[Federal Register: April 23, 2007 (Volume 72, Number 77)]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Proposed Information Collection; OMB Control Number 1018-0092; 
Federal Fish and Wildlife License/Permit Applications, Law Enforcement

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We (Fish and Wildlife Service) will ask the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) to approve the information collection (IC) 
described below. As required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 and 
as part of our continuing efforts to reduce paperwork and respondent 
burden, we invite the general public and other Federal agencies to take 
this opportunity to comment on this IC, which is scheduled to expire on 
September 30, 2007. We may not conduct or sponsor and a person is not 
required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a 
currently valid OMB control number.

DATES: You must submit comments on or before June 22, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments on the IC to Hope Grey, Information 
Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service, MS 222-ARLSQ, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (mail); 
hope_grey@fws.gov (e-mail); or (703) 358-2269 (fax).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: To request additional information 
about this IC, contact Hope Grey by mail, fax, or e-mail (see 
ADDRESSES) or by telephone at (703) 358-2482.

    I. Abstract
    The Endangered Species Act (ESA) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) makes it 
unlawful to import or export fish, wildlife, or plants without 
obtaining prior permission as deemed necessary for enforcing the ESA or 
upholding the Convention on International Trade in

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Endangered Species (CITES) (see 16 U.S.C. 1538(e)).
    This IC includes the following permit/license application forms:
    (1) FWS Form 3-200-2 (Designated Port Exception Permit). Under 50 
CFR 14.11, it is unlawful to import or export wildlife or wildlife 
products at ports other than those designated in 50 CFR 14.12 unless 
you qualify for an exception. These exceptions allow qualified 
individuals, businesses, or scientific organizations to import or 
export wildlife or wildlife products at a nondesignated port:
    (a) When the wildlife or wildlife products will be used as 
scientific specimens.
    (b) To minimize deterioration or loss.
    (c) To relieve economic hardship.
To request an import or export of wildlife or wildlife products at 
nondesignated ports, applicants must complete FWS Form 3-200-2. 
Designated port exception permits are valid for 2 years.
    (2) FWS Form 3-200-3 (Import/Export License). It is unlawful to 
import or export wildlife or wildlife products for commercial purposes 
without first obtaining an import/export license (50 CFR 14.91). 
Applicants must complete FWS Form 3-200-3 to request this license. We 
use the information that we collect on the application as an 
enforcement tool and management aid to: (a) Monitor the international 
wildlife market and (b) detect trends and changes in the commercial 
trade of wildlife and wildlife products. Import/export licenses are 
valid for 1 year.
    We require import/export licensees to maintain records that 
accurately describe each importation or exportation of wildlife or 
wildlife products made under the license, and any additional sale or 
transfer of the wildlife or wildlife products. In addition, licensees 
must make these records and the corresponding inventory of wildlife or 
wildlife products available for our inspection at reasonable times, 
subject to applicable limitations of law. We believe the burden 
associated with these recordkeeping requirements is minimal because the 
records already exist. Importers and exporters must complete FWS Form 
3-177 (Declaration for Importation or Exportation of Fish or Wildlife) 
for all imports or exports of wildlife or wildlife products. This form 
provides an accurate description of the imports and exports. OMB has 
approved the information collection for FWS Form 3-177 and assigned OMB 
Control Number 1018-0012, which expires January 31, 2010. Normal 
business practices should produce records (e.g., invoices or bills of 
sale) needed to document additional sales or transfers of the wildlife 
or wildlife products.
    II. Data
    OMB Control Number: 1018-0092.
    Title: Federal Fish and Wildlife License/Permit Applications, Law 
    Service Form Number(s): 3-200-2 and 3-200-3.
    Type of Request: Revision of currently approved collection.
    Affected Public: Individuals, businesses, and scientific 
    Respondent's Obligation: Required to obtain or retain a benefit.
    Frequency of Collection: On occasion.
    Estimated Annual Nonhour Burden: $1,567,300 for fees associated 
with permit applications.

                                   Number of annual    Number of annual   Completion time per    Annual burden
            Activity                  respondents          responses            response             hours
3-200-2 - Application for                      1,173               1,173  1 hour.............              1,173
 Designated Port Exception
3-200-3 - Application for Import/             14,500              14,500  1 hour.............             14,500
 Export License.
3-200-3 - Recordkeeping.........             *14,500             *14,500  15 minutes.........              3,625
    Totals......................              15,673              15,673  ...................             19,298

    *Not included in total because the respondents for the 
recordkeeping requirement are the same as those for the application.
    III. Request for Comments
    We invite comments concerning this IC on:
    (1) whether or not the collection of information is necessary, 
including whether or not the information will have practical utility;
    (2) the accuracy of our estimate of the burden for this collection 
of information;
    (3) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (4) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
    Comments that you submit in response to this notice are a matter of 
public record. We will include and/or summarize each comment in our 
request to OMB to approve this IC. Before including your address, phone 
number, e-mail address, or other personal identifying information in 
your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment, including 
your personal identifying information, may be made publicly available 
at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your 
personal identifying information from public review, we cannot 
guarantee that we will be able to do so.

    Dated: March 23, 2007
Hope Grey,
Information Collection Clearance Officer, Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. E7-7592 Filed 4-20-07; 8:45 am]