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FTZ Annual Report, Info Collections on Papaya Imports Under Review

Friday, May 02, 2014
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FTZ Annual Reports. The International Trade Administration is accepting comments through July 1 on proposed revisions to the foreign-trade zone annual report. These revisions include updating language to reflect the revised FTZ Board regulations and removing certain questions that are no longer required.

Annual reports are submitted by FTZ grantees and are the only complete source of compiled information on international trade activity in FTZs. The reports are used by Congress and the Department of Commerce to determine the economic effect of the FTZ program. The reports are also used by the FTZ Board and other trade policy officials to determine whether zone activity is consistent with U.S. international trade policy and whether it is in the public interest. The public uses the information regarding activities carried out in FTZs to evaluate their effect on industry sectors.

Papaya Imports. The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is requesting comments no later than July 1 on the proposed three-year extension of an information collection associated with the importation of papayas from certain regions of Brazil, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama into the continental United States, Alaska, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Such imports require the use of certain information collection activities, including phytosanitary certificates, maintaining fruit fly monitoring records, and labeling of boxes.

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