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Wood Mouldings and Millwork Products From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional Measures

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AGENCY:

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

SUMMARY:

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that wood mouldings and millwork products (millwork products) from the People's Republic of China (China) are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is July 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination.

DATES:

Applicable August 12, 2020.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Michael Bowen or Brian Smith, AD/CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-0768 or (202) 482-1766, respectively.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

This preliminary determination is made in accordance with section 733(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Commerce published the notice of initiation of this investigation on February 5, 2020.[1] On May 26, 2020, Commerce postponed the preliminary determination of this investigation and the revised deadline is now August 5, 2020.[2] For a complete description of the events that followed the initiation of this investigation, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.[3] A list of topics included in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix II to this notice. The Preliminary 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 https://access.trade.gov. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/​frn/​. The signed and the electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

Scope of the Investigation

The products covered by this investigation are millwork products from China. For a complete description of the scope of this investigation, see Appendix I.

Scope Comments

In accordance with the preamble to Commerce's regulations,[4] the Initiation Notice set aside a period of time for parties to raise issues regarding product coverage (i.e., scope).[5] Certain interested parties commented on the scope of the investigation as it appeared in the Initiation Notice, as well as additional language proposed by Commerce. For a summary of the product coverage comments and rebuttal responses submitted to the record for this investigation, and accompanying discussion and analysis of all comments timely received, see the Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum.[6] Commerce is preliminarily modifying the scope language as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. See the revised scope in Appendix I to this notice.

Methodology

Commerce is conducting this investigation in accordance with section 731 of the Act. Commerce has calculated export prices in accordance with section 772(a) of the Act and constructed export prices in accordance with section 772(b) of the Act. Because China is a non-market economy, within the meaning of section 771(18) of the Act, Commerce has calculated normal value in accordance with section 773(c) of the Act. Furthermore, pursuant to section 776(a) and (b) of the Act, Commerce preliminarily has relied upon facts otherwise available, with adverse inferences, for the China-wide Entity. For a full description of the methodology underlying Commerce's preliminary determination, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.

Combination Rates

In the Initiation Notice,[7] Commerce stated that it would calculate producer/exporter combination rates for the respondents that are eligible for a separate rate in this investigation. Policy Bulletin 05.1 describes this practice.[8]

Preliminary Determination

Commerce preliminarily determines that the following estimated weighted-average dumping margins exist:

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ExporterProducerEstimated weighted- average dumping margin (percent)Cash deposit rate (adjusted for subsidy offsets) (percent)
Bel Trade Wood Industrial Co., Ltd. Youxi FujianBel Trade Wood Industrial Co., Ltd. Youxi Fujian146.91136.18
Fujian Yinfeng Imp & Exp Trading Co., Ltd./Fujian Province Youxi City Mangrove Wood Machining Co., Ltd.9Fujian Yinfeng Imp & Exp Trading Co., Ltd./Fujian Province Youxi City Mangrove Wood Machining Co., Ltd40.3029.57
Anji Golden Elephant Bamboo Wooden Industry Co., LtdAnji Golden Elephant Bamboo Wooden Industry Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Anji Huaxin Bamboo & Wood Products Co., LtdAnji Huaxin Bamboo & Wood Products Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Cao County Hengda Wood Products Co., LtdCao County Hengda Wood Products Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Evermark (Yantai) Co., LtdEvermark (Yantai) Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Fujian Hongjia Craft Products Co., LtdFujian Hongjia Craft Products Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Fujian Jinquan Trade Co., LtdFujian Province Youxi County Baiyuan Wood Machining Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Fujian Nanping Yuanqiao Wood Industry Co., LtdFujian Nanping Yuanqiao Wood Industry Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Fujian Province Youxi County Chang Sheng Wood Machining Co., LtdFujian Province Youxi County Chang Sheng Wood Machining Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Fujian Sanming City Donglai Wood Co., LtdFujian Sanming City Donglai Wood Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Fujian Shunchang Shengsheng Wood Industry Limited CompanyFujian Shunchang Shengsheng Wood Industry Limited Company79.4068.67
Fujian Wangbin Decorative Material Co., LtdFujian Wangbin Decorative Material Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Fujian Youxi Best Arts & Crafts Co., LtdFujian Ruisen International Industrial Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Fujian Zhangping Kimura Forestry Products Co., LtdFujian Zhangping Kimura Forestry Products Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Heze Huasheng Wooden Co., LtdHeze Huasheng Wooden Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Huaan Longda Wood Industry Co., LtdHuaan Longda Wood Industry Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Jiangsu Chen Sheng Forestry Development Co., LtdJiangsu Chen Sheng Forestry Development Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Jiangsu Wenfeng Wood Co., LtdJiangsu Wenfeng Wood Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Lianyungang Tianke New Energy Technology Co., LtdLianyungang Tianke New Energy Technology Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Longquan Jiefeng Trade Co., LtdZhejiang Senya Board Industry Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Nanping Huatai Wood & Bamboo Co., LtdNanping Huatai Wood & Bamboo Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Nanping Qiangmei Import & Export Co., LtdPucheng County Qiangmei Wood Company, Ltd79.4068.67
Oppein Home Group IncOppein Home Group Inc79.4068.67
Putian Yihong Wood Industry Co., LtdPutian Yihong Wood Industry Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Qimen Jianxing Bamboo and Wood Goods Co., LtdQimen Jianxing Bamboo and Wood Goods Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Qingdao Sanhe Dacheng International Trade Co., LtdYongan Tenlong Bamboo & Wood Products Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Rizhao Duli Trade Co., LtdRizhao Jiayue Industry & Trading Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Rizhao Guantong Woodworking Co., LtdShouguang Luli Wood Industry Co., Ltd./Rizhao Forest International Trading Co., Ltd./Xiamen Oubai Industry & Trade. Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Sanming Lingtong Trading Co., LtdSanming Shitong Wood Industry Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Shandong Miting Household Co., LtdShandong Jicheng Decorative Material Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Shaxian Hengtong Wood Industry Co., LtdShaxian Hengtong Wood Industry Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Shaxian Shiyiwood, LtdShaxian Shiyiwood, Ltd79.4068.67
Shuyang Kevin International Co., LtdShuyang Zhongding Decoration Materials Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Suqian Sulu Import & Export Trading Co., LtdSuqian Sulu Import & Export Trading Co., Ltd79.4068.67
The Ancientree Cabinet Co., LtdThe Ancientree Cabinet Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Xiamen Jinxi Building Material Co., LtdZhangzhou City Jinxi Building Material Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Xuzhou Goodwill Resource Co., LtdPucheng County Qiangmei Wood Company, Ltd./Lianyungang Tianke New Energy Technology Co., Ltd./Fujian Sanming City Donglai Wood Co., Ltd./Zhangzhou Fukangyuan Industry and Trade Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Xuzhou Hexi Wood Co., LtdXuzhou Hexi Wood Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Zhangping San Chuan Industrial & Trade Co., LtdZhangping San Chuan Industrial & Trade Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Zhangzhou Green Wood Industry and Trade Co., LtdZhangzhou Green Wood Industry and Trade Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Zhangzhou Wangjiamei Industry and Trade Co., LtdZhangzhou Wangjiamei Industry and Trade Co., Ltd79.4068.67
Zhangzhou Yihong Industrial Co., LtdZhangzhou Yihong Industrial Co., Ltd79.4068.67
China-Wide Entity359.16348.43

Suspension of Liquidation

In accordance with section 733(d)(2) of the Act, Commerce will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of subject merchandise, as described in the scope of the investigation section, entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register, as discussed below. Further, pursuant to section 733(d)(1)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(d), Commerce will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit equal to the weighted average amount by which normal value exceeds U.S. price, as indicated in the chart above, as follows: (1) For the producer/exporter combinations listed in the table above, the cash deposit rate is equal to the estimated weighted-average dumping margin listed for that combination in the table; (2) for all combinations of Chinese producers/exporters of subject merchandise that have not established eligibility for their own separate rates, the cash deposit rate will be equal to the estimated weighted-average dumping margin established for the China-wide entity; and (3) for all Start Printed Page 48671third-county exporters of subject merchandise not listed in the table above, the cash deposit rate is the cash deposit rate applicable to the Chinese producer/exporter combination (or China-wide entity) that supplied that third-country exporter.

To determine the cash deposit rate, Commerce normally adjusts the estimated weighted-average dumping margin by the amount of domestic subsidy pass-through and export subsidies determined in a companion countervailing duty (CVD) proceeding when CVD provisional measures are in effect. Accordingly, where Commerce has made a preliminary affirmative determination for domestic subsidy pass-through or export subsidies, Commerce has offset the calculated estimated weighted-average dumping margin by the appropriate rate(s). Any such adjusted rates may be found in the Preliminary Determination Section's chart of estimated weighted-average dumping margins above.

Should provisional measures in the companion CVD investigation expire prior to the expiration of provisional measures in this LTFV investigation, Commerce will direct CBP to begin collecting cash deposits at a rate equal to the estimated weighted-average dumping margins calculated in this preliminary determination unadjusted for the passed-through domestic subsidies or for export subsidies at the time the CVD provisional measures expire. These suspension of liquidation instructions will remain in effect until further notice.

Disclosure

Commerce intends to disclose to interested parties the calculations performed in connection with this preliminary determination within five days of its public announcement or, if there is no public announcement, within five days of the date of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).

Verification

As provided in section 782(i)(1) of the Act, Commerce intends to verify the information relied upon in making its final determination.

Public Comment

All interested parties will have the opportunity to submit case and rebuttal briefs on the preliminary scope determination. The deadline to submit these comments will be no later than 30 days after the publication of this preliminary determination. Scope rebuttal briefs (which are limited to issues raised in the scope briefs) may be submitted no later than seven days after the deadline for the scope briefs. For all scope briefs and rebuttals thereto, parties must file identical documents simultaneously on the records of all the ongoing AD and CVD millwork products investigations. No new factual information or business proprietary information may be included in either scope briefs or rebuttal scope briefs.

Case briefs or other written comments regarding non-scope matters may be submitted to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance no later than seven days after the date on which the last verification report is issued in this investigation. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case briefs, may be submitted no later than seven days after the deadline date for case briefs.[10] Note that Commerce has modified certain of its requirements for serving documents containing business proprietary information until further notice.[11] Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2), parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this investigation are encouraged to submit with each argument: (1) A statement of the issue; (2) a brief summary of the argument; and (3) a table of authorities.

Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to request a hearing, limited to issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs, must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. Requests should contain the party's name, address, and telephone number, the number of participants, whether any participant is a foreign national, and a list of the issues to be discussed. If a request for a hearing is made, Commerce intends to hold the hearing at a time and date to be determined. Parties should confirm the date and time of the hearing two days before the scheduled date.

Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures

Section 735(a)(2) of the Act provides that a final determination may be postponed until not later than 135 days after the date of the publication of the preliminary determination if, in the event of an affirmative preliminary determination, a request for such postponement is made by exporters who account for a significant proportion of exports of the subject merchandise, or in the event of a negative preliminary determination, a request for such postponement is made by the petitioners. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.210(e)(2), Commerce requires that requests by respondents for postponement of a final antidumping determination be accompanied by a request for extension of provisional measures from a four-month period to a period not more than six months in duration.

On July 2, 2020, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.210(e), the mandatory respondents, Bel Trade Wood Industrial Co., Ltd. Youxi Fujian (Bel Trade) and Fujian Yinfeng Imp & Exp Trading Co., Ltd. (Yinfeng), requested that Commerce postpone the final determination and that provisional measures be extended to a period not to exceed six months.[12] In accordance with section 735(a)(2)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(2)(ii), because (1) the preliminary determination is affirmative; (2) the requesting exporters account for a significant proportion of exports of the subject merchandise; and (3) no compelling reasons for denial exist, Commerce is postponing the final determination and extending the provisional measures from a four-month period to a period not greater than six months. Accordingly, Commerce will make its final determination no later than 135 days after the date of publication of this preliminary determination, pursuant to section 735(a)(2) of the Act.

International Trade Commission Notification

In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, Commerce will notify the International Trade Commission (ITC) of its preliminary determination of sales at LTFV. If the final determination is affirmative, the ITC will determine before the later of 120 days after the date of this preliminary determination or 45 days after the final determination whether these imports of the subject merchandise are materially injuring, or threaten material injury to, the U.S. industry.

Notification to Interested Parties

This determination is issued and published in accordance with sections 733(f) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c).

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Dated: August 5, 2020.

Jeffrey I. Kessler,

Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

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Appendix I

Scope of the Investigation

The merchandise subject to this investigation consists of wood mouldings and millwork products that are made of wood (regardless of wood species), bamboo, laminated veneer lumber (LVL), or of wood and composite materials (where the composite materials make up less than 50 percent of the total merchandise), and which are continuously shaped wood or finger-jointed or edge-glued moulding or millwork blanks (whether or not resawn). The merchandise subject to this investigation can be continuously shaped along any of its edges, ends, or faces.

The percentage of composite materials contained in a wood moulding or millwork product is measured by length, except when the composite material is a coating or cladding. Wood mouldings and millwork products that are coated or clad, even along their entire length, with a composite material, but that are otherwise comprised of wood, LVL, or wood and composite materials (where the non-coating composite materials make up 50 percent or less of the total merchandise) are covered by the scope.

The merchandise subject to this investigation consists of wood, LVL, bamboo, or a combination of wood and composite materials that is continuously shaped throughout its length (with the exception of any endwork/dados), profiled wood having a repetitive design in relief, similar milled wood architectural accessories, such as rosettes and plinth blocks, and finger-jointed or edge-glued moulding or millwork blanks (whether or not resawn). The scope includes continuously shaped wood in the forms of dowels, building components such as interior paneling and jamb parts, and door components such as rails, stiles, interior and exterior door frames or jambs (including split, flat, stop applied, single- or double-rabbeted), frame or jamb kits, and packaged door frame trim or casing sets, whether or not the door components are imported as part of a door kit or set.

The covered products may be solid wood, laminated, finger-jointed, edge-glued, face-glued, or otherwise joined in the production or remanufacturing process and are covered by the scope whether imported raw, coated (e.g., gesso, polymer, or plastic), primed, painted, stained, wrapped (paper or vinyl overlay), any combination of the aforementioned surface coatings, treated, or which incorporate rot-resistant elements (whether wood or composite). The covered products are covered by the scope whether or not any surface coating(s) or covers obscures the grain, textures, or markings of the wood, whether or not they are ready for use or require final machining (e.g., endwork/dado, hinge/strike machining, weatherstrip or application thereof, mitre) or packaging.

All wood mouldings and millwork products are included within the scope even if they are trimmed; cut-to-size; notched; punched; drilled; or have undergone other forms of minor processing.

Subject merchandise also includes wood mouldings and millwork products that have been further processed in a third country, including but not limited to trimming, cutting, notching, punching, drilling, coating, or any other processing that would not otherwise remove the merchandise from the scope of the investigation if performed in the country of manufacture of the in-scope product.

Excluded from the scope of this investigation are countertop/butcherblocks, exterior fencing, exterior decking and exterior siding products (including solid wood siding, non-wood siding (e.g., composite or cement), and shingles) that are not LVL or finger jointed; finished and unfinished doors; flooring; parts of stair steps (including newel posts, balusters, easing, gooseneck, risers, treads, rail fittings and stair stringers); picture frame components three feet and under in individual lengths; and lumber whether solid, finger-jointed, or edge-glued. To be excluded from the scope, finger-jointed or edge-glued lumber must have a nominal thickness greater than 1.5 inches and a certification stamp from an American Lumber Standard Committee-certified grading bureau. The exclusion for lumber whether solid, finger-jointed, or edge-glued does not apply to screen/“surfaced on 4 sides” (S4S) and/or “surface 1 side, 2 edges” (SlS2E) stock (also called boards) that are finger-jointed, edge-glued mouldings, or millwork blanks (whether or not resawn).

Excluded from the scope of this investigation are all products covered by the scope of the antidumping duty order on Hardwood Plywood from the People's Republic of China. See Certain Hardwood Plywood Products from the People's Republic of China: Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, and Antidumping Duty Order, 83 FR 504 (January 4, 2018).

Excluded from the scope of this investigation are all products covered by the scope of the antidumping duty order on Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People's Republic of China. See Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People's Republic of China: Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Antidumping Duty Order, 76 FR 76690 (December 8, 2011).

Excluded from the scope of this investigation are all products covered by the scope of the antidumping duty order on Wooden Cabinets and Vanities from the People's Republic of China. See Wooden Cabinets and Vanities and Components Thereof from the People's Republic of China: Antidumping Duty Order, 85 FR 22126 (April 21, 2020).

Excluded from the scope of this investigation are all products covered by the scope of the antidumping duty order on Wooden Bedroom Furniture from the People's Republic of China. 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).

Imports of wood mouldings and millwork products are primarily entered under the following Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) numbers: 4409.10.4010, 4409.10.4090, 4409.10.4500, 4409.10.5000, 4409.22.4000, 4409.22.5000, 4409.29.4100, and 4409.29.5100. Imports of wood mouldings and millwork products may also enter under HTSUS numbers: 4409.10.6000,4409.10.6500, 4409.22.6000, 4409.22.6500, 4409.29.6100, 4409.29.6600, 4418.20.4000, 4418.20.8030, 4418.20.8060, 4418.99.9095 and 4421.99.9780. While the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of this investigation is dispositive.

Appendix II

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary

II. Background

III. Period of Investigation

IV. Discussion of the Methodology

V. Currency Conversion

VI. Adjustment Under Section 777(A)(f) of the Act

VII. Adjustment for Countervailable Export Subsidies

VIII. Conclusion

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Footnotes

1.  See Wood Mouldings and Millwork Products from Brazil and the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigations, 85 FR 6502 (February 5, 2020) (Initiation Notice).

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2.  See Wood Mouldings and Millwork Products from Brazil and the People's Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary Determinations in the Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigations, 85 FR 31459 (May 26, 2020).

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3.  See Memorandum, “Wood Mouldings and Millwork Products from the People's Republic of China: Decision Memorandum for Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less-Than-Fair-Value,” dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum).

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4.  See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, Final Rule, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997).

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5.  See Initiation Notic e.

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6.  See Memorandum, “Wood Mouldings and Millwork Products from Brazil and the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum,” dated concurrently with this preliminary determination (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum).

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7.  See Initiation Notice at 85 FR 6507.

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8.  See Enforcement and Compliance's Policy Bulletin No. 05.1, regarding, “Separate-Rates Practice and Application of Combination Rates in Antidumping Investigations involving Non-Market Economy Countries,” (April 5, 2005) (Policy Bulletin 05.1), available on Commerce's website at http://enforcement.trade.gov/​policy/​bull05-1.pdf.

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9.  Commerce preliminarily determines that Yinfeng/Mangrove are a single entity. See Preliminary Decision Memorandum.

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10.  See 19 CFR 351.309; see also 19 CFR 351.303 (for general filing requirements).

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11.  See Temporary Rule Modifying AD/CVD Service Requirements Due to COVID-19; Extension of Effective Period, 85 FR 41363 (July 10, 2020).

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12.  See Bel Trade's and Yinfeng's Letter, “Wood Mouldings and Millwork Products from the People's Republic of China: Respondents' Request to Postpone Final Determination and Extend Deadline for Malaysian Surrogate Financial Statements,” dated July 2, 2020.

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