Specified Commodities Imported Into the United States, Exempt From Import Regulations; Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection, 14872-14873 [2020-05216]

Download as PDF 14872 Notices Federal Register Vol. 85, No. 51 Monday, March 16, 2020 This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains documents other than rules or proposed rules that are applicable to the public. Notices of hearings and investigations, committee meetings, agency decisions and rulings, delegations of authority, filing of petitions and applications and agency statements of organization and functions are examples of documents appearing in this section. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–SC–20–0021; SC20–6/7–1] Specified Commodities Imported Into the United States, Exempt From Import Regulations; Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this document announces the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) intention to request an extension to currently approved forms used by importers of commodities that are exempt from section 8e import regulations. DATES: Comments on this notice are due by May 15, 2020 to be assured of consideration. SUMMARY: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments concerning this notice. Comments must be sent to the Docket Clerk, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250–0237; Fax: (202) 720–8938; or internet: www.regulations.gov. Comments should reference the docket number and the date and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be available for public inspection in the Office of the Docket Clerk during regular business hours or can be viewed at: www.regulations.gov. All comments submitted in response to this notice will be included in the record and will be made available to the public. Please be advised that the identity of individuals or entities submitting the comments will be made public on the internet at the address provided above. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:29 Mar 13, 2020 Jkt 250001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pushpa Kathir, Marketing Specialist, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Room 1406–S, Washington, DC 20250–0237; Telephone: (202) 205–2829; Fax: (202) 720–8938; or Email: pushpa.kathir@ usda.gov. Small businesses may request information on this notice by contacting Richard Lower, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Room 1406–S, Washington, DC 20250– 0237; Telephone (202) 720–2491; Fax: (202) 720–8938; or Email: Richard.Lower@usda.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Specified Commodities Imported Into the United States Exempt from Import Requirements. OMB Number: 0581–0167. Expiration Date of Approval: May 31, 2020. Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information collection. Abstract: Section 8e (7 U.S.C. 608e) 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. 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. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 intending to import commodities for exempt purposes must complete the form SC–6, ‘‘Importer’s Exempt Commodity Form’’. SC–6 is submitted to AMS through the Compliance and Enforcement Management System (CEMS). CEMS is an internet-based application which allows importers and receivers of fruit, vegetable, and specialty crops to complete the form online. If an importer correctly inputs their shipment data into CEMS, they will receive and be able to print a certificate that accompanies the shipment. Data elements are simultaneously transmitted to the receiver and to AMS, where they are reviewed for compliance purposes by Marketing Order and Agreement Division (MOAD) staff. The receiver retains a copy for recordkeeping purposes. In rare instances a paper form SC–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 SC–6 form, this information collection package does the same for the SC–7 form, ‘‘Civil Penalty Stipulation Agreement.’’ The Act authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to assess a civil penalty of not more than $1,100 per violation against any person who violates the Section 8e regulations. Investigators complete the form identifying the violation committed by the produce importer. Produce importers sign the SC–7 form to agree to pay the sum in full settlement. There is E:\FR\FM\16MRN1.SGM 16MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 51 / Monday, March 16, 2020 / Notices lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES no burden associated as only a signature is required. The information collected through this package is used primarily by authorized representatives of the USDA, including AMS Specialty Crops 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. Based on the information collected on the frequency of use for the forms, AMS has revised estimates of respondents and responses. Estimates of respondents and responses are calculated by taking the raw annual data collected from inspections on Section 8e crops entering the U.S. market and finding the three-year averages. These numbers represent an approximation of the annual burden given the frequent changes in number of respondents and responses from year to year. Estimated Number of Respondents: 79. Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 6,867. Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 87. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 568 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) 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 10, 2020. Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2020–05216 Filed 3–13–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–02–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:29 Mar 13, 2020 Jkt 250001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Agricultural Marketing Service [Doc. No. AMS–CP–19–0117] Information Collection Request: Discharge and Delivery Survey Summary and Rate Schedule Forms Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is requesting comments from all interested individuals and organizations on a renewal of a currently approved information collection request. This information collection is necessary to support the procurement of agricultural commodities for domestic and export food donation programs. AMS issues invitations to purchase or sell and transport commodities, as well as sample, inspect. and survey, agricultural commodities at both domestic and foreign locations for use in international food donation programs on a monthly, multiple monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis. The AMS Commodity Procurement Program contracts for marine cargo discharge survey services conducted at the foreign destinations to ascertain count and condition of the commodities delivered. DATES: We will consider comments that we receive by May 15, 2020. ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on the internet at http:// www.regulations.gov or to Service Contracting Support Branch, AMS– PPSCD, USDA, P.O. Box 419205, Kansas City, Missouri 64141–6205. Comments should make reference to the dates and page number of this issue of the Federal Register and will be made available for public inspection in the above office during regular business hours or at http://www.regulations.gov. You may also send comments to the Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cita Trice, Chief; Service Contracting Support Branch, cita.trice@usda.gov (816) 926–1438. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Discharge and Delivery Survey Summary and Rate Schedule Forms. OMB Number: 0581–0317. Expiration Date: April 30, 2020. Type of Request: Renewal. Abstract: The United States donates agricultural commodities domestically SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14873 and overseas for famine or other relief requirements, to combat malnutrition, and sells or donates commodities to promote economic development. AMS issues invitations to purchase or sell agricultural commodities and services for use in domestic and export programs. Vendors respond by making offers using various AMS commodity offer forms through the Web-based Supply Chain Management System (WBSCM). The AMS Commodity Procurement Program contracts for discharge survey services conducted at the foreign destinations to ascertain count and condition of the commodities shipped. The form for discharge survey services is not in WBSCM. The renewal to the information collection request is for the respondents to submit information electronically in WBSCM for all processes with the exception of the discharge/delivery survey summary and the rates schedule. Vendors will be able to access WBSCM to see the date and time the system shows for receipt of bid, bid modification, or bid cancellation information. At bid opening date and time, the bid information is evaluated through the system. Acceptances will be sent to the successful offerors electronically. Awarded contracts will be posted to the AMS website https:// www.ams.usda.gov/selling-food/ solicitations and also to the WBSCM portal and beta.SAM.gov, Contract Opportunities. The discharge/delivery survey summary (KC–334) will be collected electronically and by mail, and the rate schedule (KC–337) will be collected by mail. For the following estimated total annual burden on respondents, the formula used to calculate the total burden hours is the estimated average time per responses multiplied by the estimated total annual of responses. Estimate of Average Time to Respond: Public reporting burden for collecting information under this notice is estimated to average 29 minutes per response, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information. Respondents: Business and other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 41. Estimated Average Number of Responses per Respondent: 11.83. Estimated Total Annual Responses: 485. Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 234 hours. E:\FR\FM\16MRN1.SGM 16MRN1

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statements of organization and functions are examples of documents 
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Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 51 / Monday, March 16, 2020 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-SC-20-0021; SC20-6/7-1]


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: Notice and request for comments.

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

DATES: Comments on this notice are due by May 15, 2020 to be assured of 
consideration.

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments 
concerning this notice. Comments must be sent to the Docket Clerk, 
Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, 
USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Washington, DC 20250-
0237; Fax: (202) 720-8938; or internet: www.regulations.gov. Comments 
should reference the docket number and the date and page number of this 
issue of the Federal Register and will be available for public 
inspection in the Office of the Docket Clerk during regular business 
hours or can be viewed at: www.regulations.gov. All comments submitted 
in response to this notice will be included in the record and will be 
made available to the public. Please be advised that the identity of 
individuals or entities submitting the comments will be made public on 
the internet at the address provided above.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Pushpa Kathir, Marketing Specialist, 
Marketing Order and Agreement Division, Specialty Crops Program, AMS, 
USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 0237, Room 1406-S, Washington, 
DC 20250-0237; Telephone: (202) 205-2829; Fax: (202) 720-8938; or 
Email: [email protected].
    Small businesses may request information on this notice by 
contacting Richard Lower, Marketing Order and Agreement Division, 
Specialty Crops Program, AMS, USDA, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, STOP 
0237, Room 1406-S, Washington, DC 20250-0237; Telephone (202) 720-2491; 
Fax: (202) 720-8938; or Email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Title: Specified Commodities Imported Into the United States Exempt 
from Import Requirements.
    OMB Number: 0581-0167.
    Expiration Date of Approval: May 31, 2020.
    Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved information 
collection.
    Abstract: Section 8e (7 U.S.C. 608e) 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.
    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.
    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 intending to import commodities 
for exempt purposes must complete the form SC-6, ``Importer's Exempt 
Commodity Form''. SC-6 is submitted to AMS through the Compliance and 
Enforcement Management System (CEMS). CEMS is an internet-based 
application which allows importers and receivers of fruit, vegetable, 
and specialty crops to complete the form online. If an importer 
correctly inputs their shipment data into CEMS, they will receive and 
be able to print a certificate that accompanies the shipment. Data 
elements are simultaneously transmitted to the receiver and to AMS, 
where they are reviewed for compliance purposes by Marketing Order and 
Agreement Division (MOAD) staff. The receiver retains a copy for 
recordkeeping purposes.
    In rare instances a paper form SC-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 SC-6 form, this information collection 
package does the same for the SC-7 form, ``Civil Penalty Stipulation 
Agreement.'' The Act authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to assess 
a civil penalty of not more than $1,100 per violation against any 
person who violates the Section 8e regulations. Investigators complete 
the form identifying the violation committed by the produce importer. 
Produce importers sign the SC-7 form to agree to pay the sum in full 
settlement. There is

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no burden associated as only a signature is required.
    The information collected through this package is used primarily by 
authorized representatives of the USDA, including AMS Specialty Crops 
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. Based 
on the information collected on the frequency of use for the forms, AMS 
has revised estimates of respondents and responses. Estimates of 
respondents and responses are calculated by taking the raw annual data 
collected from inspections on Section 8e crops entering the U.S. market 
and finding the three-year averages. These numbers represent an 
approximation of the annual burden given the frequent changes in number 
of respondents and responses from year to year.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 79.
    Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 6,867.
    Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 87.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 568 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) 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 10, 2020.
Bruce Summers,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-05216 Filed 3-13-20; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3410-02-P