Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Postponement of Preliminary Determinations in the Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigations

 
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Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 201 (Friday, October 16, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 201 (Friday, October 16, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Page 65791]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-22958]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
International Trade Administration
[A-580-908, A-583-869, A-549-842, A-552-828]
Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires From the Republic of
Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam:
Postponement of Preliminary Determinations in the Less-Than-Fair-Value
Investigations
AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration,
Department of Commerce.
DATES: Applicable October 16, 2020.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Leo Ayala at (202) 482-3945 (Republic
of Korea (Korea) and Thailand); Lauren Caserta at (202) 482-4737
(Taiwan); and Jasun Moy at (202) 482-8194 (the Socialist Republic of
Vietnam (Vietnam)), AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and Compliance,
International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Background
 On June 22, 2020, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) initiated
less-than-fair-value (LTFV) investigations of imports of passenger
vehicle and light truck tires (passenger tires) from Korea, Taiwan,
Thailand, and Vietnam.\1\ Currently, the preliminary determinations are
due no later than November 9, 2020.
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 \1\ See Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck Tires from the
Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the Socialist Republic of
Vietnam: Initiation of Less-Than-Fair-Value Investigations, 85 FR
38854 (June 29, 2020).
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Postponement of Preliminary Determinations
 Section 733(b)(1)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the
Act), requires Commerce to issue the preliminary determination in an
LTFV investigation within 140 days of the date on which Commerce
initiated the investigation. However, section 733(c)(1) of the Act
permits Commerce to postpone the preliminary determination until no
later than 190 days after the date on which Commerce initiated the
investigation if: (A) The petitioner makes a timely request for a
postponement; or (B) Commerce concludes that the parties concerned are
cooperating, that the investigation is extraordinarily complicated, and
that additional time is necessary to make a preliminary determination.
Under 19 CFR 351.205(e), the petitioner must submit a request for
postponement 25 days or more before the scheduled date of the
preliminary determination and must state the reasons for the request.
Commerce will grant the request unless it finds compelling reasons to
deny the request.
 On October 1, 2020, the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber,
Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers
International Union, AFL-CIO, CLC (the petitioner) submitted a timely
request that Commerce postpone the preliminary determinations in these
LTFV investigations.\2\ The petitioner stated that it requests
postponement due to the complexity of selecting the mandatory
respondents and obtaining initial and supplemental questionnaire
responses. Under the current timeline, the petitioner believes that
Commerce will not have complete responses and sufficient information to
issue these preliminary determinations.\3\
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 \2\ See Petitioner's Letter, ``Passenger Vehicle and Light Truck
Tires from the Republic of Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and the
Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Petitioner's Request for Extension of
Preliminary Determination,'' dated October 1, 2020.
 \3\ Id.
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 For the reasons stated above, and because there are no compelling
reasons to deny the request, Commerce, in accordance with section
733(c)(1)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(e), is postponing the
deadline for the preliminary determinations by 50 days (i.e., 190 days
after the date on which these investigations were initiated). As a
result, Commerce will issue its preliminary determinations no later
than December 29, 2020. In accordance with section 735(a)(1) of the Act
and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(1), the deadline for the final determinations in
these investigations will continue to be 75 days after the date of the
preliminary determinations, unless postponed at a later date.
Notification to Interested Parties
 This notice is issued and published pursuant to section 733(c)(2)
of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(f)(1).
 Dated: October 9, 2020.
Jeffrey I. Kessler,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2020-22958 Filed 10-15-20; 8:45 am]
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