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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 229 / Tuesday, December 1, 2009 / Proposed Rules Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–21–4147, dated January 30, 2009 (for Model A340–211, –212, and –213 series airplanes; and Model A340–311, –312, and –313 series airplanes); as applicable. FAA AD Differences [Docket No. USCBP–2009–0035] RIN 1651–AA79 Other FAA AD Provisions (g) The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. Send information to Attn: Vladimir Ulyanov, Aerospace Engineer, International Branch, ANM–116, Transport Airplane Directorate, FAA, 1601 Lind Avenue, SW., Renton, Washington 98057–3356; telephone (425) 227–1138; fax (425) 227–1149. Before using any approved AMOC on any airplane to which the AMOC applies, notify your principal maintenance inspector (PMI) or principal avionics inspector (PAI), as appropriate, or lacking a principal inspector, your local Flight Standards District Office. The AMOC approval letter must specifically reference this AD. (2) Airworthy Product: For any requirement in this AD to obtain corrective actions from a manufacturer or other source, use these actions if they are FAA-approved. Corrective actions are considered FAA-approved if they are approved by the State of Design Authority (or their delegated agent). You are required to assure the product is airworthy before it is returned to service. (3) Reporting Requirements: For any reporting requirement in this AD, under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has approved the information collection requirements and has assigned OMB Control Number 2120–0056. Related Information pwalker on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES (h) Refer to MCAI EASA Airworthiness Directive 2009–0150, dated July 9, 2009; Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A330–21– 3148, dated January 30, 2009; and Airbus Mandatory Service Bulletin A340–21–4147, dated January 30, 2009; for related information. Issued in Renton, Washington, on November 19, 2009. Stephen P. Boyd, Acting Manager, Transport Airplane Directorate, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. E9–28800 Filed 11–30–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P 17:13 Nov 30, 2009 Bureau of Customs and Border Protection 19 CFR Part 101 Note 1: This AD differs from the MCAI and/or service information as follows: No differences. VerDate Nov<24>2008 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY Jkt 220001 Further Consolidation of CBP Drawback Centers AGENCY: Customs and Border Protection, DHS. ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; solicitation of comments. SUMMARY: This document proposes to amend the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations to reflect a planned closing of the CBP drawback center at the Port of Los Angeles-Long Beach (‘‘Los Angeles’’), California. CBP believes that the further consolidation in the number of drawback processing centers from five to four is necessary because of decreases in claim filings and drawback claim values at the Los Angeles center. This proposed closure of this drawback center is intended to conserve resources, increase efficiency, exercise fiscal responsibility, and promote greater uniformity in the processing of drawback claims. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before December 31, 2009. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number, by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments via Docket No. USCBP 2009–0035. • Mail: Trade and Commercial Regulations Branch, Regulations and Rulings, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 799 9th Street, NW. (Mint Annex), Washington, DC 20229–1179. Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this rulemaking. All comments received will be posted without change to http:// www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the ‘‘Public Participation’’ heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to http:// www.regulations.gov. Submitted comments may also be inspected during PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 62715 regular business days between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Trade and Commercial Regulations Branch, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 799 9th Street, NW., 5th Floor, Washington, DC Arrangements to inspect submitted comments should be made in advance by calling Joseph Clark at (202) 325– 0118. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christine Kegley, Import Operations Branch, Office of Field Operations, Customs and Border Protection, (202) 344–2319. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Participation Interested persons are invited to participate in this rulemaking by submitting written data, views, or arguments on all aspects of this proposed rule. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) also invites comments that relate to the economic, environmental, or federalism effects that might result from this proposed rule. Comments that will provide the most assistance to CBP in developing these procedures will reference a specific portion of the proposed rule, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include data, information, or authority that supports such recommended change. See ADDRESSES above for information on how to submit comments. Background To conserve resources, increase efficiency, exercise fiscal responsibility, and promote greater uniformity in the processing of drawback claims, U.S. Customs Service (now CBP) published on January 24, 2003, Treasury Decision (T.D.) 03–05 in the Federal Register (68 FR 3381), which consolidated the drawback centers from eight to the current five by closing the centers located in Miami, Florida; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Boston, Massachusetts and redirecting that all claims be filed in the remaining five centers located in Chicago, Illinois; Houston, Texas; New York, New York; Los Angeles-Long Beach (‘‘Los Angeles’’), California; and San Francisco, California. Additionally, T.D. 03–05 noted that the agency would re-evaluate further consolidations as needed. In 2008, CBP further evaluated the number of drawback claims processed at its remaining drawback centers. Based on this evaluation, CBP proposes to further consolidate the drawback centers by closing the Los Angeles, California Drawback Center to achieve its goal of four drawback centers E:\FR\FM\01DEP1.SGM 01DEP1 pwalker on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES 62716 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 229 / Tuesday, December 1, 2009 / Proposed Rules to cover its key geographical areas of North, South, East, and West. On May 27, 2008 and April 29, 2009, in accordance with 19 U.S.C. 2075(g)(2)(C), the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 217(b)(2)), and the SAFE Port Act of 2006 (6 U.S.C. 115(D)), CBP notified the House Committee on Ways & Means, the Senate Committee on Finance, and House Committee on Homeland Security of its intent to close the Los Angeles Drawback Center. The Congressional notification period expired July 27, 2009, and CBP did not receive from Congress any objections to the proposed closing of the Los Angeles Drawback Center. Out of the remaining five drawback centers, Los Angeles receives and processes the fewest claims. Drawback statistics from fiscal years 2006, 2007, and 2008 reveal that only 8.4, 9.01, and 7.49 percent of all claims were filed in Los Angeles. Moreover, the claims paid out by the Los Angeles center during those years represented only 2.6, 2.42, and 3.15 percent of all drawback claims paid nationally. Because of the decrease in the number of drawback claims filed and processed at the Los Angeles Drawback Center since 2003 and the small number of claims filed overall in the Los Angeles center, CBP is proposing to close this drawback center, thus leaving four centers located in its key geographical areas of Chicago, Houston, New York, and San Francisco. CBP believes that closing the Los Angeles Drawback Center is required in order to attain CBP’s original goals of conserving resources, increasing efficiency, exercising fiscal responsibility, and promoting greater uniformity in the processing of drawback claims. If this proposal is adopted, then future claims will be required to be sent to one of the four remaining drawback centers located in Chicago, Houston, New York, or San Francisco. All remaining claims that were filed at the Los Angeles Drawback Center prior to closure that have not been liquidated and still require CBP review will be forwarded to the San Francisco Drawback Center for final processing. In order to file a drawback claim at one of the four remaining centers, persons must ensure that all license/ permit and bond requirements are met in accordance with the regulations. See 19 CFR Parts 111 and 113 of the CBP regulations. Explanation of Amendment Section 101.3(b)(1) of the CBP regulations lists all the CBP ports of entry. Five ports are denoted with a ‘‘plus’’ sign that designates their status VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:13 Nov 30, 2009 Jkt 220001 as a ‘‘Drawback unit/office.’’ This document proposes to amend § 101.3(b)(1) to remove the ‘‘plus’’ sign in § 101.3(b)(1) next to the port listing for Los Angeles-Long Beach. Inapplicability of the Regulatory Flexibility Act The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) requires federal agencies to examine the impact a rule would have on small entities. A small entity may be a small business (defined as any independently owned and operated business not dominant in its field that qualifies as a small business per the Small Business Act); a small notfor-profit organization; or a small governmental jurisdiction (locality with fewer than 50,000 people). Although this document is being issued with notice for public comment, it is noted that this proposal, which relates to agency management and organization, does not directly regulate small entities and is not subject to the notice and public procedure requirements of 5 U.S.C. 553. The proposed change is part of CBP’s continuing program to conserve resources, increase efficiency, and exercise fiscal responsibility, and to provide better service to importers and the general public. Because this proposal does not directly regulate small entities and because CBP estimates that virtually all transactions are accomplished through either electronic or mailed submissions, and any follow-up is handled by telephone, fax and/or email, the physical location of a drawback center is largely irrelevant to the process. Accordingly, CBP does not believe that this rule will have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. However, CBP welcomes comments on this assumption. If we do not receive any comments to the contrary, we may certify in the final rule that this rule will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. Executive Order 12866 This proposed rule does not meet the criteria to be considered an economically ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866 because it will not result in the expenditure of over $100 million in any one year. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has not reviewed this proposed rule under that Order. As stated previously, CBP estimates that virtually all of follow-up transactions are through fax, email, or telephone; it is a very rare occasion for PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 any member of the public to visit a drawback center. Thus, CBP anticipates that this rule will have de minimus costs to the public as a result of the further consolidation of drawback centers. Signing Authority This document is being issued in accordance with 19 CFR 0.2(a), which provides that the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury with respect to CBP regulations that are not related to customs revenue functions was transferred to the Secretary of Homeland Security pursuant to § 403(l) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002. Accordingly, this notice of proposed rulemaking to amend such regulations may be signed by the Secretary of Homeland Security (or her delegate). List of Subjects in 19 CFR Part 101 Customs duties and inspection, Customs ports of entry. Proposed Amendment to the Regulations For the reasons set forth above, CBP proposes to amend part 101 of the CBP regulations (19 CFR Part 101) as follows: PART 101—GENERAL PROVISIONS 1. The general authority citation for part 101 continues to read as follows: Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 19 U.S.C. 2, 66, 1202 (General Note 3(i), Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1623, 1624, 1646a. Section 101.3 and 101.4 also issued under 19 U.S.C. 1 and 58b. * * * * * § 101.3—[Amended]. 2. In § 101.3, the table in paragraph (b)(1) is amended by removing the plus sign in the ‘‘Ports of entry’’ column before the column listing for ‘‘Los Angeles-Long Beach’’ under the state of California. Dated: November 25, 2009. Jayson P. Ahern, Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. [FR Doc. E9–28674 Filed 11–30–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P E:\FR\FM\01DEP1.SGM 01DEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 229 (Tuesday, December 1, 2009)]
[Proposed Rules]
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[FR Doc No: E9-28674]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Bureau of Customs and Border Protection

19 CFR Part 101

[Docket No. USCBP-2009-0035]
RIN 1651-AA79


Further Consolidation of CBP Drawback Centers

AGENCY: Customs and Border Protection, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; solicitation of comments.

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SUMMARY: This document proposes to amend the U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP) regulations to reflect a planned closing of the CBP 
drawback center at the Port of Los Angeles-Long Beach (``Los 
Angeles''), California. CBP believes that the further consolidation in 
the number of drawback processing centers from five to four is 
necessary because of decreases in claim filings and drawback claim 
values at the Los Angeles center. This proposed closure of this 
drawback center is intended to conserve resources, increase efficiency, 
exercise fiscal responsibility, and promote greater uniformity in the 
processing of drawback claims.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before December 31, 
2009.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number, by one 
of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments via Docket No. USCBP 
2009-0035.
     Mail: Trade and Commercial Regulations Branch, Regulations 
and Rulings, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 799 9th Street, NW. 
(Mint Annex), Washington, DC 20229-1179.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and docket number for this rulemaking. All comments received will be 
posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any 
personal information provided. For detailed instructions on submitting 
comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the 
``Public Participation'' heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
section of this document.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov. Submitted comments 
may also be inspected during regular business days between the hours of 
9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Trade and Commercial Regulations Branch, 
Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs 
and Border Protection, 799 9th Street, NW., 5th Floor, Washington, DC 
Arrangements to inspect submitted comments should be made in advance by 
calling Joseph Clark at (202) 325-0118.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christine Kegley, Import Operations 
Branch, Office of Field Operations, Customs and Border Protection, 
(202) 344-2319.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Public Participation

    Interested persons are invited to participate in this rulemaking by 
submitting written data, views, or arguments on all aspects of this 
proposed rule. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) also invites 
comments that relate to the economic, environmental, or federalism 
effects that might result from this proposed rule. Comments that will 
provide the most assistance to CBP in developing these procedures will 
reference a specific portion of the proposed rule, explain the reason 
for any recommended change, and include data, information, or authority 
that supports such recommended change. See ADDRESSES above for 
information on how to submit comments.

Background

    To conserve resources, increase efficiency, exercise fiscal 
responsibility, and promote greater uniformity in the processing of 
drawback claims, U.S. Customs Service (now CBP) published on January 
24, 2003, Treasury Decision (T.D.) 03-05 in the Federal Register (68 FR 
3381), which consolidated the drawback centers from eight to the 
current five by closing the centers located in Miami, Florida; New 
Orleans, Louisiana; and Boston, Massachusetts and redirecting that all 
claims be filed in the remaining five centers located in Chicago, 
Illinois; Houston, Texas; New York, New York; Los Angeles-Long Beach 
(``Los Angeles''), California; and San Francisco, California. 
Additionally, T.D. 03-05 noted that the agency would re-evaluate 
further consolidations as needed. In 2008, CBP further evaluated the 
number of drawback claims processed at its remaining drawback centers. 
Based on this evaluation, CBP proposes to further consolidate the 
drawback centers by closing the Los Angeles, California Drawback Center 
to achieve its goal of four drawback centers

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to cover its key geographical areas of North, South, East, and West.
    On May 27, 2008 and April 29, 2009, in accordance with 19 U.S.C. 
2075(g)(2)(C), the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 217(b)(2)), 
and the SAFE Port Act of 2006 (6 U.S.C. 115(D)), CBP notified the House 
Committee on Ways & Means, the Senate Committee on Finance, and House 
Committee on Homeland Security of its intent to close the Los Angeles 
Drawback Center. The Congressional notification period expired July 27, 
2009, and CBP did not receive from Congress any objections to the 
proposed closing of the Los Angeles Drawback Center. Out of the 
remaining five drawback centers, Los Angeles receives and processes the 
fewest claims. Drawback statistics from fiscal years 2006, 2007, and 
2008 reveal that only 8.4, 9.01, and 7.49 percent of all claims were 
filed in Los Angeles. Moreover, the claims paid out by the Los Angeles 
center during those years represented only 2.6, 2.42, and 3.15 percent 
of all drawback claims paid nationally. Because of the decrease in the 
number of drawback claims filed and processed at the Los Angeles 
Drawback Center since 2003 and the small number of claims filed overall 
in the Los Angeles center, CBP is proposing to close this drawback 
center, thus leaving four centers located in its key geographical areas 
of Chicago, Houston, New York, and San Francisco. CBP believes that 
closing the Los Angeles Drawback Center is required in order to attain 
CBP's original goals of conserving resources, increasing efficiency, 
exercising fiscal responsibility, and promoting greater uniformity in 
the processing of drawback claims.
    If this proposal is adopted, then future claims will be required to 
be sent to one of the four remaining drawback centers located in 
Chicago, Houston, New York, or San Francisco. All remaining claims that 
were filed at the Los Angeles Drawback Center prior to closure that 
have not been liquidated and still require CBP review will be forwarded 
to the San Francisco Drawback Center for final processing.
    In order to file a drawback claim at one of the four remaining 
centers, persons must ensure that all license/permit and bond 
requirements are met in accordance with the regulations. See 19 CFR 
Parts 111 and 113 of the CBP regulations.

Explanation of Amendment

    Section 101.3(b)(1) of the CBP regulations lists all the CBP ports 
of entry. Five ports are denoted with a ``plus'' sign that designates 
their status as a ``Drawback unit/office.'' This document proposes to 
amend Sec.  101.3(b)(1) to remove the ``plus'' sign in Sec.  
101.3(b)(1) next to the port listing for Los Angeles-Long Beach.

Inapplicability of the Regulatory Flexibility Act

    The Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) requires 
federal agencies to examine the impact a rule would have on small 
entities. A small entity may be a small business (defined as any 
independently owned and operated business not dominant in its field 
that qualifies as a small business per the Small Business Act); a small 
not-for-profit organization; or a small governmental jurisdiction 
(locality with fewer than 50,000 people).
    Although this document is being issued with notice for public 
comment, it is noted that this proposal, which relates to agency 
management and organization, does not directly regulate small entities 
and is not subject to the notice and public procedure requirements of 5 
U.S.C. 553. The proposed change is part of CBP's continuing program to 
conserve resources, increase efficiency, and exercise fiscal 
responsibility, and to provide better service to importers and the 
general public.
    Because this proposal does not directly regulate small entities and 
because CBP estimates that virtually all transactions are accomplished 
through either electronic or mailed submissions, and any follow-up is 
handled by telephone, fax and/or email, the physical location of a 
drawback center is largely irrelevant to the process. Accordingly, CBP 
does not believe that this rule will have a significant economic impact 
on a substantial number of small entities. However, CBP welcomes 
comments on this assumption. If we do not receive any comments to the 
contrary, we may certify in the final rule that this rule will not have 
a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities.

Executive Order 12866

    This proposed rule does not meet the criteria to be considered an 
economically ``significant regulatory action'' under Executive Order 
12866 because it will not result in the expenditure of over $100 
million in any one year. The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has 
not reviewed this proposed rule under that Order.
    As stated previously, CBP estimates that virtually all of follow-up 
transactions are through fax, email, or telephone; it is a very rare 
occasion for any member of the public to visit a drawback center. Thus, 
CBP anticipates that this rule will have de minimus costs to the public 
as a result of the further consolidation of drawback centers.

Signing Authority

    This document is being issued in accordance with 19 CFR 0.2(a), 
which provides that the authority of the Secretary of the Treasury with 
respect to CBP regulations that are not related to customs revenue 
functions was transferred to the Secretary of Homeland Security 
pursuant to Sec.  403(l) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002. 
Accordingly, this notice of proposed rulemaking to amend such 
regulations may be signed by the Secretary of Homeland Security (or her 
delegate).

List of Subjects in 19 CFR Part 101

    Customs duties and inspection, Customs ports of entry.

Proposed Amendment to the Regulations

    For the reasons set forth above, CBP proposes to amend part 101 of 
the CBP regulations (19 CFR Part 101) as follows:

PART 101--GENERAL PROVISIONS

    1. The general authority citation for part 101 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority:  5 U.S.C. 301; 19 U.S.C. 2, 66, 1202 (General Note 
3(i), Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1623, 1624, 
1646a.

    Section 101.3 and 101.4 also issued under 19 U.S.C. 1 and 58b.

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Sec.  101.3--[Amended].  

    2. In Sec.  101.3, the table in paragraph (b)(1) is amended by 
removing the plus sign in the ``Ports of entry'' column before the 
column listing for ``Los Angeles-Long Beach'' under the state of 
California.

    Dated: November 25, 2009.
Jayson P. Ahern,
Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
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