[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 47 (Thursday, March 12, 2009)]
[Pages 10706-10707]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-5371]



Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2009-0003]

Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Importation of Tomatoes From Certain Central American 

AGENCY: Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, USDA.

ACTION: Extension of approval of an information collection; comment 


SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this 
notice announces the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's 
intention to request an extension of approval of an information 
collection associated with regulations for the importation of tomatoes 
from certain Central American countries.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before May 
11, 2009.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by either of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov/fdmspublic/component/main?main=DocketDetail&d=APHIS-2009-0003 to submit or view comments and 
to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send two copies of 
your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2009-0003, Regulatory Analysis and 
Development, PPD, APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118, 
Riverdale, MD 20737-1238. Please state that your comment refers to 
Docket No. APHIS-2009-0003.
    Reading Room: You may read any comments that we receive on this 
docket in our reading room. The reading room 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) 690-2817 before coming.
    Other Information: Additional information about APHIS and its 
programs is available on the Internet at http://www.aphis.usda.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For information on regulations for the 
importation of tomatoes from certain Central American countries, 
contact Ms. Donna L. West, Senior Import Specialist, Commodity Import 
Analysis and Operations, PPQ, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 133 
Riverdale, MD 20737; (301) 734-8758. For copies of more detailed 
information on the information collection, contact Mrs. Celeste 
Sickles, APHIS' Information Collection Coordinator, at (301) 851-2908.

    Title: Importation of Tomatoes from Certain Central American 
    OMB Number: 0579-0286.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
    Abstract: The Plant Protection Act (PPA, 7 U.S.C. 7701 et seq.) 
authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to restrict the importation, 
entry, or interstate movement of plants, plant products, and other 
articles to prevent the introduction of plant pests into the United 
States or their dissemination within the United States. Regulations 
authorized by the PPA concerning the importation of fruits and 
vegetables into the United States from certain parts of the world are 
contained in ``Subpart--Fruits and Vegetables'' (7 CFR 319.56-1 through 
    Under these regulations, pink or red tomatoes from Costa Rica, El 
Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama may be imported 
into the United States only under certain conditions to prevent the 
introduction of plant pests into the United States. The regulations 
require information collection activities, including phytosanitary 
certificates with an additional declaration statement, production site 
and packinghouse inspection records, monitoring and auditing of the 
trapping program, trapping records, and labeling of boxes.
    We are asking the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to approve 
our use of these information collection activities for an additional 3 
    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.
    Estimate of Burden: The public reporting burden for this collection 
of information is estimated to average 0.0027516 hours per response.
    Respondents: Importers and Central American national plant 
protection organizations and producers.
    Estimated Annual Number of Respondents: 24.
    Estimated Annual Number of Responses per Respondent: 4,345.8333.

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    Estimated Annual Number of Responses: 104,300.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden on Respondents: 287 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 
    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.

    Done in Washington, DC, this 6th day of March 2009.
Kevin Shea,
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
 [FR Doc. E9-5371 Filed 3-11-09; 8:45 am]