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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2011-0052]

Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information Collection; Importation of Tomatoes From Souss-Massa-Draa, Morocco

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.
ACTION: 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 an extension of approval of an information collection associated with regulations for the importation of tomatoes from Souss-Massa-Draa, Morocco.
DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before August 23, 2011.
ADDRESSES: *Federal eRulemaking Portal:Go to!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2011-0052-0001.

*Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery:Send your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2011-0052, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road, Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238.

Supporting documents and any comments we receive on this docket may be viewed at!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2011-0052or 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) 690-2817 before coming.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on regulations for the importation of tomatoes from Souss-Massa-Draa, Morocco, contact Mr. Mike Swett, Trade Director, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 140, Riverdale, MD 20737-1236; (301) 734-5300. For copies of more detailed information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.

Title:Importation of Tomatoes From Souss-Massa-Draa, Morocco.

OMB Number:0579-0345.

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

Abstract:The Plant Protection Act (PPA, 7 U.S.C. 7701et 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 319.56-50).

Under these regulations, tomatoes from Souss-Massa-Draa, Morocco are subject to certain conditions before entering the United States to ensure that exotic plant pests are not introduced into the United States. The regulations require the use of information collection activities including a Mediterranean fruit fly management program, fruit fly trapping and control activities, recordkeeping, labeling for identification of production site, and a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the tomatoes were produced in accordance with the regulations.

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 0.7032 hours per response.

Respondents:Foreign officials, exporters, importers, and growers of tomatoes.

Estimated annual number of respondents:10.

Estimated annual number of responses per respondent:55.6.

Estimated annual number of responses:556.

Estimated total annual burden on respondents:391 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 20th day of June 2011. Kevin Shea, Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.