Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR): Request for Public Comments on the Overall Impact of the Removal of Electronic Export Information (EEI) Filing Requirements for Shipments Between the United States and Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, 58016-58018 [2020-19986]

Download as PDF 58016 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 181 / Thursday, September 17, 2020 / Proposed Rules responsibilities among the various levels of government. For the reasons discussed above, I certify this proposed regulation: (1) Is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866, (2) Will not affect intrastate aviation in Alaska, and (3) Will not have a significant economic impact, positive or negative, on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 39 Air transportation, Aircraft, Aviation safety, Incorporation by reference, Safety. (h) Exceptions to EASA AD 2020–0122 (1) Where EASA AD 2020–0122 refers to its effective date, this AD requires using the effective date of this AD. (2) The ‘‘Remarks’’ section of EASA AD 2020–0122 does not apply to this AD. (i) No Reporting Requirement Although the service information referenced in EASA AD 2020–0122 specifies to submit certain information to the manufacturer, this AD does not include that requirement. (e) Reason This AD was prompted by reports of missing overhead stowage compartment (OHSC) X-fixation brackets or brackets that were incorrectly installed during assembly. The FAA issuing this AD to address this condition, which could lead to OHSC failure under certain loading conditions, and possibly result in injury to occupants and impede egress during an emergency evacuation. (j) Other FAA AD Provisions The following provisions also apply to this AD: (1) Alternative Methods of Compliance (AMOCs): The Manager, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, has the authority to approve AMOCs for this AD, if requested using the procedures found in 14 CFR 39.19. In accordance with 14 CFR 39.19, send your request to your principal inspector or local Flight Standards District Office, as appropriate. If sending information directly to the Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, send it to the attention of the person identified in paragraph (k)(2) of this AD. Information may be emailed to: 9-AVS-AIR730-AMOC@faa.gov. Before using any approved AMOC, notify your appropriate principal inspector, or lacking a principal inspector, the manager of the local flight standards district office/certificate holding district office. (2) Contacting the Manufacturer: For any requirement in this AD to obtain instructions from a manufacturer, the instructions must be accomplished using a method approved by the Manager, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA; or EASA; or Airbus SAS’s EASA Design Organization Approval (DOA). If approved by the DOA, the approval must include the DOA-authorized signature. (3) Required for Compliance (RC): For any service information referenced in EASA AD 2020–0122 that contains RC procedures and tests: Except as required by paragraph (j)(2) of this AD, RC procedures and tests must be done to comply with this AD; any procedures or tests that are not identified as RC are recommended. Those procedures and tests that are not identified as RC may be deviated from using accepted methods in accordance with the operator’s maintenance or inspection program without obtaining approval of an AMOC, provided the procedures and tests identified as RC can be done and the airplane can be put back in an airworthy condition. Any substitutions or changes to procedures or tests identified as RC require approval of an AMOC. (f) Compliance Comply with this AD within the compliance times specified, unless already done. (k) Related Information (1) For information about EASA AD 2020– 0122, contact the EASA, Konrad-AdenauerUfer 3, 50668 Cologne, Germany; telephone The Proposed Amendment Accordingly, under the authority delegated to me by the Administrator, the FAA proposes to amend 14 CFR part 39 as follows: PART 39—AIRWORTHINESS DIRECTIVES 1. The authority citation for part 39 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(g), 40113, 44701. § 39.13 [Amended] 2. The FAA amends § 39.13 by adding the following new airworthiness directive (AD): ■ Airbus SAS: Docket No. FAA–2020–0845; Product Identifier 2020–NM–102–AD. (a) Comments Due Date The FAA must receive comments by November 2, 2020. (b) Affected ADs None. (c) Applicability This AD applies to Airbus SAS Model A320–271N, A321–211 and A321–271N airplanes, certificated in any category, as identified in European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) AD 2020–0122, dated May 29, 2020 (‘‘EASA AD 2020–0122’’). (d) Subject Air Transport Association (ATA) of America Code 25, Equipment/furnishings. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS (g) Requirements Except as specified in paragraph (h) of this AD: Comply with all required actions and compliance times specified in, and in accordance with, EASA AD 2020–0122. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Sep 16, 2020 Jkt 250001 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 +49 221 8999 000; email ADs@ easa.europa.eu; internet www.easa.europa.eu. You may find this EASA AD on the EASA website at https:// ad.easa.europa.eu. You may view this material at the FAA, Airworthiness Products Section, Operational Safety Branch, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA. For information on the availability of this material at the FAA, call 206–231–3195. This material may be found in the AD docket on the internet at https://www.regulations.gov by searching for and locating Docket No. FAA–2020–0845. (2) For more information about this AD, contact Sanjay Ralhan, Aerospace Engineer, Large Aircraft Section, International Validation Branch, FAA, 2200 South 216th St., Des Moines, WA 98198; telephone and fax 206–231–3223; email Sanjay.Ralhan@ faa.gov. Issued on September 11, 2020. Lance T. Gant, Director, Compliance & Airworthiness Division, Aircraft Certification Service. [FR Doc. 2020–20481 Filed 9–16–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of the Census 15 CFR Part 30 [Docket Number: 200810–0213] RIN 0607–AA58 Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR): Request for Public Comments on the Overall Impact of the Removal of Electronic Export Information (EEI) Filing Requirements for Shipments Between the United States and Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Bureau of the Census, Commerce Department. ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking. AGENCY: The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is seeking public comments on its consideration to remove the Electronic Export Information (EEI) filing requirement for shipments between the United States and Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For many years, the Census Bureau has received requests, from both the government of Puerto Rico and members of the international trade community, to eliminate the requirement to file EEI for shipments between the United States and Puerto Rico in the Automated Export System. One of the reasons for requesting removal of the filing requirement is that it seems to treat Puerto Rico like a foreign country, when in fact Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory and part of the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17SEP1.SGM 17SEP1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 181 / Thursday, September 17, 2020 / Proposed Rules U.S. customs area. Arguments have also been made that the requirement imposes a burden on what should be treated as interstate commerce, discourages manufacturers in the 50 states to ship to Puerto Rico, and impedes economic development on the island. However, removal of the filing requirement could impact the quality and availability of key federal statistics. The Census Bureau is requesting information to assess potential impacts of a regulatory change in the filing requirements and to identify stakeholder priorities for data quality and availability. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before November 16, 2020. You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. The identification number for this rulemaking is identified by RIN number 0607–AA58; or • By email directly to gtmd.ftrnotices@census.gov. Include RIN number 0607–AA58 in the subject line. All comments received are part of the public record. No comments will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov for public viewing until after the comment period has closed. Comments will generally be posted without change. All Personally Identifiable Information (for example, name and address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. ADDRESSES: Lisa E. Donaldson, Division Chief, Economic Management Division, Census Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Room 6K064, Washington, DC 20233–6010, by phone (301) 763–7296, by fax (301) 763–8835, or by email lisa.e.donaldson@ census.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS Background The Census Bureau is responsible for collecting, compiling, and publishing export trade statistics for the United States under the provisions of Title 13, United States Code (U.S.C.), Chapter 9, Section 301. For these statistics, the Census Bureau uses data from the Electronic Export Information (EEI) filings in the Automated Export System. Trade between the United States and its territories is considered domestic and therefore statistics on such trade are not tabulated as a part of the Census Bureau foreign trade statistics. Collecting and compiling trade statistics between the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Sep 16, 2020 Jkt 250001 United States, Puerto Rico, and other territories is, however, part of the Census Bureau’s monthly processing of EEI. Ultimately, these statistics are published in the FT–895 report, ‘‘U.S. Trade with Puerto Rico and U.S. Possessions.’’ This annual report presents total quantity and value of commodities shipped between the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. possessions, including the U.S. Virgin Islands. Data on trade between the United States and its territories is used by other government agencies and private organizations. For example, the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), within the U.S. Department of Commerce, uses the data to compile the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP), one of the most anticipated economic indicators and the primary measure of the nation’s economy. The BEA also uses the data in its initiative to estimate Puerto Rico GDP statistics, which are anticipated in 2020. Given the magnitude of Puerto Rico trade with states, estimates of Puerto Rico GDP would be significantly compromised without the trade data from the filings. The Puerto Rico Planning Board, tasked with overseeing and promoting development in Puerto Rico, uses the trade statistics to produce statistical reports for the Puerto Rican government and businesses to make sound policy and business decisions, respectively. Although eliminating the mandatory requirement to file EEI for shipments between the United States and Puerto Rico would remove an additional step in the shipping process, there would be other implications associated with this change. For example, the loss of data involving petroleum trade between the United States and Puerto Rico is a concern for the Department of Energy. There is currently no other source of information or method for tracking trade flows of oil and other energy-related commodities between the United States and Puerto Rico. The U.S. statistical system does not measure state-to-state imports and exports, only trade between states and the rest of the world. There is no alternative data source to collect this information because Puerto Rico is not included in many other Census Bureau economic surveys. The Census Bureau is exploring options to include Puerto Rico in existing surveys to mitigate the significant loss of information about the economy of Puerto Rico that would result from eliminating the filing requirement. However, using other existing surveys to collect data on the economy of Puerto Rico would not result in the same data set that is currently available. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 58017 Through this notice, the Census Bureau is seeking public comments to assess the overall impact that the removal of the filing requirement for shipments between the United States and Puerto Rico would have on the availability and quality of statistical data, as well as on trade. The Census Bureau also welcomes comments on the potential impact of a similar filing requirement removal for shipments between the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Request for Comments The Census Bureau is seeking public comments in order to assess the possible impact on statistics, data users, and businesses of removal of the filing requirement, and to identify any other possible impacts. Considering the known positive and negative impacts of removing the filing requirement, below are questions to consider when providing feedback to this proposed rule. Any pertinent feedback not captured by these questions is also welcome. 1. What Census Bureau statistical data on shipments between the 50 states and Puerto Rico (e.g., the FT–895 U.S. Trade with Puerto Rico and U.S. Possessions publications and digital datasets) are useful and how are they useful? 2. What information in the Census Bureau’s statistical data on shipments between the 50 states and Puerto Rico is most relevant? What characteristics of data on trade for Puerto Rico are most relevant (e.g., consistency and comparability, timeliness, monthly publication)? 3. The Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico requested an assessment of whether alternative datasets could be used, with or without modification, to achieve the same statistical objective of the current reporting requirement for Puerto Rico, while imposing a lesser burden on businesses. Are there additional or alternative datasets that you believe could be used for this assessment? 4. If the EEI reporting requirement were eliminated and replaced by an alternative data collection intended to reduce burden, which information should be considered essential for inclusion in that alternative collection? 5. Shipments from the 50 states to the U.S. Virgin Islands have a similar filing requirement that enables the Census Bureau to produce trade statistics for shipments from the 50 states to the U.S. Virgin Islands (also included in the FT– 895). Do you have any feedback on these statistical products, the information provided in them, and possible alternative datasets that would achieve E:\FR\FM\17SEP1.SGM 17SEP1 58018 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 181 / Thursday, September 17, 2020 / Proposed Rules should be included on the subject line if email is used. To help us process and review comments more efficiently, please use only one method of submission. We will post all comments on our website (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/other.shtml). Comments also are available for website viewing and printing in the Commission’s Public Dated: September 4, 2020. Reference Room, 100 F Street NE, Sheleen Dumas, Washington, DC 20549, on official Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of business days between the hours of the Chief Information Officer, Commerce 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Department. All comments received will be posted [FR Doc. 2020–19986 Filed 9–16–20; 8:45 am] without change. Persons submitting BILLING CODE 3510–07–P comments are cautioned that the Commission does not redact or edit personal identifying information from SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE comment submissions. Please submit COMMISSION only information that you wish to make available publicly. 17 CFR Part 232 We or the staff may add studies, [Release Nos. 33–10821, 34–89633, 39–2532, memoranda, or other substantive items IC–33974, S7–11–20] to the comment file during this rulemaking. A notification of the RIN 3235–AM77 inclusion in the comment file of any such materials will be made available Administration of the Electronic Data on our website. To ensure direct Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval electronic receipt of such notifications, System sign up through the ‘‘Stay Connected’’ AGENCY: Securities and Exchange option at www.sec.gov to receive Commission. notifications by email. ACTION: Proposed rule. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rosemary Filou, Chief Counsel; Monica SUMMARY: We are publishing for Lilly, Senior Special Counsel; or Jane comment a proposed new rule under Patterson, Senior Counsel; EDGAR Regulation S–T. The proposal would Business Office at 202–551–3900, specify several actions that the Commission, in its administration of the Securities and Exchange Commission, Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We are Retrieval system (‘‘EDGAR’’), may take proposing to add 17 CFR 232.15 (new to promote the reliability and integrity of EDGAR submissions. In addition, the ‘‘Rule 15’’) to Regulation S–T, General Rules and Regulations for Electronic proposed rule would set forth a process Filings.1 for the Commission to notify filers and other relevant persons of its actions I. Introduction under the proposed rule as soon as In 1993, the Commission adopted reasonably practicable. rules mandating that certain filings be DATES: Comments should be received on made with the Commission or before October 19, 2020. electronically through the newly ADDRESSES: Comments may be launched EDGAR system.2 Since then, submitted by any of the following the Commission has further prescribed methods: requirements and procedures for EDGAR submissions. Electronic Comments Regulation S–T addresses, among • Use the Commission’s internet other things, certain administrative comment form (https://www.sec.gov/ rules/proposed.shtml); or 1 17 CFR 232.10 et seq. • Send an email to rule-comments@ 2 See, e.g., Release No. 33–6977 (Mar. 18, 1993) sec.gov. Please include File Number S7– [58 FR 14628] (establishing rules and procedures applicable to electronic submissions processed by 11–20 on the subject line. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with PROPOSALS the same statistical objective as the current reporting requirement, if the reporting requirement for the U.S. Virgin Islands also was eliminated? Steven D. Dillingham, Director, Bureau of the Census, approved the publication of this Notice in the Federal Register. Paper Comments • Send paper comments to Vanessa A. Countryman, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street NE, Washington, DC 20549. All submissions should refer to File Number S7–11–20. This file number VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Sep 16, 2020 Jkt 250001 the Divisions of Corporation Finance and Investment Management); Release No. IC–19284 (Mar. 18, 1993) [58 FR 14848] (adopting electronic submission filing rules applicable to investment companies and institutional investment managers under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (‘‘Investment Company Act’’) and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Exchange Act’’)); and Release No. 33–6986 (Apr. 9, 1993) [58 FR 18638] (adoption of the EDGAR Filer Manual). PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 issues related to EDGAR submissions. For example, Rule 13 of Regulation S– T allows a filer to request that the Commission adjust a filing date when the filing is delayed due to technical difficulties beyond the filer’s control.3 In addition, pursuant to Rule 106, the Commission may remove from EDGAR an entire accepted submission or document if it contains executable code.4 Regulation S–T further allows a filer to submit an amendment or a notice of withdrawal of the filer’s submission to remedy a submission issue (‘‘filer corrective disclosure’’).5 In recent years, as the volume of EDGAR submissions has grown, the Commission has increasingly confronted administrative issues that impact the Commission’s ability to promote the reliability and integrity of EDGAR submissions and that are not easily addressed by existing rules or filer corrective disclosure. When these issues arise, they can create confusion for filers, investors, and other users of EDGAR. To promote the reliability and integrity of EDGAR submissions and to provide transparency about our practices, we are proposing to specify actions that the Commission may take to facilitate the resolution of such issues. The proposed rule would confirm and clarify the Commission’s existing approach to addressing the administrative issues that arise in connection with EDGAR submissions. Specifically, proposed Rule 15 would provide that in its administration of EDGAR, the Commission may take the following actions to promote the reliability and integrity of EDGAR submissions: 6 3 See 17 CFR 232.13(b). 17 CFR 232.106. Rule 106 of Regulation S– T prohibits submissions to EDGAR that contain executable code, and indicates that attempted submissions identified as containing executable code will be suspended unless the code is in a PDF document that may be deleted. 5 Regulation S–T anticipates that filers may address their own substantive, and in some cases, administrative, submission issues through filer corrective disclosure. See, e.g., 17 CFR 232.103 (providing that filers are not subject to the liability and anti-fraud provisions of the federal securities laws with respect to errors or omissions resulting solely from electronic transmission errors beyond the control of the filer if such filer files an amendment as soon as reasonably practicable after becoming aware of the error or omission); 17 CFR 232.105, Instruction 2 to paragraph (d) (providing that filers must correct an inaccurate or nonfunctioning link or hyperlink to an exhibit in certain circumstances by filing an amendment to the registration statement containing the inaccurate or nonfunctioning link or hyperlink); 17 CFR 232.501(a)(3) and 17 CFR 232.501(b)(3) (providing that filers may correct or amend a modular submission or a segmented filing only by resubmitting the entire modular submission or segmented filing). 6 The Commission may delegate certain functions of proposed Rule 15 to the Commission staff. 4 See E:\FR\FM\17SEP1.SGM 17SEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 181 (Thursday, September 17, 2020)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

Bureau of the Census

15 CFR Part 30

[Docket Number: 200810-0213]
RIN 0607-AA58


Foreign Trade Regulations (FTR): Request for Public Comments on 
the Overall Impact of the Removal of Electronic Export Information 
(EEI) Filing Requirements for Shipments Between the United States and 
Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

AGENCY: Bureau of the Census, Commerce Department.

ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is seeking public 
comments on its consideration to remove the Electronic Export 
Information (EEI) filing requirement for shipments between the United 
States and Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For many years, the 
Census Bureau has received requests, from both the government of Puerto 
Rico and members of the international trade community, to eliminate the 
requirement to file EEI for shipments between the United States and 
Puerto Rico in the Automated Export System. One of the reasons for 
requesting removal of the filing requirement is that it seems to treat 
Puerto Rico like a foreign country, when in fact Puerto Rico is a U.S. 
territory and part of the

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U.S. customs area. Arguments have also been made that the requirement 
imposes a burden on what should be treated as interstate commerce, 
discourages manufacturers in the 50 states to ship to Puerto Rico, and 
impedes economic development on the island. However, removal of the 
filing requirement could impact the quality and availability of key 
federal statistics. The Census Bureau is requesting information to 
assess potential impacts of a regulatory change in the filing 
requirements and to identify stakeholder priorities for data quality 
and availability.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before November 16, 
2020.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
The identification number for this rulemaking is identified by RIN 
number 0607-AA58; or
     By email directly to [email protected]. Include 
RIN number 0607-AA58 in the subject line.
    All comments received are part of the public record. No comments 
will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov for public viewing until 
after the comment period has closed. Comments will generally be posted 
without change. All Personally Identifiable Information (for example, 
name and address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be 
publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or 
otherwise sensitive or protected information.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa E. Donaldson, Division Chief, 
Economic Management Division, Census Bureau, 4600 Silver Hill Road, 
Room 6K064, Washington, DC 20233-6010, by phone (301) 763-7296, by fax 
(301) 763-8835, or by email [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The Census Bureau is responsible for collecting, compiling, and 
publishing export trade statistics for the United States under the 
provisions of Title 13, United States Code (U.S.C.), Chapter 9, Section 
301. For these statistics, the Census Bureau uses data from the 
Electronic Export Information (EEI) filings in the Automated Export 
System. Trade between the United States and its territories is 
considered domestic and therefore statistics on such trade are not 
tabulated as a part of the Census Bureau foreign trade statistics. 
Collecting and compiling trade statistics between the United States, 
Puerto Rico, and other territories is, however, part of the Census 
Bureau's monthly processing of EEI. Ultimately, these statistics are 
published in the FT-895 report, ``U.S. Trade with Puerto Rico and U.S. 
Possessions.'' This annual report presents total quantity and value of 
commodities shipped between the United States, Puerto Rico, and U.S. 
possessions, including the U.S. Virgin Islands.
    Data on trade between the United States and its territories is used 
by other government agencies and private organizations. For example, 
the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), within the U.S. Department of 
Commerce, uses the data to compile the U.S. Gross Domestic Product 
(GDP), one of the most anticipated economic indicators and the primary 
measure of the nation's economy. The BEA also uses the data in its 
initiative to estimate Puerto Rico GDP statistics, which are 
anticipated in 2020. Given the magnitude of Puerto Rico trade with 
states, estimates of Puerto Rico GDP would be significantly compromised 
without the trade data from the filings. The Puerto Rico Planning 
Board, tasked with overseeing and promoting development in Puerto Rico, 
uses the trade statistics to produce statistical reports for the Puerto 
Rican government and businesses to make sound policy and business 
decisions, respectively.
    Although eliminating the mandatory requirement to file EEI for 
shipments between the United States and Puerto Rico would remove an 
additional step in the shipping process, there would be other 
implications associated with this change. For example, the loss of data 
involving petroleum trade between the United States and Puerto Rico is 
a concern for the Department of Energy. There is currently no other 
source of information or method for tracking trade flows of oil and 
other energy-related commodities between the United States and Puerto 
Rico. The U.S. statistical system does not measure state-to-state 
imports and exports, only trade between states and the rest of the 
world.
    There is no alternative data source to collect this information 
because Puerto Rico is not included in many other Census Bureau 
economic surveys. The Census Bureau is exploring options to include 
Puerto Rico in existing surveys to mitigate the significant loss of 
information about the economy of Puerto Rico that would result from 
eliminating the filing requirement. However, using other existing 
surveys to collect data on the economy of Puerto Rico would not result 
in the same data set that is currently available.
    Through this notice, the Census Bureau is seeking public comments 
to assess the overall impact that the removal of the filing requirement 
for shipments between the United States and Puerto Rico would have on 
the availability and quality of statistical data, as well as on trade. 
The Census Bureau also welcomes comments on the potential impact of a 
similar filing requirement removal for shipments between the United 
States and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Request for Comments

    The Census Bureau is seeking public comments in order to assess the 
possible impact on statistics, data users, and businesses of removal of 
the filing requirement, and to identify any other possible impacts. 
Considering the known positive and negative impacts of removing the 
filing requirement, below are questions to consider when providing 
feedback to this proposed rule. Any pertinent feedback not captured by 
these questions is also welcome.
    1. What Census Bureau statistical data on shipments between the 50 
states and Puerto Rico (e.g., the FT-895 U.S. Trade with Puerto Rico 
and U.S. Possessions publications and digital datasets) are useful and 
how are they useful?
    2. What information in the Census Bureau's statistical data on 
shipments between the 50 states and Puerto Rico is most relevant? What 
characteristics of data on trade for Puerto Rico are most relevant 
(e.g., consistency and comparability, timeliness, monthly publication)?
    3. The Congressional Task Force on Economic Growth in Puerto Rico 
requested an assessment of whether alternative datasets could be used, 
with or without modification, to achieve the same statistical objective 
of the current reporting requirement for Puerto Rico, while imposing a 
lesser burden on businesses. Are there additional or alternative 
datasets that you believe could be used for this assessment?
    4. If the EEI reporting requirement were eliminated and replaced by 
an alternative data collection intended to reduce burden, which 
information should be considered essential for inclusion in that 
alternative collection?
    5. Shipments from the 50 states to the U.S. Virgin Islands have a 
similar filing requirement that enables the Census Bureau to produce 
trade statistics for shipments from the 50 states to the U.S. Virgin 
Islands (also included in the FT-895). Do you have any feedback on 
these statistical products, the information provided in them, and 
possible alternative datasets that would achieve

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the same statistical objective as the current reporting requirement, if 
the reporting requirement for the U.S. Virgin Islands also was 
eliminated?
    Steven D. Dillingham, Director, Bureau of the Census, approved the 
publication of this Notice in the Federal Register.

    Dated: September 4, 2020.
Sheleen Dumas,
Department PRA Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information 
Officer, Commerce Department.
[FR Doc. 2020-19986 Filed 9-16-20; 8:45 am]
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