Federal Register Notices
[Federal Register: March 5, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 42)]
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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Foreign Agricultural Service
Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently
Approved Information Collection - Andean Trade
Preference Act (ATPA)
AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA.
ACTION: Notice and request for comments.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork
Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the
Foreign Agricultural Service's (FAS) intention
to request an extension for a currently approved
information collection. This information
collection is required in petitions filed with
emergency relief from duty-free imports of
perishable products under section 204(d) of the
Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act.
DATES: Comments on this notice must be received
by May 4, 2009 to be assured consideration.
ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver comments to Robert
Miller, Office of Negotiations and Agreements,
Foreign Agricultural Service, Stop 1040, 1400
Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC
20250-1040, or e-mail to
Robert.Miller@fas.usda.gov or fax to (202)
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Miller,
Office of Negotiations and Agreements, Foreign
Agricultural Service, Stop 1040, 1400
Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC
20250-1040, (202) 720-1047.
Title: Emergency Relief from Duty-Free Imports of Perishable
Products from Andean Countries.
OMB Number: 0551-0033.
Expiration Date of Approval: June 30, 2009.
Type of Request: Extension for a currently approved
Abstract: The Andean Trade Preference Act, 19 U.S.C. 3201 et
seq., was retitled the ``Andean Trade Promotion
and Drug Eradication Act'' (the Act), under
section 3101 of Public Law 107-210, the "Trade
Act of 2002''. The Act authorized the President
to proclaim duty-free treatment for imports from
Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru except for
specifically excluded products. Section 204(d)
provides for emergency relief from duty-free
imports of certain perishable
agricultural products from the beneficiary
Andean countries and, in part, that a petition
for emergency import relief may be filed
simultaneously with the Secretary of Agriculture
and the U.S.
International Trade Commission (ITC) pursuant to
the provisions of section 201 of the Trade Act
of 1974, as amended (19 U.S.C. 2251). Emergency
import relief is limited to restoration of most
favored nation tariffs during the period of the
ITC's investigation. On October 16, 2008,
section 208 of Public Law 110-436 amended the
Act to extend the expiration date from December
31, 2008 to December 31, 2009. In the case of
Ecuador and Bolivia, the President will review
on or before June 30, 2009 to determine if both
countries satisfy the requirements set forth in
Section 203(c) for being designated as a
beneficiary country in order to continue to
receive benefits through December 31, 2009.
Under 7 CFR part 1540, subpart C of this part, a
provided for an entity to submit a petition for
emergency relief to the Administrator of FAS.
Section 1540.43 requests that the following
information, to the extent possible, be included
in a petition: A description of the imported
perishable product concerned; country of origin
of imports; data indicating increased imports
are a substantial cause of serious injury (or
threat of injury) to the domestic industry
producing a like or directly competitive
product; evidence of serious
injury; and a statement indicating why emergency
action would be warranted. The information
collected provides essential data for the
Secretary regarding specific market conditions
with respect to the industry requesting
emergency relief. Within 14 days of the filing
of a petition, the Secretary shall advise the
President if there is reason to believe that
emergency action is warranted, or to publish a
notice of a determination not to recommend
emergency action and advise the petitioner.
Estimate of Burden: Public reporting burden for this
collection of information is estimated at
Respondents: Non-profit institutions, businesses, or farms.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 1.
Estimated Number of Responses per Respondent: 1.
Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 23 hours.
Copies of the information collection can be obtained from
Tamoria Thompson-Hall, Information Collection
Coordinator, at (202) 690-1690.
Requests for 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 the Office of
Management and Budget (OMB) if received within
30 days of the publication of the Notice and
Request for Comments, but must be submitted no
later than 60 days from the date of publication
to be assured 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.
Signed at Washington, DC on February 19, 2009.
Acting Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.
[FR Doc. E9-4696 Filed 3-4-09; 8:45 am]
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