Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Apples From China


Federal Register, Volume 83 Issue 145 (Friday, July 27, 2018)

Federal Register Volume 83, Number 145 (Friday, July 27, 2018)


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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office

FR Doc No: 2018-16098



Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Docket No. APHIS-2018-0051

Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Apples From China

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Revision to and extension of approval of an information collection; comment request.


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's intention to request a revision to and extension of approval of an information collection associated with the regulations for the importation of apples from China.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before September 25, 2018.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2018-0051.

Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2018-0051, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-


Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2018-

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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on the importation of apples from China, contact Mr. Benjamin Kaczmarski, Senior Regulatory Policy Specialist, RCC, IRM, PHP, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road, Unit 133, Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 851-2127. For more detailed information on the information collection, contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2483.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title: Importation of Apples From China.

OMB Control Number: 0579-0423.

Type of Request: Revision to and 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. Regulations authorized by the PPA concerning the importation of fruits and vegetables into the United States from certain parts of the world are contained in ``Subpart-Fruits and Vegetables'' (7 CFR 319.56-1 through 319.56-83).

Under these regulations, apples from China may be imported into the continental United States under certain conditions, as listed in Sec. 319.56-72, to prevent the introduction of plant pests into the United States. The regulations require information collection activities that include an operational workplan, production site and packinghouse registrations, tracking system, box labeling, phytosanitary certificates with declarations, inspections, investigation for detection, handling procedures, and emergency action notifications.

We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve our use of these information collection activities, as described, 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 burden for this collection of information is estimated to average 0.022 hours per response.

Respondents: National plant protection organization of China,

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production sites and packinghouses (businesses), and importers of apples.

Estimated annual number of respondents: 186.

Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 275.

Estimated annual number of responses: 51,125.

Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 1,117 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.

Done in Washington, DC, this 23rd day of July 2018.

Kevin Shea,

Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

FR Doc. 2018-16098 Filed 7-26-18; 8:45 am