Amendment to the Beef Promotion and Research Rules and Regulations, 58095-58100 [05-20016]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 192 / Wednesday, October 5, 2005 / Proposed Rules Effective date. This marketing agreement shall become effective upon the execution of a counterpart hereof by the Department in accordance with section 900.14(a) of the aforesaid rules of practice and procedure. In Witness Whereof, The contracting handlers, acting under the provisions of the Act, for the purposes and subject to the limitations herein contained and not otherwise, have hereunto set their respective hands and seals. Signature By (Name) (Title) lllllllllllllll (Address) lllllllllllll (Seal) Attest inspected at this location between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays, or on the Internet at http://www.ams.usda.gov/ lsg/mpb/rp-beef.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenneth R. Payne, Chief, Marketing Programs Branch on 202/720–1115, fax 202/720–1125, or by e-mail at Kenneth.Payne@usda.gov. [FR Doc. 05–20017 Filed 10–4–05; 8:45 am] Executive Order 12988 BILLING CODE 3410–02–P This proposed rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12988, Civil Justice Reform. This rule is not intended to have a retroactive effect. Section 11 of the Act provides that nothing in the Act may be construed to preempt or supersede any other program relating to beef promotion organized and operated under the laws of the United States or any State. There are no administrative proceedings that must be exhausted prior to any judicial challenge to the provisions of this rule. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service 7 CFR Part 1260 [No. LS–01–06] Amendment to the Beef Promotion and Research Rules and Regulations Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: This proposed rule would amend the Beef Promotion and Research Order (Order) established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 1985 (Act) to reduce assessment levels for imported beef and beef products based on revised determinations of live animal equivalencies and to update and expand the Harmonized Tariff System numbers and categories, which identify imported live cattle, beef, and beef products to conform with recent updates in the numbers and categories used by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP). DATES: Written comments regarding changes to this proposed rule must be received by December 5, 2005. ADDRESSES: Send any written comments to Kenneth R. Payne, Chief; Marketing Programs Branch, Room 2638–S; Livestock and Seed Program; Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), USDA; STOP 0251; 1400 Independence Avenue, SW.; Washington, DC 20250– 0251. Comments may be sent by facsimile to 202/720–1125 and by electronic mail to BeefComments@usda.gov or www.regulations.gov. State that your comments refer to Docket No. LS–01– 06. Comments received may be SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Oct 04, 2005 Jkt 208001 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Executive Order 12866 The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has waived the review process required by Executive Order 12866 for this action. Regulatory Flexibility Act Pursuant to requirements set forth in the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), the Administration has considered the economic effect of this action on small entities and has determined that this proposed rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small business entities. The effect of the Order upon small entities was discussed in the July 18, 1986 Federal Register [51 FR 26132]. The purpose of RFA is to fit regulatory actions to the scale of businesses subject to such actions in order that small businesses will not be unduly burdened. There are approximately 270 importers who import beef or edible beef products into the United States and 198 importers who import live cattle into the United States. The majority of these operations subject to the Order are considered small businesses under the criteria established by the Small Business Administration (SBA) [13 CFR 121.201]. SBA defines small agricultural businesses as those with annual receipts of less than $5 million. The proposed rule imposes no significant burden on the industry. It would merely update and expand the HTS numbers and categories to conform to recent updates in the numbers and categories used by USCBP. This PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 58095 proposed rule also adjusts the live animal equivalencies used to determine the amount of assessments collected on imported beef and beef products. This adjustment reflects an increase in the average dressed weight of cows slaughtered under Federal inspection that has occurred since the inception of the Beef Checkoff Program. Total import assessments collected under the Beef Checkoff Program in 2004 were $8,322,145 including both live cattle and beef and beef products. The Department estimates that the proposed adjustment for 2005 could result in a decrease in importer assessment of approximately $800,000. Accordingly, the Administrator of AMS has determined that this action will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. Paperwork Reduction Act In accordance with OMB regulations [5 CFR part 1320] that implement the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. Chapter 35], the information collection and recordkeeping requirements contained in the Order and Rules and Regulations have previously been approved by OMB under OMB control number 0581–0202 and merged into OMB control number 0581–0093. Background and Proposed Change The Act authorized the establishment of a national beef promotion and research program. The final Order was published in the Federal Register on July 18, 1986, (51 FR 21632) and the collection of assessments began on October 1, 1986. The program is administered by the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board (Board) appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) from industry nominations composed of 104 cattle producers and importers. The program is funded by a $1-per-head assessment on producer marketing of cattle in the United States and on imported cattle as well as an equivalent amount on imported beef and beef products. Importers pay assessments on imported cattle, beef, and beef products. USCBP collects and remits the assessment to the Board. The term ‘‘importer’’ is defined as ‘‘any person who imports cattle, beef, or beef products from outside the United States.’’ Imported beef or beef products is defined as ‘‘products which are imported into the United States which the Secretary determines contain a substantial amount of beef including those products which have been assigned one or more of the following E:\FR\FM\05OCP1.SGM 05OCP1 58096 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 192 / Wednesday, October 5, 2005 / Proposed Rules numbers in the Tariff Schedule of the United States.’’ In 1989, USCBP implemented a new numbering system, the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS), to replace the Tariff Schedule of the United States (TSUS) system. The Department updated the TSUS to HTS, in a final rule, published in the Federal Register on April 20, 1989, (54 FR 15915) to conform with updates made by USCBP. Since the inception of HTS, it has undergone many changes. First, the original 11 digit system has been replaced with a 10 digit system. Additionally, most of the categories regarding imported beef and beef products have been subdivided and the new categories have been assigned HTS numbers. One of the purposes of this proposed rule is to update, expand, and revise the table found under § 1260.172 (7 CFR § 1260.172) to reflect the current HTS numbers. As a result of these changes to HTS, there are 20 new categories that cover imported live cattle subject to assessment compared with the previous 8 categories. The 30 categories identifying imported beef and beef products have been expanded to 54 categories. The chart, as published in the April 20, 1989, Federal Register final rule [54 FR 15918], is as follows: IMPORTED LIVE CATTLE 0102.10.00103 ....... 0102.10.00201 ....... 0102.10.00309 ....... 0102.10.00504 ....... 0102.90.20004 ....... 0102.90.40206 ....... 0102.90.40402 ....... 0102.90.40607 ....... Live bovine animals: Purebred breeding animals Dairy: Male Female Other: Male Female Other: Cows imported specially for dairy purposes Other: Weighing less than 90 kg each Weighing 90 kg or more but less than 320 kg each Weighing 320 kg or more each IMPORTED BEEF AND BEEF PRODUCTS 0201.10.00103 ....... 0201.10.00906 ....... 0201.20.20009 ....... 0201.20.40005 ....... 0201.20.60000 ....... 0201.30.20007 ....... 0201.30.40003 ....... 0201.30.60008 ....... 0202.10.00102 ....... 0202.10.00905 ....... 0202.20.20008 ....... 0202.20.40004 ....... 0202.20.60009 ....... 0202.30.20006 ....... 0202.30.40002 ....... 0202.30.60007 ....... 0206.10.00000 ....... 0206.21.00007 ....... 0206.22.00006 ....... 0206.29.00009 ....... 0210.20.00002 ....... 1601.00.40003 ....... 1601.00.60204 ....... VerDate Aug<31>2005 Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled: Carcasses and half-carcasses: Veal Other: Other cuts with bone-in: Processed: High-quality beef Cuts Other: Other: Boneless: Processed: High-quality beef cuts Other: Other: Meat of bovine animals, frozen: Carcasses and half-carcasses: Veal Other Other cuts with bone in: Processed: High-quality beef cuts Other Other Boneless: Processed: High-quality beef cuts Other Other Edible offal of bovine animals, swine, sheep, goats, horses, asses, mules or hinnies, fresh, chilled, or frozen: Of bovine animals, fresh or chilled Of bovine animals, frozen: Tongues Livers Other Meat and edible meat offal, salted, in brine, dried or smoked: edible flours and meals of meat or meat offal: Meat of bovine animals Sausages and similar products, of meat, meat offal or blood; food preparation based on these products: Other: Beef in airtight containers: Other: Beef Other prepared or preserved meat, meat offal or blood: 17:08 Oct 04, 2005 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\05OCP1.SGM 05OCP1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 192 / Wednesday, October 5, 2005 / Proposed Rules 58097 IMPORTED BEEF AND BEEF PRODUCTS—Continued 1602.50.05004 ....... 1602.50.09000 ....... 1602.50.10203 1602.50.10409 1602.50.20201 1602.50.20407 1602.50.60006 ....... ....... ....... ....... ....... Of bovine animals: Offal Other: Not containing cereals or vegetables: Cured or pickled Other: In airtight containers: Corned Beef In containers holding less than 1kg Other Other: In containers holding less than 1kg Other Other This rule proposes to update and expand the chart published in the 1989 final rule to conform with recent changes to the HTS numbering system and revises the live weight equivalents used to calculate import assessments. Importers are currently paying the same assessment level for imported beef and beef products that was established when the Order was first published in 1986. At that time, the average dressed weight of cows slaughtered under Federal inspection was determined to be 509 pounds. The Department determined that using the average dressed weight of domestic cows slaughtered under Federal inspection would be most suitable because about 90 percent of imported beef and beef products were similar to domestic cow beef. The Act requires that assessments on imported beef and beef products be determined by converting such imports into live animal equivalents to ascertain the corresponding number of head of cattle. Carcass weight is the principle factor in calculating live animal equivalents. Under the Order the Board may increase or decrease the level of assessments for imported beef and beef products based upon revised determination of live animal equivalencies. The trend in cattle weight has been increasing. This is attributed to many factors such as genetic improvements, more refined feeding programs, better animal health, and better overall management. The weight of cattle will more than likely increase or hold steady. At the time the Order was published, the average dressed weight of cows slaughtered under Federal inspection in 1985 was 509 pounds compared to an average of 614 pounds for calendar year 2004. The Department has received two recommendations concerning importer assessments. The Meat Importers VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Oct 04, 2005 Jkt 208001 Council of America (MICA) requested to increase the live animal equivalency rate that would reduce the amount of assessments collected from importers of beef and beef products. MICA suggests using the dressed cow weight for calendar year 2000 to recalculate levels of assessments. This average would be 579 pounds. In updating the average dressed cow weight for calendar year 2004, the average would be 614 pounds. The Board has recommended using an average dressed cow weight from 1987 to the most current data. The Board states that ‘‘establishing an average over this period of time takes into account short term highs and lows due to the cattle cycle, weather effects, and feed prices.’’ This average would be 555 pounds. After consideration of both recommendations, the Department has concluded that it is preferable to calculate the average using the past 5year average dressed weight of all cows slaughtered in the U.S. under Federal inspection. There is not a consistent calculation method among the various countries regarding average carcass weights of cattle slaughtered for export, the Department proposes that the average carcass weight, which will be used in calculating the live animal equivalents, will be the 5-year average (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004) carcass weight of cows slaughtered in the United States. The average carcass weight of domestic cattle is not subject to variations in carcass weights resulting from possible differing methods of calculation in any of the exporting countries. Historically, since the majority of cattle are imported from Canada and Mexico and the majority of beef and beef products are imported from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, the average U.S. dressed cow weight would be the most suitable PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 because of the similarity of domestic cow beef and beef products from these exporting countries. Additionally, an average over this period of time achieves the goal of reflecting current genetics, production practices, and technology while also reflecting normal marketing conditions. A shorter time period, such as the most recent year, is subject to unusual marketing conditions. For example, severe drought or a sudden dip in milk prices may lead to a substantial shift in the normal marketing patterns for cull beef and dairy cows. A longer period, such as 10 or 15 years, does not achieve the goal of reflecting changes in animal genetics and industry production practices. Accordingly, the Department has determined that the most recent 5-year weighted average balances the need to adjust for current genetics and technology while minimizing the influence of atypical marketing conditions on the average carcass weights of cows coming to slaughter. The 5-year weighted average would be 592 pounds. Further, the Department has used standard conversion factors for determining the amount of a particular type of beef or beef product represents a carcass. These conversions factors take into account the removal of bone, weight lost in cooking or other processing, and the non-beef components of beef products. The conversion factors have been utilized to determine the rate of assessment charged to importers. The rate of assessment is calculated by dividing the conversion factor by the average carcass weight and multiplying the result by the $1-per-head assessment rate. The current rates being assessed by USCBP, as well as the most current HTS numbers, are as follows: E:\FR\FM\05OCP1.SGM 05OCP1 58098 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 192 / Wednesday, October 5, 2005 / Proposed Rules HTS No. 0102.10.0010 ........ 0102.10.0020 ........ 0102.10.0030 ........ 0102.10.0050 ........ 0102.90.2011 ........ 0102.90.2012 ........ 0102.90.4024 ........ 0102.90.4028 ........ 0102.90.4034 ........ 0102.90.4038 ........ 0102.90.4054 ........ 0102.90.4058 ........ 0102.90.4062 0102.90.4064 0102.90.4066 0102.90.4068 ........ ........ ........ ........ 0102.90.4072 ........ 0102.90.4074 ........ 0102.90.4082 ........ 0102.90.4084 ........ Live bovine animals: Purebred breeding animals: Dairy: Male ....................................................................................................................................................... Female ................................................................................................................................................... Other: Male ....................................................................................................................................................... Female ................................................................................................................................................... Other: Cows imported specially for dairy purposes: Weighing less than 90 kg each ............................................................................................................. Weighing 90 kg or more ........................................................................................................................ Other: Weighing less than 90 kg each: Male ................................................................................................................................................... Female ............................................................................................................................................... Weighing 90 kg or more but less than 200 kg each: Male ................................................................................................................................................... Female ............................................................................................................................................... Weighing 200kg or more but less than 320 kg each: Male ................................................................................................................................................... Female ............................................................................................................................................... Weighing 320 kg or more each: For immediate slaughter: Steers ......................................................................................................................................... Bulls ............................................................................................................................................ Cows ........................................................................................................................................... Heifers ........................................................................................................................................ For breeding: Male ............................................................................................................................................ Female ........................................................................................................................................ Other: Male ............................................................................................................................................ Female ........................................................................................................................................ HTS No. 0201.10.0510 0201.10.0590 0201.10.1010 0201.10.1090 ........ ........ ........ ........ 0201.20.0200 ........ 0201.20.0400 ........ 0201.20.0600 ........ 0201.20.1000 ........ 0201.20.3000 ........ 0201.20.5000 ........ 0201.20.8090 ........ 0201.30.0200 ........ 0201.30.0400 ........ 0201.30.0600 ........ 0201.30.1000 ........ 0201.30.3000 ........ 0201.30.5000 ........ 0201.30.8090 ........ 0202.10.5010 ........ 0202.10.5090 ........ Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled: Carcasses and half-carcasses: Veal .................................................................................................................................................... Other .................................................................................................................................................. Veal .................................................................................................................................................... Other .................................................................................................................................................. Other: Veal .................................................................................................................................................... Other .................................................................................................................................................. Other cuts with bone in: Processed: High-quality beef cuts .................................................................................................................... Other .............................................................................................................................................. Other .................................................................................................................................................. Processed: High-quality beef cuts .................................................................................................................... Other .............................................................................................................................................. Other .................................................................................................................................................. Other. Other .................................................................................................................................................. Boneless: Processed: High-quality beef cuts .................................................................................................................... Other .............................................................................................................................................. Other .................................................................................................................................................. Processed: High-quality beef cuts .................................................................................................................... Other .............................................................................................................................................. Other .................................................................................................................................................. Other: Other .................................................................................................................................................. Meat of bovine animals, frozen: Carcasses and half-carcasses: Veal .................................................................................................................................................... Other .................................................................................................................................................. 17:08 Oct 04, 2005 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\05OCP1.SGM $1.00/head. 1.00/head. 1.00/head. 1.00/head. 1.00/head. 1.00/head. 1.00/head. 1.00/head. 1.00/head. 1.00/head. 1.00/head. 1.00/head. 1.00/head. 1.00/head. 1.00/head. 1.00/head. 1.00/head. 1.00/head. 1.00/head. 1.00/head. Assessment rate per kg. Imported beef and beef products 0201.10.5010 ........ 0201.10.5090 ........ VerDate Aug<31>2005 Assessment rate Imported live cattle 05OCP1 .01697542 .00440920 .01697542 .00440920 .01697542 .00595242 .00617288 .00595242 .00440920 .00617288 .00595242 .00440920 .00440920 .00617288 .00595242 .00440920 .00617288 .00595242 .00595242 .00595242 .01697542 .00440920 58099 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 192 / Wednesday, October 5, 2005 / Proposed Rules HTS No. 0202.10.1010 ........ 0202.10.1090 ........ 0202.10.5010 ........ 0202.10.5090 ........ 0202.20.0200 ........ 0202.20.0400 ........ 0202.20.0600 ........ 0202.20.1000 0202.20.3000 0202.20.5000 0202.20.8000 ........ ........ ........ ........ 0202.30.0200 ........ 0202.30.0400 ........ 0202.30.0600 ........ 0202.30.1000 0202.30.3000 0202.30.5000 0202.30.8000 ........ ........ ........ ........ 0206.10.0000 ........ 0206.21.0000 ........ 0206.22.0000 ........ 0206.29.0000 ........ 0210.20.0000 ........ 1601.00.4010 ........ 1601.00.4090 ........ 1601.00.6020 ........ 1602.50.0900 ........ 1602.50.1020 ........ 1602.50.1040 ........ 1602.50.2020 ........ 1602.50.2040 ........ 1602.50.6000 ........ Veal .................................................................................................................................................... Other .................................................................................................................................................. Other: Veal .................................................................................................................................................... Other .................................................................................................................................................. Other cuts with bone in: Processed: High-quality beef cuts .................................................................................................................... Other .............................................................................................................................................. Other .................................................................................................................................................. Processed: High-quality beef cuts .................................................................................................................... Other .............................................................................................................................................. Other .................................................................................................................................................. Other ...................................................................................................................................................... Boneless: Processed: High-quality beef cuts .................................................................................................................... Other .............................................................................................................................................. Other .................................................................................................................................................. Processed: High-quality beef cuts .................................................................................................................... Other .............................................................................................................................................. Other .................................................................................................................................................. Other .................................................................................................................................................. Edible offal of bovine animals, swine, sheep, goats, horses, asses, mules or hinnies, fresh, chilled or frozen: Of bovine animals, fresh or chilled ....................................................................................................... Of bovine animals, frozen: Tongues ......................................................................................................................................... Livers .............................................................................................................................................. Other .............................................................................................................................................. Meat and edible meat offal, salted, in brine, dried or smoked; edible flours and meals of meat or meat offal: Meat of bovine animals ......................................................................................................................... Sausages and similar products, of meat, meat offal or blood; food preparations based on these products: Other: Beef in airtight containers. Canned .............................................................................................................................................. Other .................................................................................................................................................. Other: Beef .................................................................................................................................................... Other prepared or preserved meat, meat offal or blood: Of bovine animals: Offal. Other: Not containing cereals or vegetables: Cured or pickled ......................................................................................................................... Other: In airtight containers:. Corned Beef. In containers holding less than 1 kg ................................................................................... Other .................................................................................................................................... Other: In containers holding less than 1 kg ................................................................................... Other .................................................................................................................................... Other .................................................................................................................................... The proposed assessment rates for imported beef and beef products are set forth in the regulatory text of § 1260.172. In 2004, importers’ contribution to the program totaled $8,322,145 including both live cattle and beef and beef products. The Department estimates that the proposed adjustment for 2005 could results in a VerDate Aug<31>2005 Assessment rate per kg. Imported beef and beef products 17:08 Oct 04, 2005 Jkt 208001 .01697542 .00440920 .01697542 .00440920 .00617288 .00595242 .00440920 .00617288 .00595242 .00440920 .00440920 .00617288 .00595242 .00595242 .00617288 .00595242 .00595242 .00440920 .00440920 .00440920 .00440920 .00440920 .00716100 .00551150 .00551150 .00551150 .0771610 .00771610 .00771610 .00815702 .00815702 .00837748 decrease in importer assessment of approximately $800,000. A 60-day comment period is provided for interested persons to comment. For the reasons set forth in the preamble, it is proposed that title 7 of the CFR part 1260 be amended as follows: List of Subjects in 7 CFR part 1260 PART 1260—BEEF PROMOTION AND RESEARCH Administrative practice and procedure, Advertising, Agricultural research, Marketing agreements, Meat and meat products, beef, and beef products. PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 1. The authority citation of part 1260 continues to read as follows: Authority: 7 U.S.C. 2901–2911. E:\FR\FM\05OCP1.SGM 05OCP1 58100 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 192 / Wednesday, October 5, 2005 / Proposed Rules 2. Paragraph (b)(2) of § 1260.172 is revised to read as follows: § 1260.172 IMPORTED BEEF AND BEEF PRODUCTS—Continued Assessments. * * * * (b) * * * (2) The assessment rates for imported cattle, beef, and beef products are as follows: IMPORTED LIVE CATTLE HTS No. 0102.10.0010 0102.10.0020 0102.10.0030 0102.10.0050 0102.90.2011 0102.90.2012 0102.90.4024 0102.90.4028 0102.90.4034 0102.90.4038 0102.90.4054 0102.90.4058 0102.90.4062 0102.90.4064 0102.90.4066 0102.90.4068 0102.90.4072 0102.90.4074 0102.90.4082 0102.90.4084 ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ Assessment rate $1.00/head. $1.00/head. $1.00/head. $1.00/head. $1.00/head. $1.00/head. $1.00/head. $1.00/head. $1.00/head. $1.00/head. $1.00/head. $1.00/head. $1.00/head. $1.00/head. $1.00/head. $1.00/head. $1.00/head. $1.00/head. $1.00/head. $1.00/head. Assessment rate per kg HTS No. * 0202.30.0400 0202.30.0600 0202.30.1000 0202.30.3000 0202.30.5000 0202.30.8000 0206.10.0000 0206.21.0000 0206.22.0000 0206.29.0000 0210.20.0000 1601.00.4010 1601.00.4090 1601.00.6020 1602.50.0900 1602.50.1020 1602.50.1040 1602.50.2020 1602.50.2040 1602.50.6000 * * ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ * * .00521477 .00527837 .00540791 .00521477 .00521477 .00386279 .00386279 .00386279 .00386279 .00386279 .00386279 .00482849 .00482849 .00482849 .00675989 .00675989 .00675989 .00714617 .00714617 .00733931 * Dated: September 29, 2005. Kenneth C. Clayton, Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 05–20016 Filed 10–4–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P IMPORTED BEEF AND BEEF PRODUCTS HTS No. 0201.10.0510 0201.10.0590 0201.10.1010 0201.10.1090 0201.10.5010 0201.10.5090 0201.20.0200 0201.20.0400 0201.20.0600 0201.20.1000 0201.20.3000 0201.20.5000 0201.20.8090 0201.30.0200 0201.30.0400 0201.30.0600 0201.30.1000 0201.30.3000 0201.30.5000 0201.30.8090 0202.10.0510 0202.10.0590 0202.10.1010 0202.10.1090 0202.10.5010 0202.10.5090 0202.20.0200 0202.20.0400 0202.20.0600 0202.20.1000 0202.20.3000 0202.20.5000 0202.20.8000 0202.30.0200 VerDate Aug<31>2005 ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ ............ Assessment rate per kg .01487175 .00386279 .01487175 .00386279 .01487175 .00521477 .00540791 .00521477 .00386279 .00540791 .00521477 .00386279 .00386279 .00540791 .00521477 .00386279 .00540791 .00521477 .00521477 .00521477 .01487175 .00386279 .01487175 .00386279 .01487175 .00386279 .00540791 .00521477 .00386279 .00540791 .00521477 .00386279 .00386279 .00540791 17:08 Oct 04, 2005 Jkt 208001 DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Aviation Administration 14 CFR Part 39 [Docket No. FAA–2005–20803; Directorate Identifier 2005–CE–19–AD] RIN 2120–AA64 Airworthiness Directives; BURKHARDT GROB LUFT-UND RAUMFAHRT GmbH & CO KG Models G103 TWIN ASTIR, G103 TWIN II, G103A TWIN II ACRO, G103C TWIN III ACRO, and G103C Twin III SL Sailplanes Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), DOT. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM). AGENCY: SUMMARY: The FAA proposes to supersede Airworthiness Directive (AD) 2004–08–13, which applies to certain BURKHARDT GROB LUFT-UND RAUMFAHRT GmbH & CO KG (Grob) Models G103 TWIN ASTIR, G103 TWIN II, G103 TWIN III ACRO, and G103C Twin III SL sailplanes. AD 2004–08–13 currently requires you to replace the center of gravity (CG) release hook attachment brackets with brackets of improved design. This proposed AD PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 results from mandatory continuing airworthiness information (MCAI) issued by the airworthiness authority for Germany. This proposed AD would retain all the actions required in AD 2004–08–13 and add Model G103A TWIN II ACRO sailplanes to the applicability. The actions specified by this proposed AD are to prevent abnormal or uncontrolled sailplane release due to cracked CG release hook attachment brackets. This condition could result in reduced or loss of sailplane control. DATES: We must receive any comments on this proposed AD by November 9, 2005. ADDRESSES: Use one of the following to submit comments on this proposed AD: • DOT Docket Web site: Go to http:// dms.dot.gov and follow the instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Government-wide rulemaking Web site: Go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the instructions for sending your comments electronically. • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Nassif Building, Room PL–401, Washington, DC 20590– 001. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. • Hand Delivery: Room PL–401 on the plaza level of the Nassif Building, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. To get the service information identified in this proposed AD, contact BURKHARDT GROB LUFT-UND RAUMFAHRT GmbH & CO KG, Letenbachstrasse 9, D–86874 Tussenhausen-Mattsies, Germany; telephone: 011 49 8268 998139; facsimile: 011 49 8268 998200. To view the comments to this proposed AD, go to http://dms.dot.gov. The docket number is FAA–2005– 20803; Directorate Identifier 2005–CE– 19–AD. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Greg Davison, Aerospace Engineer, FAA, Small Airplane Directorate, 901 Locust, Room 301, Kansas City, Missouri 64106; telephone: (816) 329–4130; facsimile: (816) 329–4090. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Comments Invited How do I comment on this proposed AD? We invite you to submit any written relevant data, views, or arguments regarding this proposal. Send your comments to an address listed under ADDRESSES. Include the docket number, ‘‘FAA–2005–20803; Directorate Identifier 2005–CE–19–AD’’ at the E:\FR\FM\05OCP1.SGM 05OCP1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 192 (Wednesday, October 5, 2005)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 58095-58100]
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[FR Doc No: 05-20016]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

7 CFR Part 1260

[No. LS-01-06]


Amendment to the Beef Promotion and Research Rules and 
Regulations

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: This proposed rule would amend the Beef Promotion and Research 
Order (Order) established under the Beef Promotion and Research Act of 
1985 (Act) to reduce assessment levels for imported beef and beef 
products based on revised determinations of live animal equivalencies 
and to update and expand the Harmonized Tariff System numbers and 
categories, which identify imported live cattle, beef, and beef 
products to conform with recent updates in the numbers and categories 
used by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP).

DATES: Written comments regarding changes to this proposed rule must be 
received by December 5, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Send any written comments to Kenneth R. Payne, Chief; 
Marketing Programs Branch, Room 2638-S; Livestock and Seed Program; 
Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), USDA; STOP 0251; 1400 
Independence Avenue, SW.; Washington, DC 20250-0251. Comments may be 
sent by facsimile to 202/720-1125 and by electronic mail to 
BeefComments@usda.gov or www.regulations.gov. State that your comments 
refer to Docket No. LS-01-06. Comments received may be inspected at 
this location between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, 
except holidays, or on the Internet at http://www.ams.usda.gov/lsg/mpb/
rp-beef.htm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kenneth R. Payne, Chief, Marketing 
Programs Branch on 202/720-1115, fax 202/720-1125, or by e-mail at 
Kenneth.Payne@usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Executive Order 12866

    The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has waived the review 
process required by Executive Order 12866 for this action.

Executive Order 12988

    This proposed rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12988, 
Civil Justice Reform. This rule is not intended to have a retroactive 
effect.
    Section 11 of the Act provides that nothing in the Act may be 
construed to preempt or supersede any other program relating to beef 
promotion organized and operated under the laws of the United States or 
any State. There are no administrative proceedings that must be 
exhausted prior to any judicial challenge to the provisions of this 
rule.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Pursuant to requirements set forth in the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act (RFA) (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.), the Administration has considered the 
economic effect of this action on small entities and has determined 
that this proposed rule will not have a significant economic impact on 
a substantial number of small business entities. The effect of the 
Order upon small entities was discussed in the July 18, 1986 Federal 
Register [51 FR 26132]. The purpose of RFA is to fit regulatory actions 
to the scale of businesses subject to such actions in order that small 
businesses will not be unduly burdened.
    There are approximately 270 importers who import beef or edible 
beef products into the United States and 198 importers who import live 
cattle into the United States. The majority of these operations subject 
to the Order are considered small businesses under the criteria 
established by the Small Business Administration (SBA) [13 CFR 
121.201]. SBA defines small agricultural businesses as those with 
annual receipts of less than $5 million.
    The proposed rule imposes no significant burden on the industry. It 
would merely update and expand the HTS numbers and categories to 
conform to recent updates in the numbers and categories used by USCBP. 
This proposed rule also adjusts the live animal equivalencies used to 
determine the amount of assessments collected on imported beef and beef 
products. This adjustment reflects an increase in the average dressed 
weight of cows slaughtered under Federal inspection that has occurred 
since the inception of the Beef Checkoff Program. Total import 
assessments collected under the Beef Checkoff Program in 2004 were 
$8,322,145 including both live cattle and beef and beef products. The 
Department estimates that the proposed adjustment for 2005 could result 
in a decrease in importer assessment of approximately $800,000. 
Accordingly, the Administrator of AMS has determined that this action 
will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small 
entities.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with OMB regulations [5 CFR part 1320] that implement 
the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 [44 U.S.C. Chapter 35], the 
information collection and recordkeeping requirements contained in the 
Order and Rules and Regulations have previously been approved by OMB 
under OMB control number 0581-0202 and merged into OMB control number 
0581-0093.

Background and Proposed Change

    The Act authorized the establishment of a national beef promotion 
and research program. The final Order was published in the Federal 
Register on July 18, 1986, (51 FR 21632) and the collection of 
assessments began on October 1, 1986. The program is administered by 
the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board (Board) appointed by 
the Secretary of Agriculture (Secretary) from industry nominations 
composed of 104 cattle producers and importers. The program is funded 
by a $1-per-head assessment on producer marketing of cattle in the 
United States and on imported cattle as well as an equivalent amount on 
imported beef and beef products.
    Importers pay assessments on imported cattle, beef, and beef 
products. USCBP collects and remits the assessment to the Board. The 
term ``importer'' is defined as ``any person who imports cattle, beef, 
or beef products from outside the United States.'' Imported beef or 
beef products is defined as ``products which are imported into the 
United States which the Secretary determines contain a substantial 
amount of beef including those products which have been assigned one or 
more of the following

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numbers in the Tariff Schedule of the United States.''
    In 1989, USCBP implemented a new numbering system, the Harmonized 
Tariff Schedule (HTS), to replace the Tariff Schedule of the United 
States (TSUS) system. The Department updated the TSUS to HTS, in a 
final rule, published in the Federal Register on April 20, 1989, (54 FR 
15915) to conform with updates made by USCBP. Since the inception of 
HTS, it has undergone many changes. First, the original 11 digit system 
has been replaced with a 10 digit system. Additionally, most of the 
categories regarding imported beef and beef products have been 
subdivided and the new categories have been assigned HTS numbers. One 
of the purposes of this proposed rule is to update, expand, and revise 
the table found under Sec.  1260.172 (7 CFR Sec.  1260.172) to reflect 
the current HTS numbers.
    As a result of these changes to HTS, there are 20 new categories 
that cover imported live cattle subject to assessment compared with the 
previous 8 categories. The 30 categories identifying imported beef and 
beef products have been expanded to 54 categories. The chart, as 
published in the April 20, 1989, Federal Register final rule [54 FR 
15918], is as follows:

                          Imported Live Cattle
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                               Live bovine animals:
                               Purebred breeding animals
                                Dairy:
0102.10.00103..............      Male
0102.10.00201..............      Female
                                Other:
0102.10.00309..............      Male
0102.10.00504..............      Female
                                Other:
0102.90.20004..............      Cows imported specially for dairy
                                  purposes
                                  Other:
0102.90.40206..............        Weighing less than 90 kg each
0102.90.40402..............        Weighing 90 kg or more but less than
                                    320 kg each
0102.90.40607..............        Weighing 320 kg or more each
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                     Imported Beef and Beef Products
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                               Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled:
                               Carcasses and half-carcasses:
0201.10.00103..............     Veal
0201.10.00906..............     Other:
                               Other cuts with bone-in:
                                Processed:
0201.20.20009..............       High-quality beef Cuts
0201.20.40005..............      Other:
0201.20.60000..............     Other:
                               Boneless:
                                Processed:
0201.30.20007..............      High-quality beef cuts
0201.30.40003..............      Other:
0201.30.60008..............     Other:
                               Meat of bovine animals, frozen:
                               Carcasses and half-carcasses:
0202.10.00102..............     Veal
0202.10.00905..............     Other
                               Other cuts with bone in:
                                Processed:
0202.20.20008..............      High-quality beef cuts
0202.20.40004..............      Other
0202.20.60009..............     Other
                               Boneless:
                                Processed:
0202.30.20006..............      High-quality beef cuts
0202.30.40002..............      Other
0202.30.60007..............       Other
                               Edible offal of bovine animals, swine,
                             sheep, goats, horses, asses, mules or
                             hinnies, fresh, chilled, or frozen:
0206.10.00000..............    Of bovine animals, fresh or chilled
                               Of bovine animals, frozen:
 0206.21.00007.............     Tongues
0206.22.00006..............     Livers
0206.29.00009..............     Other
                               Meat and edible meat offal, salted, in
                             brine, dried or smoked: edible flours and
                             meals of meat or meat offal:
0210.20.00002..............    Meat of bovine animals
                             Sausages and similar products, of meat,
                              meat offal or blood; food preparation
                              based on these products:
                               Other:
1601.00.40003..............  Beef in airtight containers:
                                 Other:
1601.00.60204..............       Beef
                               Other prepared or preserved meat, meat
                             offal or blood:

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                               Of bovine animals:
1602.50.05004..............  Offal
                                Other:
                                 Not containing cereals or vegetables:
1602.50.09000..............       Cured or pickled
                                  Other:
                             In airtight containers:
                             Corned Beef
                                     In containers holding less than 1kg
1602.50.10203..............          Other
1602.50.10409..............          Other:
1602.50.20201..............          In containers holding less than 1kg
1602.50.20407..............         Other
1602.50.60006..............         Other
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    This rule proposes to update and expand the chart published in the 
1989 final rule to conform with recent changes to the HTS numbering 
system and revises the live weight equivalents used to calculate import 
assessments. Importers are currently paying the same assessment level 
for imported beef and beef products that was established when the Order 
was first published in 1986. At that time, the average dressed weight 
of cows slaughtered under Federal inspection was determined to be 509 
pounds. The Department determined that using the average dressed weight 
of domestic cows slaughtered under Federal inspection would be most 
suitable because about 90 percent of imported beef and beef products 
were similar to domestic cow beef.
    The Act requires that assessments on imported beef and beef 
products be determined by converting such imports into live animal 
equivalents to ascertain the corresponding number of head of cattle. 
Carcass weight is the principle factor in calculating live animal 
equivalents. Under the Order the Board may increase or decrease the 
level of assessments for imported beef and beef products based upon 
revised determination of live animal equivalencies.
    The trend in cattle weight has been increasing. This is attributed 
to many factors such as genetic improvements, more refined feeding 
programs, better animal health, and better overall management. The 
weight of cattle will more than likely increase or hold steady. At the 
time the Order was published, the average dressed weight of cows 
slaughtered under Federal inspection in 1985 was 509 pounds compared to 
an average of 614 pounds for calendar year 2004.
    The Department has received two recommendations concerning importer 
assessments. The Meat Importers Council of America (MICA) requested to 
increase the live animal equivalency rate that would reduce the amount 
of assessments collected from importers of beef and beef products. MICA 
suggests using the dressed cow weight for calendar year 2000 to 
recalculate levels of assessments. This average would be 579 pounds. In 
updating the average dressed cow weight for calendar year 2004, the 
average would be 614 pounds. The Board has recommended using an average 
dressed cow weight from 1987 to the most current data. The Board states 
that ``establishing an average over this period of time takes into 
account short term highs and lows due to the cattle cycle, weather 
effects, and feed prices.'' This average would be 555 pounds.
    After consideration of both recommendations, the Department has 
concluded that it is preferable to calculate the average using the past 
5-year average dressed weight of all cows slaughtered in the U.S. under 
Federal inspection.
    There is not a consistent calculation method among the various 
countries regarding average carcass weights of cattle slaughtered for 
export, the Department proposes that the average carcass weight, which 
will be used in calculating the live animal equivalents, will be the 5-
year average (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004) carcass weight of cows 
slaughtered in the United States. The average carcass weight of 
domestic cattle is not subject to variations in carcass weights 
resulting from possible differing methods of calculation in any of the 
exporting countries. Historically, since the majority of cattle are 
imported from Canada and Mexico and the majority of beef and beef 
products are imported from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, the 
average U.S. dressed cow weight would be the most suitable because of 
the similarity of domestic cow beef and beef products from these 
exporting countries.
    Additionally, an average over this period of time achieves the goal 
of reflecting current genetics, production practices, and technology 
while also reflecting normal marketing conditions. A shorter time 
period, such as the most recent year, is subject to unusual marketing 
conditions. For example, severe drought or a sudden dip in milk prices 
may lead to a substantial shift in the normal marketing patterns for 
cull beef and dairy cows. A longer period, such as 10 or 15 years, does 
not achieve the goal of reflecting changes in animal genetics and 
industry production practices.
    Accordingly, the Department has determined that the most recent 5-
year weighted average balances the need to adjust for current genetics 
and technology while minimizing the influence of atypical marketing 
conditions on the average carcass weights of cows coming to slaughter. 
The 5-year weighted average would be 592 pounds.
    Further, the Department has used standard conversion factors for 
determining the amount of a particular type of beef or beef product 
represents a carcass. These conversions factors take into account the 
removal of bone, weight lost in cooking or other processing, and the 
non-beef components of beef products. The conversion factors have been 
utilized to determine the rate of assessment charged to importers. The 
rate of assessment is calculated by dividing the conversion factor by 
the average carcass weight and multiplying the result by the $1-per-
head assessment rate. The current rates being assessed by USCBP, as 
well as the most current HTS numbers, are as follows:

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                                                                                                    Assessment
                HTS No.                                    Imported live cattle                        rate
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                                         Live bovine animals:
                                         Purebred breeding animals:
                                         Dairy:
0102.10.0010...........................      Male...............................................     $1.00/head.
0102.10.0020...........................      Female.............................................      1.00/head.
                                         Other:
0102.10.0030...........................      Male...............................................      1.00/head.
0102.10.0050...........................      Female.............................................      1.00/head.
                                         Other:
                                         Cows imported specially for dairy purposes:
0102.90.2011...........................      Weighing less than 90 kg each......................      1.00/head.
0102.90.2012...........................      Weighing 90 kg or more.............................      1.00/head.
                                         Other:
                                         Weighing less than 90 kg each:
0102.90.4024...........................       Male..............................................      1.00/head.
0102.90.4028...........................       Female............................................      1.00/head.
                                         Weighing 90 kg or more but less than 200 kg each:
0102.90.4034...........................       Male..............................................      1.00/head.
0102.90.4038...........................       Female............................................      1.00/head.
                                         Weighing 200kg or more but less than 320 kg each:
0102.90.4054...........................       Male..............................................      1.00/head.
0102.90.4058...........................       Female............................................      1.00/head.
                                         Weighing 320 kg or more each:
                                         For immediate slaughter:
0102.90.4062...........................         Steers..........................................      1.00/head.
0102.90.4064...........................         Bulls...........................................      1.00/head.
0102.90.4066...........................         Cows............................................      1.00/head.
0102.90.4068...........................         Heifers.........................................      1.00/head.
                                         For breeding:
0102.90.4072...........................         Male............................................      1.00/head.
0102.90.4074...........................         Female..........................................      1.00/head.
                                         Other:
0102.90.4082...........................         Male............................................      1.00/head.
0102.90.4084...........................         Female..........................................      1.00/head.
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                                                                                                    Assessment
                HTS No.                              Imported beef and beef products               rate per kg.
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                                         Meat of bovine animals, fresh or chilled:
                                         Carcasses and half-carcasses:
0201.10.0510...........................       Veal..............................................       .01697542
0201.10.0590...........................       Other.............................................       .00440920
0201.10.1010...........................       Veal..............................................       .01697542
0201.10.1090...........................       Other.............................................       .00440920
                                         Other:
0201.10.5010...........................       Veal..............................................       .01697542
0201.10.5090...........................       Other.............................................       .00595242
                                         Other cuts with bone in:
                                         Processed:
0201.20.0200...........................        High-quality beef cuts...........................       .00617288
0201.20.0400...........................        Other............................................       .00595242
0201.20.0600...........................       Other.............................................       .00440920
                                         Processed:
0201.20.1000...........................        High-quality beef cuts...........................       .00617288
0201.20.3000...........................        Other............................................       .00595242
0201.20.5000...........................       Other.............................................       .00440920
                                             Other..............................................
0201.20.8090...........................       Other.............................................       .00440920
                                         Boneless:
                                         Processed:
0201.30.0200...........................        High-quality beef cuts...........................       .00617288
0201.30.0400...........................        Other............................................       .00595242
0201.30.0600...........................       Other.............................................       .00440920
                                         Processed:
0201.30.1000...........................        High-quality beef cuts...........................       .00617288
0201.30.3000...........................        Other............................................       .00595242
0201.30.5000...........................       Other.............................................       .00595242
                                         Other:
0201.30.8090...........................       Other.............................................       .00595242
                                         Meat of bovine animals, frozen:
                                         Carcasses and half-carcasses:
0202.10.5010...........................       Veal..............................................       .01697542
0202.10.5090...........................       Other.............................................       .00440920

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0202.10.1010...........................       Veal..............................................       .01697542
0202.10.1090...........................       Other.............................................       .00440920
                                         Other:
0202.10.5010...........................       Veal..............................................       .01697542
0202.10.5090...........................       Other.............................................       .00440920
                                         Other cuts with bone in:
                                         Processed:
0202.20.0200...........................        High-quality beef cuts...........................       .00617288
0202.20.0400...........................        Other............................................       .00595242
0202.20.0600...........................       Other.............................................       .00440920
                                         Processed:
0202.20.1000...........................        High-quality beef cuts...........................       .00617288
0202.20.3000...........................        Other............................................       .00595242
0202.20.5000...........................       Other.............................................       .00440920
0202.20.8000...........................      Other..............................................       .00440920
                                         Boneless:
                                         Processed:
0202.30.0200...........................        High-quality beef cuts...........................       .00617288
0202.30.0400...........................        Other............................................       .00595242
0202.30.0600...........................       Other.............................................       .00595242
                                         Processed:
0202.30.1000...........................        High-quality beef cuts...........................       .00617288
0202.30.3000...........................        Other............................................       .00595242
0202.30.5000...........................       Other.............................................       .00595242
0202.30.8000...........................       Other.............................................       .00440920
                                         Edible offal of bovine animals, swine, sheep, goats,
                                          horses, asses, mules or hinnies, fresh, chilled or
                                          frozen:
0206.10.0000...........................      Of bovine animals, fresh or chilled................       .00440920
                                         Of bovine animals, frozen:
0206.21.0000...........................        Tongues..........................................       .00440920
0206.22.0000...........................        Livers...........................................       .00440920
0206.29.0000...........................        Other............................................       .00440920
                                         Meat and edible meat offal, salted, in brine, dried or
                                          smoked; edible flours and meals of meat or meat offal:
0210.20.0000...........................      Meat of bovine animals.............................       .00716100
                                         Sausages and similar products, of meat, meat offal or
                                          blood; food preparations based on these products:
                                         Other:
                                             Beef in airtight containers........................
1601.00.4010...........................       Canned............................................       .00551150
1601.00.4090...........................       Other.............................................       .00551150
                                         Other:
1601.00.6020...........................       Beef..............................................       .00551150
                                         Other prepared or preserved meat, meat offal or blood:
                                         Of bovine animals:
                                              Offal.............................................
                                         Other:
                                         Not containing cereals or vegetables:
1602.50.0900...........................         Cured or pickled................................        .0771610
                                         Other:
                                                 In airtight containers:........................
                                                  Corned Beef...................................
1602.50.1020...........................           In containers holding less than 1 kg..........       .00771610
1602.50.1040...........................           Other.........................................       .00771610
                                         Other:
1602.50.2020...........................           In containers holding less than 1 kg..........       .00815702
1602.50.2040...........................           Other.........................................       .00815702
1602.50.6000...........................           Other.........................................       .00837748
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    The proposed assessment rates for imported beef and beef products 
are set forth in the regulatory text of Sec.  1260.172. In 2004, 
importers' contribution to the program totaled $8,322,145 including 
both live cattle and beef and beef products. The Department estimates 
that the proposed adjustment for 2005 could results in a decrease in 
importer assessment of approximately $800,000.
    A 60-day comment period is provided for interested persons to 
comment.

List of Subjects in 7 CFR part 1260

    Administrative practice and procedure, Advertising, Agricultural 
research, Marketing agreements, Meat and meat products, beef, and beef 
products.

    For the reasons set forth in the preamble, it is proposed that 
title 7 of the CFR part 1260 be amended as follows:

PART 1260--BEEF PROMOTION AND RESEARCH

    1. The authority citation of part 1260 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 2901-2911.


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    2. Paragraph (b)(2) of Sec.  1260.172 is revised to read as 
follows:


Sec.  1260.172  Assessments.

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    (b) * * *
    (2) The assessment rates for imported cattle, beef, and beef 
products are as follows:

                          Imported Live Cattle
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                  HTS No.                          Assessment rate
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0102.10.0010..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.10.0020..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.10.0030..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.10.0050..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.90.2011..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.90.2012..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.90.4024..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.90.4028..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.90.4034..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.90.4038..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.90.4054..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.90.4058..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.90.4062..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.90.4064..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.90.4066..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.90.4068..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.90.4072..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.90.4074..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.90.4082..............................  $1.00/head.
0102.90.4084..............................  $1.00/head.
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                     Imported Beef and Beef Products
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                  HTS No.                      Assessment rate  per kg
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0201.10.0510..............................  .01487175
0201.10.0590..............................  .00386279
0201.10.1010..............................  .01487175
0201.10.1090..............................  .00386279
0201.10.5010..............................  .01487175
0201.10.5090..............................  .00521477
0201.20.0200..............................  .00540791
0201.20.0400..............................  .00521477
0201.20.0600..............................  .00386279
0201.20.1000..............................  .00540791
0201.20.3000..............................  .00521477
0201.20.5000..............................  .00386279
0201.20.8090..............................  .00386279
0201.30.0200..............................  .00540791
0201.30.0400..............................  .00521477
0201.30.0600..............................  .00386279
0201.30.1000..............................  .00540791
0201.30.3000..............................  .00521477
0201.30.5000..............................  .00521477
0201.30.8090..............................  .00521477
0202.10.0510..............................  .01487175
0202.10.0590..............................  .00386279
0202.10.1010..............................  .01487175
0202.10.1090..............................  .00386279
0202.10.5010..............................  .01487175
0202.10.5090..............................  .00386279
0202.20.0200..............................  .00540791
0202.20.0400..............................  .00521477
0202.20.0600..............................  .00386279
0202.20.1000..............................  .00540791
0202.20.3000..............................  .00521477
0202.20.5000..............................  .00386279
0202.20.8000..............................  .00386279
0202.30.0200..............................  .00540791
0202.30.0400..............................  .00521477
0202.30.0600..............................  .00527837
0202.30.1000..............................  .00540791
0202.30.3000..............................  .00521477
0202.30.5000..............................  .00521477
0202.30.8000..............................  .00386279
0206.10.0000..............................  .00386279
0206.21.0000..............................  .00386279
0206.22.0000..............................  .00386279
0206.29.0000..............................  .00386279
0210.20.0000..............................  .00386279
1601.00.4010..............................  .00482849
1601.00.4090..............................  .00482849
1601.00.6020..............................  .00482849
1602.50.0900..............................  .00675989
1602.50.1020..............................  .00675989
1602.50.1040..............................  .00675989
1602.50.2020..............................  .00714617
1602.50.2040..............................  .00714617
1602.50.6000..............................  .00733931
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    Dated: September 29, 2005.
Kenneth C. Clayton,
Acting Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 05-20016 Filed 10-4-05; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3410-02-P