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EPA Amends Rules on Ozone-Depleting Substance Imports to Prepare for ITDS

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Environmental Protection Agency has issued a direct final rule making minor edits to its stratospheric protection regulations to implement the International Trade Data System. Specifically, this rule removes the requirement that a petition to import used ozone-depleting substances accompany the shipment through customs because the EPA does not believe that the detailed information in a petition is necessary for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to make a determination about whether the import should enter the U.S. This rule also removes references to CBP forms that will no longer exist when ITDS is implemented.

These changes will be effective as of May 9 unless EPA receives adverse comment by March 10, in which case this direct final rule will be withdrawn and the EPA will proceed to make these changes via a proposed rule it is issuing concurrently.

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