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USDA Reviewing Info Collections on Imports of Veterinary Biological Products, Sugar

Wednesday, October 29, 2014
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The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is accepting comments through Nov. 28 on an information collection associated with the Virus-Serum-Toxin Act and corresponding regulations designed to prevent the importation, preparation, sale or shipment of harmful veterinary biological products. A veterinary biological product is defined as all viruses, serums, toxins and analogous products of natural or synthetic origin, such as vaccines, antitoxins, or the immunizing components of microorganisms intended for the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of diseases in domestic animals. To effectively implement the licensing, production, labeling, importation and other requirements, APHIS employs a number of information gathering tools, including establishment license applications, product license applications, product permit applications, product and test report forms and field study summaries, stop distribution and sale notifications, and recordkeeping.

Separately, USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service is inviting comments through Dec. 29 on the proposed extension of an information collection procedure for the entry of specialty sugars into the United States. A quota system established in May 1982 prevents imports of certain sugars used for specialized purposes that originate in countries without quota allocations. Therefore, the regulation at 15 CFR part 2011 establishes terms and conditions under which certificates are issued permitting U.S. importers to enter specialty sugars from specialty sugar source countries under the sugar tariff-rate quotas. Applicants for such certificates must supply the information required by 15 CFR 2011.205 to be eligible to receive one.

Finally, FAS is also soliciting through Dec. 29 comments on the proposed extension of an information collection procedure for sugar import licensing programs. The primary objective of these programs is to permit the entry of raw cane sugar, unrestricted by the quantitative limit established by the sugar TRQ, for reexport in refined form, in a sugar- containing product or for the production of certain polyhydric alcohols. Licensees are required to submit an application for license; conduct regular reporting of import, export, transfer or use for charges and credits to licenses; and submit bonds or letters of credit, appeals of determinations by the licensing authority and requests for waivers. In addition, each participant must maintain records on all program reports.

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