[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 161 (Monday, August 20, 2012)]
[Pages 50160-50162]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-20372]



[Investigation Nos. 701-TA-487 (Final) and 731-TA-1197-1198 (Final)]

Steel Wire Garment Hangers From Taiwan and Vietnam; Scheduling of 
the Final Phase of Countervailing Duty and Antidumping Investigations

AGENCY: United States International Trade Commission.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Commission hereby gives notice of the scheduling of the 
final phase of countervailing duty investigation No. 701-TA-487 (Final) 
under section 705(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1671d(b)) 
(the Act) and the final phase of antidumping investigation Nos. 731-TA-
1197-1198 (Final) under section 735(b) of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1673d(b)) 
to determine whether an industry in the United States is materially 
injured or threatened with material injury, or the establishment of an 
industry in the United States is materially retarded, by reason of 
subsidized imports from Taiwan of steel wire garment hangers and less-
than-fair-value imports from Taiwan and Vietnam of steel wire garment 
hangers, provided for in subheadings 7326.20.00 and 7323.99.90

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of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.\1\

    \1\ For purposes of these investigations, the Department of 
Commerce has defined the subject merchandise as ``Steel wire garment 
hangers, fabricated from carbon steel wire, whether or not 
galvanized or painted, whether or not coated with latex or epoxy or 
similar gripping materials, and whether or not fashioned with paper 
covers or capes (with or without printing) or nonslip features such 
as saddles or tubes. These products may also be referred to by a 
commercial designation, such as shirt, suit, strut, caped or latex 
(industrial) hangers. Specifically excluded from the scope of the 
investigation are (a) wooden, plastic, and other garment hangers 
that are not made of steel wire; (b) steel wire garment hangers with 
swivel hooks; (c) steel wire garment hangers with clips permanently 
affixed; and (d) chrome plated steel wire garment hangers with a 
diameter of 3.4 mm or greater.''

    For further information concerning the conduct of this phase of the 
investigations, hearing procedures, and rules of general application, 
consult the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, part 201, 
subparts A through E (19 CFR part 201), and part 207, subparts A and C 
(19 CFR part 207).

DATES: Effective Date: August 2, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Merrill (202-205-3188), 
Office of Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E 
Street SW., Washington, DC 20436. Hearing-impaired persons can obtain 
information on this matter by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal 
on 202-205-1810. Persons with mobility impairments who will need 
special assistance in gaining access to the Commission should contact 
the Office of the Secretary at 202-205-2000. General information 
concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its 
internet server (http://www.usitc.gov). The public record for these 
investigations may be viewed on the Commission's electronic docket 
(EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background.--The final phase of these 
investigations is being scheduled as a result of affirmative 
preliminary determinations by the Department of Commerce that certain 
benefits which constitute subsidies within the meaning of section 703 
of the Act (19 U.S.C. 1671b) are being provided to manufacturers, 
producers, or exporters in Vietnam of steel wire garment hangers, and 
that such products from Vietnam and Taiwan are being sold in the United 
States at less than fair value within the meaning of section 733 of the 
Act (19 U.S.C. 1673b). The investigations were requested in a petition 
filed on December 29, 2011, by M&B Metal Products Company, Inc. (Leeds, 
AL); Innovation Fabrication LLC/Indy Hanger (Indianapolis, IN); and US 
Hanger Company, LLC (Gardena, CA).
    Participation in the investigations and public service list.--
Persons, including industrial users of the subject merchandise and, if 
the merchandise is sold at the retail level, representative consumer 
organizations, wishing to participate in the final phase of these 
investigations as parties must file an entry of appearance with the 
Secretary to the Commission, as provided in section 201.11 of the 
Commission's rules, no later than 21 days prior to the hearing date 
specified in this notice. A party that filed a notice of appearance 
during the preliminary phase of the investigations need not file an 
additional notice of appearance during this final phase. The Secretary 
will maintain a public service list containing the names and addresses 
of all persons, or their representatives, who are parties to the 
    Limited disclosure of business proprietary information (BPI) under 
an administrative protective order (APO) and BPI service list.--
Pursuant to section 207.7(a) of the Commission's rules, the Secretary 
will make BPI gathered in the final phase of these investigations 
available to authorized applicants under the APO issued in the 
investigations, provided that the application is made no later than 21 
days prior to the hearing date specified in this notice. Authorized 
applicants must represent interested parties, as defined by 19 U.S.C. 
1677(9), who are parties to the investigations. A party granted access 
to BPI in the preliminary phase of the investigations need not reapply 
for such access. A separate service list will be maintained by the 
Secretary for those parties authorized to receive BPI under the APO.
    Staff report.--The prehearing staff report in the final phase of 
these investigations will be placed in the nonpublic record on October 
9, 2012, and a public version will be issued thereafter, pursuant to 
section 207.22 of the Commission's rules.
    Hearing.--The Commission will hold a hearing in connection with the 
final phase of these investigations beginning at 9:30 a.m. on October 
24, 2012, at the U.S. International Trade Commission Building. Requests 
to appear at the hearing should be filed in writing with the Secretary 
to the Commission on or before October 16, 2012. A nonparty who has 
testimony that may aid the Commission's deliberations may request 
permission to present a short statement at the hearing. All parties and 
nonparties desiring to appear at the hearing and make oral 
presentations should attend a prehearing conference to be held at 9:30 
a.m. on October 18, 2012, at the U.S. International Trade Commission 
Building. Oral testimony and written materials to be submitted at the 
public hearing are governed by sections 201.6(b)(2), 201.13(f), and 
207.24 of the Commission's rules. Parties must submit any request to 
present a portion of their hearing testimony in camera no later than 7 
business days prior to the date of the hearing.
    Written submissions.--Each party who is an interested party shall 
submit a prehearing brief to the Commission. Prehearing briefs must 
conform with the provisions of section 207.23 of the Commission's 
rules; the deadline for filing is October 16, 2012. Parties may also 
file written testimony in connection with their presentation at the 
hearing, as provided in section 207.24 of the Commission's rules, and 
posthearing briefs, which must conform with the provisions of section 
207.25 of the Commission's rules. The deadline for filing posthearing 
briefs is October 31, 2012. In addition, any person who has not entered 
an appearance as a party to the investigations may submit a written 
statement of information pertinent to the subject of the 
investigations, including statements of support or opposition to the 
petition, on or before October 31, 2012. On November 9, 2012, the 
Commission will make available to parties all information on which they 
have not had an opportunity to comment. Parties may submit final 
comments on this information on or before November 13, 2012, but such 
final comments must not contain new factual information and must 
otherwise comply with section 207.30 of the Commission's rules. 
Finally, on December 21, 2012, parties may submit supplemental final 
comments addressing only Commerce's final antidumping and 
countervailing duty determinations regarding imports from Vietnam. 
These supplemental final comments must not contain new factual 
information and may not exceed five (5) pages in length. All written 
submissions must conform with the provisions of section 201.8 of the 
Commission's rules; any submissions that contain BPI must also conform 
with the requirements of sections 201.6, 207.3, and 207.7 of the 
Commission's rules. Please be aware that the Commission's rules with 
respect to electronic filing have been amended. The amendments took 
effect on November 7, 2011. See 76 FR 61937 (Oct. 6, 2011) and the 
newly revised Commission's Handbook on E-Filing, available on the 
Commission's Web site at http://edis.usitc.gov.

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    Additional written submissions to the Commission, including 
requests pursuant to section 201.12 of the Commission's rules, shall 
not be accepted unless good cause is shown for accepting such 
submissions, or unless the submission is pursuant to a specific request 
by a Commissioner or Commission staff.
    In accordance with sections 201.16(c) and 207.3 of the Commission's 
rules, each document filed by a party to the investigations must be 
served on all other parties to the investigations (as identified by 
either the public or BPI service list), and a certificate of service 
must be timely filed. The Secretary will not accept a document for 
filing without a certificate of service.

    Authority:  These investigations are being conducted under 
authority of title VII of the Tariff Act of 1930; this notice is 
published pursuant to section 207.21 of the Commission's rules.

    By order of the Commission.

    Issued: August 15, 2012.
Lisa R. Barton,
Acting Secretary to the Commission.
[FR Doc. 2012-20372 Filed 8-17-12; 8:45 am]