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    Federal Register :: Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products From the Republic of Korea: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2020-2021

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

    SUMMARY:

    The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily finds that the producers or exporters subject to this review made sales of subject merchandise at less than normal value during the period of review (POR), October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021. Commerce also determines that one mandatory respondent, did not make sales of subject merchandise at less than normal value during the POR. We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results.

    DATES:

    Applicable November 1, 2022.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Christopher Williams or Thomas Schauer, AD/CVD Operations, Office I, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-5166 or (202) 482-0410, respectively.

    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    On October 3, 2016, Commerce published in the
    Federal Register
    an antidumping duty order on certain hot-rolled steel flat products (hot-rolled steel) from the Republic of Korea (Korea).[1]

    On October 1, 2021, we published in the
    Federal Register
    a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review of the
    Order.[2]

    On November 29, 2021, based on timely requests for an administrative review, Commerce initiated an administrative review of 16 companies.[3]

    On June 2, 2022, Commerce extended the time limit for issuing the preliminary results of this review by 120 days to no later than October 31, 2022.[4]

    Scope of the Order

    The products covered by this
    Order
    are hot-rolled steel from Korea. A full description of the scope of the
    Order
    is contained in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.[5]

    Commerce is conducting this review in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). Export price and constructed export price are calculated in accordance with section 772 of the Act. Normal value is calculated in accordance with section 773 of the Act.

    For a full description of the methodology underlying these preliminary results,
    see
    the Preliminary Decision Memorandum. A list of the topics discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is attached as the appendix to this notice. The Preliminary Decision Memorandum is a public document and is made available to the public 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.
    In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is available at
    https://access.trade.gov/​public/​FRNoticesListLayout.aspx.

    Rates for Non-Examined Companies

    The statute and Commerce’s regulations do not address the establishment of a rate to be applied to companies not selected for examination when Commerce limits its examination in an administrative review pursuant to section 777A(c)(2) of the Act. Generally, Commerce looks to section 735(c)(5) of the Act, which provides instructions for calculating the all-others rate in a market economy investigation, for guidance when calculating the rate for companies which were not selected for individual examination in an administrative review. Under section 735(c)(5)(A) of the Act, the all-others rate is normally an amount equal to the weighted average of the estimated weighted-average dumping margins established for exporters and producers individually investigated, excluding any zero or
    de minimis
    margins, and any margins determined entirely on the basis of facts available.

    In this review, we preliminarily calculated a weighted-average dumping margin for one of the mandatory respondents, Hyundai Steel Company (Hyundai Steel) that is not zero,
    de minimis,
    or determined entirely on the basis of facts available. Accordingly, because the second mandatory respondent, POSCO’s [6]

    margin is
    de minimis,
    Commerce preliminarily assigned to the companies not individually examined, listed in the chart below, a margin of 0.91 percent based on Hyundai Steel’s calculated weighted-average dumping margin.

    Preliminary Results of Review

    We preliminarily determine that the following weighted-average dumping margins exist for the period October 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021:
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    Producer/exporter Weighted-
    average
    dumping
    margin
    (percent)
    Hyundai Steel Company 0.91
    POSCO; POSCO International Corporation 0.00

    Review-Specific Average Rate Applicable to the Following Companies:

    Producer/exporter Weighted-
    average
    dumping
    margin
    (percent)
    Del Trading Inc 0.91
    Dongkuk Industries Co., Ltd 0.91
    Dongkuk Steel Mill Co., Ltd 0.91
    Gs Global Corp 0.91
    Gs Holdings Corp 0.91
    KG Dongbu Steel Co., Ltd 0.91
    Marubeni-Itochu Steel Korea, Ltd 0.91
    Samsung C and T Corporation 0.91
    Snp Ltd 0.91
    Soon Ho Co., Ltd 0.91
    Soon Hong Trading Co. Ltd 0.91
    Sungjin Co., Ltd 0.91

    Disclosure and Public Comment

    We intend to disclose the calculations performed to parties within five days after public announcement of the preliminary results.[7]

    Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c), interested parties may submit case briefs no later than 30 days after the date of publication of this notice. Rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in the case briefs, may be filed not later than seven days after the date for filing case briefs.[8]

    Parties who submit case briefs or rebuttal briefs in this proceeding are encouraged to submit with each argument: (1) a statement of the issue; (2) a brief summary of the argument; and (3) a table of authorities.[9]

    Note that Commerce has temporarily modified certain of its requirements for serving documents containing business proprietary information, until further notice.[10]

    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, filed electronically via ACCESS. Requests should contain: (1) the party’s name, address, and telephone number; (2) the number of participants; and (3) a list of issues to be discussed. Issues raised in the hearing will be limited to those raised in the respective case briefs. An electronically filed hearing request must be received successfully in its entirety by Commerce’s electronic records system, ACCESS, by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice.

    Commerce intends to issue the final results of this administrative review, including the results of its analysis of the issues raised in any written briefs, not later than 120 days after the date of publication of this notice, unless extended, pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213(h)(1).

    Assessment Rates

    Upon completion of the final results, Commerce shall determine, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) shall assess, antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. If either of the respondents’ weighted-average dumping margins is not zero or
    de minimis
    (
    i.e.,
    less than 0.50 percent) in the final results of this review, we intend to calculate an importer-specific assessment rate based on the ratio of the total amount of dumping calculated for each importer’s examined sales and the total entered value of those same sales in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(b)(1).[11]

    If either of the respondents’ weighted-average dumping margin or an importer-specific assessment rate is zero or
    de minimis
    in the final results of review, we intend to instruct CBP not to assess duties on any entries in accordance with the
    Final Modification for Reviews.[12]

    The final results of this administrative review shall be the basis for the assessment of antidumping duties on entries of merchandise covered by the final results of this review and for future deposits of estimated duties, where applicable.[13]

    For entries of subject merchandise during the POR produced by either of the respondents for which they did not know that the merchandise was destined to the United States, we will instruct CBP to liquidate unreviewed entries at the all-others rate if there is no rate for the intermediate company(ies) involved in the transaction.[14]

    For the companies identified above that were not selected for individual examination, we will instruct CBP to liquidate entries at the rates established after the completion of the final results of review.

    Commerce intends to issue assessment instructions to CBP no earlier than 35 days after the date of publication of the final results of this review in the
    Federal Register
    . If a timely summons is filed at the U.S. Court of International Trade, the assessment instructions will direct CBP not to liquidate relevant entries until the time for parties to file a request for a statutory injunction has expired (
    i.e.,
    within 90 days of publication).

    Cash Deposit Requirements

    The following cash deposit requirements will be effective upon publication in the
    Federal Register
    of the notice of final results of administrative review for all shipments of hot-rolled steel from Korea entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication as provided by section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act: (1) the cash deposit rate for the respondents will be equal to the weighted-average dumping margin established in the final results of this administrative review; (2) for merchandise exported by a company not covered in this review but covered in a prior segment of the proceeding, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company-specific rate published in the completed segment for the most recent period; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review or the original investigation but the producer is, then the cash deposit rate will be the rate established in the completed segment for the most recent period for the producer of the merchandise; (4) the cash deposit rate for all other producers or exporters will continue to be 6.05 percent, the all-others rate established in the less-than-fair-value investigation.[15]

    These cash 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 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this POR. Failure to comply with this requirement
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    could result in Commerce’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties.

    Notification to Interested Parties

    We are issuing and publishing these results in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.221(b)(4).

    Dated: October 26, 2022.

    Lisa W. Wang,

    Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

    III. Scope of the
    Order

    IV. Discussion of the Methodology

    V. Currency Conversion

    1.


    See Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products from Australia, Brazil, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, the Republic of Turkey, and the United Kingdom: Amended Final Affirmative Antidumping Determinations for Australia, the Republic of Korea, and the Republic of Turkey and Antidumping Duty Orders,81 FR 67962 (October 3, 2016) (
    Order).

    2.


    See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation; Opportunity to Request Administrative Review,86 FR 54429 (October 1, 2021).

    3.


    See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews,86 FR 67685, 67688 (November 29, 2021) (
    Initiation Notice).

    4.


    See
    Memorandum, “Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products from the Republic of Korea: Extension of Deadline for Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2020-2021,” dated June 2, 2022.

    5.


    See
    Memorandum, “Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products from the Republic of Korea: Decision Memorandum for Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2020-2021,” dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum).

    6.

     We initiated this review with respect to the following companies: POSCO; POSCO Daewoo Corporation (PDW); and POSCO International Corporation.
    See Initiation Notice,
    86 FR at 67688. We have previously found that POSCO International Corporation is the successor-in-interest to PDW, and we are treating POSCO and POSCO International Corporation as a single entity, hereinafter collectively referenced as POSCO.
    See Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products from the Republic of Korea: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2019-2020,86 FR 59985 (October 29, 2021), and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum, at 6-13, unchanged in
    Certain Hot-Rolled Steel Flat Products from the Republic of Korea: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2019-2020,87 FR 12660 (March 7, 2022).

    8.


    See19 CFR 351.309(d);
    see also Temporary Rule Modifying AD/CVD Service Requirements Due to COVID-19,85 FR 17006, 17007 (March 26, 2020) (“To provide adequate time for release of case briefs via ACCESS, E&C intends to schedule the due date for all rebuttal briefs to be 7 days after case briefs are filed (while these modifications remain in effect).”).

    10.


    See Temporary Rule Modifying AD/CVD Service Requirements Due to COVID-19; Extension of Effective Period,85 FR 41363 (July 10, 2020).

    11.


    See Antidumping Proceedings: Calculation of the Weighted-Average Dumping Margin and Assessment Rate in Certain Antidumping Proceedings: Final Modification,77 FR 8101, 8103 (February 14, 2012).

    12.


    Id.,
    77 FR at 8102-03;
    see also19 CFR 351.106(c)(2).

    13.


    See
    section 751(a)(2)(C) of the Act.

    14.

     For a full discussion of this practice,
    see Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Assessment of Antidumping Duties,68 FR 23954 (May 6, 2003).

    15.


    See Order,
    81 FR at 67965.

    [FR Doc. 2022-23749 Filed 10-31-22; 8:45 am]

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