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Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Shepherd's Purse From the Republic of Korea Into the United States

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.


Extension of approval of an information collection; comment request.


In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request an extension of approval of an information collection in support of the regulations for the importation of shepherd's purse from the Republic of Korea into the United States.


We will consider all comments that we receive on or before August 23, 2013.


You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at​#!docketDetail;​D=​APHIS-2013-0051 or in our reading room, which is located in room 1141 of the USDA South Building, 14th Street and Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC. Normal reading room hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays. To be sure someone is there to help you, please call (202) 799-7039 before coming.

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For information regarding the regulations for the importation of shepherd's purse from the Republic of Korea into the United States, contact Mr. Andrew Wilds, Trade Director, Plant Health Programs, Phytosanitary Issues Management, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 140, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 851-2275. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.

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Title: Importation of Shepherd's Purse from the Republic of Korea into the United States.

OMB Number: 0579-0366.

Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information collection.

Abstract: The Plant Protection Act (PPA, 7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to restrict the importation, entry, or interstate movement of plants, plant products, and other articles to prevent the introduction of plant pests into the United States or their dissemination within the United States. As authorized by the PPA, the Animal and Plant Start Printed Page 37781Health Inspection Service (APHIS) regulates the importation of fruits and vegetables from certain parts of the world as provided in “Subpart—Fruits and Vegetables” (7 CFR 319.56 through 319.56-58).

In accordance with these regulations, APHIS allows the importation of shepherd's purse with roots from the Republic of Korea into the United States under certain conditions to prevent the introduction of plant pests into the United States. As a condition of entry, fresh shepherd's purse must be produced in accordance with a systems approach that includes requirements for importation of commercial consignments, pest-free place of production, and inspection for quarantine pests by the national plan protection organization (NPPO) of the Republic of Korea. These conditions involve certain information collection activities, including sampling, issuance of a phytosanitary certificate, recordkeeping, and production site registration.

We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of these information collection activities for an additional 3 years.

The purpose of this notice is to solicit comments from the public (as well as affected agencies) concerning our information collection. These comments will help us:

(1) Evaluate whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;

(2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used;

(3) Enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and

(4) Minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, through use, as appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other collection technologies; e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

Estimate of burden: The public reporting burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.54 hours per response.

Respondents: Importers of fruits and vegetables, the NPPO of the Republic of Korea.

Estimated annual number of respondents: 54.

Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 5.62.

Estimated annual number of responses: 304.

Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 163 hours. (Due to averaging, the total annual burden hours may not equal the product of the annual number of responses multiplied by the reporting burden per response.)

All responses to this notice will be summarized and included in the request for OMB approval. All comments will also become a matter of public record.

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Done in Washington, DC, this 19th day of June 2013.

Kevin Shea,

Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

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[FR Doc. 2013-15045 Filed 6-21-13; 8:45 am]