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Notice of Initiation and Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review: Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From the People's Republic of China

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Notice of Initiation and Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review: Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From the People's Republic of China

Paul Piquado
Department of Commerce
8 July 2016


[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 131 (Friday, July 8, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 44588-44591]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-16252]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-016]


Notice of Initiation and Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty 
Changed Circumstances Review: Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck 
Tires From the People's Republic of China

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


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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) is initiating a 
changed circumstances review (CCR) of the antidumping duty (AD) order 
on certain passenger vehicle and light truck tires (passenger tires) 
from the People's Republic of China (PRC) with regard to Sailun Jinyu 
Group (HONG KONG) Co., Limited (Sailun Jinyu HK). We preliminarily 
determine that Sailun Jinyu HK is the successor-in-interest to Jinyu 
International Holding Co., Limited (Jinyu HK) for purposes of 
determining AD liability. Interested parties are invited to comment on 
these preliminary results.

DATES: Effective Date: July 8, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Toni Page, AD/CVD Operations, Office 
VII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, 
U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, 
DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-1398.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On August 10, 2015, the Department published in the Federal 
Register an AD order on passenger tires from the PRC.\1\ On December 4, 
2015, Jinyu HK, an exporter of passenger tires covered by this order, 
changed its name from Jinyu HK to Sailun Jinyu HK. On February 23, 
2016, Sailun Jinyu HK requested that the Department conduct a changed 
circumstances review under section 751(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930 
(the Act), as amended, 19 CFR 351.216, and 19 CFR 351.221(c)(3).\2\ In 
this request, Sailun Jinyu HK asked the Department to determine that it 
is the successor-in-interest to Jinyu HK and, accordingly, to assign it 
Jinyu HK's cash deposit rate.\3\ Sailun Jinyu HK also requested that 
the Department expedite the review.\4\ Initially, the Department denied 
Sailun Jinyu HK's request because it failed to demonstrate good cause 
for conducting a changed circumstances review of a final determination 
in an investigation less than 24 months after the publication of the 
final determination.\5\ Sailun Jinyu HK subsequently filed arguments as 
to why good cause exists for initiating a CCR.\6\
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    \1\ See Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From the 
People's Republic of China: Amended Final Affirmative Antidumping 
Duty Determination and Antidumping Duty Order; and Amended Final 
Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Countervailing 
Duty Order, 80 FR 47902 (August 10, 2015) (AD and CVD Orders).
    \2\ See letter from the Sailun Group, ``Jinyu International 
Holding Co., Limited's Request for a Changed Circumstances Review in 
Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From the People's 
Republic of China, Case No. A-570-016,'' at 1 (February 23, 2016) 
(Sailun Jinyu HK CCR Request).
    \3\ Id.
    \4\ Id.
    \5\ See letter from the Department, ``Antidumping Duty 
Investigation of Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from the 
People's Republic of China: Request for Changed Circumstances 
Review'' (April 4, 2016).
    \6\ See letter from the Sailun Group, ``Jinyu International 
Holding Co., Limited's Request for a Changed Circumstances Review in 
Certain Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From the People's 
Republic of China, Case No. A-570-016,'' at 2-3 (April 18, 2016) 
(Sailun Jinyu HK CCR Good Cause Request).
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Scope of the Order

    The products covered by the scope of this order are passenger 
vehicle and light truck tires. Passenger vehicle and light truck tires 
are new pneumatic tires, of rubber, with a passenger vehicle or light 
truck size designation. Tires covered by these orders may be tube-type, 
tubeless, radial, or non-radial, and they may be intended for sale to 
original equipment manufacturers or the replacement market.
    Subject tires have, at the time of importation, the symbol ``DOT'' 
on the sidewall, certifying that the tire conforms to applicable motor 
vehicle safety standards. Subject tires may also have the following 
prefixes or suffix in their tire size designation, which also appears 
on the sidewall of the tire:
    Prefix designations:

P--Identifies a tire intended primarily for service on passenger cars
LT--Identifies a tire intended primarily for service on light trucks

    Suffix letter designations:

LT--Identifies light truck tires for service on trucks, buses, 
trailers, and multipurpose passenger vehicles used in nominal highway 
service.

    All tires with a ``P'' or ``LT'' prefix, and all tires with an 
``LT'' suffix in their sidewall markings are covered by this 
investigation regardless of their intended use.
    In addition, all tires that lack a ``P'' or ``LT'' prefix or suffix 
in their sidewall markings, as well as all tires that include any other 
prefix or suffix in their sidewall markings, are included in the scope, 
regardless of their intended use, as long as the tire is of a size that 
is among the numerical size designations listed in the passenger car 
section or light truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year 
Book, as updated annually, unless the tire falls within one of the 
specific exclusions set out below.
    Passenger vehicle and light truck tires, whether or not attached to 
wheels or rims, are included in the scope. However, if a subject tire 
is imported attached to a wheel or rim, only the tire is covered by the 
scope.
    Specifically excluded from the scope are the following types of 
tires:
    (1) Racing car tires; such tires do not bear the symbol ``DOT'' on 
the sidewall and may be marked with ``ZR'' in size designation;
    (2) new pneumatic tires, of rubber, of a size that is not listed in 
the passenger car section or light truck section of the Tire and Rim 
Association Year Book;
    (3) pneumatic tires, of rubber, that are not new, including 
recycled and retreaded tires;
    (4) non-pneumatic tires, such as solid rubber tires;
    (5) tires designed and marketed exclusively as temporary use spare 
tires for passenger vehicles which, in addition, exhibit each of the 
following physical characteristics:
    (a) the size designation and load index combination molded on the 
tire's sidewall are listed in Table PCT-1B (``T'' Type Spare Tires for 
Temporary Use on Passenger Vehicles) of the Tire and Rim Association 
Year Book,
    (b) the designation ``T'' is molded into the tire's sidewall as 
part of the size designation, and,
    (c) the tire's speed rating is molded on the sidewall, indicating 
the rated speed in MPH or a letter rating as listed by Tire and Rim 
Association Year Book, and the rated speed is 81 MPH or a ``M'' rating;
    (6) tires designed and marketed exclusively for specialty tire (ST) 
use which, in addition, exhibit each of the following conditions:
    (a) the size designation molded on the tire's sidewall is listed in 
the ST sections of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book,
    (b) the designation ``ST'' is molded into the tire's sidewall as 
part of the size designation,
    (c) the tire incorporates a warning, prominently molded on the 
sidewall, that the tire is ``For Trailer Service Only'' or ``For 
Trailer Use Only'',
    (d) the load index molded on the tire's sidewall meets or exceeds 
those load indexes listed in the Tire and Rim Association Year Book for 
the relevant ST tire size, and
    (e) either
    (i) the tire's speed rating is molded on the sidewall, indicating 
the rated speed in MPH or a letter rating as listed by Tire and Rim 
Association Year Book, and the rated speed does not exceed 81 MPH or an 
``M'' rating; or
    (ii) the tire's speed rating molded on the sidewall is 87 MPH or an 
``N'' rating, and in either case the tire's maximum pressure and 
maximum load limit are molded on the sidewall and either

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    (1) both exceed the maximum pressure and maximum load limit for any 
tire of the same size designation in either the passenger car or light 
truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book; or
    (2) if the maximum cold inflation pressure molded on the tire is 
less than any cold inflation pressure listed for that size designation 
in either the passenger car or light truck section of the Tire and Rim 
Association Year Book, the maximum load limit molded on the tire is 
higher than the maximum load limit listed at that cold inflation 
pressure for that size designation in either the passenger car or light 
truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book;
    (7) tires designed and marketed exclusively for off-road use and 
which, in addition, exhibit each of the following physical 
characteristics:
    (a) the size designation and load index combination molded on the 
tire's sidewall are listed in the off-the-road, agricultural, 
industrial or ATV section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book,
    (b) in addition to any size designation markings, the tire 
incorporates a warning, prominently molded on the sidewall, that the 
tire is ``Not For Highway Service'' or ``Not for Highway Use'',
    (c) the tire's speed rating is molded on the sidewall, indicating 
the rated speed in MPH or a letter rating as listed by the Tire and Rim 
Association Year Book, and the rated speed does not exceed 55 MPH or a 
``G'' rating, and
    (d) the tire features a recognizable off-road tread design.
    The products covered by the orders are currently classified under 
the following Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) 
subheadings: 4011.10.10.10, 4011.10.10.20, 4011.10.10.30, 
4011.10.10.40, 4011.10.10.50, 4011.10.10.60, 4011.10.10.70, 
4011.10.50.00, 4011.20.10.05, and 4011.20.50.10. Tires meeting the 
scope description may also enter under the following HTSUS subheadings: 
4011.99.45.10, 4011.99.45.50, 4011.99.85.10, 4011.99.85.50, 
8708.70.45.45, 8708.70.45.60, 8708.70.60.30, 8708.70.60.45, and 
8708.70.60.60. While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and 
for customs purposes, the written description of the subject 
merchandise is dispositive.

Initiation and Preliminary Results of Changed Circumstances Review

    Pursuant to section 751(b)(1)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.216(d), 
the Department will conduct a CCR upon receipt of a request from an 
interested party for a review of an AD order which shows changed 
circumstances sufficient to warrant a review of the order. The 
information submitted by Sailun Jinyu HK supporting its claim that it 
is the successor-in-interest to Jinyu HK demonstrates changed 
circumstances sufficient to warrant such a review.\7\
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    \7\ See 19 CFR 351.216(d).
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    In accordance with the above-referenced regulation, the Department 
is initiating a CCR to determine whether Sailun Jinyu HK is the 
successor-in-interest to Jinyu HK. When it concludes that expedited 
action is warranted, the Department may publish the notice of 
initiation and preliminary results for a CCR concurrently.\8\ We 
determined that expediting this CCR is warranted because we have the 
information necessary to make a preliminary finding already on the 
record, in accordance with our practice.\9\
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    \8\ See 19 CFR 351.221(c)(3)(ii); see also Certain Pasta From 
Italy: Initiation and Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty 
Changed Circumstances Review, 80 FR 33480, 33480-41 (June 12, 2015) 
(Pasta From Italy Preliminary Results) (unchanged in Certain Pasta 
From Italy: Final Results of Changed Circumstances Review, 80 FR 
48807 (August 14, 2015) (Pasta From Italy Final Results)).
    \9\ See, e.g., Pasta From Italy Preliminary Results, 80 FR at 
33480-41 (unchanged in Pasta From Italy Final Results, 80 FR at 
48807).
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    In determining whether one company is the successor-in-interest to 
another, the Department examines a number of factors including, but not 
limited to, changes in management, production facilities, supplier 
relationships, and customer base.\10\ While no single factor or 
combination of these factors will necessarily provide a dispositive 
indication of a successor-in-interest relationship, the Department will 
generally consider the new company to be the successor to the previous 
company if the new company's resulting operation is not materially 
dissimilar to that of its predecessor.\11\ Thus, if the evidence 
demonstrates that, with respect to the production and sale of the 
subject merchandise, the new company operates as the same business 
entity as the prior company, the Department will assign the new company 
the cash deposit rate of its predecessor.\12\
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    \10\ See, e.g., Notice of Initiation and Preliminary Results of 
Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review: Certain Frozen 
Warmwater Shrimp From Thailand, 75 FR 61702, 61703 (October 6, 2010) 
(Shrimp From Thailand Preliminary Results) (unchanged in Notice of 
Final Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review: 
Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp From Thailand, 75 FR 74684 (December 
1, 2010) (Shrimp From Thailand Final Results)); and Industrial 
Phosphoric Acid From Israel: Final Results of Antidumping Duty 
Changed Circumstances Review, 59 FR 6944, 6946 (February 14, 1994).
    \11\ See, e.g., Shrimp From Thailand Preliminary Results, 75 FR 
at 61703 (unchanged in Shrimp From Thailand Final Results, 75 FR at 
74684).
    \12\ Id.; see also Notice of Final Results of Changed 
Circumstances Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: 
Polychloroprene Rubber From Japan, 67 FR 58, 59 (January 2, 2002); 
and Ball Bearings and Parts Thereof from France: Final Results of 
Changed-Circumstances Review, 75 FR 34688, 34689 (June 18, 2010).
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    In its February 23, 2016, and April 18, 2016 submissions, Sailun 
Jinyu HK provided information to demonstrate that it is the successor-
in-interest to Jinyu HK. Sailun Jinyu HK states that there were no 
changes to the company's ownership, employees, managers, customers, or 
suppliers. To support its claims, Sailun Jinyu HK submitted the 
following documents: (1) A copy of Jinyu HK Internal Work Approval 
Sheet, dated October 29, 2015 explaining the reason for the name change 
from Jinyu HK to Sailun Jinyu HK; (2) a copy of a Department memorandum 
regarding Sailun Group Co., Ltd.'s Affiliation Single Entity Status, 
dated January 14, 2015; (3) a Notice of Change of Company Name, dated 
December 4, 2015 filed with the Hong Kong Companies Registry; (4) a 
Certificate of Change of Name, dated December 21, 2015, issued by the 
Hong Kong Companies Registry; (5) business registrations for both Jinyu 
HK (dated October 24, 2015) and Sailun Jinyu HK (dated October 24, 
2015); (6) a listing of the company's customers before and after its 
name change; and (7) a letter sent to all customers explaining the name 
change.\13\ Sailun Jinyu HK also demonstrated good cause for initiating 
a CCR pursuant to 19 CFR 351.216(c) because it has only changed its 
name and no other aspect of the company's operations, and conducting 
this review ensures that the appropriate deposit rate applies to Sailun 
Jinyu HK.\14\
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    \13\ See Sailun Jinyu HK CCR Request at Exhibits 1-7.
    \14\ See Sailun Jinyu HK CCR Good Cause Request at 2-3.
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    Based on the evidence on the record, we preliminarily find that 
Sailun Jinyu HK is the successor-in-interest to Jinyu HK. We find that 
Sailun Jinyu HK operates as the same business entity as Jinyu HK and 
that its ownership, management, production facilities, supplier 
relationships, and customers have not changed as a result of its name 
change. Thus, we preliminarily find that Sailun Jinyu HK should receive 
the same AD cash deposit rate with respect to the subject merchandise 
as Jinyu HK, its predecessor company.\15\
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    \15\ Jinyu HK, as part of the Sailun Group, received a 0.00 
percent cash deposit rate in the investigation of the AD order on 
passenger tires from the PRC. See AD and CVD Orders at 47904 (August 
10, 2015).

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    Should our final results remain the same as these preliminary 
results, we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to suspend 
entries of subject merchandise exported by Sailun Jinyu HK at Jinyu 
HK's cash deposit rate, effective on the publication date of our final 
results.

Public Comment

    Interested parties may submit case briefs and/or written comments 
not later than 14 days after the publication of this notice.\16\ 
Rebuttal briefs, which must be limited to issues raised in case briefs, 
may be filed not later than five days after the deadline for filing 
case briefs.\17\ Parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in 
this changed circumstances review are requested to submit with each 
argument: (1) A statement of the issue; (2) a brief summary of the 
argument; and (3) a table of authorities. Interested parties who wish 
to comment on the preliminary results must file briefs electronically 
using Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to 
registered users at http://access.trade.gov. An electronically-filed 
document must be received successfully in its entirety by the 
Department's electronic records system, ACCESS, by 5 p.m. Eastern Time 
on the date the document is due.
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    \16\ See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(ii).
    \17\ See 19 CFR 351.309(d).
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    Interested parties that wish to request a hearing must submit a 
written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and 
Compliance, filed electronically via ACCESS, within 14 days of 
publication of this notice.\18\ Parties will be notified of the time 
and date of any hearing, if requested.\19\
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    \18\ See 19 CFR 351.310(c); see also 19 CFR 351.303 for general 
filing requirements.
    \19\ See 19 CFR 351.310.
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    Consistent with 19 CFR 351.216(e), we intend to issue the final 
results of this changed circumstance review no later than 270 days 
after the date on which this review was initiated, or within 45 days of 
publication of these preliminary results if all parties agree to our 
preliminary finding.
    We are issuing and publishing this finding and notice in accordance 
with sections 751(b)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.216 
and 351.221(c)(3)(ii).

    Dated: June 30, 2016.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2016-16252 Filed 7-7-16; 8:45 am]
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