Grain Fees for Official Inspection and Weighing Services Under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA), 1475-1476 [2021-00165]

Download as PDF 1475 Notices Federal Register Vol. 86, No. 5 Friday, January 8, 2021 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 Grain Fees for Official Inspection and Weighing Services Under the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA) Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the 2021 fee schedule for official inspection and weighing services performed under the USGSA, as amended, in order to comply with Federal Grain Inspection Service regulations and the Agriculture Reauthorizations Act of 2015. This action publishes the annual review of SUMMARY: Metric tons 122,330,979 135,017,935 129,687,652 107,896,235 110,090,771 121,004,714 The national program administrative costs for fiscal year 2020 were $5,704,963. The fiscal year 2021 national tonnage fee, prior to the operating reserve review, is calculated to be at $0.047 per metric ton. Local tonnage fee. The local tonnage fee is the field office administrative operating expenses, then FGIS must adjust all Schedule A fees. For each $1,000,000, rounded down, that the operating reserve varies from the target of 41⁄2 months, FGIS will adjust all Schedule A fees by 2 percent. If the operating reserve exceeds the target, all Schedule A fees will be reduced. If the operating reserve does not meet the target, all Schedule A fees will be increased. The maximum annual increase or decrease in fees is 5 percent (7 CFR 800.71(b)(2)(i)–(ii)). Tonnage fees for the 5-year rolling average tonnage were calculated on the previous 5 fiscal years—2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Tonnage fees consist of the national tonnage fee and local tonnage fee and are calculated and rounded to the nearest $0.001 per metric ton. The tonnage fees are calculated as follows: National tonnage fee. The national tonnage fee is the national program administrative costs for the previous fiscal year divided by the average yearly tons of export grain officially inspected and/or weighed by delegated States and designated agencies, excluding land carrier shipments to Canada and Mexico, and outbound grain officially inspected and/or weighed by FGIS during the previous 5 fiscal years. costs for the previous fiscal year divided by the average yearly tons of outbound grain officially inspected and/or weighed by the field office during the previous 5 fiscal years. Field office New Orleans ............................................ League City .............................................. VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:23 Jan 07, 2021 Jkt 253001 FY 2016 FY 2017 FY 2018 FY 2019 FY 2020 5-Year rolling average 66,077,535 12,581,236 70,439,862 13,307,780 66,996,126 8,424,216 57,807,378 7,939,994 59,768,303 9,318,595 64,217,841 10,314,364 PO 00000 Frm 00001 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\08JAN1.SGM 08JAN1 EN08JA21.021</GPH> The field office fiscal year tons for the previous 5 fiscal years and calculated 5year rolling averages are as follows: EN08JA21.020</GPH> tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with NOTICES 2016 ...................................... 2017 ...................................... 2018 ...................................... 2019 ...................................... 2020 ...................................... 5-year Rolling Average ......... The USGSA provides the Secretary of Agriculture with the authority to charge and collect reasonable fees to cover the costs of performing official services and the costs associated with managing the program. The regulations require that the Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) annually review the national tonnage fees, local tonnage fees, and fees for service. After calculating the tonnage fees according to the regulatory formula in 7 CFR 800.71(b)(1), FGIS then reviews the amount of funds in the operating reserve at the end of the fiscal year (FY2020 in this case) to ensure that it has 41⁄2 months of operating expenses as required by § 800.71(b)(2) of the regulations. If the operating reserve has more or less than 41⁄2 months of SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [Doc. No. AMS–FGIS–20–0094] Fiscal year Schedule A fees calculation and the resulting fees. DATES: The new fee schedule went into effect on January 1, 2021. ADDRESSES: Prospective customers can find the fee scheduled posted on the Agency’s public website. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Denise Ruggles, FGIS Executive Program Analyst, USDA AMS; Telephone: (816) 659–8406; Email: Denise.M.Ruggles@ usda.gov. 1476 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 5 / Friday, January 8, 2021 / Notices Field office FY 2016 FY 2017 FY 2018 Portland .................................................... Toledo ...................................................... 4,645,754 2,030,506 5,175,459 2,229,920 The local field office administrative costs for fiscal year 2020 and the fiscal year 2021 calculated local field office tonnage fees, prior to the operating reserve review, are as follows: FY 2019 4,643,241 1,802,762 2,530,648 1,597,584 New Orleans .......................................................................................................................................... League City ............................................................................................................................................ Portland .................................................................................................................................................. Toledo .................................................................................................................................................... (Authority: 7 U.S.C. 71–87k.) Bruce Summers, Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service. [FR Doc. 2021–00165 Filed 1–7–21; 8:45 am] tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE P VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:23 Jan 07, 2021 Jkt 253001 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service [Docket No. APHIS–2020–0112] Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Approval of Laboratories for Conducting Aquatic Animal Tests for Export Health Certificates Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA. ACTION: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection; comment request. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with its efforts to certify certain laboratories that conduct aquatic animal testing for export activities. DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before March 9, 2021. SUMMARY: You may submit comments by either of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to https://www.regulations.gov/#!docket Detail;D=APHIS-2020-0112. • Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS–2020–0112, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A–03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737–1238. Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at https:// www.regulations.gov/#!docket Detail;D=APHIS-2020-0112 or in our ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00002 3,331,672 948,840 FY 2020 Local administrative costs Field office Operating reserve. In order to maintain an operating reserve not less than 3 and not more than 6 months, FGIS reviewed the value of the operating reserve at the end of FY2020 to ensure that an operating reserve of 41⁄2 months is maintained. The program operating reserve at the end of fiscal year 2020 was $10,007,544, with a monthly operating expense of $2,983,133. The target of 4.5 months of operating reserve is $13,424,097. Therefore, the operating reserve is less than 4.5 times the monthly operating expenses by $3,416,553. For each $1,000,000, rounded down, below the target level, all Schedule A fees must be increased by 2 percent. The operating reserve is $3.4 million below the target level, resulting in a calculated 5 percent increase, as required by § 800.71(b)(2)(ii). Therefore, for 2021, FGIS is increasing all the 2020 Schedule A fees for service in Schedule A in paragraph (a)(1) by 5 percent. All Schedule A fees for service are rounded to the nearest $0.10, except for fees based on tonnage or hundredweight. The fee Schedule A has been published on the agency’s public website. FY 2020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 $1,209,886 574,717 346,941 238,162 5-Year rolling average 4,065,355 1,721,922 Calculated FY 2021 local tonnage fee $0.019 0.056 0.085 0.138 reading room, which is located in room 1620 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799–7039 before coming. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on conducting aquatic animal tests for export health certificates, contact Ms. Janet Warg, Microbiologist, Diagnostic Virology Laboratory, National Veterinary Services Laboratories, 1920 Dayton Avenue, P.O. Box 844, Ames, IA 50010; (515) 337– 7551. For more information on the information collection process, contact Mr. Joseph Moxey, APHIS’ Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851– 2483. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Approval of Laboratories for Conducting Aquatic Animal Tests for Export Health Certificates. OMB Control Number: 0579–0429. Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection. Abstract: The Animal Health Protection Act (AHPA, 7 U.S.C. 8301 et seq.) is the primary Federal law governing the protection of animal health. The AHPA gives the Secretary of Agriculture broad authority to detect, control, or eradicate pests or diseases of livestock or poultry. The Secretary may also prohibit or restrict import or export of any animal or related material if necessary to prevent the spread of any livestock or poultry pest or disease. Disease prevention is the most effective method for maintaining a healthy animal population and enhancing the ability of U.S. producers to compete in the global market of E:\FR\FM\08JAN1.SGM 08JAN1

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Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 5 / Friday, January 8, 2021 / 
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Agricultural Marketing Service

[Doc. No. AMS-FGIS-20-0094]


Grain Fees for Official Inspection and Weighing Services Under 
the United States Grain Standards Act (USGSA)

AGENCY: Agricultural Marketing Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is announcing the 
2021 fee schedule for official inspection and weighing services 
performed under the USGSA, as amended, in order to comply with Federal 
Grain Inspection Service regulations and the Agriculture 
Reauthorizations Act of 2015. This action publishes the annual review 
of Schedule A fees calculation and the resulting fees.

DATES: The new fee schedule went into effect on January 1, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Prospective customers can find the fee scheduled posted on 
the Agency's public website.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Denise Ruggles, FGIS Executive Program 
Analyst, USDA AMS; Telephone: (816) 659-8406; Email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The USGSA provides the Secretary of 
Agriculture with the authority to charge and collect reasonable fees to 
cover the costs of performing official services and the costs 
associated with managing the program. The regulations require that the 
Federal Grain Inspection Service (FGIS) annually review the national 
tonnage fees, local tonnage fees, and fees for service. After 
calculating the tonnage fees according to the regulatory formula in 7 
CFR 800.71(b)(1), FGIS then reviews the amount of funds in the 
operating reserve at the end of the fiscal year (FY2020 in this case) 
to ensure that it has 4\1/2\ months of operating expenses as required 
by Sec.  800.71(b)(2) of the regulations. If the operating reserve has 
more or less than 4\1/2\ months of operating expenses, then FGIS must 
adjust all Schedule A fees. For each $1,000,000, rounded down, that the 
operating reserve varies from the target of 4\1/2\ months, FGIS will 
adjust all Schedule A fees by 2 percent. If the operating reserve 
exceeds the target, all Schedule A fees will be reduced. If the 
operating reserve does not meet the target, all Schedule A fees will be 
increased. The maximum annual increase or decrease in fees is 5 percent 
(7 CFR 800.71(b)(2)(i)-(ii)).
    Tonnage fees for the 5-year rolling average tonnage were calculated 
on the previous 5 fiscal years--2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. 
Tonnage fees consist of the national tonnage fee and local tonnage fee 
and are calculated and rounded to the nearest $0.001 per metric ton. 
The tonnage fees are calculated as follows:
    National tonnage fee. The national tonnage fee is the national 
program administrative costs for the previous fiscal year divided by 
the average yearly tons of export grain officially inspected and/or 
weighed by delegated States and designated agencies, excluding land 
carrier shipments to Canada and Mexico, and outbound grain officially 
inspected and/or weighed by FGIS during the previous 5 fiscal years.
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                       Fiscal year                          Metric tons
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2016....................................................     122,330,979
2017....................................................     135,017,935
2018....................................................     129,687,652
2019....................................................     107,896,235
2020....................................................     110,090,771
5-year Rolling Average..................................     121,004,714
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    The national program administrative costs for fiscal year 2020 were 
$5,704,963. The fiscal year 2021 national tonnage fee, prior to the 
operating reserve review, is calculated to be at $0.047 per metric ton.
    Local tonnage fee. The local tonnage fee is the field office 
administrative costs for the previous fiscal year divided by the 
average yearly tons of outbound grain officially inspected and/or 
weighed by the field office during the previous 5 fiscal years.
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    The field office fiscal year tons for the previous 5 fiscal years 
and calculated 5-year rolling averages are as follows:

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                                                                                                                                          5-Year rolling
                      Field office                            FY 2016         FY 2017         FY 2018         FY 2019         FY 2020         average
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New Orleans.............................................      66,077,535      70,439,862      66,996,126      57,807,378      59,768,303      64,217,841
League City.............................................      12,581,236      13,307,780       8,424,216       7,939,994       9,318,595      10,314,364

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Portland................................................       4,645,754       5,175,459       4,643,241       2,530,648       3,331,672       4,065,355
Toledo..................................................       2,030,506       2,229,920       1,802,762       1,597,584         948,840       1,721,922
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    The local field office administrative costs for fiscal year 2020 
and the fiscal year 2021 calculated local field office tonnage fees, 
prior to the operating reserve review, are as follows:

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                                   FY 2020 Local
          Field office             administrative    Calculated FY 2021
                                       costs          local tonnage fee
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New Orleans....................         $1,209,886                $0.019
League City....................            574,717                 0.056
Portland.......................            346,941                 0.085
Toledo.........................            238,162                 0.138
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    Operating reserve. In order to maintain an operating reserve not 
less than 3 and not more than 6 months, FGIS reviewed the value of the 
operating reserve at the end of FY2020 to ensure that an operating 
reserve of 4\1/2\ months is maintained.
    The program operating reserve at the end of fiscal year 2020 was 
$10,007,544, with a monthly operating expense of $2,983,133. The target 
of 4.5 months of operating reserve is $13,424,097. Therefore, the 
operating reserve is less than 4.5 times the monthly operating expenses 
by $3,416,553. For each $1,000,000, rounded down, below the target 
level, all Schedule A fees must be increased by 2 percent. The 
operating reserve is $3.4 million below the target level, resulting in 
a calculated 5 percent increase, as required by Sec.  800.71(b)(2)(ii). 
Therefore, for 2021, FGIS is increasing all the 2020 Schedule A fees 
for service in Schedule A in paragraph (a)(1) by 5 percent. All 
Schedule A fees for service are rounded to the nearest $0.10, except 
for fees based on tonnage or hundredweight. The fee Schedule A has been 
published on the agency's public website.

(Authority: 7 U.S.C. 71-87k.)

Bruce Summers,
Administrator, Agricultural Marketing Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-00165 Filed 1-7-21; 8:45 am]
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