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Text of the Customs Training Enhancement Act

This bill was introduced on July 12, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jul 12, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6110

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 12, 2012

(for himself, Mr. LaTourette, Mr. Michaud, Ms. Kaptur, and Mr. Conyers) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

A BILL

To establish educational seminars at United States ports of entry to improve the ability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel to classify and appraise articles that are imported into the United States in accordance with the customs laws of the United States.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Customs Training Enhancement Act.

2.

Educational seminars to improve ability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel to classify and appraise imported articles

(a)

Educational seminars

(1)

In general

The Commissioner shall establish and carry out educational seminars at United States ports of entry to improve the ability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel to classify and appraise articles imported into the United States in accordance with the customs laws of the United States, including to improve the ability of U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel to identify and prevent the mislabeling and transshipment of articles.

(2)

Number and exception

The Commissioner shall establish and carry out not less than 15 educational seminars each year under paragraph (1). The Commissioner may establish and carry out fewer than 15 seminars each year under paragraph (1) if the Commissioner determines and notifies Congress that it is appropriate to do so.

(b)

Content

(1)

In general

The Commissioner and interested parties selected under subsection (d) should provide instruction and related instructional materials at each educational seminar to U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel and, as appropriate, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel on the following:

(A)

Conducting a physical inspection of an article imported into the United States, including testing of samples of the article, to determine if the article is mislabeled in the manifest or other accompanying documentation.

(B)

Reviewing the manifest and other accompanying documentation of an article imported into the United States to determine if the country of origin of the article listed in the manifest or other accompanying documentation is accurate.

(C)

Other related matters as determined to be appropriate by the Commissioner.

(2)

Approval of Commissioner

The instruction and related instructional materials at each educational seminar shall be subject to the approval of the Commissioner.

(c)

Costs and expenses

The Commissioner shall pay the costs to establish and carry out each educational seminar and shall pay expenses for U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement personnel, and interested parties to provide instruction in or receive training at the seminar.

(d)

Selection process

(1)

In general

The Commissioner shall establish a process to solicit, evaluate, and select interested parties for purposes of assisting in providing instruction in the educational seminars under this section.

(2)

Criteria

The Commissioner shall, in consultation with the United States International Trade Commission, evaluate and select interested parties under the process established under paragraph (1) based on—

(A)

availability and usefulness;

(B)

the volume, value, and incidence of mislabeling of an imported article that relates to a comparable domestic product of the interested party; and

(C)

other appropriate criteria established by the Commissioner.

(3)

Public availability

The Commissioner shall publish in the Federal Register a detailed description of the process established under paragraph (1) and the criteria established under paragraph (2).

3.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Commissioner

The term Commissioner means the Commissioner responsible for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

(2)

Comparable domestic product

The term comparable domestic product means a product which is comparable in characteristics and uses with an article imported into the United States and which is covered by an educational seminar under this Act.

(3)

Customs laws of the United States

The term customs laws of the United States means any law or regulation enforced or administered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

(4)

Interested party

The term interested party means—

(A)

a manufacturer, producer, or wholesaler in the United States of a comparable domestic product;

(B)

a certified union or recognized union or group of workers which is representative of an industry engaged in the manufacture, production, or wholesale in the United States of a comparable domestic product;

(C)

a trade or business association a majority of whose members manufacture, produce, or wholesale a comparable domestic product in the United States; or

(D)

an association, a majority of whose members is composed of interested parties described in subparagraph (A), (B), or (C) with respect to a comparable domestic product.

(5)

United States

The term United States means the customs territory of the United States, as defined in General Note 2 to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States.

(6)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel

The term U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel means Import Specialists and other appropriate employees of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

4.

Authorization of appropriations

(a)

In general

There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $3,000,000 for each of the fiscal years 2012 through 2016.

(b)

Offset

Subparagraph (B) of section 6621(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended by striking 3 percentage points and inserting 4 percentage points.