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Text of the Milk Import Tariff Equity Act

This bill was introduced on February 2, 2005, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Feb 2, 2005 (Introduced).

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HR 521 IH

109th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 521

To impose tariff-rate quotas on certain casein and milk protein concentrates.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 2, 2005

Mr. SHERWOOD (for himself, Mr. OBEY, Mr. MCHUGH, Mr. SIMMONS, Ms. BALDWIN, Mr. GOODE, Mr. HOLDEN, Mr. LARSEN of Washington, Mr. ETHERIDGE, Mr. MCNULTY, Ms. SLAUGHTER, Ms. WOOLSEY, Mr. MCGOVERN, Mr. SHUSTER, Mr. OBERSTAR, Mr. RAHALL, Mr. LEWIS of Kentucky, Mr. COSTELLO, Mr. SANDERS, Mr. NUNES, Mr. MCINTYRE, Mr. PITTS, Mr. WELDON of Pennsylvania, Mr. KILDEE, Mr. STRICKLAND, Mr. FILNER, Mr. CARDOZA, Mr. BOUCHER, Mr. ABERCROMBIE, Mr. DUNCAN, Ms. MCCOLLUM of Minnesota, Mr. PETRI, Ms. HART, Mr. BUTTERFIELD, Mr. SWEENEY, Mr. WILSON of South Carolina, Mr. JINDAL, Mr. GRIJALVA, Mr. KIND, Mr. WALSH, Mr. BOEHLERT, Mr. PETERSON of Pennsylvania, Mr. KUHL of New York, Mrs. KELLY, Mr. STUPAK, Mr. SENSENBRENNER, Mr. HALL, Mrs. JOHNSON of Connecticut, Mr. GRAVES, Mr. DOYLE, Mr. ENGLISH of Pennsylvania, Mr. TAYLOR of Mississippi, Mr. GERLACH, Mr. KANJORSKI, Mr. DENT, Mr. ENGEL, Mr. FARR, Mr. GALLEGLY, Mr. MURTHA, Mr. REHBERG, and Mr. SAXTON) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means


A BILL

To impose tariff-rate quotas on certain casein and milk protein concentrates.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `Milk Import Tariff Equity Act'.

SEC. 2. IMPOSITION OF TARIFF-RATE QUOTAS ON CERTAIN CASEIN AND MILK CONCENTRATES.

    (a) CASEIN AND CASEIN PRODUCTS-

      (1) IN GENERAL- The Additional U.S. Note to chapter 35 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is amended--

        (A) by striking `Additional U.S. Note' and inserting `Additional U.S. Notes';

        (B) in note 1, by striking `subheading 3501.10.10' and inserting `subheadings 3501.10.05, 3501.10.15, and 3501.10.20'; and

        (C) by adding at the end the following new note:

    `2. The aggregate quantity of casein, caseinates, milk protein concentrate, and other casein derivatives entered under subheadings 3501.10.15, 3501.10.65, and 3501.90.65 in any calendar year shall not exceed 54,051,000 kilograms. Articles the product of Mexico shall not be permitted or included under this quantitative limitation and no such article shall be classifiable therein.'.

      (2) RATES FOR CERTAIN CASEINS, CASEINATES, AND OTHER DERIVATIVES AND GLUES- Chapter 35 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is amended by striking subheadings 3501.10 through 3501.90.60 and inserting the following new subheadings, with the article descriptions for subheadings 3501.10 and 3501.90 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 3502.20.00:

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` 3501.90.70 Other                                                                                                                           $2.16/kg Free (MX)                                           $2.81/kg  '. 
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    (b) MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATES-

      (1) IN GENERAL- The Additional U.S. notes to chapter 4 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States are amended--

        (A) in note 13, by striking `subheading 0404.90.10' and inserting `subheadings 0404.90.05, 0404.90.15, and 0404.90.20'; and

        (B) by adding at the end the following new note:

    `27. The aggregate quantity of milk protein concentrates entered under subheading 0404.90.15 in any calendar year shall not exceed 15,818,000 kilograms. Articles the product of Mexico shall not be permitted or included under this quantitative limitation and no such article shall be classifiable therein.'.

      (2) RATES FOR CERTAIN MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATES- Chapter 4 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is amended by striking subheadings 0404.90 through 0404.90.10 and inserting the following new subheadings, with the article description for subheading 0404.90 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 0404.10 and with the article descriptions for subheadings 0404.90.05, 0404.90.15, and 0404.90.20 having the same degree of indentation as the article description for subheading 0405.20.40:

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` 0404.90.20 Other                                                                                       $1.56/kg Free (MX)                               $2.02/kg  '. 
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    (c) EFFECTIVE DATE-

      (1) IN GENERAL- The amendments made by this section apply to goods entered, or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption, on or after the first day of the first month after the date that is 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

      (2) TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS-

        (A) CHAPTER 35- Notwithstanding the amendments made by subsection (a)(1)(B) of this section, in the case of any calendar year that includes the effective date described in paragraph (1), the aggregate amount of casein, caseinates, milk protein concentrate, and other casein derivatives entered under subheadings 3501.10.15, 3501.10.65, and 3501.90.65 shall not exceed an amount equal to 148,085 kilograms multiplied by the number of calendar days remaining in such year beginning with such effective date.

        (B) CHAPTER 4- Notwithstanding the amendments made by subsection (b)(1)(B) of this section, in the case of any calendar year that includes the effective date described in paragraph (1), the aggregate amount of milk protein concentrates entered under subheading 0404.90.15 shall not exceed an amount equal to 43,337 kilograms multiplied by the number of calendar days remaining in such year beginning with such effective date.

SEC. 3. COMPENSATION AUTHORITY.

    (a) IN GENERAL- If the provisions of section 1 require, the President--

      (1) may enter into a trade agreement with any foreign country or instrumentality for the purpose of granting new concessions as compensation in order to maintain the general level of reciprocal and mutually advantageous concessions; and

      (2) may proclaim such modification or continuance of any general rate of duty, or such continuance of duty-free or excise treatment, or any quantitative limitation, as the President determines to be required or appropriate to carry out any such agreement.

    (b) LIMITATIONS-

      (1) IN GENERAL- No proclamation shall be made pursuant to subsection (a) decreasing any general rate of duty to a rate which is less than 70 percent of the existing general rate of duty.

      (2) SPECIAL RULE FOR CERTAIN DUTY REDUCTIONS- If the general rate of duty in effect is an intermediate stage under an agreement in effect before August 6, 2002, under section 1102(a) of the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 or under an agreement entered into under section 2103 (a) or (b) of the Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2002, the proclamation made pursuant to subsection (a) may provide for the reduction of each general rate of duty at each such stage by not more than 30 percent of such general rate of duty, and may provide for a final general rate of duty which is not less than 70 percent of the general rate of duty proclaimed as the final stage under such agreement.

      (3) ROUNDING- If the President determines that such action will simplify the computation of the amount of duty computed with respect to an article, the President may exceed the limitations provided in paragraphs (1) and (2) by not more than the lesser of--

        (A) the difference between such limitation and the next lower whole number, or

        (B) one-half of 1 percent ad valorem.