Extension of the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) Pilot Program and Reopening of Application Period for Participation, 63237-63238 [2013-24856]

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We may also be contacted at: USCIS, Office of Policy and Strategy, Regulatory Coordination Division, 20 Massachusetts Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20529–2140; Telephone 202–272–8377. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Overview of This Information Collection U.S. Customs and Border Protection Dated: October 18, 2013. Laura Dawkins, Chief, Regulatory Coordination Division, Office of Policy and Strategy, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. Background [FR Doc. 2013–24835 Filed 10–22–13; 8:45 am] 1 This Federal Register notice, published on October 26, 2012, corrected the email address under the ADDRESSES heading for submitting applications or comments. The correct email address is CBPCCS@cbp.dhs.gov. BILLING CODE 9111–97–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:13 Oct 22, 2013 Jkt 232001 Extension of the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) Pilot Program and Reopening of Application Period for Participation U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS. ACTION: General notice. AGENCY: On October 24, 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a notice in the Federal Register that announced the formalization and expansion of the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) pilot program that would run for six months. On April 23, 2013, CBP published a notice in the Federal Register extending the pilot period for another six months. This document announces that CBP is extending the pilot period for an additional nine months and reopening the application period for new participants for 60 days. The ACAS pilot is a voluntary test in which participants submit a subset of required advance air cargo data to CBP at the earliest point practicable prior to loading of the cargo onto the aircraft destined to or transiting through the United States. DATES: CBP is extending the ACAS pilot program through July 26, 2014, and reopening the application period to accept applications from new ACAS pilot participants through December 23, 2013. Comments concerning any aspect of the announced test may be submitted at any time during the test period. ADDRESSES: Applications to participate in the ACAS pilot must be submitted via email to CBPCCS@cbp.dhs.gov. Written comments concerning program, policy, and technical issues may also be submitted via email to CBPCCS@ cbp.dhs.gov. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Regina Park, Cargo and Conveyance Security, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, via email at regina.park@dhs.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 24, 2012, CBP published a general notice in the Federal Register (77 FR 65006, corrected in 77 FR 65395 1) announcing that CBP is PO 00000 Frm 00080 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63237 formalizing and expanding the ACAS pilot to include other eligible participants in the air cargo environment. The notice provides a description of the ACAS pilot, sets forth eligibility requirements for participation, and invites public comments on any aspect of the test. In brief, the ACAS pilot revises the time frame for pilot participants to transmit a subset of mandatory advance electronic information for air cargo. CBP regulations implementing the Trade Act of 2002 specify the required data elements and the time frame for submitting them to CBP. Pursuant to 19 CFR 122.48a, the required advance information for air cargo must be submitted no later than the time of departure of the aircraft for the United States (from specified locations) or four hours prior to arrival in the United States for all other locations. The ACAS pilot is a voluntary test in which participants agree to submit a subset of the required 19 CFR 122.48a data elements (ACAS data) at the earliest point practicable prior to loading of the cargo onto the aircraft destined to or transiting through the United States. The ACAS data is used to target high-risk air cargo. CBP is considering possible amendments to the regulations regarding advance information for air cargo. The results of the ACAS pilot will help determine the relevant data elements, the time frame within which data must be submitted to permit CBP to effectively target, identify and mitigate any risk with the least impact practicable on trade operations, and any other related procedures and policies. Extension of the ACAS Pilot Period and Reopening of the Application Period The October 2012 notice announced that the ACAS pilot would run for six months. The notice provided that if CBP determined that the pilot period should be extended, CBP would publish another notice in the Federal Register. The October 2012 notice also stated that applications from new ACAS pilot participants would be accepted until November 23, 2012. On December 26, 2012, CBP published a notice in the Federal Register (77 FR 76064) reopening the application period for new participants until January 8, 2013. On January 3, 2013, the Federal Register published a correction (78 FR 315) stating that the correct date of the close of the reopened application period was January 10, 2013. On April 23, 2013, CBP published a notice in the Federal Register (78 FR 23946) extending the ACAS pilot period through October 26, E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1 63238 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 205 / Wednesday, October 23, 2013 / Notices 2013, and reopening the application period through May 23, 2013. CBP continues to see an increase in the diversity and number of pilot participants representing a strong sample size of the air cargo community. However, CBP also continues to receive requests to participate in the pilot. In order to provide greater opportunity for a wide range of the air cargo community to participate in the ACAS pilot and to prepare for possible proposed regulatory changes, CBP is extending the ACAS pilot period through July 26, 2014, and reopening the application period through December 23, 2013. Anyone interested in participating in the ACAS pilot should refer to the notice published in the Federal Register on October 24, 2012, for additional application information and eligibility requirements Dated: October 18, 2013. Susan T. Mitchell, Acting Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations. [FR Doc. 2013–24856 Filed 10–22–13; 8:45 am] ACTION: General notice. This notice advises the public of the quarterly Internal Revenue Service interest rates used to calculate interest on overdue accounts (underpayments) and refunds (overpayments) of customs duties. For the calendar quarter beginning October 1, 2013, the interest rates for overpayments will be 2 percent for corporations and 3 percent for noncorporations, and the interest rate for underpayments will be 3 percent for both corporations and non-corporations. This notice is published for the convenience of the importing public and U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel. DATES: Effective Date: October 1, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Wyman, Revenue Division, Collection and Refunds Branch, 6650 Telecom Drive, Suite #100, Indianapolis, Indiana 46278; telephone (317) 614–4516. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background BILLING CODE 9111–14–P Pursuant to 19 U.S.C. 1505 and Treasury Decision 85–93, published in the Federal Register on May 29, 1985 (50 FR 21832), the interest rate paid on applicable overpayments or underpayments of customs duties must be in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code rate established under 26 U.S.C. 6621 and 6622. Section 6621 was amended (at paragraph (a)(1)(B) by the Internal Revenue Service Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998, Public Law 105–206, 112 Stat. 685) to provide different interest rates applicable to DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection Quarterly IRS Interest Rates Used in Calculating Interest on Overdue Accounts and Refunds on Customs Duties U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security. 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VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:13 Oct 22, 2013 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 overpayments: One for corporations and one for non-corporations. The interest rates are based on the Federal short-term rate and determined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on behalf of the Secretary of the Treasury on a quarterly basis. The rates effective for a quarter are determined during the first-month period of the previous quarter. In Revenue Ruling 2013–16, the IRS determined the rates of interest for the calendar quarter beginning October 1, 2013, and ending on December 31, 2013. The interest rate paid to the Treasury for underpayments will be the Federal short-term rate (1%) plus two percentage points (2%) for a total of three percent (3%) for both corporations and non-corporations. For corporate overpayments, the rate is the Federal short-term rate (1%) plus one percentage point (1%) for a total of two percent (2%). For overpayments made by non-corporations, the rate is the Federal short-term rate (1%) plus two percentage points (2%) for a total of three percent (3%). These interest rates are subject to change for the calendar quarter beginning January 1, 2014, and ending March 31, 2014. For the convenience of the importing public and U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel the following list of IRS interest rates used, covering the period from before July of 1974 to date, to calculate interest on overdue accounts and refunds of customs duties, is published in summary format. Underpayments (percent) 063075 013176 013178 013180 013182 123182 063083 123184 063085 123185 063086 123186 093087 123187 033188 093088 033189 093089 033191 123191 033192 093092 063094 E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM Corporate overpayments (Eff. 1–1–99) (percent) Overpayments (percent) 6 9 7 6 12 20 16 11 13 11 10 9 9 10 11 10 11 12 11 10 9 8 7 23OCN1 6 9 7 6 12 20 16 11 13 11 10 9 8 9 10 9 10 11 10 9 8 7 6 ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................ ........................

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 205 (Wednesday, October 23, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 63237-63238]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-24856]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Extension of the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) Pilot Program 
and Reopening of Application Period for Participation

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS.

ACTION: General notice.

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SUMMARY: On October 24, 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) 
published a notice in the Federal Register that announced the 
formalization and expansion of the Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS) 
pilot program that would run for six months. On April 23, 2013, CBP 
published a notice in the Federal Register extending the pilot period 
for another six months. This document announces that CBP is extending 
the pilot period for an additional nine months and reopening the 
application period for new participants for 60 days. The ACAS pilot is 
a voluntary test in which participants submit a subset of required 
advance air cargo data to CBP at the earliest point practicable prior 
to loading of the cargo onto the aircraft destined to or transiting 
through the United States.

DATES: CBP is extending the ACAS pilot program through July 26, 2014, 
and reopening the application period to accept applications from new 
ACAS pilot participants through December 23, 2013. Comments concerning 
any aspect of the announced test may be submitted at any time during 
the test period.

ADDRESSES: Applications to participate in the ACAS pilot must be 
submitted via email to CBPCCS@cbp.dhs.gov. Written comments concerning 
program, policy, and technical issues may also be submitted via email 
to CBPCCS@cbp.dhs.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Regina Park, Cargo and Conveyance 
Security, Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, 
via email at regina.park@dhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On October 24, 2012, CBP published a general notice in the Federal 
Register (77 FR 65006, corrected in 77 FR 65395 \1\) announcing that 
CBP is formalizing and expanding the ACAS pilot to include other 
eligible participants in the air cargo environment. The notice provides 
a description of the ACAS pilot, sets forth eligibility requirements 
for participation, and invites public comments on any aspect of the 
test. In brief, the ACAS pilot revises the time frame for pilot 
participants to transmit a subset of mandatory advance electronic 
information for air cargo. CBP regulations implementing the Trade Act 
of 2002 specify the required data elements and the time frame for 
submitting them to CBP. Pursuant to 19 CFR 122.48a, the required 
advance information for air cargo must be submitted no later than the 
time of departure of the aircraft for the United States (from specified 
locations) or four hours prior to arrival in the United States for all 
other locations.
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    \1\ This Federal Register notice, published on October 26, 2012, 
corrected the email address under the ADDRESSES heading for 
submitting applications or comments. The correct email address is 
CBPCCS@cbp.dhs.gov.
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    The ACAS pilot is a voluntary test in which participants agree to 
submit a subset of the required 19 CFR 122.48a data elements (ACAS 
data) at the earliest point practicable prior to loading of the cargo 
onto the aircraft destined to or transiting through the United States. 
The ACAS data is used to target high-risk air cargo. CBP is considering 
possible amendments to the regulations regarding advance information 
for air cargo. The results of the ACAS pilot will help determine the 
relevant data elements, the time frame within which data must be 
submitted to permit CBP to effectively target, identify and mitigate 
any risk with the least impact practicable on trade operations, and any 
other related procedures and policies.

Extension of the ACAS Pilot Period and Reopening of the Application 
Period

    The October 2012 notice announced that the ACAS pilot would run for 
six months. The notice provided that if CBP determined that the pilot 
period should be extended, CBP would publish another notice in the 
Federal Register. The October 2012 notice also stated that applications 
from new ACAS pilot participants would be accepted until November 23, 
2012. On December 26, 2012, CBP published a notice in the Federal 
Register (77 FR 76064) reopening the application period for new 
participants until January 8, 2013. On January 3, 2013, the Federal 
Register published a correction (78 FR 315) stating that the correct 
date of the close of the reopened application period was January 10, 
2013. On April 23, 2013, CBP published a notice in the Federal Register 
(78 FR 23946) extending the ACAS pilot period through October 26,

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2013, and reopening the application period through May 23, 2013.
    CBP continues to see an increase in the diversity and number of 
pilot participants representing a strong sample size of the air cargo 
community. However, CBP also continues to receive requests to 
participate in the pilot. In order to provide greater opportunity for a 
wide range of the air cargo community to participate in the ACAS pilot 
and to prepare for possible proposed regulatory changes, CBP is 
extending the ACAS pilot period through July 26, 2014, and reopening 
the application period through December 23, 2013.
    Anyone interested in participating in the ACAS pilot should refer 
to the notice published in the Federal Register on October 24, 2012, 
for additional application information and eligibility requirements

    Dated: October 18, 2013.
Susan T. Mitchell,
Acting Assistant Commissioner, Office of Field Operations.
[FR Doc. 2013-24856 Filed 10-22-13; 8:45 am]
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