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AD/CV: Solar Cells, Wood Flooring, Steel Plate, Magnesium Metal, Sulfanilic Acid, Tires

Monday, January 09, 2017
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Solar Cells. In the preliminary results of its administrative review of the countervailing duty order on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into modules, from China for the period Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2014, the International Trade Administration has determined countervailable subsidy rates of 12.48 percent to 20.98 percent. The ITA also preliminarily intends to rescind this review with respect to five respondents that timely withdrew their requests for review.

Wood Flooring. In the preliminary results of its administrative review of the CV duty order on multilayered wood flooring from China for the period Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2014, the ITA has determined countervailable subsidy rates of 1.45 percent to 1.91 percent. The ITA has also rescinded this review with respect to Jiangsu Keri Wood Co. Ltd., which withdrew its request for review, and intends to rescind this review with respect to three companies that have certified they had no shipments of subject goods to the U.S. during the period of review.

Steel Plate. The ITA has continued the AD duty orders on stainless steel plate in coils from Belgium, South Africa, and Taiwan and the CV duty order on such goods from South Africa for five years, effective Jan. 9.

Stainless steel is alloy steel containing, by weight, 1.2 percent or less of carbon and 10.5 percent or more of chromium, with or without other elements. The subject plate products are flat-rolled products, 254 mm or more in width and 4.75 mm or more in thickness, in coils, and annealed or otherwise heat treated and pickled or otherwise descaled. The subject plate may also be further processed (e.g., cold-rolled, polished, etc.) provided that it maintains the specified dimensions of plate following such processing.

Subject goods are currently classifiable under HTSUS 7219.11.00.30, 7219.11.00.60, 7219.12.00.02, 7219.12.00.05, 7219.12.00.06, 7219.12.00.20, 7219.12.00.21, 7219.12.00.25, 7219.12.00.26, 7219.12.00.50, 7219.12.00.51, 7219.12.00.55, 7219.12.00.56, 7219.12.00.65, 7219.12.00.66, 7219.12.00.70, 7219.12.00.71, 7219.12.00.80, 7219.12.00.81, 7219.31.00.10, 7219.90.00.10, 7219.90.00.20, 7219.90.00.25, 7219.90.00.60, 7219.90.00.80, 7220.11.00.00, 7220.20.10.10, 7220.20.1 0.15, 7220.20.1 0.60, 7220.20.1 0.80, 7220.20.60.05, 7220.20.60.1 0, 7220.20.60.15, 7220.20.60.60, 7220.20.60.80, 7220.90.00.1 0, 7220.90.00.15, and 7220.90.00.60.

Excluded from the scope of these orders are plate not in coils, plate that is not annealed or otherwise heat treated and pickled or otherwise descaled, sheet and strip, and flat bars.

Magnesium Metal. In the preliminary results of its administrative review of the AD duty order on magnesium metal from China for the period April 1, 2015, through March 31, 2016, the ITA has determined that Tianjin Magnesium International Co. Ltd. and Tianjin Magnesium Metal Co. Ltd. did not have reviewable entries during this period.

Sulfanilic Acid. In its sunset review of the CV duty order on sulfanilic acid from India, the ITA has determined that revocation of this order would likely lead to the continuation or recurrence of a countervailable subsidy at the rate of 43.71 percent.

Off-Road Tires. The ITA has made final affirmative CV duty determinations on new pneumatic off-the-road tires from India and Sri Lanka. As a result, the ITA will order the resumption of the suspension of liquidation of entries of such goods and require CV cash deposits at the final net subsidy rates, which are 4.90 percent to 5.36 percent for India and 2.18 percent for Sri Lanka. In addition, because the ITA found that critical circumstances exist with respect to certain exporters from India and all exporters from Sri Lanka, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be instructed to retroactively impose provisional measures on entries of subject goods from affected exporters effective 90 days prior to publication of the preliminary determinations in the Federal Register.

The ITA made a final negative AD duty determination on subject tires from India and has therefore terminated this investigation.

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