Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of certain aluminum foil (aluminum foil) from the People's Republic of China (China) during the period of review (POR) August 14, 2017, through December 31, 2018.
Applicable March 2, 2021.
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John McGowan or Tyler Weinhold, AD/CVD Operations, Office VI, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-3019 or (202) 482-1121, respectively.
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Commerce published the Preliminary Results of this administrative review in the Federal Register on June 29, 2020.
We invited interested parties to comment on the Preliminary Results. On August 10, 2020, we received timely filed case briefs from the following interested parties: Jiangsu Zhongji Lamination Materials Co., Ltd. (Zhongji); Xiamen Xiashun Aluminum Foil Co., Ltd. (Xiamen); the Government of China (GOC); and the Aluminum Association Trade Enforcement Working Group (the petitioners).
On August 31, 2020, we received a timely filed rebuttal brief from the petitioners. Further, we received letters in lieu of case and rebuttal briefs from ProAmpac 
on August 10 and 31, 2020, respectively.
On July 21, 2020, Commerce tolled the due date for these final results by 60 days.
On December 16, 2020, Commerce extended the period for issuing these final results of review by 60 days, until February 24, 2021.
Scope of the Order
The product covered by the Order is aluminum foil from China.
A full description of the scope of the Order is contained in the Issues and Decision Memorandum.
Analysis of Comments Received
All issues raised in interested parties' briefs are addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum accompanying this notice. A list of the issues raised by interested parties, and to which Commerce responded in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, is provided in the Appendix to this notice. The Issues and 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 Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed and electronic versions of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content.
Changes Since the Preliminary Results
Based on comments received and record evidence, Commerce made certain changes to the Preliminary Results, correcting certain minor calculation errors with regard to the respondent companies, Zhongji and Xiashun. These changes are explained in the Issues and Decision Memorandum.
Commerce is conducting this review in accordance with section 751(a)(l)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, Commerce continues to find that there is a subsidy, i.e., a government-provided financial contribution that gives rise to a benefit to the recipient, and that the subsidy is specific.
For a full description of the methodology underlying all of Commerce's conclusions, including any determination that relied upon the use of adverse facts available pursuant to section 776(a) and (b) of the Act, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum.
Final Results of Administrative Review
In accordance with 19 CFR 351.221(b)(5), Commerce calculated a countervailable subsidy rate for mandatory respondents Zhongji and Xiashun. For the non-selected companies subject to this review, Commerce followed its practice, which is to base the subsidy rates on a weighted average of the subsidy rates calculated for those companies selected for individual examination, excluding rates of zero, de minimis, or rates determined entirely based on adverse facts available.
To this end, Commerce calculated a rate by weight averaging the calculated subsidy rates of Zhongji and Xiashun using their publicly-available sales data for exports of subject merchandise to the United States during the POR. Commerce finds the Start Printed Page 12172countervailable subsidy rates for the producers/exporters under review to be as follows:
(percent ad valorem)||Subsidy rate-2018
(percent ad valorem)|
|Jiangsu Zhongji Lamination Materials Co., Ltd.10||45.22||48.36|
|Xiamen Xiashun Aluminum Foil Co., Ltd.||17.05||19.88|
|Dingsheng Aluminum Industries (Hong Kong) Trading Co. Ltd.11||31.50||41.90|
|Hunan Suntown Marketing Limited||31.50||41.90|
|Inner Mongolia Liansheng New Energy Material Joint-Stock Co., Ltd.||31.50||41.90|
|Shanghai Shenyan Packaging Materials Co., Ltd.||31.50||41.90|
|SNTO International Trade Limited||31.50||41.90|
|Suzhou Manakin Aluminum Processing Technology Co., Ltd.12||31.50||41.90|
Commerce will disclose to the parties in this proceeding the calculations performed for these final results within five days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register.
Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.212(b)(2), Commerce will determine, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, countervailing duties on all appropriate entries of subject merchandise in accordance with the final results of this review, for the above-listed companies at the applicable ad valorem assessment rates listed. Consistent with its recent notice,
Commerce intends to issue assessment instructions, including assessment instructions for those companies for which we rescinded the review,
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 Rates
In accordance with section 751(a)(1) of the Act, Commerce intends to instruct CBP to collect cash deposits of estimated countervailing duties in the amounts shown for each of the respective companies listed above. 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 deposits, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.
Administrative Protective Order
This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of the return or destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation.
Notification to Interested Parties
Commerce is issuing and publishing these final results in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act.
Dated: February 24, 2021.
Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum
II. List of Issues
IV. Changes Since The Preliminary Results
V. Scope of the Order
VI. Period of Review
VII. Non-Selected Companies Under Review
VIII. Subsidies Valuation Information
IX. Benchmarks and Interest Rates
X. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Adverse Inferences
XI. Analysis of Programs
XII. Analysis of Comments
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