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USDA Wants to Reinstate Information Collection on Imports of Bees

Thursday, August 29, 2013
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is seeking comment no later than Sept. 30 on the revision and reinstatement of an expired information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of bees and related articles.

Under the Honeybee Act, the USDA is authorized to prohibit or restrict the importation of honeybees and honeybee semen to prevent the introduction into the United States of diseases and parasites harmful to honeybees and of undesirable species such as the African honeybee. The regulations implementing this law require the use of certain information collection activities, including an application for a permit, appeal for withdrawal of a permit, request for risk assessment, transit documentation, packaging and labeling, recordkeeping for containment facilities, and notices of arrival for shipments from approved regions, transit shipments and restricted articles.

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