Federal Register Notices
[Federal Register: November 14, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 219)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Foreign Agricultural Service
Notice of a Request for Extension of a Currently
Approved Information Collection
AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice and request for comment.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the
Paperwork Reduction Act, this notice announces
the Foreign Agricultural Service's intention to
request an extension for a currently approved
information collection in support of the
regulations governing the entry of raw cane
sugar under the tariff-
rate quota (TRQ) into the United States.
DATES: Comments on this notice must be
received by January 16, 2006 to be assured of
Additional Information and Comments:
Contact Ron Lord, Deputy Director, Import Policies and
Programs Division, AgStop 1021, U.S. Department
of Agriculture, Washington, DC
20250-1021 or telephone (202) 720-2916, fax to
(202) 720-0876, or e-mail
Title: Certificate for Quota Eligibility.
OMB Number: 0551-0014.
Expiration Date of Approval: March 31, 2007.
Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved
Abstract: The Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States
(HTS) authorizes the Secretary of
Agriculture to establish the quantity
of raw cane sugar, which may be entered at the
TRQ duty rates. The terms under which
Certificates for Quota Eligibility (CQEs) will
be issued to foreign countries that have been
allocated a share of the TRQ are set forth in 15
CFR Part 2011, Allocation of Tariff-rate Quota
on Imported Sugars, Syrups, and Molasses,
Subpart A--Certificates of Quota
Eligibility. The authority for issuing CQEs is
Additional U.S. Note 5(b)(iv) to chapter 17 of
the HTS. The regulation, promulgated by the
United States Trade Representative, provides for
the issuance of CQEs by the Secretary of
Agriculture, and in general prohibits
sugar subject to the TRQ from being imported
into the United States or withdrawn from a
warehouse for consumption at the TRQ duty rates
unless such sugar is accompanied by a CQE. CQEs
are issued to foreign countries by the Director
of the Import Policies and Programs Division,
Foreign Agriculture Service, or
his or her designee. The issuance of CQEs is in
such amounts and at such times as the Director
determines are appropriate to enable the foreign
country to fill its quota allocation for such
quota period in a reasonable manner, taking into
account traditional shipping patterns,
harvesting period, U.S. import requirements, and
other relevant factors. The information required
to be collected on the CQE is used to monitor
and control the imports of raw can sugar. Proper
completion of the CQE is mandatory for those
foreign governments that are eligible and elect
to export raw cane sugar to the United States
under the TRQ.
Estimate of burden: The public reporting burden for the
collection varies in direct relation to the
number of CQEs issued.
Respondents: Foreign governments.
Estimated number of respondents: 40 (i.e., number of
countries receiving a TRQ allocation).
Estimated number of responses per respondent: 30 per fiscal
Estimated total annual reporting burden: 200 hours.
Requests for Comments: Send comments regarding (a) Whether
the information collection is necessary for the
proper performance of the functions of the
agency, including whether the information will
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the
agency's estimate of the
burden of the collection of information
including validity of the methodology and
assumption used; (c) ways to enhance the
quality, utility and clarity of the information
to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the
burden of the collection of information on those
who are to respond, including through the use of
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other
technological collection techniques or other
forms of information technology. Copies of this
information collection may be obtained from
Tamoria Thompson-Hall, the Agency Information
Collection Coordinator, at (202) 690-1690.
Comments may be sent to Ron Lord, Deputy Director, Import
Policies and Programs Division, AgStop 1021,
U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Washington, DC 20250-1021 or telephone (202)
720-2916 or e-mail Ronald.
Lord@fas.usda.gov. All comments received
will be available for public
inspection in room 5531-S at the above address.
Persons with disabilities who require an
alternative means of communication for
information (Braille, large print, aduiotape,
etc.) should contact USDA's target center at
(202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). All responses to
this notice will be summarized and included in
the request for OMB approval. All comments also
will become a matter of public record.
FAS is committed to complying with the Government Paperwork
Elimination Act which requires Government
agencies, to the maximum extent feasible, to
provide the public the option of electronically
submitting information collection. CQEs permit
exporters to ship raw cane sugar to the United
States at the U.S. price, which is significantly
higher than the world price for raw cane sugar.
Therefore, in contrast to most information
collection documents, CQEs have a monetary value
equivalent to the substantial profits to
exporters who can fill their raw cane sugar
allocations under the TRQ. CQEs have always been
carefully handled as secure documents, and
only to foreign government-approved certifying
authorities. The Department does not plan to
make CQEs available electronically in order to
prevent a potential proliferation of invalid
CQEs, which could undermine the integrity of the
Dated: Signed at Washington, DC on November 7,
Michael W. Yost,
Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service