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International Trade Administration

[C-570-971]

Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Court Decision Not in Harmony With Final Determination of Countervailing Duty Investigation and Notice of Amended Countervailing Duty Order

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: On November 15, 2012,1 the United States Court of International Trade ("CIT") sustained the Department of Commerce's ("the Department")results of redetermination2 pursuant to the CIT'sRemand Order. 3

1 See Fine Furniture (Shanghai) Limited, et al. (Plaintiff) and Hunchun Forest Wolf Industry Company Limited, et al. (Plaintiff-Intervenors)v.United States (Defendant) and the Coalition for American Hardwood Parity(Defendant-Intervenors), Slip-Op. 12-138 (CIT 2012).

2 SeeFinal Results of Redetermination Pursuant to Remand inFine Furniture (Shanghai) Limited, et al. (Plaintiff) and Hunchun Forest Wolf Industry Company Limited, et al. (Plaintiff-Intervenors)v.United States (Defendant) and the Coalition for American Hardwood Parity (Defendant-Intervenors),CIT Court No. 11-00533, (October 31, 2012) (Public Version) ("Remand Results").

3 See Fine Furniture (Shanghai) Limited, et al. (Plaintiff) and Hunchun Forest Wolf Industry Company Limited, et al. (Plaintiff-Intervenors)v.United States (Defendant) and the Coalition for American Hardwood Parity(Defendant-Intervenors), Slip-Op. 12-113 (CIT 2012) ("Remand Order").

Consistent with the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ("CAFC") inTimken, 4 as clarified byDiamond Sawblades, 5 the Department is notifying the public that the final judgment in this case is not in harmony with the Department'sWood Flooring Final, 6 and is amending the final affirmative countervailing duty ("CVD") determination and order on multilayered wood flooring ("wood flooring") from the People's Republic of China ("PRC") covering the period of investigation, January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2009, with respect to the inclusion of Shanghai Eswell Enterprise Co., Ltd. ("Eswell Enterprise") and Elegant Living Corporation ("Elegant Living") on the list of non-cooperating companies.

4 See Timken Co.v.United States,893 F.2d 337 (CAFC 1990) ("Timken").

5 See Diamond Sawblades Mfrs. Coalitionv.United States,626 F.3d 1374 (CAFC 2010) ("Diamond Sawblades").

6 See Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination,76 FR 64313 (October 18, 2011) ("Wood Flooring Final").

DATES: Effective Date:November 26, 2012.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joshua Morris, AD/CVD Operations, Office 1, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-1779.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Subsequent to completion of its CVD investigation of wood flooring from the PRC, parties filed a suit with the CIT challenging the inclusion of Eswell Enterprise and Elegant Living in the non-cooperating companies list. On August 31, 2012, the CIT remanded to the Department the issue of inclusion of Eswell Enterprise and Elegant Living on that list.7 The Department filed itsRemand Resultson October 31, 2012. On November 15, 2012, the CIT upheld the Department'sRemand Resultswherein the Department reconsidered the inclusion of Elegant Living and Eswell Enterprises on the list of non-cooperating companies, and determined to remove Eswell Enterprise and Elegant Living from that list.8

7 See Remand Order.

8 See Remand Results.

Timken Notice

In its decision inTimken,as clarified byDiamond Sawblades,the CAFC held that, pursuant to section 516(e) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“the Act”), the Department must publish a notice of a court decision that is not “in harmony” with a Department determination and must suspend liquidation of entries pending a “conclusive” court decision.9 The CIT's November 15, 2012, judgment sustaining theRemand Resultsconstitutes a final decision of that court that is not in harmony with theWood Flooring Final.This notice is published in fulfillment of the publication requirements ofTimken.Accordingly, the Department will continue the suspension of liquidation of the subject merchandise pending the expiration of the period of appeal or, if appealed, pending a final and conclusive court decision.

9 See Timken,893 F.2d at 341.

Amended Final Determination and Countervailing Duty Order

Because there is now a final court decision with respect to Eswell Enterprise and Elegant Living, we are amending theWood Flooring Finaland theAmended CVD Order 10 on wood flooring with respect to the margin for Eswell Enterprise and Elegant Living. Consequently, the Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to impose cash deposits on entries of the subject merchandise exported by Eswell Enterprise or Elegant Living at the all-others rate of 1.50 percent.

10 See Multilayered Wood Flooring From the People's Republic of China: Amended Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders,77 FR 5484 (February 3, 2012) (“Amended CVD Order”).

This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 516A(e)(1), 751(a)(1), and 777(i)(1) of the Act.

Dated: November 23, 2012. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.