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Certain New Pneumatic Off-The-Road Tires From the People's Republic of China: Amended Final Results of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review, 2015

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Certain New Pneumatic Off-The-Road Tires From the People's Republic of China: Amended Final Results of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review, 2015

Gary Taverman
Department of Commerce
11 July 2018


[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 133 (Wednesday, July 11, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 32078-32079]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-14828]


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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: Amended Final Results of Countervailing Duty 
Administrative Review, 2015

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is amending the final 
results of the countervailing duty administrative review of certain new 
pneumatic off-the-road tires from the People's Republic of China 
(China) to correct certain ministerial errors. The period of review 
(POR) is January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015.

DATES: Applicable July 11, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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: 202-482-5484.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    In accordance with sections 751(a)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as 
amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.221(b)(5), on April 13, 2018, 
Commerce published its final results in the countervailing duty 
administrative review of certain new phenumatic off-the-road tires from 
China.\1\ Guizhou Tyre Co., Ltd. and its affiliate, Guizhou Tyre Import 
and Export Co., Ltd. (collectively, Guizhou Tyre) timely filed a 
ministerial error allegation on April 23, 2018, claiming Commerce had 
improperly failed to include revised land values accepted at 
verification as minor corrections in the final calculations.\2\
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    \1\ See Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires from the 
People's Republic of China: Final Results of Countervailing Duty 
Administrative Review; 2015, 83 FR 16055 (April 13, 2018) (Final 
Results) and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum (Final 
Results IDM).
    \2\ See Guizhou Tyre's letter to Commerce, ``Ministerial Error 
Submission of Guizhou Tyre Certain New Pneumatic Off-the-Road Tires 
from China,'' April 23, 2018 (Guizhou Tyre's Ministerial Error 
Allegation).
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    On May 2, 2018, Guizhou Tyre filed its complaint with the U.S. 
Court of International Trade (CIT) challenging the Final Results. On 
June 19, 2018, the United States sought leave from the CIT to address 
the ministerial error allegation and a related issue concerning a 
separate minor correction accepted at verification. On June 20, 2018, 
the court granted the United States' request.

Scope of the Order

    The products covered by the scope are new pneumatic tires designed 
for off-the-road (OTR) and off-highway use. 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, 4011.70.0010, 4011.62.00.00, 
4011.80.1020, 4011.90.10, 4011.70.0050, 4011.80.1010, 4011.80.1020, 
4011.80.2010, 4011.80.2020, 4011.80.8010, and 4011.80.8020. While HTSUS 
subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, our 
written description of the scope, which is contained in the Issues and 
Decision Memorandum accompanying the Final Results, is dispositive.\3\
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    \3\ For a full description of the scope of the order, see Final 
Results IDM.
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Ministerial Errors

    Section 751(h) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.224(f) defines 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 other similar type of unintentional 
error which the Secretary considers ministerial.'' Commerce has now 
determined that Guizhou Tyre's alleged error is a ministerial error 
under section 751(h) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.224(f). Specifically, we 
find that not incorporating revised values regarding the total price 
paid for certain parcels of land, which were accepted as minor 
corrections and verified at verification, in our final calculations is 
an inadvertent omission within the meaning of ``ministerial error.'' We 
have also determined that we made an additional ministerial error by 
inadvertently omitting revised loan interest payment data submitted by 
Guizhou Tyre as a minor correction at verification. To correct these 
errors, we are amending Guizhou Tyre's subsidy rate for its land-use 
rights program rate and its subsidy rate for its government policy 
lending program. See the Response to Ministerial Error Allegations for 
the revised program rates.\4\ These changes result in a change to the 
net subsidy rate for Guizhou Tyre. Similarly, because the subsidy rate 
for the non-selected companies in Final Results \5\ was based on 
Guizhou Tyre's net subsidy rate, these changes also result in a change 
to the subsidy rate for the non-selected companies. For a complete 
discussion of the errors at issue, see the Response to Ministerial 
Error Allegations. The revised net subsidy rates are provided below.
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    \4\ See Memorandum to the file, ``Response to Ministerial Error 
Allegations in the Final Results,'' dated concurrently with this 
notice.
    \5\ See Final Results, 83 FR at 16055.
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Amended Final Results

    As a result of correcting the ministerial errors, we determine that 
Guizhou Tyre's, Xuzhou Xugong's and the non-selected companies' total 
net countervailable subsidy rates for the period January 1, 2015, 
through December 31 2015, are as follows:


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                                                           Subsidy rate
                  Manufacturer/exporter                     (percent ad
                                                             valorem)
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Guizhou Tyre Co., Ltd. and/or Guizhou Tyre Import and              31.48
 Export Co., Ltd........................................
Non Selected Companies \6\..............................           31.48
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Assessment Rates/Cash Deposits

    Normally Commerce would issue appropriate assessment instructions 
to U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 15 days after the date of 
publication of the amended final results of review. However, as noted 
above, Guizhou Tyre has filed its complaint with the CIT challenging 
the Final Results on May 8, 2018, and on May 8, and June 1, 2018, the 
U.S. Court of International Trade preliminarily enjoined liquidation of 
certain entries that are subject to the Final Results.\7\ Accordingly, 
Commerce will not instruct CBP to assess countervailing duties on those 
enjoined entries pending resolution of the associated litigation.
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    \6\ The appendix provides a list of the non-selected companies 
that are assigned this rate.
    \7\ The U.S. Court of International Trade issued the preliminary 
injunctions in case numbers 18-00100 and 18-00108.
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    Commerce also intends to instruct CBP to collect cash deposits of 
estimated countervailing duties, in the amount shown above for the 
companies listed above, on shipments of subject merchandise entered, or 
withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after April 13, 2017, 
the date of publication of the Final Results. For all non-reviewed 
firms, we will instruct

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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.

Administrative Protective Order

    This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to 
administrative protective orders (APO) of their responsibility 
concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information 
disclosed under 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 the terms of an 
APO is a sanctionable violation.

Disclosure

    We will disclose the calculations performed for these amended final 
results to interested parties within five business days of the date of 
the publication of this notice in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).
    We are issuing and publishing these results in accordance with 
sections 751(h) and 777(i)(1) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.224(e)

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--Non-Selected Companies

1. Aeolus Tyre Co., Ltd.
2. Air Sea Transport Inc
3. Air Sea Worldwide Logistics Ltd
4. AM Global Shipping Lines
5. Apex Maritime Co Ltd
6. Apex Maritime Thailand Co Ltd
7. BDP Intl LTD China
8. Beijing Kang Jie Kong Intl Cargo Agent Co Ltd
9. C&D Intl Freight Forward Inc
10. Caesar Intl Logistics Co Ltd
11. Caterpillar & Paving Products Xuzhou Ltd
12. CH Robinson Freight Services China LTD
13. Changzhou Kafurter Machinery Co Ltd
14. Cheng Shin Rubber (Xiamen) Ind Ltd
15. China Intl Freight Co Ltd
16. Chonche Auto Double Happiness Tyre Corp Ltd
17. City Ocean Logistics Co Ltd
18. Consolidator Intl Co Ltd
19. Crowntyre Industrial Co. Ltd
20. CTS Intl Logistics Corp
21. Daewoo Intl Corp
22. De Well Container Shipping Inc
23. Double Coin Holdings Ltd; Double Coin Group Shanghai Donghai 
Tyre Co., Ltd;
and Double Coin Group Rugao Tyre Co., Ltd. (collectively ``Double 
Coin'')
24. England Logistics (Qingdao) Co Ltd
25. Extra Type Co Ltd
26. Fedex International Freight Forwarding Services Shanghai Co Ltd
27. FG Intl Logistics Ltd
28. Global Container Line
29. Honour Lane Shipping
30. Innova Rubber Co., Ltd.
31. Inspire Intl Enterprise Co Ltd
32. JHJ Intl Transportation Co
33. Jiangsu Feichi Co. Ltd.
34. Kenda Rubber (China) Co Ltd
35. KS Holding Limited/KS Resources Limited
36. Laizhou Xiongying Rubber Industry Co., Ltd.
37. Landmax Intl Co Ltd
38. LF Logistics China Co Ltd
39. Mai Shandong Radial Tyre Co., Ltd.
40. Maine Industrial Tire LLC
41. Master Intl Logistics Co Ltd
42. Melton Tire Co. Ltd
43. Merityre Specialists Ltd
44. Mid-America Overseas Shanghai Ltd
45. Omni Exports Ltd
46. Orient Express Container Co Ltd
47. Oriental Tyre Technology Limited
48. Pudong Prime Intl Logistics Inc
49. Q&J Industrial Group Co Ltd
50. Qingdao Aotai Rubber Co Ltd
51. Qingdao Apex Shipping
52. Qingdao Chengtai Handtruck Co Ltd
53. Qingdao Chunangtong Founding Co Ltd
54. Qingdao Free Trade Zone Full-World International Trading Co., 
Ltd.
55. Qingdao Haojia (Xinhai) Tyre Co.
56. Qingdao Haomai Hongyi Mold Co Ltd
57. Qingdao J&G Intl Trading Co Ltd
58. Qingdao Jinhaoyang International Co. Ltd
59. Qingdao Kaoyoung Intl Logistics Co Ltd
60. Qingdao Milestone Tyres Co Ltd.
61. Qingdao Nexen Co Ltd
62. Qingdao Qihang Tyre Co.
63. Qingdao Qizhou Rubber Co., Ltd.
64. Qingdao Shijikunyuan Intl Co Ltd
65. Qingdao Sinorient International Ltd.
66. Qingdao Taifa Group Imp. And Exp. Co., Ltd./Qingdao Taifa Group 
Co., Ltd.
67. Qingdao Wonderland
68. Qingdao Zhenhua Barrow Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
69. Rich Shipping Company
70. RS Logistics Ltd
71. Schenker China Ltd
72. Seastar Intl Enterprise Ltd
73. SGL Logistics South China Ltd
74. Shandong Huitong Tyre Co., Ltd.
75. Shandong Linglong Tyre Co., Ltd.
76. Shandong Taishan Tyre Co. Ltd.
77. Shanghai Cartec Industrial & Trading Co Ltd
78. Shanghai Grand Sound Intl Transportation Co Ltd
79. Shanghai Hua Shen Imp & Exp Co Ltd
80. Shanghai Part-Rich Auto Parts Co Ltd
81. Shanghai TCH Metals & Machinery Co Ltd
82. Shantou Zhisheng Plastic Co Ltd
83. Shiyan Desizheng Industry & Trade Co., Ltd.
84. Techking Tires Limited
85. Thi Group (Shanghai) Ltd
86. Tianjin Leviathan International Trade Co., Ltd.
87. Tianjin United Tire & Rubber International Co., Ltd.
88. Tianjin Wanda Tyre Group Co.
89. Tianshui Hailin Import and Export Corporation
90. Tiremart Qingdao Inc
91. Translink Shipping Inc
92. Trelleborg Wheel Systems (Xingtai) China, Co. Ltd.
93. Trelleborg Wheel Systems Hebei Co
94. Triangle Tyre Co. Ltd.
95. Universal Shipping Inc
96. UTI China Ltd
97. Weifang Jintongda Tyre Co., Ltd.
98. Weihai Zhongwei Rubber Co., Ltd.
99. Weiss-Rohlig China Co Ltd
100. World Bridge Logistics Co Ltd
101. World Tyres Ltd.
102. Xiamen Ying Hong Import & Export Trade Co Ltd
103. Yoho Holding
104. Zheijiang Wheel World Industrial Co Ltd
105. Zhejiang Xinchang Zhongya Industry Co., Ltd.
106. Zhongce Rubber Group Company Limited
107. ZPH Industrial Ltd

[FR Doc. 2018-14828 Filed 7-10-18; 8:45 am]
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