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Information Collections on Nursery Stock, Tomatoes, Foreign-Trade Zones Under Review

Monday, October 30, 2017
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The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is accepting comments through Dec. 29 on the proposed revision and extension of an information collection associated with the category of plants for planting that are not authorized for importation pending pest risk analysis. Requests to remove a taxa from this category contain information collection activities that include information about the requesting party, the commodity proposed for importation, shipping information, a description of the pests and diseases associated with the commodity, current practices for risk mitigation or management, and any additional information that may be necessary for APHIS to complete a pest risk analysis.

APHIS is accepting comments through Dec. 29 on the proposed revision and extension of an information collection associated with the regulations allowing the importation of fresh tomatoes from France, Morocco, Western Sahara, Chile, and Spain under certain conditions. These conditions require the use of information collection activities such as greenhouse, production site, and treatment facility registration; a trust fund agreement; documented quality control program; box labeling; application for import permit; appeal of denial or revocation of a permit; notice of arrival; emergency action notification; and recordkeeping. Also, each consignment of tomatoes must be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the national plant protection organization or similar agency of the country of origin with an additional declaration stating that the applicable requirements for that country have been met.

The Department of Commerce is accepting comments through Nov. 29 on form ITA-359P, the annual report from foreign-trade zones. This report is the only complete source of compiled information on FTZs, which is used (a) by Congress and the DOC to determine the economic effect of the FTZ program, (b) by the FTZ Board and other trade policy officials to determine whether zone activity is consistent with U.S. international trade policy and in the public interest, (c) by the public to evaluate the effect of FTZ activities on industry sectors, and (d) by zone grantees as part of their marketing efforts.

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