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DOE Proposal On Import Data Collection Requires Immediate Input

Industry members have until fewer than eight business days to comment on the Department of Energy’s “notice of proposed rulemaking” (NOPR) that would require importers of a variety of products and equipment to provide the department a certificate of admissibility for each shipment of covered products or equipment before their arrival at a U.S. port of entry.

NAFEM is encouraging its members to review the NOPR and the Harmonized Tariff Schedule Codes to determine if the NOPR includes their products and assess the potential impact. Association members can log in to NAFEM’s website and click on the “Advocacy” tab to access the information.  DOE, which rolled out the proposal December 29, will accept comments, data and information regarding no later than Friday, February 12. Comments should be submitted to; be sure to identify the NOPR for Import Data Collection, and provide docket number EERE-2015-BT-CE-0019 and/or regulatory information number (RIN) 1990-AA44. 

In addition, NAFEM has joined other stakeholders in calling for a public meeting to discuss the NOPR and requested for a 30-day extension of the comments deadline to incorporate the public meeting information in official comments.  Members impacted by this NOPR are encouraged to do the same.

To participate in a webinar on this subject, or for more information, contact: Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, director-member services at 312/821-0212 or


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