Summary: H.R.4944 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed House without amendment (03/15/2006)

Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2006 - Title I: Tariff Provisions - Subtitle A: Temporary Duty Suspensions and Reductions - Chapter 1: New Suspensions and Reductions - (Sec. 1111) Amends the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) to provide for temporary duty suspensions, increases, or reductions through December 31, 2009 for: (1) certain chemicals, chemical mixtures, and dyes; (2) certain non-knit auto mechanic's gloves; (3) certain microphones for automotive interiors; (4) certain footwear; (5) various specified acrylic or modacrylic synthetic staple fibers and filament tows; (6) nitrocellulose; (7) potassium sorbate; (8) sorbic acid; (9) certain capers; (10) certain preparations of pepperoni; (11) certain bitumen-coated polyethylene sleeves for in-ground wood posts; (12) nylon woolpacks used to package wool; (13) hydraulic control units; (14) shield asy-steering gear; (15) certain master cylinder assembles; (16) certain transaxles; (17) converter asy; (18) module and bracket asy-power steering; (19) unit asy-battery hi volt; (20) certain articles of natural cork; (21) DEMBB distilled-iso tank; (22) certain acrylic fiber tow; (23) M-alcohol; (24) certain machines for the assembly of motorcycle wheels; (25) certain glass thermo bulbs; (26) acephate; (27) palm fatty acid distillate; (28) certain cosmetic bags; (29) formulations of prosulfuron; (30) certain adsorbent resins; (31) ion-exchange resin powder; (32) certain cases for toys; (33) certain automotive catalytic converter mats; (34) aspirin; (35) certain flame retardant plasticizers; (36) various specified kinds of camel and vicuna hair; (37) certain bicycle parts; (38) other cycles; (39) low expansion laboratory glass; (40) stoppers, lids, and other closures; (41) various specified kinds of basketballs; (42) certain volleyballs; (43) certain inflatable balls; (44) certain decorative plates, sculptures, and plaques, and architectural miniatures; (45) certain music boxes; (46) certain cores used in remanufacture; (47) mixtures of insecticide; (48) mixtures of fungicide; (49) charge control agent 7; (50) erasers; (51) nail clippers and nail files; (52) artificial flowers; (53) electrically operated pencil sharpeners; (54) specified varieties of footwear; and (55) certain refracting and reflecting telescopes.

Imposes a duty on Formulations of Pinoxaden/Cloquintocet (thus, rescinding its duty-free treatment).

Chapter 2: Existing Duty Suspensions and Reductions - (Sec. 1501) Extends the existing suspension of duty through December 31, 2009, for: (1) certain chemicals and dyes; (2) certain yarn of viscose rayon; (3) certain mixtures of sodium salts; (4) certain ion-exchange resins; (5) helium; (6) certain bags for toys; (7) cases for certain children's products; (8) certain children's products; (9) certain 12V lead-acid storage batteries; (10) certain light absorbing photo dyes; (11) certain R-core transformers; (12) Imidacloprid pesticides; (13) certain filament yarns; (14) yarn of combed Kashmir (cashmere) or yarn of camel hair; (15) certain semi-manufacturered forms of gold; (16) certain cathode ray tubes; (17) sodium petroleum sulfonate; and (18) asulam sodium salt.

Imposes and/or increases the duty on certain chemicals through December 31, 2009. Decreases the duty on certain chemicals and educational devices through December 31, 2009. Grants duty-free treatment through December 31, 2009, on a certain chemical. Extends the suspension of duty on mixtures of sodium salt and certain chemicals and dyes through December 31, 2009.

Subtitle B: Other Tariff Provisions - Chapter 1: Liquidation or Reliquidation of Certain Entries - (Sec. 1601) Directs the Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (Commissioner) to admit free of duty into the United States three tramway cars and their associated spare parts manufactured in Ostrava, Czech Republic, for the use by the city of Portland, Oregon, and imported pursuant to a contract with the city. Requires the Commissioner to reliquidate (refund the duties) paid on such entries before enactment of this Act.

(Sec. 1602) Requires the Commissioner to liquidate or reliquidate, and refund any amounts owed or interest previously paid on, certain entries of: (1) candles without assessment of antidumping duties and interest; (2) roller chain without assessment of interest; (3) pasta; and (4) soundspa clock radios.

(Sec. 1605) Amends the Tariff Suspension and Trade Act of 2000 and the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2004 to require interest to be paid on the amounts owed by the United States pursuant to the liquidation or reliquidation of certain entries of antifriction bearings and tomato sauce preparation.

(Sec. 1606) Includes interest accrued after deposit of duties in the meaning of "any amount owed" under the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2004. Requires the Commissioner, as a consequence, to reliquidate certain entries prematurely liquidated and to refund any amounts owed, including such interest.

Requires the Commissioner to reliquidate with such interest (at the rate provided for in the Tariff Act of 1930) certain entries already reliquidated before enactment of this Act.

Chapter 2: Miscellaneous Provisions - (Sec. 1701) Sets forth the duty on and staged rate reductions for rattan webbing.

(Sec. 1702) Revises the article description for certain monochrome glass envelopes. Applies a specified staged rate reduction.

(Sec. 1703) Provides separate tariff categories for certain tractor body parts.

(Sec. 1704) Provides duty-free treatment and staged rate reductions for certain flexible magnets and composite goods containing flexible magnets.

(Sec. 1705) Provides duty-free treatment for fine animal hair of Kashmir (cashmere) goats.

(Sec. 1706) Makes technical amendments to the HTSUS and the Miscellaneous Trade and Technical Corrections Act of 2004.

Amends the Tariff Act of 1930 to define "delivery sale" of a tobacco product.

Makes the personal use exemption from tobacco import requirements inapplicable to cigarettes or smokeless tobacco products sold in connection with a delivery sale.

Allows states access to copies of Customs Service certifications required for cigarette imports.

Permits any tobacco product, cigarette papers, or tube found in violation of the Act to be forfeited for destruction to any state in which it is found.

Subjects smokeless tobacco products to the same entry requirements and enforcement mechanisms as apply to certain cigarettes under the Act.

Amends the Internal Revenue Code to establish civil penalties for relanding, except for personal use, of tobacco products sold in a delivery sale.

Subtitle C: Effective Date - (Sec. 1801) Sets forth the effective date for amendments made by this title.

Title II: Other Trade Provisions - (Sec. 2001) Amends the Internal Revenue Code, with respect to excise taxes on alcohol, to include the use of methods or materials to correct wine, or the fruit juice from which it is made, among those practices and procedures constituting the proper cellar treatment of domestic and imported natural wine in bonded and taxpaid wine premises.

(Sec. 2002) Amends the African Growth and Opportunity Act to extend certain trade benefits to sub-Saharan Africa through FY2015.

(Sec. 2003) Amends the Tariff Act of 1930, the Trade Act of 1974, the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985, and the Bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority Act of 2002 to make technical corrections.