[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 236 (Friday, December 7, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 73011-73013]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-29642]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-908]


Sodium Hexametaphosphate From the People's Republic of China: 
Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2011-
2012

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.

SUMMARY: In response to requests from interested parties, the 
Department of Commerce (the ``Department'') is conducting the third 
administrative review of the antidumping duty order on sodium 
hexametaphosphate (``sodium hex'') from the People's Republic of China 
(``PRC'') for the period of review (``POR'') March 1, 2011, through 
February 29, 2012. The Department has preliminarily determined that 
there are no reviewable entries during the POR.

DATES: Effective Date: December 7, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Walker, AD/CVD Operations, Office 
9, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., 
Washington, DC 20230; telephone 202.482.0413.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Scope of the Order

    The scope of this order consists of sodium hexametaphosphate.\1\ 
The merchandise subject to this order is currently classifiable in the 
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (``HTSUS'') statistical 
reporting number 2835.39.5000. However, it may also be imported as a 
blend or mixture under heading 3824.90.3900. Although the HTSUS 
subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the 
written product description, available in the Order remains 
dispositive.\2\
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    \1\ See ``Decision Memorandum for Preliminary Results of 
Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Sodium Hexametaphosphate 
from the People's Republic of China,'' (``Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum'') from Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for 
Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations to Paul Piquado, 
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, dated concurrently 
with these results and hereby adopted by this notice.
    \2\ See Notice of Antidumping Duty Order: Sodium 
Hexametaphosphate from the People's Republic of China, 73 FR 14772 
(March 19, 2008) (``Order'').
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Preliminary Finding of No Shipments

    Hubei Xingfa Chemical Group Co., Ltd. (``Hubei Xingfa'') and 
Sichuan Mianzhu Norwest Phosphate Co. (``Norwest'') submitted timely-
filed certifications that they had no sales of subject merchandise to 
the United States during the POR.\3\ The Department also received 
information from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') 
indicating that there were no reviewable transactions from Hubei Xingfa 
or Norwest during the POR. Therefore, we preliminarily determine that 
Hubei Xingfa and Norwest had no reviewable transactions of subject 
merchandise during the POR. Because Hubei Xingfa and Norwest submitted 
timely no-shipment certifications and CBP data indicated that there 
were no reviewable transactions for these companies during the POR, we 
preliminarily determine that these two companies will retain their 
separate rate from the previous

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administrative review. For a full description of the methodology 
underlying our conclusions, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.\4\ 
The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on file 
electronically via Import Administration's Antidumping and 
Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (``IA 
ACCESS''). IA ACCESS is available to registered users at http://iaaccess.trade.gov and in the Central Records Unit (``CRU''), room 7046 
of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete 
version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly 
on the Internet at http://www.trade.gov/ia/. The signed Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum and the electronic versions of the Preliminary 
Decision Memorandum are identical in content.
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    \3\ See Hubei Xingfa's letter dated May 4, 2012; see also 
Norwest's letter dated June 29, 2012.
    \4\ See Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
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PRC-Wide Entity

    There are 13 other companies also under review in this segment, 
none of which have a separate rate from a prior segment of this 
proceeding.\5\ Because these companies have not established their 
eligibility for a separate rate, the Department preliminarily 
determines that they will continue to be considered part of the PRC-
wide entity.\6\
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    \5\ These companies are: Aditya Birla Chemicals (Thailand) Ltd., 
Anhui Technology Import & Export Co., Ltd., Anshan Career Economic 
Trade Co., Ltd., Blue Science Limited, Boon Stream Chemical 
International Trade, Chengdu Boon Stream Chemical Industry Co., 
Ltd., Dezhou Hualude Hardware Products Co. Ltd., Gatehouse 
International Freight Ltd., Henan Sinchems Imp and Exp Co., Ltd., 
Hubei Xingfa Chemical Export Import Co. Ltd., Rushan Wooyoung 
Trading Co., Ltd., Unison Chemical Industrial Co, Ltd. and Zhejiang 
Chun-an Foreign Trade Co.
    \6\ See the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
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Preliminary Results of Review

    The Department preliminarily determines that the following 
weighted-average dumping margin exists:

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                                                               Weighted
                                                                average
                          Exporter                              dumping
                                                                margin
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PRC-wide Entity \7\.........................................      188.05
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Public Comment

    Interested parties who wish to request a hearing, or to participate 
if one is requested, must submit a written request to the Assistant 
Secretary for Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, filed 
electronically in IA ACCESS. An electronically filed document must be 
received successfully in its entirety by the Department's electronic 
records system, IA ACCESS, by 5 p.m. Eastern Time within 30 days after 
the date of publication of this notice.\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, the Department 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. Parties 
should confirm by telephone the date, time, and location of the 
hearing. Interested parties are invited to comment on the preliminary 
results of this review.
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    \7\ The PRC-wide entity includes Aditya Birla Chemicals 
(Thailand) Ltd., Anhui Technology Import & Export Co., Ltd., Anshan 
Career Economic Trade Co., Ltd., Blue Science Limited, Boon Stream 
Chemical International Trade, Chengdu Boon Stream Chemical Industry 
Co., Ltd., Dezhou Hualude Hardware Products Co. Ltd., Gatehouse 
International Freight Ltd., Henan Sinchems Imp and Exp Co., Ltd., 
Hubei Xingfa Chemical Export Import Co. Ltd., Rushan Wooyoung 
Trading Co., Ltd., Unison Chemical Industrial Co, Ltd. and Zhejiang 
Chun-an Foreign Trade Co.
    \8\ See section 351.310(c) of the Department's regulations.
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    The Department will consider case briefs filed by interested 
parties within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice in 
the Federal Register.\9\ Interested parties may file rebuttal briefs, 
limited to issues raised in the case briefs.\10\ The Department will 
consider rebuttal briefs filed not later than five days after the time 
limit for filing case briefs. Parties who submit arguments are 
requested to submit with each argument a statement of the issue, a 
brief summary of the argument, and a table of authorities cited. The 
Department intends to issue the final results of this administrative 
review, including the results of our analysis of issues raised in the 
written comments, within 120 days of publication of these preliminary 
results.
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    \9\ See section 351.309(c)(1)(ii) of the Department's 
regulations.
    \10\ See section 351.309(d) of the Department's regulations.
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Assessment Rates

    Upon issuance of the final results, the Department will determine, 
and CBP shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. 
The Department intends to issue assessment instructions to CBP 15 days 
after the date of publication of the final results of review. The 
Department recently announced a refinement to its assessment practice 
in NME cases. Pursuant to this refinement in practice, for entries that 
were not reported by companies examined during this review, the 
Department will instruct CBP to liquidate such entries at the NME-wide 
rate. In addition, if the Department determines that an exporter under 
review had no shipments of the 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 NME-wide rate.\11\
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    \11\ 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 upon 
publication of the final results of this administrative review for 
shipments of the subject merchandise from the PRC entered, or withdrawn 
from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date, as 
provided by sections 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) For previously 
investigated or reviewed PRC and non-PRC exporters not listed above 
that received a separate rate in a prior segment of this proceeding, 
the cash deposit rate will continue to be the existing exporter-
specific rate; (2) for all PRC exporters of subject merchandise that 
have not been found to be entitled to a separate rate, the cash deposit 
rate will be that for the PRC-wide entity; and (3) for all non-PRC 
exporters of subject merchandise which have not received their own 
rate, the cash deposit rate will be the rate applicable to the PRC 
exporter that supplied that non-PRC exporter. These deposit 
requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until further 
notice.

Notification to Importers

    This notice also serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of 
their responsibility under section 351.402(f)(2) of the Department's 
regulations to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of 
antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during 
this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could 
result in the Department's presumption that reimbursement of 
antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double 
antidumping duties.
    This determination is issued and published in accordance with 
sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and section 351.221(b)(4) 
of the Department's regulations.


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    Dated: November 29, 2012.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
[FR Doc. 2012-29642 Filed 12-6-12; 8:45 am]
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