On December 5, 2016, the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) published in the Federal Register a proposed rule [Doc. No. AMS-FV-14-0099; FV15-33/35-1 PR] that would change the reporting of export certificate information under regulations issued pursuant to the Export Apple Act (7 C.F.R. part 33) and the Export Grape and Plum Act (7 C.F.R. part 35). This change would require shippers of apples and grapes exported from the United States to electronically enter an Export Form Certificate number or a USDA-defined exemption code into the Automated Export System (AES). This rule would also define “shipper,” shift the current file retention requirement from carriers to shippers, and require shippers to provide, upon request, copies of the certificates to the AMS. These changes would enable AMS to track exported apple and grape shipments to ensure that exports meet inspection and certification requirements. This action is also required to support the International Trade Data System (ITDS), a key White House economic initiative that will automate the filing of export and import information by the trade. This proposal would also remove obsolete regulations and make clarifying changes. It also announces AMS’ intention to request revision to a currently approved information collection for exported apples and grapes. Comments must be received by January 4, 2017.