[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 190 (Friday, September 30, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Page 60801]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-25165]



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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Foreign Agricultural Service


Assessment of Fees for Dairy Import Licenses for the 2012 Tariff-
Rate Import Quota Year

AGENCY: Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces a fee of $170 to be charged for the 2012 
tariff-rate quota (TRQ) year for each license issued to a person or 
firm by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) authorizing the 
importation of certain dairy articles, which are subject to tariff-rate 
quotas set forth in the Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS) of the United 
States.

DATES: Effective September 30, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Abdelsalam El-Farra, Dairy Import 
Licensing Program, Import Policies and Export Reporting Division, U.S. 
Department of Agriculture, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., STOP 1021, 
Washington, DC 20 250-1021; or by telephone at (202) 720-9439; or by e-
mail at: abdelsalam.el-farra@fas.usda.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Dairy Tariff-Rate Import Quota Licensing 
Regulation promulgated by USDA and codified at 7 CFR 6.20-6.37 provides 
for the issuance of licenses to import certain dairy articles that are 
subject to TRQs set forth in the HTS. Those dairy articles may only be 
entered into the United States at the in-quota TRQ tariff-rates by or 
for the account of a person or firm to whom such licenses have been 
issued and only in accordance with the terms and conditions of the 
regulation.
    Licenses are issued on a calendar year basis, and each license 
authorizes the license holder to import a specified quantity and type 
of dairy article from a specified country of origin. The use of such 
licenses is monitored by the Dairy Import Licensing Program, Import 
Programs and Export Reporting Division, Foreign Agricultural Service, 
USDA, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of 
Homeland Security.
    The regulation at 7 CFR 6.33(a) provides that a fee will be charged 
for each license issued to a person or firm by the Licensing Authority 
in order to defray USDA's costs of administering the licensing system 
under this regulation.
    The regulation at 7 CFR 6.33(a) also provides that the Licensing 
Authority will announce the annual fee for each license and that such 
fee will be set out in a notice to be published in the Federal 
Register. Accordingly, this notice sets out the fee for the licenses to 
be issued for the 2012 calendar year.
    Notice: The total cost to USDA of administering the licensing 
system for 2012 has been estimated to be $440,280 and the estimated 
number of licenses expected to be issued is 2,594. Of the total cost, 
$315,000 represents staff and supervisory costs directly related to 
administering the licensing system, and $125,280 represents other 
miscellaneous costs, including travel, postage, publications, forms, 
and Automated Data Processing system support.
    Accordingly, notice is hereby given that the fee for each license 
issued to a person or firm for the 2012 calendar year, in accordance 
with 7 CFR 6.33, will be $170 per license.

    Dated: August 30, 2011.
Ronald Lord,
Licensing Authority.
[FR Doc. 2011-25165 Filed 9-29-11; 8:45 am]
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