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Truck and Bus Tires From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review

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Truck and Bus Tires From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review

Jeffrey I. Kessler
Department of Commerce
13 January 2020


[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 8 (Monday, January 13, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 1802-1803]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-00301]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-040]


Truck and Bus Tires From the People's Republic of China: Final 
Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review

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

SUMMARY: On December 13, 2019, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) 
published a notice of initiation and preliminary results of a changed 
circumstances review (CCR) of the antidumping duty order on truck and 
bus tires from the People's Republic of China (China). For these final 
results, Commerce continues to find that Sailun Group Co., Ltd. (Sailun 
Group) is the successor-in-interest to Sailun Jinyu Group Co., Ltd. 
(Sailun Jinyu), and that Sailun (Shenyang) Tire Co., Ltd. (Sailun 
Shenyang) is the successor-in-interest to Shenyang Peace Radial Tyre 
Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Shenyang Peace).

DATES: Applicable January 13, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lochard Philozin, 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) 482-4260.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On December 13, 2019, Commerce published a notice of initiation and 
preliminary results of a CCR of the antidumping duty order on truck and 
bus tires from China, in which we found that Sailun Jinyu changed its 
name to Sailun Group, effective October 22, 2018, and Shenyang Peace 
changed its

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name to Sailun Shenyang, effective December 3, 2018.\1\ On October 25, 
2019, Sailun Group requested that Commerce initiate an expedited CCR 
and determine Sailun Group is the successor-in-interest to Sailun 
Jinyu, and that Sailun Shenyang is the successor-in-interest to 
Shenyang Peace.\2\
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    \1\ See Truck and Bus Tires from the People's Republic of China: 
Initiation and Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Changed 
Circumstances Review, 84 FR 68118 (December 13, 2019) (Initiation 
and Preliminary Results).
    \2\ See Sailun Group's Letter, ``Sailun Request for a Changed 
Circumstances Review in Truck and Bus Tires From the People's 
Republic of China, Case No. A-570-040,'' dated October 25, 2019.
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    Commerce preliminarily determined that Sailun Group is the 
successor-in-interest to Sailun Jinyu, and that Sailun Shenyang is the 
successor-in-interest to Shenyang Peace for purposes of determining 
antidumping duty liability.\3\ In the Initiation and Preliminary 
Results, Commerce provided all interested parties with an opportunity 
to comment and request a public hearing regarding our preliminary 
results. On December 27, 2019, Sailun Group informed Commerce that it 
agrees with the preliminary results.\4\ Commerce received no additional 
comments or requests for a public hearing.
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    \3\ See Initiation and Preliminary Results.
    \4\ See Sailun Group's Letter, ``Sailun Letter in Lieu of Brief: 
Changed Circumstances Review in Truck and Bus Tires From the 
People's Republic of China, Case No. A-570-040,'' dated December 27, 
2019.
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Scope of the Order

    The scope of the order 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 order 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; and
    HC--Identifies a 17.5 inch rim diameter code for use on low 
platform trailers.

All tires with a ``TR'' or ``HC'' suffix in their size designations are 
covered by this order 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 order are the 
following types of tires: (1) Pneumatic tires, of rubber, that are not 
new, including recycled and retreaded tires; (2) non-pneumatic tires, 
such as solid rubber tires; and (3) tires that exhibit each of the 
following physical characteristics: (a) The designation ``MH'' is 
molded into the tire's sidewall as part of the size designation; (b) 
the tire incorporates a warning, prominently molded on the sidewall, 
that the tire is for ``Mobile Home Use Only;'' and (c) the tire is of 
bias construction as evidenced by the fact that the construction code 
included in the size designation molded into the tire's sidewall is not 
the letter ``R.''
    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: 4011.69.0020, 4011.69.0090, 
4011.70.00, 4011.90.80, 4011.99.4520, 4011.99.4590, 4011.99.8520, 
4011.99.8590, 8708.70.4530, 8708.70.6030, 8708.70.6060, and 
8716.90.5059.
    While HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and for 
customs purposes, the written description of the subject merchandise is 
dispositive.

Final Results of Changed Circumstances Review

    For the reasons stated in the Initiation and Preliminary Results, 
and because we received no comments from interested parties to the 
contrary, Commerce continues to find that Sailun Group is the 
successor-in-interest to Sailun Jinyu, and that Sailun Shenyang is the 
successor-in-interest to Shenyang Peace.\5\ As a result of this 
determination, Commerce finds that subject merchandise produced and 
exported by Sailun Group to the United States should receive the same 
cash deposit rate as subject merchandise produced and exported by 
Sailun Jinyu to the United States; and subject merchandise produced by 
Sailun Shenyang and exported by Sailun Group to the United States 
should receive the same cash deposit rate as subject merchandise 
produced by Shenyang Peace and exported by Sailun Jinyu to the United 
States. Accordingly, Commerce will instruct U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection to suspend liquidation of all shipments of subject 
merchandise for these two successor-in-interest producer/exporter 
combinations at their predecessor-in-interest producer/exporter 
combinations' cash deposit rate of 9.00 percent.\6\ This cash deposit 
requirement will be effective upon the publication date of our final 
results for this CCR and shall remain in effect until further notice.
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    \5\ Initiation and Preliminary Results, 84 FR 68118.
    \6\ See Truck and Bus Tires from the People's Republic of China: 
Antidumping Duty Order, 84 FR 4436 (February 15, 2019).
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Notification to Interested Parties

    This notice serves as a final reminder to parties subject to 
administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility 
concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under 
APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written 
notification of the return/destruction of APO materials or conversion 
to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply 
with the regulations and terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation.
    This notice of final results is in accordance with sections 
751(b)(1) and 777(i) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and 19 CFR 
351.216, 19 CFR 351.221(b)(5), and 19 CFR 351.221(c)(3).

    Dated: January 7, 2020.
Jeffrey I. Kessler,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2020-00301 Filed 1-10-20; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-DS-P

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