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Technical Correction: Completion of Entry and Entry Summary-Declaration of Value

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AGENCY:

Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) periodically reviews its regulations to ensure that they are current, correct, and consistent. As a result of this review process, CBP has determined that a correction to part 141 of title 19 of the CBP Regulations (19 CFR part 141) is necessary to reflect that the underlying statutory authority for § 141.61(g) has expired and that this regulation is no longer necessary. Start Printed Page 82242Accordingly, part 141 of the CBP regulations is amended by removing the obsolete regulation.

DATES:

The final rule is effective December 30, 2010.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Robert Shervette, Trade and Commercial Regulations Branch, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, (202) 325-0274.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

It is the policy of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to periodically review title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (19 CFR) to ensure that it is accurate and up-to-date so that the importing and general public is aware of CBP requirements and procedures regarding import-related activities. As part of this review policy, CBP has determined that a correction to 19 CFR part 141 is necessary.

Section 141.61 of the CBP regulations (19 CFR 141.61) prescribes the manner by which entry and entry summary documentation must be completed. Within § 141.61, paragraph (g) requires an importer to indicate on the CBP Form 7501 the manner by which the declared transaction value on imported merchandise was determined. This requirement is authorized by § 15422(a) of the Food, Conservative, and Energy Act of 2008 (the “Act”), Public Law 110-234, 122 Stat. 1547 (19 U.S.C. 1484 note), in which Congress required CBP to collect for a one-year period beginning August 20, 2008, and ending August 19, 2009, from importers information on whether the transaction value of imported merchandise is determined on the basis of the price paid by the buyer in the first or earlier sale occurring prior to introduction of the merchandise into the United States.

On August 25, 2008, CBP published an interim rule as CBP Dec. 08-31 in the Federal Register (73 FR 49939) implementing the Act's first sale declaration requirement that for a specified time period importers were required to declare, at the time of entry, the transaction value method employed. As the statutory authority for the importer declaration requirement expired on August 19, 2009, this document amends 19 CFR 141.61 by removing paragraph (g).

Inapplicability of Notice and Delayed Effective Date Requirements

Because the technical corrections set forth in this document merely conform to existing law, CBP finds that good cause exists for dispensing with notice and public procedure as unnecessary under 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B). For this same reason, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), CBP finds that good cause exists for dispensing with the requirement for a delayed effective date.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

Because this document is not subject to the notice and public procedure requirements of 5 U.S.C. 553, it is not subject to the provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.).

Executive Order 12866

These amendments do not meet the criteria for a “significant regulatory action” as specified in Executive Order 12866.

Signing Authority

This document is limited to technical corrections of the CBP regulations. Accordingly, it is being signed under the authority of 19 CFR 0.1(b)(1).

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List of Subjects in 19 CFR Part 141

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Amendments to the Regulations

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For the reasons set forth above, part 141 of the CBP regulations (

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PART 141—ENTRY OF MERCHANDISE

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1. The general authority for part 141 continues to read as follows, and the specific authority for § 141.61 is removed:

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Authority: 19 U.S.C. 66, 1448, 1484, 1624.

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2. Section 141.61 is amended by removing paragraph (g).

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Dated: December 23, 2010.

Alan Bersin,

Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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[FR Doc. 2010-32912 Filed 12-29-10; 8:45 am]

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