2019-05426. Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products From Taiwan: Initiation of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review  

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    AGENCY:

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

    SUMMARY:

    The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is initiating a changed circumstances review to determine if United Renewable Energy Co., Ltd. (URE) is the successor-in-interest to Neo Solar Power Corporation (NSP), Gintech Energy Corporation (Gintech), and Solartech Energy Corporation (Solartech) in the context of the antidumping duty order on certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products (solar products) from Taiwan.

    DATES:

    Applicable March 26, 2019.

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    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Robert Galantucci, AD/CVD Operations, Office IV, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: 202-482-2923.

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    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    On February 18, 2015, Commerce published in the Federal Register an antidumping duty order on solar products from Taiwan.[1] On February 1, 2019, URE requested that, pursuant to section 751(b)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act) and 19 CFR 351.216(b), Commerce conduct an expedited changed circumstances review of the Order to determine that URE is the successor-in-interest to NSP, Gintech and Solartech, and accordingly, to assign URE the cash deposit rate assigned to the three predecessor companies in the second administrative review.[2]

    Scope of the Order

    The merchandise covered by this Order is crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, and modules, laminates and/or Start Printed Page 11285panels consisting of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products, including building integrated materials. For a complete description of the scope of the Order, see the appendix to this notice.

    Initiation of Changed Circumstances Review

    Pursuant to section 751(b)(1) of the Act, Commerce will conduct a changed circumstances review upon receipt of information concerning, or a request from, an interested party for a review of an antidumping duty order which shows changed circumstances sufficient to warrant a review of the order. In its request for a changed circumstances review, URE provided information indicating that URE was formed through a merger between NSP, Gintech and Solartech.[3] This corporate restructuring constitutes changed circumstances warranting a review of the Order.[4] Therefore, in accordance with section 751(b)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.216(d), we are initiating a changed circumstances review based upon the information contained in URE's submission.

    In making a successor-in-interest determination, Commerce examines several factors, including, but not limited to, changes in the following: (1) Management; (2) production facilities; (3) supplier relationships; and (4) customer base.[5] While no single factor or combination of factors will necessarily be dispositive in the successor-in-interest determination, generally, Commerce will consider the new company to be the successor to the previous company if the new company's resulting operation is not materially dissimilar to that of its predecessor.[6] Thus, if the record evidence demonstrates that, with respect to the production and sale of the subject merchandise, the new company operates as the same business entity as the predecessor company, Commerce may assign the new company the cash deposit rate of its predecessor.[7]

    URE has provided sufficient evidence to warrant a review to determine whether URE is the successor-in-interest to NSP, Gintech and Solartech for the purposes of the Order. Commerce intends to publish in the Federal Register a notice of preliminary results of the antidumping duty changed circumstances review, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.221(b)(4) and 351.221(c)(3)(i), which will set forth Commerce's preliminary factual and legal conclusions. Commerce will issue its final results of the review in accordance with the time limits set forth in 19 CFR 351.216(e).

    We are issuing this notice in accordance with sections 751(b)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.216 and 351.221(b)(l).

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    Dated: March 18, 2019.

    Christian Marsh,

    Deputy Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

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    Appendix

    Scope of the Order

    The merchandise covered by this order is crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, and modules, laminates and/or panels consisting of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not partially or fully assembled into other products, including building integrated materials.

    Subject merchandise includes crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells of thickness equal to or greater than 20 micrometers, having a p/n junction formed by any means, whether or not the cell has undergone other processing, including, but not limited to, cleaning, etching, coating, and/or addition of materials (including, but not limited to, metallization and conductor patterns) to collect and forward the electricity that is generated by the cell.

    Modules, laminates, and panels produced in a third-country from cells produced in Taiwan are covered by this order. However, modules, laminates, and panels produced in Taiwan from cells produced in a third-country are not covered by this order.

    Excluded from the scope of this order are thin film photovoltaic products produced from amorphous silicon (a-Si), cadmium telluride (CdTe), or copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS). Also excluded from the scope of this order are crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, not exceeding 10,000 mm2 in surface area, that are permanently integrated into a consumer good whose function is other than power generation and that consumes the electricity generated by the integrated crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells. Where more than one cell is permanently integrated into a consumer good, the surface area for purposes of this exclusion shall be the total combined surface area of all cells that are integrated into the consumer good.

    Further, also excluded from the scope of this order are any products covered by the existing antidumping and countervailing duty orders on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into modules, from the People's Republic of China (China).[8] Also excluded from the scope of this order are modules, laminates, and panels produced in China from crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells produced in Taiwan that are covered by an existing proceeding on such modules, laminates, and panels from China.

    Merchandise covered by the order is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) under subheadings 8501.61.0000, 8507.20.8030, 8507.20.8040, 8507.20.8060, 8507.20.8090, 8541.40.6020, 8541.40.6030 and 8501.31.8000. These HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes; the written description of the scope of the order is dispositive.

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    Footnotes

    1.  See Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from Taiwan: Antidumping Duty Order, 80 FR 8596 (February 18, 2015) (Order).

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    2.  See Letter, “Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from Taiwan: Request for Changed Circumstances Review and Successor-in-Interest Determination,” dated February 1, 2019 (CCR Request) at 2; see also Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products from Taiwan: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2016-2017, 83 FR 30401 (June 28, 2018) (AR2 Final Results).

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    3.  See CCR Request.

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    5.  See, e.g., Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp from India: Initiation and Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review, 81 FR 75376 (October 31, 2016) (Shrimp from India Preliminary Results), unchanged in Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp from India: Notice of Final Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review, 81 FR 90774 (December 15, 2016) (Shrimp from India Final Results).

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    6.  See, e.g., Shrimp from India Preliminary Results, 81 FR at 75377, unchanged in Shrimp from India Final Results, 81 FR at 90774.

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    7.  See, e.g., Certain Circular Welded Carbon Steel Pipes and Tubes from Taiwan: Initiation of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review, 70 FR 17063, 17064 (April 4, 2005); Fresh and Chilled Atlantic Salmon from Norway; Final Results of Changed Circumstances Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 64 FR 9979, 9980 (March 1, 1999).

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    8.  See Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Assembled Into Modules, from the People's Republic of China: Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, and Antidumping Duty Order, 77 FR 73018 (December 7, 2012); Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Assembled Into Modules, from the People's Republic of China: Countervailing Duty Order, 77 FR 73017 (December 7, 2012).

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    [FR Doc. 2019-05426 Filed 3-25-19; 8:45 am]

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Document Information

Published:
03/26/2019
Department:
Commerce Department
Agency:
International Trade Administration
EntryType:
Notice
Document Number:
2019-05426
Dates:
Applicable March 26, 2019.
Pages:
11284-11285 (2 pages)
Docket Numbers:
A-583-853
SectionNoes:
PDF File:
2019-05426.pdf