H.R.3840 - Rainforest Protection Act of 1991102nd Congress (1991-1992)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Hoyer, Steny H. [D-MD-5] (Introduced 11/21/1991)|
|Committees:||House - Foreign Affairs; Ways and Means|
|Latest Action:||House - 12/02/1991 Referred to the Subcommittee on Human Rights and International Organizations. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.3840 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (11/21/1991)
Rainforest Protection Act of 1991 - Title I: Foreign Assistance to Protect Rainforests in Developing Countries - Authorizes the Administrator of the Agency for International Development to furnish assistance to developing countries in exchange for commitments by such countries to preserve areas of rainforest for a period of at least ten years. Requires rainforest protection agreements to provide for annual payment of grants and periodic on-site inspections.
Expresses the sense of the Congress that the President and the Secretary of State should urge other developed countries to initiate similar programs of rainforest protection.
Title II: Duty-Free Status for Products Harvested from Rainforests Using Sustainable Methods - Accords any product certified by the Secretary of the Treasury under this title duty-free treatment upon entry into U.S. customs territory. Requires the Secretary to certify any product upon determining that: (1) the product was harvested from a rainforest using sustainable methods; and (2) the importation of the product does not present a threat to employment in the United States or to the profitability of U.S. production of any product.
Directs the Secretary to establish a review board to: (1) determine whether production activities carried out by commercial operations comprise a sustainable use of a rainforest; (2) review any product for consideration for duty-free status; and (3) provide for on-site inspections of commercial operations submitting products for review.