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Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Amended Final Determination Pursuant to a Final Court Decision

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Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Amended Final Determination Pursuant to a Final Court Decision

Paul Piquado
Department of Commerce
22 July 2016


[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 141 (Friday, July 22, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 47754-47756]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-17308]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-912]


Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires From the People's 
Republic of China: Notice of Amended Final Determination Pursuant to a 
Final Court Decision

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

SUMMARY: On October 1, 2010, the United States Court of International 
Trade (``CIT'') sustained the remand redetermination made by the 
Department of Commerce (``Department'') pursuant to the CIT's remand of 
the final determination in the antidumping duty investigation on 
certain new pneumatic off-the-road tires (``OTR tires'') from the 
People's Republic of China (``PRC''). This case arises out of the 
Department's final determination in the antidumping duty (``AD'') 
investigation on OTR tires from the PRC. See Certain New Pneumatic Off-
The-Road-Tires from the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative 
Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Partial Affirmative 
Determination of Critical Circumstances, 73 FR 40485 (July 15, 2008), 
as amended by Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires from the 
People's Republic of China: Notice of Amended Final Affirmative 
Determination of Sales at Less than Fair Value and Antidumping Duty 
Order, 73 FR 51624 (September 4, 2008) (collectively, ``Final 
Determination'').
    The Department notified the public that the final CIT judgment (See 
GPX Int'l Tire Corp. v. United States, Consol. Ct. No. 08-00285, Slip 
Op. 10-112 (Ct. Int'l Trade October 1, 2010) (``GPX III'') in this case 
was not in harmony with the Department's final affirmative 
determination in the AD investigation of OTR tires from the PRC on 
October 12, 2010. See Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires from the 
People's Republic of China: Notice of Decision of the Court of 
International Trade Not in Harmony, 75 FR 62504 (October 12, 2010) 
(``2010 Timken Notice''). As there is now a final and conclusive 
decision in this case, the Department is amending its final 
determination with respect to the antidumping duty rate calculated for 
the separate rate companies.

DATES: Effective March 23, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Medley, AD/CVD Operations, 
Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and 
Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482-
4987.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    In July 2008, the Department published a final determination in 
which it found that OTR tires from the PRC are being, or are likely to 
be, sold in the United States at less-than-fair-value (``LTFV'').\1\ As 
part of the Final Determination, the Department calculated a margin for 
the separate-rate

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respondents of 12.91 percent.\2\ Starbright Tire Co., Ltd. 
(``Starbright''), its importer GPX International Tire Corporation 
(``GPX''), petitioners Titan Tire Corporation and the United Steel, 
Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied and 
Industrial Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO-CLC 
(collectively, ``Titan''), and domestic interested party Bridgestone 
Americas, Inc. and Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC 
(collectively, ``Bridgestone''), each timely challenged various aspects 
of the Final Determination to the CIT. The antidumping duty case was 
then consolidated with the companion countervailing duty case at the 
CIT. With regard to the antidumping duty case, among the issues raised 
before the Court was the valuation of wire input consumed by two of the 
respondent companies, Starbright and Tianjin United Tire & Rubber 
International Co., Ltd. (``TUTRIC''), under the factors of production 
methodology to calculate normal value in a non-market economy country 
pursuant to section 773(c)(1)(B) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended 
(``the Act'').
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    \1\ See Final Determination.
    \2\ Id., 73 FR at 51625.
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    On August 4, 2010, pursuant to the Department's request for a 
voluntary remand, the CIT remanded the wire input valuation issue to 
the Department for reconsideration or further explanation.\3\ In a 
remand redetermination filed on September 3, 2010, the Department 
determined that record evidence supported using a different surrogate 
value for the wire input consumed by Starbright and TUTRIC in the 
production of OTR tires.\4\ As a result of this change, the weighted-
average dumping margin calculated for subject merchandise produced by 
Starbright and exported by Starbright/GPX changed from 29.93 percent to 
31.79 percent, the weighted average dumping margin calculated for 
subject merchandise produced and exported by TUTRIC changed from 8.44 
percent to 10.08 percent, and the weighted-average dumping margin 
calculated for separate rate companies changed from 12.91 percent to 
13.92 percent.\5\ The CIT affirmed the Department's remand 
redetermination on October 1, 2010.\6\ On October 12, 2010, the 
Department notified the public that the final CIT judgment in this case 
was not in harmony with the Department's final affirmative 
determination in the AD investigation of OTR tires from the PRC.\7\ 
Subsequently, domestic litigation over issues pertaining to the 
consolidated countervailing duty case continued.\8\ On March 13, 2015, 
the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (``Federal 
Circuit'') issued a final and conclusive decision in this case, which 
no party appealed.\9\ Because there is now a final and conclusive court 
decision in this case, the Department is amending the final 
determination for the separate rate respondents.
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    \3\ See GPX Int'l Tire Corp. v. United States, Consol. Ct. No. 
08-00285, Slip Op. 10-84 at *19-*20, *28 (Ct. Int'l Trade August 4, 
2010) (``GPX II'').
    \4\ See Second Remand Redetermination, GPX Int'l Tire Corp. v. 
United States, Consol. Ct. No. 08-00285, dated September 3, 2010, at 
4-9.
    \5\ Id. at 9-12.
    \6\ See GPX III.
    \7\ See 2010 Timken Notice, 75 FR 62504.
    \8\ A summary of this litigation can be found in Certain New 
Pneumatic Off-the Road Tires from the People's Republic of China: 
Corrected Notice of Decision of the Court of International Trade Not 
in Harmony and Corrected Notice of Amended Final Determination, 80 
FR 31889 (June 4, 2015) (``2015 Timken Notice'').
    \9\ See GPX Int'l Tire Corp. v. United States, 780 F.3d 1136 
(Fed. Cir. 2015).
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Amended Final Determination

    Since the Final Determination, the Department has established a new 
cash deposit rate for TUTRIC and for Starbright.\10\ Therefore, this 
amended final determination does not change TUTRIC's or Starbright's 
cash deposit rates. Because there is now a final and conclusive court 
decision with respect to the Final Determination, the revised cash 
deposit rate for the separate rate companies is 13.92 percent. For 
those separate-rate companies that do not have a superseding cash 
deposit rate identified in the table below, the Department will issue 
revised cash deposit instructions to U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection, adjusting the cash deposit rate for the below separate-rate 
companies to 13.92 percent, effective March 23, 2015.\11\
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    \10\ For Starbright/GPX, see Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road 
Tires From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of the 
2008-2009 Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 76 FR 22871 (April 
25, 2011). For TUTRIC, see Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires 
From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of the 2009-2010 
Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Final Rescission, in 
Part, 77 FR 14495 (March 12, 2012).
    \11\ See 2015 Timken Notice; see also GPX Int'l Tire Corp. v. 
United States, Consol. Ct. No. 08-00285, Slip Op. 15-46 (CIT May 18, 
2015).

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                                                              Weighted-
                                                               average
             Exporter                      Producer             margin
                                                              (percent)
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Aeolus Tyre Co., Ltd.............  Aeolus Tyre Co., Ltd....        13.92
Double Happiness Tyre Industries   Double Happiness Tyre           13.92
 Corp., Ltd.                        Industries Corp., Ltd.
Jiangsu Feichi Co., Ltd..........  Jiangsu Feichi Co., Ltd.        13.92
Oriental Tyre Technology Limited.  Midland Off The Road            13.92
                                    Tire Co., Ltd.
Oriental Tyre Technology Limited.  Midland Specialty Tire          13.92
                                    Co., Ltd.
Oriental Tyre Technology Limited.  Xuzhou Hanbang Tyres            13.92
                                    Co., Ltd.
Qingdao Etyre International Trade  Shandong Xingda Tyre Co.        13.92
 Co., Ltd.                          Ltd.
Qingdao Etyre International Trade  Shandong Xingyuan               13.92
 Co., Ltd.                          International Trade Co.
                                    Ltd.
Qingdao Etyre International Trade  Shandong Xingyuan Rubber        13.92
 Co., Ltd.                          Co. Ltd.
Qingdao Hengda Tyres Co., Ltd....  Qingdao Hengda Tyres            13.92
                                    Co., Ltd.
Qingdao Milestone Tyre Co., Ltd..  Qingdao Shuanghe Tyre           13.92
                                    Co., Ltd.
Qingdao Milestone Tyre Co., Ltd..  Shandong Zhentai Tyre           13.92
                                    Co., Ltd.
Qingdao Milestone Tyre Co., Ltd..  Shifeng Double-Star Tire        13.92
                                    Co., Ltd.
Qingdao Milestone Tyre Co., Ltd..  Weifang Longtai Tyre            13.92
                                    Co., Ltd.
Qingdao Qizhou Rubber Co., Ltd...  Qingdao Qizhou Rubber           13.92
                                    Co., Ltd.
Qingdao Sinorient International    Qingdao Hengda Tyres            13.92
 Ltd.                               Co., Ltd.
Qingdao Sinorient International    Shifeng Double-Star Tire        13.92
 Ltd.                               Co., Ltd.
Qingdao Sinorient International    Tengzhou Broncho Tyre           13.92
 Ltd.                               Co., Ltd.
Shandong Huitong Tyre Co., Ltd...  Shandong Huitong Tyre           13.92
                                    Co., Ltd.
Shandong Jinyu Tyre Co., Ltd.....  Shandong Jinyu Tyre Co.,        13.92
                                    Ltd.
Shandong Taishan Tyre Co., Ltd...  Shandong Taishan Tyre           13.92
                                    Co., Ltd.
Shandong Wanda Boto Tyre Co., Ltd  Shandong Wanda Boto Tyre        13.92
                                    Co., Ltd.
Shandong Xingyuan International    Shangdong Xingda Tyre           13.92
 Trading Co., Ltd.                  Co., Ltd.

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Shandong Xingyuan International    Xingyuan Tyre Group Co.,        13.92
 Trading Co., Ltd.                  Ltd.
Techking Tires Limited...........  Shandong Xingda Tyre Co.        13.92
                                    Ltd.
Techking Tires Limited...........  Shandong Xingyuan               13.92
                                    International Trade Co.
                                    Ltd.
Techking Tires Limited...........  Shandong Xingyuan Rubber        13.92
                                    Co. Ltd.
Triangle Tyre Co., Ltd...........  Triangle Tyre Co., Ltd..        13.92
Wendeng Sanfeng Tyre Co., Ltd....  Wendeng Sanfeng Tyre            13.92
                                    Co., Ltd.
Kenda Rubber (China) Co., Ltd./    Kenda Rubber (China)            13.92
 Kenda Global.                      Co., Ltd.
Qingdao Aonuo Tyre Co., Ltd......  Qingdao Aonuo Tyre Co.,         13.92
                                    Ltd.
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Notification to Interested Parties

    This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 
516A(e)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act.

    Dated: June 28, 2016.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2016-17308 Filed 7-21-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P



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