FR Alert – Covering:06/14/2019

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) received information from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) relating to the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on certain corrosion resistant steel products from the Republic of Korea (Korea). Commerce is providing notice that it is opening a scope segment in the proceeding in order to place this information on the record of the case and provide an opportunity for interested parties to comment. DATES: Applicable June 14, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Dunne at (202) 482-2328, AD/CVD Operations, Office VII, Enforcement & Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Commerce received information from CBP regarding entries into the United States of certain products that closely resemble merchandise subject to these orders.\1\ Specifically, this merchandise has content that exceeds, by weight, 2.50% manganese. Commerce has opened a segment entitled “Manganese Content,” in order to place this information on the record.
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: On March 6, 2019, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) [[Page 27765]] published its Preliminary Results for the February 1, 2017, through January 31, 2018, administrative review of the antidumping duty order on Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products (solar products) from the People’s Republic of China (China). Although invited to do so, interested parties did not comment on our Preliminary Results. We have adopted the Preliminary Results as the final results. DATES: Applicable June 14, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Pedersen, AD/CVD Operations, Office IV, Enforcement & Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-2769. Background On March 6, 2019, Commerce published its Preliminary Results of the review of the antidumping duty order on solar products from China for Sol-lite Manufacturing Company Limited (Sol-lite), Ri Shen Products (SZ) (Ri Shen), and Shenzhen Sungold Solar Co., Ltd. (Sungold) covering the period February 1, 2017, through January 31, 2018 (the period of
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: On October 4, 2018, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) initiated an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on hydrofluorocarbon blends (HFCs) from the People’s Republic of China (China) for 13 companies. Based on timely withdrawal of requests for review, we are now rescinding this administrative review with respect to 12 of these companies. DATES: Applicable June 14, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Medley or Manuel Rey, AD/CVD Operations, Office II, Enforcement [[Page 27753]] and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-4987 or (202) 482-5518, respectively. Background In August 2018, Commerce received timely requests to conduct an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on HFCs from China from Weitron International Refrigeration Equipment (Kushan) Co., Ltd. (Weitron) and the petitioners.\1\ Based upon these requests, on October 4, 2018, in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, 
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that High Den Enterprises Ltd. (High Den) is not eligible for a separate rate and is a part of the China-wide entity. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results. DATES: Applicable June 14, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Allison Hollander or Minoo Hatten, 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) 482-2805 or (202) 482-1690, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On August 9, 2004, Commerce published in the Federal Register an antidumping duty (AD) order on polyethylene retail carrier bags (PRCBs) from the People’s Republic of China (China).\1\ On August 7, 2018, Commerce published a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review of the AD order on PRCBs from China for the period of review (POR) August 1, 2017, through July 31, 2018.\2\ Commerce received timely requests from the Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bag Committee and its individual members, Hilex Poly Co., LLC and Superbag Corporation
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Secretary of Commerce, through the Office of Trade and Economic Analysis (“OTEA”) of the International Trade Administration, has received an application for an Export Trade Certificate of Review (Certificate). This notice summarizes the proposed application and seeks public comments on whether the Certificate should be issued. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Flynn, Director, Office of Trade and Economic Analysis, International Trade Administration, (202) 482-5131 (this is not a toll-free number) or email at [email protected].gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title III of the Export Trading Company Act of 1982 (15 U.S.C. Sections 4001-21) (“the Act”) authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to issue Export Trade Certificates of Review. An Export Trade Certificate of Review protects the holder and the members identified in the Certificate from State and Federal government antitrust actions and from private treble damage antitrust actions for the export conduct specified in the Certificate and carried out in compliance with its terms and conditions. The regulations implementing Title III are found at 15 CFR part 325. OTEA is issuing this notice pursuant to 15 CFR 325.6(a), which requires the Secretary of Commerce to publish a summary of the application in the Federal Register, identifying the applicant and each member and summar
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that Carbon Activated Tianjin Co., Ltd. (Carbon Activated) and Datong Juqiang Activated Carbon Co., Ltd. (Datong Juqiang), exporters of certain activated carbon from the People’s Republic of China (China), sold subject merchandise in the United States at less than fair value during the period of review (POR) April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results. DATES: Applicable June 14, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Anwesen or Jinny Ahn, AD/CVD Operations, Office VIII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-0131 or (202) 482-0339, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Scope of the Order The merchandise subject to the order is certain activated carbon. The products are currently classifiable under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheading 3802.10.00. Although the HTSUS subheading is provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of the order remains
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Agency Notice
[Notices] [Page 27764] From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] [FR Doc No: 2019-12604] ———————————————————————– DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A-533-887, A-583-865, A-570-104] Carbon and Alloy Steel Threaded Rod From India, Taiwan, and the People’s Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary Determinations in the Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigations AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. DATES: Applicable June 14, 2019.
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) finds that producers or exporters of welded line pipe from the Republic of Korea sold welded line pipe at less than normal value during the period of review (POR), December 1, 2016, through November 30, 2017. DATES: Applicable June 14, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Goldberger 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) 482-4136 or (202) 482-0244, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background This review covers 32 producers or exporters. Commerce selected two companies, NEXTEEL Co., Ltd. (NEXTEEL) and SeAH Steel Corporation (SeAH), for individual examination. The producers or exporters not selected for individual examination are listed in the “Final Results of the Review” section of this notice. On February 14, 2019, Commerce published the Preliminary Results.\1\ —————————————————————————
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). The information collection is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. DATES: Comments are encouraged and must be submitted (no later than July 15, 2019) to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the OMB Desk Officer for Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, and sent via electronic mail to [email protected]. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional PRA information should be directed to Seth Renkema, Chief, Economic Impact Analysis Branch, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Trade, Regulations and Rulings, 90 K Street NE, 10th Floor, [[Page 27794]] Washington, DC 20229-1177, Telephone number (202) 325-0056 or via email
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: This document amends the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) regulations pertaining to the U.S. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card Program to conform to the Asia- Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Cards Act of 2017 (APEC Act of 2017). Among other conforming changes, it removes the sunset provision and adds a definition of trusted traveler program. It also updates the regulations to correct two minor errors. DATES: The final rule is effective June 14, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Eddy (Rafael) R. Henry, Office of Field Operations, (202) 344-3251, [email protected]. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents I. Background A. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) B. The APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) C. U.S. Participation in the ABTC Program II. Discussion of Regulatory Changes III. Inapplicability of Notice and Delayed Effective Date IV. Statutory and Regulatory Requirements A. Executive Orders 12866 (Regulatory Planning and Review), 
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). DATES: The information collection is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. Comments are encouraged and must be submitted no later than July 15, 2019 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on this proposed information collection to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be addressed to the OMB Desk Officer for Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, and sent via electronic mail to [email protected]. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional PRA information should be directed to Seth Renkema, Chief, Economic Impact Analysis Branch, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Trade, Regulations and Rulings, 90 K Street NE, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20229-1177, Telephone number (202) 325-0056 or via email [email protected]. Please note that the contact information provided here is solely for questions regarding this notice. Individuals seeking
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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is issuing this final rule to adjust certain civil monetary penalties (CMPs) for inflation pursuant to the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act of 1990, as amended by the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996 and the Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment Act Improvements Act of 2015. DATES: Effective: June 14, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: OFAC: Assistant Director for Licensing, 202-622-2480; Assistant Director for Regulatory Affairs, 202-622-4855; Assistant Director for Sanctions Compliance & Evaluation, 202-622-2490; or the Department of the Treasury’s Office of the Chief Counsel (Foreign Assets Control), Office of the General Counsel, 202- 622-2410. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Availability This document and additional information concerning OFAC are available from OFAC’s website (www.treasury.gov/ofac). Background
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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Commission hereby gives notice of the institution of investigations and commencement of preliminary phase antidumping and countervailing duty investigation Nos. 701-TA-626 and 731-TA-1452-1454 (Preliminary) pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (“the Act”) to determine whether there is a reasonable indication that 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 imports of certain collated steel staples from China, Korea, and Taiwan, provided for in subheading 8305.20.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, that are alleged to be sold in the United States at less than fair value and alleged to be subsidized by the Government of China. Unless the [[Page 27804]] Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) extends the time for initiation, the Commission must reach a preliminary determination in antidumping and countervailing duty investigations in 45 days, or in this case by July 22, 2019. The Commission’s views must be transmitted to Commerce within five business days thereafter, or by July 29, 2019. DATES: June 6, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Calvin Chang ((202) 205-3062), Office of Investigations, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street 
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the presiding administrative law judge has issued an Initial Determination on Violation of Section 337 and Recommended Determination on Remedy and Bond in the above-captioned investigation. The Commission is soliciting comments on public interest issues raised by the recommended relief, specifically a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders. This notice is soliciting [[Page 27805]] public interest comments from the public only. Parties are to file public interest submissions pursuant to Commission rules. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sidney A. Rosenzweig, Esq., Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 708-2532. The public version of the complaint can be accessed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at https://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 concerning the Commission may also be obtained by accessing its internet server (https://www.usitc.gov). The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.go
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission (the “Commission”) is requesting supplemental submissions from the parties and interested members of the public and interested government agencies. The target date in this investigation has been extended to August 15, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Traud, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. International Trade Commission, 500 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20436, telephone (202) 205-3427. 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 (https://www.usitc.gov). The public record for this investigation may be viewed on the Commission’s Electronic Docket Information System (“EDIS”) (https://edis.usitc.gov). Hearing-impaired persons are advised that information on this matter can be obtained by contacting the Commission’s TDD terminal, telephone (202) 205-1810. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 6, 2017, the Commission instituted this investigation based on a complaint filed by Bio-Rad Labo
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Commission hereby gives notice of the resumption of the final phase of antidumping investigation No. 731-TA-747 (Final) pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930 (“the Act”) 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 imports of fresh tomatoes from Mexico preliminarily determined by the Department of Commerce (“Commerce”) to be sold at less than fair value (“LTFV”).\1\ ————————————————————————— \1\ For purposes of this investigation, Commerce has defined the subject merchandise as all fresh or chilled tomatoes (fresh tomatoes) which have Mexico as their origin, except for those tomatoes which are for processing. Processing is defined to include preserving by any commercial process, such as canning, dehydrating, drying, or the addition of chemical substances, or converting the tomato product into juices, sauces, or purees. Fresh tomatoes that are imported for cutting up, not further processing (e.g., tomatoes used in the preparation of fresh salsa or salad bars), are covered by the investigation. Commercially grown tomatoes, both for the fresh market and for processing, are classified as Lycopersicon esculentum.
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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has accepted petitions submitted in connection with the 2019 GSP Annual Product Review for further review. This notice includes the schedule for submission of public comments and the date of a public hearing to review these petitions and products by the GSP Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC). DATES: June 26, 2019 at midnight EDT: Deadline for submission of comments, pre-hearing briefs, and requests to appear at the GSP Subcommittee Public Hearing on the 2019 GSP Annual Product Review. July 2, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. EDT: The GSP Subcommittee will convene a public hearing on all petitioned product additions, product removals, and competitive needs limitation (CNL) waiver petitions that it accepted for the 2019 GSP Annual Product Review. The hearing will be in Rooms 1 and 2, 1724 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20508, beginning at 1:30 p.m. August 15, 2019 at midnight EDT: Deadline for submission of post- hearing comments or briefs in connection with the GSP Subcommittee Public Hearing. September 7, 2019: USTR expects that the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) will deliver a report to USTR providing advice on the probable economic effects of adding products to GSP eligibility, removing products from GSP eligibility, and granting CNL w
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