Specified Commodities Imported into the United States, Exempt from Import Regulations; Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 18005-18006 [2014-07011]

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AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501), this document announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intention to request an extension and revision to currently approved forms utilized by importers of commodities that are exempt from section 8e import regulations. DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by May 30, 2014 to be considered. Additional Information: Contact Andrew Hatch, Supervisory Marketing Specialist, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 0237, Room 1406–S, Washington, DC 20250– 0237; Tel: (202) 720–2491; Email: andrew.hatch@ams.usda.gov. Small businesses may request information on this notice by contacting Jeffrey Smutny, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 0237, Room 1406–S, Washington, DC 20250– 0237; Tel: (202) 690–3919; or Email: jeffrey.smutny@ams.usda.gov. Comments: Comments should reference the docket number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register, and be mailed to the Docket Clerk, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:10 Mar 28, 2014 Jkt 232001 Independence Avenue SW, Room 1406– S, Washington, DC 20250–0237; Fax: (202) 720–8938; or submitted through the Internet at http:// www.regulations.gov. All comments to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval, and will become a matter of public record. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Specified Commodities Imported Into the United States Exempt from Import Requirements. OMB Number: 0581–0167. Expiration Date of Approval: September 30, 2014. Type of Request: Extension and Revision of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: Section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 1937 as amended (7 U.S.C. 601–674; Act) requires that whenever the Secretary of Agriculture issues grade, size, quality, or maturity regulations under domestic marketing orders, the same or comparable regulations must be issued for imported commodities. Import regulations apply only during those periods when domestic marketing order regulations are in effect. Currently, the following commodities are subject to section 8e import regulations: Avocados; grapefruit; kiwifruit; olives (other than Spanishstyle); oranges; table grapes; Irish potatoes; onions; tomatoes; dates (other than dates for processing); walnuts; raisins; pistachios; and hazelnuts (filberts). Imports of these commodities are exempt from section 8e requirements if they are imported for such outlets as processing, charity, animal feed, seed, and distribution to relief agencies when those outlets are exempt under the applicable marketing orders. Safeguard procedures in the form of importer and receiver reporting requirements are used to ensure that the imported commodities are, in fact, shipped to authorized, exempt outlets. Reports required under the safeguard procedure are similar to the reports currently required by most domestic marketing orders, and are required of importers and receivers under the following import regulations: (1) Fruits; import regulations (7 CFR 944.350); (2) vegetables; import regulations (7 CFR 980.501); and (3) specialty crops; import regulations (7 CFR 999.500). Under these regulations, importers wishing to import commodities for exempt purposes must complete form FV–6, the ‘‘Importer’s Exempt Commodity Form,’’ prior to importation, through the Marketing Order Online PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18005 System (MOLS). Launched in August 2008, MOLS is an internet-based application, managed by the USDA, which allows importers and receivers of fruit, vegetable, and specialty crops to review and search for FV–6 certificates online. If an importer correctly inputs his shipment data into MOLS, he will receive and be able to print a certificate that accompanies the shipment. Data are simultaneously transmitted to the receiver and to AMS, where they are reviewed for compliance purposes by Marketing Order and Agreement Division (MOAD) staff, in the USDA’s Fruit and Vegetable Program. In rare instances a paper form FV–6 may be used. The hardcopy form has four parts, which are distributed as follows: Copy one is presented to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security; copy two is filed with MOAD within two days of the commodity entering the United States; copy three accompanies the exempt shipment to its intended destination, where the receiver certifies its receipt and that it will be used for exempt purposes, and files that copy with MOAD within two days of receipt; and copy four is retained by the importer. In addition to renewing the FV–6 form, this information collection package does the same for the FV–7 form, ‘‘Civil Penalty Stipulation Agreement.’’ Produce importers sign the FV–7 form, for which there is no burden associated because only a signature is required. The information collected through this package is used primarily by authorized representatives of the USDA, including AMS Fruit and Vegetable Program regional and headquarters staff. Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 5 minutes per response. Respondents: Importers and receivers of exempt commodities. Estimated Number of Respondents: 144 Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 213,691 Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1,484 Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 17,734 hours Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) the accuracy of the Agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; (3) E:\FR\FM\31MRN1.SGM 31MRN1 18006 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 61 / Monday, March 31, 2014 / Notices ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. All comments to this document will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval, and will become a matter of public record. Dated: March 12, 2014. Rex A. Barnes, Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2014–07011 Filed 3–28–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Forest Service North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee Forest Service, USDA. Notice of meeting. AGENCY: ACTION: The North Central Idaho Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) will meet in Grangeville, Idaho. The committee is authorized under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act (Pub. L. 110– 343) (the Act) and operates in compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The purpose of the committee is to improve collaborative relationships and to provide advice and recommendations to the Forest Service concerning projects and funding consistent with Title II of the Act. The meeting is open to the public. 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Anyone who would like to bring related matters to the attention of the committee may file written statements with the committee staff before or after the meeting. Written comments and requests for time for oral comments must be sent to Laura Smith, Designated Federal Office, 104 Airport Road, Grangeville, Idaho 83530; or by email to lasmith02@fs.fed.us, or via facsimile to 208–983–4099. Meeting Accommodations: If you are a person requiring reasonable accommodation, please make requests in advance for sign language interpreting, assistive listening devices or other reasonable accommodation for access to the facility or proceedings by contacting the person listed in the section titled FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. All reasonable accommodation requests are managed on a case by case basis. Dated: March 14, 2014. Rick Brazell, Forest Supervisor. 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For status of meeting prior to attendance, please contact the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Ketchikan Misty Fiords Ranger District, 3031 Tongass Avenue, Ketchikan, Alaska. Written comments may be submitted as described under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. All comments, including names and addresses when provided, are placed in the record and are available for public inspection and copying. The public may inspect comments received at Ketchikan Misty Fiords Ranger District. Please call ahead to facilitate entry into the building. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diane L. Daniels, RAC Coordinator, by phone at 907–228–4105 or via email at ddaniels@fs led.us. Individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDD) may call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8339 between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday. 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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 61 (Monday, March 31, 2014)]
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[FR Doc No: 2014-07011]


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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-FV-14-0004; FV14-944-1]


Specified Commodities Imported into the United States, Exempt 
from Import Regulations; Request for Extension of a Currently Approved 
Information Collection

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Request for comments.

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SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. 3501), this document announces the Agricultural Marketing 
Service's (AMS) intention to request an extension and revision to 
currently approved forms utilized by importers of commodities that are 
exempt from section 8e import regulations.

DATES: Comments on this notice must be received by May 30, 2014 to be 
considered.
    Additional Information: Contact Andrew Hatch, Supervisory Marketing 
Specialist, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Fruit and Vegetable 
Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., Stop 0237, Room 1406-
S, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Tel: (202) 720-2491; Email: 
andrew.hatch@ams.usda.gov.
    Small businesses may request information on this notice by 
contacting Jeffrey Smutny, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, 
Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW., 
Stop 0237, Room 1406-S, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Tel: (202) 690-3919; 
or Email: jeffrey.smutny@ams.usda.gov.
    Comments: Comments should reference the docket number and the date 
and page number of this issue of the Federal Register, and be mailed to 
the Docket Clerk, Fruit and Vegetable Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 
Independence Avenue SW, Room 1406-S, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Fax: 
(202) 720-8938; or submitted through the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov.
    All comments to this notice will be summarized and included in the 
request for OMB approval, and will become a matter of public record.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Title: Specified Commodities Imported Into the United States Exempt 
from Import Requirements.
    OMB Number: 0581-0167.
    Expiration Date of Approval: September 30, 2014.
    Type of Request: Extension and Revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    Abstract: Section 8e of the Agricultural Marketing Agreement Act of 
1937 as amended (7 U.S.C. 601-674; Act) requires that whenever the 
Secretary of Agriculture issues grade, size, quality, or maturity 
regulations under domestic marketing orders, the same or comparable 
regulations must be issued for imported commodities. Import regulations 
apply only during those periods when domestic marketing order 
regulations are in effect.
    Currently, the following commodities are subject to section 8e 
import regulations: Avocados; grapefruit; kiwifruit; olives (other than 
Spanish-style); oranges; table grapes; Irish potatoes; onions; 
tomatoes; dates (other than dates for processing); walnuts; raisins; 
pistachios; and hazelnuts (filberts). Imports of these commodities are 
exempt from section 8e requirements if they are imported for such 
outlets as processing, charity, animal feed, seed, and distribution to 
relief agencies when those outlets are exempt under the applicable 
marketing orders.
    Safeguard procedures in the form of importer and receiver reporting 
requirements are used to ensure that the imported commodities are, in 
fact, shipped to authorized, exempt outlets. Reports required under the 
safeguard procedure are similar to the reports currently required by 
most domestic marketing orders, and are required of importers and 
receivers under the following import regulations: (1) Fruits; import 
regulations (7 CFR 944.350); (2) vegetables; import regulations (7 CFR 
980.501); and (3) specialty crops; import regulations (7 CFR 999.500).
    Under these regulations, importers wishing to import commodities 
for exempt purposes must complete form FV-6, the ``Importer's Exempt 
Commodity Form,'' prior to importation, through the Marketing Order 
Online System (MOLS). Launched in August 2008, MOLS is an internet-
based application, managed by the USDA, which allows importers and 
receivers of fruit, vegetable, and specialty crops to review and search 
for FV-6 certificates online. If an importer correctly inputs his 
shipment data into MOLS, he will receive and be able to print a 
certificate that accompanies the shipment. Data are simultaneously 
transmitted to the receiver and to AMS, where they are reviewed for 
compliance purposes by Marketing Order and Agreement Division (MOAD) 
staff, in the USDA's Fruit and Vegetable Program.
    In rare instances a paper form FV-6 may be used. The hardcopy form 
has four parts, which are distributed as follows: Copy one is presented 
to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland 
Security; copy two is filed with MOAD within two days of the commodity 
entering the United States; copy three accompanies the exempt shipment 
to its intended destination, where the receiver certifies its receipt 
and that it will be used for exempt purposes, and files that copy with 
MOAD within two days of receipt; and copy four is retained by the 
importer.
    In addition to renewing the FV-6 form, this information collection 
package does the same for the FV-7 form, ``Civil Penalty Stipulation 
Agreement.'' Produce importers sign the FV-7 form, for which there is 
no burden associated because only a signature is required.
    The information collected through this package is used primarily by 
authorized representatives of the USDA, including AMS Fruit and 
Vegetable Program regional and headquarters staff.
    Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for this collection 
of information is estimated to average 5 minutes per response.
    Respondents: Importers and receivers of exempt commodities.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 144
    Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 213,691
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1,484
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 17,734 hours
    Comments are invited on: (1) Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Agency, including whether the information will have practical 
utility; (2) the accuracy of the Agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (3)

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ways to enhance the quality, utility and clarity of the information to 
be collected; and (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of 
information on those who are to respond, including through the use of 
appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological 
collection techniques or other forms of information technology.
    All comments to this document will be summarized and included in 
the request for OMB approval, and will become a matter of public 
record.

    Dated: March 12, 2014.
Rex A. Barnes,
Associate Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-07011 Filed 3-28-14; 8:45 am]
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