Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) finds that revocation of the countervailing duty (CVD) order on lightweight thermal paper from the People's Republic of China (PRC) would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of countervailable subsidies.
Applicable March 20, 2020.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Dusten Hom or Mary Kolberg, AD/CVD Operations, Office I, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482-5075 or (202) 482-1785, respectively.
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On November 24, 2008, Commerce published the countervailing duty order on lightweight thermal paper from the People's Republic of China.
On December 2, 2019, Commerce published the initiation of the second sunset review of this order, pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act).
On December 13, 2019, Commerce received a notice of intent to participate from Appvion Operations, Inc. (Appvion) and Kanzaki Specialty Papers Inc. (Kanzaki) within the deadline specified in 19 CFR 351.218(d)(1)(i).
Appvion and Kanzaki (domestic interested parties) claimed interested party status under section 771(9)(C) of the Act as producers of lightweight thermal paper in the United States.
On December 23, 2019, Commerce received an adequate substantive response from the domestic interested parties within the 30-day deadline specified in 19 CFR 351.218(d)(3).
Commerce did not receive any submissions from any other interested parties. Because Commerce did not receive a substantive response from either the Government of China (GOC) or the respondent interested parties who are producers or exporters of lightweight thermal paper, we determined that respondent interested parties provided inadequate responses to Commerce's notice of initiation.
On December 23, 2019, Commerce notified the U.S. International Trade Commission that it did not receive an adequate substantive response from respondent interested parties.
As a result, pursuant to section 751(c)(3)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(B)-(C), Commerce is conducting an expedited (120-day) sunset review of the CVD Order.
Scope of the Order
Imports covered by the Order are shipments of certain lightweight thermal paper, which is thermal paper with a basis weight of 70 grams per square meter (g/m ) (with a tolerance of Start Printed Page 16060± 4.0 g/m ) or less; irrespective of dimensions; 
with or without a base coat 
on one or both sides; with thermal active coating(s) 
on one or both sides that is a mixture of the dye and the developer that react and form an image when heat is applied; with or without a top coat; 
and without an adhesive backing. Certain lightweight thermal paper is typically (but not exclusively) used in point-of-sale applications such as ATM receipts, credit card receipts, gas pump receipts, and retail store receipts.
The merchandise subject to this order may be classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under subheadings 4811.90.9035, 4811.90.9080, 4811.59.2000, 4820.10.20, 4823.40.0000, 3703.10.60, 4811.90.8030, 4811.90.8040, 4811.90.8050, 4811.90.9030, 4811.90.9050, and 4811.90.9090. Although HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this order is dispositive.
Analysis of Comments Received
All issues raised in this review are addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum,
which is dated concurrently with and hereby adopted by this notice. The issues discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum are the likelihood of continuation or recurrence of a countervailable subsidy and the net countervailable subsidy likely to prevail if the order were revoked. The Issues and Decision Memorandum 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 http://access.trade.gov and to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn. The signed and electronic versions of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content.
Final Results of Review
Pursuant to sections 751(c)(1) and 752(b)(1) and (3) of the Act, we determine that revocation of the CVD Order would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of countervailable subsidies at the following net countervailable subsidy rates:
|Manufacturers/producers/ exporters||Net subsidy rate (percent)|
|Guangdong Guanhao High-Tech Co., Ltd||13.63|
|Shenzhen Yuanming Industrial Development Co., Ltd||138.53|
|MDCN Technology Co., Ltd.||124.93|
|Xiamen Anne Paper Co., Ltd||124.93|
Administrative Protective Order (APO)
This notice also serves as the only reminder to parties 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. Timely notification of the return or destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective orders is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation.
Notification to Interested Parties
We are issuing and publishing these results and notice in accordance with sections 751(c), 752(b), and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218.
Dated: March 16, 2020.
Jeffrey I. Kessler,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum
2. History of the Order
4. Scope of the Order
5. Discussion of the Issues
a. Likelihood of Continuation or Recurrence of a Countervailable Subsidy
b. Net Countervailable Subsidy Likely to Prevail
c. Nature of the Subsidies
6. Final Results of Review
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