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

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

Paul Piquado
Department of Commerce
22 August 2016


[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 162 (Monday, August 22, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 56587-56589]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-20023]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-016]


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

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

SUMMARY: On July 8, 2016, the Department of Commerce (the Department) 
published its notice of initiation and preliminary results of a changed 
circumstances review of the antidumping duty (AD) order on certain 
passenger vehicle and light truck tires (passenger tires) from the 
People's Republic of China (PRC). In that notice, we preliminarily 
determined that Sailun Jinyu Group (HONG KONG) Co., Limited (Sailun 
Jinyu HK) is the successor-in-interest to Jinyu International Holding 
Co., Limited (Jinyu HK) for purposes of determining antidumping duty 
cash deposits and liabilities. No interested party submitted comments 
regarding the initiation and preliminary results. For these final 
results, the Department continues to find that Sailun Jinyu HK is the 
successor-in-interest to Jinyu HK.

DATES: Effective August 22, 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.

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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 
21, 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, 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, Jinyu HK asked the Department to determine that Sailun 
Jinyu HK it is the successor-in-interest to Jinyu HK and, accordingly, 
to assign it Jinyu HK's cash deposit rate.\3\
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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 Order).
    \2\ See letter from Jinyu HK entitled, ``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) 
(CCR Request).
    \3\ Id.
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    On July 8, 2016, the Department published its notice of initiation 
and preliminary results of this changed circumstances review, 
determining that Sailun Jinyu HK is the successor-in-interest to Jinyu 
HK.\4\ In the Initiation and Preliminary Results, we provided all 
interested parties with an opportunity to comment and to request a 
public hearing regarding our preliminary finding that Sailun Jinyu HK 
is the successor-in-interest to Jinyu HK. We received no comments 
regarding our preliminary finding and no requests for a public hearing 
from interested parties within the time period set forth in the 
Initiation and Preliminary Results.
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    \4\ See ``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,'' 
88 FR 44588 (July 8, 2016) (Initiation and Preliminary Results).
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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 this order 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
    (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

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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 order 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.

Final Results of Changed Circumstances Review

    For the reasons stated in the Initiation and Preliminary Results, 
and because we received no comments from interested parties to the 
contrary, the Department continues to find that Sailun Jinyu HK is the 
successor-in-interest to Jinyu HK. As a result of this determination, 
we find that Sailun Jinyu HK should receive the AD cash deposit rate 
previously assigned to Jinyu HK in the AD Order for passenger tires 
from the PRC.\5\ Consequently, the Department will instruct U.S. 
Customs and Border Protection to suspend liquidation of all shipments 
of subject merchandise produced or exported by Sailun Jinyu HK and 
entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the 
publication date of this notice in the Federal Register at 0.00 
percent, which is the current AD cash deposit rate for Jinyu HK.\6\ 
This cash deposit requirement shall remain in effect until further 
notice.
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    \5\ See AD Order.
    \6\ Jinyu HK (as part of the Sailun Group Co., Ltd.) received a 
cash deposit rate of 0.00 percent in the investigation of passenger 
tires from the PRC. See AD Order, at 47904. Because we determined 
that Sailun Jinyu HK is the successor-in-interest to Jinyu HK, we 
will assign Sailun Jinyu HK a cash deposit rate based on the amended 
final determination of that investigation.
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    We are issuing this determination and publishing these final 
results and notice in accordance with sections 751(b)(1) and 777(i)(1) 
and (2) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.216 and 351.221(c)(3).

    Dated: August 15, 2016.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2016-20023 Filed 8-19-16; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P

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