Federal Register International Trade Alert for 28 December 2018

FR Alert - Covering:12/28/2018


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Agency Notice

SUMMARY: On September 10, 2018, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) published a notice of initiation of an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on carbon steel butt-weld pipe fittings from the People's Republic of China (China). Based on Jinan Mech Piping Technology Co., Ltd (Jinan Mech)'s timely withdrawal of its request for review, we are now rescinding this administrative review with respect to Jinan Mech. DATES: Applicable December 28, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Hannah Falvey, AD/CVD Operations, Office V, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone (202) 482-4889. Background On July 6, 1992, Commerce published in the Federal Register the antidumping duty order on carbon steel butt-weld pipe fittings from China.\1\ In July 2018, Commerce received multiple timely requests to conduct an administrative review of the Order. Based upon these requests, on September 10, 2018, in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), Commerce published in the Federal Register a notice of initiation of an administrative review covering the period July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018, with respect
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Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) 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). Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results of review. DATES: Applicable December 28, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dennis McClure or Suzanne Lam, AD/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- 0783, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:. Background On December 8, 2011, Commerce issued a countervailing duty (CVD) order on multilayered wood flooring from the PRC.\1\ Interested parties requested that Commerce conduct an administrative review of the countervailing duty order,\2\ and on February 23, 2018, Commerce published in the Federal Register a notice of initiation of an administrative review of the Order on 149 producers/exporters for the period of review (POR).\3\
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Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily finds that certain companies made sales of subject merchandise at less than normal value during the period of review (POR), April 1, 2017, through March 31, 2018. We invite interested parties to comment on these preliminary results. DATES: Applicable December 28, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Janz or Joshua Tucker, AD/CVD Operations, Office II, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-2972 or (202) 482-2044, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Scope of the Order The products covered by the order include drawn stainless steel sinks. Imports of subject merchandise are currently classified under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings 7324.10.0000 and 7324.10.0010. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of the order is dispositive.\1\ ---------------------------------------------------------------------------
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Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that producers and/or exporters subject to this administrative review made sales of subject merchandise at less than normal value. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results of review. DATES: Applicable December 28, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Pedersen and Krisha Hill, AD/CVD Operations, Office IV, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-2769 and (202) 482-4037, respectively. [[Page 67223]] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Commerce is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into modules (solar cells), from the People's Republic of China (China), and initiated the review on February 23, 2018.\1\ The POR is December 1, 2016, through November 30, 2017. On July 27, 2018,
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Agency Notice

SUMMARY: The Commission continues its efforts to modernize its rules governing the pricing of business data services (BDS) by allowing rate- of-return carriers to voluntarily elect to transition their BDS offerings out of rate-of-return regulation to a lighter-touch regulatory framework. This action is intended to promote competition and reduce costly regulatory burdens which no longer serve the public interest. Under this new framework, rate-of-return carriers would be incentivized to use the savings realized from the regulatory relief to improve existing networks and service. DATES: The amendments contained in this final rule shall become effective February 26, 2019. ADDRESSES: Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Justin Faulb, Pricing Policy Division of the Wireline Competition Bureau at 202-418-1540 or by email at Justin.Faulb@fcc.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is a summary of the Commission's Report and Order, released October 24, 2018. A full-text version may be obtained at the following internet address: https://www.fcc.gov/document/fcc-spurs-competition-rural-business-data-services-0. I. Background
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DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Agency Notice

SUMMARY: On June 12, 2018, the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) of the Department of Energy (DOE) gave notice of the availability of a study, Macroeconomic Outcomes of Market Determined Levels of U.S. LNG Exports (2018 LNG Export Study or 2018 Study), in the above-referenced proceedings and invited the submission of public comments on the Study. DOE commissioned the 2018 LNG Export Study to inform its decision on pending and future applications seeking authorization to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the lower-48 states to countries with which the United States does not have a free trade agreement (FTA) requiring national treatment for trade in natural gas, and with which trade is not prohibited by U.S. law or policy (non- FTA countries). The 2018 LNG Export Study evaluates a wider range of scenarios than DOE's prior LNG export studies, including examining the probability of various export scenarios. In this document, DOE/FE responds to the 19 public comments received on the 2018 Study and summarizes its conclusions on the Study. The 2018 LNG Export Study and the public comments are posted on the DOE/FE website at: https://fossil.energy.gov/app/docketindex/docket/index/10. DATES: Applicable on: December 28, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Sweeney, U.S. Department of Energy (FE-34), Office of Regulation
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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Agency Notice

SUMMARY: This document corrects technical and typographical errors in the final rule with comment period that appeared in the November 21, 2018 Federal Register titled ``Changes to Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment and Ambulatory Surgical Center Payment Systems and Quality Reporting Programs.'' DATES: The corrections in this document are effective January 1, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Marjorie Baldo via email Marjorie.Baldo@cms.hhs.gov or at (410) 786-4617. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Background In FR Doc. 2018-24243 of November 21, 2018 (83 FR 58818), there were a number of technical and typographical errors that are identified and corrected in the Correction of Errors section of this correcting document. The provisions in this correction document are effective as if they had been included in the document that appeared in the November 21, 2018 Federal Register. Accordingly, the corrections are effective January 1, 2019. II. Summary of Errors
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Agency Notice

SUMMARY: This rule adjusts for inflation the amounts that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can assess as civil monetary penalties for the following two violations--transporting passengers coastwise for hire by certain vessels (known as Bowaters vessels) that do not meet specified conditions; and employing a vessel in a trade without a required Certificate of Documentation. These adjustments are being made in accordance with the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015 (2015 Act) which was enacted on November 2, 2015. Other CBP civil penalty amounts were adjusted pursuant to this 2015 Act in rule documents published in the Federal Register on July 1, 2016; January 27, 2017; December 8, 2017; and April 2, 2018, but the adjustments for these two civil penalties were inadvertently left out of those documents. DATES: This rule is effective on December 28, 2018. The adjusted penalty amounts will be applicable for penalties assessed after December 28, 2018 if the associated violations occurred after November 2, 2015. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Millie Gleason, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Phone: (202) 325-4291. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Statutory and Regulatory Background
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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Agency Notice

SUMMARY: This notice contains the text of the report required by the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, as submitted by the Secretary of State pursuant to Executive Order 13818. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Benjamin A. Kraut, Email: Krautb@state gov, Phone: (202) 647-9452. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 10, 2018, the Secretary of State approved the following report pursuant to Executive Order 13818 (E.O. 13818). E.O. 13818, which builds on and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (Pub. L. 114-328, Title XII, Subtitle F), was issued by the President on December 20, 2017, with an effective date of December 21, 2017. The text of the report follows: As required by Section 1264 of the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act of 2016 (Pub. L. 114-328, Title XII, Subtitle F) (the ``Act''), and in accordance with E.O. 13818, issued to implement the Act, the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, submits this report to detail the Administration's implementation of the Act in 2018. In 2018, the United States took significant action under the Global Magnitsky sanctions program (Global Magnitsky). As of December 10, 2018, the United States has designated 101 foreign persons (individuals and entities) under E.O. 13818. This sanctions program, which
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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

Agency Notice

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the presiding administrative law judge (``ALJ'') has issued a recommended determination on remedy and bonding should a violation be found in the above-captioned investigation. The Commission is soliciting submissions on public interest issues raised by the recommended limited exclusion order against certain LED devices, LED power supplies, and components thereof, manufactured and imported by respondents Feit Electric Company, Inc. of Pico Rivera, California; Feit Electric Company, Inc. (China) of Xiamen, China; L G Sourcing, Inc. of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina; and Satco Products, Inc. of Brentwood, New York. This notice is soliciting comments from the public only. Parties are to file public interest submissions pursuant to 19 CFR 210.50(a)(4). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Needham, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 708-5468. The public version of the complaint can be accessed on the Commission's electronic docket (EDIS) at http://edis.usitc.gov, and will be available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-2000. General information concernin
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Agency Notice

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined not to review a final initial determination (``FID'') of the presiding administrative law judge (``ALJ'') finding a section 337 violation by the Defaulted Respondents. The Commission also requests written submissions, under the schedule set forth below, on remedy, the public interest, and bonding. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Houda Morad, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 708-4716. Copies of non- confidential documents filed in connection with this investigation are or will be available for inspection during official business hours (8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.) in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-2000. General information concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server at https://www.usitc.gov. The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission's electronic docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov. Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission's TDD terminal on (202) 205-1810. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commission instituted this investigation on
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