The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on January 3, 1986 · 6
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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · 6

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Friday, January 3, 1986
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Pag 6 The Lincoln Star . Frfdoy, January 3 1986 From Pag 1 Statistics toms, which has experienced major delays in getting data to the Census Bureau because of the surge in imports. Census does the actual counting of the Imports and exports, which is reported every month by Commerce. Although Customs Commissioner William von Raab has already introduced an Automated Commercial System that be hopes will reduce the carryover rate, import data are still collected largely by hand at customs houses at US. ports and air freight terminals. "It's a system that only Charles Dickens could love," said Robert D. Hormats, a former high-level government economic official who is now vice president of Goldman, Sachs. He was alluding to the countinghouse quality of the operation in evidence as officials check off an entry summary document, known as Customs Form 7501, for such information as the country of origin, the net quantity, the value, the seven-digit tariff classification and the freight charges. Once satisfied that the relevant, and correct, information has been supplied, the official underlines the data in red ink and then pulls out one of eight copies of the form, the yellow copy. This he stuffs into a 12-by-t-inch envelope. After the envelope is filled, it is physically taken to a Post Office and mailed to the Census Bureau's data processing center in Jeffersonville, Ind. At Jeffersonville, the data finally go into a computer. In the last fiscal year 6.9 million individual entry forms were mailed to Jeffersonville, 50 percent more than four years ago. "Customs was tardy in sending these envelopes," said William D. Slyne, branch chief of the duty assessment division at Customs. "I myself have gone to the ports to make sure the data is gotten out as soon as possible." Customs is working on a program to capture the original data on computers and transmit them electronically to Jeffersonville, but this will not be in operation for some time. "We're behind Europe and Japan in automated techniques," said Eugene J. Milosh, president of the American Association of Exporters and Importers. As a result, the trade numbers do not actually represent what they are supposed to. From Page 1 Gasoline to absorb the gasoline on the creek, ' Peery said. The equipment is expected to remain on the creek for several weeks. Phillips fit experts ran tests Thursday and found a leak in a line leading to the tank and another possible leak in the tank, Peery said. The findings indicate the tank, which was installed in the 1950s, may be corroded inside, be said. Peery said a second tank at the station will be tested today. Local officials have called leaking underground storage tanks a serious problem. An estimated 3,000 to 5,000 underground gasoline tanks in Lancaster County are thought to have leaks. Many of the leaks are not discovered until nearby soil or creeks become tainted. Many of the tanks were installed during the 1940s and 1950s, without much thought to the environment. Peery commended Whitehead and Phillips officials for their prompt action in calling in the leak and in cleaning up thespilL Fines From Pago 1 Also, some of the letters were returned because the offender no longer lived at the same address. If people fail to show for Friday's court date, Foster said, hell start issuing bench warrants. But, he said, signing 200 warrants will take awhile so people still can pay the late fines before they're arrested. "They can still come in and pay before I sign the warrant but they won't know when they're name is up," Foster said. Omaha attorney considering bid for Congress OMAHA AP) - Omaha attorney John "Brad" Ashford says be is strongly considering running for the Democratic nomination for Congress in Nebraska's tod District The district, which includes the Omaha area, is currently represented by Republican Hal Daub. 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