Application to Use Automated Commercial Environment (ACE), 63037-63038 [2021-24840]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 217 / Monday, November 15, 2021 / Notices developed as a single form to replace the numerous other forms used by various countries for the entrance and clearance of vessels. CBP Form 1300 is authorized by 19 U.S.C. 1431, 1433, and 1434, and provided for by 19 CFR 4. This form is accessible at http:// www.cbp.gov/newsroom/publications/ forms?title=1300&=Apply. This form is, currently, physically submitted and is anticipated to be electronically submitted as part of CBP’s efforts to automate maritime forms through the Vessel Entrance and Clearance System (VECS), which will reduce the need for paper submission of any vessel entrance or clearance requirements under the above referenced statutes and regulations. VECS will still collect and maintain the same data as CBP Form 1300, but will automate the capture of data to reduce or eliminate redundancy with other data collected by CBP. Proposed Changes 1. New ACE Account Type CBP is adding a new ACE Account type for Vessel Agencies: Vessel Agency Account. The new account type within ACE will operate as a portal to the Vessel Entrance and Clearance System (VECS), which will run as its own separate system. Vessel Agents will be required to provide identifying information such as, their name, their employer identification number (EIN), company address, and their phone numbers, which will be requested at the time Vessel Agents apply for the new ACE account type. After creating an ACE account, Vessel Agencies, Vessel Operating Common Carriers (VOCCs), and their designees maybe able to use the new Vessel Entrance and Clearance System (VECS) as part of a forthcoming pilot program to test the functionality of VECS, and will be able to file vessel entrance, clearance, and related data to CBP electronically. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 2. VECS Public Pilot VECS will automate and digitize the collection and processing of the data and filing requirements for which the CBP Form 1300 is used. CBP plans to run an initial public pilot to test the system. All users who obtained a Vessel Agency Account through the ACE Portal will be automatically enrolled into the VECS public pilot. Initially, the pilot will begin at one of several ports where VECS is being internally tested. CBP will provide training to each CBP port and the Vessel Agency personnel at VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Nov 12, 2021 Jkt 256001 each port, prior to beginning/expanding the public pilot in another port. The VECS public pilot will expand to other internal CBP testing ports based on knowledge and familiarity with the system. The VECS public pilot will then, based on pilot results, expand to additional ports, in an effort to progressively test and implement the system nationwide. There will be no change to CBP Form 1300 and CBP Form 1300 will continue to be accepted. Type of Information Collection: Vessel Entrance or Clearance Statement (CBP Form 1300). Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,624. Estimated Number of Annual Responses per Respondent: 72. Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 188,928. Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes (0.5 hours). Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 94,464. Dated: November 9, 2021. Seth D. Renkema, Branch Chief, Economic Impact Analysis Branch, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. [FR Doc. 2021–24838 Filed 11–12–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Customs and Border Protection [1651–0105] Application to Use Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Homeland Security. ACTION: 60-Day Notice and request for comments; revision of an existing collection of information. AGENCY: The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection will be submitting the following information collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). The information collection is published in the Federal Register to obtain comments from the public and affected agencies. DATES: Comments are encouraged and must be submitted (no later than January 14, 2022) to be assured of consideration. SUMMARY: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice must include the OMB Control Number 1651–0105 in ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63037 the subject line and the agency name. Please use the following method to submit comments: Email. Submit comments to: CBP_ PRA@cbp.dhs.gov. Due to COVID–19-related restrictions, CBP has temporarily suspended its ability to receive public comments by mail. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional PRA information should be directed to Seth Renkema, Chief, Economic Impact Analysis Branch, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Trade, Regulations and Rulings, 90 K Street NE, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 20229–1177, telephone number 202–325–0056 or via email CBP_PRA@cbp.dhs.gov. Please note that the contact information provided here is solely for questions regarding this notice. Individuals seeking information about other CBP programs should contact the CBP National Customer Service Center at 877–227–5511, (TTY) 1–800–877–8339, or CBP website at https://www.cbp.gov/. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: CBP invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on the proposed and/or continuing information collections pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.8. Written comments and suggestions from the public and affected agencies should address one or more of the following four points: (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) suggestions to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (4) suggestions 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, e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses. The comments that are submitted will be summarized and included in the request for approval. All comments will become a matter of public record. Overview of This Information Collection Title: Application to use Automated Commercial Environment. E:\FR\FM\15NON1.SGM 15NON1 63038 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 217 / Monday, November 15, 2021 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES OMB Number: 1651–0105. Form Number: N/A. Current Actions: Revision of an existing collection of information. Type of Review: Revision. Affected Public: Businesses. Abstract: The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is a trade data processing system that is replacing the Automated Commercial System (ACS), the current import system for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations. ACE is authorized by Executive Order 13659 which mandates implementation of a Single Window through which businesses will transmit data required by participating agencies for the importation or exportation of cargo. See 79 FR 10655 (February 25, 2014). ACE supports government agencies and the trade community with border-related missions with respect to moving goods across the border efficiently and securely. Once ACE is fully implemented, all related CBP trade functions and the trade community will be supported from a single common user interface. To establish an ACE Portal account, participants submit information such as their name, their employer identification number (EIN) or social security number (SSN), and if applicable, a statement certifying their capability to connect to the internet. This information is submitted through the ACE Secure Data Portal which is accessible at: http://www.cbp.gov/trade/ automated. Please Note: A CBP-assigned number may be provided in lieu of your SSN. If you have an EIN, that number will automatically be used and no CBP number will be assigned. A CBPassigned number is for CBP use only. There is a standalone capability for electronically filing protests in ACE. This capability is available for participants who have not established ACE Portal Accounts for other trade activities, but desire to file protests electronically. A protest is a procedure whereby a private party may administratively challenge a CBP decision regarding imported merchandise and certain other CBP decisions. Trade members can establish a protest filer account in ACE through a separate application and the submission of specific data elements. See 81 FR 57928 (August 24, 2016). Proposed Changes 1. New ACE Account Type CBP is creating a new ACE Account type for ACE Import Trade Carriers and their designees. This new account type: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:42 Nov 12, 2021 Jkt 256001 Vessel Agency, enables users the ability to file vessel entrance, clearance, and related data to CBP electronically through the new Vessel Entrance and Clearance System (VECS). The ACE Account Application will be changed to collect identifying information such as their name, their employer identification number (EIN), their company address, and their phone numbers, to be used to setup their Vessel Agency accounts. Users who create a Vessel Agency Account are automatically enrolled into the VECS public pilot. 2. Removing ACE Account Types In a separate action, unrelated to the Vessel Agency account type creation, CBP will also be removing account types ‘‘Cartman’’, ‘‘Claimant’’, and ‘‘Lighterman’’ from the ACE Account Application. These account types were never used and are being removed due to that lack of use. Type of Information Collection: Application to ACE (Import). Estimated Number of Respondents: 21,571. Estimated Number of Annual Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 21,571. Estimated Time per Response: 20 minutes (0.33 hours). Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 7,118. Type of Information Collection: Application to ACE (Export). Estimated Number of Respondents: 9,000. Estimated Number of Annual Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 9,000. Estimated Time per Response: 4 minutes (0.066 hours). Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 594. Type of Information Collection: Application to Establish an ACE Protest Filer Account. Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,750. Estimated Number of Annual Responses per Respondent: 1. Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 3,750. Estimated Time per Response: 4 minutes (0.066 hours). Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 248. Dated: November 9, 2021. Seth D. Renkema, Branch Chief, Economic Impact Analysis Branch, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. [FR Doc. 2021–24840 Filed 11–12–21; 8:45 am] Frm 00055 Federal Emergency Management Agency [Internal Agency Docket No. FEMA–4615– DR; Docket ID FEMA–2021–0001] New York; Amendment No. 4 to Notice of a Major Disaster Declaration Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice. This notice amends the notice of a major disaster declaration for the State of New York (FEMA–4615–DR), dated September 5, 2021, and related determinations. SUMMARY: This amendment was issued October 20, 2021. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dean Webster, Office of Response and Recovery, Federal Emergency Management Agency, 500 C Street, SW, Washington, DC 20472, (202) 646–2833. The notice of a major disaster declaration for the State of New York is hereby amended to include the following area among those areas determined to have been adversely affected by the event declared a major disaster by the President in his declaration of September 5, 2021. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dutchess County for Individual Assistance (already designated for Public Assistance). The following Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers (CFDA) are to be used for reporting and drawing funds: 97.030, Community Disaster Loans; 97.031, Cora Brown Fund; 97.032, Crisis Counseling; 97.033, Disaster Legal Services; 97.034, Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA); 97.046, Fire Management Assistance Grant; 97.048, Disaster Housing Assistance to Individuals and Households In Presidentially Declared Disaster Areas; 97.049, Presidentially Declared Disaster Assistance— Disaster Housing Operations for Individuals and Households; 97.050 Presidentially Declared Disaster Assistance to Individuals and Households—Other Needs; 97.036, Disaster Grants—Public Assistance (Presidentially Declared Disasters); 97.039, Hazard Mitigation Grant. Deanne Criswell, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 217 (Monday, November 15, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 63037-63038]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-24840]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

[1651-0105]


Application to Use Automated Commercial Environment (ACE)

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of 
Homeland Security.

ACTION: 60-Day Notice and request for comments; revision of an existing 
collection of information.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection will be submitting the following information collection 
request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and 
approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). 
The information collection is published in the Federal Register to 
obtain comments from the public and affected agencies.

DATES: Comments are encouraged and must be submitted (no later than 
January 14, 2022) to be assured of consideration.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) 
contained in this notice must include the OMB Control Number 1651-0105 
in the subject line and the agency name. Please use the following 
method to submit comments:
    Email. Submit comments to: [email protected].
    Due to COVID-19-related restrictions, CBP has temporarily suspended 
its ability to receive public comments by mail.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional PRA 
information should be directed to Seth Renkema, Chief, Economic Impact 
Analysis Branch, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Trade, 
Regulations and Rulings, 90 K Street NE, 10th Floor, Washington, DC 
20229-1177, telephone number 202-325-0056 or via email 
[email protected]. Please note that the contact information provided 
here is solely for questions regarding this notice. Individuals seeking 
information about other CBP programs should contact the CBP National 
Customer Service Center at 877-227-5511, (TTY) 1-800-877-8339, or CBP 
website at https://www.cbp.gov/.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: CBP invites the general public and other 
Federal agencies to comment on the proposed and/or continuing 
information collections pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 
(44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). This process is conducted in accordance with 
5 CFR 1320.8. Written comments and suggestions from the public and 
affected agencies should address one or more of the following four 
points: (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) suggestions to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of 
the information to be collected; and (4) suggestions 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, e.g., permitting electronic submission of 
responses. The comments that are submitted will be summarized and 
included in the request for approval. All comments will become a matter 
of public record.

Overview of This Information Collection

    Title: Application to use Automated Commercial Environment.

[[Page 63038]]

    OMB Number: 1651-0105.
    Form Number: N/A.
    Current Actions: Revision of an existing collection of information.
    Type of Review: Revision.
    Affected Public: Businesses.
    Abstract: The Automated Commercial Environment (ACE) is a trade 
data processing system that is replacing the Automated Commercial 
System (ACS), the current import system for U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection (CBP) operations. ACE is authorized by Executive Order 13659 
which mandates implementation of a Single Window through which 
businesses will transmit data required by participating agencies for 
the importation or exportation of cargo. See 79 FR 10655 (February 25, 
2014). ACE supports government agencies and the trade community with 
border-related missions with respect to moving goods across the border 
efficiently and securely. Once ACE is fully implemented, all related 
CBP trade functions and the trade community will be supported from a 
single common user interface.
    To establish an ACE Portal account, participants submit information 
such as their name, their employer identification number (EIN) or 
social security number (SSN), and if applicable, a statement certifying 
their capability to connect to the internet. This information is 
submitted through the ACE Secure Data Portal which is accessible at: 
http://www.cbp.gov/trade/automated.
    Please Note: A CBP-assigned number may be provided in lieu of your 
SSN. If you have an EIN, that number will automatically be used and no 
CBP number will be assigned. A CBP-assigned number is for CBP use only.
    There is a standalone capability for electronically filing protests 
in ACE. This capability is available for participants who have not 
established ACE Portal Accounts for other trade activities, but desire 
to file protests electronically. A protest is a procedure whereby a 
private party may administratively challenge a CBP decision regarding 
imported merchandise and certain other CBP decisions. Trade members can 
establish a protest filer account in ACE through a separate application 
and the submission of specific data elements. See 81 FR 57928 (August 
24, 2016).

Proposed Changes

1. New ACE Account Type
    CBP is creating a new ACE Account type for ACE Import Trade 
Carriers and their designees. This new account type: Vessel Agency, 
enables users the ability to file vessel entrance, clearance, and 
related data to CBP electronically through the new Vessel Entrance and 
Clearance System (VECS).
    The ACE Account Application will be changed to collect identifying 
information such as their name, their employer identification number 
(EIN), their company address, and their phone numbers, to be used to 
setup their Vessel Agency accounts. Users who create a Vessel Agency 
Account are automatically enrolled into the VECS public pilot.
2. Removing ACE Account Types
    In a separate action, unrelated to the Vessel Agency account type 
creation, CBP will also be removing account types ``Cartman'', 
``Claimant'', and ``Lighterman'' from the ACE Account Application. 
These account types were never used and are being removed due to that 
lack of use.
    Type of Information Collection: Application to ACE (Import).
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 21,571.
    Estimated Number of Annual Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 21,571.
    Estimated Time per Response: 20 minutes (0.33 hours).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 7,118.

    Type of Information Collection: Application to ACE (Export).
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 9,000.
    Estimated Number of Annual Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 9,000.
    Estimated Time per Response: 4 minutes (0.066 hours).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 594.

    Type of Information Collection: Application to Establish an ACE 
Protest Filer Account.
    Estimated Number of Respondents: 3,750.
    Estimated Number of Annual Responses per Respondent: 1.
    Estimated Number of Total Annual Responses: 3,750.
    Estimated Time per Response: 4 minutes (0.066 hours).
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 248.

    Dated: November 9, 2021.
Seth D. Renkema,
Branch Chief, Economic Impact Analysis Branch, U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection.
[FR Doc. 2021-24840 Filed 11-12-21; 8:45 am]
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