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USDA Reviewing Information Collection on Animal and Poultry Imports

Thursday, January 30, 2014
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is inviting comments through March 31 on the proposed revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the importation of animals and poultry, animal and poultry products, certain animal embryos, semen, and zoological animals. The information collected includes data such as the origin of the animals or animal products to be imported, the health status of the animals or the processing methods used to produce animal products to be imported, and whether the animals or animal products were temporarily offloaded in another country during their transit to the U.S. To collect this information, APHIS uses a variety of procedures and forms, including health certificates, import permits, specimen submission forms, inspection reports, cooperative and trust fund agreements, and certification statements.

APHIS estimates that the number of responses and total annual burden on respondents will decrease significantly due to program changes, including (a) one required form now replaces two previously required forms, (b) APHIS no longer allows the importation of ratites, except for those destined to zoos, (c) APHIS has reduced the number of states providing written agreements for one program, and (d) the number of respondents has been corrected to more accurately reflect the various forms of payment and letters of credit APHIS receives.

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