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Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review; 2014

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Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review; 2014

Ronald K. Lorentzen
Department of Commerce
14 October 2016


[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 199 (Friday, October 14, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 71056-71057]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-24798]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-913]


Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires From the People's 
Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Countervailing Duty 
Administrative Review; 2014

AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily 
determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to 
producers and exporters of new pneumatic off-the-road tires (OTR Tires) 
from the People's Republic of China (PRC). The period of review (POR) 
is January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014. Interested parties are 
invited to comment on these preliminary results.

DATES: Effective October 14, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Toni Page, Kathryn Wallace, or Chien-
Min Yang, 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, (202) 482-6251, or (202) 482-5484 respectively.

Scope of the Order

    The products covered by the order are new pneumatic tires designed 
for off-the-road (OTR) and off-highway use. For a full description of 
the scope of this order, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.

Methodology

    On September 4, 2008, the Department issued a countervailing duty 
order on new pneumatic tires designed for OTR and off-highway use.\1\ 
The Department is conducting this administrative review in accordance 
with section 751(a)(1)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the 
Act). For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, we 
preliminarily find that there is a subsidy, (i.e., a financial 
contribution from an authority that gives rise to a benefit to the 
recipient) and that the subsidy is specific.\2\ In making this 
preliminary determination, the Department relied, in part, on facts 
otherwise available, with the application of adverse inferences.\3\ For 
further information, see ``Use of Facts Otherwise Available and 
Application of Adverse Inferences'' in the accompanying Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum. A list of topics discussed in the Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum is provided at Appendix I to this notice.
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    \1\ See Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires From the 
People's Republic of China: Countervailing Duty Order, 73 FR 51627 
(September 4, 2008) (OTR CVD Order).
    \2\ See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding 
financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding 
benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity.
    \3\ See section 776(a) of the Act.
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    The Preliminary 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 http://access.trade.gov, and 
is available to all parties in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of 
the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete 
version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly 
at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/. The signed Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum and the electronic version of the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum are identical in content.

Preliminary Results of Review

    As a result of this review, we preliminarily determine the 
countervailable subsidy rates to be:

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                                                           Subsidy rate
                         Company                             (percent)
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Guizhou Tyre Co., Ltd...................................           38.19
Xuzhou Xugong Tyres Co., Ltd............................           70.20
Non Selected Companies..................................           54.20
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Preliminary Rate for Non-Selected Companies Under Review

    There are 44 companies for which a review was requested that were 
not selected as mandatory respondents. We preliminarily based the non-
selected rate on an average of Guizhou Tyre's and Xuzhou Xugong's 
subsidy rates. For a list of these companies, please see Appendix II.

[[Page 71057]]

Disclosure and Public Comment

    The Department will disclose to parties to this proceeding the 
calculations performed in reaching the preliminary results within five 
days of the date of publication of these preliminary results.\4\ 
Interested parties may submit written comments (case briefs) within 30 
days of publication of the preliminary results and rebuttal comments 
(rebuttal briefs) within five days after the time limit for filing case 
briefs.\5\ Rebuttal briefs must be limited to issues raised in the case 
briefs.\6\ Parties who submit case or rebuttal briefs are requested to 
submit with the argument: (1) a statement of the issue; (2) a brief 
summary of the argument; and (3) a table of authorities.\7\
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    \4\ See 19 CFR 351.224(b).
    \5\ See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(l)(ii) and 351.309(d)(l).
    \6\ See 19 CFR 351.309(d)(2).
    \7\ See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2).
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    Interested parties who wish to request a hearing must do so within 
30 days of publication of these preliminary results by submitting a 
written request to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and 
Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, using Enforcement and 
Compliance's ACCESS system.\8\ Requests should contain the party's 
name, address, and telephone number, the number of participants, and a 
list of the issues to be discussed. If a request for a hearing is made, 
we will inform parties of the scheduled date for the hearing which will 
be held at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and 
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, at a time and location to 
be determined.\9\ Parties should confirm by telephone the date, time, 
and location of the hearing. Issues addressed at the hearing will be 
limited to those raised in the briefs.\10\ All briefs and hearing 
requests must be filed electronically and received successfully in 
their entirety through ACCESS by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the due 
date.
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    \8\ See 19 CFR 351.310(c).
    \9\ See 19 CFR 351.310.
    \10\ See 19 CFR 351.310(c).
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    Unless the deadline is extended pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of 
the Act, the Department intends to issue the final results of this 
administrative review, including the results of our analysis of the 
issues raised by the parties in their comments, within 120 days after 
publication of these preliminary results.

Assessment Rates and Cash Deposit Requirement

    Upon issuance of the final results, the Department shall determine, 
and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, 
countervailing duties on all appropriate entries covered by this 
review. We intend to issue instructions to CBP 15 days after 
publication of the final results of review.
    Pursuant to section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act, the Department also 
intends to instruct CBP to collect cash deposits of estimated 
countervailing duties, in the amounts shown above for each of the 
respective companies shown above, on shipments of subject merchandise 
entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the 
date of publication of the final results of this review. For all non-
reviewed firms, we will instruct CBP to continue to collect cash 
deposits at the most-recent company-specific or all-others rate 
applicable to the company, as appropriate. These cash deposit 
requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further 
notice.
    These preliminary results of review are issued and published in 
accordance with sections 751(a)(l) and 777(i)(l) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.213 and 351.221(b)(4).

    Dated: October 5, 2016.
Ronald K. Lorentzen,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Scope of the Order
IV. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Application of Adverse 
Inferences
V. Application of the Countervailing Duty Law to Imports From the 
PRC
VI. Subsidies Valuation Information
VII. Interest Rate Benchmarks, Discount Rates, Input, Electricity, 
and Land Benchmarks
VIII. Analysis of Programs
IX. Disclosure and Public Comment
X. Verification
XI. Conclusion

Appendix II

Companies Not Selected for Review

1. Air Sea Transport Inc.
2. Beijing Kang Jie Kong Intl Cargo Agent Co Ltd.
3. C&D Intl Freight Forward Inc.
4. Caesar Intl Logistics Co Ltd.
5. CD Intl Freight Forwarding.
6. Cheng Shin Rubber (Xiamen) Ind Ltd.
7. China Intl Freight Co Ltd.
8. Chonche Auto Double Happiness Tyre Corp Ltd.
9. City Ocean Logistics Co Ltd.
10. Consolidator Intl Co Ltd.
11. CTS Intl Logistics Corp.
12. De Well Container Shipping Inc.
13. England Logistics (Qingdao) Co Ltd.
14. Extra Type Co Ltd.
15. Fedex International Freight Forwarding Services Shanghai Co Ltd.
16. FG Intl Logistic Ltd.
17. JHJ Intl Transportation Co.
18. Kendra Rubber (China) Co Ltd.
19. Landmax Intl Co Ltd.
20. Orient Express Container Co Ltd.
21. Pudong Prime Intl Logistics Inc.
22. Qingdao Aotai Rubber Co Ltd.
23. Qingdao Chengtai Handtruck Co Ltd.
24. Qingdao Chuangtong Founding Co Ltd.
25. Qingdao Ftz Full-World Intl Trading Co Ltd.
26. Qingdao Haomai Hongyi Mold Co Ltd.
27. Qingdao Kaoyoung Intl Logistics Co Ltd.
28. Qingdao Milestone Tyres Co Ltd.
29. Qingdao Nexten Co Ltd.
30. Qingdao Wonderland.
31. Schenker China Ltd.
32. SGL Logistics South China Ltd.
33. Shanghai Grand South Intl Transportation Co Ltd.
34. Shanghai Hua Shen Imp & Exp Co Ltd.
35. Shanghai Part-Rich Auto Parts Co Ltd.
36. Thi Group (Shanghai) Ltd.
37. Tianjin United Tire & Rubber International Co., Ltd.
38. Toll Global Forwarding China Ltd.
39. Translink Shipping Inc.
40. Trelleborg Wheel Systems Hebei Co.
41. Universal Shipping Inc.
42. UTI China Ltd.
43. Weiss-Rohlig China Co Ltd.
44. World Bridge Logistics Co Ltd.

[FR Doc. 2016-24798 Filed 10-13-16; 8:45 am]
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