U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security; Department of the Treasury.
This document amends U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regulations to reflect the extension of import restrictions on archaeological material and certain ethnological materials originating in Peru which were imposed by Treasury Decision (T.D.) 97-50 and extended by T.D. 02-30. The Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State, has determined that conditions continue to warrant the imposition of import restrictions. Accordingly, the restrictions will remain in effect for an additional 5 years, and the CBP regulations are being amended to indicate this second extension. These restrictions are being extended pursuant to determinations of the United States Department of State made under the terms of the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act in accordance with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property. T.D. 97-50 contains the Designated List of archaeological and ethnological materials that describes the articles to which the restrictions apply.
Effective Date: June 9, 2007.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
For legal aspects, George F. McCray, Esq., Chief, Intellectual Property Rights and Restricted Merchandise Branch, (202) 572-8710. For operational aspects, Michael Craig, Chief, Other Government Agencies Branch, (202) 344-1684.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Pursuant to the provisions of the 1970 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Convention, codified into U.S. law as the Convention on Cultural Property Implementation Act (Pub. L. 97-446, 19 U.S.C. 2601 et seq.), the United States entered into a bilateral agreement with the Republic of Peru on June 9, 1997, concerning the imposition of import restrictions on pre-Columbian archaeological materials of Peru dating to the Colonial period and certain Colonial ethnological material from Peru. On June 11, 1997, the former United States Customs Service published T.D. 97-50 in the Federal Register (62 FR 31713), which amended 19 CFR 12.104g(a) to reflect the imposition of these restrictions, and included a list designating the types of archaeological and ethnological materials covered by the restrictions.
Import restrictions listed in 19 CFR 12.104g(a) are “effective for no more than five years beginning on the date on which the agreement enters into force with respect to the United States. This period can be extended for additional periods not to exceed five years if it is determined that the factors which justified the initial agreement still Start Printed Page 31177pertain and no cause for suspension of the agreement exists” (19 CFR 12.104g(a)).
On June 6, 2002, the former United States Customs Service published T.D. 02-30 in the Federal Register (67 FR 38877), which amended 19 CFR 12.104g(a) to reflect the extension of these import restrictions for an additional period of five years until June 9, 2007.
After reviewing the findings and recommendations of the Cultural Property Advisory Committee, the Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs, United States Department of State, concluding that the cultural heritage of Peru continues to be in jeopardy from pillage of archaeological and certain ethnological materials, made the necessary determination to extend the import restrictions for an additional five years on April 26, 2007. Accordingly, CBP is amending 19 CFR 12.104g(a) to reflect the extension of the import restrictions.
The Designated List of Archaeological and Ethnological Material from Peru covered by these import restrictions is set forth in T.D. 97-50. The Designated List and accompanying image database may also be found at the following internet Web site address: http://exchanges.state.gov/culprop/pefact.html, by clicking “III. Categories of Artifacts Subject to Import Restriction”, and Federal Register. A complete list is published in the Federal Register notice of June 11, 1997.
It is noted that the materials identified in T.D. 97-50 as “certain pre-Colombian archaeological materials of Peru dating to the Colonial period and certain Colonial ethnological material from Peru” are referred to in the Determination to Extend as “Archaeological Material from the Prehispanic Cultures and Certain Ethnological Material from the Colonial Period of Peru.” The materials identified in T.D. 97-50 and those identified in the Determination to Extend are the same.
The restrictions on the importation of these archaeological and ethnological materials from Peru are to continue in effect for an additional 5 years. Importation of such material continues to be restricted unless the conditions set forth in 19 U.S.C. 2606 and 19 CFR 12.104c are met.
Inapplicability of Notice and Delayed Effective Date
This amendment involves a foreign affairs function of the United States and is, therefore, being made without notice or public procedure (5 U.S.C. 553(a)(1)). For the same reasons, pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3), a delayed effective date is not required.
Regulatory Flexibility Act
Because no notice of proposed rulemaking is required, the provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) do not apply.
Executive Order 12866
Because this rule involves a foreign affairs function of the United States, it is not subject to Executive Order 12866.
This regulation is being issued in accordance with 19 CFR 0.1(a)(1).Start List of Subjects
List of Subjects in 19 CFR Part 12End List of Subjects
Amendment to CBP RegulationsStart Amendment Part
For the reasons set forth above, part 12 of Title 19 of the Code of Federal Regulations (End Amendment Part Start Part
PART 12—SPECIAL CLASSES OF MERCHANDISEEnd Part Start Amendment Part
1. The general authority citation for part 12 and the specific authority citation for § 12.104g continue to read as follows:End Amendment Part
Sections 12.104 through 12.104i also issued under 19 U.S.C. 2612;
2. In § 12.104g(a), the table of the list of agreements imposing import restrictions on described articles of cultural property of State Parties is amended in the entry for Peru by removing the reference to “T.D. 02-30” and adding in its place “CBP Dec. 07-27” in the column headed “Decision No.”.End Amendment Part Start Signature
Approved: June 1, 2007.
Deborah J. Spero,
Acting Commissioner, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Timothy E. Skud,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.
[FR Doc. 07-2810 Filed 6-5-07; 8:45 am]
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