producer or exporter that exported WBF to the United States during the POI, including those not individually examined during the investigation.[5] As required by 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(iii)(B), Kunshan Jujia also certified that its export activities are not controlled by the central government of China.[6] Further, Kunshan Jujia certified that it has not made subsequent shipments of subject merchandise.[7]

In addition to the certifications described above, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(b)(2)(iv), Kunshan Jujia submitted documentation establishing the following: (1) The date on which it first shipped WBF for export to the United States and the date on which the WBF was first entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption; (2) the volume of its first shipment; and (3) the date of its first sale to an unaffiliated customer in the United States.[8]

Commerce conducted a query of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) data and confirmed that Kunshan Jujia's subject merchandise entered the United States for consumption and that liquidation of such entries had been properly suspended for antidumping duties. The CBP data that Commerce examined are consistent with information provided by Kunshan Jujia in its NSR request. In particular, the CBP data confirm the price and quantity reported by Kunshan Jujia for the sale that forms that basis of its NSR request.[9]

Period of Review

Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(c), an exporter or producer may request an NSR within one year of the date on which its subject merchandise was first entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption, or shipped to the United States, as appropriate. Kunshan Jujia requested this NSR within one year of the date on which its WBF first entered the United States, and made its request in the month of January, which is the anniversary month of the Order.[10] In accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(g)(l)(i)(A), the POR is January 1, 2019, through December 31, 2019.

Initiation of NSR

Pursuant to section 751(a)(2)(B) of the Act, 19 CFR 351.214(b), and based on the information on the record, we find that Kunshan Jujia's NSR request meets the threshold requirements for initiation of a NSR of its shipment(s) of WBF to the United States.[11] However, if the information supplied by Kunshan Jujia is later found to be incorrect or insufficient during the course of this NSR, Commerce may rescind the review or apply adverse facts available, pursuant to section 776 of the Act, as appropriate. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.221(c)(1)(i), Commerce will publish the notice of initiation of an NSR no later than the last day of the month following the anniversary or semiannual anniversary month of the order. Commerce intends to issue the preliminary results of this review no later than 180 days from the date of initiation, and the final results of this review no later than 90 days after the date the preliminary results are issued.[12]

It is Commerce's usual practice, in cases involving non-market economies, to require that a company seeking to establish eligibility for an antidumping duty rate separate from the country-wide rate (i.e., separate rate) to provide evidence of de jure and de facto absence of government control over the company's export activities.[13] Accordingly, Commerce will issue questionnaires to Kunshan Jujia requesting, inter alia, information regarding its export activities for the purpose of determining whether it is eligible for a separate rate. The review of the exporter will proceed if the response provides sufficient indication that the exporter is not subject to either de jure or de facto government control with respect to its exports of WBF.

We will conduct this NSR in accordance with section 751(a)(2)(B) of the Act.[14] Because Kunshan Jujia certified that it produced and exported subject merchandise, the sale of which is the basis for its NSR request, Commerce will instruct CBP to continue to suspend liquidation of all entries of subject merchandise produced and exported by Kunshan Jujia. To assist in its analysis of the bona fide nature of Kunshan Jujia's sales, upon initiation of this NSR, Commerce will require Kunshan Jujia to submit, on an ongoing basis, complete transaction information concerning any sales of subject merchandise to the United States that were made subsequent to the POR.

Interested parties requiring access to proprietary information in this NSR should submit applications for disclosure under administrative protective order in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305 and 351.306. This initiation notice is published in accordance with section 751(a)(2)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.214 and 351.221(c)(1)(i).

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Dated: February 21, 2020.

James Maeder,

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations.

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Footnotes

1.  See Notice of Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Antidumping Duty Order: Wooden Bedroom Furniture from the People's Republic of China, 70 FR 329 (January 4, 2005) (Order).

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2.  See Kunshan Jujia's January 28, 2020 New Shipper Review Request (NSR Request).

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3.  Id. at Exhibit 1.

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7.  Id. at 3.

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8.  Id. at Exhibit 2.

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9.  Id.; see also Memorandum, “Initiation of Antidumping New Shipper Review of Wooden Bedroom Furniture from the People's Republic of China: Kunshan Jujia Decoration Design Co., Ltd. Initiation Checklist,” dated concurrently with this notice.

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10.  See NSR Request at Exhibit 2.

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11.  See generally NSR request.

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12.  See section 751(a)(2)(B)(iii) of the Act.

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13.  See Import Administration Policy Bulletin, Number: 05.1. (http://ia.ita.doc.gov/​policy/​bull05-l.pdf).

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14.  The Act was amended by the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 which removed from section 751(a)(2)(B) of the Act the provision directing Commerce to instruct CBP to allow an importer the option of posting a bond or security in lieu of a cash deposit during the pendency of an NSR.

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[FR Doc. 2020-04006 Filed 2-26-20; 8:45 am]

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