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Notice

Stainless Steel Bar From India: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2019-2020

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AGENCY:

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

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SUMMARY:

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that the sole mandatory respondent subject to this review made sales of stainless steel bar (SS Bar) from India below normal value during the period of review (POR) February 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020. We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results.

DATES:

Applicable February 24, 2021.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

William Langley, 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) 482-3861.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

Commerce is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty (AD) order of SS Bar from India. The notice of initiation was published on April 8, 2020.[1] This review covers Precision Metals, and its affiliated companies including Hindustan Inox, Precision Metals and Sieves Manufacturers (India) Pvt. Ltd. (collectively, the Venus Group), and Ambica Steels Limited (Ambica), producers and exporters of the subject merchandise. On June 2, 2019, Commerce selected the Venus Group as the sole mandatory respondent for this review.[2] On April 24, 2020, Commerce uniformly tolled deadlines for all AD and countervailing duty (CVD) administrative reviews by 50 days [3] and, on July 21, 2020, we uniformly tolled deadlines for all AD and CVD administrative reviews by an additional 60 days, thereby extending the deadline for these preliminary results until February 18, 2021.[4]

Scope of the Order

The product covered by this review is SS bar from India. For a complete description of the scope, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.[5]

Methodology

Commerce is conducting this review in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Pursuant to sections 776(a) and (b) of the Act, Commerce has preliminarily relied upon facts otherwise available with adverse inferences (AFA) for the Venus Group, because this respondent withheld information requested by Commerce and failed to provide such information by the deadlines set by Commerce.

For a full description of the methodology and analysis underlying the preliminary application of AFA, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. A list of topics included in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as an appendix to this notice. The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is made available to the public 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 electronic versions of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

Rate for Non-Selected Company

In accordance with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit's decision in Albermarle,[6] we are applying a rate based on the rate calculated for Ambica in the 2018-2019 administrative review (i.e., 0.00) to the only company not selected for individual examination, Ambica. In this review, we find this rate is reasonably reflective of Ambica's potential dumping margin, and thus, it is appropriate to apply this rate to the non-selected company, Ambica, under section 735(c)(5)(B) of the Act. For a detailed discussion, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.

Preliminary Results of Review

As a result of our review, we preliminarily determine the following weighted-average dumping margin for the period Febuary 1, 2019, through January 31, 2020:

Exporter/producerEstimated weighted- average dumping margin (percent)
Precision Metals, and its affiliated companies including Hindustan Inox, Precision Metals and Sieves Manufacturers (India) Pvt. Ltd30.92
Ambica Steels Limited0.00

Assessment Rates

Upon completion of the administrative review, Commerce shall determine, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review.[7] The final results of this review shall be the basis for the assessment of antidumping duties on entries of merchandise covered by the final results of this review and for future deposits of estimated duties, where applicable.[8] If the preliminary results are unchanged for the final results, we will instruct CBP to apply an ad valorem assessment rate of 30.92 percent to all entries of subject merchandise during the POR from the Venus Group and Ambica.

Commerce intends to issue assessment instructions to CBP no earlier than 35 days after the date of publication of the final results of this review in the Federal Register. If a timely summons is filed at the U.S. Court of International Trade, the assessment instructions will direct CBP not to liquidate relevant entries until the time for parties to file a request for a statutory injunction has expired (i.e., within 90 days of publication).

Cash Deposit Requirements

The following cash deposit requirements will be effective for all shipments SS Bar from India entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of the final results of this review in the Federal Register, as provided for by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for the company under review will be the rate established in the final results of this review (except, if the rate is zero or de minimis, no cash deposit will be required); (2) for previously reviewed or investigated companies not listed above, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate published for the most recent period; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a prior review, or the less-than-Start Printed Page 11237fair-value (LTFV) investigation, but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent period for the manufacturer of the merchandise; and (4) the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers or exporters will continue to be 12.45, the all-others rate established in the LTFV investigation.[9] These cash deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.

Disclosure and Public Comment

Normally, Commerce discloses to interested parties the calculations performed in connection with the preliminary results within five days of the date of publication of the notice of preliminary results in the Federal Register, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b). However, there are no calculations to disclose here because, in accordance with section 776 of the Act, Commerce preliminarily applied AFA to the Venus Group, the only mandatory respondent selected in this review.

Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c), interested parties may submit case briefs no later than 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in the case briefs, may be filed not later than seven days after the date for filing case briefs.[10] Parties who submit case or rebuttal briefs in this proceeding 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.[11] Case and rebuttal briefs should be filed using ACCESS.[12] Note that Commerce has temporarily modified certain of its requirements for serving documents containing business proprietary information, until further notice.[13]

Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to request a hearing must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, filed electronically via ACCESS. An electronically filed document must be received successfully in its entirety via ACCESS by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. Requests should contain: (1) The party's name, address, and telephone number; (2) the number of participants; and (3) a list of issues to be discussed. Issues raised in the hearing will be limited to those raised in the respective case and rebuttal briefs.

Final Results of Review

Unless otherwise extended, Commerce intends to issue the final results of this administrative review, including the results of its analysis of the issues raised in any written briefs, not later than 120 days after the date of publication of this notice, pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213(h)(1).

Notification to Importers

This notice serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in Commerce's presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties.

Notification to Interested Parties

These preliminary results of administrative review are issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.213 and 19 CFR 351.221(b)(4).

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Dated: February 18, 2021.

Christian Marsh,

Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

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Appendix

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary

II. Background

III. Scope of the Order

IV. Application of Facts Available and Adverse Inferences

V. Recommendation

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Footnotes

1.  See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 85 FR 19730 (April 8, 2020).

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2.  See Memorandum, “Antidumping Duty Administrative Review Stainless Steel Bar from India 2019-2020; Respondent Selection” dated June 2, 2020.

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3.  See Memorandum, “Tolling of Deadlines for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews in Response to Operational Adjustments Due to COVID-19,” dated April 24, 2020.

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4.  See Memorandum, “Tolling of Deadlines for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews,” dated July 21, 2020.

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5.  See Memorandum, “Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Stainless Steel Bar from India,” dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum).

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6.  See Albemarle Corp. v. United States, 821 F. 3d 1345 (Fed. Cir. 2016).

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8.  See section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act.

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9.  See Notice of Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Stainless Steel Bar from India, 59 FR 66915, 66921 (December 28, 1994).

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10.  See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(1)(ii) and 351.309(d)(1).

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11.  See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2).

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12.  See generally 19 CFR 351.303.

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13.  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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