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Certain Vertical Shaft Engines Between 99cc and Up to 225cc, and Parts Thereof From the People's Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary Determination in the Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigation

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AGENCY:

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

DATES:

Applicable August 5, 2020.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Whitley Herndon at (202) 482-6274 and Ben Luberda at (202) 482-2185, AD/CVD Operations, Office II, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On April 7, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) initiated a less-than-fair-value (LTFV) investigation of imports of certain vertical shaft engines between 99cc and up to 225cc, and parts thereof (small vertical engines) from the People's Republic of China (China).1 Start Printed Page 47358Currently, the preliminary determination is due no later than August 25, 2020.

Postponement of Preliminary Determination

Section 733(b)(1)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), requires Commerce to issue the preliminary determination in a LTFV investigation within 140 days after the date on which Commerce initiated the investigation. However, section 733(c)(1)(A)(b)(1) of the Act permits Commerce to postpone the preliminary determination until no later than 190 days after the date on which Commerce initiated the investigation if: (A) The petitioner [2] makes a timely request for a postponement; or (B) Commerce concludes that the parties concerned are cooperating, that the investigation is extraordinarily complicated, and that additional time is necessary to make a preliminary determination. Under 19 CFR 351.205(e), the petitioner must submit a request for postponement 25 days or more before the scheduled date of the preliminary determination and must state the reasons for the request. Commerce will grant the request unless it finds compelling reasons to deny the request.

On July 15, 2020, the petitioner submitted a timely request that Commerce postpone the preliminary determination in the LTFV investigation.[3] The petitioner stated that its requested postponement “is warranted to provide {Commerce} sufficient time to develop the record in this investigation. As it stands, the record is limited, and additional time is needed for {Commerce} to analyze fully the questionnaire responses, issue any supplemental questionnaires, and prepare an accurate preliminary dumping margin calculation. Extending the deadline will enable {Commerce} to properly conduct the investigation and allow all parties adequate time to examine and comment on the record.” [4]

For the reasons stated above and because there are no compelling reasons to deny the request, Commerce, in accordance with section 733(c)(1)(A) of the Act, is postponing the deadline for the preliminary determination by 50 days (i.e., 190 days after the date on which this investigation was initiated). As a result, Commerce will issue its preliminary determination no later than October 14, 2020. In accordance with section 735(a)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(1), the deadline for the final determination of this investigation will continue to be 75 days after the date of the preliminary determination, unless postponed at a later date.

This notice is issued and published pursuant to section 733(c)(2) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(f)(1).

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Dated: July 29, 2020.

Jeffrey I. Kessler,

Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

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Footnotes

1.  See Certain Vertical Shaft Engines Between 99cc and Up to 225cc, and Parts Thereof from the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigation, 85 FR 20670 (April 14, 2020) (Initiation Notice).

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2.  The petitioner is Briggs & Stratton Corporation.

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3.  See Petitioner's Letter, “Certain Vertical Shaft Engines Between 99cc and Up To 225cc, and Parts Thereof, from the People's Republic of China: Petitioner's Request for Postponement of the Preliminary Determination,” dated July 15, 2020.

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[FR Doc. 2020-17033 Filed 8-4-20; 8:45 am]

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