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Info Collections on Softwood Lumber, Strategic Commodities Under Review

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
By Shawn McCausland
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service is accepting comments through June 24 on the proposed extension and revision of information collections associated with the Softwood Lumber Research, Promotion, Consumer Education and Industry Information Order. This order was created in 2011 to help strengthen the position of softwood lumber in the marketplace, maintain and expand markets for softwood lumber, and develop new uses for softwood lumber within the U.S. The program is financed by a mandatory assessment on importers and domestic manufacturers of $0.35 per thousand board feet of softwood lumber imported into or shipped within the U.S. The AMS states that the forms covered under this collection require the minimum information necessary to effectively carry out the requirements of the program.

June 24 is also the deadline for comments to the Bureau of Industry and Security on form BIS-645P, the international import certificate. BIS explains that the U.S. and several other countries have undertaken to increase the effectiveness of their respective controls over international trade in strategic commodities by means of an import certificate procedure. For the U.S. importer, this procedure provides that, where required by the exporting country with respect to a specific transaction, the importer must certify to the U.S. government that he/she will import specific commodities into the U.S. and will not re-export them except in accordance with U.S. export control regulations. The U.S. government, in turn, certifies that such representations have been made.

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