[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 144 (Thursday, July 26, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 43740-43741]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-18187]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY

19 CFR Parts 4, 10, 18, 19, 113, 122, 123, 141, 142, 143, 144, 146, 
151, and 181

[USCBP-2012-0002]
RIN 1515-AD81


Changes to the In-Bond Process; Correction

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, DHS; Treasury.

ACTION: Notice of proposed rulemaking; correction.

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SUMMARY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published a notice of 
proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on February 22, 2012, 
proposing various changes to the in-bond regulations to enhance CBP's 
ability to regulate and track in-bond merchandise and to ensure that 
the in-bond merchandise is properly entered and duties are paid or that 
the in-bond merchandise is exported. In that document, CBP published a 
summary of its analysis under the Regulatory Flexibility Act and stated 
that the complete Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) was 
posted on the regulations.gov Web site. As CBP inadvertently failed to 
post the IRFA on the docket when the NPRM was published, CBP is 
notifying the public that the IRFA has now been posted and is seeking 
comments on the conclusion in the NPRM and the IRFA that the rule may 
have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small 
entities.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before August 27, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Seth Renkema, Office of International 
Trade, SETH.D.RENKEMA@CBP.DHS.GOV.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number, by one 
of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments via docket number USCBP 
2012-0002.
     Mail: Border Security Regulations Branch, Office of 
Regulations and Rulings, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Mint 
Annex, 799 9th Street NW., Washington, DC 20229.
    Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name 
and docket number for this rulemaking. All

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comments received will be posted without change to http://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 
the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://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 Office of International Trade, Regulations 
and Rulings, 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 Mr. Joseph Clark at (202) 325-
0118.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Public Participation

    Interested persons are invited to participate by submitting written 
data, views, or arguments on CBP's conclusion that the rule may have a 
significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities.

Background

    On February 22, 2012, CBP published a notice of proposed rulemaking 
(NPRM) titled ``Changes to the In-Bond Process'' in the Federal 
Register (77 FR 10622) and requested comments from the public. The NPRM 
proposes various changes to the in-bond regulations to enhance CBP's 
ability to regulate and track in-bond merchandise and to ensure that 
the in-bond merchandise is properly entered and duties are paid or that 
the in-bond merchandise is exported. The comment period closed on April 
23, 2012.
    As part of the development of the NPRM and pursuant to the 
Regulatory Flexibility Act of 1980, as amended by the Small Business 
Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996 (RFA/SBREFA) and E.O. 
13272, titled ``Proper Consideration of Small Entities in Agency 
Rulemaking,'' CBP prepared a regulatory flexibility analysis. Because 
the initial screening analysis indicated that the rule might 
significantly affect a substantial number of small entities, CBP was 
required to conduct an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) 
to further assess these impacts.
    In the NPRM and the IRFA, CBP concluded that the rule may 
significantly affect a substantial number of small entities. The NPRM 
summarizes the IRFA, seeks comments on its conclusion and states that 
the complete IRFA can be found in the docket for the rulemaking. 
However, CBP inadvertently failed to timely post the IRFA to the 
docket. The complete IRFA has now been posted to the docket at http://www.regulations.gov under Docket USCBP-2012-0002 and CBP is again 
inviting interested parties to comment on CBP's conclusion that the 
rule may have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities. All comments must be received within 30 days of 
publication of this notice. CBP will not accept comments on any other 
topic.

    Dated: July 20, 2012.
Harold Singer,
Director, Regulations and Disclosure Law Division.
[FR Doc. 2012-18187 Filed 7-25-12; 8:45 am]
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