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ACTION:

Notice and request for comments.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Maritime Administration's (MARAD's) intentions to request extension of approval for three years of a currently approved information collection.

DATES:

Comments should be submitted on or before December 10, 2002.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Thomas W. Harrelson, Maritime Administration, MAR-590, 400 Seventh St., SW., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: 202-366-4610, FAX: 202-366-5522 or e-mail: Start Printed Page 63493 thomas.harrelson@marad.dot.gov. Copies of this collection can also be obtained from that office.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title of Collection: Information Collection Activities Under Cargo Preference Statutes and Regulations, Including PR 17 and 46 CFR Part 381.

Type of Request: Extension of currently approved information collection.

OMB Control Number: 2133-0013.

Form Numbers: MA-518.

Expiration Date of Approval: May 31, 2003.

Summary of Collection of Information: Title 46, App. U.S.C. 1241-1, Public Resolution 17, requires MARAD to monitor and enforce the U.S.-flag shipping requirements relative to the loans/guarantees extended by the Export-Import Bank (Eximbank) to foreign borrowers. Public Resolution 17 requires that shipments financed by Eximbank and that move by sea, must be transported exclusively on U.S.-flag registered vessels unless a waiver is obtained from MARAD.

Need and Use of the Information: The prescribed monthly report is necessary for MARAD to fulfill its responsibilities under Public Resolution 17, to ensure compliance of ocean shipping requirements operating under Eximbank financing, and to ensure equitable distribution of shipments between U.S.-flag and foreign ships. MARAD will use this information to report annually to Congress the total shipping activities during the calendar year.

Description of Respondents: Shippers subject to Eximbank financing.

Annual Responses: 336.

Annual Burden: 168 hours.

Comments: Comments should refer to the docket number that appears at the top of this document. Written comments may be submitted to the Docket Clerk, U.S. DOT Dockets, Room PL-401, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590. Comments may also be submitted by electronic means via the Internet at http://dmses.dot.gov/​submit. Specifically address whether this information collection is necessary for proper performance of the functions of the agency and will have practical utility, accuracy of the burden estimates, ways to minimize this burden, and ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected. All comments received will be available for examination at the above address between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT (or EST), Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. An electronic version of this document is available on the World Wide Web at http://dms.dot.gov.

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By Order of the Maritime Administrator,

Dated: October 7, 2002.

Joel C. Richard,

Secretary, Maritime Administration.

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[FR Doc. 02-26005 Filed 10-10-02; 8:45 am]

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