USDA Reviewing Information Collections on Imports of Seeds, Animal Hides, Peppers
The Department of Agriculture is accepting comments on the proposed extension of the following information collections.
Seeds. Applications for import permits submitted by persons wishing to import small lots of seed provide contact information as well as specifics about the regulated article such as the country of origin, quantities and names, means of importation, and port of entry/arrival. Packets and containers must have labels and markings clearly describing the contents of seed packets as well as sender, permit, and destination information. Importers are also required to notify the port of entry of pending shipment arrivals and respond to emergency action notifications for shipments held at the port for further action. (comments due by Jan. 9)
Animal Hides. USDA collects information from forms, certificates, and written statements to ensure that bird trophies and certain animal hides pose a negligible risk of introducing African swine fever, bovine babesiosis, exotic Newcastle disease, foot-and-mouth disease, highly pathogenic avian influenza, and rinderpest. (comments due by Jan. 9)
Peppers from Ecuador. Fresh peppers from Ecuador may be imported under conditions that require the use of certain information collection activities, including development of an operational workplan and a quality control plan; production site and packinghouse registrations; production site and insect trap inspections and recordkeeping; box labeling; notices of arrival to ports; responses to emergency action notifications, and permit applications. Also, each consignment must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of Ecuador containing an additional declaration stating the peppers were produced and prepared for export in accordance with the regulations.