Summary: H.R.4868 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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House agreed to Senate amendment with amendment (10/24/2000)

Tariff Suspension and Trade Act of 2000 - Title I: Tariff Provisions - Amends the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to repeal certain expired provisions providing for temporary reductions in rates of duty with respect to specified articles.

Subtitle A: Temporary Duty Suspensions and Reductions - Amends the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to provide for temporary duty suspensions through December 31, 2003, for: (1) certain HIV-AIDS drugs; (2) specified chemicals and dyes; (3) instant print film in rolls; (4) certain cathode-ray tubes; (5) certain raw cotton; (6) rhinovirus drugs; (7) tungsten concentrates; (8) certain ion-exchange resin; (9) vision inspection systems; (10) anode presses; (11) trim and form machines; (12) certain assembly machines; (13) certain herbicides, fungicides, and pesticides; (14) certain self-adhesive sheets; (15) certain polyamides; (16) certain plastic additives; (17) molds for use in certain DVDs; (18) certain compound optical microscopes; (19) a certain organic surface-active agent; (20) monochrome glass envelopes; (21) ceramic coater for laying down and drying ceramic; (22) ceramic knives; and (23) certain stainless steel railcar body shells.

Reduces the duty through December 31, 2003 on: (1) color instant print film; (2) other cathode-ray tubes; (3) a certain food supplement; (4) a certain herbicide and fungicide; (5) specified chemicals; (6) certain semiconductor mold compounds; (7) bonding machines for use in the manufacture of DVDs; and (8) certain steam or other vapor generating boilers used in nuclear facilities.

Provides for temporary duty suspensions through December 31, 2001, for: (1) a specified drug; and (2) a certain herbicide. Reduces the duty on such items for the period December 31, 2002, through December 31, 2003.

Reduces the duty on a certain chemical for the period December 31, 2000, through December 31, 2003.

Reduces the duty on specified chemicals for the period December 31, 2001, through December 31, 2003.

Increases the duty on a specified dye through December 31, 2000. Reduces the duty on specified dyes for the period December 31, 2001, through December 2002.

Extends the existing suspension of duty through December 31, 2003 for: (1) certain chemicals and dyes; (2) a certain polymer; (3) certain semi-manufactured forms of gold; (4) certain rolled glass; and (5) substrates of synthetic quartz or synthetic fused silica.

Extends the existing duty reduction on a specified chemical through December 31, 2003.

Provides a duty on methyl esters through December 31, 2001. Increases the duty on such chemicals through December 31, 2003.

Amends the Harmonized Tariff of the United States to grant duty-free treatment to certain machines used in the manufacture of radial tires designed for off-the-highway use and with a rim measuring 63.5cm (currently, 86cm) or more in diameter through December 31, 2001.

Grants duty-free treatment to certain chemicals through December 31, 2003.

Subtitle B: Other Tariff Provisions - Directs the U.S. Customs service to liquidate or reliquidate (refund duty on) specified entries with respect to: (1) certain telephone systems; (2) certain color television receivers; (3) copper and brass sheet and strips; (4) certain antifriction bearings; (5) certain printing cartridges; (6) a certain chemical; (7) tomato sauce preparation (including certain tomato sauce preparation entered in 1990 through 1992; 1989 through 1995; and 1989 through 1990); (8) neoprene synchronous timing belts; (9) certain drawback claims (including drawback claims for certain juices, athletic shoes, and petroleum derivatives); (10) certain self-tapping screws; (11) certain vacuum cleaners; and (12) certain conveyor chains.

Product Development and Testing Act of 2000 - Amends the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to grant duty-free treatment to imports of prototypes used to promote product development, testing, product evaluation or quality control in the United States. Requires the Secretary of the Treasury to promulgate regulations regarding the identification and sale of such prototypes.

Dog and Cat Protection Act of 2000 - Amends the Tariff Act of 1930 to make it unlawful for any person to: (1) import into, or export from, the United States any dog or cat fur product; or (2) introduce into interstate commerce, manufacture for introduction into interstate commerce, sell or offer to sell, trade, advertise, or transport or distribute in interstate commerce, any dog or cat fur product. Sets forth certain exceptions. Subjects a person to certain civil penalties (including publication of the names of violators) for violations of this Act.

(Sec. 1451) Changes from discretionary to mandatory the Secretary of the Treasury's authority to prescribe an alternative mid-point interest accounting methodology with respect to the assessment of interest due to an underpayment of duties, fees, or interest.

(Sec. 1452) Exempts from provisions requiring the arrival of certain vessels to be reported the arrival of or make formal entry at a U.S. customhouse of any: (1) vessel carrying bonded merchandise; and (2) vessel required to anchor at the Belle Isle Anchorage, Michigan, for purposes of awaiting the availability of cargo or berthing space or for taking on a pilot or awaiting pilot services, or at the direction of the Coast Guard, before proceeding to the Port of Toledo, Ohio, where the vessel makes entry or obtains clearance to enter a customhouse.

(Sec. 1453) Directs the Commissioner of the Customs Service to designate the San Antonio International Airport in San Antonio, Texas, as an airport at which certain private aircraft arriving in the United States from a foreign area may land for processing by the Customs Service.

(Sec. 1454) Requires the Secretary of Transportation to establish by regulation a separate class of bonded warehouse for the storage and manipulation of international travel merchandise (duty-free or domestic merchandise which is placed on board aircraft on international flights for sale to passengers, but which is not merchandise incidental to the operation of a duty-free sales enterprise), pending its placement on board aircraft departing for foreign destinations. Sets forth specified requirements with respect to the treatment of such merchandise stored at bonded warehouses and staging areas (outside of the warehouse).

(Sec. 1455) Amends the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to decrease the rate of duty, over a specified period of time, on goods purchased abroad and brought back into the United States by U.S. travelers.

(Sec. 1456) Grants duty-free treatment to the personal effects of, and other equipment imported and used by, participants, their families and associated members, and officials involved in an athletic event held in the United States like the Olympics and Paralympics, the Goodwill Games, the Special Olympics World Games, the World Cup Soccer Games, or any similar international athletic event. Declares that such articles shall be: (1) free of applicable taxes and fees; but (2) not exempt from routine customs inspections.

(Sec. 1457) Amends the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 to permit collection of customs fees for the arrival of certain ferries.

(Sec. 1458) Directs the U.S. Customs Service to treat N-cyclohexyl-2-benzothiazolesulfenamide and N-tert-Butyl-2-benzothiazolesulfenamide as 'commercially interchangeable" for purposes of allowing a drawback (refund of duty) on imports of N-cyclohexyl-2-benzothiazolesulfenamide (certain rubber vulcanized accelerators).

(Sec. 1459) Authorizes the Commissioner of Customs to establish a fee-for-service agreement at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (Florida) to provide personnel and infrastructure necessary to conduct cargo clearance, inspection, or other customs services as needed to accommodate air cargo carriers for a two year period at such airport.

(Sec. 1460) Authorizes the U.S. Customs Service, upon application of an importer in advance, to treat as a single entry for tariff treatment purposes certain merchandise that is purchased and invoiced as a single entity but is shipped in an unassembled condition in separate shipments due to the size or nature of such merchandise, or in separate shipments due to the inability of the carrier to include all of the merchandise in a single shipment (at the instruction of the carrier).

(Sec. 1461) Requires the Secretary of the Treasury to report to Congress on U.S. customs procedures.

(Sec. 1462) Amends the Tariff Act of 1930 to provide a drawback (refund of duty) on materials which compose an imported article and are destroyed (includes a process by which such materials are recovered (recycled) from such article.

(Sec. 1463) Exempts certain reporting requirements regarding trade agreements and the National Trade Estimates from sunset provisions under the Federal Reports Elimination and Sunset Act of 1995.

(Sec. 1464) Sets forth certain requirements with respect to the application for a license for the import of gum arabic from the Republic of Sudan. Directs the President to promote the development of gum arabic in countries other than the Sudan.

(Sec. 1465) Directs the Commissioner of the Customs Service to re- implement the policy in effect prior to January 1, 1999, at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport to provide services, on a reimbursable basis, at remote locations of such airport.

Subtitle C: Effective Date - Sets forth the effective date of this Act.

Title II: Other Trade Provisions - Declares that a worker shall be certified by the Secretary of Labor as eligible to apply for trade adjustment assistance under the Trade Act of 1974 if such worker was: (1) employed at the copper mining facility referenced in Trade Adjustment Assistance Certification TA-W-31,402; and (2) necessary for the environmental remediation or closure of such mining facility.

(Sec. 2002) Makes the basic pay rate for the Chief Agricultural Negotiator at Level III of the Executive Schedule.

Title III: Extension of Nondiscriminatory Treatment to Georgia - Authorizes the President to extend nondiscriminatory treatment (normal trade relations treatment) to the products of the Republic of Georgia.

Title IV: Imported Cigarette Compliance - Imported Cigarette Compliance Act of 2000 - Amends the Internal Revenue Code with respect to cigarettes manufactured for export (or transferred or removed from a manufacturers' premises or exporters' warehouse), but which nevertheless are sold domestically. Sets additional restrictions on tobacco products labeled for export.

(Sec. 4004) Amends the Tariff Act of 1930 to set forth certain restrictions with respect to the importation of certain cigarettes. Sets forth civil penalties for violations of such requirements.