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Certain Steel Wheels 12 to 16.5 Inches in Diameter From the People's Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation

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Certain Steel Wheels 12 to 16.5 Inches in Diameter From the People's Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary Determination in the Countervailing Duty Investigation

Gary Taverman
Department of Commerce
15 October 2018


[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 199 (Monday, October 15, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 51926-51927]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-22365]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-091]


Certain Steel Wheels 12 to 16.5 Inches in Diameter From the 
People's Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary Determination 
in the Countervailing Duty Investigation

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

DATES: Applicable October 15, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Halle at (202) 482-0176, or 
Keith Haynes at (202) 482-5139, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and 
Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, 
1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On August 28, 2018, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) initiated 
the countervailing duty (CVD) investigation of certain steel wheels 12 
to 16.5 inches in diameter (certain steel wheels) from the People's 
Republic of China.\1\ The preliminary determination is currently due no 
later than November 1, 2018.
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    \1\ See Certain Steel Wheels 12 to 16.5 Inches in Diameter from 
the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty 
Investigation, 83 FR 45104 (September 5, 2018).
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Postponement of the Preliminary Determination

    Section 703(b)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), 
requires Commerce to issue a preliminary determination in a CVD 
investigation within 65 days after the date on which Commerce initiated 
the investigation. However, section 703(c)(1)(A) of the Act permits 
Commerce to postpone the preliminary determination until no later than 
130 days after the date on which Commerce initiated the investigation 
if the petitioner makes a timely request for a postponement. Under 19 
CFR 351.205(e), the petitioner must submit a request for postponement 
25 days or more before the scheduled date of the preliminary 
determination and must state the reason for the request. Commerce will 
grant the request unless it finds compelling reasons to deny it.\2\
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    \2\ See 19 CFR 351.205(e).
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    On September 25, 2018, Dexstar Wheel, a division of Americana 
Development, Inc. (the petitioner) submitted a timely request pursuant 
to section 703(c)(1)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(e) to postpone 
fully the preliminary determination. The petitioner stated that the 
purpose of its request was to provide Commerce with adequate time to 
solicit information from the respondents and to allow Commerce 
sufficient time to analyze respondents' questionnaire responses.\3\
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    \3\ See Letter from the petitioner, ``Certain Steel Wheels 12 to 
16.5 Inches in Diameter from China (C-570-091) Petitioner's Request 
to Postpone the Deadline for the Preliminary Determination,'' dated 
September 25, 2018.
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    For the reasons stated above, and because there is are compelling 
reasons to deny the petitioner's request, Commerce, in accordance with 
section 703(c)(1)(A) of the Act, is postponing the deadline for the 
preliminary determination by 65 days (i.e., 130 days after the date on 
which this investigation was initiated). As a result, Commerce will 
issue its preliminary determination no later than January 7, 2019.\4\ 
Pursuant to section 705(a)(l) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(1), the 
deadline for the final determination will continue to be 75 days after 
the date of the preliminary determination, unless postponed at a later 
date.
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    \4\ The actual deadline is January 5, 2019, which is a Saturday. 
Commerce's practice dictates that where a deadline falls on a 
weekend or federal holiday, the appropriate deadline is the next 
business day. See Notice of Clarification: Application of ``Next 
Business Day'' Rule for Administrative Determination Deadlines 
Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930, As Amended, 70 FR 24533 (May 10, 
2005).
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    This notice is issued and published pursuant to section 703(c)(2) 
of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(f)(l).


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    Dated: October 9, 2018.
Gary Taverman,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing 
Operations, performing the non-exclusive functions and duties of the 
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2018-22365 Filed 10-12-18; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P

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