[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 236 (Friday, December 7, 2012)]
[Page 73038]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-29554]



U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Agency Information Collection Activities: Foreign Assembler's 

AGENCY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland 

ACTION: 30-day notice and request for comments; Extension of an 
existing collection of information.


SUMMARY: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) of the Department of 
Homeland Security will be submitting the following information 
collection request to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for 
review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act: 
Foreign Assembler's Declaration (with Endorsement by Importer). This is 
a proposed extension of an information collection that was previously 
approved. CBP is proposing that this information collection be extended 
with a change to the burden hours. This document is published to obtain 
comments from the public and affected agencies. This proposed 
information collection was previously published in the Federal Register 
(77 FR 59206) on September 26, 2012, allowing for a 60-day comment 
period. This notice allows for an additional 30 days for public 
comments. This process is conducted in accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10.

DATES: Written comments should be received on or before January 7, 

ADDRESSES: Interested persons are invited to submit written comments on 
this proposed information collection to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget. Comments should be 
addressed to the OMB Desk Officer for Customs and Border Protection, 
Department of Homeland Security, and sent via electronic mail to [email protected] or faxed to (202) 395-5806.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information 
should be directed to Tracey Denning, U.S. Customs and Border 
Protection, Regulations and Rulings, Office of International Trade, 799 
9th Street NW., 5th Floor, Washington, DC. 20229-1177, at 202-325-0265.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: CBP invites the general public and other 
Federal agencies to comment on proposed and/or continuing information 
collections pursuant to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 
104-13; 44 U.S.C. 3505(c)(2)). The comments should address: (a) Whether 
the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance 
of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall 
have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency's estimates of 
the burden of the collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the 
quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; (d) 
ways to minimize the burden including the use of automated collection 
techniques or the use of other forms of information technology; and (e) 
the annual costs burden to respondents or record keepers from the 
collection of information (a total capital/startup costs and operations 
and maintenance costs). The comments that are submitted will be 
summarized and included in the CBP request for Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) approval. All comments will become a matter of public 
record. In this document CBP is soliciting comments concerning the 
following information collection:
    Title: Foreign Assembler's Declaration (with Endorsement by 
    OMB Number: 1651-0031.
    Form Number: None.
    Abstract: In accordance with 19 CFR 10.24, a Foreign Assembler's 
Declaration must be made in connection with the entry of assembled 
articles under subheading 9802.00.80, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the 
United States (HTSUS). This declaration includes information such as 
the quantity, value and description of the imported merchandise. The 
declaration is made by the person who performed the assembly operations 
abroad and it includes an endorsement by the importer. The Foreign 
Assembler's Declaration is used by CBP to determine whether the 
operations performed are within the purview of subheading 9802.00.80, 
HTSUS and therefore eligible for preferential tariff treatment.
    19 CFR 10.24(c) and (d) require that the importer/assembler 
maintain records for 5 years from the date of the related entry and 
that they make these records readily available to CBP for audit, 
inspection, copying, and reproduction.
    Current Actions: CBP proposes to extend the expiration date of this 
information collection with a change to the estimated burden hours 
based the number of Foreign Assembly Declarations completed in 2011. 
There is no change to the information collected.
    Type of Review: Extension (with change).
    Affected Public: Businesses.
    Estimated Number of Respondents/Recordkeepers: 2,730.
    Estimated Time per Response/Recordkeeping: 55 minutes.
    Estimated Number of Responses/Recordkeeping per Respondent: 128.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 320,087.

    Dated: December 3, 2012.
Tracey Denning,
Agency Clearance Officer, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
[FR Doc. 2012-29554 Filed 12-6-12; 8:45 am]