Truck and Bus Tires From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Determinations of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Critical Circumstances, and Postponement of Final Determination

SUMMARY

The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that imports of truck and bus tires from the People's Republic of China (the PRC) are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is July 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015. The estimated margins of sales at LTFV are shown in the ``Preliminary Determination'' section of this notice. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination.

 
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Federal Register, Volume 81 Issue 172 (Tuesday, September 6, 2016)

Federal Register Volume 81, Number 172 (Tuesday, September 6, 2016)

Notices

Pages 61186-61192

From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov

FR Doc No: 2016-21346

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

A-570-040

Truck and Bus Tires From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Determinations of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Critical Circumstances, and Postponement of Final Determination

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

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that imports of truck and bus tires from the People's Republic of China (the PRC) are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is July 1, 2015, through December 31, 2015. The estimated margins of sales at LTFV are shown in the ``Preliminary Determination'' section of this notice. Interested parties are invited to comment on this preliminary determination.

DATES: Effective September 6, 2016.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Yang Jin Chun or Andre Gziryan, 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) 482-5760 and (202) 482-

2201, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The Department initiated this investigation on February 18, 2016.\1\ For a complete description of the events that followed the initiation of this investigation, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum dated concurrently with and hereby adopted by this notice.\2\ A list of topics included in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum is included as Appendix II 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 http://access.trade.gov, and to all parties in the Department's Central Records Unit, room B8024 of the main Department of Commerce building. In addition, a complete version of the Preliminary Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly on the internet at http://enforcement.trade.gov/frn/.

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\1\ See Truck and Bus Tires From the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Antidumping Duty Investigation, 81 FR 9434 (February 25, 2016) (Initiation Notice).

\2\ See Memorandum from Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary Gary Taverman to Assistant Secretary Paul Piquado entitled, ``Truck and Bus Tires from the People's Republic of China: Decision Memorandum for Preliminary Affirmative Determinations of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Critical Circumstances, and Postponement of Final Determination'' dated concurrently with and hereby adopted by this notice (Preliminary Decision Memorandum).

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Scope of the Investigation

The products covered by this investigation are truck and bus tires. For a full description of the scope of this investigation, see the ``Scope of the Investigation'' in Appendix I of this notice.

Scope Comments

In accordance with the Preamble to the Department's regulations,\3\ the Initiation Notice set aside a period of time for parties to raise issues regarding product coverage (i.e., scope).\4\ Certain interested parties commented on the scope of the investigation, as it appeared in the Initiation Notice. For a summary of the product coverage comments and rebuttal responses submitted to the record, and an accompanying discussion and analysis of all comments timely received, see the Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum issued concurrently with this notice.\5\

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\3\ See Antidumping Duties; Countervailing Duties, 62 FR 27296, 27323 (May 19, 1997) (Preamble).

\4\ See Initiation Notice, 81 FR at 9435.

\5\ See Memorandum entitled ``Truck and Bus Tires from the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum,'' dated concurrently with this notice (Preliminary Scope Decision Memorandum).

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Postponement of Deadline for the Preliminary Determination

The Department published the notice of postponement of preliminary determination of this investigation on June 2, 2016.\6\ Pursuant to sections 733(c)(1)(B)(i) and (ii) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), we postponed the preliminary determination by 50 days.\7\ As a result of the postponement, the deadline for the preliminary determination of this investigation is August 26, 2016.

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\6\ See Truck and Bus Tires from the People's Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary Determinations of Antidumping Duty Investigation, 81 FR 35332 (June 2, 2016).

\7\ Id.

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Methodology

The Department is conducting this investigation in accordance with section 731 of the Act. We calculated export prices in accordance with section 772 of the Act. Because the PRC is a non-market economy, within the meaning of section 771(18) of the Act, we calculated normal value (NV) in accordance with section 773(c) of the Act. For a full discussion of the Department's methodology, see the Preliminary Decision Memorandum.

Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances

On August 2, 2016, in accordance with section 733(e)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.206, the petitioner \8\ timely filed an allegation that critical circumstances exist with respect to all imports of truck and bus tires from the PRC.\9\ We preliminarily determine that critical circumstances exist for mandatory respondent Prinx Chengshan (Shandong) Tire Co., Ltd. (PCT), the non-selected separate rate respondents, and the PRC-wide entity.\10\

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\8\ United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, AFL-CIO-CLC (the petitioner).

\9\ See Letter from the petitioner, ``Truck and Bus from the People's Republic of China (A-570-040): Petitioner's Critical Circumstances Allegation,'' dated August 2, 2016.

\10\ See Preliminary Decision Memorandum at 5-9.

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Combination Rates

In the Initiation Notice, the Department stated that it would calculate combination rates for the respondents that are eligible for a separate rate in this investigation.\11\ Policy Bulletin 05.1 describes this practice.\12\

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\11\ See Initiation Notice, 81 FR at 9438-39.

\12\ See Enforcement and Compliance's Policy Bulletin No. 05.1, regarding, ``Separate-Rates Practice and Application of Combination Rates in Antidumping Investigations involving Non-Market Economy Countries,'' dated April 5, 2005 (Policy Bulletin 05.1), available on the Department's Web site at http://enforcement.trade.gov/policy/bull05-1.pdf.

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Preliminary Determination

The Department preliminarily determines that the following weighted-average dumping margins exist:

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Weighted

Exporter Producer average margin

(%)

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Prinx Chengshan (Shandong) Tire Prinx Chengshan 20.87

Co., Ltd. (Shandong) Tire Co.,

Ltd.

Actyon Tyre Resources Co., Chao Yang Long March 20.87

Limited. Tyre Co., Ltd.

Actyon Tyre Resources Co., Shandong Haohua Tires 20.87

Limited. Co., Ltd.

Actyon Tyre Resources Co., Shandong Longyue Rubber 20.87

Limited. Co., Ltd.

Aosen Tire Co., Ltd............ Qingdao Taifa Group 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Aosen Tire Co., Ltd............ Shandong Chuanghua Tire 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Aosen Tire Co., Ltd............ Shandong Hawk 20.87

International Rubber

Industry Co., Ltd.

Aosen Tire Co., Ltd............ Shandong Hugerubber 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Aosen Tire Co., Ltd............ Shandong Yongsheng 20.87

Rubber Group Co., Ltd.

Aosen Tire Co., Ltd............ Shandong Zhentai Group 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Beijing BOE Commerce Co., Ltd.. China National Tyre & 20.87

Rubber Guilin Co., Ltd.

Beijing BOE Commerce Co., Ltd.. Shandong Hawk 20.87

International Rubber

Industry Co., Ltd.

Best Choice International Trade Aeolus Tyre Co., Ltd... 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Best Choice International Trade Qingdao Yellow Sea 20.87

Co., Ltd. Rubber Co., Ltd.

Best Choice International Trade Shan Dong Kaixuan 20.87

Co., Ltd. Rubber Co., Ltd.

Best Choice International Trade Sichuan Kalevei 20.87

Co., Ltd. Technology Co., Ltd.

Best Choice International Trade ZC Rubber Group Co., 20.87

Co., Ltd. Ltd.

Bestyre International Chaoyang Long March 20.87

Industrial Limited. Tyre Co., Ltd.

Bestyre International Chaoyang Long March 20.87

Industrial Limited. Tyre New Co., Ltd.

BOE Commerce Co., Ltd.......... Aeolus Tyre Co., Ltd... 20.87

BOE Commerce Co., Ltd.......... China National Tyre & 20.87

Rubber Guilin Co., Ltd.

BOE Commerce Co., Ltd.......... Shandong Anchi Tyres 20.87

Co., Ltd.

BOE Commerce Co., Ltd.......... Shandong Hawk 20.87

International Rubber

Industry Co., Ltd.

BOE Commerce Co., Ltd.......... Shandong Hengyu Rubber 20.87

Co., Ltd.

BOE Commerce Co., Ltd.......... Shandong Hengyu Science 20.87

& Technology Co., Ltd.

BOE Commerce Co., Ltd.......... Shandong Jinyu Tyre 20.87

Co., Ltd.

BOE Commerce Co., Ltd.......... Zhucheng Guoxin Rubber 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Briway Tire Co., Ltd........... Shandong Kaixuan Rubber 20.87

Co., Ltd.

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Briway Tire Co., Ltd........... Shandong Province Sanli 20.87

Tire Manufactured Co.,

Ltd.

Briway Tire Co., Ltd........... Shandong Vheal Group 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Briway Tire Co., Ltd........... Shandong Wanda Boto 20.87

Tyre Co., Ltd.

Briway Tire Co., Ltd........... Shandong Yinbao Tyre 20.87

Group Co., Ltd.

Briway Tire Co., Ltd........... Shandong Yuelong Group. 20.87

Briway Tire Co., Ltd........... Sichuan Tyre & Rubber 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Briway Tire Co., Ltd........... Weifang Shunfuchang 20.87

Rubber and Plastic

Products Co., Ltd.

Briway Tire Co., Ltd........... Sichuan Kalevei 20.87

Technology Co., Ltd.

Chonche Auto Double Happiness Chonche Auto Double 20.87

Tyre Corp. Ltd. Happiness Tyre Corp.

Ltd.

Chongqing Hankook Tire Co., Ltd Chongqing Hankook Tire 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Cooper Tire (China) Investment Qingdao Ge Rui Da 20.87

Co., Ltd. Rubber Co., Ltd.

Daking Industrial Co., Limited. Shandong Huasheng 20.87

Rubber Co., Ltd.

Fleming Limited................ Qingdao Doublestar Tire 20.87

Industrial Co., Ltd.

Fleming Limited................ Qingdao Yellow Sea 20.87

Rubber Co., Ltd.

Fleming Limited................ Shandong Wanshine Tire 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Fleming Limited................ Shandong Yinbao Tyre 20.87

Group Co., Ltd.

Giti Tire (Anhui) Company Ltd.. Giti Tire (Anhui) 20.87

Company Ltd.

Giti Tire (Anhui) Company Ltd.. Giti Tire (Fujian) 20.87

Company Ltd.

Giti Tire (Anhui) Company Ltd.. Giti Tire (Yinchuan) 20.87

Company Ltd.

Giti Tire (Fujian) Company Ltd. Giti Tire (Anhui) 20.87

Company Ltd.

Giti Tire (Fujian) Company Ltd. Giti Tire (Fujian) 20.87

Company Ltd.

Giti Tire (Fujian) Company Ltd. Giti Tire (Yinchuan) 20.87

Company Ltd.

Giti Tire (Yinchuan) Company Giti Tire (Anhui) 20.87

Ltd. Company Ltd.

Giti Tire (Yinchuan) Company Giti Tire (Fujian) 20.87

Ltd. Company Ltd.

Giti Tire (Yinchuan) Company Giti Tire (Yinchuan) 20.87

Ltd. Company Ltd.

Giti Tire Global Trading Pte. Giti Tire (Anhui) 20.87

Ltd. Company Ltd.

Giti Tire Global Trading Pte. Giti Tire (Fujian) 20.87

Ltd. Company Ltd.

Giti Tire Global Trading Pte. Giti Tire (Yinchuan) 20.87

Ltd. Company Ltd.

Goodyear Dalian Tire Co., Ltd.. Goodyear Dalian Tire 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Hongkong Tiancheng Investment & Shandong Linglong Tyre 20.87

Trading Co., Limited. Co., Ltd.

Hongtyre Group Co.............. Prinx Chengshan 20.87

(Shandong) Tire Co.,

Ltd.

Hongtyre Group Co.............. Shandong Bayi Tyre 20.87

Manufacture Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu General Science Jiangsu General Science 20.87

Technology Co., Ltd. Technology Co., Ltd.

Jiangsu Hankook Tire Co., Ltd.. Jiangsu Hankook Tire 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Koryo International Industrial Chaoyang Long March 20.87

Limited. Tyre Co., Ltd.

Koryo International Industrial Shandong Anchi Tyres 20.87

Limited. Co., Ltd.

Koryo International Industrial Shandong Hugerubber 20.87

Limited. Co., Ltd.

Koryo International Industrial Shandong Sangong Rubber 20.87

Limited. Co., Ltd.

Koryo International Industrial Shandong Wanshine Tire 20.87

Limited. Co., Ltd.

Koryo International Industrial Sichuan Tyre & Rubber 20.87

Limited. Co., Ltd.

Kumho Tire Co., Inc............ Nanjing Kumho Tire Co., 20.87

Ltd.

Longkou Xinglong Tyre Co., Ltd. Longkou Xinglong Tyre 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Maxon Int'l Co., Limited....... Shandong Anchi Tyres 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Maxon Int'l Co., Limited....... Triangle Tyre Co., Ltd. 20.87

Megalith Industrial Group Co., Ningxia Shenzhou Tire 20.87

Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Megalith Industrial Group Co., Shaanxi Yanchang 20.87

Ltd. Petroleum Group Rubber

Co., Ltd.

Megalith Industrial Group Co., Shandong Hawk 20.87

Ltd. International Rubber

Industry Co., Ltd.

Megalith Industrial Group Co., Shandong Huasheng 20.87

Ltd. Rubber Co., Ltd.

Megalith Industrial Group Co., Shandong Kaixuan Rubber 20.87

Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Megalith Industrial Group Co., Sichuan Kalevei 20.87

Ltd. Technology Co., Ltd.

Megalith Industrial Group Co., Xingyuan Tire Group 20.87

Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Michelin Asia-Pacific Export Michelin Shenyang Tire 20.87

(HK) Limited. Co., Ltd.

Newland Tyre Int'l Limited..... Shandong Hawk 20.87

International Rubber

Industry Co., Ltd.

Noble Manufacture Co., Ltd..... Qingdao Hongchi Tyre 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Philixx Tyres and Accessories Shandong Huasheng 20.87

Limited. Rubber Co., Ltd.

Philixx Tyres and Accessories Xingyuan Tire Group 20.87

Limited. Co., Ltd.

Philixx Tyres and Accessories Shandong Vheal Group 20.87

Limited. Co., Ltd.

Q&J Industrial Group Co., Chaoyang Langma Co., 20.87

Limited. Ltd.

Q&J Industrial Group Co., Qiangdao Huanghai 20.87

Limited. Rubber Co., Ltd.

Q&J Industrial Group Co., Shandong Hongsheng 20.87

Limited. Rubber Co., Ltd.

Q&J Industrial Group Co., Shandong Huasheng 20.87

Limited. Rubber Co., Ltd.

Q&J Industrial Group Co., Shandong Xingyuan Group 20.87

Limited.

Q&J Industrial Group Co., Sichuan Kailiwei 20.87

Limited. Technology Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Au-Shine Group Co., Ltd Shandong Gulun Rubber 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Champion International Shandong Cocrea Tyre 20.87

Trading Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Champion International Shandong Huasheng 20.87

Trading Co., Ltd. Rubber Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Champion International Zhucheng Sinoroad 20.87

Trading Co., Ltd. Rubber Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Fudong Tyre Co., Ltd... Qingdao Fudong Tyre 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Fudong Tyre Co., Ltd... Qingdao Xiyingmen 20.87

Double Camel Tyre Co.,

Ltd.

Qingdao Fullrun Tyre Corp. Ltd. Aeolus Tyre Co., Ltd... 20.87

Qingdao Fullrun Tyre Corp. Ltd. Chaoyang Long March 20.87

Tyre Co., Ltd.

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Qingdao Fullrun Tyre Corp. Ltd. Chonche Auto Double 20.87

Happiness Tyre Corp.

Ltd.

Qingdao Fullrun Tyre Corp. Ltd. Double Coin Holdings 20.87

Ltd.

Qingdao Fullrun Tyre Corp. Ltd. Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Fullrun Tyre Corp. Ltd. Qingdao Yellow Sea 20.87

Rubber Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Fullrun Tyre Corp. Ltd. Qingdao Doublestar Tire 20.87

Industrial Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Fullrun Tyre Corp. Ltd. Shandong Xingyuan 20.87

International Trading

Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Ge Rui Da Rubber Co., Qingdao Ge Rui Da 20.87

Ltd. Rubber Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Honghua Tyre Factory... Qingdao Honghua Tyre 20.87

Factory.

Qingdao Jinhaoyang Double Coin Holdings 20.87

International Co., Ltd. Ltd.

Qingdao Jinhaoyang Qingdao Fudong Tyre 20.87

International Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Jinhaoyang Shaanxi Yanchang 20.87

International Co., Ltd. Petroleum Group Rubber

Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Jinhaoyang Zhucheng Guoxin Rubber 20.87

International Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Keter International Beijing Landy Tire & 20.87

Co., Ltd. Tech Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Keter International Chaoyang Long March 20.87

Co., Ltd. Tyre Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Keter International Chonche Auto Double 20.87

Co., Ltd. Happiness Tyre Corp.

Ltd.

Qingdao Keter International Deruibo Tire Co., Ltd.. 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Keter International Qingdao Doublestar Tire 20.87

Co., Ltd. Industrial Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Keter International Shandong Huasheng 20.87

Co., Ltd. Rubber Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Keter International Shandong Huge Rubber 20.87

Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Keter International Shandong Kaixuan Rubber 20.87

Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Lakesea Tyre Co., Ltd.. Chaoyang Long March 20.87

Tyre Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Lakesea Tyre Co., Ltd.. Chonche Auto Double 20.87

Happiness Tyre Corp.

Ltd.

Qingdao Lakesea Tyre Co., Ltd.. Doublestar Dongfeng 20.87

Tyre Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Lakesea Tyre Co., Ltd.. Qingdao Doublestar Tire 20.87

Industrial Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Lakesea Tyre Co., Ltd.. Qingdao Yellow Sea 20.87

Rubber Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Lakesea Tyre Co., Ltd.. Shandong Kaixuan Rubber 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Lakesea Tyre Co., Ltd.. Shandong Xingyuan 20.87

International Trading

Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Lakesea Tyre Co., Ltd.. Shandong Yinbao Tyre 20.87

Group Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Lakesea Tyre Co., Ltd.. Sichuan Kalevei 20.87

Technology Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Nama Industrial Co., Chaoyang Long March 20.87

Ltd. Tyre Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Nama Industrial Co., China National Tyre And 20.87

Ltd. Rubber Guilin Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Nama Industrial Co., Ningxia Shenzhou Tire 20.87

Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Nama Industrial Co., Qingdao Doublestar Tire 20.87

Ltd. Industrial Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Nama Industrial Co., Shandong Hawk 20.87

Ltd. International Rubber

Industry Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Nama Industrial Co., Shandong Hengfeng 20.87

Ltd. Rubber & Plastic Co.,

Ltd.

Qingdao Nama Industrial Co., Shandong Hengyu Science 20.87

Ltd. & Technology Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Nama Industrial Co., Shandong Huasheng 20.87

Ltd. Rubber Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Nama Industrial Co., Shandong Kaixuan Rubber 20.87

Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Nama Industrial Co., Shandong Wanda Boto 20.87

Ltd. Tyre Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Nama Industrial Co., Shandong Wanshine Tyre 20.87

Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Odyking Tyre Co., Ltd.. Weifang Shunfuchang 20.87

Rubber And Plastic

Products Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Qianzhen Tyre Co., Ltd. Qingdao Qianzhen Tyre 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Qizhou Rubber Co., Ltd. Qingdao Qizhou Rubber 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Rhino International Dongying JinZheng Tyre 20.87

Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Rhino International Qingdao Aonuo Group.... 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Rhino International Shandong Jinwangda Tire 20.87

Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Rhino International Weihai Ping'an Tyre 20.87

Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Taihao Tyre Co., Ltd... Qingdao Taihao Tyre 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Tanco Tire Industrial & Hebei Tianrui Rubber 20.87

Commercial Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Tanco Tire Industrial & Shandong Hawk 20.87

Commercial Co., Ltd. International Rubber

Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Tanco Tire Industrial & Xingyuan Tires Group... 20.87

Commercial Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Yellow Sea Rubber Co., Qingdao Yellow Sea 20.87

Ltd. Rubber Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International Aeolus Tyre Co., Ltd... 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International Bayi Rubber Co., Ltd... 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International Chonche Auto Double 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. Happiness Tyre Corp.

Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International Double Coin Holdings 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International Guizhou Tyre Co., Ltd.. 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International Qingdao Doublestar Tire 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. Industrial Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International Shandong Haohua Tire 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International Shandong Hawk 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. International Rubber

Industry Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International Shandong Hengfeng 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. Rubber and Plastic

Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International Shandong Hengyu Science 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. & Technology Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International Shandong Huasheng 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. Rubber Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International Shandong Kaixuan Rubber 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International Shandong Wosen Rubber 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International Shandong Yongtai Group 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International Shengtai Group Co., Ltd 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International South China Tire & 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. Rubber Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International Weifang Goldshield Tire 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Qingdao Yongdao International Weifang Shunfuchang 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. Rubber & Plastic

Products Co., Ltd.

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Qingdao Yongdao International Xingyuan Tire Group 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Rodeo Tire Ltd................. Shandong Province Sanli 20.87

Tire Manufactured Co.,

Ltd.

Rodeo Tire Ltd................. Sichuan Tyre & Rubber 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Rover Tire Co., Ltd............ Aeolus Tyre Co., Ltd... 20.87

Rover Tire Co., Ltd............ Dongying Fangxing 20.87

Rubber Co., Ltd.

Rover Tire Co., Ltd............ Double Coin Holdings 20.87

Ltd.

Rover Tire Co., Ltd............ Qingdao Doublestar Tire 20.87

Industrial Co., Ltd.

Rover Tire Co., Ltd............ Shandong Hengyu Science 20.87

& Technology Co., Ltd.

Rover Tire Co., Ltd............ Shandong Huasheng 20.87

Rubber Co., Ltd.

Rover Tire Co., Ltd............ Shandong Kaixuan Rubber 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Rover Tire Co., Ltd............ Shandong Longyue Rubber 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Rover Tire Co., Ltd............ Shandong Yongsheng 20.87

Rubber Group Co., Ltd.

Rover Tire Co., Ltd............ Wanli Group Trade 20.87

Limited.

Rover Tire Co., Ltd............ Zhongce Rubber Group 20.87

Company Limited.

Sailun Jinyu Group Co., Ltd.... Sailun Jinyu Group Co., 20.87

Ltd.

Sailun Jinyu Group Co., Ltd.... Shenyang Peace Radial 20.87

Tyre Manufacturing

Co., Ltd.

Shandong Anchi Tyres Co., Ltd.. Shandong Anchi Tyres 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Shandong Haohua Tire Co., Ltd.. Shandong Haohua Tire 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Shandong Haoyu Rubber Co., Ltd. Shandong Haoyu Rubber 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Shandong Hawk International Shandong Hawk 20.87

Rubber Industry Co., Ltd. International Rubber

Industry Co., Ltd.

Shandong Hengfeng Rubber & Shandong Hengfeng 20.87

Plastic Co., Ltd. Rubber & Plastic Co.,

Ltd.

Shandong Hengyu Science & Shandong Hengyu Science 20.87

Technology Co., Ltd. & Technology Co., Ltd.

Shandong Hengyu Science & Shandong Hengyu Rubber 20.87

Technology Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Shandong Homerun Tires Co., Ltd Good Friend Tyre Co., 20.87

Ltd.

Shandong Homerun Tires Co., Ltd Shandong Kaixuan Rubber 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Shandong Homerun Tires Co., Ltd Shandong Wosen Rubber 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Shandong Homerun Tires Co., Ltd Shandong Yongsheng 20.87

Rubber Group Co., Ltd.

Shandong Homerun Tires Co., Ltd Weifang Shunfuchang 20.87

Rubber and Plastic

Products Co., Ltd.

Shandong Huasheng Rubber Co., Shandong Huasheng 20.87

Ltd. Rubber Co., Ltd.

Shandong Hugerubber Co., Ltd... Shandong Hugerubber 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Shandong Huitong Tyre Co., Ltd. Shandong Huitong Tyre 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Shandong Kaixuan Rubber Co., Shandong Kaixuan Rubber 20.87

Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Shandong Linglong Tyre Co., Ltd Shandong Linglong Tyre 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Shandong O'Green Tyres Co., Ltd Shandong O'Green Tyres 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Shandong Province Sanli Tire Shandong Province Sanli 20.87

Manufactured Co., Ltd. Tire Manufactured Co.,

Ltd.

Shandong Sangong Rubber Co., Shandong Sangong Rubber 20.87

Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Shandong Transtone Tyre Co., Shandong Haohua Tire 20.87

Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Shandong Transtone Tyre Co., Shandong Hongyu Rubber 20.87

Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Shandong Transtone Tyre Co., Shandong Kaixuan Rubber 20.87

Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Shandong Transtone Tyre Co., Weifang Yuelong Rubber 20.87

Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Shandong Vheal Group Co., Ltd.. Shandong Vheal Group 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Shandong Wanda Boto Tyre Co., Shandong Wanda Boto 20.87

Ltd. Tyre Co., Ltd.

Shandong Wanshine Tire Co., Ltd Shandong Wanshine Tire 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Shandong Xingyuan Tire Group Shandong Xingyuan Tire 20.87

Co., Ltd. Group Co., Ltd.

Shandong Yinbao Tyre Group Co., Shandong Yinbao Tyre 20.87

Ltd. Group Co., Ltd.

Shandong Yongfeng Tyres Co., Shandong Yongfeng Tyres 20.87

Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Shandong Yongsheng Rubber Group Shandong Yongsheng 20.87

Co., Ltd. Rubber Group Co., Ltd.

Shandong Yongtai Group Co., Ltd Shandong Yongtai Group 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Durotyre International Chaoyang Long March 20.87

Trading Co., Ltd. Tyre Co., Ltd.

Shanghai Durotyre International Double Happiness Tyre 20.87

Trading Co., Ltd. Industrial Co., Ltd.

Shengtai Group Co., Ltd........ Shengtai Group Co., Ltd 20.87

Shengtai Group Co., Ltd........ Shandong Zhushenghua 20.87

Rubber Co., Ltd.

Shenzhen Zhongjin Import & Hefei Wanli Tire Co., 20.87

Export Co., Ltd. Ltd.

Shenzhen Zhongjin Import & South China Tire & 20.87

Export Co., Ltd. Rubber Co..

Shenzhen Zhongjin Import & Weifang Shunfuchang 20.87

Export Co., Ltd. Rubber And Plastics

Products Co., Ltd.

Shifeng Juxing Tire Co., Ltd... Shifeng Juxing Tire 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Shuma Tyre International Shandong Wanshine Tire 20.87

(Qingdao) Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Sichuan Kalevei Technology Co., Sichuan Kalevei 20.87

Ltd. Technology Co., Ltd.

Sinotyre International Group Dongying City Fangxing 20.87

Co., Ltd. Rubber Co., Ltd.

Sinotyre International Group Shandong Hawk 20.87

Co., Ltd. International Rubber

Industry Co., Ltd.

Sportrak Tire Group Limited.... Bayi Rubber Co., Ltd... 20.87

Sportrak Tire Group Limited.... Shaanxi Yanchang 20.87

Petroleum Group Rubber

Co., Ltd.

Sportrak Tire Group Limited.... Shandong Hawk 20.87

International Rubber

Industry Co., Ltd.

Tianjin Leviathan International NDI Tire (Qingdao) Co., 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. Ltd.

Tianjin Leviathan International Qingdao Nama Industrial 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Tianjin Leviathan International Shandong Haohua Tire 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Tianjin Leviathan International Shandong Hawk 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. International Rubber

Industry Co., Ltd.

Tianjin Leviathan International Xingyuan Tire Group 20.87

Trade Co., Ltd. Co., Ltd.

Top Tyre Industry Co., Limited. Shandong Hawk 20.87

International Rubber

Industry Co., Ltd.

Toyo Tire (Zhucheng) Co., Ltd.. Toyo Tire (Zhucheng) 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Triangle Tyre Co., Ltd......... Triangle Tyre Co., Ltd. 20.87

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Tyrechamp Group Co., Limited... South China Tire & 20.87

Rubber Co., Ltd.

Tyrechamp Group Co., Limited... Zhongce Rubber Group 20.87

Company Limited.

Wanli Group Trade Limited...... South China Tire & 20.87

Rubber Co., Ltd,.

Weifang Shunfuchang Rubber And Weifang Shunfuchang 20.87

Plastic Products Co., Ltd. Rubber And Plastic

Products Co., Ltd.

Weihai Ping'an Tyre Co., Ltd... Weihai Ping'an Tyre 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Weihai Zhongwei Rubber Co., Ltd Weihai Zhongwei Rubber 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Wendeng Sanfeng Tyre Co., Ltd.. Wendeng Sanfeng Tyre 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Xuzhou Xugong Tyres Co., Ltd... Xuzhou Xugong Tyres 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Xuzhou Xugong Tyres Co., Ltd... Armour Rubber Company 20.87

Ltd.

Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd....... Suzhou Yokohama Tire 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Yongsheng Group Co., Ltd....... Shandong Yongsheng 20.87

Rubber Group Co., Ltd.

Zhongce Rubber Group Co., Ltd.. Zhongce Rubber Group 20.87

Co., Ltd.

Zhucheng Guoxin Rubber Co., Ltd Zhucheng Guoxin Rubber 20.87

Co., Ltd.

PRC-Wide Entity................ ....................... 22.57

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As detailed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum, Double Coin Holdings Ltd., a mandatory respondent in this investigation, did not demonstrate that it was entitled to a separate rate. Accordingly, we consider this company to be part of the PRC-wide entity.

Suspension of Liquidation

In accordance with sections 733(e)(2)(A) of the Act, we will direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of all entries of truck and bus tires from the PRC, as described in Appendix I, that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after 90 days prior to the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register, and to require a cash deposit for such entries.

Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.205(d), the Department will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit \13\ equal to the weighted-average amount by which NV exceeds U.S. price as follows: (1) The cash deposit rate for the exporter/producer combinations listed in the table above will be the rate identified in the table; (2) for all combinations of PRC exporters/producers of merchandise under consideration that have not received their own separate rate above, the cash-deposit rate will be the cash deposit rate established for the PRC-wide entity; and (3) for all non-PRC exporters of merchandise under consideration which have not received their own separate rate above, the cash-deposit rate will be the cash deposit rate applicable to the PRC exporter/producer combination that supplied that non-PRC exporter. These suspensions of liquidation instructions will remain in effect until further notice.

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\13\ See Modification of Regulations Regarding the Practice of Accepting Bonds During the Provisional Measures Period in Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Investigations, 76 FR 61042 (October 3, 2011).

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With respect to PCT, the non-selected respondents eligible for a separate rate, and the PRC-wide entity, we find that export subsidies constitute 0.41 percent \14\ of the preliminarily calculated countervailing duty rate in the concurrent countervailing duty investigation. Thus, we will offset the rate of 20.87 percent for PCT and the non-selected respondents eligible for a separate rate and the rate of 22.57 percent for the PRC-wide entity by countervailing duty rate attributable to export subsidies, i.e., 0.41 percent, to calculate the cash deposit rate for this investigation. Accordingly, the cash deposit rates will be 20.46 percent for PCT and the non-selected respondents eligible for a separate rate and 22.16 percent for the PRC-

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\14\ The Department preliminarily determined that Export Seller's Credit from the Export-Import Bank of China was export specific and, from this program, Double Coin and Guizhou Tyre Co., Ltd., respectively received countervailable subsidies of 0.40 percent ad valorem and 0.41 percent ad valorem. See Truck and Bus Tires From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination, Preliminary Affirmative Critical Circumstances Determination, in Part, and Alignment of Final Determination With Final Antidumping Determination, 81 FR 43577 (July 5, 2016), and accompanying Preliminary Decision Memorandum at 29. We simple-averaged these two nearly identical export subsidy rates and calculated 0.41 percent (0.405 percent rounded up) for purposes of adjusting the cash deposit rate in this investigation. See Preliminary Decision Memorandum at 30-31 for more details.

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Disclosure

We intend to disclose the calculations performed to parties in this proceeding within five days after public announcement of the preliminary determination in accordance with 19 CFR 351.224(b).

Verification

As provided in section 782(i) of the Act, we intend to verify information relied upon in making our final determination.

Public Comment

Case briefs or other written comments may be submitted to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance no later than seven days after the date on which the final verification report is issued in this proceeding and rebuttal briefs, limited to issues raised in case briefs, may be submitted no later than five days after the deadline date for case briefs.\15\ Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309(c)(2) and (d)(2), 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.

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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, U.S. Department of Commerce, filed electronically using ACCESS. An electronically filed document must be received successfully in its entirety by the Department's electronic records system, ACCESS, by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice.\16\ Hearing requests should contain the party's name, address, and telephone number, the number of participants, and a list of the issues parties intend to present at the hearing. If a request for a hearing is made, the Department intends to hold the hearing at the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW.,

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Postponement of Final Determination and Extension of Provisional Measures

Section 735(a)(2) of the Act provides that a final determination may be postponed until not later than 135 days after the date of the publication of the preliminary determination if, in the event of an affirmative preliminary determination, a request for such postponement is made by exporters who account for a significant proportion of exports of the subject merchandise, or in the event of a negative preliminary determination, a request for such postponement is made by petitioners. Requests by respondents for postponement of a final antidumping determination must be accompanied by a request for extension of provisional measures from a four-month period to a period not more than six months in duration.\17\

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\17\ See 19 CFR 351.210(e)(2).

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Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.210(e), we received requests from certain respondents that the Department postpone the final determination and that provisional measures be extended to a period not to exceed six months.\18\

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\18\ See Letter from PCT, ``Truck and Bus Tires from China: Extension Request for Final Determination by Prinx Chengshan (Shandong) Tire Co., Ltd.,'' dated August 25, 2016, and Letter from Double Coin Holdings Ltd., ``Double Coin's Request to Extend the Final Determination,'' dated August 26, 2016.

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In accordance with section 735(a)(2)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.210(b)(2)(ii), because (1) our preliminary determination is affirmative; (2) the requesting exporters account for a significant proportion of exports of the subject merchandise; \19\ and (3) no compelling reasons for denial exist, we are postponing the final determination and extending the provisional measures from a four-month period to a period not greater than six months. Accordingly, we will make our final determination no later than 135 days after the date of publication of this preliminary determination, pursuant to section 735(a)(2)(A) of the Act.\20\

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\19\ See Memorandum to Deputy Assistant Secretary Christian Marsh entitled, ``Antidumping Duty Investigation of Truck and Bus Tires from the People's Republic of China: Respondent Selection,'' dated April 18, 2016.

\20\ See also 19 CFR 351.210(e).

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U.S. International Trade Commission Notification

In accordance with section 733(f) of the Act, we will notify the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) of our affirmative preliminary determination of sales at LTFV. If our final determination in this investigation is affirmative, the ITC will determine before the later of 120 days after the date of this preliminary determination or 45 days after our final determination whether these imports are materially injuring, or threaten material injury to, the U.S. industry.\21\

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\21\ See section 735(b)(2) of the Act.

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This determination is issued and published in accordance with sections 733(f) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(c).

Dated: August 26, 2016.

Paul Piquado,

Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

Appendix I

Scope of the Investigation

The scope of the investigation covers truck and bus tires. Truck and bus tires are new pneumatic tires, of rubber, with a truck or bus size designation. Truck and bus tires covered by this investigation may be tube-type, tubeless, radial, or non-radial.

Subject tires have, at the time of importation, the symbol ``DOT'' on the sidewall, certifying that the tire conforms to applicable motor vehicle safety standards. Subject tires may also have one of the following suffixes in their tire size designation, which also appear on the sidewall of the tire:

TR--Identifies tires for service on trucks or buses to differentiate them from similarly sized passenger car and light truck tires;

MH--Identifies tires for mobile homes; and

HC--Identifies a 17.5 inch rim diameter code for use on low platform trailers.

All tires with a ``TR,'' ``MH,'' or ``HC'' suffix in their size designations are covered by this investigation regardless of their intended use.

In addition, all tires that lack one of the above suffix markings are included in the scope, regardless of their intended use, as long as the tire is of a size that is among the numerical size designations listed in the ``Truck-Bus'' section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, as updated annually, unless the tire falls within one of the specific exclusions set out below.

Truck and bus tires, whether or not mounted on wheels or rims, are included in the scope. However, if a subject tire is imported mounted on a wheel or rim, only the tire is covered by the scope. Subject merchandise includes truck and bus tires produced in the subject country whether mounted on wheels or rims in the subject country or in a third country. Truck and bus tires are covered whether or not they are accompanied by other parts, e.g., a wheel, rim, axle parts, bolts, nuts, etc. Truck and bus tires that enter attached to a vehicle are not covered by the scope.

Specifically excluded from the scope of this investigation are the following types of tires: (1) Pneumatic tires, of rubber, that are not new, including recycled and retreaded tires; and (2) non-

pneumatic tires, such as solid rubber tires.

The subject merchandise is currently classifiable under Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) subheadings: 4011.20.1015 and 4011.20.5020. Tires meeting the scope description may also enter under the following HTSUS subheadings: 4011.99.4520, 4011.99.4590, 4011.99.8520, 4011.99.8590, 8708.70.4530, 8708.70.6030, and 8708.70.6060. On August 26, 2016, the Department included HTSUS subheadings 4011.69.0020, 4011.69.0090, and 8716.90.5059 to the case reference files, pursuant to requests by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the petitioner.\22\

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\22\ See Memorandum to the File entitled, ``Requests from Customs and Border Protection and the Petitioner to Update the ACE Case Reference File,'' dated August 26, 2016.

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While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and for customs purposes, the written description of the subject merchandise is dispositive.

Appendix II

List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum

I. Summary

II. Background

III. Selection of Respondents

IV. Period of Investigation

V. Scope Comments

VI. Scope of the Investigation

VII. Product Characteristics

VIII. Critical Circumstances

IX. Discussion of the Methodology

  1. Non-Market Economy Country

  2. Surrogate Country

  3. Surrogate Value Comments

  4. Separate Rates

  5. Dumping Margin for the Separate Rate Companies

  6. Combination Rates

  7. The PRC-Wide Entity

  8. Application of Facts Available and Adverse Inferences

    I. Date of Sale

  9. Fair Value Comparisons

  10. Export Price

    L. Normal Value

  11. Factor Valuation Methodology

  12. Currency Conversion

    X. Adjustment Under Section 777A(F) of the Act

    XI. Adjustment to Cash Deposit Rate for Export Subsidies

    XII. Verification

    XIII. U.S. ITC Notification

    XIV. Conclusion

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