Proposed collection; comment request.
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Written comments must be submitted on or before December 17, 2001.
Direct all written comments to Madeleine Clayton, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, (202) 482-3129, Department of Commerce, Room 6086, 14th & Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at MClayton@doc.gov.)Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to: Mary Michael, Office of Export Trading Company Affairs, Service Industries and Finance, Room 1800,14th Constitution Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20230; phone: (202) 482-5131, and fax: (202) 482-1790.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Title III of the Export Trading Company Act of 1982 (Pub. L. No. 97-290, 96 Stat. 1233-1247), requires the Start Printed Page 52743Department of Commerce to establish a program to evaluate applications for an Export Trade Certificate of Review (antitrust preclearance for joint export related activities), and with the concurrence of the Department of Justice, issue such certificates where the requirements of the Act are satisfied. The Act requires that Commerce and Justice conduct economic and legal antitrust analyses prior to the issuance of a certificate. The collection of information is necessary to conduct the required economic and legal antitrust analyses. Without the information, there could be no basis upon which a certificate could be issued.
In the Department of Commerce, the economic and legal analyses are performed by the Office of Export Trading Company Affairs and the Office of the General Counsel, respectively. The Department of Justice analyses will be conducted by its Antitrust Division. The purpose of such analyses is to make a determination as to whether or not to issue an Export Trade Certificate of Review.
A certificate provides its holder and the members named in the certificate (a) immunity from government actions under state and Federal antitrust laws for the export conduct specified in the certificate; (b) some protection from frivolous private suits by limiting their liability in private actions from treble to actual damages when the challenged activities are covered by an Export Certificate of Review. Title III was enacted to reduce uncertainty regarding the application of U.S. antitrust laws to export activities—especially those involving actions by domestic competitors. Application for an export trade certificate of review is voluntary.
II. Method of Collection
Form ITA-4093P is sent by request to U.S. firms.
OMB Number: 0625-0125.
Form Number: ITA-4093P.
Type of Review: Regular Submission.
Affected Public: Business or other for-profit; Not-for-profit institutions and State, local or Tribal Government.
Estimated Number of Respondents: 30.
Estimated Time Per Response: 32 hours.
Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 960.
Estimated Total Annual Costs: The estimated annual cost for this collection is $344,400 ($260,000 government and $134,400 respondents).
IV. Request for Comments
Comments are invited (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden (including hours and costs) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or forms of information technology.
Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record.Start Signature
Dated: October 12, 2001.
Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer.
[FR Doc. 01-26112 Filed 10-16-01; 8:45 am]
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