FR Alert – Covering:06/26/2020

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: On June 11, 2020, the United States Court of International Trade (CIT) sustained the final results of redetermination pertaining to the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on steel wire garment hangers from the People’s Republic of China (China) covering the period of review (POR) October 1, 2012 through September 31, 2013. The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is notifying the public that the CIT’s final judgment in this case is not in harmony with the final results of the administrative review, and that Commerce is amending the final results with respect to Shanghai Wells Hanger Co., Ltd. (Shanghai Wells). DATES: Applicable June 21, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kabir Archuletta, 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) 482-2593. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On March 13, 2015, Commerce published its Final Results in the 2012-2013 administrative review of steel wire garment hangers from China.\1\ During the review, Commerce selected Thailand as the primary 
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is notifying the public that the Court of International Trade’s (CIT) final judgment in Shake and Shingle Alliance v. United States, Court No. 18-00228, is not in harmony with Commerce’s final scope ruling and is, therefore, finding that certain cedar shakes and shingles exported by the Shake and Shingle Alliance (SSA) are not within the scope of the antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on certain softwood lumber (softwood lumber) from Canada. DATES: Applicable April 30, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maisha Cryor, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-5831. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Commerce issued the AD and CVD orders on softwood lumber from Canada on January 3, 2018.\1\ On September 10, 2018, in response to a scope ruling request filed by SSA, Commerce issued its Final Scope Ruling, finding that certain cedar shakes and shingles exported by SSA are covered by the scope of the Orders.\2\ As a result of the Final 
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that POSCO received countervailable subsidies that are above de minimis, and that Hyundai Steel Company (Hyundai Steel) received countervailable subsidies that are de minimis. The period of review (POR) is January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. DATES: Applicable June 26, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Moses Song or Yasmin Bordas, AD/CVD Operations, Office VI, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-7885 or (202) 482-3813, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Commerce published the Preliminary Results of this review on November 8, 2019.\1\ In addition, Commerce issued a post-preliminary determination on the upstream allegation on electricity and the debt workout/restructuring program of POSCO Plantec Co., Ltd. (POSCO Plantec), which is a POSCO affiliated entity, on April 14, 2020.\2\ For a history of events that occurred since the Preliminary Results, see the Issues and Decision Memorandum.\3\ 
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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: On November 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that would modify DHS’s regulations governing asylum applications, interviews, and eligibility for employment authorization based on a pending asylum application. This final rule implements the proposed rule, with some amendments based on public comments received. DATES: This final rule is effective August 25, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maureen Dunn, Chief, Division of Humanitarian Affairs, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 1100, Washington, DC 20529-2140; Telephone (202) 272-8377. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents I. Executive Summary A. Proposed Rule B. Major Provisions of the Proposed Rule C. Summary of Changes in the Final Rule 1. Effective Date 2. Illegal Entry 
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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The Secretary of State imposed sanctions on fifteen individuals pursuant to E.O. 13894, Blocking Property and Suspending Entry of Certain Persons Contributing to the Situation in Syria. DATES: The Secretary of State’s determination and selection of certain sanctions to be imposed upon the one individual identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section are effective on June 17, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Taylor Ruggles, Director, Office of Economic Sanctions Policy and Implementation, Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs, Department of State, Washington, DC 20520, tel.: (202) 647 7677, email: RugglesTV@state.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to Section 2(a) of E.O. 13894, the Secretary of State, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Homeland Security, and the United States Trade Representative, and with the President of the Export-Import Bank, the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, and other agencies and officials as appropriate, is authorized to impose on a person any of the sanctions described in sections 2(b) and 2(c) of E.O. 13894 [[Page 38482]] upon determining that the person met any criteria set forth in section 
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INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: As a result of the determinations by the Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the International Trade Commission (ITC) that revocation of the antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from the People’s Republic of China (China) would likely lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping, countervailable subsidies, and material injury to an industry in the United States, Commerce is publishing a notice of continuation of these AD and CVD orders. DATES: Applicable June 26, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ian Hamilton, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-4798. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On January 8, 2015, Commerce published both the AD and CVD orders on carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from China.\1\ On December 2, 2019, the ITC instituted,\2\ and on Commerce initiated,\3\ the five- year (sunset) reviews of the AD and CVD orders on carbon and certain alloy steel wire rod from China, pursuant to section 751(c) of the 
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined to extend postponement of all in-person hearings under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, effective June 19, 2020 and continue until such time as the agency enters Phase Three of the Commission’s three-phase plan to re-establish on-site business operations. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa R. Barton, Secretary to the Commission, 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 United States International Trade Commission (USITC) at https://www.usitc.gov. The public record for section 337 investigations may be viewed on the Commission’s Electronic Document Information System (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. [[Page 38389]] SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In light of the ongoing concerns regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), the District of Columbia, the State of Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Virginia recently began measures for a phased reopening of the region. These plans were developed in 
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined to affirm an initial determination (“ID”) of the presiding administrative law judge (“ALJ”) granting the motion of BIC Corporation (“BIC” or “Complainant”) for summary determination of a violation of section 337 by respondents Milan Import Export Company, LLC (“Milan”); Wellpine Company Limited (“Wellpine”); and Zhuoye Lighter Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (“Zhuoye”) (collectively, “the Defaulting Respondents”). The Commission has also determined to issue a general exclusion order (“GEO”) barring entry of certain pocket lighters including an oblong body which is elliptical in cross-section, a fork which is generally parabolic in cross-section, and/or a hood which is generally parabolic in cross-section, that infringe Complainant’s asserted trade dress. The Commission has further determined to issue a cease and desist order (“CDO”) directed to respondent Milan. The investigation is terminated. 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 may be viewed on the Commission’s electronic docket (EDIS) at https://edis.usitc.gov. Fo
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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

Agency Notice
SUMMARY: The U.S. Trade Representative is conducting a review of the action being taken in the Section 301 investigation involving the enforcement of U.S. World Trade Organization (WTO) rights in the Large Civil Aircraft dispute. In connection with this review, the U.S. Trade Representative is considering modifying the list of products of certain current or former European Union (EU) member States that currently are subject to additional duties. Annex I to this notice contains the list of products currently subject to additional duties. Annex II contains a list of products, originally published in the April and July 2019 notices in this investigation, under consideration but not currently subject to additional duties. Annex III contains a new list of products being considered for imposition of additional duties. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requests comments with respect to whether products listed in Annex I should be removed from the list or remain on the list; whether the rate of additional duty on specific products should be increased, up to a level of 100 percent; whether additional duties should be imposed on specific products listed in Annex II or Annex III; and on the rate of additional duty of up to 100 percent to be applied to any products drawn from Annex II or Annex III. On June 26, 2020, USTR is o
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Agency Notice
SUMMARY: On August 20, 2019, at the direction of the President, the U.S. Trade Representative determined to modify the action being taken in the Section 301 investigation of China’s acts, policies, and practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation by imposing additional duties of 10 percent ad valorem on goods of China with an annual trade value of approximately $300 billion. The additional duties on products in List 1, which is set out in Annex A of that action, became effective on September 1, 2019. On August 30, 2019, at the direction of the President, the U.S. Trade Representative determined to increase the rate of the additional duty applicable to the tariff subheadings covered by the action announced in the August 20 notice from 10 to 15 percent. On January 22, 2020, the U.S. Trade Representative determined to reduce the rate from 15 to 7.5 percent. The U.S. Trade Representative initiated a product exclusion process in October 2019, and as of June 12, 2020, had issued five product exclusion notices under this action. The product exclusions granted under these notices are scheduled to expire on September 1, 2020. The U.S. Trade Representative has decided to consider a possible extension for up to 12 months of particular exclusions granted under these initial five product exclusion notices. The Office 
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