[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 234 (Thursday, December 7, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 57722-57726]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-26381]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[C-570-971]


Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People's Republic of China: 
Preliminary Results of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review, 
Rescission of Review, in Part, and Intent To Rescind the Review, in 
Part; 2015

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) preliminarily 
determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to 
producers and exporters of multilayered wood flooring (wood flooring) 
from the People's Republic of China (PRC). The period of review (POR) 
is January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015.

DATES: Applicable December 7, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dennis McClure or Jesus Saenz, AD/

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CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International 
Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution 
Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: 202-482-5973 or 202-482-
8184, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On December 8, 2011, the Department issued a countervailing duty 
(CVD) order on multilayered wood flooring from the PRC.\1\ Several 
interested parties requested that the Department conduct an 
administrative review of the countervailing duty order, and on February 
13, 2017, the Department published in the Federal Register a notice of 
initiation of an administrative review of the Order for 113 producers/
exporters for the POR.\2\
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    \1\ See Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People's Republic of 
China: Countervailing Duty Order, 76 FR 76693 (December 8, 2011) 
(Order).
    \2\ See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty 
Administrative Reviews, 82 FR 10457 (February 13, 2017) (Initiation 
Notice).
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Scope of the Order

    The product covered by the Order is wood flooring from the PRC. For 
a complete description of the scope of this administrative review, see 
the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.\3\
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    \3\ See Memorandum, ``Decision Memorandum for the Preliminary 
Determination in the Countervailing Duty Administrative Review of 
Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People's Republic of China: 
2015'' (Preliminary Decision Memorandum), dated concurrently with, 
and hereby adopted by, this notice.
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Rescission of Administrative Review, in Part

    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), the Secretary will rescind an 
administrative review, in whole or in part, if the parties that 
requested a review withdraw the request within 90 days of the date of 
publication of the notice of initiation of the requested review. This 
review was initiated on February 13, 2017. Both Dalian Penghong Floor 
Products Co., Ltd. (Dalian Penghong) and the petitioner withdrew their 
request for a review of Dalian Penghong on March 27, 2017, which was 
within the 90-day deadline.\4\ Therefore, because there are no 
remaining requests to review this company, in accordance with 19 CFR 
351.213(d)(1), and consistent with our practice, we are rescinding this 
review with respect to Dalian Penghong.
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    \4\ See Dalian Penghong Floor Products Co., Ltd.'s Letter, 
``Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People's Republic of China 
Withdrawal of Request for Review,'' dated March 27, 2017; see also 
Coalition for American Hardwood Parity's (Petitioner) Letter, 
``Partial Withdrawal of Request for Administrative Review'' dated 
March 27, 2017.
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Intent To Rescind Administrative Review, in Part

    We received timely filed no-shipment certifications from four 
companies.\5\ The Department issued no-shipment inquiries to Customs 
Border Protection (CBP) requesting any information that may contradict 
the no-shipment claims. We have not received information to date from 
CBP that contradicts Changbai Mountain's, Jiangsu Yuhui's, Jiaxing 
Hentong Wood's, and Zhejiang Shuimojiangnan's claims of no sales, 
shipments, or entries of subject merchandise to the United States 
during the POR.\6\ Because these companies timely filed their no-
shipment certifications and CBP has not provided information that 
contradicts the companies' claims, we preliminarily intend to rescind 
the review of these companies. Absent any evidence of shipments being 
placed on the record, pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(3), we intend to 
rescind the administrative review of these companies in the final 
results of review.
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    \5\ See Changbai Mountain Development and Protection Zone Hongtu 
Wood Industrial Co., Ltd.'s (Changbai Mountain) and Jiangsu Yuhui 
International Trade Co., Ltd.'s (Jiangsu Yuhui) Letter, 
``Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People's Republic of China: No 
Shipments Certification,'' dated March 1, 2017; Jiaxing Hengtong 
Wood Co., Ltd.'s (Jiaxing Hengtong Wood) Letter, ``Multilayered Wood 
Flooring from the People's Republic of China: No Sales 
Certification,'' dated March 13, 2017; Zhejiang Shuimojiangnan New 
Material Technology Co., Ltd.'s (Zhejiang Shuimojiangnan) Letter, 
``Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People's Republic of China: No 
Sales Certification,'' dated March 13, 2017.
    \6\ See Memorandum, ``Release of U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection Information Relating to No Shipment Claims Made in the 
2015 Administrative Review of Multilayered Wood Flooring from the 
People's Republic of China,'' dated September 25, 2017, (stating 
that the CBP no-shipment data query identified entries of subject 
merchandise by Jiangsu Keri Wood, but did not identify entries of 
subject merchandise by Changbai Mountain, Jiangsu Yuhui, Jiaxing 
Hentong Wood, and Zhejiang Shuimojiangnan).
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    Jiangsu Keri Wood and Linyi Bonn also timely filed no-shipment 
certifications.\7\ However, both companies subsequently withdrew their 
no-shipment submissions.\8\ Therefore, we are continuing to include 
Linyi Bonn and Jiangsu Keri Wood in this administrative review for 
purposes of the preliminary results.
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    \7\ See Jiangsu Keri Wood Co., Ltd.'s (Jiangsu Keri Wood) 
Letter, ``Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People's Republic of 
China: No Shipments Certification,'' dated March 2, 2017; Linyi Bonn 
Flooring Manufacturing Co., Ltd.'s (Linyi Bonn) Letter, 
``Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People's Republic of China: No 
Shipments Certification,'' dated March 3, 2017.
    \8\ See Jiangsu Keri Wood's Letter, ``Multilayered Wood Flooring 
from the People's Republic of China: Comments on No Shipments 
Letter,'' dated September 29, 2017; Linyi Bonn's Letter, 
``Multilayered Wood Flooring from the People's Republic of China: 
Withdrawal of No Shipments Certification,'' dated June 12, 2017.
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Methodology

    The Department is conducting this countervailing duty (CVD) review 
in accordance with section 751(a)(1)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as 
amended (Act). For each of the subsidy programs found countervailable, 
we preliminarily determine that there is a subsidy, i.e., a financial 
contribution by an ``authority'' that confers a benefit to the 
recipient, and that the subsidy is specific.\9\ For a full description 
of the methodology underlying our preliminary conclusions, see the 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
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    \9\ See sections 771(5)(B) and (D) of the Act regarding 
financial contribution; section 771(5)(E) of the Act regarding 
benefit; and section 771(5A) of the Act regarding specificity.
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    The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is on 
file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and 
Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Service System (ACCESS). 
ACCESS is available to registered users at https://access.trade.gov and 
in the Central Records Unit, Room B8024 of the main Department 
building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum can be accessed directly on the Internet at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/index.html. The signed Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum and the electronic version of the Preliminary Decision 
Memorandum are identical in content. A list of topics discussed in the 
Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as an Appendix to this 
notice.
    In making these preliminary results, the Department relied, in 
part, on facts otherwise available.\10\ For further information, see 
``Provision of Electricity for Less Than Adequate Remuneration (LTAR)'' 
in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.
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    \10\ See section 776(a) of the Act.
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Rate for Non-Selected Companies Under Review

    There are 105 companies for which a review was requested and not 
rescinded, and which were not selected as mandatory respondents. For 
these companies, we are preliminarily applying the rate of mandatory 
respondent, Fine Furniture (Shanghai) Limited (Fine Furniture), which 
is above de minimis. For further information on the calculation of the 
non-selected rate, refer to the section in

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the Preliminary Decision Memorandum entitled, ``Preliminary Ad Valorem 
Rate for Non-Selected Companies Under Review.''

Preliminary Results of the Review

    In accordance with 19 CFR 351.221(b)(4)(i), we calculated a 
countervailable subsidy rate for each of the mandatory respondents, 
Jiangsu Senmao Bamboo Wood Industry Co., Ltd. (Jiangsu Senmao) and Fine 
Furniture, and their cross-owned affiliates where applicable.
    We preliminarily find the countervailable subsidy rates for the 
mandatory respondents under review to be as follows:

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                                                           Subsidy rate
                    Producer/exporter                        (percent)
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Jiangsu Senmao Bamboo Wood Industry Co., Ltd............          * 0.06
Fine Furniture (Shanghai) Limited.......................            0.89
A&W (Shanghai) Woods Co., Ltd...........................            0.89
Anhui Boya Bamboo & Wood Products Co., Ltd..............            0.89
Anhui Longhua Bamboo Product Co., Ltd...................            0.89
Anhui Suzhou Dongda Wood Co., Ltd.......................            0.89
Baishan Huafeng Wood Product Co., Ltd...................            0.89
Baiying Furniture Manufacturer Co., Ltd.................            0.89
Benxi Wood Company......................................            0.89
Changzhou Hawd Flooring Co., Ltd........................            0.89
Cheng Hang Wood Co., Ltd................................            0.89
Chinafloors Timber (China) Co. Ltd......................            0.89
Dalian Dajen Wood Co., Ltd..............................            0.89
Dalian Huade Wood Product Co., Ltd......................            0.89
Dalian Huilong Wooden Products Co., Ltd.................            0.89
Dalian Jaenmaken Wood Industry Co., Ltd.................            0.89
Dalian Jiahong Wood Industry Co., Ltd...................            0.89
Dalian Jiuyuan Wood Industry Co., Ltd...................            0.89
Dalian Kemian Wood Industry Co., Ltd....................            0.89
Dalian Xinjinghua Wood Co., Ltd.........................            0.89
Dongtai Fuan Universal Dynamics, LLC....................            0.89
Dongtai Zhangshi Wood Industry Co. Ltd..................            0.89
Dunhua City Dexin Wood Industry Co., Ltd................            0.89
Dunhua City Hongyuan Wood Industry Co., Ltd.............            0.89
Dunhua City Jisen Wood Industry Co., Ltd................            0.89
Dunhua City Wanrong Wood Industry Co., Ltd..............            0.89
Dunhua Shengda Wood Industry Co., Ltd...................            0.89
Fu Lik Timber (HK) Co., Ltd.............................            0.89
Fusong Jinlong Wooden Group Co., Ltd....................            0.89
Fusong Qianqiu Wooden Product Co., Ltd..................            0.89
GTP International Ltd...................................            0.89
Guangdong Yihua Timber Industry Co., Ltd................            0.89
Guangzhou Homebon Timber Manufacturing Co., Ltd.........            0.89
Guangzhou Panyu Kangda Board Co., Ltd...................            0.89
Guangzhou Panyu Southern Star Co., Ltd..................            0.89
HaiLin LinJing Wooden Products, Ltd.....................            0.89
HaiLin XinCheng Wooden Products, Ltd....................            0.89
Hangzhou Dazhuang Floor Co., Ltd........................            0.89
Hangzhou Hanje Tec Co., Ltd.............................            0.89
Hangzhou Huahi Wood Industry Co., Ltd...................            0.89
Huber Engineering Wood Corp.............................            0.89
Hunchun Forest Wolf Wooden Industry Co., Ltd............            0.89
Hunchun Xingjia Wooden Flooring Inc.....................            0.89
Hunchun Forest Wolf Wooden Industry Co., Ltd............            0.89
Hunchun Xingjia Wooden Flooring Inc.....................            0.89
Huzhou Chenghang Wood Co., Ltd..........................            0.89
Huzhou City Nanxun Guangda Wood Co., Ltd................            0.89
Huzhou Fulinmen Imp. & Exp. Co., Ltd....................            0.89
Huzhou Fuma Wood Co., Ltd...............................            0.89
Huzhou Fuma Wood Bus. Co., Ltd..........................            0.89
Huzhou Jesonwood Co., Ltd...............................            0.89
Huzhou Muyun Wood Co., Ltd..............................            0.89
Huzhou Sunergy World Trade Co., Ltd.....................            0.89
Jiashan Huijiale Decoration Material Co., Ltd...........            0.89
Jiafeng Wood (Suzhou) Co., Ltd..........................            0.89
Jiangsu Guyu International Trading Co., Ltd.............            0.89
Jiangsu Kentier Wood Co., Ltd...........................            0.89
Jiangsu Keri Wood Co., Ltd..............................            0.89
Jiangsu Mingle Flooring Co..............................            0.89
Jiangsu Simba Flooring Co., Ltd.........................            0.89
Jiashan On-Line Lumber Co., Ltd.........................            0.89
Jilin Forest Industry Jinqiao Flooring Group Co., Ltd...            0.89
Jilin Xinyuan Wooden Industry Co., Ltd..................            0.89
Karly Wood Product Limited..............................            0.89
Kember Flooring, Inc....................................            0.89

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Kemian Wood Industry (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.................            0.89
Kingman Floors Co., Ltd.................................            0.89
Les Planchers Mercier, Inc..............................            0.89
Linyi Anying Wood Co., Ltd..............................            0.89
Linyi Bonn Flooring Manufacturing Co., Ltd..............            0.89
Linyi Youyou Wood Co., Ltd..............................            0.89
Metropolitan Hardwood Floors, Inc.......................            0.89
Mudanjiang Bosen Wood Industry Co., Ltd.................            0.89
Nakahiro Jyou Sei Furniture (Dalian) Co., Ltd...........            0.89
Pinge Timber Manufacturing (Zhejiang) Co., Ltd..........            0.89
Power Dekor Group Co., Ltd. (Exp).......................            0.89
Qingdao Barry Flooring Co., Ltd.........................            0.89
Shandong Kaiyuan Wood Industry Co., Ltd.................            0.89
Shanghai Anxin (Weiguang) Timber Co., Ltd...............            0.89
Shanghai Eswell Timber Co., Ltd.........................            0.89
Shanghai Lairunde Wood Co., Ltd.........................            0.89
Shanghai Lizhong Wood Products Co., Ltd./...............            0.89
The Lizhong Wood Industry Limited Company of Shanghai...
Shanghai New Sihe Wood Co., Ltd.........................            0.89
Shanghai Shenlin Corporation............................            0.89
Shenyang Haobainian Wooden Co., Ltd.....................            0.89
Shenzhenshi Huanwei Woods Co., Ltd......................            0.89
Sino-Maple (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd...........................            0.89
Suzhou Dongda Wood Co., Ltd.............................            0.89
Tongxiang Jisheng Import and Export Co., Ltd............            0.89
Vicwood Industry (Suzhou) Co. Ltd.......................            0.89
Xiamen Yung De Ornament Co., Ltd........................            0.89
Xuzhou Antop International Trade Co., Ltd...............            0.89
Xuzhou Shenghe Wood Co., Ltd............................            0.89
Yekalon Industry, Inc. (Exp)............................            0.89
Yihua Lifestyle Technology Co., Ltd.....................            0.89
Yingyi-Nature (Kunshan) Wood Industry Co., Ltd..........            0.89
Yixing Lion-King Timber Industry........................            0.89
Zhejiang Biyork Wood Co., Ltd...........................            0.89
Zhejiang Dadongwu Green Home Wood Co., Ltd..............            0.89
Zhejiang Desheng Wood Industry Co., Ltd.................            0.89
Zhejiang Fudeli Timber Industry Co., Ltd................            0.89
Zhejiang Fuerjia Wooden Co., Ltd........................            0.89
Zhejiang Fuma Warm Technology Co., Ltd..................            0.89
Zhejiang Haoyun Wooden Co., Ltd.........................            0.89
Zhejiang Longsen Lumbering Co., Ltd.....................            0.89
Zhejiang Simite Wooden Co., Ltd.........................            0.89
Zhejiang Shiyou Timber Co., Ltd.........................            0.89
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* De minimis.

Disclosure and Public Comment

    We will disclose to parties in this proceeding the calculations 
performed in reaching the preliminary results within five days of 
publication of these preliminary results.\11\ Interested parties may 
submit written comments (case briefs) on the preliminary results no 
later than 30 days from the date of publication of this Federal 
Register notice, and rebuttal comments (rebuttal briefs) within five 
days after the time limit for filing case briefs.\12\ Pursuant to 19 
CFR 351.309(d)(2), rebuttal briefs must be limited to issues raised in 
the case briefs. Parties who submit arguments are requested to submit 
with the argument: (1) A statement of the issue; (2) a brief summary of 
the argument; and (3) a table of authorities.
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    \11\ See 19 CFR 351.224(b).
    \12\ See 19 CFR 351.309(c)(1)(ii) and 351.309(d)(1).
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    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.310(c), interested parties who wish to 
request a hearing must submit a written request to the Assistant 
Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance within 30 days of the date of 
publication of this notice. Requests should contain: (1) The party's 
name, address and telephone number; (2) the number of participants; and 
(3) a list of issues parties intend to discuss. Issues raised in the 
hearing will be limited to those raised in the respective case and 
rebuttal briefs. If a request for a hearing is made, the Department 
intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, at a date and time to be 
determined.\13\ Parties should confirm by telephone the date, time, and 
location of the hearing two days before the scheduled date.
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    \13\ See 19 CFR 351.310.
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    Parties are reminded that briefs and hearing requests are to be 
filed electronically using ACCESS and that electronically filed 
documents must be received successfully in their entirety by 5 p.m. 
Eastern Time on the due date.
    Unless the deadline is extended pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of 
the Act, we intend to issue the final results of this administrative 
review, including the results of our analysis of the issues raised by 
the parties in their comments, within 120 days after publication of 
these preliminary results.

Assessment Rates

    Consistent with section 751(a)(1) of the Act, upon issuance of the 
final results, the Department shall determine, and U.S. Customs and 
Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, countervailing duties on all 
appropriate entries covered by

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this review. We intend to issue instructions to CBP 15 days after 
publication of the final results of this review. For Dalian Penghong 
for which this review is rescinded, the Department will instruct CBP to 
assess countervailing duties on all appropriate entries at a rate equal 
to the cash deposit of estimated countervailing duties required at the 
time of entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for consumption, during 
the period January 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015, in accordance 
with 19 CFR 351.212(c)(l)(i). The Department intends to issue 
appropriate assessment instructions directly to CBP 15 days after 
publication of this notice.

Cash Deposit Requirements

    In accordance with section 751(a)(1) of the Act, the Department 
intends to instruct CBP to collect cash deposits of estimated 
countervailing duties in the amounts shown for each of the respective 
companies listed above. For all non-reviewed firms, we will instruct 
CBP to continue to collect cash deposits at the most recent company-
specific or all-others rate applicable to the company. These cash 
deposit requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until 
further notice.
    This administrative review and notice are in accordance with 
sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213.

    Dated: December 1, 2017.
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

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary
II. Background
    A. Case History
    B. Postponement of Preliminary Results
    C. Period of Review
    D. Rescission of Review, In Part
    E. Intent to Rescind, in Part, the Administrative Review
III. Scope of the Order
IV. Use of Facts Otherwise Available and Application of Adverse 
Inferences
V. Subsidies Valuation
    A. Allocation Period
    B. Attribution of Subsidies
    C. Denominators
    D. Discount Rates
VI. Analysis of Programs
    A. Programs Preliminarily Determined to Be Countervailable
    B. Programs Preliminarily Determined to Be Not Used
VII. Preliminary Ad Valorem Rate for Non-Selected Companies Under 
Review
VIII. Recommendation

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