Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.
Applicable October 7, 2020.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Robert Galantucci; AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-2923.
Extension of Initiation of Investigations
On September 30, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) received antidumping duty petitions on imports of utility scale wind towers (wind towers) from India, Malaysia, and Spain and countervailing duty petitions on imports of wind towers from India and Malaysia, filed by the Wind Tower Trade Coalition (the petitioner) on behalf of the domestic industry producing wind towers.
Determination of Industry Support for the Petitions
Sections 702(b)(1) and 732(b)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), require that a petition be filed by or on behalf of the domestic industry. To determine that the petition has been filed by or on behalf of the industry, sections 702(c)(4)(A) and 732(c)(4)(A) of the Act require that the domestic producers or workers who support the petition account for: (i) At least 25 percent of the total production of the domestic like product; and (ii) more than 50 percent of the production of the domestic like product produced by that portion of the industry expressing support for, or opposition to, the petition. Moreover, sections 702(c)(4)(D) and 732(c)(4)(D) of the Act provide that, if the petition does not establish support of domestic producers or workers accounting for more than 50 percent of the total production of the domestic like product, Commerce shall: (i) Poll the industry or rely on other information in order to determine if there is support for the petition, as required by subparagraph (A); or (ii) if there is a large number of producers, determine industry support using a statistically valid sampling method to poll the industry.
Extension of Time
Sections 702(c)(1)(A) and 732(c)(1)(A) of the Act provide that within 20 days of the filing of an antidumping or countervailing duty petition, Commerce will determine, inter alia, whether the petition has been filed by or on behalf of the U.S. industry producing the domestic like product. Sections 702(c)(1)(B) and 732(c)(1)(B) of the Act provide that the deadline for the initiation determination, in exceptional circumstances, may be extended by 20 days in any case in which Commerce must “poll or otherwise determine support for the petition by the industry.” Because the Petitions have not established that the domestic producers or workers accounting for more than 50 percent of total production support the Petitions, in accordance with sections 702(c)(4)(D) and 732(c)(4)(D) of the Act, Commerce has determined it would be appropriate in this case to poll the industry and extend the time period for determining whether to initiate investigations in order to further examine the issue of industry support.
Commerce will need additional time to gather and analyze additional information regarding industry support. Therefore, it is necessary to extend the deadline for determining the adequacy of the Petitions for a period not to exceed 40 days from the filing of the Petitions. As a result, in accordance with sections 702(c)(1)(B) and 732(c)(1)(B) of the Act, Commerce's initiation determination will now be due no later than November 9, 2020.
International Trade Commission Notification
Commerce will contact the International Trade Commission (ITC) and will make this extension notice available to the ITC.
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Dated: October 7, 2020.
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations.
[FR Doc. 2020-22681 Filed 10-13-20; 8:45 am]
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