Summary: H.R.5370 — 99th Congress (1985-1986)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.5370. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (08/08/1986)

Textile and Apparel Import Licensing Act - Prohibits the importation of textiles or textile products during a quota year (the calendar year or a specified 12-month period depending upon U.S. agreements with the country that is the source of the textiles) unless: (1) an import license is issued; and (2) a copy of the import license is presented to the appropriate customs official. Sets forth the method for determining the amount of textiles each importer is allowed to import during a quota year and the method for obtaining an import license.

Requires the Commissioner of Customs (the Commissioner) to ensure that textiles that are entered under an import license conform to the specifications set forth in the license. Requires the Secretary of Commerce (the Secretary) to provide the Commissioner with copies of import authorizations and licenses. Directs the Commissioner to provide copies of import licenses to appropriate customs officials so that such officials can conduct pre-entry verification and screening procedures of such imports. Directs the Commissioner to prohibit the entry of articles covered by an import license if a foreign manufacturer of such articles refuses to cooperate in the making of such verifications.

Requires the Commissioner to notify the Secretary of: (1) all entries made or denied under such import licenses; (2) the basis for each denial; and (3) any final administrative or judicial disposition regarding any such denial and any citation or indictment for customs violations involving a license or any textile shipment subject to this Act.

Directs the Secretary to impose and collect a fee for import authorizations and licenses issued under this Act.

Prohibits any person that is issued an import authorization under this Act regarding a limited category of textiles from importing less than 90 percent of the quantity authorized. Sets forth penalties and enforcement procedures.

Prohibits the Secretary from issuing an import authorization under this Act to any person who is classified as a multiple customs law offender. Provides that such prohibition shall apply to such person for five years.