2020-14035. Commodity Matchbooks From India: Final Results of the Second Expedited Sunset Review of the Countervailing Duty Order  

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    AGENCY:

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

    SUMMARY:

    As a result of this expedited sunset review, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) finds that revocation of the countervailing duty order on commodity matchbooks from India would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of countervailable subsidies as indicated in the “Final Results of Sunset Review” section of this notice.

    DATES:

    Applicable July 10, 2020.

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    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Jacqueline Arrowsmith, AD/CVD Operations, Office VII, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Start Printed Page 41559Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-5255.

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    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Background

    On March 2, 2020, Commerce initiated the second sunset review of the countervailing duty Order[1] covering commodity matchbooks from India, pursuant to section 751(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act).[2] Commerce received a notice of intent to participate in this sunset review from D.D. Bean & Sons Co. (the petitioner), within the 15-day period specified in 19 CFR 351.218(d)(1)(i).[3] The petitioner claimed interested party status under section 771(9)(C) of the Act as a producer of the domestic like product.[4]

    The petitioner subsequently filed its substantive response to the Notice of Initiation.[5] Commerce did not receive a substantive response from the Government of India (GOI) or any respondent interested parties. In accordance with section 751(c)(3)(B) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218(e)(1)(ii)(C)(2), Commerce conducted an expedited (120-day) sunset review of the Order on commodity matchbooks from India.

    Scope of the Order

    The scope of this order covers commodity matchbooks, also known as commodity book matches, paper matches or booklet matches.[6] Commodity matchbooks typically, but do not necessarily, consist of twenty match stems which are usually made from paperboard or similar material tipped with a match head composed of any chemical formula. The match stems may be stitched, stapled or otherwise fastened into a matchbook cover of any material, on which a striking strip composed of any chemical formula has been applied to assist in the ignition process.

    Commodity matchbooks included in the scope of this order may or may not contain printing. For example, they may have no printing other than the identification of the manufacturer or importer. Commodity matchbooks may also be printed with a generic message such as “Thank You” or a generic image such as the American Flag, with store brands (e.g., Kroger, 7-Eleven, Shurfine or Giant); product brands for national or regional advertisers such as cigarettes or alcoholic beverages; or with corporate brands for national or regional distributors (e.g., Penley Corp. or Diamond Brands). They all enter retail distribution channels. Regardless of the materials used for the stems of the matches and regardless of the way the match stems are fastened to the matchbook cover, all commodity matchbooks are included in the scope of this investigation. All matchbooks, including commodity matchbooks, typically comply with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Safety Standard for Matchbooks, codified at 16 CFR 1202.1 through 1202.7.

    The scope of this order excludes promotional matchbooks, often referred to as “not for resale,” or “specialty advertising” matchbooks, as they do not enter into retail channels and are sold to businesses that provide hospitality, dining, drinking or entertainment services to their customers, and are given away by these businesses as promotional items. Such promotional matchbooks are distinguished by the physical characteristic of having the name and/or logo of a bar, restaurant, resort, hotel, club, café/coffee shop, grill, pub, eatery, lounge, casino, barbecue or individual establishment printed prominently on the matchbook cover. Promotional matchbook cover printing also typically includes the address and the phone number of the business or establishment being promoted.[7] Also excluded are all other matches that are not fastened into a matchbook cover such as wooden matches, stick matches, box matches, kitchen matches, pocket matches, penny matches, household matches, strike-anywhere matches (aka “SAW” matches), strike-on-box matches (aka “SOB” matches), fireplace matches, barbeque/grill matches, fire starters, and wax matches.

    The merchandise subject to this order is properly classified under subheading 3605.00.0060 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). Subject merchandise may also enter under subheading 3605.00.0030 of the HTSUS. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope of the order is dispositive.

    Analysis of Comments Received

    All issues raised in this review are addressed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum, including the likelihood of continuation or recurrence of countervailable subsidies and the net countervailable subsidy likely to prevail if the order were revoked.[8] Parties can find a complete discussion of all issues raised in this review and the corresponding recommendations in this public memorandum, which is on file electronically via Enforcement and Compliance's Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Centralized Electronic Services System (ACCESS). ACCESS is available to registered users at http://access.trade.gov. In addition, a complete version of the Issues and Decision Memorandum can be accessed directly at https://enforcement.trade.gov/​frn/​index.html. A list of the issues discussed in the decision memorandum is attached at the Appendix to this notice. The signed and electronic versions of the Issues and Decision Memorandum are identical in content.

    Final Results of Sunset Review

    Commerce determines that revocation of the countervailing duty Order on commodity matchbooks from India would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of countervailable subsidies at the following rates: 9.88 percent for Triveni Safety Matches Pvt. Ltd. and 9.88 percent for all others.

    Administrative Protective Order

    This notice serves as the only 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). Timely written notification of the destruction of APO Start Printed Page 41560materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction.

    Notification to Interested Parties

    Commerce is issuing and publishing the final results and notice in accordance with sections 751(c), 752(b), and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.221(c)(5)(ii).

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    Dated: June 23, 2020.

    Jeffrey I. Kessler,

    Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.

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    Appendix

    List of Topics Discussed in the Issues and Decision Memorandum

    I. Summary

    II. Background

    III. Scope of the Order

    IV. History of the Order

    V. Legal Framework

    VI. Discussion of the Issues

    VII. Final Results of Sunset Review

    VIII. Recommendation

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    Footnotes

    1.  See Commodity Matchbooks from India: Countervailing Duty Order, 74 FR 65740 (December 11, 2009) (Order).

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    2.  See Initiation of Five-Year (Sunset) Reviews, 85 FR 12253 (March 2, 2020) (Notice of Initiation).

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    3.  See Petitioner's Letter, “Five Year (“Sunset”) Review of the Countervailing Duty Order on Commodity Matchbooks from India—Notice of Intent to Participate,” dated March 2, 2020.

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    4.  Id. at 2.

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    5.  See Petitioner's Letter, “Commodity Matchbooks from India: Substantive Response to a Notice of Initiation,” dated April 2, 2020 (Petitioner's Substantive Response).

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    6.  Such commodity matchbooks are also referred to as “for resale” because they always enter into retail channels, meaning businesses that sell a general variety of tangible merchandise, e.g., convenience stores, supermarkets, dollar stores, drug stores and mass merchandisers.

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    7.  The gross distinctions between commodity matchbooks and promotional matchbooks may be summarized as follows: (1) If it has no printing, or is printed with a generic message such as “Thank You” or a generic image such as the American Flag, or printed with national or regional store brands or corporate brands, it is commodity; (2) if it has printing, and the printing includes the name of a bar, restaurant, resort, hotel, club, café/coffee shop, grill, pub, eatery, lounge, casino, barbecue, or individual establishment prominently displayed on the matchbook cover, it is promotional.

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    8.  See Memorandum, “Issues and Decision Memorandum for the Second Expedited Sunset Review of the Countervailing Duty Order on Commodity Matchbooks from India,” dated concurrently with, and hereby adopted by, this notice (Issues and Decision Memorandum).

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    [FR Doc. 2020-14035 Filed 7-9-20; 8:45 am]

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Document Information

Published:
07/10/2020
Department:
Commerce Department
Agency:
International Trade Administration
EntryType:
Notice
Document Number:
2020-14035
Dates:
Applicable July 10, 2020.
Pages:
41558-41560 (3 pages)
Docket Numbers:
C-533-849
SectionNoes:
PDF File:
2020-14035.pdf