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AGENCY:

Customs Service, Treasury.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This document amends the Customs Regulations by making certain technical corrections to various authority citations to reflect amendments to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States made by the President's Proclamation of October 2, 2000, to implement the United States-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

November 15, 2000.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Gregory R. Vilders, Attorney, Regulations Branch, Office of Regulations and Rulings, (202) 927-1415.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

In Chapter I of the Customs Regulations (19 CFR chapter I) there are many general and specific authority citations and some sections that reference certain General Note provisions of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS). See, T.D. 95-29. Due to recent amendments to the HTSUS, many of the General Notes provisions have been renumbered. Thus, those general and specific authority citations and sections in the Customs Regulations that reference certain General Note provisions are no longer accurate.

On May 18, 2000, the United States-Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act was enacted. To implement certain provisions of this Act, on October 2, 2000, the President issued Proclamation 7351 (65 FR 59329), the Annex of which modified the HTSUS by, among other things, redesignating certain of the General Notes of the HTSUS. Specifically, HTSUS General Notes 16-21 were redesignated as HTSUS General Notes 18-23, respectively. Some of the former General Notes are referenced in the general or specific authority citations for 24 parts and in 3 sections of the Customs Regulations (19 CFR parts 7, 10, 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 54, 101, 102, 111, 114, 123, 128, 132, 134, 141, 145, 146, 148, 151, 152, 177, 181, and 191, and §§ 24.23, 141.4, and 152.13).

This document corrects those HTSUS General Note references in the Customs Regulations.

Inapplicability of Public Notice and Comment Requirement and Delayed Effective Date Requirement

Because these amendments merely correct certain authority citation referencing errors in the Customs Regulations, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(b)(B), Customs finds that good cause exists for dispensing with notice and public procedure as unnecessary. For these same reasons, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), Customs finds that good cause exists for dispensing with the requirement for a delayed effective date.

The Regulatory Flexibility Act

Since this document is not subject to the notice and public procedure requirements of 5 U.S.C. 553, it is not subject to the provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. et seq.).

Executive Order 12866

These amendments do not meet the criteria for a “significant regulatory action” as specified in E.O. 12866.

Drafting Information

The principal author of this document was Gregory R. Vilders, Attorney, Regulations Branch, Office of Regulations and Rulings.

Amendments to the Regulations

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Chapter I of the Customs Regulations (19 CFR chapter I) is amended as set forth below:

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PART 7—CUSTOMS RELATIONS WITH INSULAR POSSESSIONS AND GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL STATION

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1. The authority citation for part 7 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1623, 1624; 48 U.S.C. 1406i.

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PART 10—ARTICLES CONDITIONALLY FREE, SUBJECT TO A REDUCED RATE, ETC.

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2. The general authority citation for part 10 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS)), 1321, 1481, 1484, 1498, 1508, 1623, 1624, 3314;

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PART 11—PACKING AND STAMPING; MARKING

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3. The authority citation for part 11 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Notes 22 and 23, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1624.

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PART 12—SPECIAL CLASSES OF MERCHANDISE

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4. The general authority citation for part 12 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS)), 1624;

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PART 18—TRANSPORTATION IN BOND AND MERCHANDISE IN TRANSIT

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5. The general authority citation for part 18 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1551, 1552, 1553, 1623, 1624.

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PART 19—CUSTOMS WAREHOUSES, CONTAINER STATIONS AND CONTROL OF MERCHANDISE THEREIN

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6. The general authority citation for part 19 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1624;

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PART 24—CUSTOMS FINANCIAL AND ACCOUNTING PROCEDURE

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7. The general authority citation for part 24 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 19 U.S.C. 58a-58c, 66, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1505, 1624; 26 U.S.C. 4461, 4462; 31 U.S.C. 9701.

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8. In § 24.23:

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a. The parenthetical reference in paragraph (c)(1)(iii) to “(General Note 3(c)(v), HTSUS)” is removed and added, in its place, is the reference “(General Note 7, HTSUS)”;

b. The parenthetical reference in paragraph (c)(1)(iv) to “(General Note 20(c)(ii)(B), HTSUS)” is removed and added, in its place, is the reference “(General Note 4(b)(i), HTSUS)”; and

c. The reference in paragraph (c)(1)(v) to “General Note 16, HTSUS” is Start Printed Page 68887removed and added, in its place, is the reference “General Note 18, HTSUS”.

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PART 54—CERTAIN IMPORTATIONS TEMPORARILY FREE OF DUTY

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9. The authority citation for part 54 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 22; Section XV, Note 5, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1623, 1624.

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PART 101—GENERAL PROVISIONS

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10. The general authority citation for part 101 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 19 U.S.C. 2, 66, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1623, 1624, 1646a.

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PART 102—RULES OF ORIGIN

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11. The authority citation for part 102 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1624, 3314, 3592.

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PART 111—CUSTOMS BROKERS

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12. The general authority citation for part 111 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1624, 1641.

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PART 114—CARNETS

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13. The authority citation for part 114 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1623, 1624.

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PART 123—CUSTOMS RELATIONS WITH CANADA AND MEXICO

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14. The general authority citation for part 123 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS)), 1431, 1433, 1436, 1448, 1624.

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PART 128—EXPRESS CONSIGNMENTS

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15. The authority citation for part 128 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1321, 1484, 1498, 1551, 1555, 1556, 1565, 1624.

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PART 132—QUOTAS

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16. The general authority citation for part 132 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS)), 1623, 1624.

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PART 134—COUNTRY OF ORIGIN MARKING

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17. The authority citation for part 134 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1304, 1624.

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PART 141—ENTRY OF MERCHANDISE

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18. The general authority citation for part 141 continues, and the specific authority for § 141.4 is revised, to read as follows:

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Authority: 19 U.S.C. 66, 1448, 1484, 1624.

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Section 141.4 also issued under 19 U.S.C. 1202 (General Note 18; Chapter 86, Additional U.S. Note 1; Chapter 89, Additional U.S. Note 1; Chapter 98, Subchapter III, U.S. Note 4, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1498;

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19. In § 141.4:

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a. The reference in paragraph (b)(1) to “General Note 16” is removed and added, in its place, is the reference “General Note 18”; and

b. The reference in the introductory text of paragraph (c) to “General Note 16(e)” is removed and added, in its place, is the reference “General Note 18(e)”.

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PART 145—MAIL IMPORTATIONS

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20. The general authority citation for part 145 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1624;

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PART 146—FOREIGN TRADE ZONES

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21. The authority citation for part 146 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 19 U.S.C. 66, 81a-81u, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1623, 1624.

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PART 148—PERSONAL DECLARATIONS AND EXEMPTIONS

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22. The general authority citation for part 148 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 19 U.S.C. 66, 1496, 1498, 1624. The provisions of this part, except for subpart C, are also issued under 19 U.S.C. 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States);

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PART 151—EXAMINATION, SAMPLING, AND TESTING OF MERCHANDISE

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23. The general authority citation for part 151 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Notes 22 and 23, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS)), 1624.

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PART 152—CLASSIFICATION AND APPRAISEMENT OF MERCHANDISE

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24. The general authority citation for part 152 continues, and the specific authority for § 152.13 is revised, to read as follows:

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Authority: 19 U.S.C. 66, 1401a, 1500, 1502, 1624.

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Section 152.13 also issued under 19 U.S.C. 1202 (General Note 19, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS)).

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25. In § 152.13:

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a. The reference in both paragraphs (b)(1) and (b)(2) to “General Note 17” is removed and added, in its place, is the reference “General Note 19”;

b. The reference in the introductory text of paragraph (c) and in paragraphs (c)(1), (c)(2), and (c)(3) to “General Note 17” is removed and added, in its place, is the reference “General Note 19”; and

c. The references in paragraph (d) to “General Note 17” are removed and added, in their place, are the references “General Note 19”.

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PART 177—ADMINISTRATIVE RULINGS

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26. The general authority citation for part 177 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1624.

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PART 181—NORTH AMERICAN FREE TRADE AGREEMENT

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27. The authority citation for part 181 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1624, 3314.

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PART 191—DRAWBACK

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28. The general authority citation for part 191 is revised to read as follows:

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 19 U.S.C. 66, 1202 (General Note 22, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States), 1313, 1624.

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Dated: November 8, 2000.

Stuart P. Seidel,

Assistant Commissioner, Office of Regulations and Rulings.

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