[Federal Register: October 1, 2003 (Volume 68, Number 190)]
[Notices]               
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From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-879]

 
Antidumping Duty Order: Polyvinyl Alcohol from the People's 
Republic of China

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, 
Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of antidumping duty order.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to section 736(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as 
amended, the Department of Commerce is issuing an antidumping duty 
order on polyvinyl alcohol from the People's Republic of China.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2003.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elizabeth Eastwood or Alice Gibbons, 
AD/CVD Enforcement Group I, Office 2, Import Administration, 
International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th 
Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone 
(202) 482-3874 or (202) 482-0498, respectively.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Scope of Order

    The merchandise covered by this investigation is polyvinyl alcohol 
(PVA). This product consists of all PVA hydrolyzed in excess of 80 
percent, whether or not mixed or diluted with commercial levels of 
defoamer or boric acid, except as noted below.
    The following products are specifically excluded from the scope of 
this investigation:
(1) PVA in fiber form.
(2) PVA with hydrolysis less than 83 mole percent and certified not for 
use in the production of textiles.
(3) PVA with hydrolysis greater than 85 percent and viscosity greater 
than or equal to 90 cps.
(4) PVA with a hydrolysis greater than 85 percent, viscosity greater 
than or equal to 80 cps but less than 90 cps, certified for use in an 
ink jet application.
(5) PVA for use in the manufacture of an excipient or as an excipient 
in the manufacture of film coating systems which are components of a 
drug or dietary supplement, and accompanied by an end-use 
certification.
(6) PVA covalently bonded with cationic monomer uniformly present on 
all polymer chains in a concentration equal to or greater than one mole 
percent.
(7) PVA covalently bonded with carboxylic acid uniformly present on all 
polymer chains in a concentration equal to or greater than two mole 
percent, certified for use in a paper application.
(8) PVA covalently bonded with thiol uniformly present on all polymer 
chains, certified for use in emulsion polymerization of non-vinyl 
acetic material.
(9) PVA covalently bonded with paraffin uniformly present on all 
polymer chains in a concentration equal to or greater than one mole 
percent.
(10) PVA covalently bonded with silan uniformly present on all polymer 
chains certified for use in paper coating applications.
(11) PVA covalently bonded with sulfonic acid uniformly present on all 
polymer chains in a concentration level equal to or greater than one 
mole percent.
(12) PVA covalently bonded with acetoacetylate uniformly present on all 
polymer chains in a concentration level equal to or greater than one 
mole percent.
(13) PVA covalently bonded with polyethylene oxide uniformly present on 
all polymer chains in a concentration level equal to or greater than 
one mole percent.
(14) PVA covalently bonded with quaternary amine uniformly present on 
all polymer chains in a concentration level equal to or greater than 
one mole percent.
(15) PVA covalently bonded with diacetoneacrylamide uniformly present 
on all polymer chains in a concentration level greater than three mole 
percent, certified for use in a paper application.
    The merchandise under investigation is currently classifiable under 
subheading 3905.30.00 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the

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United States (HTSUS). Although the HTSUS subheading is provided for 
convenience and customs purposes, the written description of the scope 
of this proceeding is dispositive.

Antidumping Duty Order:

    On September 25, 2003, the International Trade Commission (the ITC) 
notified the Department of Commerce (the Department) of its final 
determination pursuant to section 735(b)(1)(A)(i) of the Tariff Act of 
1930, as amended (the Act), that the industry in the United States 
producing PVA is materially injured by reason of less-than-fair-value 
imports of subject merchandise from the People's Republic of China 
(PRC). Therefore, in accordance with section 736(a)(1) of the Act, the 
Department will direct the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 
(Customs) to assess, upon further advice by the Department, antidumping 
duties equal to the amount by which the normal value of the merchandise 
exceeds the export price of the merchandise for all relevant entries of 
PVA from the PRC. These antidumping duties will be assessed on all 
unliquidated entries of PVA from the PRC entered, or withdrawn from the 
warehouse, for consumption on or after March 20, 2003, the date on 
which the Department published its Notice of Preliminary Determination 
of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final 
Determination: Polyvinyl Alcohol From the People's Republic of China, 
68 FR 13674 (March 20, 2003).
    On or after the date of publication of the ITC's notice of final 
determination in the Federal Register, Customs will require, at the 
same time as importers would normally deposit estimated duties on this 
merchandise, cash deposits for the subject merchandise equal to the 
estimated weighted-average antidumping duty margins listed below. The 
PRC-wide rate applies to all exporters of subject merchandise except 
for Sinopec Sichuan Vinylon Works.

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                                                             Margin
                 Manufacturer/exporter                  [chyph](percent)
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Sinopec Sichuan Vinylon Works.........................             6.91
PRC-wide..............................................             7.86
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    This notice constitutes the antidumping duty order with respect to 
PVA from the PRC, pursuant to section 736(a) of the Act. Interested 
parties may contact the Department's Central Records Unit, Room B-099 
of the Main Commerce Building, for copies of an updated list of 
antidumping duty orders currently in effect.
    This order is published in accordance with section 736(a) of the 
Act and 9 CFR 351.211.

    Dated: September 25, 2003.
James J. Jochum,
Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.
[FR Doc. 03-24899 Filed 9-30-03; 8:45 am]
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