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In accordance with these regulations, APHIS allows the importation of Unshu oranges from Cheju Island, Republic of Korea, into the continental United States under certain conditions to prevent the introduction of plant pests into the United States. These conditions involve the use of information collection activities, including packinghouse registration and a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that the fruit has undergone surface sterilization and was inspected and found free of the plant pathogen that causes sweet orange scab. These requirements were put into effect by a final rule published on October 12, 2010 (75 FR 62455-62457, Docket No. APHIS-2010-0022).
Prior to this, the regulations only allowed Unshu oranges from the Republic of Korea to be imported into Alaska. These importations had to be accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration and had to be in boxes marked to indicate that the oranges could not be shipped to or distributed in any State other than Alaska. These information collection activities were approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under control number 0579-0314. However, the October 12, 2010, final rule eliminated the box marking requirement and added the packinghouse registration requirement, resulting in a decrease in total estimated annual burden from 31 hours to 19 hours.
We are asking 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.
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.