Calgon Carbons 1 Corporation and Norit Americas Incorporated
May 3, 2006
MEMORANDUM TO: James C. Doyle
AD/CVD Operations, Office 9
THROUGH: Carrie Blozy
AD/CVD Operations, Office 9
FROM: Catherine Bertrand
Senior Case Analyst
AD/CVD Operations, Office 9
SUBJECT: Selection of Respondents for the Antidumping Investigation of
Certain Activated Carbon from the People’s Republic of China
On April 4, 2006, the Department of Commerce (“Department”) issued a quantity and value
(“Q&V”) letter to the companies that the Petitioners1 identified as potential producers and
exporters of certain activated carbon from the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”). See Petition
at Exhibit General-3
We were unable to issue a Q&V questionnaire to certain companies listed in the Petition because
the addresses provided were undeliverable. We conducted internet research to obtain correct
addresses, but were unable to locate alternate addresses. The companies that we could not send a
Q&V questionnaire to are: Chifeng Organic Chemicals Plant; Datong City Guanghua Activated
Carbon Plant; Hequ County Calcium Carbide Plant; Jilin Donglin Smelting Co.; Ningxia
Fengyuan Activated Carbon; Ningxiang Tain Fu Activated Carbon; Puchang Forest Products
General Chemicals Plant; and Wuha County Forest Products General Chemical Works. See
Memo to the File from Catherine Bertrand dated April 5, 2006.
We note that in addition to obtaining responses from certain 2 of the companies to whom we had issued a
questionnaire, the Department obtained responses from other Chinese producer/exporters of activated carbon that
were not previously identified. Although we received a Q&V from Jilin Province Bright Future Industry &
Commerce Co. Ltd. and Jilin Province Bright Future Chemicals Co. Ltd., we are considering them as one company
for the Q&V reporting.
3Regarding respondent selection in general, see also 19 CFR 351.204(c)(2005).
The Department received Q&V responses from twenty-three producers/exporters that exported
subject merchandise to the United States during the period of investigation (“POI”), July 1, 2005,
through December 31, 2005.2
For the reasons set forth below, we have determined that it is not practicable to examine all
known exporters of certain activated carbon from the PRC.
Issue 1: Limiting Examination to a Reasonable Number of Companies
Section 777A(c)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (“the Act”), directs the Department to
calculate individual dumping margins for each known exporter and producer of the subject
merchandise.3 However, section 777A(c)(2) of the Act gives the Department discretion to limit
its examination to a reasonable number of such companies if it is not practicable to examine all
After careful consideration of the complexities expected to arise in this investigation and our
resources, we believe that it would be impracticable in this investigation to examine all
producers/exporters of the subject merchandise. The Department expects this case to be
particularly complex due to the large number of potential separate rates applicants. Moreover,
we anticipate a large numbers of transactions and a broad range of product characteristics to
investigate. In addition to this investigation, this office does not have the resources to investigate
all known producers and/or exporters of the subject merchandise, because our current and
anticipated workload include the antidumping administrative review of glycine from the PRC,
the third antidumping administrative review of honey from the PRC, with five companies, and
two new shipper reviews, the first administrative review of ironing tables from the PRC, and the
first antidumping administrative review of tissue paper from the PRC. Furthermore, many of the
deadlines for our current case assignments coincide with those of the certain activated carbon
investigation. Therefore, considering the above factors, we believe we can reasonably examine
no more than three of the twenty-three producers/exporters for whom we received Q&V
Issue 2: Selection of Respondents
Where it is not practicable to examine all known producers or exporters of subject merchandise,
section 777A(c)(2) of the Act permits us to limit our investigation to: 1) a sample of exporters,
producers, or types of products that is statistically valid based on the information available at the
time of selection, or 2) exporters and producers accounting for the largest volume of the subject
merchandise that can reasonably be examined. In this proceeding, we have determined to select
the largest producers/exporters in order to cover the greatest possible export volume, pursuant to
section 777A(c)(2)(B) of the Act.
Accordingly, we intend to examine the exporters/producers accounting for the largest volume of
the subject merchandise exported/supplied to the United States during the POI. We are basing
volume on the total kilograms of certain activated carbon shipped during the POI.
The three exporters/producers accounting for the largest volume of subject merchandise
shipped/exported during the POI are Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., Ltd., Tianjin Jacobi Int’l
Trading Co., Ltd., and Datong Huibao Activated Carbon Co. Ltd and its affiliated company
Beijing Hibridge Trading Co. Ltd. An analysis of the Q&V responses reveals that these three
producers/exporters of the subject merchandise accounted for [*****] percent of exports to the
United States during the POI by companies that submitted Q&V responses. See Attachment 1.
Given the large number of exporters in the PRC, this amount represents a significant proportion
of the total export volume. Therefore, we recommend limiting our investigation of mandatory
respondents to Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., Ltd., Tianjin Jacobi Int’l Trading Co., Ltd., and
Datong Huibao Activated Carbon Co. Ltd. and its affiliated company Beijing Hibridge Trading
Co. Ltd., the producers/exporters with the largest volume of imports into the U.S. market during
Issue 3: Whether to investigate voluntary respondents
Section 782(a) of the Act directs the Department to calculate individual rates for firms that
provide information voluntarily, except where the number of such respondents is so large that
the calculation of individual dumping margins for all such respondents would be unduly
burdensome and would inhibit the timely completion of the investigation. Although no firms
have offered to be voluntary respondents at this time, it is possible that, once we have identified
which firms we have selected as mandatory respondents, some firms that were not selected may
also ask to be voluntary respondents.
For the same reasons noted above, it will not be practicable to investigate more than three
mandatory respondents in this investigation. Therefore, as long as the selected mandatory
respondents cooperate in this investigation, we will not be able to calculate individual rates for
We recommend examining three out of the twenty-three producers and/or exporters from whom
we received Q&V responses. We recommend selecting as the mandatory respondents in this
investigation: Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co., Ltd., Tianjin Jacobi Int’l Trading Co., Ltd., and Datong
Huibao Activated Carbon Co. Ltd. and its affiliated company Beijing Hibridge Trading Co. Ltd.,
the three producers/exporters with the largest export volume during the POI, as shown in
We propose that we not calculate individual rates for any non-selected companies that may place
full responses on the record, as long as the three mandatory respondents continue to cooperate in
this investigation. If, however, a mandatory respondent fails to cooperate, and companies that
wish to be treated as voluntary respondents have submitted timely responses, we may select a
voluntary respondent to replace that mandatory respondent, under the following conditions:
1. Pursuant to section 782(a) of the Act, the voluntary respondent must have met
filing deadlines for information requested (and otherwise comply with all other
2. If there is more than one potential voluntary respondent, we will select the
voluntary respondent based on the order of each company’s submission of a
written request for investigation as a voluntary respondent. See Preamble to the
Department’s final regulations, 62 FR 27296, 27310 (May 19, 1997).
3. O n c e s elected, a voluntary respondent that subsequently decides not to
cooperate in the investigation will be treated in the same manner as a
mandatory respondent who fails to cooperate. See 19 CFR 351.204(d)(2).
In calculating the all-others rate for companies that are not selected as mandatory respondents, but
which demonstrate their entitlement to a separate rate under section 735(c)(5) of the Act, the
Department will exclude the weighted-average dumping margins for voluntary respondents from the
calculation pursuant to 19 CFR 351.204(d)(3).
James C. Doyle
AD/CVD Operations, Office 9
Respondent Selection: Certain Activated Carbon from the PRC
Of the twenty-three potential respondents that responded to the Department’s Q&V letter, we
have selected the three largest certain activated carbon producers/exporters from the PRC based
on the total quantity in kilograms of certain activated carbon exported during the POI as reported
by the following companies to the Department:
Company Quantity (Kg) Total Value
Percent of Total
1、Calgon Carbon Tianjin Co. Ltd.
2、Tianjin Jacobi Int’l Trading Co. Ltd.
3、Datong Huibao Activated Carbon Co. Ltd./Beijing Hibridge
4、Jilin Province Bright Future Industry
& Commerce Co. Ltd./Jilin Province Bright Future Chemicals Co. Ltd.
5、Datong Municipial Yunguang Activated Carbon Co. Ltd.
6、Ningxia Huahui Activated Carbon Co. Ltd.
7、United Manufacturing Int’l (Beijing) Ltd.
8、Ningxia Guanghua Activated Carbon Co. Ltd.
9、Shanxi Industry Technology Trading Co. Ltd.
10、Shanxi DMD Corp [ ][ ]
11、Shanxi Xuanzhong Chemical Industry Co. Ltd.
12、Tangshan Solid Carbon Co., Ltd.
13、Panshan Import & Export Corp.
14、Beijing Pacific Activated Carbon Products Co. Ltd.
15、Ningxia Guanghua Cherishment Activated Carbon Co. Ltd.
16、Hebei Foreign Trade & Advertising Corp.
17、Shanxi Qixian Foreign Trade Corp.
18、Shanxi Newtime Co. Ltd.
19、Shanxi Sincere Industrial Co. Ltd.
20、Ningxia Mineral & Chemical Ltd.
21、Xi’an Shuntong Int’l Trade & Industries Co. Ltd.
22、Datong Locomotive Coal & Chemical Co., Ltd.
23、Datong Juqiang Activated Carbon Co., Ltd
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