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Info Collections on Temporary Imports, Plants/Plant Products, Export Services Under Review

Monday, May 04, 2015
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Bond for Temporary Importation. U.S. Customs and Border Protection is accepting through June 30 comments on the proposed extension of CBP Form 3173, Application for Extension of Bond for Temporary Importation. Imported merchandise that is to remain in the customs territory for one year or less without the payment of duties is entered as a temporary importation, as authorized under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (19 USC 1202). When this time period is not sufficient it may be extended by submitting this application.

Import Regulations for Plants and Plant Products. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through July 6 on the proposed revision and extension of an information collection associated with requests to amend import regulations for plants, plant parts and plant products.

Persons who request such changes and wish to import plants, plant parts or plant products that are not allowed importation into the United States must file a request for APHIS to determine whether the new commodity may be safely imported. This request process requires the use of information collection activities, including information about the requestor, information about the commodity to be imported, shipping information, a description of pests and diseases associated with the commodity, risk mitigation or management strategies, and additional information as determined by APHIS to complete a pest risk analysis in accordance with international standards.

To assist importers interested in submitting such requests, APHIS is adding to this information collection a new form, Plant Protection and Quarantine Form 595, Request to Develop a Pest Risk Assessment for Plants for Planting.

APHIS notes that to more accurately reflect the total number of hours importers need to complete and submit a request to change the import regulations it has decreased the estimated total annual burden of this information collection on respondents from 2,960 hours to 26 hours, even though the estimated annual number of respondents has increased from 37 to 62.

Export Services. The International Trade Administration is soliciting through June 3 comments on an information collection entitled “Domestic and International Client Export Services and Customized Forms.” This information collection package enables the ITA’s U.S. Commercial Service to provide appropriate export services to U.S. exporters and international buyers. U.S. companies access and indicate their interest in these services by completing the appropriate forms via ITA and CS U.S. Export Assistance Center websites. The forms ask standard questions about company details, export experience, the products or services the company wishes to export and exporting goals.

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