[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 166 (Friday, August 27, 2010)]
[Pages 52709-52710]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-21458]

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

[Docket No. APHIS-2010-0080]

Notice of Request for Extension of Approval of an Information 
Collection; Importation of Animals and Poultry, Animal and Poultry 
Products, Certain Animal Embryos, Semen, and Zoological Animals

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 extension of approval of an information collection 
associated with the importation of animals and poultry, animal and 
poultry products, and animal germplasm.

DATES: We will consider all comments that we receive on or before 
October 26, 2010.

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-2010-0080) to submit or view comments 
and to view supporting and related materials available electronically.
     Postal Mail/Commercial Delivery: Please send one copy of 
your comment to Docket No. APHIS-2010-0080, 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-2010-0080.
    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 the importation of 
animals and poultry, animal and poultry products, and animal germplasm, 
contact Dr. Betzaida Lopez, Staff Veterinarian, Technical Trade 
Services Team--Animals, NCIE, VS, APHIS, 4700 River Road Unit 39, 
Riverdale MD 20737; (301) 734-5677. 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 Animals and Poultry, Animal and Poultry 
Products, Certain Animal Embryos, Semen, and Zoological Animals.
    OMB Number: 0579-0040.
    Type of Request: Extension of approval of an information 
    Abstract: Under the Animal Health Protection Act (8301 et seq.), 
the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the United 
States Department of Agriculture is authorized, among other things, to 
prohibit or restrict the importation of animals, animal products, and 
other articles into the United States to prevent the introduction of 
animal diseases and pests. In support of this mission, APHIS collects 
pertinent information from persons who import animals or poultry, 
animal or poultry products, or animal germplasm into the United States.
    This information includes data such as the origins of the animals 
or animal products to be imported, the health status of the animals or 
the processing methods used to produce animal products to be imported, 
and whether the animals or animal products were temporarily offloaded 
in another country during their transit to the United States. We need 
this information to help ensure that these imports do not introduce 
exotic animal diseases into the United States.
    We use a variety of information collection procedures and forms, 
including health certificates, import permits, specimen submission 
forms, inspection reports, cooperative and trust fund agreements, and 
certification statements.
    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 0.3910632 hours per response.
    Respondents: U.S. importers; State animal health officials; foreign 
exporters; foreign animal health officials; shippers, owners, and 
operators of foreign processing plants and farms, USDA-approved zoos, 
laboratories, and feedlots; and private quarantine facilities.
    Estimated annual number of respondents: 2,696.
    Estimated annual number of responses per respondent: 96.39132.
    Estimated annual number of responses: 259,871.
    Estimated total annual burden on respondents: 101,626 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.)

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    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 23\rd\ day of August 2010.

Gregory Parham
Acting Administrator, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-21458 Filed 8-26-10: 8:45 am]