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Notice of Request for Extension of a Currently Approved Information Collection

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AGENCY:

Commodity Credit Corporation, USDA.

ACTION:

Notice and request for comments.

SUMMARY:

In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Commodity Credit Corporation’s (CCC) intention to request an extension for a currently approved information collection in support of the Regulations—Financing Commercial Sales of Agricultural Commodities under Title I, Public Law 480; Request for Vessel Approval, Form CCC-105 and Request for Vessel Approval Form CCC-105 (cotton); and Declaration of Sale, Form FAS-359.

DATES:

Comments on this notice must be received by June 9, 2003, to be assured of consideration.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR COMMENTS CONTACT:

William Hawkins, Director, Program Administration Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Stop 1031, Washington, DC 20250-1031, telephone (202) 720-3241.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Title: Regulations—Financing Commercial Sales of Agricultural Commodities under Title I, Pub. L. 480 (0551-0005); Request for Vessel Approval, Form CCC-105 (0551-0008); and Request for Vessel Approval Form CCC-105 (cotton) and Declaration of Sale, Form FAS-359 (0551-0009).

OMB Numbers: 0551-0005 (Records and Rule Keeping) and 0551-0008 (Request for Vessel Approval Form) and Start Printed Page 173370551-0009 (Declaration of Sale Form). These will be combined into OMB Number 0551-0005 if this request is approved.

Expiration Date of Approval: August 31, 2003.

Type of Request: Extension and revision of currently approved information collections, with change to combine 0551-0005 (Records and Rule Keeping); 0551-0008 (Request for Vessel Approval) and 0551-0009 (Declaration of Sale Form).

Abstract: Title I of The Agricultural Trade Development and Assistance Act of 1954, as amended, (Pub. L. 83-480) authorizes the CCC to finance the sale and exportation of agricultural commodities on concessional credit terms. Suppliers of commodities and ocean transportation must retain records for 3 years. Prospective commodity suppliers must provide information for the Department to determine eligibility. Commodity suppliers must report details of sales for price approval and submit to USDA, for approval, information on any amendments to the sales. Shipping agents nominated by importing countries must submit information to allow identification of possible conflicts of interest. Shipping agents or embassies submit pertinent shipping information on Form CCC-105 to facilitate approval by CCC of shipping arrangements. This approval is necessary to assure compliance with cargo preference requirements at the lowest cost to CCC. Agents submit this document in order that USDA can generate the CCC-106, a necessary payment document. Ocean carriers then receive payment for ocean freight. Commodity suppliers must report details of sales for price approval. Form FAS-359, “Declaration of Sale,” is the written record, signed by the commodity supplier, of the terms of sale as reported by telephone. When signed by the General Sales Manager, it provides evidence of the USDA price approval required for CCC financing.

The information collected is used by CCC to manage, plan, evaluate and account for government resources. The reports and records are required to ensure the proper and judicious use of public funds.

Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for these collections is estimated to average 8 hours per Record Keeping, 5 hours per Vessel Approval and 2 hours per Declaration of Sale response.

Respondents: Suppliers of commodities and ocean transportation; prospective commodity suppliers; shipping agents; and business or other-for-profit.

Estimated Number of Respondents: 45 per annum.

Estimated Total Annual Burden of Respondents: 565.00 hours.

Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Kimberly Chisley, the Agency Information Collection Coordinator, at (202) 720-2568.

Requests for Comments: Send comments regarding (a) whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden 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 those who are to respond, including through the use of automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments may be sent to William Hawkins, Director, Program Administration Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Stop 1031, Washington, DC 20250-1031, or to the Desk Officer for Agriculture, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC 20503. Persons with disabilities who require an alternative means for communication of information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's Target Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record.

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Signed at Washington, DC, on March 27, 2003.

A. Ellen Terpstra,

Administrator, Foreign Agricultural Service.

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[FR Doc. 03-8598 Filed 4-8-03; 8:45 am]

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