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Extension of Port Limits of Chicago, IL

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AGENCY:

Customs and Border Protection; Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This document amends the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Regulations pertaining to the field organization of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection by extending the geographical limits of the port of Chicago, Illinois, to include parts of the City of Elwood, Illinois. There is an intermodal facility in Elwood. The 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:

Effective September 13, 2004.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

In order to facilitate the clearance of international freight at an intermodal facility in the City of Elwood, Illinois, the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is amending § 101.3(b)(1) of the Customs and Border Protection Regulations (19 CFR 101.3(b)(1)) by extending the port limits of the port of Chicago to include certain parts of the City of Elwood, Illinois. The extension of the port limits to include the specified territory will provide better service to importers and the rail transportation industry in central Illinois.

A Notice of Proposed Rulemaking concerning this extension was published in the Federal Register (68 FR 42650) on July 18, 2003.

Analysis of Comments and Conclusion

No comments were received in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. As CBP believes that the extension of the port of Chicago, Illinois, to include parts of the City of Elwood, Illinois, will improve service to importers and the rail transportation industry in central Illinois, CBP is expanding the limits of the port of Chicago as proposed.

New Port Limits of the Port of Chicago, Illinois

CBP extends the limits of the port of Chicago, Illinois, to include additional territory in the City of Elwood, Illinois, so that the description of the limits of port will read as follows:

Beginning at the point where the northern limits of Cook County, Illinois, intersect Lake Michigan, thence westerly along the Cook County-Lake County Line to the point where Illinois State Highway Fifty-Three (53) intersects this Line, thence in a southerly direction along Illinois State Highway Fifty-Three (53) to the point where the highway intersects Interstate Highway Fifty-Five (55), thence southwesterly along Interstate Highway Fifty-Five (55) to the point where this highway intersects the north bank of the Kankakee River, thence southeasterly to Start Printed Page 50065the point where the Kankakee River intersects State Highway Fifty-Three (53), thence northeasterly to the point where this highway intersects Interstate Highway Eighty (80), thence easterly to the point where this highway intersects the Cook County-Will County Line, thence in a general easterly and southerly direction along the northern and eastern limits of Will County, Illinois, to the point where the Will County-Cook County Line intersects the Illinois-Indiana State Line, thence northerly along the Illinois-Indiana State Line to the point near Dyer, Indiana, where U.S. Route Thirty (30) intersects this Line, thence easterly along U.S. Route Thirty (30) to the point where this highway and the Indiana State Highway Forty-Nine (49) intersect, thence in a northerly direction along Indiana State Highway Forty-Nine (49) to a place where this highway meets Lake Michigan.

Authority

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

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 a notice was issued requesting public comment on this subject matter, because this document 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.). The Office of Management and Budget has determined this rule to be non-significant under Executive Order 12866.

Delegations of Authority: Signature of Customs and Border Protection Regulations

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 final rule may be signed by the Secretary of Homeland Security (or his or her delegate).

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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List of Subjects in 19 CFR Part 101

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Amendments to the Regulations

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For the reasons set forth above, part 101, CBP Regulations (

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PART 101—GENERAL PROVISIONS

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1. The general authority citation for part 101 and specific authority provision for § 101.3 continue to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 19 U.S.C. 2, 66, 1202 (General Note 23, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1623, 1624, 1646a.

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Sections 101.3 and 101.4 also issued under 19 U.S.C. 1 and 58b;

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2. In the list of ports in § 101.3(b)(1), under the state of Illinois, the “Limits of port” column adjacent to “Chicago” in the “ports of entry” column is amended by removing the citation “T.D. 71-121” and by adding in its place “CBP Dec. 04-24”.

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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. 04-18515 Filed 8-12-04; 8:45 am]

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