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DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

Bureau of Customs and Border Protection

19 CFR Parts 113 and 191

[USCBP-2009-0021]

RIN 1505-AC18

Drawback of Internal Revenue Excise Tax

AGENCY: Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security; Department of the Treasury.
ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; second extension of comment period.
SUMMARY: This document provides a second 30-day extension period for interested parties to submit comments on the proposal to amend title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations to preclude the filing of substitution drawback claims for internal revenue excise tax paid on imported merchandise in situations where no excise tax was paid upon the substituted merchandise or where the substituted merchandise is the subject of a different claim for refund or drawback of excise tax under any provision of the Internal Revenue Code. The proposed rule was published in theFederal Registeron October 15, 2009, with comments due on or before November 16, 2009. A related proposed rulemaking prepared by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) within the Department of the Treasury was published in the same edition of theFederal Register, with comments due on or before December 14, 2009. A subsequent notice extending the time within which the public may submit comments on CBP's proposedrulemaking to coincide with the December 14, 2009 TTB comment deadline was published in theFederal Register(74 FR 57125) on November 4, 2009. In response to a request from the public to provide additional time to prepare comments on the proposed rule, CBP is extending the comment period for an additional 30 days to January 12, 2010.
DATES: Comments on the proposed rule must be received on or before January 12, 2010.
ADDRESSES: *Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.Follow the instructions for submitting comments via docket number USCBP-2009-0021.

*Mail:Trade and Commercial Regulations Branch, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 799 9th Street, NW. (Mint Annex), Washington, DC 20229-1179.

Instructions:All submissions received must include the agency name and USCBP docket number for this proposed rulemaking. All comments received will be posted without change tohttp://www.regulations.gov,including any personal information provided. For detailed instructions on submitting comments and additional information on the rulemaking process, see the "Public Participation" heading of theSUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATIONsection of this document.

Docket:For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go tohttp://www.regulations.gov.Submitted comments may also be inspected during regular business days between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Trade and Commercial Regulations Branch, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 799 9th Street, NW., 5th Floor, Washington, DC. Arrangements to inspect submitted comments should be made in advance by calling Joseph Clark at (202) 325-0118.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Rosoff, Entry Process and Duty Refunds, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, (202) 325-0047.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public Participation

Interested persons are invited to participate in this rulemaking by submitting written data, views, or arguments on all aspects of the proposed rule. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) also invites comments that relate to the economic, environmental, or federalism effects that might result from this proposed rule. If appropriate to a specific comment, the commenter should reference the specific portion of the proposed rule, explain the reason for any recommended change, and include data, information, or authority that support such recommended change.

Background

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a document in theFederal Register(74 FR 52928) on October 15, 2009 proposing to amend title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations to preclude the filing of substitution drawback claims for internal revenue excise tax paid on imported merchandise in situations where no excise tax was paid upon the substituted merchandise or where the substituted merchandise is the subject of a different claim for refund or drawback of excise tax under any provision of the Internal Revenue Code. The document solicited public comment on the proposed amendments, and requested that submitted comments be received by CBP on or before November 16, 2009.

A related proposed rulemaking prepared by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) within the Department of the Treasury was published in the same edition of theFederal Register(74 FR 52937, October 15, 2009). Comments on TTB's proposed rule are due on or before December 14, 2009.

A subsequent notice extending the time within which the public may submit comments on CBP's proposed rulemaking to coincide with the December 14, 2009 TTB comment deadline was published in theFederal Register(74 FR 57125) on November 4, 2009.

Second Extension of Comment Period

CBP received a written submission from the trade, dated November 2, 2009, requesting that the comment period be extended for an additional 30 days to provide adequate time to prepare comments on the proposed rule. Upon review, a decision has been made to grant the request. Accordingly, the comment period is extended to January 12, 2010 and comments must be received by CBP on or before that date.

Dated: November 20, 2009. Sandra L. Bell, Executive Director, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Approved: November 20, 2009. Timothy E. Skud, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.