[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 18 (Tuesday, January 28, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 4410-4414]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-01581]


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Proposed Rules
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This section of the FEDERAL REGISTER contains notices to the public of 
the proposed issuance of rules and regulations. The purpose of these 
notices is to give interested persons an opportunity to participate in 
the rule making prior to the adoption of the final rules.

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Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 18 / Tuesday, January 28, 2014 / 
Proposed Rules

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DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

7 CFR Part 319

[Docket No. APHIS-2013-0045]
RIN 0579-AD82


Importation of Fresh Bananas From the Philippines Into Hawaii and 
U.S. Territories

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: We are proposing to amend the regulations concerning the 
importation of fruits and vegetables to allow the importation of fresh 
bananas from the Philippines into Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern 
Mariana Islands. As a condition of entry, the bananas would have to be 
produced in accordance with a systems approach that would include 
requirements for importation of commercial consignments, monitoring of 
fruit flies to establish low-prevalence places of production, 
harvesting only of hard green bananas, and inspection for quarantine 
pests by the national plant protection organization of the Philippines. 
The bananas would also have to be accompanied by a phytosanitary 
certificate with an additional declaration stating that they were 
grown, packed, inspected, and found to be free of quarantine pests in 
accordance with the proposed requirements. This action would allow the 
importation of bananas from the Philippines while continuing to protect 
against the introduction of plant pests into Guam, Hawaii, and the 
Northern Mariana Islands.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before March 
31, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=APHIS-2013-0045-0001.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Send your comment to 
Docket No. APHIS-2013-0045, 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 http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=APHIS-2013-
0045 or 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) 799-7039 before coming.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Meredith Jones, Senior Regulatory 
Coordination Specialist, RPM, RCC, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 
133, Riverdale, MD 20737-1231; (301) 851-2289.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The regulations in ``Subpart-Fruits and Vegetables'' (7 CFR 319.56-
1 through 319.56-64, referred to below as the regulations) prohibit or 
restrict the importation of fruits and vegetables into the United 
States from certain parts of the world to prevent the introduction and 
dissemination of plant pests that are new to or not widely distributed 
within the United States.
    The national plant protection organization (NPPO) of the 
Philippines has requested that the Animal and Plant Health Inspection 
Service (APHIS) amend the regulations to allow bananas from the 
Philippines to be imported into Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana 
Islands. Currently, bananas may be imported from the Philippines into 
the continental United States as a result of a rule published in the 
Federal Register and effective on February 7, 2013 (78 FR 8957-8960, 
Docket No. APHIS-2011-0028). The rule allows the importation of bananas 
from the Philippines into the continental United States under a systems 
approach described in the regulations under Sec.  319.56-58.
    As part of our evaluation of the Philippines' request, we prepared 
a pest risk assessment (PRA), titled ``Importation of Banana, Musa 
spp., as Fresh, Hard Green Fruit From the Philippines to Guam, Hawaii, 
and the Northern Mariana Islands'' (January 29, 2013). The PRA 
evaluates the risks associated with the importation of green bananas 
from the Philippines into Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana 
Islands from the Philippines.
    The PRA identified 62 pests of quarantine significance present in 
the Philippines that could be introduced into Guam, Hawaii and the 
Northern Mariana Islands through the importation of green bananas: 2 
mites (Brevipalpus spp.), 5 beetles, 5 flies (3 Bactrocera spp. fruit 
flies, 1 house fly, and 1 black fly), 35 scales, 4 moths, 4 
grasshoppers, 3 thrips, 1 snail, 1 weed, and 2 bacteria. For a full 
list of the pests, please see the PRA.
    Based on the information contained in the PRA, APHIS has determined 
that measures beyond standard port-of-entry inspection are required to 
mitigate the risks posed by the quarantine pests with bananas from the 
Philippines. To recommend specific measures to mitigate those risks, we 
prepared a risk management document (RMD). Copies of the PRA and RMD 
may be obtained from the person listed under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT or viewed on the Regulations.gov Web site (See ADDRESSES above 
for instructions for accessing Regulations.gov).
    Based on the recommendations of the RMD, we are proposing to allow 
the importation of bananas from the Philippines into Guam, Hawaii, and 
the Northern Mariana Islands only if they are produced in accordance 
with a systems approach. The systems approach we are proposing would 
require:
     Registration, monitoring, and oversight of places of 
production;
     Trapping for Bactrocera spp. fruit flies to establish low-
prevalence places of production;
     Covering bananas with pesticide bags during the growing 
season;
     Harvesting only of hard green bananas;
     Requirements for culling, safeguarding, and identifying 
the fruit; and
     Inspection by the NPPO of the Philippines for quarantine 
pests.
    Bananas from the Philippines would also be required to be 
accompanied by

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a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration stating that 
the bananas were grown, packed, and inspected in accordance with the 
proposed requirements.
    The proposed systems approach to pest mitigation for the 
importation of bananas from the Philippines into Guam, Hawaii, and the 
Northern Mariana Islands has been used successfully to mitigate the 
risks associated with the importation of bananas from the Philippines 
into the continental United States (Sec.  319.56-58). The RMD for 
bananas from the Philippines evaluated the effectiveness of these 
measures against quarantine pests identified in the PRA and concluded 
that the provisions in Sec.  319.56-58, along with the general 
requirements for the importation of fruits and vegetables in the 
regulations, will be sufficient to prevent the introduction of those 
pests into Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Therefore, 
we are proposing to amend Sec.  319.56-58 to allow the importation of 
bananas from the Philippines into the United States that would include 
the continental United States, Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana 
Islands. The mitigation measures in the systems approach are outlined 
in greater detail below.
    The introductory text of Sec.  319.56-58 currently lists the 12 
quarantine pests of concern associated with the importation of bananas 
from the Philippines into the continental United States. As noted 
above, the number of quarantine pests of concern associated with the 
importation of those bananas into Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern 
Mariana Islands is 62. Given that large number, we are proposing to no 
longer list the pests of concern in the introductory text of the 
section and would instead list the pests in the operational workplan 
described below.

General Requirements

    The importation of bananas from the Philippines into Guam, Hawaii, 
and the Northern Mariana Islands would be allowed under an operational 
workplan. A operational workplan is an agreement between APHIS' Plant 
Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) program, officials of the NPPO of a 
foreign government, and, when necessary, foreign commercial entities 
that specifies in detail the phytosanitary measures that will comply 
with our regulations governing the import or export of a specific 
commodity. Operational workplans apply only to the signatory parties 
and establish detailed procedures and guidance for the day-to-day 
operations of specific export programs. Operational workplans also 
establish how specific phytosanitary issues are dealt within the 
exporting country and make clear who is responsible for dealing with 
those issues.
    Paragraph (a)(1) of Sec.  319.56-58 requires the NPPO of the 
Philippines to provide an operational workplan to APHIS that details 
activities that the NPPO of the Philippines will, subject to APHIS' 
approval of the workplan, carry out to meet the requirements of the 
regulations. The bananas would have to be grown at places of production 
that are registered with the NPPO of the Philippines and that meet the 
requirements for places of production. Paragraph (a)(2) requires 
bananas to be grown at places of production that are registered with 
the NPPO of the Philippines and that meet the proposed requirements for 
places of production that are discussed later in this document. It also 
requires that each registered place of production renew its 
registration annually.
    Paragraph (a)(3) requires the bananas to be packed for export to 
the United States in packinghouses that meet the packinghouse 
requirements that are described later in this document.
    The bananas must be imported in commercial consignments only. 
Commercial consignments, as defined in Sec.  319.56-2, are consignments 
that an inspector identifies as having been imported for sale and 
distribution. Such identification is based on a variety of indicators, 
including, but not limited to: Quantity of produce, type of packaging, 
identification of grower or packinghouse on the packaging, and 
documents consigning the fruits or vegetables to a wholesaler or 
retailer. Produce grown commercially is less likely to be infested with 
plant pests than noncommercial consignments. Noncommercial consignments 
are more prone to infestations because the commodity is often ripe to 
overripe and is often grown with little or no pest control.
    As such, paragraph (a)(4) requires the bananas to be imported in 
commercial consignments only. That provision would apply to bananas 
from the Philippines to be imported into Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern 
Mariana Islands as well as the continental United States.

Monitoring and Oversight

    The systems approach includes monitoring and oversight 
requirements, located in paragraph (b) of Sec.  319.56-58, to ensure 
that the required phytosanitary measures are properly implemented 
through the process of growing and packing of bananas for export to the 
United States.
    Paragraph (b)(1) requires the NPPO of the Philippines to visit and 
inspect registered places of production monthly, starting at least 3 
months before harvest and continuing until the end of the shipping 
season, to verify that the growers are complying with the requirements 
and follow pest control guidelines, when necessary, to reduce 
quarantine pest populations. The NPPO of the Philippines must verify 
that the growers are complying with the fruit fly trapping requirements 
and would have to certify that each place of production has effective 
fruit fly trapping programs. Any personnel conducting trapping would 
have to be trained and supervised by the NPPO of the Philippines. APHIS 
would monitor the places of production by conducting random and 
scheduled inspections.
    Under paragraph (b)(2), if the NPPO of the Philippines finds that a 
place of production or packinghouse is not complying with the 
regulations, no fruit from the place of production or packinghouse is 
eligible for export to the United States until APHIS and the NPPO of 
the Philippines conduct an investigation and appropriate remedial 
actions have been implemented.
    Paragraph (b)(3) requires the NPPO of the Philippines to retain all 
forms and documents related to export program activities in groves and 
packinghouses for at least 1 year and, as requested, provide them to 
APHIS for review. Such forms and documents include, but are not limited 
to, fruit fly trapping and inspection records.

Fruit Fly Trapping To Establish Places of Production With Low 
Prevalence

    Paragraph (c) of Sec.  319.56-58 provides for the use of trapping 
to demonstrate that registered places of production have a low 
prevalence of the Bactrocera spp. fruit flies. Although the PRA has 
determined that the three Bactrocera spp. are potential pests of 
bananas from the Philippines, bananas are known to be poor hosts to 
most species of fruit flies. However, B. musae is recorded as attacking 
green bananas. Trapping to demonstrate an area of low pest prevalence 
would therefore be an appropriate mitigation for fruit flies.
    Beginning at least 3 months before harvest begins and continuing 
through the end of the harvest, trapping would have to be conducted in 
registered places of production with at least 1 trap per 0.2 square 
kilometers to demonstrate that the places of production have a low 
prevalence of the Bactrocera spp. fruit flies. APHIS-approved traps 
baited with APHIS-approved plugs would have to be used and serviced at 
least once every 2 weeks.

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    During the trapping, when traps are serviced, if the Bactrocera 
spp. fruit flies are trapped at a registered place of production at 
cumulative levels above 2 flies per trap per day, pesticide bait 
treatments must be applied in the affected place of production in order 
for the place of production to remain eligible to export bananas to the 
United States. The NPPO of the Philippines must keep records of fruit 
fly detections for each trap, update the records each time the traps 
are checked, and make the records available to APHIS inspectors upon 
request.
    Although the Bactrocera spp. fruit flies have been identified as 
pests of banana in the Philippines, we do not want to impose trapping 
requirements if they are not justified by the presence of fruit fly 
larvae in Philippine bananas; as noted earlier, bananas are poor hosts 
of fruit flies in general, especially when harvested green. Under the 
heading ``NPPO of the Philippines Inspection'' later in this document, 
we describe requirements for cutting bananas to inspect for internal 
feeders such as fruit fly larvae. Currently, paragraph (c) provides 
that the fruit fly trapping requirements would no longer apply if, by 
February 9, 2015, no fruit fly larvae are found during such 
inspections, inspections are no longer required. We are proposing to 
provide that the fruit fly trapping requirements described in proposed 
paragraph (c) would no longer apply if, after 2 years from the 
effective date of a final rule following this proposed rule, such 
inspections do not find any larvae of the Bactrocera spp. fruit flies. 
Extending the date will provide APHIS with additional fruit fly 
trapping data, which are especially important given the vulnerability 
of Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana Islands to fruit fly 
introductions.
    The date on which trapping would no longer be required would be 
included in the regulations. If no fruit fly larvae are found, we would 
publish a notice in the Federal Register to confirm that fruit fly 
trapping would no longer be required. If fruit fly larvae are found, we 
would amend the regulations to address the demonstrated risk.

Bagging Requirements

    Each place of production must follow a pest management program 
specified by the NPPO of the Philippines to reduce populations of 
quarantine pests. This includes applying pesticides to reduce pest 
populations and bagging bananas after flower drop with plastic bags 
impregnated with pesticides.
    As such, paragraph (d) provides that plastic bags impregnated with 
pesticides must cover the bananas during the growing period. If a 
pesticide bag falls off or is torn so that fruit flies can enter, that 
fruit would no longer be eligible for export to the United States. This 
growing requirement would prevent quarantine pests from attacking the 
bananas.

Harvesting Requirements

    Paragraph (e) of Sec.  319.56-58 sets out requirements for 
harvesting bananas. Under paragraph (e)(1), bananas would have to be 
harvested at a hard green stage.
    Harvesting bananas at a hard green stage (i.e., bananas with no 
yellow or green color break) is a standard industry practice for banana 
production in Central and South America, the Philippines, Hawaii, and 
most of the world because ripe bananas are more likely to be infested 
by fruit flies. Inspectors at the port of entry would need to determine 
that:
     Bananas shipped by air are still green upon arrival in the 
United States;
     Bananas shipped by sea are either green upon arrival in 
the United States or yellow but firm.
    Under paragraph (e)(2), harvested bananas are required to be placed 
in field cartons or containers that are marked with the official 
registration number of the place of production. The fruit would have to 
be safeguarded from exposure to fruit flies from harvest to export, 
including being packaged so as to prevent access by fruit flies and 
other injurious insect pests. These requirements ensure that APHIS and 
the NPPO of the Philippines can identify the place of production where 
the bananas were produced if inspectors find quarantine pests in the 
fruit either before export or at the port of entry. Places of 
production with quarantine pests would be removed from the program.

Post-Harvesting Processing

    As such, paragraph (f) of Sec.  319.56-58 provides that all damaged 
fruit would have to be culled at the packinghouse. Fruit with broken or 
bruised skin is more susceptible to infestation by pests than undamaged 
fruit. In addition, the fruit would have to be washed with a high 
pressure water spray and with soap and water. This requirement would 
remove mites, mealy bugs, scale insects, and other surface-feeding 
quarantine pests from the fruit prior to export.

Packinghouse Requirements

    The RMD suggests that the packinghouses prevent the entry of pests 
with double-door entry and other measures designed to exclude fruit 
flies and other pests of quarantine concern. The packinghouse 
operations for export of bananas must be monitored by the NPPO of the 
Philippines. No other fruit is allowed in a packinghouse during the 
time export fruit is being packed.
    Such requirements are contained in paragraph (g) of Sec.  319.56-
58. Specifically, paragraph (g)(1) provides that the packinghouse would 
have to have double doors at the entrance to the facility and at the 
interior entrance to the area where the bananas are packed to exclude 
fruit flies and other pests of quarantine concern. Paragraph (g)(2) 
requires that bananas for export be packed into new, clean boxes, 
crates, or other packing material. Paragraph (g)(2) also requires that 
bananas intended for export to the United States be labeled with the 
name and location of the packinghouse marked on the boxes, and 
segregated from bananas intended for other markets. These requirements 
would ensure that APHIS and the NPPO of the Philippines could identify 
the packinghouse at which the fruit was packed if inspectors find 
quarantine pests in the fruit either before export or at the port of 
entry.
    Paragraph (g)(3) requires that shipping documents accompanying 
consignments of bananas from the Philippines that are exported to the 
United States include the official registration number of the place of 
production at which the bananas were grown and must identify the 
packinghouse in which the fruit was processed and packed. This 
identification must be maintained until the fruit is released for entry 
into the United States.
    Paragraph (g)(4) requires that the packinghouse operations for 
export of bananas be monitored by the NPPO of the Philippines. This 
requirement would ensure that the packinghouses remain compliant with 
the regulations.

NPPO of the Philippines Inspection

    To ensure that the mitigations required in the systems approach are 
effective at producing fruit free of the targeted quarantine pests, we 
would require the NPPO of the Philippines to inspect the fruit after 
harvest. Paragraph (h)(1) of Sec.  319.56-58 requires inspectors from 
the NPPO of the Philippines to certify that bananas were harvested at 
the hard green stage.
    Under paragraph (h)(2), the NPPO of the Philippines is required to 
inspect a biometric sample of the fruit from each place of production 
at a rate to be determined by APHIS. The inspectors must visually 
inspect fruit from each place of production for all the quarantine 
pests. (The paragraph currently states that the inspectors must

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visually inspect for quarantine pests listed in the introductory text 
of the section; we would amend the text to refer to the quarantine 
pests listed in the operational workplan to conform with the proposed 
change described above.) The inspectors must also cut fruit to inspect 
for quarantine pests that are internal feeders, which include larvae of 
the three Bactrocera fruit fly species (B. musae, B. occipitalis, and 
B. philippinensis). We have determined that inspection can serve as an 
effective mitigation for the risk associated with these pests in 
bananas exported from the Philippines.
    If any Bactrocera spp. fruit flies are detected in this inspection, 
the place of production where the infested bananas were grown will 
immediately be suspended from the export program until an investigation 
has been conducted by APHIS and the NPPO of the Philippines and 
appropriate mitigations have been implemented. If other quarantine 
pests are detected in this inspection, the consignment will be 
ineligible for exportation to the United States.

Phytosanitary Certificate

    To certify that the bananas from the Philippines have been grown 
and packed in accordance with the requirements of Sec.  319.56-58, 
paragraph (i) requires each consignment of bananas imported from the 
Philippines into the United States to be accompanied by a phytosanitary 
certificate issued by the NPPO of the Philippines with an additional 
declaration stating that the bananas in the consignment were grown, 
packed, and inspected in accordance with the systems approach in Sec.  
319.56-58.

Executive Order 12866 and Regulatory Flexibility Act

    This proposed rule has been reviewed under Executive Order 12866. 
The proposed rule has been determined to be not significant for the 
purposes of Executive Order 12866 and, therefore, has not been reviewed 
by the Office of Management and Budget.
    In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 603, we have performed an initial 
regulatory flexibility analysis, which is summarized below, regarding 
the economic effects of this proposed rule on small entities. Copies of 
the full analysis are available by contacting the person listed under 
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or on the Regulations.gov Web site (see 
ADDRESSES above for instructions for accessing Regulations.gov).
    Based on the information we have, there is no reason to conclude 
that adoption of this proposed rule would result in any significant 
economic effect on a substantial number of small entities. However, we 
do not currently have all of the data necessary for a comprehensive 
analysis of the effects of this proposed rule on small entities. 
Therefore, we are inviting comments on potential effects. In 
particular, we are interested in determining the number and kind of 
small entities that may incur benefits or costs from the implementation 
of this proposed rule.
    Currently, about 4.1 million metric tons (MT) of bananas are 
imported into the United States every year. In 2011, Hawaii's banana 
harvest totaled about 7,900 MT compared to U.S. imports of about 4.1 
million MT. We do not have information at this point on the quantity of 
bananas that the Philippines expects to ship to the State of Hawaii or 
to U.S. territories, or the quantity of bananas already imported into 
these destinations. We note that for a recent rulemaking to allow 
banana imports from the Philippines into the continental United States, 
that the quantity was expected to be relatively insignificant, 
equivalent to about 0.05 percent of U.S. imports from other countries, 
4.1 million MT. Consumers in Hawaii and U.S. territories would benefit 
from the additional source of fresh bananas. APHIS does not expect the 
proposed rule to have a significant economic impact on small entities.

Executive Order 12988

    This proposed rule would allow bananas to be imported into Guam, 
Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana Islands from the Philippines. If this 
proposed rule is adopted, State and local laws and regulations 
regarding bananas imported under this rule would be preempted while the 
fruit is in foreign commerce. Fresh fruits are generally imported for 
immediate distribution and sale to the consuming public and would 
remain in foreign commerce until sold to the ultimate consumer. The 
question of when foreign commerce ceases in other cases must be 
addressed on a case-by-case basis. If this proposed rule is adopted, no 
retroactive effect will be given to this rule, and this rule will not 
require administrative proceedings before parties may file suit in 
court challenging this rule.

National Environmental Policy Act

    We made an environmental assessment that reviewed and analyzed the 
potential impacts of importation of bananas from the Philippines into 
the continental United States available with our proposal to allow that 
importation, which was published in the Federal Register on May 30, 
2012 (77 FR 31829-31830, Docket No. APHIS-2011-0028). The environmental 
assessment was prepared in accordance with: (1) The National 
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et 
seq.), (2) regulations of the Council on Environmental Quality for 
implementing the procedural provisions of NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-
1508), (3) USDA regulations implementing NEPA (7 CFR part 1b), and (4) 
APHIS' NEPA Implementing Procedures (7 CFR part 372). Subsequently, we 
published a finding of no significant impact along with the February 
2013 final rule mentioned earlier in this document.
    We have reviewed the potential environmental impacts of allowing 
the importation of bananas from the Philippines into Guam, Hawaii, and 
the Northern Mariana Islands and found that they are the same as those 
described in the earlier environmental assessment; therefore, we are 
extending our finding of no significant impact to include this action 
as well.

Paperwork Reduction Act

    In accordance with section 3507(d) of the Paperwork Reduction Act 
of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), the information collection or 
recordkeeping requirements included in this proposed rule have been 
submitted for approval to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). 
Please send written comments to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, OMB, Attention: Desk Officer for APHIS, Washington, 
DC 20503. Please state that your comments refer to Docket No. APHIS-
2013-0045. Please send a copy of your comments to: (1) Docket No. 
APHIS-2013-0045, Regulatory Analysis and Development, PPD, APHIS, 
Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, Riverdale, MD 20737-1238, 
and (2) Clearance Officer, OCIO, USDA, Room 404-W, 14th Street and 
Independence Avenue SW., Washington, DC 20250. A comment to OMB is best 
assured of having its full effect if OMB receives it within 30 days of 
publication of this proposed rule.
    Allowing the importation of fresh bananas from the Philippines into 
Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana Islands will require the 
completion of the following information: A bilateral workplan, 
registration of production sites, monitoring and oversight of 
production sites, maintenance of records, forms, and documents, marking 
of production sites with registration numbers, identification of 
packinghouses name location, and a phytosanitary certificate.
    We are soliciting comments from the public (as well as affected 
agencies)

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concerning our proposed information collection and recordkeeping 
requirements. These comments will help us:
    (1) Evaluate whether the proposed information collection is 
necessary for the proper performance of our agency s functions, 
including whether the information will have practical utility;
    (2) Evaluate the accuracy of our estimate of the burden of the 
proposed information collection, 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 information collection on those who 
are to respond (such as through the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology; e.g., permitting electronic 
submission of responses).
    Estimate of burden: Public reporting burden for this collection of 
information is estimated to average 0.78 hours per response.
    Respondents: Foreign government, importers and growers of bananas 
from the Philippines.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 46.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 5.34.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 246.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 192 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.)
    Copies of this information collection can be obtained from Mrs. 
Celeste Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 
851-2908.

E-Government Act Compliance

    The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service is committed to 
compliance with the E-Government Act to promote the use of the Internet 
and other information technologies, to provide increased opportunities 
for citizen access to Government information and services, and for 
other purposes. For information pertinent to E-Government Act 
compliance related to this proposed rule, please contact Mrs. Celeste 
Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.

List of Subjects in 7 CFR Part 319

    Coffee, Cotton, Fruits, Imports, Logs, Nursery stock, Plant 
diseases and pests, Quarantine, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements, Rice, Vegetables.
    Accordingly, we propose to amend 7 CFR part 319 as follows:

PART 319--FOREIGN QUARANTINE NOTICES

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1. The authority citation for part 319 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 7 U.S.C. 450, 7701-7772, and 7781-7786; 21 U.S.C. 136 
and 136a; 7 CFR 2.22, 2.80, and 371.3.
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2. Section 319.56-58 is amended as follows:
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a. The introductory text is revised;
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b. In paragraph (c), the date, ``February 9, 2015'' is removed and the 
date ``[date 2 years after the effective date of final rule]'' is added 
in its place;
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c. In paragraph (h)(2), in the second sentence, the words 
``introductory text of this section'' are removed and the words 
``operational workplan required by paragraph (a)(1) of this section'' 
are added in their place.
    The revision reads as follows:


Sec.  319.56-58  Bananas from the Philippines.

    Bananas (Musa spp., which include M. acuminate cultivars and M. 
acuminate x M. balbisiana hybrids) may be imported into the continental 
United States, Guam, Hawaii, and the Northern Mariana Islands from the 
Philippines only under the conditions described in this section.
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    Done in Washington, DC, this 23rd day of January 2014.
Kevin Shea,
Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
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