H. R. 1773
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 14, 2015
Mr. Marchant (for himself and Mr. Kind) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means
To amend the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to exempt from duty residue of bulk cargo contained in instruments of international traffic previously exported from the United States.
This Act may be cited as the
Residue Entries and Streamlining Trade Act.
Exemption from duty of residue of bulk cargo contained in instruments of international traffic previously exported from the United States
General Note 3(e) of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is amended—
in subparagraph (v), by striking
and at the end;
in subparagraph (vi), by adding
and at the end;
by inserting after subparagraph (vi) (as so amended) the following new subparagraph:
residue of bulk cargo contained in instruments of international traffic previously exported from the United States,
by adding at the end of the flush text following subparagraph (vii) (as so added) the following:
For purposes of subparagraph (vii) of this paragraph: The term residue means material of bulk cargo that remains in an instrument of international traffic after the bulk cargo is removed, with a quantity, by weight or volume, not exceeding 7 percent of the bulk cargo, and with no or de minimis value. The term bulk cargo means cargo that is unpackaged and is in either solid, liquid, or gaseous form. The term .
instruments of international traffic means containers or holders, capable of and suitable for repeated use, such as lift vans, cargo vans, shipping tanks, skids, pallets, caul boards, and cores for textile fabrics, arriving (whether loaded or empty) in use or to be used in the shipment of merchandise in international traffic, and any additional articles or classes of articles that the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection designates as instruments of international traffic.
The amendments made by subsection (a) take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act and apply with respect to residue of bulk cargo contained in instruments of international traffic that are imported into the customs territory of the United States on or after such date of enactment and that previously have been exported from the United States.