[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 47 (Tuesday, March 11, 2014)]
[Page 13617]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-05249]



International Trade Administration


Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products From the 
People's Republic of China: Postponement of Preliminary Determination 
in the Countervailing Duty Investigation

AGENCY: Enforcement and Compliance, formerly Import Administration, 
International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Justin Neuman at (202) 482-0486 or 
Milton Koch at (202) 482-2584, AD/CVD Operations, Enforcement and 
Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of 
Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 



    On January 22, 2014, the Department of Commerce (the Department) 
initiated the countervailing duty investigation of certain crystalline 
silicon photovoltaic products from the People's Republic of China 
(PRC).\1\ Currently, the preliminary determination is due no later than 
March 28, 2014.

    \1\ See Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products From 
the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Countervailing Duty 
Investigation, 79 FR 4667 (January 29, 2014).

Postponement of Due Date for the Preliminary Determination

    Section 703(b)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), 
requires the Department to issue the preliminary determination in a 
countervailing duty investigation within 65 days after the date on 
which the Department initiated the investigation. However, if the 
Department concludes that the parties concerned in the investigation 
are cooperating and determines that the investigation is 
extraordinarily complicated, section 703(c)(1)(B) of the Act allows the 
Department to postpone making the preliminary determination until no 
later than 130 days after the date on which the administering authority 
initiated the investigation.
    The Department determines that the parties involved in this 
proceeding are cooperating, and that the investigation is 
extraordinarily complicated.\2\ Specifically, the Department is 
investigating numerous alleged subsidy programs in the PRC; these 
programs include preferential loans and directed credit, debt 
forgiveness, grants, tax incentives, export incentive programs, and the 
provision of goods, services, and land for less than adequate 
remuneration. Due to the number and complexity of the alleged 
countervailable subsidy practices being investigated, we determine that 
this investigation is extraordinarily complicated. Therefore, in 
accordance with section 703(c)(1)(B) of the Act, we are postponing the 
due date for the preliminary determination to not later than 130 days 
after the day on which the investigation was initiated. Thus, the 
deadline for completion of the preliminary determinations is now June 
1, 2014. Because the deadline falls on a non-business day, in 
accordance with the Department's practice, the deadline will become the 
next business day, June 2, 2014.\3\

    \2\ See section 703(c)(1)(B) of the Act.
    \3\ See Notice of Clarification: Application of ``Next Business 
Day'' Rule for Administrative Determination Deadlines Pursuant to 
the Tariff Act of 1930, as Amended, 70 FR 24533 (May 10, 2005).

    This notice is issued and published pursuant to section 703(c)(2) 
of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(f)(1).

    Dated: March 5, 2014.
Paul Piquado,
Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2014-05249 Filed 3-10-14; 8:45 am]