Federal Register Notices
[Federal Register: October 29, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 208)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Foreign Agricultural Service
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently
Approved Information Collection
AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork
Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces
that the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)
intends to request an extension for a currently
approved information collection procedure for
Sugar Import Licensing Programs
described in 7 CFR part
DATES: Comments should be received on or before
December 28, 2007 to be assured of
ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver comments to Ron Lord,
Branch Chief, Import and Trade Support Programs
Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S.
Department of Agriculture, Stop 1021, 1400
Independence Ave., SW., Washington, DC
20520-1021. Direct hand delivered comments to
Room 440, 1250 Maryland Ave., SW., Washington,
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Lord, at
the address above, or telephone at (202)
720-0638 or e-mail at
Title: Sugar Imported for Export as Refined
Sugar or as a Sugar-Containing
Product or used in the Production of Certain
OMB Number: 0551-0015.
Expiration Date of Approval: March 31, 2008.
Type of Request: Extension of a currently approved
Abstract: The primary objective of the Sugar
Import Licensing Program is to permit entry of
raw cane sugar unrestricted by
the quantitative limit established by the
sugar tariff-rate quota for
re-export in refined form or in a sugar
containing product or for the production of
certain polyhydric alcohols. These programs are
in use by as many as 250 licensees currently
eligible to participate. Under 7 CFR part 1530,
licensees are required to submit the following:
(1) "Application for a license'' information
required for participation as set forth in
section 1530.104 (2) "Regular reporting'' of
import, export, transfer, or use for charges and
credits to licenses under section 1530.109; and
(3) "miscellaneous submission'' of bonds or
letters of credit under section 1530.107,
appeals to determinations by the licensing
authority under section 1530.112, or requests to
the licensing authority for waivers under
section 1530.113. In addition, each participant
must maintain records on all program reports as
set forth in section 1530.110. The information
collected is used by the licensing authority to
manage, plan, evaluate, and account for program
activities. The reports and records are required
to ensure the proper operations of these
Estimate of Burden: (1) "Application for a license'' would
require 20 hours per response: (2) "regular
reporting'' would require between 10 and 15
minutes per transaction with the number of
transactions varying per respondent; and (3)
"miscellaneous submission'' would require
between 1 or 2 hours per bond or letter of
credit, 2 to 10 hours per waiver request, and 10
to 100 hours per appeal.
Respondents: Sugar refiners, manufacturers
of sugar containing products
and producers of polyhydric alcohol.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 250.
Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: New/Renew
Regular reporting: 75 transactions, average;
Miscellaneous: Bonds/letters of credit: 1;
Waiver requests: 1; Appeals: 1.
Estimated Total Burden Hours on Respondents: 2,075 hours.
Copies of this information collection can be obtained from
Tamoria Thompson-Hall, the Agency Information
Collection Coordinator, at (202) 690-1690.
Request of Comments: The public is invited to submit comments
and suggestions to the above address regarding
the accuracy of the burden estimate, ways to
minimize the burden, including the use of
automated collection techniques or other forms
of information technology, or any
other aspect of this collection of information.
Comments on issues covered by the Paperwork
Reduction Act are most useful to OMB if received
within 30 days of publication of the Notice and
Request for Comments, but should be submitted no
later than 60 days from the date of this
publication to be assured of consideration. All
responses to this notice will be summarized and
included in the request for OMB approval. All
comments will also be a matter of public record.
Persons with disabilities who require an
alternative means to communicate information
(Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should
contact USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600
(voice and TDD).
Signed at Washington, DC, on October 22,
Michael W. Yost,
Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service