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H.R. 1773 (114th): Residue Entries and Streamlining Trade Act

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 14, 2015 (Introduced).


I

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1773

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 14, 2015

(for himself and Mr. Kind) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Ways and Means

A BILL

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.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Residue Entries and Streamlining Trade Act.

2.

Exemption from duty of residue of bulk cargo contained in instruments of international traffic previously exported from the United States

(a)

In general

General Note 3(e) of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States is amended—

(1)

in subparagraph (v), by striking and at the end;

(2)

in subparagraph (vi), by adding and at the end;

(3)

by inserting after subparagraph (vi) (as so amended) the following new subparagraph:

(vii)

residue of bulk cargo contained in instruments of international traffic previously exported from the United States,

; and

(4)

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..

(b)

Effective date

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.