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Antidumping Duty Investigation of Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From the People's Republic of China: Amended Affirmative Preliminary Determination

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Antidumping Duty Investigation of Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From the People's Republic of China: Amended Affirmative Preliminary Determination

Paul Piquado
Department of Commerce
March 26, 2015


[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 58 (Thursday, March 26, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 15987-15990]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-06955]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-016]


Antidumping Duty Investigation of Certain Passenger Vehicle and 
Light Truck Tires From the People's Republic of China: Amended 
Affirmative Preliminary Determination

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) is amending the 
preliminarily determination of the antidumping duty (AD) investigation 
of certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires (passenger tires) 
from the People's Republic of China (PRC) to correct significant 
ministerial errors.

DATES: Effective Date: March 26, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Toni Page, Jun Jack Zhao, or Lingjun 
Wang, AD/CVD Operations, Office VII, Enforcement and Compliance, 
International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th 
Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: 
(202) 482-1398, (202) 482-1396, or (202) 482-2316, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On January 27, 2015, the Department published its affirmative 
preliminary determination that passenger tires from the PRC are being, 
or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value, 
as provided by section 733 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the 
Act).\1\ The Department disclosed the calculations performed on January 
26, 2015, and set a February 2, 2015 deadline for submitting comments 
concerning ministerial errors.
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    \1\ See Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from the 
People's Republic of China: Preliminary Determination of Sales at 
Less Than Fair Value; Preliminary Affirmative Determination of 
Critical Circumstances; In Part and Postponement of Final 
Determination, 80 FR 4250 (January 27, 2015) (Preliminary 
Determination).
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    The Sailun Group \2\ and GITI \3\ each timely filed comments 
alleging significant ministerial errors.\4\ In addition, Anchi, Wanli, 
Federal, Changfeng, Fullrun, Fuyingxiang, Qingda, Doublestar and 
Doublestar-Dongfeng, and Beijing Capital each timely filed comments 
regarding the Department's preliminary separate rate determinations.\5\ 
Jinhaoyang requested the Department to accept its supplemental 
documentation for the Separate Rate Application \6\ which was opposed 
by the Petitioner.\7\ Further, GITI, Doublestar and Tyrechamp, and CIC 
timely filed requests for correcting misspelled names.\8\ Petitioner 
filed rebuttal comments and ministerial error comments on February 10, 
2015.\9\ The Sailun Group, in-turn, requested that the Department 
reject Petitioner's rebuttal comments.\10\
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    \2\ Sailun Group Co. and its affiliates, Sailun Tire 
International Corp., Shandong Jinyu Industrial Co., Ltd., Jinyu 
International Holding Co., Limited, Seatex International Inc., 
Dynamic Tire Corp., Husky Tire Corp., Seatex PTE. Ltd. 
(collectively, the Sailun Group).
    \3\ Giti Tire Global Trading Pte. Ltd., and its affiliates, Giti 
Tire Global Trading Pte. Ltd., Giti Tire (USA) Ltd., Giti Tire 
(Anhui) Company Ltd., Giti Tire (Fujian) Company Ltd., Giti Tire 
(Hualin) Company Ltd. (collectively, GITI).
    \4\ See Sailun Group's and GITI's February 2, 2015 letters.
    \5\ See Shandong Anchi Tyres Co., Ltd. (Anchi)'s January 28, 
2015 letter, Guangzhou Wanli Tire Trading Co., Ltd. (Wanli)'s 
January 28, 2015 letter, Highpoint Trading, Ltd. and Federal Tire 
(Jiangxi), Ltd. (collectively, Federal)'s January 28, 2015 letter, 
Shandong Changfeng Tyres Co., Ltd. (Changfeng)'s January 30, 2015 
letter, Qingdao Fullrun Tyre Corp. Ltd. (Fullrun)'s January 30, 2015 
letter, Qingdao Fuyingxiang Imp. & Exp. Co., Ltd. (Fuyingxiang)'s 
January 31, 2015 letter, Zhejiang Qingda Rubber Co., Ltd. (Qingda)'s 
January 31, 2015 letter, Qingdao Doublestar Tire Industrial Co., 
Ltd. (Doublestar) and Doublestar-Dongfeng Tyre Co., Ltd. 
(Doublestar-Dongfeng)'s January 31, 2015 letter, and Beijing Capital 
Tire Co., Ltd. (Beijing Capital)'s February 4, 2015 letter.
    \6\ See Qingdao Jinhaoyang International Co, Ltd. (Jinhaoyang)'s 
February 4, 2015 letter.
    \7\ See Petitioner's February 10, 2015 letter.
    \8\ See GITI's January 26, 2015 letter, Qingdao Doublestar Tire 
Industrial Co., Ltd. (Doublestar)'s and Tyrechamp Group Co., Limited 
(Tyrechamp)'s January 23, 2015 letter, and Crown International 
Corporation (CIC)'s January 26, 2015 letter.
    \9\ Petitioner is United Steel, Paper, and Forestry, Rubber, 
Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers 
International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC. See Petitioner's February 10, 
2015 comments.
    \10\ See Sailun Group's February 11, 2015 letter.
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Scope of the Investigation

    For a full description of the scope of this investigation, see 
``Scope of Investigation'' at Appendix I of the Preliminary 
Determination.

Analysis of Significant Ministerial Error Allegations

    The Department will analyze any comments received and, if 
appropriate, correct any significant ministerial error by amending the 
preliminary determination according to 19 CFR 351.224(e). A ministerial 
error is defined in 19 CFR 351.224(f) as ``an error in addition, 
subtraction, or other arithmetic function, clerical error resulting 
from inaccurate copying, duplication, or the like, and any other 
similar type of unintentional error which the Secretary considers 
ministerial.'' Further, a significant ministerial error is defined in 
19 CFR

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351.224(g) as a ministerial error, the correction of which, singly or 
in combination with other errors, would result in: (1) A change of at 
least five absolute percentage points in, but not less than 25 percent 
of, the weighted-average dumping margin calculated in the original 
(erroneous) preliminary determination; or (2) a difference between a 
weighted-average dumping margin of zero (or de minimis) and a weighted-
average dumping margin of greater than de minimis, or vice versa.
    In accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(e) and (g)(1), the Department is 
amending the Preliminary Determination to reflect the corrections of a 
significant ministerial error in Sailun Group's margin calculation. 
However, the Department is not amending GITI's margin calculation 
because GITI's ministerial errors are not significant in accordance 
with 19 CFR 351.224(g)(1). As a result of amending Sailun Group's 
margin, the Department also revised the margin for separate rate 
companies.\11\ Further, the Department has corrected names for GITI, 
Doublestar and Tyrechamp, and CIC.
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    \11\ See Memorandum to The File, ``Certain Passenger Vehicle and 
Light Truck Tires from the People's Republic of China: Amended 
Separate Rate Calculation Memorandum,'' dated concurrently with this 
notice, for the calculation performed.
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Ministerial Error Allegations

    For a complete analysis of the ministerial error allegations, see 
the Ministerial Error Memorandum.\12\
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    \12\ See Memorandum to Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for 
Enforcement and Compliance, ``Ministerial Error Memorandum for the 
Affirmative Preliminary Determination of the Antidumping Duty 
Investigation of Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires 
From the People's Republic of China,'' dated concurrently with this 
notice, for the analysis performed (Ministerial Error Memorandum). 
This memorandum 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, and is available to all 
parties in the Department's Central Records Unit in Room 7046 of the 
Department of Commerce building.
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Correction

    In the Federal Register notice for the Preliminary Determination, 
we incorrectly identified the following exporter-producer combinations: 
(1) Exporter and producer Giti Radial Tire (Anhui) Company Ltd. was 
mis-identified as ``Giti Tire (Anhui) Company Ltd.''; (2) two of 
exporter Crown International Corporation's producers, Shandong 
Yongsheng Rubber Group Co., Ltd. and Qingdao Doublestar Tire Industrial 
Co., Ltd, were incorrectly listed as ``Shandong Yonshong Rubber Group 
Co. Ltd.'' and ``Qingdao Doublestar Tire Industrial Co., Ltd''; and 3) 
exporter Tyrechamp Group Co., Limited and one of its producers, Qingdao 
Doublestar Tire Industrial Co., Ltd., were listed as ``Tyrechamp Group 
Co., Ltd.'' and ``Qingdao Doublestar Tyre Industrial Co., Ltd.'' We are 
correcting these exporter-producer combinations, as listed below, and 
will revise the cash deposit instructions that were issued to U.S. 
Customs and Border Protection for the preliminary determination 
accordingly.

Amended Preliminary Determination

    We corrected the preliminary dumping margin for the Sailun Group. 
Consequently, we amended the preliminary separate rate for the 
exporter-producer combinations listed below. Further, we corrected 
companies' names as requested.

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                                                              Weighted-
                                                               average
           Exporter(s)                    Producer(s)          dumping
                                                                margin
                                                              (percent)
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Giti Tire Global Trading Pte.      Giti Radial Tire (Anhui)        19.17
 Ltd., Giti Tire (USA) Ltd., Giti   Company Ltd., Giti Tire
 Radial Tire (Anhui) Company        (Fujian) Company Ltd.,
 Ltd., Giti Tire (Fujian) Company   Giti Tire (Hualin)
 Ltd., Giti Tire (Hualin) Company   Company Ltd.
 Ltd., (Collectively, GITI).
Sailun Group Co., Ltd., Sailun     Sailun Group Co., Ltd.,         18.58
 Tire International Corp.,          Shandong Jinyu
 Shandong Jinyu Industrial Co.,     Industrial Co., Ltd.
 Ltd., Jinyu International
 Holding Co., Limited, Seatex
 International Inc., Dynamic Tire
 Corp., Husky Tire Corp., Seatex
 PTE. Ltd., (Collectively, Sailun
 Group).
Cooper Tire & Rubber Company.....  Cooper Chengshan                18.99
                                    (Shandong) Tire Co.,
                                    Ltd., Cooper (Kunshan)
                                    Tire Co., Ltd.
Cooper Chengshan (Shandong) Tire   Cooper Chengshan                18.99
 Co., Ltd.                          (Shandong) Tire Co.,
                                    Ltd.
Cooper (Kunshan) Tire Co., Ltd...  Cooper (Kunshan) Tire           18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Best Choice International Trade    Qingdao Sentury Tire            18.99
 Co., Limited.                      Co., Ltd., Shandong
                                    Haohua Tire Co., Ltd.,
                                    Beijing Capital Tire
                                    Co., Ltd.
Bridgestone (Wuxi) Tire Co., Ltd.  Bridgestone (Wuxi) Tire         18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Bridgestone Corporation..........  Bridgestone (Wuxi) Tire         18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Cheng Shin Tire & Rubber (China)   Cheng Shin Tire & Rubber        18.99
 Co., Ltd.                          (China) Co., Ltd.,
                                    Cheng Shin Tire &
                                    Rubber (Chongqing) Co.,
                                    Ltd.
Crown International Corporation..  Shandong Guofeng Rubber         18.99
                                    Plastics Co., Ltd.,
                                    Shandong Haohua Tire
                                    Co., Ltd., Shandong
                                    Jinyu Industrial Co.,
                                    Ltd., Doublestar-
                                    Dongfeng Tyre Co.,
                                    Ltd., Shandong
                                    Yongsheng Rubber Group
                                    Co., Ltd., Shengtai
                                    Group Co., Ltd.,
                                    Qingdao Doublestar Tire
                                    Industrial Co., Ltd.,
                                    Shandong Yongtai
                                    Chemical Co., Ltd.
Goodyear Dalian Tire Company       Goodyear Dalian Tire            18.99
 Limited.                           Company Limited.
Guangzhou Pearl River Rubber Tyre  Guangzhou Pearl River           18.99
 Ltd.                               Rubber Tyre Ltd.
Hankook Tire China Co., Ltd......  Hankook Tire China Co.,         18.99
                                    Ltd.
Hebei Tianrui Rubber Co., Ltd....  Hebei Tianrui Rubber            18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Hong Kong Tiancheng Investment &   Shandong Linglong Tyre          18.99
 Trading Co., Limited.              Co., Ltd.
Hong Kong Tri-Ace Tire Co.,        Shandong Yongtai                18.99
 Limited.                           Chemical Co., Ltd.,
                                    Doublestar-Dongfeng
                                    Tyre Co., Ltd.
Hwa Fong Rubber (Hong Kong) Ltd..  Hwa Fong Rubber (Suzhou)        18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Jiangsu Hankook Tire Co., Ltd....  Jiangsu Hankook Tire            18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Kenda Rubber (China) Co., Ltd....  Kenda Rubber (China)            18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.

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Kumho Tire Co., Inc..............  Kumho Tire (Tianjin)            18.99
                                    Co., Inc., Nanjing
                                    Kumho Tire Co., Ltd.,
                                    Kumho Tire (Changchun)
                                    Co., Inc.
Liaoning Permanent Tyre Co., Ltd.  Liaoning Permanent Tyre         18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Longkou Xinglong Tyre Co., Ltd...  Longkou Xinglong Tyre           18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Mayrun Tyre (Hong Kong) Limited..  South China Tire &              18.99
                                    Rubber Co., Ltd.,
                                    Shandong Haohua Tire
                                    Co., Ltd.
Nankang (Zhangjiagang Free Trade   Nankang (Zhangjiagang           18.99
 Zone) Rubber Industrial Co., Ltd.  Free Trade Zone) Rubber
                                    Industrial Co., Ltd.
Pirelli Tyre Co., Ltd............  Pirelli Tyre Co., Ltd...        18.99
Qingdao Nama Industrial Co., Ltd.  Shandong Guofeng Rubber         18.99
                                    Plastics Co., Ltd.,
                                    Shandong Hengyu Science
                                    & Technology Co., Ltd.,
                                    Shandong Longyue Rubber
                                    Co., Ltd., Shandong
                                    Haohua Tire Co., Ltd.,
                                    Shouguang Firemax Tyre
                                    Co., Ltd., Shandong
                                    Zhongyi Rubber Co.,
                                    Ltd., Shandong Yonking
                                    Rubber Co., Ltd.,
                                    Shandong Hongsheng
                                    Rubber Technology Co.,
                                    Ltd.
Qingdao Au-Shine Group Co.,        Shandong Gulun Rubber           18.99
 Limited.                           Co., Ltd.
Qingdao Crown Chemical Co., Ltd..  Shandong Guofeng Rubber         18.99
                                    Plastics Co., Ltd.,
                                    Shandong Haohua Tire
                                    Co., Ltd., Shandong
                                    Jinyu Industrial Co.,
                                    Ltd., Doublestar-
                                    Dongfeng Tyre Co.,
                                    Ltd., Shandong
                                    Yongsheng Rubber Group
                                    Co., Ltd.
Qingdao Free Trade Zone Full-      Shandong Zhentai Group          18.99
 World International Trading Co.,   Co., Ltd., Longkou
 Ltd.                               Xinglong Tyre Co.,
                                    Ltd., Hebei Tianrui
                                    Rubber Co., Ltd.
Qingdao Fullrun Tyre Tech Corp.,   Qingdao Fullrun Tyre            18.99
 Ltd.                               Tech Corp., Ltd.
Qingdao Honghua Tyre Factory.....  Qingdao Honghua Tyre            18.99
                                    Factory.
Qingdao Nexen Tire Corporation...  Qingdao Nexen Tire              18.99
                                    Corporation.
Qingdao Odyking Tyre Co., Ltd....  Doublestar-Dongfeng Tyre        18.99
                                    Co., Ltd., Shandong
                                    Fengyuan Tire
                                    Manufacturing Co.,
                                    Ltd., Shouguang Firemax
                                    Tyre Co., Ltd.
Qingdao Qianzhen Tyre Co., Ltd...  Qingdao Qianzhen Tyre           18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Qingdao Qihang Tyre Co., Ltd.....  Qingdao Qihang Tyre Co.,        18.99
                                    Ltd.
Qingdao Qizhou Rubber Co., Ltd...  Qingdao Qizhou Rubber           18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Qingdao Sentury Tire Co., Ltd....  Qingdao Sentury Tire            18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Shandong Duratti Rubber            Shandong Duratti Rubber         18.99
 Corporation Co., Ltd.              Corporation Co., Ltd.
Shandong Fengyuan Tire             Shandong Fengyuan Tire          18.99
 Manufacturing Co., Ltd.            Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
Shandong Guofeng Rubber Plastics   Shandong Guofeng Rubber         18.99
 Co., Ltd.                          Plastics Co., Ltd.
Shandong Haohua Tire Co., Ltd....  Shandong Haohua Tire            18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Shandong Haolong Rubber Tire Co.,  Shandong Haolong Rubber         18.99
 Ltd.                               Tire Co., Ltd.
Shandong Hawk International        Shandong Hawk                   18.99
 Rubber Industry Co., Ltd.          International Rubber
                                    Industry Co., Ltd.
Shandong Hengyu Science &          Shandong Hengyu Science         18.99
 Technology Co., Ltd.               & Technology Co., Ltd.
Shandong Linglong Tyre Co., Ltd..  Shandong Linglong Tyre          18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Shandong Longyue Rubber Co., Ltd.  Shandong Longyue Rubber         18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Shandong New Continent Tire Co.,   Shandong New Continent          18.99
 Ltd.                               Tire Co., Ltd.
Shandong Province Sanli Tire       Shandong Province Sanli         18.99
 Manufactured Co., Ltd.             Tire Manufactured Co.,
                                    Ltd.
Shandong Shuangwang Rubber Co.,    Shandong Shuangwang             18.99
 Ltd.                               Rubber Co., Ltd.
Shandong Wanda Boto Tyre Co., Ltd  Shandong Wanda Boto Tyre        18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Shandong Yongtai Chemical Co.,     Shandong Yongtai                18.99
 Ltd.                               Chemical Co., Ltd.
Shandong Zhongyi Rubber Co., Ltd.  Shandong Zhongyi Rubber         18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Shandong Huitong Tyre Co., Ltd...  Shandong Huitong Tyre           18.99
                                    Co., Ltd., Laiwu
                                    Sunshine Tyre Co., Ltd.
Shengtai Group Co., Ltd..........  Shengtai Group Co.,             18.99
                                    Ltd., Shandong
                                    Shengshitailai Rubber
                                    Technology Co., Ltd.
Shifeng Juxing Tire Co., Ltd.....  Shifeng Juxing Tire Co.,        18.99
                                    Ltd.
Shouguang Firemax Tyre Co., Ltd..  Shouguang Firemax Tyre          18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Southeast Mariner International    Dongying Zhongyi Rubber         18.99
 Co., Ltd.                          Co., Ltd., Shandong
                                    Haohua Tire Co., Ltd.
Techking Tires Limited...........  Shandong Longyue Rubber         18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Toyo Tire (Zhangjiagang) Co., Ltd  Toyo Tire (Zhangjiagang)        18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Triangle Tyre Co., Ltd...........  Triangle Tyre Co., Ltd..        18.99
Tyrechamp Group Co., Limited.....  Shandong Haohua Tire            18.99
                                    Co., Ltd., Sichuan
                                    Tyre&Rubber Co., Ltd.,
                                    Shandong Anchi Tyres
                                    Co., Ltd., Beijing
                                    Capital Tire Co. Ltd.,
                                    Shandong Wanda Boto
                                    Tyre Co., Ltd.,
                                    Shandong Wosen Rubber
                                    Co., Ltd., Shandong
                                    Zhentai Group Co.,
                                    Ltd., Shandong Yonking
                                    Rubber Co., Ltd.,
                                    Qingdao Doublestar Tire
                                    Industrial Co., Ltd.,
                                    South China Tire &
                                    Rubber Co. Ltd., Anhui
                                    Heding Tire Technology
                                    Co., Ltd.
Weihai Ping'an Tyre Co., Ltd.....  Weihai Ping'an Tyre Co.,        18.99
                                    Ltd.
Weihai Zhongwei Rubber Co., Ltd..  Weihai Zhongwei Rubber          18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Wendeng Sanfeng Tyre Co., Ltd....  Wendeng Sanfeng Tyre            18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Winrun Tyre Co., Ltd.............  Shaanxi Yanchang                18.99
                                    Petroleum Group Rubber
                                    Co. Ltd.
Zenith Holdings (HK) Limited.....  Shandong Linglong Tyre          18.99
                                    Co., Ltd.
Zhaoqing Junhong Co., Ltd........  Zhaoqing Junhong Co.,           18.99
                                    Ltd.
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Amended Cash Deposits and Suspension of Liquidation

    The collection of cash deposits and suspension of liquidation will 
be revised according to the rates calculated in this amended 
preliminary determination. Because the amended rates for the Sailun 
Group and separate rate companies results in reduced cash deposits, the 
rate for Sailun Group will be effective retroactively to January 27, 
2015, the date of publication of the Preliminary Determination, and the 
rate for separate rate companies will be effective retroactively to 
October 29, 2014, which is 90 days before the date of publication of 
the Preliminary Determination. Parties will be notified of this 
determination, in accordance with sections 733(d) and (f) of the Act.

International Trade Commission Notification

    In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, we notified the 
International Trade Commission of our amended preliminary 
determination.

Notification to Interested Parties

    The Department intends to disclose calculations performed in 
connection with this amended preliminary determination within five days 
of the date of publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 
351.224(b).
    This amended preliminary determination is issued and published in 
accordance with sections 733(f) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.224(e).

    Dated: March 18, 2015.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2015-06955 Filed 3-25-15; 8:45 am]
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