Declaration Zone Test, 48436-48438 [2021-18584]

Download as PDF 48436 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 165 / Monday, August 30, 2021 / Notices for shipments potentially eligible for release under Section 321 of the Tariff Act of 1930 (‘‘section 321 shipments’’). The data pilot tests the feasibility of collecting data elements, beyond those required by current regulations, and from non-traditional entities, such as online marketplaces. The purpose of this data pilot is to improve CBP’s ability to target efficiently and assess the security risks posed by section 321 shipments. The July 2019 notice provided a comprehensive description of the program and its purpose, eligibility requirements, and the application process for participation. 84 FR 35405. Specifically, the July 2019 notice stated that the data pilot applied only to section 321 shipments arriving by air, truck, or rail and was set to conclude on August 22, 2020. 84 FR 35405. On December 9, 2019, CBP published another notice in the Federal Register (84 FR 67279) (hereafter referred to as the ‘‘December 2019 notice’’). This notice expanded the pilot to include section 321 shipments arriving by ocean and international mail covered in 19 CFR part 145, extended the pilot through August 2021, and provided clarification with respect to the misconduct portion of the data pilot. 84 FR 67279. II. Extension of the Section 321 Data Pilot Period CBP will extend the test for another two years to continue further evaluation of the 321 Data Pilot program and the risks associated with section 321 shipments. The pilot will now run through August 2023. III. Applicability of Initial Test Notice All provisions found in the July 2019 notice remain applicable, subject to the time period extension herein and the amendments provided in the December 2019 notice. Furthermore, CBP reiterates that it is not waiving any regulations for purposes of the pilot. All existing regulations continue to apply to pilot participants. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES IV. Signing Authority Troy A. Miller, the Acting Commissioner, having reviewed and approved this document, is delegating the authority to electronically sign this document to Robert F. Altneu, who is the Director of the Regulations and Disclosure Law Division for CBP, for purposes of publication in the Federal Register. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:40 Aug 27, 2021 Jkt 253001 Dated: August 25, 2021. Robert F. Altneu, Director, Regulations & Disclosure Law Division, Regulations & Rulings, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. [FR Doc. 2021–18655 Filed 8–27–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9111–14–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection Declaration Zone Test U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS. ACTION: General notice. AGENCY: This document announces that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will conduct a Declaration Zone test at cruise terminal facilities at participating sea ports of entry (POEs) to fulfill a regulatory declaration requirement and allow for streamlined processing. Current CBP regulations require each traveler to provide an oral or written declaration of all articles brought into the United States to a CBP officer. The test will provide arriving travelers with an alternative method to meet this requirement by allowing a demonstrative initial declaration. During the test, CBP will establish two queues for travelers entering the country to choose from: Items to Declare or No Items to Declare. Known as Declaration Zones, these queues will allow travelers entering the country to make their initial declaration simply by choosing which queue to enter. This notice describes the test, while setting forth requirements for participating in the test, the duration of the test, and how CBP will evaluate the test. This notice also invites public comment on any aspect of the test. DATES: The test will begin no earlier than September 27, 2021, and will run for approximately two years. The start date may vary at each location in accordance with the resumption of passenger operations suspended due to COVID–19. ADDRESSES: Written comments concerning program, policy, and technical issues may be submitted at any time during the test period via email to simplifytravel@cbp.dhs.gov. Please use ‘‘Comment on Declaration Zone Test’’ in the subject line of the email. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sung Hyun Ha, Acting Director, Sea Innovation, Mobility, and Biometric Advancement, Office of Field PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Operations, sung.hyun.ha@cbp.dhs.gov or (202) 215–9429. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background and Purpose Current CBP regulations require each traveler to provide an oral or written declaration of all articles brought into the United States to a CBP officer. See part 148, subpart B of title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (19 CFR part 148, subpart B). At a sea POE cruise terminal facility, travelers collect their luggage and subsequently proceed through a queuing process (dependent on the facility). A CBP officer then verifies the traveler’s identity against the traveler’s travel documents. The CBP officer also takes an oral declaration or collects a written declaration via CBP Form 6059B if a traveler completes one. See 19 CFR 148.12 and 148.13. The CBP officer then determines whether the declaration requires a payment of duty or further examination. If either are required, the CBP officer refers the traveler to secondary inspection. When personnel are available, CBP officers also perform roving enforcement operations within the baggage area and egress area. At any point prior to exiting the facility, a traveler may be questioned by a CBP officer and referred for secondary inspection. Travelers referred to secondary inspection may be directed to complete CBP Form 6059B. In recent years, cruise ship capacities have increased to over 8500 passengers and crew per ship. Accordingly, new and innovative methods of processing are necessary. CBP has partnered with cruise lines to deploy facial comparison technology to verify biometrically the identities of expected travelers and crew upon arrival to the United States. The voluntary facial biometric debarkation (FBD) program replaces manual comparisons between travelers and their travel documents. To participate in the FBD program, cruise lines must provide enhanced data including select reservation, manifest, and voyage information directly to CBP that will be used for targeting and enforcement vetting. Enhanced targeting coupled with biometric verification of identity facilitates the ability for CBP officers to shift focus from administrative tasks to roving enforcement operations. This shift allows for amplified enforcement operations while enabling the growing flow of travelers through sizeconstrained facilities. The greater capacity for enforcement that results from participation in the FBD program would also allow for further streamlining processing through the implementation of declaration E:\FR\FM\30AUN1.SGM 30AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 165 / Monday, August 30, 2021 / Notices zones. Declaration zones are an established concept in several countries whereby travelers provide an initial declaration via selection of a departure queue. Declaration zones facilitate the processing of travelers by separating those who need to go directly to a CBP officer for additional processing from those who do not. With declaration zones, travelers select from one of two clearly marked departure queues, either that they have items to declare or no items to declare. This selection acts as travelers’ initial declaration simply through the queue that they choose. This addition of a physical, demonstrative form of declaration would allow CBP officers to shift focus from conducting administrative tasks such as taking oral declarations from compliant, low-risk, and highly vetted travelers to roving enforcement operations. Roving officers would be able to use their observation skills, as well as their knowledge of trends and smuggling techniques, to actively monitor and select individuals for inspection. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES The Declaration Zone Test CBP will conduct a Declaration Zone Test to fulfill the declaration requirement under CBP regulations, while also allowing for streamlined processing. Current CBP regulations require each traveler to provide an oral or written declaration of all articles brought into the United States to a CBP officer. See 19 CFR part 148, subpart B. The test will provide arriving travelers with an alternative method to meet this requirement by allowing a demonstrative initial declaration through the use of declaration zones at cruise terminal facilities at certain sea POEs. Description and Procedures Within a cruise terminal facility, two distinct customs declaration zone queues will be established for entering the egress area: one for No Items to Declare and another for Items to Declare. Signage will be posted to clearly label the queues at the entrance to the egress area after travelers collect their luggage. The physical act of selecting the No Items to Declare queue or the Items to Declare queue in and of itself will constitute an initial demonstrative declaration. CBP officers will conduct roving enforcement operations within the baggage collection and egress area to ensure traveler compliance. No Items To Declare Queue Travelers who determine they have nothing to declare will enter the No VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:40 Aug 27, 2021 Jkt 253001 Items to Declare queue and proceed through the egress area to the facility exit. CBP officers will conduct roving operations in the No Items to Declare zone to affirm traveler compliance, receive oral declarations, and make referrals to secondary inspection as necessary. Travelers who are not questioned by CBP officers conducting roving operations proceed to the exit. Items To Declare Queue Travelers with items to declare will enter the Items to Declare queue and will present before a CBP officer to make an oral declaration. The CBP officer will make a determination if duty is owed by the traveler or if additional inspection is warranted. The CBP officer will then direct the traveler accordingly. Referral to Secondary Inspection If a traveler is referred to secondary inspection at any point, CBP officers will follow standard procedures, including collecting oral and/or written declarations during the referral and inspection. CBP officers will also follow current agency policy on declaration amendment opportunities. Eligibility and Participation Requirements The test allowing demonstrative declaration to be an acceptable declaration method will begin at two sea POEs: Miami, Florida, and Bayonne, New Jersey. CBP may choose to expand this test to other sea POEs during the two-year test period. Any such expansion will be announced on the CBP website, https://www.cbp.gov. The test will be restricted to closed loop cruises participating in FBD. CBP will provide directional signage for use in the implementation of the declaration zones. Port management will coordinate with the port authority/ terminal managers for the printing and posting of the directional signage and establishing the corresponding queues. The signage is ancillary to the statutory signage currently posted within cruise terminal facilities and the Federal Inspection Services (FIS) area. These directional signs will facilitate the declaration zone process and help travelers understand the expectation when entering a specific queue. CBP will also work with each cruise line at eligible POEs to develop educational materials to provide to travelers regarding U.S. customs declaration responsibilities and how travelers should navigate both the FBD process and declaration zones. PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48437 Authorization for the Test The test described in this notice is authorized pursuant to 19 CFR 101.9(a), which allows the Commissioner of CBP to impose requirements different from those specified in the CBP Regulations for purposes of conducting a test program or procedure designed to evaluate the effectiveness of new operational procedures regarding the processing of passengers. This test is authorized pursuant to this regulation as it is designed to evaluate whether allowing a demonstrative initial declaration is a feasible way to fulfill the declaration requirement and allow for streamlined processing. Waiver of Certain Regulatory Requirements CBP regulations require each traveler to provide an oral or written declaration of all articles brought into the United States to a CBP officer. See 19 CFR 148.12 and 148.13. The test will provide arriving travelers with an alternative method to meet this requirement by allowing a demonstrative initial declaration. All other requirements of 19 CFR part 148, subpart B, regarding declarations, including those provided by 19 CFR 148.18, regarding failure to declare, and 19 CFR 148.19, regarding false or fraudulent statements, still apply. Duration of Test This test will run for approximately two years, beginning no earlier than September 27, 2021. The start date may vary at each location in accordance with the resumption of passenger operations suspended due to COVID–19. While the test is ongoing, CBP will evaluate the results and determine whether the test will be extended or otherwise modified. CBP reserves the right to discontinue this test at any time in CBP’s sole discretion. CBP will announce any modifications to the duration of the test by notice in the Federal Register. Evaluation of Declaration Zone Test CBP will use the results of this test to assess the operational feasibility of allowing an initial demonstrative declaration to be an acceptable declaration method. CBP will evaluate this test based on a number of criteria, including: • Evaluation of cruise line customer satisfaction surveys gathering feedback on the debarkation process; and • Comparison of year-over-year enforcement statistics for each test period to ensure no impact to duty collection or to the frequency of enforcement activities. E:\FR\FM\30AUN1.SGM 30AUN1 48438 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 165 / Monday, August 30, 2021 / Notices [FR Doc. 2021–18584 Filed 8–27–21; 8:45 am] at Colette.Pollard@hud.gov for a copy of the proposed forms or other available information. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the tollfree Federal Relay Service at (800) 877– 8339. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Washington, DC 20410; email Colette Pollard at Colette.Pollard@ hud.gov or telephone 202–402–3400. This is not a toll-free number. Persons with hearing or speech impairments may access this number through TTY by calling the toll-free Federal Relay Service at (800) 877–8339. Copies of available documents submitted to OMB may be obtained from Ms. Pollard. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice informs the public that HUD is seeking approval from OMB for the information collection described in Section A. BILLING CODE 9111–14–P A. Overview of Information Collection Paperwork Reduction Act The Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507(d)) requires that CBP consider the impact of paperwork and other information collection burdens imposed on the public. As there is no new collection of information required in this document, the provisions of the PRA are inapplicable. Signing Authority Troy A. Miller, the Acting Commissioner, having reviewed and approved this document, is delegating the authority to electronically sign this document to Robert F. Altneu, who is the Director of the Regulations and Disclosure Law Division for CBP, for purposes of publication in the Federal Register. Dated: August 25, 2021. Robert F. Altneu, Director, Regulations & Disclosure Law Division, Regulations & Rulings, Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT [Docket No. FR–7038–N–16; OMB Control No.: 2502–0619] 60-Day Notice of Proposed Information Collection: COVID–19 Supplemental Payment Requests Office of the Assistant Secretary for Housing—Federal Housing Commissioner, HUD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: HUD is seeking approval from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the information collection described below. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act, HUD is requesting comment from all interested parties on the proposed collection of information. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment. SUMMARY: DATES: Comments Due Date: October 29, 2021. Interested persons are invited to submit comments regarding this proposal. Comments should refer to the proposal by name and/or OMB Control Number and should be sent to: Colette Pollard, Reports Management Officer, QDAM, Department of Housing and Urban Development, 451 7th Street SW, Room 4176, Washington, DC 20410–5000; telephone 202–402–3400 (this is not a toll-free number) or email khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:40 Aug 27, 2021 Jkt 253001 Title of Information Collection: COVID–19 Supplemental Payment Requests. OMB Approval Number: 2502–0619. OMB Expiration Date: 09/30/2021. Type of Request: Revision of a currently approved collection. Form Number: HUD Form 52671–E. Description of the need for the information and proposed use: The proposed Form 52671–E will be completed by owners of properties with Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment contracts, Section 202 and Section 811 Project Rental Assistance contracts, Section 202/162 Project Assistance contracts, and Section 202 Senior Preservation Rental Assistance contacts, who wish to receive a supplemental payment to offset operating cost increases to prevent, prepare, and respond to the effects of COVID–19. Respondents: Business or other forprofit. Estimated Number of Respondents: 4,150. Estimated Number of Responses: 12,450. Frequency of Response: 3. Average Hours per Response: 1.1 hours per response. Total Estimated Burden: 13,695. B. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 165 (Monday, August 30, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 48436-48438]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-18584]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Customs and Border Protection


Declaration Zone Test

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

ACTION: General notice.

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SUMMARY: This document announces that U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP) will conduct a Declaration Zone test at cruise 
terminal facilities at participating sea ports of entry (POEs) to 
fulfill a regulatory declaration requirement and allow for streamlined 
processing. Current CBP regulations require each traveler to provide an 
oral or written declaration of all articles brought into the United 
States to a CBP officer. The test will provide arriving travelers with 
an alternative method to meet this requirement by allowing a 
demonstrative initial declaration. During the test, CBP will establish 
two queues for travelers entering the country to choose from: Items to 
Declare or No Items to Declare. Known as Declaration Zones, these 
queues will allow travelers entering the country to make their initial 
declaration simply by choosing which queue to enter. This notice 
describes the test, while setting forth requirements for participating 
in the test, the duration of the test, and how CBP will evaluate the 
test. This notice also invites public comment on any aspect of the 
test.

DATES: The test will begin no earlier than September 27, 2021, and will 
run for approximately two years. The start date may vary at each 
location in accordance with the resumption of passenger operations 
suspended due to COVID-19.

ADDRESSES: Written comments concerning program, policy, and technical 
issues may be submitted at any time during the test period via email to 
[email protected]. Please use ``Comment on Declaration Zone 
Test'' in the subject line of the email.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sung Hyun Ha, Acting Director, Sea 
Innovation, Mobility, and Biometric Advancement, Office of Field 
Operations, [email protected] or (202) 215-9429.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background and Purpose

    Current CBP regulations require each traveler to provide an oral or 
written declaration of all articles brought into the United States to a 
CBP officer. See part 148, subpart B of title 19 of the Code of Federal 
Regulations (19 CFR part 148, subpart B). At a sea POE cruise terminal 
facility, travelers collect their luggage and subsequently proceed 
through a queuing process (dependent on the facility). A CBP officer 
then verifies the traveler's identity against the traveler's travel 
documents. The CBP officer also takes an oral declaration or collects a 
written declaration via CBP Form 6059B if a traveler completes one. See 
19 CFR 148.12 and 148.13. The CBP officer then determines whether the 
declaration requires a payment of duty or further examination. If 
either are required, the CBP officer refers the traveler to secondary 
inspection. When personnel are available, CBP officers also perform 
roving enforcement operations within the baggage area and egress area. 
At any point prior to exiting the facility, a traveler may be 
questioned by a CBP officer and referred for secondary inspection. 
Travelers referred to secondary inspection may be directed to complete 
CBP Form 6059B.
    In recent years, cruise ship capacities have increased to over 8500 
passengers and crew per ship. Accordingly, new and innovative methods 
of processing are necessary. CBP has partnered with cruise lines to 
deploy facial comparison technology to verify biometrically the 
identities of expected travelers and crew upon arrival to the United 
States. The voluntary facial biometric debarkation (FBD) program 
replaces manual comparisons between travelers and their travel 
documents. To participate in the FBD program, cruise lines must provide 
enhanced data including select reservation, manifest, and voyage 
information directly to CBP that will be used for targeting and 
enforcement vetting. Enhanced targeting coupled with biometric 
verification of identity facilitates the ability for CBP officers to 
shift focus from administrative tasks to roving enforcement operations. 
This shift allows for amplified enforcement operations while enabling 
the growing flow of travelers through size-constrained facilities.
    The greater capacity for enforcement that results from 
participation in the FBD program would also allow for further 
streamlining processing through the implementation of declaration

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zones. Declaration zones are an established concept in several 
countries whereby travelers provide an initial declaration via 
selection of a departure queue. Declaration zones facilitate the 
processing of travelers by separating those who need to go directly to 
a CBP officer for additional processing from those who do not. With 
declaration zones, travelers select from one of two clearly marked 
departure queues, either that they have items to declare or no items to 
declare. This selection acts as travelers' initial declaration simply 
through the queue that they choose. This addition of a physical, 
demonstrative form of declaration would allow CBP officers to shift 
focus from conducting administrative tasks such as taking oral 
declarations from compliant, low-risk, and highly vetted travelers to 
roving enforcement operations. Roving officers would be able to use 
their observation skills, as well as their knowledge of trends and 
smuggling techniques, to actively monitor and select individuals for 
inspection.

The Declaration Zone Test

    CBP will conduct a Declaration Zone Test to fulfill the declaration 
requirement under CBP regulations, while also allowing for streamlined 
processing. Current CBP regulations require each traveler to provide an 
oral or written declaration of all articles brought into the United 
States to a CBP officer. See 19 CFR part 148, subpart B. The test will 
provide arriving travelers with an alternative method to meet this 
requirement by allowing a demonstrative initial declaration through the 
use of declaration zones at cruise terminal facilities at certain sea 
POEs.

Description and Procedures

    Within a cruise terminal facility, two distinct customs declaration 
zone queues will be established for entering the egress area: one for 
No Items to Declare and another for Items to Declare. Signage will be 
posted to clearly label the queues at the entrance to the egress area 
after travelers collect their luggage. The physical act of selecting 
the No Items to Declare queue or the Items to Declare queue in and of 
itself will constitute an initial demonstrative declaration. CBP 
officers will conduct roving enforcement operations within the baggage 
collection and egress area to ensure traveler compliance.
No Items To Declare Queue
    Travelers who determine they have nothing to declare will enter the 
No Items to Declare queue and proceed through the egress area to the 
facility exit. CBP officers will conduct roving operations in the No 
Items to Declare zone to affirm traveler compliance, receive oral 
declarations, and make referrals to secondary inspection as necessary. 
Travelers who are not questioned by CBP officers conducting roving 
operations proceed to the exit.
Items To Declare Queue
    Travelers with items to declare will enter the Items to Declare 
queue and will present before a CBP officer to make an oral 
declaration. The CBP officer will make a determination if duty is owed 
by the traveler or if additional inspection is warranted. The CBP 
officer will then direct the traveler accordingly.
Referral to Secondary Inspection
    If a traveler is referred to secondary inspection at any point, CBP 
officers will follow standard procedures, including collecting oral 
and/or written declarations during the referral and inspection. CBP 
officers will also follow current agency policy on declaration 
amendment opportunities.

Eligibility and Participation Requirements

    The test allowing demonstrative declaration to be an acceptable 
declaration method will begin at two sea POEs: Miami, Florida, and 
Bayonne, New Jersey. CBP may choose to expand this test to other sea 
POEs during the two-year test period. Any such expansion will be 
announced on the CBP website, https://www.cbp.gov. The test will be 
restricted to closed loop cruises participating in FBD.
    CBP will provide directional signage for use in the implementation 
of the declaration zones. Port management will coordinate with the port 
authority/terminal managers for the printing and posting of the 
directional signage and establishing the corresponding queues. The 
signage is ancillary to the statutory signage currently posted within 
cruise terminal facilities and the Federal Inspection Services (FIS) 
area. These directional signs will facilitate the declaration zone 
process and help travelers understand the expectation when entering a 
specific queue.
    CBP will also work with each cruise line at eligible POEs to 
develop educational materials to provide to travelers regarding U.S. 
customs declaration responsibilities and how travelers should navigate 
both the FBD process and declaration zones.

Authorization for the Test

    The test described in this notice is authorized pursuant to 19 CFR 
101.9(a), which allows the Commissioner of CBP to impose requirements 
different from those specified in the CBP Regulations for purposes of 
conducting a test program or procedure designed to evaluate the 
effectiveness of new operational procedures regarding the processing of 
passengers. This test is authorized pursuant to this regulation as it 
is designed to evaluate whether allowing a demonstrative initial 
declaration is a feasible way to fulfill the declaration requirement 
and allow for streamlined processing.

Waiver of Certain Regulatory Requirements

    CBP regulations require each traveler to provide an oral or written 
declaration of all articles brought into the United States to a CBP 
officer. See 19 CFR 148.12 and 148.13. The test will provide arriving 
travelers with an alternative method to meet this requirement by 
allowing a demonstrative initial declaration. All other requirements of 
19 CFR part 148, subpart B, regarding declarations, including those 
provided by 19 CFR 148.18, regarding failure to declare, and 19 CFR 
148.19, regarding false or fraudulent statements, still apply.

Duration of Test

    This test will run for approximately two years, beginning no 
earlier than September 27, 2021. The start date may vary at each 
location in accordance with the resumption of passenger operations 
suspended due to COVID-19. While the test is ongoing, CBP will evaluate 
the results and determine whether the test will be extended or 
otherwise modified. CBP reserves the right to discontinue this test at 
any time in CBP's sole discretion. CBP will announce any modifications 
to the duration of the test by notice in the Federal Register.

Evaluation of Declaration Zone Test

    CBP will use the results of this test to assess the operational 
feasibility of allowing an initial demonstrative declaration to be an 
acceptable declaration method. CBP will evaluate this test based on a 
number of criteria, including:
     Evaluation of cruise line customer satisfaction surveys 
gathering feedback on the debarkation process; and
     Comparison of year-over-year enforcement statistics for 
each test period to ensure no impact to duty collection or to the 
frequency of enforcement activities.

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Paperwork Reduction Act

    The Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3507(d)) 
requires that CBP consider the impact of paperwork and other 
information collection burdens imposed on the public. As there is no 
new collection of information required in this document, the provisions 
of the PRA are inapplicable.

Signing Authority

    Troy A. Miller, the Acting Commissioner, having reviewed and 
approved this document, is delegating the authority to electronically 
sign this document to Robert F. Altneu, who is the Director of the 
Regulations and Disclosure Law Division for CBP, for purposes of 
publication in the Federal Register.

    Dated: August 25, 2021.
Robert F. Altneu,
Director, Regulations & Disclosure Law Division, Regulations & Rulings, 
Office of Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
[FR Doc. 2021-18584 Filed 8-27-21; 8:45 am]
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