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Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders on Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada: Notice of Court Decision Not in Harmony With Final Scope Ruling and Notice of Amended Final Scope Ruling Pursuant to Court Decision

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AGENCY:

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

SUMMARY:

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is notifying the public that the Court of International Trade's (CIT) final judgment in Shake and Shingle Alliance v. United States, Court No. 18-00228, is not in harmony with Commerce's final scope ruling and is, therefore, finding that certain cedar shakes and shingles exported by the Shake and Shingle Alliance (SSA) are not within the scope of the antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on certain softwood lumber (softwood lumber) from Canada.

DATES:

Applicable April 30, 2020.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Maisha Cryor, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-5831.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

Commerce issued the AD and CVD orders on softwood lumber from Canada on January 3, 2018.[1] On September 10, 2018, in response to a scope ruling request filed by SSA, Commerce issued its Final Scope Ruling, finding that certain cedar shakes and shingles exported by SSA are covered by the scope of the Orders.[2] As a result of the Final Scope Ruling, Commerce instructed U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to continue suspension of liquidation of entries of SAA's certain cedar shakes and shingles.[3]

SAA challenged Commerce's Final Scope Ruling before the CIT. On November 13, 2019, the CIT remanded the Final Scope Ruling to Commerce to further consider the record as it pertains to the determination of the subject merchandise, to further consider record evidence as it pertains to the determination of whether cedar shakes and shingles are within the scope of the Orders, and to further consider prior determinations, including but not limited to scope rulings, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.225(k)(1).[4]

Pursuant to the CIT's Remand Order, on remand, Commerce reconsidered its Final Scope Ruling and determined that SSA's certain cedar shakes and shingles do not fall within the scope of the Orders.[5] Specifically, Commerce determined that the petitioner never intended for cedar shakes and shingles to be covered by the Orders.[6] On April 20, 2020, the CIT sustained Commerce's Final Remand Results.[7]

Timken Notice

In its decision in Timken,[8] as clarified by Diamond Sawblades,[9] the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) held that, pursuant to section 516A(c) and (e) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), Commerce must publish a notice of a court decision that is not “in harmony” with a Commerce determination and must suspend liquidation of entries pending a “conclusive” court decision. The CIT's April 20, 2020, judgment in this case constitutes a final decision of the court that is not in harmony with Commerce's Final Scope Ruling. This notice is published in fulfillment of the publication requirements of Timken.

Amended Final Scope Ruling

Because there is now a final court decision with respect to this case, Commerce is amending its final scope ruling and finds that the scope of the Orders do not cover certain cedar shakes and shingles exported by SSA. Commerce will instruct CBP to liquidate entries of certain cedar shakes and shingles exported by SSA without regard to AD and or CVD duties, and to lift suspension of liquidation of such entries.

Notification to Interested Parties

This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 516A(e)(1) of the Act.

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Dated: June 22, 2020.

Joseph A. Laroski Jr.,

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Negotiations.

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Footnotes

1.  See Certain Softwood Lumber Products From Canada: Amended Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Countervailing Duty Order, 83 FR 347 (January 3, 2018); and Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada: Antidumping Duty Order and Partial Amended Final Determination, 83 FR 350 (January 3, 2018) (collectively, the Orders).

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2.  See Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders on Certain Softwood Lumber Products from Canada: Final Scope Ruling—Cedar Shakes and Shingles, dated September 10, 2018 (Final Scope Ruling).

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3.  See CBP Message Numbers 9045306 and 9045308, dated February 14, 2019.

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4.  See Shake and Shingle Alliance v. United States, Slip Op. 19-140, Court No. 18-00228 (CIT 2019) (Remand Order).

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5.  See Final Results of Redetermination Pursuant to Court Remand, Shake and Shingle Alliance v. United States, Court No. 18-00228, Slip Op. 19-140 (CIT November 2019), dated February 13, 2020 (Final Remand Results).

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6.  Id. at 15.

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7.  See Shake and Shingle Alliance v. United States, Court No. 18-00228, Slip Op. 20-52 (CIT April 20, 2020).

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8.  See Timken Co. v. United States, 893 F.2d 337, 341 (Fed. Cir. 1990) (Timken).

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9.  See Diamond Sawblades Mfrs. Coalition v. United States, 626 F. 3d 1374 (Fed. Cir. 2010) (Diamond Sawblades).

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[FR Doc. 2020-13812 Filed 6-25-20; 8:45 am]

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