Summary: H.R.10473 — 94th Congress (1975-1976)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (10/30/1975)

Cargo Security Act - Establishes a program of coordinated Federal regulation designed to assure maximum security and safety of property moving in interstate and foreign commerce.

Title I: Cargo Security For Property Being Transported in Interstate and Foreign Commerce - Directs the Secretary of Transportation to establish such regulations as he deems necessary to assure the security and safety of property under the control of any carrier while being transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

Sets forth a maximum civil penalty of $10,000 for each violation of this title. Directs that any order of the Secretary assessing a civil penalty shall be subject to review by the United States Courts of Appeals.

Provides that the United States district courts shall have jurisdiction to restrain violations of or to enforce regulations established under this Act.

Requires the Secretary to annually submit to Congress reports recommending legislation as the Secretary deems necessary to carry out the purposes of this title.

Title II: - Customs Port Security - Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to issue by regulation such security and safety measures as he deems necessary to protect and safeguard cargo at specified terminals.

Establishes a maximum civil penalty of $10,000 for each violation of this title.

Requires the Secretary to submit an annual report to Congress recommending legislation the Secretary deems necessary to carry out this title.

Reduces the criminal penalty for affixing or defacing a customs seal and for maliciously entering a bonded warehouse from a fine of no more than $5,000 and/or imprisonment for no more than two years to a fine of no more than $1,000 and/or imprisonment for no more than one year. Provides that the penalty for unlawfully removing goods from a bonded warehouse or knowingly receiving such goods shall be a fine of $5,000 and/or imprisonment of not more than ten years if the value of such goods is $250 or more, or $1,000 or one year if the value is less than $250. (Amends 18 U.S.C. 549)

Title III: Office of Cargo Security - Establishes within the Department of Transportation the Office of Cargo Security. Transfers to the Director of the Office the powers and duties of the Office of Transportation Security.

Specifies other responsibilities delegated to the Director.

Title IV: Interagency Council on Cargo Security - Establishes an Interagency Council on Cargo Security which shall identify and coordinate Federal department and agency responsibility.