Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Lacey Act Declaration Requirement; Plants and Plant Products

CourtAgriculture Department, Animal And Plant Health Inspection Service
Citation86 FR 23342
Publication Date03 May 2021
Record Number2021-09033
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                Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
                [Docket No. APHIS-2021-0017]
                Notice of Request for Revision to and Extension of Approval of an
                Information Collection; Lacey Act Declaration Requirement; Plants and
                Plant Products
                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 required by the Lacey Act for the importation of
                certain plants and plant products.
                DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before July
                2, 2021.
                ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
                 Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to Enter APHIS-2021-0017 in the Search field. Select
                the Documents tab, then select the comment button in the list of
                 Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to
                Docket No. APHIS-2021-0017, 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 or in our reading room, which is
                located in Room 1620 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 concerning the Lacey
                Act declaration requirements for plants and plant products, contact Ms.
                Dorothy Wayson, National Policy Manager, Lacey Act Program, APHIS, PPQ,
                4700 River Road, 4D-06.31, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 851-2036.
                For more detailed information on the information collection, contact
                Mr. Joseph Moxey, APHIS' Paperwork Reduction Act Coordinator, at (301)
                 Title: Lacey Act Declaration Requirement; Plants and Plant
                 OMB Control Number: 0579-0349.
                 Type of Request: Revision to and extension of approval of an
                information collection.
                 Abstract: The Lacey Act, as amended, makes it unlawful to import,
                export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase in interstate or
                foreign commerce any plant, with some limited exceptions, taken,
                possessed, transported, or sold in violation of the laws of the United
                States, a State, an Indian Tribe, or any foreign law that protects
                plants. The Act also makes it unlawful to make or submit any false
                record, account, or label for, or any false identification of, any
                plant covered by the Act.
                 In addition, section 3 of the Act makes it unlawful to import
                certain plants and plant products without an import declaration. The
                declaration must contain, among other things, the scientific name of
                the plant, value of the importation, quantity of the plant, and name of
                the country in which the plant was harvested. For paper and paperboard
                products with recycled plant content, the importer is not required to
                specify the species or country of harvest with respect to the recycled
                plant product component but is required to provide the average
                percentage of recycled content. If the product also contains non-
                recycled plant materials, the basic declaration requirements still
                apply to that component of the product imported.
                 In addition to the declaration, there is a supplemental form that
                must be completed if additional space is needed to declare additional
                plants and plant products. Also, records of the import declaration and
                supplemental form must be retained for at least 5 years.
                 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 on those who are to respond, through use,
                as appropriate, of automated, electronic, mechanical, and other
                collection technologies; e.g., permitting electronic submission of
                 Estimate of burden: The public burden for this collection of
                information is estimated to average 0.488 hours per response.
                 Respondents: Importers of certain plants and plant products.
                 Estimated annual number of respondents: 24,070.
                 Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 41.
                 Estimated annual number of responses: 986,854.
                 Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 481,778 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 26th day of April 2021.
                Mark Davidson,
                Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
                [FR Doc. 2021-09033 Filed 4-30-21; 8:45 am]
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