Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security.
This document amends the Customs Regulations pertaining to the field organization of Customs by extending the geographical limits of the port of entry of Portland, Maine, to include the City of Auburn, Maine. This change is being made to provide better service to carriers, importers, and the general public.
August 18, 2003.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
John P. Wagner, Office of Field Operations, (202) 927-3825.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in the Federal Register (68 FR 1172) on January 9, 2003, which proposed to amend § 101.3(b)(1), Customs Regulations (19 CFR 101.3(b)(1)), to extend the geographical limits of the port of entry of Portland, Maine, to include the City of Auburn in order to provide better service to carriers, importers, and the general public. The proposal was made in order to include the City of Auburn within the port limits to facilitate the clearance of international cargo at the Auburn Intermodal Facility (“AIF”). AIF is a rail/truck intermodal facility with a high cube, doublestack intermodal terminal. Start Printed Page 42587
Analysis of Comments
Three comments were received in response to the proposal. AlI three comments strongly supported the inclusion of the City of Auburn in the port of Portland, Maine, for the purposes of international trade facilitation and of expanded economic development in the Auburn area.
According to the comments, the AIF will afford the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) great flexibility in protecting our borders against terrorist activities when conducting examinations and clearance of cargo entering the United States. The expansion of the port of Portland will also help to eliminate needless truck traffic on the highway system by allowing examinations and clearance closest to the point of entry. Trucks will no longer need to travel further in bound to be examined. These benefits are in addition to the economic boost which is expected to occur as a result of the port expansion.
CBP believes that the expansion of the port of Portland, Maine, to include the City of Auburn is a positive step in the facilitation of the processing of international cargo. Accordingly, CBP has decided to proceed with the proposed expansion.
New Port Limits
The port limits of the port of entry of Portland, Maine, are expanded to include the City of Auburn. The territory included in the port of Portland is as follows:
Portland, Maine and the territory embracing the municipalities of Auburn, South Portland, Falmouth, and Cape Elizabeth, in the State of Maine, and Peak, Long, Cliff, Cushing and Diamond Islands, in the State of Maine.
Regulatory Flexibility Act and Executive Order 12866
CBP establishes, expands and consolidates CBP ports of entry throughout the United States to accommodate the volume of CBP-related activity in various parts of the country. Although a notice was issued for public comment on this subject matter, because this document relates to agency management and organization, it is not subject to the notice and procedure requirements of 5 U.S.C. 553. Accordingly, this document is not subject to the provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C.601 et. seq.). Agency organization matters such as this port expansion are not subject to Executive Order 12866.
The principal author of this document was Janet L. Johnson, Regulations Branch. However, personnel from other offices participated in its development.Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 19 CFR Part 101End List of Subjects
Amendment to the RegulationsStart Amendment Part
For the reasons set forth above,End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 101—GENERAL PROVISIONSEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The general authority citation for part 101 and the specific authority citation for § 101.3 continue to read as follows:End Amendment Part
2. In the list of ports in § 101.3(b)(1), under the state of Maine, the “Limits of port” column adjacent to “Portland” in the “Ports of entry” column is amended by removing the citation “E.O. 9297, Feb. 1, 1943 (8 FR 1479)” and by adding in its place “CBP Dec. 03-08”.End Amendment Part Start Signature
Robert C. Bonner,
Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection.
Dated: July 14, 2003.
Secretary, Department of Homeland Security.
[FR Doc. 03-18172 Filed 7-17-03; 8:45 am]
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