Proposed Collection of Information; Comment Request … Testing and Recordkeeping Requirements for Carpets
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Federal Register/Vol. 70, No. 232/Monday, December 5, 2005/Notices 72427 the base limit will be allowed entry Staged entry requirements for COMMITTEE FOR THE for a one month period beginning overshipments of the October 29, 2004– IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE on that date. October 28, 2005 safeguard limits for AGREEMENTS (3) An additional 5 percent will be socks (in Categories 332/432/632part) Entry of Shipments of Cotton, Wool allowed entry monthly until all for the November 1–December 31, 2005 and Man-Made Fiber Textiles and overshipments are allowed entry. period, and of the agreed level of Apparel in Excess of China Textile Safeguard limits on textile and restraint for socks (in Categories 332/ Safeguard Limits apparel goods from China have been in 432/632part) have been announced place as follows: separately, in notices and letters to the November 29, 2005. Limits for Categories 338/339, cotton Commissioner, U.S. Customs and AGENCY: The Committee for the knit shirts and blouses; 347/348, cotton Border Protection, published in the Implementation of Textile Agreements trousers; 352/652, cotton and man-made Federal Register on April 26, 2005 (70 (CITA). fiber underwear have been in place FR 21399); and November 9, 2005 (70 ACTION: Issuing a Directive to since May 23, 2005; FR 67992). Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Limits for Categories 638/639, man- James C. Leonard III, Border Protection. made fiber knit shirts and blouses; 647/ Chairman, Committee for ...

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Federal Register/ Monday,December 5, 2005/ Notices70, No. 232/ Vol.
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COMMITTEE FOR THEStaged entry requirements forthe base limit will be allowed entry IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILEovershipments of the October 29, 2004for a one month period beginningAGREEMENTSOctober 28, 2005 safeguard limits foron that date. (3) An additional 5 percent will besocks (in Categories 332/432/632part) Entry of Shipments of Cotton, Woolfor the November 1allowed entry monthly until allDecember 31, 2005 and ManMade Fiber Textiles andperiod, and of the agreed level ofovershipments are allowed entry. Apparel in Excess of China TextileSafeguard limits on textile andrestraint for socks (in Categories 332/ Safeguard Limitsapparel goods from China have been in432/632part) have been announced place as follows: separately, in notices and letters to the November 29, 2005. Limits for Categories338/339, cotton Commissioner, U.S. Customs and AGENCY:The Committee for the knit shirts and blouses; 347/348, cotton Border Protection, published in the Implementation of Textile Agreements trousers; 352/652, cotton and manmade Federal Registeron April 26, 2005 (70 (CITA). fiber underwear have been in place FR 21399); and November 9, 2005 (70 ACTION:Issuing a Directive to since May 23, 2005; FR 67992). Commissioner, U.S. Customs andLimits for Categories638/639, man James C. Leonard III, Border Protection.made fiber knit shirts and blouses; 647/ 648, manmade fiber trousers; 301,Chairman, Committee for the Implementation FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:Rossof Textile Agreements. combed cotton yarn; 340/640, mens and Arnold, International Trade Specialist, boyscotton and manmade fiber shirts, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Office of Textiles and Apparel, U.S. not knit have been in place since May Agreements Department of Commerce, (202) 482 27, 2005; November 29, 2005. 3400. and limits for Categories349/649, Commissioner, cotton and manmade fiber brassieres SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and other body supporting garments; Authority:Executive Order 11651 of March Washington, DC 20229. 620, other synthetic filament fabric; 3, 1972, as amended; Section 204 of the Dear Commissioner: This directive have been in place since August 31, Agricultural Act of 1956, as amended (7 provides instructions on permitting entry to U.S.C. 1854).2005 goods shipped in excess of the China textile In a notice and letter to theThe limits for all these categories safeguard limits on cotton, wool and man Commissioner, U.S. Customs andextend through December 31, 2005. (See made fiber textiles and apparel products Border Protection, published in the70 FR 29722, 70 FR 30930, 70 FR 52994,exported from China during the May 23, Federal Registeron April 26, 2005 (70respectively). Any overshipments of2005December 31, 2005 period (Categories FR 21399), CITA announced thatthese limits shall be subject to delayed338/339, 347/348, and 352/652); the May 27, shipments in excess of China safeguardand staged entry as described above, 2005December 31, 2005 period (Categories 638/639, 647/648, 301, and 40/640); and the limits will be subject to delayed stagedand as provided specifically in the August 31, 2005December 31, 2005 period entry in a manner similar to theaccompanying directive to the (Categories 349/649, and 620). procedure explained in a notice andCommissioner, U.S. Customs and From February 1 through February 28, letter to the Commissioner, U.S.Border Protection. 2006, you are directed to permit entry of Shipments allowed entry pursuant to Customs and Border Protection, goods in an amount equal to 5 percent of the paragraph 8 of the Memorandum of published in theFederal Registeron base limits for the safeguards for 2005. These Understanding between the December 13, 2004 (69 FR 72181). Any numbers have been calculated and are shown Governments of the United States of overshipments of China safeguard in the table below. For each succeeding America and the Peoples Republic of quotas will be subject to the following period, beginning on the first of the month, China concerning Trade in Textile and procedures:and extending through the last day of the (1) Entry will not be allowed untilApparel Products, signed and datedmonth, you are to permit entry of goods in one month after the expiration dateNovember 8, 2005 (‘‘Memorandum ofan amount equal to the amounts in the table of the safeguard quota.Understanding’’), will not be subject tobelow until all shipments in excess of the (2) At that time, only 5 percent ofstaged entry.safeguard limits have been entered. Category 5percent of base limit 301 ..................................................................................................................................................................................72,539 kilograms. 338/339 ...........................................................................................................................................................................235,206 dozen. 340/640 ...........................................................................................................................................................................110,656 dozen. 347/348 ...........................................................................................................................................................................217,032 dozen. 349/649 ...........................................................................................................................................................................363,761 dozen. 352/652 ...........................................................................................................................................................................253,145 dozen. 620 ..................................................................................................................................................................................616,415 square meters. 638/639 ...........................................................................................................................................................................142,219 dozen. 647/648 ...........................................................................................................................................................................133,034 dozen.
The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has determined that this action falls within the foreign affairs exception to the rulemaking provisions of 5 U.S.C. 553(a)(1). Sincerely, James C. Leonard III,
Chairman, Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements. [FR Doc. E56842 Filed 12205; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510DSS
CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION
Proposed Collection; Comment RequestTesting and Recordkeeping Requirements for Carpets and Rugs
AGENCY:Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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Federal Register/ Vol.70, No. 232/ Notices/ Monday,December 5, 2005
ACTION:Notice. Bothcompliance with the FFA. The numberof these standards were issued under the Flammable Fabrics Act (FFA)of tests that a firm issuing a guaranty of SUMMARY:As required by the Paperwork (15 U.S.C. 1191et seq.compliance would be required to). Both standards Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. require that products subject to theirperform each year varies, depending Chapter 35), the Consumer Product provisions must pass a flammability testupon the number of carpet styles and Safety Commission requests comments that measures resistance to a small,the annual volume of production. The on a proposed extension of approval, for timed ignition source. Small carpets andstaff estimates that the average firm a period of three years from the date of rugs that do not pass the flammabilityissuing a continuing guaranty under the approval by the Office of Management test comply with the standard for smallFFA is required to conduct a maximum and Budget (OMB), of information carpets and rugs if they are permanentlyof 200 tests per year. The actual number collection requirements for labeled with the statement that they failof tests required by a given firm may manufacturers and importers of carpets the standard and should not be usedvary from 1 to 200, depending upon the and rugs. The collection of information near sources of ignition. number of carpet styles and the annual is in regulations implementing the Section 8 of the FFA (15 U.S.C 1197) production volume. For purposes of Standard for the Surface Flammability provides that a person who receives a estimating the burden, the staff used the of Carpets and Rugs (16 CFR part 1630) guaranty in good faith that a product midpoint, 100 tests per year. The time and the Standard for the Surface complies with an applicable required to conduct each test is Flammability of Small Carpets and Rugsflammability standard is not subject to1 estimated by the staff to be 22hours (16 CFR part 1631). These regulationscriminal prosecution for a violation of plus the time required to establish and establish requirements for testing andthe FFA resulting from the sale of any maintain the test record. The total recordkeeping for manufacturers andproduct covered by the guaranty. annualized burden to respondents may importers who furnish guaranties forSection 8 of the FFA requires that a be up to 12,000 tests per year at 2.5 products subject to the carpetguaranty must be based on‘‘reasonable hours per test or 30,000 hours. The flammability standards. Theand representative’’tests. Many estimated annualized cost to Commission will consider all commentsmanufacturers and importers of carpets respondents may be up to $862,500, received in response to this noticeand rugs issue guaranties that the based on an hourly wage of $28.75 before requesting an extension ofproducts they produce or import (Bureau of Labor Statistics, June 2005)× approval of this collection ofcomply with the applicable standard. 30,000 hours. The estimated annual cost information from the OMB.Regulations implementing the carpet of the information and collection flammability standards prescribe DATES:The Office of the Secretary must requirements to the Federal government requirements for testing and receive comments not later than is approximately $28,000. This sum recordkeeping by firms that issue February 3, 2006. includes three staff months expended guaranties. See 16 CFR part 1630, ADDRESSES:Written comments shouldfor examination of the records required subpart B, and 16 CFR part 1631, be captioned‘‘Carpets and Rugs;to be maintained. subpart B. The Commission uses the Paperwork Reduction Act,’’and sent by information compiled and maintainedC. Request for Comments email tocpscos@cpsc.gov.Written by firms that issue these guaranties to comments may also be sent to the Office The Commission solicits written help protect the public from risks of of the Secretary by facsimile at (301) comments from all interested persons injury or death associated with carpet 5040127, or by mail to the Office of the about the proposed collection of fires. More specifically, the information Secretary, Consumer Product Safety information. The Commission helps the Commission arrange Commission, Washington, DC 20207, or specifically solicits information relevant corrective actions if any products delivered to the Office of the Secretary, to the following topics: covered by a guaranty fail to comply Room 502, 4330 EastWest Highway, with the applicable standard in a Whether the collection of information Bethesda, Maryland 20814. manner that creates a substantial risk of described above is necessary for the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:For injury or death to the public. The proper performance of the information about the proposed Commission also uses this information Commissions functions, including collection of information call or write to determine whether the requisite whether the information would Linda L. Glatz, Management and testing was performed to support the have practical utility; Program Analyst, Office of Planning and guaranties. Whether the estimated burden of the Evaluation, Consumer Product Safety The OMB approved the collection of proposed collection of information Commission, Washington, DC 20207; information in the regulations under is accurate; (301) 5047671. control number 30410017. OMBs most SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:recent extension of approval expires onWhether the quality, utility, and February 28, 2006. The Commissionclarity of the information to be A. The Standards now proposes to request an extension ofcollected could be enhanced; and Carpets and rugs that have one approval without change for the Whether the burden imposed by the dimension greater than six feet, a collection of information in the collection of information could be surface area greater than 24 square feet, regulations. minimized by use of automated, and are manufactured for sale in or electronic or other technological B. Estimated Burden imported into the United States are collection techniques, or other subject to the Standard for the SurfaceThe Commission staff estimates that forms of information technology. Flammability of Carpets and Rugs (16the enforcement rules result in an Dated: November 29, 2005. CFR part 1630). Carpets and rugs thatindustry expenditure of a total of 30,000 Todd A. Stevenson, have no dimension greater than six feethours for testing and recordkeeping. The Secretary, Consumer Product Safety and a surface area not greater than 24Commission staff estimates that 120 Commission. square feet are subject to the Standardfirms are subject to the information [FR Doc. E56799 Filed 12205; 8:45 am] for the Surface Flammability of Smallcollection requirements because the Carpets and Rugs (16 CFR part 1631).firms have elected to issue a guaranty ofBILLING CODE 635501P
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