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Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires From the People's Republic of China: Amended Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015

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Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires From the People's Republic of China: Amended Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015

Ronald K. Lorentzen
Department of Commerce
14 June 2017


[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 113 (Wednesday, June 14, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 27224-27226]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-12303]


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Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 113 / Wednesday, June 14, 2017 / 
Notices

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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: Amended Final Results of Antidumping Duty 
Administrative Review; 2014-2015

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) is amending its final 
results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on 
certain new pneumatic off-the-road tires (OTR Tires) from the People's 
Republic of China (PRC) for the period of September 1, 2014, through 
August 31, 2015, to correct a ministerial error. The amended final 
weighted-average dumping margins for the reviewed firms are listed 
below in the section entitled, ``Amended Final Results.''

DATES: Effective June 14, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mandy Mallott, AD/CVD Operations, 
Office III, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade 
Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue 
NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone 202-482-6430.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On April 13, 2017, the Department issued the final results of the 
administrative review of the 2014-2015 period of review.\1\ On April 
14, 2017, the Department disclosed to interested parties its 
calculations for the final results.\2\ On April 24, 2017, the 
Department received a timely-filed ministerial error allegation from 
the petitioners \3\ regarding the Department's margin calculation for 
Xugong, one of the mandatory respondents in the review.\4\ The 
Department also received a timely-filed ministerial error allegation 
from Xugong regarding the draft final liquidation instructions released 
with the Final Results.\5\
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    \1\ See Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires from the 
People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty 
Administrative Review; 2014-2015, 82 FR 18733 (April 21, 2017) 
(Final Results) and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum.
    \2\ Xuzhou Xugong Tyres Co., Ltd. (Xugong) was the only 
mandatory respondent for which the Department calculated a margin. 
See the Department's memorandum, ``2014-2015 Administrative Review 
of the Antidumping Duty Order on Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road 
Tires from the People's Republic of China: Analysis of the Final 
Results Margin Calculation for Xuzhou Xugong Tyres Co., Ltd.,'' 
dated April 12, 2017 (Xugong Final Analysis Memorandum).
    \3\ Titan Tire Corporation (Titan) and the United Steel, Paper 
and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and 
Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC (the USW) 
(collectively, the petitioners).
    \4\ See Petitioners' Letter, ``Petitioners' Ministerial Error 
Comments,'' dated April 24, 2017.
    \5\ See Xugong's letter, ``Allegation of Ministerial Error for 
the Final Results of Administrative Review of New Pneumatic Off-The-
Road Tires from the People's Republic of China,'' dated April 21, 
2017 (Xugong Comments).
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Scope of the Order

    The merchandise covered by this order includes new pneumatic tires 
designed for off-the-road and off-highway use, subject to certain 
exceptions. The subject merchandise is currently classifiable under 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings: 
4011.80.1010, 4011.20.10.25, 4011.20.10.35, 4011.20.50.30, 
4011.20.50.50, 4011.61.00.00, 4011.62.00.00, 4011.63.00.00, 
4011.69.00.00, 4011.70.00.10, 4011.70.00.50 4011.80.20.20, 
4011.92.00.00, 4011.93.40.00, 4011.93.80.00, 4011.94.40.00, 
4011.94.80.00, 8716.90.5056, 8716.90.5059, 4011.80.10.10, 
4011.80.10.20, 4011.80.20.10, 4011.80.80.10, and 4011.80.80.20. The 
HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes 
only; the written product description of the scope of the order is 
dispositive. For a complete description of the scope of the order, see 
the Issues and Decision Memorandum accompanying the Final Results.

Ministerial Error

    Section 751(h) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 
19 CFR 351.224(f) define a ``ministerial error'' as an error ``in 
addition, subtraction, or other arithmetic function, clerical error 
resulting from inaccurate copying, duplication, or the like, and any 
similar type of unintentional error which the Secretary considers 
ministerial.'' We analyzed the petitioners' ministerial error comments 
and determined, in accordance with section 751(h) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.224(e) and (f), that we made a ministerial error in our calculation 
of Xugong's margin for the Final Results by inadvertently using the 
incorrect sales figures as a denominator to devise the indirect sales 
expense ratio.\6\ We also made an error in the draft liquidation 
instructsions. For a detailed discussion of the Department's 
ministerial error determination, see Ministerial Error Memorandum.
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    \6\ See the Department's memorandum, ``2014-2015 Administrative 
Review of the Antidumping Duty Order on Certain New Pneumatic Off-
the-Road Tires from the People's Republic of China: Ministerial 
Error Allegation for the Final Results,'' dated concurrently with 
this notice (Ministerial Error Memorandum).
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    In accordance with section 751(h) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.224(e), 
we are correcting this error in the calculation of Xugong's weighted-
average dumping margin by using the proper denominator in the 
calculation of indirect sales expenses,\7\ and are, thus, amending the 
Final Results. The revised weighted-average dumping margin for Xugong 
is detailed below.
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    \7\ See Ministerial Error Memorandum; see also memorandum, 
``Analysis of the Amended Final Results Margin Calculation for 
Xuzhou Xugong Tyres Co., Ltd.,'' dated concurrently with this notice 
(Xugong Amended Final Analysis Memo).
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    Additionally, as a result of our revision to Xugong's margin, the 
Department has also revised the dumping margin for companies not 
individually examined in the review. As we explained in the Final 
Results,\8\ the Department looks to section 735(c)(5) of the Act, which 
provides instructions for calculating the all-others rate in an 
investigation, for guidance when calculating the rate for respondents 
not individually examined in an administrative review. Consistent with 
section 735(c)(5)(A) of the Act, the Department's usual practice has 
been to determine the dumping margin for companies not individually 
examined by averaging the weighted-average dumping margins for the 
individually examined respondents, excluding rates

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that are zero, de minimis, or based entirely on facts available.\9\ 
Because Xugong's revised weighted-average dumping margin is above de 
minimis and not based entirely on facts available, consistent with the 
Department's practice, we have assigned to companies not individually 
examined the weighted-average dumping margin calculated for Xugong as 
the separate rate for this review. The revised weighted-average dumping 
margins for those companies are detailed below.
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    \8\ See Final Results, 82 FR at 18734.
    \9\ See, e.g., Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than 
Fair Value and Partial Affirmative Determination of Critical 
Circumstances: Certain Polyester Staple Fiber from the People's 
Republic of China, 71 FR 77373, 77377 (December 26, 2006), unchanged 
in Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Partial 
Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances: Certain 
Polyester Staple Fiber from the People's Republic of China, 72 FR 
19690 (April 19, 2007).
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Amended Final Results

    As a result of correcting this ministerial error, we determine that 
the following weighted-average dumping margins exist for the POR:

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                                                              Weighted-
                                                               average
                          Exporter                             dumping
                                                                margin
                                                              (percent)
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Xuzhou Xugong Tyres Co., Ltd., Armour Rubber Company Ltd.,         33.14
 or Xuzhou Hanbang Tyre Co., Ltd...........................
Shiyan Desizheng Industry & Trade Co., Ltd.................        33.14
Qingdao Jinhaoyang International Co., Ltd..................        33.14
Sailun Jinyu Group Co., Ltd................................        33.14
Weifang Jintongda Tyre Co., Ltd............................        33.14
Zhongce Rubber Group Company Limite........................        33.14
Weihai Zhongwei Rubber Co., Ltd............................        33.14
Qingdao Qihang Tyre Co., Ltd.\10\..........................        33.14
Qingdao Free Trade Zone Full-World International Trading           33.14
 Co., Ltd..................................................
Trelleborg Wheel Systems (Xingtai) China, Co. Ltd\11\......        33.14
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    The Department's determination in the Final Results that Guizhou 
Tyre Co., Ltd. (GTC) and Guizhou Tyre Import and Export Co., Ltd. 
(GTCIE),\12\ Aeolus Tyre Co., Ltd., and Tianjin Leviathan International 
Trade Co., Ltd., are part of the PRC-wide entity remains unchanged.\13\
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    \10\ The Department intended to grant Qingdao Qihang Tyre Co., 
Ltd. a separate rate in the Final Results. See Qihang's December 6, 
2015 Separate Rate Certification. However, we incorrectly referred 
to this company as ``Qingdao Qihang Tyre Co.,'' in the Final Results 
and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum. Accordingly, we 
have corrected the name of this company in these Amended Final 
Results.
    \11\ In the Final Results the Department granted Trelleborg 
Wheel Systems (Xingtai) China, Co. Ltd. (TWS) a separate rate. 
However, we note that TWS is also known as Trelleborg Wheel Systems 
(Xingtai) Co., Ltd. See TWS's November 12, 2105 Entry of Appearance 
and TWS's November 20, 2015 Separate Rate Certification.
    \12\ We incorrectly referred to the this company as ``Guizhou 
Tyre Import and Export Corporation,'' and have corrected the name in 
these Amended Final Results.
    \13\ See Final Results, 82 FR at 18735.
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Disclosure

    We intend to disclose the calculations performed regarding these 
amended final results within five days of the date of publication of 
this notice to parties in this proceeding, in accordance with 19 CFR 
351.224(b).

Assessment Rates

    The Department shall determine, and CBP shall assess, antidumping 
duties on all appropriate entries covered by this review pursuant to 
section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1).\14\ The 
Department intends to issue assessment instructions directly to CBP 15 
days after the date of publication of these amended final results of 
administrative review.
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    \14\ See Antidumping Proceeding: Calculation of the Weighted-
Average Dumping Margin and Assessment Rate in Certain Antidumping 
Duty Proceedings; Final Modification, 77 FR 8103 (February 14, 2012) 
(``NME Antidumping Proceedings'').
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    For Xugong, the Department calculated importer-specific assessment 
rates on the basis of the ratio of the total amount of dumping 
calculated for the importer's examined sales to the total entered value 
of sales, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1). For customers or 
importers of Xugong for which we do not have entered values, we 
calculated importer- (or customer-) specific antidumping duty 
assessment amounts based on the ratio of the total amount of dumping 
duties calculated for the examined sales of subject merchandise to the 
total sales quantity of those same sales.\15\ For customers or 
importers of Xugong for which we received entered-value information, we 
have calculated importer- (or customer-) specific antidumping duty 
assessment rates based on importer- (or customer-) specific ad valorem 
rates.\16\ Where an importer- or (customer-) specific ad valorem rate 
is greater than de minimis, the Department will instruct CBP to collect 
the appropriate duties at the time of liquidation.\17\ For the non-
examined separate rate companies, we will instruct CBP to liquidate all 
appropriate entries at 33.14 percent. For those entities that are 
subject to this review that the Department has determined are part of 
the PRC-wide entity (i.e., GTC and GTCIE, Aeolus Tyre Co., Ltd., and 
Tianjin Leviathan International Trade Co., Ltd.), we will instruct CBP 
to liquidate all appropriate entries at the PRC-wide rate of 105.31 
percent.\18\ Pursuant to a refinement in the Department's non-market 
economy (NME) practice, for entries that were not reported in the U.S. 
sales databases submitted by companies individually examined during 
this review, the Department will instruct CBP to liquidate such entries 
at the PRC-wide rate.\19\ In addition, if the Department determines 
that an exporter under review had no shipments of subject merchandise, 
any suspended entries that entered under that exporter's case number 
(i.e., at that exporter's rate) will be liquidated at the PRC-wide 
rate.
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    \15\ See 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1).
    \16\ Id.
    \17\ Id.
    \18\ The PRC-wide rate was determined in Certain New Pneumatic 
Off-the-Road Tires From the People's Republic of China: Final 
Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2012-2013, 80 FR 
20197 (April 15, 2015).
    \19\ See Non-Market Economy Antidumping Proceedings: Assessment 
of Antidumping Duties, 76 FR 65694 (October 24, 2011).
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Cash Deposit Requirements

    The following cash deposit requirements will be effective for all 
shipments of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from 
warehouse, for consumption on or after April 21, 2017, the publication 
date of the Final Results of this administrative review, as provided by 
section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) For the exporters listed above, 
the cash deposit rate will be equal to the weighted-average dumping 
margin identified in the ``Amended Final Results'' section of this 
notice, above; (2) for previously investigated or reviewed PRC and non-
PRC exporters that are not under review in this segment of the 
proceeding but that received a separate rate in a previous segment, the 
cash deposit rate will continue to be the exporter-specific rate (or 
exporter-producer chain rate) published for the most recently completed 
segment of this proceeding in which the exporter was reviewed; (3) for 
all PRC exporters of subject merchandise which have not been found to 
be entitled to a separate rate, the cash deposit rate will be the PRC-
wide rate of 105.31 percent; \20\ and (4) for all non-PRC exporters of 
subject merchandise which have not received

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their own rate, the cash deposit rate will be the rate applicable to 
the PRC exporter(s) that supplied that non-PRC exporter. These cash 
deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until 
further notice.
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    \20\ See Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires from the 
People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty 
Administrative Review; 2012-2013, 80 FR 20197 (April 15, 2015).
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Notification to Importers

    This notice serves as a final reminder to importers of their 
responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate 
regarding the reimbursement of antidumping and/or countervailing duties 
prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. 
Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary's 
presumption that reimbursement of the antidumping and/or countervailing 
duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping 
duties.

Administrative Protective Order

    This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to 
administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility 
concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information 
disclosed under the APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3), which 
continues to govern business proprietary information in this segment of 
the proceeding. Timely written notification of the return/destruction 
of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby 
requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO 
is a violation which is subject to sanction.
    We are issuing and publishing these amended final results of 
administrative review in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i) 
of the Act.

    Dated: June 7, 2017.
Ronald K. Lorentzen,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2017-12303 Filed 6-13-17; 8:45 am]
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