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C-TPAT, Genetically Engineered Organisms Subject of Info Collection Reviews

Thursday, May 23, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is accepting comments through July 22 on the proposed extension of the application to participate in the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism. C-TPAT applies to U.S. importers, customs brokers, consolidators, port and terminal operators, carriers and foreign manufacturers. Respondents apply to participate in C-TPAT using an online application that collects the applicant’s contact information and business information, including number of employees, number of years in business and company officers. CBP notes that no change is being made to the C-TPAT application or the information collected.

The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is requesting comments no later than June 24 on the proposed extension of several forms used to collect information concerning the introduction of organisms and products altered or produced through genetic engineering. APHIS collects information through a notification procedure or a permit requirement to ensure that certain genetically engineered organisms, when imported, moved interstate or released into the environment, will not present a risk of plant pest introduction. The information collected through the petition process is used to determine whether a genetically engineered organism will pose a risk to agriculture or the environment if grown in the absence of regulations by APHIS. The information is also provided to state departments of agriculture for review and made available to the public and private sectors on the Internet to ensure that all sectors are kept informed concerning any potential risks posed through the use of genetic engineering technology.

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