[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 212 (Wednesday, November 4, 2009)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 57057]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-26518]



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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

7 CFR Part 354

[Docket No. APHIS-2009-0048]
RIN 0579-AC99


User Fees for Agricultural Quarantine and Inspection Services

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Interim rule; withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: This document withdraws the interim rule published in the 
Federal Register on September 28, 2009, adjusting the user fees charged 
for certain agricultural quarantine and inspection services provided in 
connection with certain commercial vessels, commercial trucks, 
commercial railroad cars, commercial aircraft, and international 
airline passengers arriving at ports in the customs territory of the 
United States. That interim rule was originally scheduled to become 
effective on October 1, 2009, but on October 2, 2009, we published in 
the Federal Register a second document delaying the effective date 
until November 1, 2009. We have now decided to withdraw the interim 
rule in order to explore other regulatory alternatives.

DATES: The withdrawal of the interim rule amending 7 CFR part 354 
published at 74 FR 49311-49315 on September 28, 2009, and delayed in a 
document published at 74 FR 50915 on October 2, 2009, is effective 
October 30, 2009.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information concerning program 
operations, contact Mr. William E. Thomas, Director, Quarantine Policy, 
Analysis, and Support, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 131, Riverdale, 
MD 20737; (301) 7345214. For information concerning rate development, 
contact Mrs. Kris Caraher, User Fee Section, Financial Services Branch, 
Financial Management Division, MRPBS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 55, 
Riverdale, MD 20737-1232; (301) 734-0882.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    In an interim rule \1\ published in the Federal Register on 
September 28, 2009 (74 FR 49311-49315, Docket No. APHIS-2009-0048), we 
amended the user fee regulations in 7 CFR part 354 by adjusting the 
fees charged for certain agricultural quarantine and inspection (AQI) 
services that are provided in connection with certain commercial 
vessels, commercial trucks, commercial railroad cars, commercial 
aircraft, and international airline passengers arriving at ports in the 
customs territory of the United States. The rule was scheduled to 
become effective on October 1, 2009. On October 2, 2009, however, we 
published a second document in the Federal Register (74 FR 50915, 
Docket No. APHIS-2009-0048) delaying the effective date of the interim 
rule until November 1, 2009. The delay was intended to provide entities 
affected by the changes in AQI user fees additional time to make the 
necessary preparations to comply with the new fees. In conjunction with 
the delay, public meetings on the interim rule were held in Riverdale, 
MD, on October 15 and October 27, 2009. Transcripts of the meetings 
will be made available on the Regulations.gov Web site.\2\
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    \1\ To view the interim rule and the delay of effective date, go 
to: http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2009-0048.
    \2\ See footnote 1.
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    We have now decided to withdraw the interim rule in order to 
explore other regulatory alternatives.
    Accordingly, the interim rule amending 7 CFR part 354 published at 
74 FR 49311-49315 on September 28, 2009, and delayed in a document 
published at 74 FR 50915 on October 2, 2009, is withdrawn effective 
October 30, 2009.

    Authority:  7 U.S.C. 7701-7772, 7781-7786, and 8301-8317; 21 
U.S.C. 136 and 136a; 49 U.S.C. 80503; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 30th day of October 2009.
Kevin Shea,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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