Skip to Content

We invite you to try out our new beta eCFR site at https://ecfr.federalregister.gov. We’ve made big changes to make the eCFR easier to use. Be sure to leave feedback using the 'Feedback' button on the bottom right of each page!

Notice

Stainless Steel Flanges From India: Preliminary Results of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review; 2018

Document Details

Information about this document as published in the Federal Register.

Document Statistics
Document page views are updated periodically throughout the day and are cumulative counts for this document. Counts are subject to sampling, reprocessing and revision (up or down) throughout the day.
Published Document

This document has been published in the Federal Register. Use the PDF linked in the document sidebar for the official electronic format.

Start Preamble

AGENCY:

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

SUMMARY:

The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of stainless steel flanges (steel flanges) from India during the period of review, Start Printed Page 11232January 23, 2018, through December 31, 2018. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results.

DATES:

Applicable February 24, 2021.

Start Further Info

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Eliza Siordia, AD/CVD Operations, Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3878.

End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

On December 11, 2019, Commerce published a notice of initiation of an administrative review of the countervailing duty order on steel flanges from India.[1] On April 24, 2020, Commerce tolled all deadlines in administrative reviews by 50 days.[2] On July 21, 2020, Commerce tolled all deadlines in administrative reviews by an additional 60 days.[3] On October 1, 2020, Commerce extended the deadline for issuing the preliminary results of this review.[4] The revised deadline for these preliminary results is now February 17, 2021.

For a complete description of the events that followed the initiation of this review, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.[5] A list of topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included at Appendix I 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 http://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.

Scope of the Order

The products covered by the order are stainless steel flanges from India. For a complete description of the scope of the order, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.

Methodology

Commerce is conducting this review in accordance with section 751(a)(1)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, we preliminarily determine that there is a subsidy, i.e., a financial contribution that gives rise to a benefit to the recipient, and the subsidy is specific.[6] For a full description of the methodology underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.

Companies Not Selected for Individual Review

For the companies not selected for individual review, because the rates calculated for Chandan Steel Limited (Chandan) and Kisaan Die Tech Pvt Ltd. (Kisaan) were above de minimis and not based entirely on facts available, we applied a subsidy rate based on a weighted-average of the subsidy rates calculated for Chandan and Kisaan using publicly-ranged sales data submitted by respondents.[7]

Preliminary Results of Review

For the period January 23, 2018, through December 31, 2018, we preliminarily find that the following net subsidy ratesexist:

CompanySubsidy rate (percent ad valorem)
Chandan Steel Limited4.15
Kisaan Die Tech Pvt. Ltd4.51
Non-Selected Companies Under Review 84.22

Assessment Rate

Consistent with section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act, upon issuance of the final results, Commerce shall determine, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, countervailing duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review. 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 Rate

Pursuant to section 751(a)(1) of the Act, Commerce intends to instruct CBP to collect cash deposits of estimated countervailing duties in the amounts indicated above with regard to shipments of subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of the final results of this review. For all non-reviewed firms, we will instruct CBP to continue to collect cash deposits of estimated countervailing duties at the most recent company-specific or all-others rate applicable to the company, as appropriate. These cash deposit instructions, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.

Disclosure and Public Comment

We will disclose to parties to this proceeding the calculations performed in reaching the preliminary results within five days of the date of publication of these preliminary results.[9] Interested parties may submit written comments (case briefs) within 30 days of publication of the preliminary results. Rebuttal comments (rebuttal briefs), limited to issues raised in case briefs, are due within seven days after the time limit for filing case briefs.[10] Parties who submit arguments are requested to submit with the argument: (1) A statement of the issue; (2) a brief summary of the argument; and (3) a table of authorities.[11] Note that Commerce has temporarily modified certain of its requirements for serving documents containing business proprietary information, until further notice.[12]

Interested parties who wish to request a hearing must do so within 30 days of publication of these preliminary results by submitting a written request to the Start Printed Page 11233Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance using Enforcement and Compliance's ACCESS system.[13] 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. Issues raised in the hearing will be limited to those raised in the respective case and rebuttal briefs.[14] 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. Parties are reminded that all briefs and hearing requests must be filed electronically using ACCESS and received successfully in their entirety by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the due date.

Unless the deadline is extended pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act, Commerce intends to issue the final results of this administrative review, including the results of our analysis of the issues raised by the parties in their comments, within 120 days after publication of these preliminary results.

Notification to Interested Parties

This administrative review and notice are in issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213.

Start Signature

Dated: February 17, 2021.

Christian Marsh,

Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

End Signature

Appendix I

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary

II. Background

III. Scope of the Order

IV. Period of Review

V. Rate for Non-Examined Companies

VI. Subsidies Valuation Information

VII. Benchmarks and Discount Rates

VIII. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Application of Adverse Inferences

IX. Analysis of Programs

X. Recommendation

Appendix II

List of Non-Selected Companies

Arien Global

Armstrong International Pvt. Ltd.

Avinimetal

Balkrishna Steel Forge Pvt. Ltd.

Bebitz Flanges Works Private Limited also known as Bebitz Flanges Works

Bee Gee Enterprises

Bsl Freight Solutions Pvt., Ltd.

CD Industries (Prop. Kisaan Engineering Works Pvt. Ltd.)

Cipriani Harrison Valves Pvt. Ltd.

CTL Logistics (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Echjay Forgings Private Limited

Fivebros Forgings Pvt. Ltd.

Fluid Controls Pvt. Ltd.

Geodis Oversea Pvt., Ltd.

Globelink WW India Pvt., Ltd.

Goodluck India Ltd.

Hilton Metal Forging Limited

Jai Auto Pvt. Ltd.

Jay Jagdamba Forgings Private Limited

Jay Jagdamba Ltd.

Jay Jagdamba Limited

Jay Jagdamba Profile Private Limited

Kunj Forgings Pvt. Ltd.

Montane Shipping Pvt., Ltd.

Noble Shipping Pvt. Ltd.

Paramount Forge

Pashupati Tradex Pvt., Ltd.

Peekay Steel Castings Pvt. Ltd.

Pradeep Metals Limited

Pradeep Metals Ltd.

RD Forge Pvt., Ltd.

Rolex Fittings India Pvt. Ltd.

Rollwell Forge Pvt. Ltd.

Safewater Lines (I) Pvt. Ltd.

Saini Flange Pvt. Ltd.

SAR Transport Systems

Shilpan Steelcast Pvt. Ltd.

Shree Jay Jagdamba Flanges Private Limited

Shree Jay Jagdamba Flanges Pvt. Ltd.

Teamglobal Logistics Pvt. Ltd.

Technical Products Corporation

Technocraft Industries India Ltd.

Transworld Global

VEEYES Engineering Pvt. Ltd.

Vishal Shipping Agencies Pvt. Ltd.

Yusen Logistics (India) Pvt. Ltd.

End Supplemental Information

Footnotes

1.  See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 84 FR 67712 (December 11, 2019), as corrected by Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 83 FR 3014 (January 17, 2020).

Back to Citation

2.  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.

Back to Citation

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

Back to Citation

4.  See Memorandum, “Stainless Steel Flanges from India: Extension of Deadline for Preliminary Results of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review, 2018,” dated October 1, 2020.

Back to Citation

5.  See Memorandum, “Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary Results of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review: Stainless Steel Flanges from India, 2018,” dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum).

Back to Citation

6.  See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity.

Back to Citation

7.  See Memorandum, “Calculation of Subsidy Rate for Non-Selected Companies Under Review,” dated February 17, 2021.

Back to Citation

8.  See Appendix II for a list of the companies not selected for individual examination.

Back to Citation

10.  See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(1)(ii) and 351.309(d)(1); see also Temporary Rule Modifying AD/CVD Service Requirements Due to COVID-19; Extension of Effective Period, 85 FR 41363 (July 10, 2020) (Temporary Rule).

Back to Citation

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

Back to Citation

12.  See Temporary Rule.

Back to Citation

[FR Doc. 2021-03781 Filed 2-23-21; 8:45 am]

BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P