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Proposed Rule

Extension of Port Limits of Rockford, IL

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AGENCY:

Customs and Border Protection; Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION:

Notice of proposed rulemaking.

SUMMARY:

This document proposes to amend the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Regulations pertaining to the field organization of CBP by extending the geographical limits of the port of Rockford, Illinois, to include the City of Rochelle, Illinois. The Union Pacific Railroad Company has a new intermodal facility in Rochelle. The proposed change is part of CBP's continuing program to more efficiently utilize its personnel, facilities, and resources, and to provide better service to carriers, importers, and the general public.

DATES:

Comments must be received on or before October 12, 2004.

ADDRESSES:

Comments must be submitted to Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, Office of Regulations and Rulings (Attention: Regulations Branch), 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., (Mint Annex), Washington, DC 20229. Submitted comments may be inspected at 799 9th Street, NW., Washington, DC during regular business hours.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dennis Dore, Office of Field Operations, 202-927-6871.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

The Union Pacific Railroad Company has a new state-of-the-art intermodal rail facility that is located 25 miles south of Rockford in Rochelle, Illinois. This facility provides the capacity necessary to support the efficient interchange of shipments to and from rail connections, and expedite the operations of trains and containers. In order to accommodate this new facility and provide better service to carriers, importers, and the public, the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is proposing to extend the port limits of the port of Rockford, Illinois, to include the City of Rochelle, Illinois.

Current Port Limits of Rockford, Illinois

The current port limits of Rockford, Illinois, are described as follows in Treasury Decision (T.D.) 95-62 of August 14, 1995:

Bounded to the north by the Illinois/Wisconsin border; bounded to the west by Illinois State Route 26; bounded to the south by Illinois State Route 72; and bounded to the east by Illinois State Route 23 north to the Wisconsin/Illinois border.

Proposed Port Limits of Rockford, Illinois

The new port limits of Rockford, Illinois, are proposed as follows: Bounded to the north by the Illinois/Wisconsin border; bounded to the west by Illinois State Route 26; bounded to the south by Interstate Route 88; bounded to the east by Illinois State Route 23 to the Wisconsin/Illinois border.

Proposed Amendment to CBP Regulations

If the proposed port limits are adopted, CBP will amend § 101.3(b)(1), CBP Regulations (19 CFR 101.3(b)(1)) to reflect the new boundaries of the Rockford, Illinois port of entry.

Authority

This change is proposed under the authority of 5 U.S.C. 301 and 19 U.S.C. 2, 66 and 1624.

Signing Authority

The signing authority for this document falls under § 0.2(a), CBP Regulations (19 CFR 0.2(a)) because this port extension is not within the bounds of those regulations for which the Secretary of the Treasury has retained sole authority. Accordingly, the notice of proposed rulemaking may be signed by the Secretary of Homeland Security (or his or her delegate).

Comments

Before adopting this proposal, consideration will be given to any written comments that are timely submitted to CBP. All such comments received from the public pursuant to this notice of proposed rulemaking will be available for public inspection in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552) and § 103.11(b), CBP Regulations (19 CFR 103.11(b)) during regular business days between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Regulations Branch, Office of Regulations and Rulings, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security, 799 9th Street, NW., Washington, DC. Arrangements to inspect submitted documents should be made in advance by calling Mr. Joseph Clark at 202-572-8768.Start Printed Page 50108

The 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. Thus, although this document is being issued with notice for public comment, because it relates to agency management and organization, it is not subject to the notice and public 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 proposed port extension are exempt from consideration under Executive Order 12866.

Drafting Information

The principal author of this document was Christopher W. Pappas, Regulations Branch, Office of Regulations and Rulings, CBP. However, personnel from other offices participated in its development.

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Robert C. Bonner,

Commissioner, Customs and Border Protection.

Tom Ridge,

Secretary, Department of Homeland Security.

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[FR Doc. 04-18514 Filed 8-12-04; 8:45 am]

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