Information Collection on Seed Imports from Canada Under Review
The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through June 25 on the proposed extension of an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of seed and screenings from Canada. U.S. companies that import seed for cleaning or processing may enter into compliance agreements with APHIS that eliminate the need for sampling shipments of Canadian-origin seed at the border and allow these importers to clean the seed without direct supervision of an APHIS inspector. This program involves the use of information collection activities, including a declaration for importation, container labeling, notification of seed location, a seed return request, seed identity maintenance, documentation for U.S.-origin exported seed returned to the United States, written appeal for cancellation of a compliance agreement and request for a hearing, and associated recordkeeping. In addition, two forms that are required are PPQ Form 925, the Seed Analysis Certificate (for Canadian-grown seed destined for the U.S.) and PPQ Form 519, the PPQ Compliance Agreement.