The Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is requesting comments no later than Aug. 29 on the proposed revision and extension of information collections associated with the importation of animals and poultry, animal and poultry products, certain animal embryos, semen, and zoological animals.

APHIS collects information from individuals, businesses, and farms involved with the importation of these goods, as well as from foreign countries and states, to support these imports. Some of the information collection activities include agreements, permits, application and space reservation requests, inspections, declarations of importation, requests for hearings, daily logs, export health certificates, applications for approval of facilities, certifications, arrival notices, on-hold shipment notifications, affidavits, animal identification, specimen submissions, emergency action notifications, refusal of entry and order to dispose of fish, and the application of seals.

In addition, APHIS opens U.S. markets to animal commodities by receiving and evaluating information collection activities such as requests and applications for recognition of the animal health status of a region, applications for recognition of a region as historically free of a disease, requests for additional information about a region, appeal classification of animal health status, and written recommendation implementation from foreign animal health authorities seeking to engage in the regionalization process.

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