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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

International Trade Administration

[A-570-979]

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

AGENCY: Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.
SUMMARY: Based on affirmative final determinations by the Department of Commerce (the "Department") and the International Trade Commission ("ITC"), the Department is issuing an antidumping duty order on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into modules ("solar cells"), from the People's Republic of China ("PRC"). In addition, the Department is amending its final determination to correct certain ministerial errors.
DATES: Effective Date:December 7, 2012.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Pedersen, Krisha Hill, or Drew Jackson, AD/CVD Operations, Office 4, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482-2769, (202) 482-4037, or (202) 482-4406, respectively.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background

In accordance with sections 735(d) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“Act”), on October 17, 2012, the Department published the final determination of sales at less than fair value, and affirmative final determination of critical circumstances, in part, in the antidumping duty investigation of solar cells from the PRC.1 On November 30, 2012, the ITC notified the Department of its affirmative determination of material injury to a U.S. industry.2 In addition, the ITC notified the Department of its final determination that critical circumstances do not exist with respect to imports of solar cells from the PRC that are subject to the Department's affirmative critical circumstances finding.3

1 See Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Assembled into Modules, from the People's Republic of China: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, and Affirmative Final Determination of Critical Circumstances, in Part,77 FR 63791 (October 17, 2012) (“Final Determination”).

2 See Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells and Modules from China (Investigation Nos. 701-TA-481 and 731-TA-1190 (Final), USITC Publication 4360, November 2012).

3 See id.

Scope of the Order

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

This order covers 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.

Merchandise under consideration may be described at the time of importation as parts for final finished products that are assembled after importation, including, but not limited to, modules, laminates, panels, building-integrated modules, building-integrated panels, or other finished goods kits. Such parts that otherwise meet the definition of merchandiseunder consideration are included in the scope of 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 10,000mm2in 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 cell. 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.

Modules, laminates, and panels produced in a third-country from cells produced in the PRC are covered by this order; however, modules, laminates, and panels produced in the PRC from cells produced in a third-country are not covered by this order.

Merchandise covered by this order is currently classified in the Harmonized Tariff System of the United States (“HTSUS”) under subheadings 8501.61.0000, 8507.20.80, 8541.40.6020, 8541.40.6030, and 8501.31.8000.4 These HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and customs purposes; the written description of the scope of this order is dispositive.

4U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) provided notification that HTSUS number 8501.31.8000 should be added to the scope of the investigation, as certain articles under this number may fall within the scope.SeeMemorandum from Gene H. Calvert through Mark Hoadley to the File, “ACE Case Reference File Update,” dated May 16, 2012.

Amendment to the Final Determination

On October 17, 2012, the Department published its affirmative final determination in this proceeding.5 On October 19, 2012, Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd. (“Wuxi Suntech”) respondent in the investigation, submitted timely ministerial error allegations and requested that the Department correct the alleged ministerial errors in the dumping margin calculations. On October 24, 2012, Solar World Industries America, Inc., (“Petitioner”) submitted timely rebuttal comments. No other interested party submitted ministerial error allegations or replied to Wuxi Suntech's submission.

5 See Final Determination.

After analyzing all interested party comments and rebuttals, we have determined, in accordance with section 735(e) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.224(e), that we made the following ministerial errors in our calculations for theFinal Determinationwith respect to Wuxi Suntech:

• In calculating net U.S. price, we incorrectly overstated the amount of certain advertising expenses that we deducted from gross price.

• In calculating the weighted average unit value of reported silicon wafers, we incorrectly overstated the quantity of silicon wafers purchased from non-market economy suppliers.

In addition to correcting the ministerial errors described above, we corrected an error regarding the valuation of Wuxi Suntech's installation manuals.6

6For a detailed discussion of all alleged ministerial errors, as well as the Department's analysis,seememorandum regarding, “Ministerial Error Memorandum, Amended Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value: Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Assembled into Modules, from the People's Republic of China,” dated concurrently with this notice (“Ministerial Error Memorandum”).

In theFinal Determination,we determined that a number of companies, in addition to the mandatory respondents, qualified for a separate rate.7 Since the cash deposit rate for the separate rate respondents is based on the average of the margins for the mandatory respondents, and the margin for Wuxi Suntech changed as a result of the aforementioned ministerial errors, we have revised the calculation of the dumping margin for the separate rate respondents in the amended final determination.8 The amended weighted average dumping margins are provided, below.

7 See Final Determination.

8 SeeMinisterial Error Memorandum.

Antidumping Duty Order

As noted above, on November 30, 2012, in accordance with section 735(d) of the Act, the ITC notified the Department of its final determination in this investigation, in which it found material injury with respect to solar cells from the PRC. Because the ITC determined that imports of solar cells from the PRC are materially injuring a U.S. industry, unliquidated entries of such merchandise from the PRC, entered or withdrawn from warehouse, are subject to the assessment of antidumping duties.

Therefore, in accordance with section 736(a)(1) of the Act, the Department will direct CBP to assess, upon further instruction by the Department, antidumping duties equal to the amount by which the normal value of the merchandise exceeds the export price (or constructed export price) of the merchandise, for all relevant entries of solar cells from the PRC. These antidumping duties will be assessed on unliquidated entries from the PRC entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after May 25, 2012, the date on which the Department published itsPreliminary Determination, 9 but will not include entries occurring after the expiration of the provisional measures period and before publication of the ITC's final injury determination as further described below.

9 See Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Assembled Into Modules, From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination and Affirmative Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances,77 FR 31309 (May 25, 2012) (“Preliminary Determination”).

Continuation of Suspension of Liquidation

In accordance with section 735(c)(1)(B) of the Act, we will instruct CBP to continue to suspend liquidation on entries of subject merchandise from the PRC. We will also instruct CBP to require cash deposits equal to the estimated amount by which the normal value exceeds the U.S. price as indicated in the chart below. These cash deposit rates will be adjusted, where appropriate, for export subsidies. These instructions suspending liquidation will remain in effect until further notice.

Accordingly, effective on the date of publication of the ITC's final affirmative injury determination, CBP will require, at the same time as importers would normally deposit estimated duties on this subject merchandise, a cash deposit equal to the estimated weighted-average antidumping duty margins as discussed above, adjusted, where appropriate, for export subsidies.10 The “PRC-wide” rate applies to all exporters of subject merchandise not specifically listed.

10 Seesection 736(a)(3) of the Act.

Provisional Measures

Section 733(d) of the Act states that instructions issued pursuant to an affirmative preliminary determination may not remain in effect for more than four months except where exporters representing a significant proportion of exports of the subject merchandise request the Department to extend that four-month period to no more than six months. At the request of exporters that account for a significant proportion of exports of solar cells from the PRC, we extended the four-month period to no more than six months.11 In the underlying investigation, the Department published thePreliminaryDeterminationon May 25, 2012.12 Therefore, the six-month period beginning on the date of the publication of thePreliminary Determinationended on November 21, 2012. Furthermore, section 737(b) of the Act states that definitive duties are to begin on the date of publication of the ITC's final injury determination.

11 See Preliminary Determination.

12 See Preliminary Determination.

Therefore, in accordance with section 733(d) of the Act and our practice, we will instruct CBP to terminate the suspension of liquidation and to liquidate, without regard to antidumping duties, unliquidated entries of solar cells from the PRC entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption after November 21, 2012, the date provisional measures expired, and through the day preceding the date of publication of the ITC's final injury determination in theFederal Register. Suspension of liquidation will resume on and after the date of publication of the ITC's final injury determination in theFederal Register.

The weighted-average dumping margins are as follows:

Exporter Producer Weighted-average percent margin Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd. and Trina Solar (Changzhou) Science & Technology Co., Ltd Changzhou Trina Solar Energy Co., Ltd 18.32 Trina Solar (Changzhou) Science & Technology Co., Ltd 18.32 Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd., Luoyang Suntech Power Co., Ltd., Suntech Power Co., Ltd. and Wuxi Sun-shine Power Co., Ltd Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd
  • Luoyang Suntech Power Co., Ltd
  • Suntech Power Co., Ltd
  • Wuxi Sun-shine Power Co., Ltd
  • 29.14
  • 29.14
  • 29.14
  • 29.14
  • Baoding Tianwei Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd Baoding Tianwei Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd 24.48 Yingli Energy (China) Company Limited 24.48 Tianwei New Energy (Chengdu) PV Module Co., Ltd Tianwei New Energy (Chengdu) PV Module Co., Ltd 24.48 Canadian Solar International Limited Canadian Solar Manufacturing (Changshu) Inc 24.48 Canadian Solar Manufacturing (Luoyang) Inc 24.48 Canadian Solar Manufacturing (Changshu) Inc Canadian Solar Manufacturing (Changshu), Inc 24.48 Canadian Solar Manufacturing (Luoyang) Inc Canadian Solar Manufacturing (Luoyang), Inc 24.48 Hanwha Solarone (Qidong) Co., Ltd Hanwha Solarone (Qidong) Co., Ltd 24.48 CEEG (Shanghai) Solar Science Technology Co., Ltd CEEG (Shanghai) Solar Science Technology Co., Ltd 24.48 CEEG Nanjing Renewable Energy Co., Ltd 24.48 CEEG Nanjing Renewable Energy Co., Ltd CEEG Nanjing Renewable Energy Co., Ltd 24.48 Jiawei Solarchina Co., Ltd Jiawei Solarchina (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd 24.48 Yingli Energy (China) Company Limited Yingli Energy (China) Company Limited 24.48 Baoding Tianwei Yingli New Energy Resources Co., Ltd 24.48 LDK Solar Hi-tech (Nanchang) Co., Ltd LDK Solar Hi-tech (Nanchang) Co., Ltd 24.48 LDK Solar Hi-tech (Suzhou) Co., Ltd LDK Solar Hi-tech (Suzhou) Co., Ltd 24.48 Jiawei Solarchina (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd Jiawei Solarchina (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd 24.48 Changzhou NESL Solartech Co., Ltd Changzhou NESL Solartech Co., Ltd 24.48 China Sunergy (Nanjing) Co., Ltd China Sunergy (Nanjing) Co., Ltd 24.48 Chint Solar (Zhejiang) Co., Ltd Chint Solar (Zhejiang) Co., Ltd 24.48 Suzhou Shenglong PV-Tech Co., Ltd Suzhou Shenglong PV-TECH Co., Ltd 24.48 tenKsolar (Shanghai) Co., Ltd tenKsolar (Shanghai) Co., Ltd 24.48 Upsolar Group, Co., Ltd HC Solar Power Co., Ltd 24.48 Zhiheng Solar Inc 24.48 Zhejiang Leye Photovoltaic Science & Technology Co., Ltd 24.48 Tianwei New Energy (Chengdu) PV Module Co., Ltd 24.48 Zhejiang ZG-Cells Co., Ltd 24.48 Zhejiang Xinshun Guangfu Science and Technology Co., Ltd 24.48 Zhejiang Jiutai New Energy Co., Ltd 24.48 Wanxiang Import & Export Co., Ltd Zhejiang Wanxiang Solar Co., Ltd 24.48 Jinko Solar Import and Export Co., Ltd Jinko Solar Co., Ltd 24.48 JinkoSolar International Limited Jinko Solar Co., Ltd 24.48 CNPV Dongying Solar Power Co., Ltd CNPV Dongying Solar Power Co., LTD 24.48 CSG PVTech Co., Ltd CSG PVTech Co., Ltd 24.48 Delsolar Co., Ltd DelSolar (Wujiang) Ltd 24.48 Dongfang Electric (Yixing) MAGI Solar Power Technology Co., Ltd Dongfang Electric (Yixing) MAGl Solar Power Technology Co., Ltd 24.48 Eoplly New Energy Technology Co., Ltd Eoplly New Energy Technology Co., Ltd 24.48 ERA Solar Co., Ltd ERA Solar Co., Ltd 24.48 ET Solar Energy Limited ET Solar Industry Limited 24.48 Hangzhou Zhejiang University Sunny Energy Science and Technology Co., Ltd Hangzhou Zhejiang University Sunny Energy Science and Technology Co., Ltd 24.48 Himin Clean Energy Holdings Co., Ltd Himin Clean Energy Holdings Co., Ltd 24.48 JA Solar Technology Yangzhou Co., Ltd JingAo Solar Co., Ltd 24.48 Jetion Solar (China) Co., Ltd Jetion Solar (China) Co., Ltd 24.48 Jiangsu Green Power PV Co., Ltd Jiangsu Green Power PV Co., Ltd 24.48 Jiangsu Sunlink PV Technology Co., Ltd Jiangsu Sunlink PV Technology Co., Ltd 24.48 JingAo Solar Co., Ltd JingAo Solar Co., Ltd 24.48 Konca Solar Cell Co., Ltd Konca Solar Cell Co., Ltd 24.48 Leye Photovoltaic Co., Ltd Leye Photovoltaic Co., Ltd 24.48
    Lightway Green New Energy Co., Ltd Lightway Green New Energy Co., Ltd 24.48 Motech (Suzhou) Renewable Energy Co., Ltd Motech (Suzhou) Renewable Energy Co., Ltd 24.48 Ningbo ETDZ Holdings, Ltd Hangzhou Zhejiang University Sunny Energy Science and Technology Co., LTD 24.48 Ningbo Komaes Solar Technology Co., Ltd Ningbo Komaes Solar Technology Co., Ltd 24.48 Ningbo Qixin Solar Electrical Appliance Co., Ltd Ningbo Qixin Solar Electrical Appliance Co., Ltd 24.48 Ningbo Ulica Solar Science & Technology Co., Ltd Ningbo Ulica Solar Science & Technology Co., Ltd 24.48 Perlight Solar Co., Ltd Perlight Solar Co., Ltd 24.48 Risen Energy Co., Ltd Risen Energy Co., Ltd 24.48 Shanghai BYD Company Limited Shanghai BYD Company Limited 24.48 Shanghai JA Solar Technology Co., Ltd Shanghai JA Solar Technology Co., Ltd 24.48 Shanghai Solar Energy Science & Technology Co., Ltd Shanghai Solar Energy Science & Technology Co., Ltd 24.48 Shenzhen Topray Solar Co., Ltd Shenzhen Topray Solar Co., Ltd 24.48 Solarbest Energy-Tech (Zhejiang) Co., Ltd Solarbest Energy-Tech (Zhejiang) Co., Ltd 24.48 Sopray Energy Co., Ltd Sopray Energy Co., Ltd 24.48 Sumec Hardware & Tools Co., Ltd Phono Solar Technology Co., Ltd 24.48 Sun Earth Solar Power Co., Ltd Sun Earth Solar Power Co., Ltd 24.48 Yuhuan Sinosola Science & Technology Co., Ltd Yuhuan Sinosola Science & Technology Co., Ltd 24.48 Yuhuan Solar Energy Source Co., Ltd Yuhuan Solar Energy Source Co., Ltd 24.48 Zhejiang Jiutai New Energy Co., Ltd Zhejiang Topoint Photovoltaic Co., Ltd 24.48 Zhejiang Shuqimeng Photovoltaic Technology Co., Ltd Zhejiang Shuqimeng Photovoltaic Technology Co., Ltd 24.48 Zhejiang Sunflower Light Energy Science & Technology Limited Liability Company Zhejiang Sunflower Light Energy Science & Technology Limited Liability Company 24.48 PRC-Wide Rate 249.96

    With regard to the ITC's negative critical circumstances determination on imports of the solar cells from the PRC, we will instruct CBP to lift suspension and to release any bond or other security, and refund any cash deposit made, to secure the payment of estimated antidumping duties with respect to entries of the merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after February 25, 2012 (i.e.,90 days prior to the date of publication of thePreliminary Determination), but before May 25, 2012.

    This notice constitutes the antidumping duty order with respect to solar cells from the PRC pursuant to section 736(a) of the Act. Interested parties may contact the Department's Central Records Unit, Room 7043 of the main Commerce building, for copies of an updated list of antidumping duty orders currently in effect.

    This order and amended final determination are published in accordance with sections 736(a) and 735(e) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.211 and 351.224(e).

    Dated: December 3, 2012. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration.