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Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

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Federal Maritime Commission.


Final notice of submission for OMB review.


In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC or Commission) hereby gives notice that it has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget a request for an extension of the existing collection requirements under 46 CFR 515—Licensing, Financial Responsibility Requirements and General Duties for Ocean Transportation Intermediaries and Related Forms. The FMC has requested an extension of an existing collection as listed below.


Written comments must be submitted on or before November 26, 2010.


Comments should be addressed to:

Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, Attention: Kristy L. Daphnis, Desk Officer for Federal Maritime Commission, 725 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20503, OIRA_Submission@OMB.EOP.GOV, Fax (202) 395-5167, and to:

Ronald D. Murphy, Managing Director, Office of the Managing Director, Federal Maritime Commission, 800 North Capitol Street, NW., Washington, DC 20573, Telephone: (202) 523-5800,

Please reference the information collection's title and OMB number in your comments.

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Copies of the submission(s) may be obtained by contacting Jane Gregory on 202-523-5800 or e-mail:

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A notice that FMC would be submitting this request was published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2010 (75 FR 48685), allowing for a 60-day comment period. No comments were received.

The FMC hereby informs potential respondents that an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and that a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number.

Information Collection Open for Comment

Title: 46 CFR Part 515—Licensing, Financial Responsibility Requirements and General Duties for Ocean Transportation Intermediaries and Related Forms.

OMB Approval Number: 3072-0018 (Expires October 31, 2010).

Abstract: The Shipping Act of 1984 (the “Act”), 46 U.S.C. 40101-41309 (2006), as modified by Public Law 105-258 (The Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998) and Section 424 of Public Law 105-383 (The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 1998), provides that no person in the United States may act as an ocean transportation intermediary (OTI) unless that person holds a license issued by the Commission. The Commission shall issue an OTI license to any person that the Commission determines to be qualified by experience and character to act as an OTI. Further, no person may act as an OTI unless that person furnishes a bond, proof of insurance or other surety in a form and amount determined by the Commission to ensure financial responsibility. The Commission has implemented the provisions of section 19 in regulations contained in 46 CFR 515, including financial responsibility forms FMC-48, FMC-67, FMC-68, and FMC-69, Optional Rider Forms FMC-48A and FMC-69A, and its related license application form, FMC-18.

Current Actions: There are no changes to this information collection, and it is being submitted for extension purposes only.

Type of Review: Extension.

Needs and Uses: The Commission uses information obtained under this part and through Form FMC-18 to determine the qualifications of OTIs and their compliance with shipping statutes and regulations and to enable the Commission to discharge its duties under the Act by ensuring that OTIs maintain acceptable evidence of financial responsibility. If the collection of information were not conducted, there would be no basis upon which the Commission could determine if applicants are qualified for licensing.

Frequency: This information is collected when applicants apply for a license or when existing licensees change certain information in their application forms.

Type of Respondents: The respondents are persons desiring to obtain a license to act as an OTI. Under the Act, OTIs may be either an ocean freight forwarder, a non-vessel-operating common carrier, or both.

Number of Annual Respondents: The Commission estimates a potential annual respondent universe of 5,400 entities.

Estimated Time per Response: The time per response for completing Application Form FMC-18 averages 2 hours. The time to complete a financial responsibility form averages 20 minutes.

Total Annual Burden: The Commission estimates the total annual person-hour burden at 5,162 person-hours.

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Karen V. Gregory,


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[FR Doc. 2010-27059 Filed 10-25-10; 8:45 am]