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DOC Reviewing Information Collections on Foreign Carriers’ Expenses

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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The Department of Commerce is accepting comments through Dec. 18 on the proposed extension without change of the following information collections.

Form BE-29, Annual Survey of Foreign Ocean Carriers' Expenses in the United States: This is a survey that collects data from U.S. agents of foreign ocean carriers who handle 40 or more port calls in the reporting period by foreign ocean vessels or have total covered expenses in the reporting period for all foreign ocean vessels handled by the U.S. agent of $250,000 or more. The covered expenses are (1) port call services such as pilotage, towing and tugboat services, harbor fees, and berth fees; (2) cargo-related services such as loading, unloading and storing cargo at U.S. ports; (3) fuels and oils (bunkers) purchased in U.S. ports; (4) other vessel operating expenses such as stores and supplies, vessel repairs, and personnel expenses in the U.S.; and (5) other expenses such as U.S. agents’ and brokers’ fees and commissions and expenses related to maintaining U.S. offices, such as rent, advertising and wages.

DOC states that the information collected is needed to monitor U.S. trade in transport services, to analyze the impact on the U.S. and foreign economies, to compile and improve the U.S. economic accounts, to support U.S. commercial policy on trade in transport services, to conduct trade promotion, and to improve the ability of U.S. businesses to identify and evaluate market opportunities.

Form BE-30, Quarterly Survey of Ocean Freight Revenues and Foreign Expenses of U.S. Carriers, and Form BE-37, Quarterly Survey of U.S. Airline Operators’ Foreign Revenues and Expenses: Form BE-30 is a survey that collects data from U.S. ocean freight carriers (owners and operators) whose total covered revenues or total covered expenses incurred outside the U.S. were $500,000 or more in the previous year or are expected to be $500,000 or more during the current year. The covered revenues are (1) revenue on cargo outbound from U.S. ports and the associated shipping weight; (2) revenue on cargo inbound into the U.S. and the associated shipping weight; (3) revenue on cross-trade cargoes; and (4) charter hire (with crew) and space leasing revenues from foreign residents. The covered expenses are (1) fuel expenses in foreign countries; (2) expenses in foreign countries (other than fuel expenses); and (3) charter hire (with crew) and space leasing payments to foreign residents.

Form BE-37 is a survey that collects data from U.S. airline operators engaged in the international transportation of goods and/or passengers and whose total covered revenues or total covered expenses incurred outside the U.S. were $500,000 or more in the previous year or are expected to be $500,000 or more during the current year. The covered revenues are (1) revenue derived from carriage of export freight and express from the U.S. to points outside the U.S.; (2) revenue derived from carriage of freight and express originating from, and destined to, points outside the U.S.; (3) revenue derived from transporting passengers originating from, and destined to, points outside the U.S.; (4) revenue from transporting passengers to and from the U.S. and the associated number of passengers; and (5) interline settlement receipts from foreign airline operators. The covered expenses are (1) expenses incurred outside the U.S. for fuel and oil, station and maintenance bases, wages, and other goods and services purchased abroad (except aircraft leasing expenses); (2) aircraft (with crew) leasing expenses; and (3) interline settlement payments to foreign airline operators.

DOC states that the information collected is needed to monitor U.S. trade in transport services, to analyze the impact on the U.S. and foreign economies, to compile and improve the U.S. economic accounts, to support U.S. commercial policy on trade in transport services, to conduct trade promotion, and to improve the ability of U.S. businesses to identify and evaluate market opportunities.

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