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Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and New Shipper Review; 2015-2016

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Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and New Shipper Review; 2015-2016

Gary Taverman
Department of Commerce
17 April 2018


[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 74 (Tuesday, April 17, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 16829-16832]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-07991]


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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: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative 
Review and New Shipper Review; 2015-2016

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that Weihai 
Zhongwei Rubber Co., Ltd., a manufacturer/exporter of certain new 
pneumatic off-the-road tires (OTR tires) from the People's Republic of 
China (China), sold subject merchandise in the United States at prices 
below normal value during the period of review (POR). Additionally, we 
determine that Guizhou Tyre Co., Ltd. and its affiliate are ineligible 
for separate rate status. Finally, the new shipper review with respect 
to The Carlstar Group LLC, the producer Carlisle (Meizhou) Rubber 
Manufacturing Co., Ltd., and its affiliated exporter CTP HK has been 
rescinded.

DATES: Applicable: April 17, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alex Rosen 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) 482-7814.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On October 10, 2017, Commerce published its Preliminary Results of 
the antidumping duty administrative review (AR) and new shipper review 
(NSR).\1\ On December 11, 2017, in accordance with section 751(a)(3)(A) 
of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), Commerce extended the 
period for issuing the final results of this review by 60 days, to 
April 9, 2018.\2\ On January 23, 2018, Commerce exercised its 
discretion to toll all deadlines affected by for the duration of the 
closure of the Federal Government from January 20 through 22, 2018. As 
a result, the period for issuing the final results of this review by 
Commerce has been extended to April 11, 2018.\3\
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    \1\ See Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires From the 
People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty 
Administrative Review and Preliminary Rescission of New Shipper 
Review; 2015-2016, 82 FR 46965 (October 10, 2017) (Preliminary 
Results) and accompanying ``Decision Memorandum for Preliminary 
Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and 
Preliminary Recession of New Shipper Review: Certain New Pneumatic 
Off-the-Road Tires from the People's Republic of China; 2015-2016,'' 
dated October 2, 2017 (Preliminary Decision Memorandum).
    \2\ See memorandum, ``Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires 
from the People's Republic of China: Extension of Deadline for Final 
Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and New Shipper 
Review; 2015-2016,'' dated December 11, 2017.
    \3\ See memorandum, ``Deadlines Affected by the Shutdown of the 
Federal Government'' (Tolling Memorandum), dated January 23, 2018. 
All deadlines in this segment of the proceeding have been extended 
by 3 days.
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    In accordance with 19 CFR 351.309, we invited interested parties to 
comment on the Preliminary Results, as well as information provided to 
the record subsequently. We received case briefs from The United Steel, 
Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial 
and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO-CLC (the petitioners), 
the mandatory AR respondents Weihai Zhongwei Rubber Co., Ltd. 
(Zhongwei) and GTC,\4\ interested party Valmont Industries Inc., and 
NSR respondent Carlstar.\5\ We received rebuttal briefs from the 
petitioners, Zhongwei, and Carlstar. For a further discussion of the 
events that occurred in this investigation subsequent to the 
Preliminary Results, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum.\6\
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    \4\ In the initial investigation, Commerce collapsed Guizhou 
Tyre Co., Ltd. and Guizhou Tyre Import and Export Corporation 
(GTCIE) into a single entity, see Certain New Pneumatic Off-The-Road 
Tires From the People's Republic of China; Preliminary Determination 
of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final 
Determination, 73 FR 9278, 9283 (February 20, 2008), unchanged in 
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). This decision is 
unchallenged in the instant review; thus, Commerce continues to 
treat GTC and GTCIE as a single entity (collectively, GTC).
    \5\ The NSR was requested by Carlstar Group LLC (formerly dba 
CTP Transportation Products) (Carlstar Group), a U.S. producer, 
importer and seller of subject merchandise; concerning merchandise 
produced by Carlisle (Meizhou) Rubber Manufacturing Co., Ltd. 
(Carlisle Meizhou), its affiliated producer of OTR tires from China, 
and exported by CTP Distribution (HK) Limited (CTP HK), an 
affiliated trading company located in Hong Kong (collectively, 
Carlstar).
    \6\ See memorandum, ``Issues and Decision Memorandum for Final 
Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and New Shipper 
Review: Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires from the People's 
Republic of China; 2015-2016,'' adopted by and dated concurrently 
with this notice (Issues and Decision Memorandum).
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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: 
4011.20.10.25, 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, 
4011.92.00.00, 4011.93.40.00, 4011.93.80.00, 4011.94.40.00, and 
4011.94.80.00. 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.

Analysis of Comments Received

    All issues raised in the case and rebuttal briefs filed by parties 
in this review are addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, 
which is hereby

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adopted by this notice. A list of the issues that parties raised and to 
which we responded in the Issues and Decision Memorandum is attached in 
the Appendix to this notice. The Issues and 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 it 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 Issues and Decision 
Memorandum can be accessed directly on the internet at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/index.html. The signed Issues and Decision 
Memorandum and electronic version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum 
are identical in content.

Recession of the New Shipper Review

    In accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(c), an exporter or producer may 
request an NSR within one year of the date on which subject merchandise 
was first entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption, or, if 
the exporter or producer cannot establish the date of the first entry, 
then the date on which it first shipped the merchandise for export to 
the United States.
    As discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum and NSR 
Rescission Memorandum, Commerce finds that Carlstar's request for a new 
shipper review was not timely filed within one year of the date the 
subject merchandise produced and exported by Carlstar's predecessor was 
first entered into the United States, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(c).\7\ 
As a result, we determine that Carlstar's request did not meet the 
requirements of 19 CFR 351.214(c), and are rescinding the new shipper 
review for Carlstar. Because much of the factual information used in 
our analysis involves business proprietary information, a full 
discussion of the basis for our determination is set forth in the NSR 
Rescission Memorandum.
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    \7\ See memorandum, ``New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires from the 
People's Republic of China: Final Analysis of Comments Regarding the 
Determination to Rescind the New Shipper Review,'' dated 
concurrently with this memorandum (NSR Final Rescission Memorandum).
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Separate Rates

    In the Preliminary Results, we determined that Zhongwei, as well as 
two separate rate applicants, Qingdao Qihang Tyre Co. Ltd. (Qihang) and 
Shandong Zhentai Group Co., Ltd. (Zhentai), were eligible for separate-
rate status. We also preliminarily determined that GTC, as well as 
separate rate applicant Cheng Shin Rubber Industry Ltd. (Cheng Shin), 
and non-responsive respondent Qingdao Milestone Tyres Co. Ltd. 
(Milestone), were not eligible for a separate rate, and are, thus, part 
of the China-wide entity.\8\ We received no information since the 
issuance of the Preliminary Results that provides a basis for 
reconsidering these determinations, therefore, for the final results we 
continue to find that Zhongwei, Qihang, and Zhentai are eligible for 
separate rates and that GTC, Cheng Shin, and Milestone are ineligible 
for separate rates. Additionally, as a result of Commerce's rescission 
of the new shipper review with respect to Carlstar, and because 
Carlstar did not submit a separate rate application in the 
administrative review, it has not been granted a separate rate. For 
further discussion, see Issues and Decision Memorandum at Comments 1 
and 2.
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    \8\ See Preliminary Results, 82 FR at 46966, and accompanying 
PDM at the ``Separate Rate Analysis'' section.
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Rate for Non-Individually-Examined Separate Rate Companies

    The statute and Commerce's regulations do not address the 
establishment of a rate to be assigned to respondents not selected for 
individual examination when Commerce limits its examination of 
companies subject to the administrative review pursuant to section 
777A(c)(2)(B) of the Act. Generally, Commerce 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. Section 735(c)(5)(A) of the Act articulates a preference for 
not calculating an all-others rate using rates which are zero, de 
minimis, or based entirely on facts available.\9\ Accordingly, 
Commerce'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 that are zero, de minimis, or based entirely on facts 
available.\10\ In this review, we have calculated a weighted-average 
dumping margin for Zhongwei that is above de minimis and not based 
entirely on facts available. Therefore, consistent with Commerce's 
practice, we have assigned to Qihang and Zhentai the weighted-average 
dumping margin calculated for Zhongwei as the separate rate for this 
review.
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    \9\ See Ball Bearings and Parts Thereof from France, Germany, 
Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom: Final Results of Antidumping 
Duty Administrative Reviews and Rescission of Reviews in Part, 73 FR 
52823, 52824 (September 11, 2008), and accompanying Issues and 
Decision Memorandum at Comment 16.
    \10\ 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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Changes Since the Preliminary Results

    Based on an analysis of the comments received, we made certain 
calculation changes and revisions to the valuation of certain factors 
of production since the Preliminary Results with respect to Zhongwei's 
margin calculation. For further details on the changes made since the 
Preliminary Results, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum.\11\
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    \11\ See also, memorandum, ``Final Results of the 2015-2016 
Administrative Review of the Antidumping Duty Order on Certain New 
Pneumatic Off-The-Road Tires from the People's Republic of China: 
Surrogate Value Memorandum,'' dated concurrently with this notice, 
and memorandum, ``2015-2016 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 Weihai Zhongwei Rubber Co., Ltd.,'' dated 
concurrently with this notice.
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    In light of changes made since the Preliminary Results which 
altered Zhongwei's margin, we have updated the separate rate that 
assigned to Qihang and Zhentai.

Final Results of Review

    As a result of this administrative review, we determine that the 
following weighted-average dumping margins exist for the period 
September 1, 2015, through August 31, 2016:

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                                                               Weighted-
                                                                average
                          Exporter                              dumping
                                                                margin
                                                               (percent)
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Weihai Zhongwei Rubber Co., Ltd.............................       11.87
Qingdao Qihang Tyre Co. Ltd.................................       11.87
Shandong Zhentai Group Co., Ltd.............................       11.87
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    Additionally, as in the Preliminary Results, Commerce determines 
that GTC, Cheng Shin, and Milestone, are part of the China-wide entity.

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Disclosure

    We intend to disclose the calculations performed regarding these 
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

    Commerce 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).\12\ Commerce intends 
to issue assessment instructions directly to CBP 15 days after the date 
of publication of these final results of administrative review.
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    \12\ 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 Zhongwei, Commerce will calculate 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 Zhongwei 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.\13\ For customers or 
importers of Zhongwei 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.\14\ Where an importer- or (customer-) specific ad valorem rate 
is greater than de minimis, Commerce will instruct CBP to collect the 
appropriate duties at the time of liquidation.\15\
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    \13\ See 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1).
    \14\ Id.
    \15\ See 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1).
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    For the non-examined separate rate companies, we will instruct CBP 
to liquidate all appropriate entries at 11.87 percent, which is equal 
to the weighted-average dumping margin assigned to Zhongwei.
    For those entities that are subject to this review that Commerce 
has determined are part of the China-wide entity (i.e., GTC, Cheng Shin 
and Milestone), we will instruct CBP to liquidate all appropriate 
entries at the China-wide rate of 105.31 percent.\16\ Pursuant to a 
refinement in Commerce'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, Commerce will 
instruct CBP to liquidate such entries at the China-wide rate.\17\ In 
addition, if Commerce 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 China-wide rate.
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    \16\ The China-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).
    \17\ See Non-Market Economy Antidumping Proceedings: Assessment 
of Antidumping Duties, 76 FR 65694 (October 24, 2011).
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    Because we are rescinding the new shipper review of Carlstar, we 
have not made a determination as to whether Carlstar qualifies for a 
separate rate. Therefore, Carlstar will remain part of the China-wide 
entity and, accordingly, any entries covered by this new shipper review 
will be assessed at the China-wide rate.

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 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 ``Final Results'' section of this notice, above; (2) 
for previously investigated or reviewed Chinese and non-Chinese 
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 Chinese exporters of subject merchandise which have not been found 
to be entitled to a separate rate, the cash deposit rate will be the 
China-wide rate of 105.31 percent; and (4) for all non-China exporters 
of subject merchandise which have not received their own rate, the cash 
deposit rate will be the rate applicable to the China exporter(s) that 
supplied that non-China exporter. These cash deposit requirements, when 
imposed, shall remain in effect until further notice.
    Because we did not calculate a dumping margin for Carlstar or grant 
Carlstar a separate rate in this new shipper review, as noted above, we 
find that Carlstar continues to be part of the China-wide entity. The 
cash deposit rate for the China-wide entity is 105.31 percent. These 
cash deposit requirements shall remain in effect until further notice.

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 final results of administrative 
review in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i) of the Act.

    Dated: April 11, 2018.
Gary Taverman,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Operations, performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the 
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix--Issues and Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
III. Scope of the Order
IV. Changes since the Preliminary Results
V. Discussion of the Issues
    Comment 1: Carlstar's Eligibility for a New Shipper Review (NSR)
    Comment 2: GTC's Separate Rate Eligibility
    A. The Statutory Authority to Issue a Country-Wide Rate
    B. The Presumption of Chinese Government Control

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    C. The Government Control of GTC's Export Activities
    D. WTO Obligations
    E. A New China-Wide Rate Applicable to GTC
    F. Adjustments for Domestic and Export Subsidies Found in the 
Parallel CVD Review
    Comment 3: Surrogate Value for Mixed Rubber
    Comment 4: Overhead and Selling, General and Administrative 
Expenses (SG&A) Ratios Used to Calculate Zhongwei's Margin
    Comment 5: CVD Rates Used to Calculate Double-Remedies 
Adjustment for Zhongwei
    Comment 6: Irrecoverable Value-Added Tax (VAT) Rate for Zhongwei
    VI. Recommendation

[FR Doc. 2018-07991 Filed 4-16-18; 8:45 am]
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