[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 236 (Friday, December 7, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 73018-73021]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-29668]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-979]


Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Assembled 
Into Modules, From the People's Republic of China: Amended Final 
Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, and Antidumping Duty 
Order

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

DATES: Effective Date: December 7, 2012.

SUMMARY: Based on affirmative final determinations by the Department of 
Commerce (the ``Department'') and the International Trade Commission 
(``ITC''), the Department is issuing an antidumping duty order on 
crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into 
modules (``solar cells''), from the People's Republic of China 
(``PRC''). In addition, the Department is amending its final 
determination to correct certain ministerial errors.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Pedersen, Krisha Hill, or Drew 
Jackson, AD/CVD Operations, Office 4, Import Administration, 
International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th 
Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: 
(202) 482-2769, (202) 482-4037, or (202) 482-4406, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    In accordance with sections 735(d) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act 
of 1930, as amended (``Act''), on October 17, 2012, the Department 
published the final determination of sales at less than fair value, and 
affirmative final determination of critical circumstances, in part, in 
the antidumping duty investigation of solar cells from the PRC.\1\ On 
November 30, 2012, the ITC notified the Department of its affirmative 
determination of material injury to a U.S. industry.\2\ In addition, 
the ITC notified the Department of its final determination that 
critical circumstances do not exist with respect to imports of solar 
cells from the PRC that are subject to the Department's affirmative 
critical circumstances finding.\3\
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    \1\ See Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not 
Assembled into Modules, from the People's Republic of China: Final 
Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, and Affirmative 
Final Determination of Critical Circumstances, in Part, 77 FR 63791 
(October 17, 2012) (``Final Determination'').
    \2\ See Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells and Modules from 
China (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-481 and 731-TA-1190 (Final), USITC 
Publication 4360, November 2012).
    \3\ See id.
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Scope of the Order

    The merchandise covered by this order is crystalline silicon 
photovoltaic cells, and modules, laminates, and panels, consisting of 
crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not partially or 
fully assembled into other products, including, but not limited to, 
modules, laminates, panels and building integrated materials.
    This order covers crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells of 
thickness equal to or greater than 20 micrometers, having a p/n 
junction formed by any means, whether or not the cell has undergone 
other processing, including, but not limited to, cleaning, etching, 
coating, and/or addition of materials (including, but not limited to, 
metallization and conductor patterns) to collect and forward the 
electricity that is generated by the cell.
    Merchandise under consideration may be described at the time of 
importation as parts for final finished products that are assembled 
after importation, including, but not limited to, modules, laminates, 
panels, building-integrated modules, building-integrated panels, or 
other finished goods kits. Such parts that otherwise meet the 
definition of merchandise

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under consideration are included in the scope of this order.
    Excluded from the scope of this order are thin film photovoltaic 
products produced from amorphous silicon (a-Si), cadmium telluride 
(CdTe), or copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS).
    Also excluded from the scope of this order are crystalline silicon 
photovoltaic cells, not exceeding 10,000mm \2\ in surface area, that 
are permanently integrated into a consumer good whose function is other 
than power generation and that consumes the electricity generated by 
the integrated crystalline silicon photovoltaic cell. Where more than 
one cell is permanently integrated into a consumer good, the surface 
area for purposes of this exclusion shall be the total combined surface 
area of all cells that are integrated into the consumer good.
    Modules, laminates, and panels produced in a third-country from 
cells produced in the PRC are covered by this order; however, modules, 
laminates, and panels produced in the PRC from cells produced in a 
third-country are not covered by this order.
    Merchandise covered by this order is currently classified in the 
Harmonized Tariff System of the United States (``HTSUS'') under 
subheadings 8501.61.0000, 8507.20.80, 8541.40.6020, 8541.40.6030, and 
8501.31.8000.\4\ These HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience 
and customs purposes; the written description of the scope of this 
order is dispositive.
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    \4\ U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') provided 
notification that HTSUS number 8501.31.8000 should be added to the 
scope of the investigation, as certain articles under this number 
may fall within the scope. See Memorandum from Gene H. Calvert 
through Mark Hoadley to the File, ``ACE Case Reference File 
Update,'' dated May 16, 2012.
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Amendment to the Final Determination

    On October 17, 2012, the Department published its affirmative final 
determination in this proceeding.\5\ On October 19, 2012, Wuxi Suntech 
Power Co., Ltd. (``Wuxi Suntech'') respondent in the investigation, 
submitted timely ministerial error allegations and requested that the 
Department correct the alleged ministerial errors in the dumping margin 
calculations. On October 24, 2012, Solar World Industries America, 
Inc., (``Petitioner'') submitted timely rebuttal comments. No other 
interested party submitted ministerial error allegations or replied to 
Wuxi Suntech's submission.
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    \5\ See Final Determination.
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    After analyzing all interested party comments and rebuttals, we 
have determined, in accordance with section 735(e) of the Act and 19 
CFR 351.224(e), that we made the following ministerial errors in our 
calculations for the Final Determination with respect to Wuxi Suntech:
     In calculating net U.S. price, we incorrectly overstated 
the amount of certain advertising expenses that we deducted from gross 
price.
     In calculating the weighted average unit value of reported 
silicon wafers, we incorrectly overstated the quantity of silicon 
wafers purchased from non-market economy suppliers.
    In addition to correcting the ministerial errors described above, 
we corrected an error regarding the valuation of Wuxi Suntech's 
installation manuals.\6\
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    \6\ For a detailed discussion of all alleged ministerial errors, 
as well as the Department's analysis, see memorandum regarding, 
``Ministerial Error Memorandum, Amended Final Determination of Sales 
at Less Than Fair Value: Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, 
Whether or Not Assembled into Modules, from the People's Republic of 
China,'' dated concurrently with this notice (``Ministerial Error 
Memorandum'').
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    In the Final Determination, we determined that a number of 
companies, in addition to the mandatory respondents, qualified for a 
separate rate.\7\ Since the cash deposit rate for the separate rate 
respondents is based on the average of the margins for the mandatory 
respondents, and the margin for Wuxi Suntech changed as a result of the 
aforementioned ministerial errors, we have revised the calculation of 
the dumping margin for the separate rate respondents in the amended 
final determination.\8\ The amended weighted average dumping margins 
are provided, below.
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    \7\ See Final Determination.
    \8\ See Ministerial Error Memorandum.
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Antidumping Duty Order

    As noted above, on November 30, 2012, in accordance with section 
735(d) of the Act, the ITC notified the Department of its final 
determination in this investigation, in which it found material injury 
with respect to solar cells from the PRC. Because the ITC determined 
that imports of solar cells from the PRC are materially injuring a U.S. 
industry, unliquidated entries of such merchandise from the PRC, 
entered or withdrawn from warehouse, are subject to the assessment of 
antidumping duties.
    Therefore, in accordance with section 736(a)(1) of the Act, the 
Department will direct CBP to assess, upon further instruction by the 
Department, antidumping duties equal to the amount by which the normal 
value of the merchandise exceeds the export price (or constructed 
export price) of the merchandise, for all relevant entries of solar 
cells from the PRC. These antidumping duties will be assessed on 
unliquidated entries from the PRC entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, 
for consumption on or after May 25, 2012, the date on which the 
Department published its Preliminary Determination,\9\ but will not 
include entries occurring after the expiration of the provisional 
measures period and before publication of the ITC's final injury 
determination as further described below.
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    \9\ See Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not 
Assembled Into Modules, From the People's Republic of China: 
Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, 
Postponement of Final Determination and Affirmative Preliminary 
Determination of Critical Circumstances,77 FR 31309 (May 25, 2012) 
(``Preliminary Determination'').
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Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation

    In accordance with section 735(c)(1)(B) of the Act, we will 
instruct CBP to continue to suspend liquidation on entries of subject 
merchandise from the PRC. We will also instruct CBP to require cash 
deposits equal to the estimated amount by which the normal value 
exceeds the U.S. price as indicated in the chart below. These cash 
deposit rates will be adjusted, where appropriate, for export 
subsidies. These instructions suspending liquidation will remain in 
effect until further notice.
    Accordingly, effective on the date of publication of the ITC's 
final affirmative injury determination, CBP will require, at the same 
time as importers would normally deposit estimated duties on this 
subject merchandise, a cash deposit equal to the estimated weighted-
average antidumping duty margins as discussed above, adjusted, where 
appropriate, for export subsidies.\10\ The ``PRC-wide'' rate applies to 
all exporters of subject merchandise not specifically listed.
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    \10\ See section 736(a)(3) of the Act.
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Provisional Measures

    Section 733(d) of the Act states that instructions issued pursuant 
to an affirmative preliminary determination may not remain in effect 
for more than four months except where exporters representing a 
significant proportion of exports of the subject merchandise request 
the Department to extend that four-month period to no more than six 
months. At the request of exporters that account for a significant 
proportion of exports of solar cells from the PRC, we extended the 
four-month period to no more than six months.\11\ In the underlying 
investigation, the Department published the Preliminary

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Determination on May 25, 2012.\12\ Therefore, the six-month period 
beginning on the date of the publication of the Preliminary 
Determination ended on November 21, 2012. Furthermore, section 737(b) 
of the Act states that definitive duties are to begin on the date of 
publication of the ITC's final injury determination.
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    \11\ See Preliminary Determination.
    \12\ See Preliminary Determination.
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    Therefore, in accordance with section 733(d) of the Act and our 
practice, we will instruct CBP to terminate the suspension of 
liquidation and to liquidate, without regard to antidumping duties, 
unliquidated entries of solar cells from the PRC entered, or withdrawn 
from warehouse, for consumption after November 21, 2012, the date 
provisional measures expired, and through the day preceding the date of 
publication of the ITC's final injury determination in the Federal 
Register. Suspension of liquidation will resume on and after the date 
of publication of the ITC's final injury determination in the Federal 
Register.
    The weighted-average dumping margins are as follows:

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                                                              Weighted-
                                                               average
             Exporter                      Producer            percent
                                                                margin
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Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co.,  Changzhou Trina Solar           18.32
 Ltd. and Trina Solar (Changzhou)   Energy Co., Ltd.
 Science & Technology Co., Ltd.
                                   Trina Solar (Changzhou)         18.32
                                    Science & Technology
                                    Co., Ltd.
Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd.,      Wuxi Suntech Power Co.,         29.14
 Luoyang Suntech Power Co., Ltd.,   Ltd.                           29.14
 Suntech Power Co., Ltd. and Wuxi  Luoyang Suntech Power           29.14
 Sun-shine Power Co., Ltd.          Co., Ltd.                      29.14
                                   Suntech Power Co., Ltd..
                                   Wuxi Sun-shine Power
                                    Co., Ltd.
Baoding Tianwei Yingli New Energy  Baoding Tianwei Yingli          24.48
 Resources Co., Ltd.                New Energy Resources
                                    Co., Ltd.
                                   Yingli Energy (China)           24.48
                                    Company Limited.
Tianwei New Energy (Chengdu) PV    Tianwei New Energy              24.48
 Module Co., Ltd.                   (Chengdu) PV Module
                                    Co., Ltd.
Canadian Solar International       Canadian Solar                  24.48
 Limited.                           Manufacturing
                                    (Changshu) Inc.
                                   Canadian Solar                  24.48
                                    Manufacturing (Luoyang)
                                    Inc.
Canadian Solar Manufacturing       Canadian Solar                  24.48
 (Changshu) Inc.                    Manufacturing
                                    (Changshu), Inc.
Canadian Solar Manufacturing       Canadian Solar                  24.48
 (Luoyang) Inc.                     Manufacturing
                                    (Luoyang), Inc.
Hanwha Solarone (Qidong) Co., Ltd  Hanwha Solarone (Qidong)        24.48
                                    Co., Ltd.
CEEG (Shanghai) Solar Science      CEEG (Shanghai) Solar           24.48
 Technology Co., Ltd.               Science Technology Co.,
                                    Ltd.
                                   CEEG Nanjing Renewable          24.48
                                    Energy Co., Ltd.
CEEG Nanjing Renewable Energy      CEEG Nanjing Renewable          24.48
 Co., Ltd.                          Energy Co., Ltd.
Jiawei Solarchina Co., Ltd.......  Jiawei Solarchina               24.48
                                    (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
Yingli Energy (China) Company      Yingli Energy (China)           24.48
 Limited.                           Company Limited.
                                   Baoding Tianwei Yingli          24.48
                                    New Energy Resources
                                    Co., Ltd.
LDK Solar Hi-tech (Nanchang) Co.,  LDK Solar Hi-tech               24.48
 Ltd.                               (Nanchang) Co., Ltd.
LDK Solar Hi-tech (Suzhou) Co.,    LDK Solar Hi-tech               24.48
 Ltd.                               (Suzhou) Co., Ltd.
Jiawei Solarchina (Shenzhen) Co.,  Jiawei Solarchina               24.48
 Ltd.                               (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd.
Changzhou NESL Solartech Co., Ltd  Changzhou NESL Solartech        24.48
                                    Co., Ltd.
China Sunergy (Nanjing) Co., Ltd.  China Sunergy (Nanjing)         24.48
                                    Co., Ltd.
Chint Solar (Zhejiang) Co., Ltd..  Chint Solar (Zhejiang)          24.48
                                    Co., Ltd.
Suzhou Shenglong PV-Tech Co., Ltd  Suzhou Shenglong PV-TECH        24.48
                                    Co., Ltd.
tenKsolar (Shanghai) Co., Ltd....  tenKsolar (Shanghai)            24.48
                                    Co., Ltd.
Upsolar Group, Co., Ltd..........  HC Solar Power Co., Ltd.        24.48
                                   Zhiheng Solar Inc.......        24.48
                                   Zhejiang Leye                   24.48
                                    Photovoltaic Science &
                                    Technology Co., Ltd.
                                   Tianwei New Energy              24.48
                                    (Chengdu) PV Module
                                    Co., Ltd.
                                   Zhejiang ZG-Cells Co.,          24.48
                                    Ltd.
                                   Zhejiang Xinshun Guangfu        24.48
                                    Science and Technology
                                    Co., Ltd.
                                   Zhejiang Jiutai New             24.48
                                    Energy Co., Ltd.
Wanxiang Import & Export Co., Ltd  Zhejiang Wanxiang Solar         24.48
                                    Co., Ltd.
Jinko Solar Import and Export      Jinko Solar Co., Ltd....        24.48
 Co., Ltd.
JinkoSolar International Limited.  Jinko Solar Co., Ltd....        24.48
CNPV Dongying Solar Power Co.,     CNPV Dongying Solar             24.48
 Ltd.                               Power Co., LTD.
CSG PVTech Co., Ltd..............  CSG PVTech Co., Ltd.....        24.48
Delsolar Co., Ltd................  DelSolar (Wujiang) Ltd..        24.48
Dongfang Electric (Yixing) MAGI    Dongfang Electric               24.48
 Solar Power Technology Co., Ltd.   (Yixing) MAGl Solar
                                    Power Technology Co.,
                                    Ltd.
Eoplly New Energy Technology Co.,  Eoplly New Energy               24.48
 Ltd.                               Technology Co., Ltd.
ERA Solar Co., Ltd...............  ERA Solar Co., Ltd......        24.48
ET Solar Energy Limited..........  ET Solar Industry               24.48
                                    Limited.
Hangzhou Zhejiang University       Hangzhou Zhejiang               24.48
 Sunny Energy Science and           University Sunny Energy
 Technology Co., Ltd.               Science and Technology
                                    Co., Ltd.
Himin Clean Energy Holdings Co.,   Himin Clean Energy              24.48
 Ltd.                               Holdings Co., Ltd.
JA Solar Technology Yangzhou Co.,  JingAo Solar Co., Ltd...        24.48
 Ltd.
Jetion Solar (China) Co., Ltd....  Jetion Solar (China)            24.48
                                    Co., Ltd.
Jiangsu Green Power PV Co., Ltd..  Jiangsu Green Power PV          24.48
                                    Co., Ltd.
Jiangsu Sunlink PV Technology      Jiangsu Sunlink PV              24.48
 Co., Ltd.                          Technology Co., Ltd.
JingAo Solar Co., Ltd............  JingAo Solar Co., Ltd...        24.48
Konca Solar Cell Co., Ltd........  Konca Solar Cell Co.,           24.48
                                    Ltd.
Leye Photovoltaic Co., Ltd.......  Leye Photovoltaic Co.,          24.48
                                    Ltd.

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Lightway Green New Energy Co.,     Lightway Green New              24.48
 Ltd.                               Energy Co., Ltd.
Motech (Suzhou) Renewable Energy   Motech (Suzhou)                 24.48
 Co., Ltd.                          Renewable Energy Co.,
                                    Ltd.
Ningbo ETDZ Holdings, Ltd........  Hangzhou Zhejiang               24.48
                                    University Sunny Energy
                                    Science and Technology
                                    Co., LTD.
Ningbo Komaes Solar Technology     Ningbo Komaes Solar             24.48
 Co., Ltd.                          Technology Co., Ltd.
Ningbo Qixin Solar Electrical      Ningbo Qixin Solar              24.48
 Appliance Co., Ltd.                Electrical Appliance
                                    Co., Ltd.
Ningbo Ulica Solar Science &       Ningbo Ulica Solar              24.48
 Technology Co., Ltd.               Science & Technology
                                    Co., Ltd.
Perlight Solar Co., Ltd..........  Perlight Solar Co., Ltd.        24.48
Risen Energy Co., Ltd............  Risen Energy Co., Ltd...        24.48
Shanghai BYD Company Limited.....  Shanghai BYD Company            24.48
                                    Limited.
Shanghai JA Solar Technology Co.,  Shanghai JA Solar               24.48
 Ltd.                               Technology Co., Ltd.
Shanghai Solar Energy Science &    Shanghai Solar Energy           24.48
 Technology Co., Ltd.               Science & Technology
                                    Co., Ltd.
Shenzhen Topray Solar Co., Ltd...  Shenzhen Topray Solar           24.48
                                    Co., Ltd.
Solarbest Energy-Tech (Zhejiang)   Solarbest Energy-Tech           24.48
 Co., Ltd.                          (Zhejiang) Co., Ltd.
Sopray Energy Co., Ltd...........  Sopray Energy Co., Ltd..        24.48
Sumec Hardware & Tools Co., Ltd..  Phono Solar Technology          24.48
                                    Co., Ltd.
Sun Earth Solar Power Co., Ltd...  Sun Earth Solar Power           24.48
                                    Co., Ltd.
Yuhuan Sinosola Science &          Yuhuan Sinosola Science         24.48
 Technology Co., Ltd.               & Technology Co., Ltd.
Yuhuan Solar Energy Source Co.,    Yuhuan Solar Energy             24.48
 Ltd.                               Source Co., Ltd.
Zhejiang Jiutai New Energy Co.,    Zhejiang Topoint                24.48
 Ltd.                               Photovoltaic Co., Ltd.
Zhejiang Shuqimeng Photovoltaic    Zhejiang Shuqimeng              24.48
 Technology Co., Ltd.               Photovoltaic Technology
                                    Co., Ltd.
Zhejiang Sunflower Light Energy    Zhejiang Sunflower Light        24.48
 Science & Technology Limited       Energy Science &
 Liability Company.                 Technology Limited
                                    Liability Company.
PRC-Wide Rate....................  ........................       249.96
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    With regard to the ITC's negative critical circumstances 
determination on imports of the solar cells from the PRC, we will 
instruct CBP to lift suspension and to release any bond or other 
security, and refund any cash deposit made, to secure the payment of 
estimated antidumping duties with respect to entries of the merchandise 
entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after 
February 25, 2012 (i.e., 90 days prior to the date of publication of 
the Preliminary Determination), but before May 25, 2012.
    This notice constitutes the antidumping duty order with respect to 
solar cells from the PRC pursuant to section 736(a) of the Act. 
Interested parties may contact the Department's Central Records Unit, 
Room 7043 of the main Commerce building, for copies of an updated list 
of antidumping duty orders currently in effect.
    This order and amended final determination are published in 
accordance with sections 736(a) and 735(e) of the Act and 19 CFR 
351.211 and 351.224(e).

    Dated: December 3, 2012.
Ronald K. Lorentzen,
Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
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